Located on the main floor of a newly constructed Hilton Hotel, Bar Artisanal exhibits a sense of timelessness and connotes the grandeur of public spaces of prewar New York. While the dramatic aesthetic of checkered ceramic tiles underfoot and elegant iron latticework overhead transports the patron thru time, the use of different tile sizes, oversized chandeliers, and mirrors on ceilings create false perspectives thru space. These simple moves are part of a broader exploration of material and effect to create intimate spaces within the desired open floor plan of this 4,500 square foot space. These effects further create vignettes around unique program elements within the overall space: the bar at the front of the space is framed with an iron curtain, a pizza counter lends closer interaction with the kitchen, and a small retail outpost. These smaller vignettes then amount to a larger sense of hub, and fulfill the sense of a grand central food station.