So hard to say good-bye to the Four Seasons Restaurant, but I want to congratulate Julian Niccolini, legendary restauranteur, and owner of the iconic restaurant for finalizing on 280 Park Avenue, as its upcoming new home, where the restaurant will be moving from its original Seagram Building (above). Known as the world’s most beautiful restaurant, or the epitome and high-style American design, the Four Season will close its doors on its 57th birthday, July 20th. So who is Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, who was chosen by a committee that includes architectural critic Paul Goldberger to create the Four Season of the 21st century? After all, the Mies van der Rohe/Phillip Johnson’s modernist scheme has brought the restaurant to its international fame, emerged as New York’s most powerful place to dine. While Weinfeld has been considered one of Brazil’s leading architects, he has come to the attention of New Yorkers last year, when unveiling designs for his first New York project, the Jardim, a residential building in Chelsea, with a series of landscaped gardens throughout (below). He has made his name in his home country for couture and flamboyantly-scaled homes with stylish interiors that often consist of collectible pieces of furniture by such masters as Le Corbusier and Hans Wegner. I cannot wait to see the new design for the Four Seasons Restaurant.
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