Good taste aside, there's probably no more important skill as an interior designer than adaptability. Just ask interior designer , whose recent project took her out of her comfort zone — designing maximalist spaces for the — and into her first-ever commercial gig: A restaurant space near Manhattan's Union Square.
While the project — a European bistro-inspired mess hall by legendary New York restauranteur Ed Schoenfeld — was a departure from Bikoff's usual residential work, she planned to take the same spirited approach with the design as process as she does inside her clients' homes.
In fact, because of the project's aggressive timeline and clearly defined budget, Bikoff found herself exercising even more creative freedom than she otherwise would. (That is, after she conquered the learning curve of commercial-grade fabrics and fire-proof wall coverings.)
Drawing inspiration from iconic restaurants such as Monkey Bar and Indochine, and choosing a palette of vermillion red and light blue based on a pair of Adidas sandals she spotted a friend wearing, Bikoff completely transformed the reclaimed wood and tile-clad eating quarters formerly known as All'onda.
"First I thought about color and automatically veered toward red, because red makes people hungry and it's also a celebratory color," Bikoff says, while also acknowledging the palette's nod to Schoenfeld's previous ventures: a series of Chinese restaurants.
"Then I started realizing that all of the places that I love and all of the places that are iconic to New York and to the world have these amazing wallpapers. People automatically attribute the wallpaper to that restaurant, to the amazing night that they had. It strikes a memory," she says.
Large Chinese Vase, $850
To equally memorable effect, Bikoff chose a alongside powder blue banquettes and Venetian glass mirrors for the restaurant's main dining room.
Downstairs, she continued the chinoiserie motif, employing a fabric version of the Voutsa print on seat cushions and curtains, and pairing it with authentic bistro chairs flown in from France.
Gilded Zodiac Circular Wall Mirror, $2,500
But only a handful of family and magazine editor friends would get to experience Bikoff's take on belle époque meets 80s-era New York. The Mess, as the restaurant was called, never opened to the public due to a series of personality clashes among the culinary staff.
Now, Bikoff is selling off the colorful wares she procured for the project — from the bar's Italian glass pendant lights to the bathroom's framed Gucci safari scarf.
Take a tour of the space and shop the items for sale below.
Italian Ceramic Safari Busts, $1,850
Vintage Framed Gucci Jungle Scarf, $1,850
Ceramic Elephant Garden Stools, Pair, $1,850
Carved Wood Animal Motif Mirror, $650
Space Age Abstract Wall Hanging, $1,250
Massimo Vignelli Venini Murano Pendant, Blue, $2,850
Italian Glass Pendant Lights, Pair, $1,625