An Adagio Movement in an Allegro City

View all 6 Photos

Nestled in a 1920s Merchant’s Square office building in Tribeca, the Arcade Bakery finds a quiet beat in the heart of a bustling city life. And while the shop’s baked goods are praiseworthy in and of themselves, what stands out here is the remarkable yet muted design of the space by the studio Workstead. Faced with the challenge of bringing seating to a building that has sloping floors, the designers came up with the elegant solution to replace some of the old display windows with seating nooks, complete with fold down tables of varying sizes. These alcoves are covered in rich mahogany, with brass fixtures for the tables to sit on, and invite customers to get comfortable as they enjoy their meals. The informality of this arrangement encourages one to not just eat but to take a break, to stop counting calories or the minutes of their lunch hour, and to appreciate the artisanal food. Along with these seating alcoves, the bakery itself provides a welcoming display, with large windows open during business hours to show off all the goods made fresh that day. And these baked edibles look their best thanks to the custom lighting fixtures Workstead designed for the bakery, which mesh well with the building’s historic lamps and promote a relaxing, satisfying meal. Like a slow Adagio movement within a lively Allegro symphony, the Arcade Bakery is another appreciated oasis knit into a frantic metropolis.

 

Nathaniel Barlam

Nathaniel

Amid the unrest of earning his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from RISD, Nathaniel manages to find the time to read, write, hang out with friends, play drums, and listen to music. Nathaniel has learned a lot about architecture firsthand thanks to opportunities to live and work in Rome and Brooklyn during the past year. Coming from a family with strong roots in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Nathaniel has always maintained a strong love for NYC especially, and after his studies finish up in Providence he may move there for a while. He hasn't decided yet. You can connect with him via Linkedin or by visiting his Portfolio page.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • A Beautiful Hotel in Oia Greece

    A 19th-century home transformed into an elegant hotel. Located on the gorgeous island of Santorini,…

  • 72 Hours in Oslo

    A complete Oslo travel guide to make a short trip to the city memorable. Founded…

  • Istoria Hotel

    A sophisticated retreat in Santorini, Greece. Built in eastern Santorini, away from the island’s popular…

  • The Olea Hotel

    An oasis of relaxation on a picturesque Greek island. Located on a hill on the…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(151757)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(677)
}
            
  • The Köllen Eget Desk

    A smart and multifunctional work desk. Designed by Spanish studio Köllen Design, this innovative desk…

  • The Nebl Planter

    A minimalist design that brings the tranquility of a foggy day indoors. Designed by Berlin-based…

  • Piknik Table

    A multifunctional picnic table designed to make the most of an outdoor space. Designed by…

  • Instrmnt’s A-Series Clock

    Minimalism meets industrial style in a versatile clock design. Glasgow-based multi-disciplinary design studio Instrmnt made…

  • Organico by Philipp Crass

    An eco-friendly furniture concept. Born in Southern Germany, Philipp Crass grew up in a rural…

  • The Bienvenido/Welcome Collection

    Furniture and accessories designed with modern living spaces in mind. Mexico City-based studio Christian Vivanco…

  • Orbit Light By Jesse Ede

    A creative design that references the movement of celestial bodies. South African artist and designer…

  • Introducing Como Audio

    A stylish multi-room audio system that brings your favorite tunes to any area of your…

  • The Soda Chair

    A fresh take on antique bentwood chairs. While distinctly modern and fresh, DesignByThem’s new Soda…

Close Cart