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simplest suspension detail with the latest LED technology. The entire process took approximately six weeks.”
While there are some similarities between the design process in the New York and Miami properties, there are noticeable di erences as well. Since the Miami location was  rst, its look in uenced the development of the new space.
“The design of the DUMBO restaurant carries the essence of the CetraRuddy-designed  agship in Miami while advancing its spirit to New York, the Brooklyn waterfront, and the amazing historic building that houses the restaurant,” Ruddy reveals. At both locations, the varied cuisine and cultural in uences that de ne the Sugarcane experience are expressed through the design of distinct areas including the oyster, sushi, robata, and cocktail bars.
“A vibrant mix of materials, textures, colors, and found objects are incorporated throughout the design to re ect back to the brand’s essence,” Ruddy comments. “At the DUMBO location, we really wanted to celebrate the building’s unique past as a Civil War-era landmark cargo warehouse. The design approach minimally impacts the monumental space, maintaining an authenticity that reveals and celebrates the bones of the existing [building].”
Part of what makes this space so distinctive are the 200-year-old schist walls measuring two feet thick, the centuries-old wood ra ers, aged brick walls, abandoned rusty gates, and monumental arched windows overlooking the East River.
Curated metals of sculpted zinc, acid-etched bronze, and hand-rubbed steel are complemented by antiqued Cuban terra co a and custom mosaic tiles that provide visual richness.
For Sugarcane DUMBO’s design, lighting inspiration came from sources as disparate as old Havana, 1950s industrial warehouses, and Japanese wine bo les, to name a few. The look and feel of the lighting design give a nod to the Old World, explains Ruddy, but it’s updated with modern detailing and technology.
For the designer and her team, lighting is an essential design component – especially for hospitality spaces. “We are always inspired
by lighting that highlights other design details, working together with those elements to form memorable experiences that lead to moments of discovery and surprise,” she explains. “For a project with an historic or adaptive reuse
This long central table, made from found wood, is adjacent to the open kitchen. Accent lighting is employed to highlight the original schist walls measuring two feet thick (with the restaurant’s mo o projected onto them) and the centuries- old wood ra ers.

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