Come dine with me

Click to enlarge
The dining room of Matt Lambert's The Musket Room.

The dining room of Matt Lambert’s The Musket Room.

1 of 3
The stylish interior space.

The stylish interior space.

2 of 3
Decor by Alexander Evangelou and James Waterworth.

Decor by Alexander Evangelou and James Waterworth.

3 of 3

A New York restaurant run by a New Zealander is getting high fives and backslaps for its beautiful food and its interior. The Musket Room opened in 2012 in the downtown neighbourhood of Manhattan’s Nolita. Owned by Aucklander Matt Lambert, it serves high-end, New Zealand-inspired cuisine – cold-smoked scallops, imported red deer flavoured with gin, passionfruit pavlova with strawberries and cream – that was rewarded with a Michelin star in October.

The eatery is being praised also for its sophisticated dining room, which includes a six-metre bar made from walnut timber and mid-century modern furniture and chandeliers. The interior was designed by Alexander Waterworth Interiors, a fledgling British design firm, and was praised by New York magazine’s restaurant reviewer Adam Platt for its “small, elegant back room”.

Lambert says he hired designing duo Alexander Evangelou and James Waterworth to create the décor, “because they are young and hungry. They were trying to make a name for themselves in New York City and so was I, so it seemed like a natural fit. The idea with the design was to keep it on the simpler side so that the food can stand out. They were able to achieve a beautiful dining room that doesn’t take away from what’s on the plates.” 


More spaces

Small space on wheels

Small space on wheels

One of our favourite prefabricated small spaces of recent years has to be this Uruguayan mountain bach designed by MAPA Architects.
The skyline shifter

The skyline shifter

Ground is soon to be broken for The Pacifica, a soaring new apartment complex that has the ability to reinvigorate an enclave of Auckland’s downtown.
Paris without a map

Paris without a map

From Mondrian to Margiela: a very personal blending of influences – design and otherwise – make this French apartment a veritable tour de force.
Casa Perfection

Casa Perfection

A house in the hills of Los Angeles has recently become a showroom for The Future Perfect, a design store with additional locations in Manhattan and San Francisco.
Made to measure

Made to measure

This sophisticated Moscow home shows how custom-designed spaces, furniture and fittings can take the uniformity out of apartment living.
The urban sophisticate

The urban sophisticate

The historic Grand Hotel in Auckland’s CBD is set for a whole new lease on life as it transforms into high-end apartment complex The International.
Well connected

Well connected

Like a well kept secret, a renovated 1930s bungalow hides a black steel and glass addition from the street.

Most read

Paris without a map

Paris without a map

From Mondrian to Margiela: a very personal blending of influences – design and otherwise – make this French apartment a veritable tour de force.
The skyline shifter

The skyline shifter

Ground is soon to be broken for The Pacifica, a soaring new apartment complex that has the ability to reinvigorate an enclave of Auckland’s downtown.
Casa Perfection

Casa Perfection

A house in the hills of Los Angeles has recently become a showroom for The Future Perfect, a design store with additional locations in Manhattan and San Francisco.
Made to measure

Made to measure

This sophisticated Moscow home shows how custom-designed spaces, furniture and fittings can take the uniformity out of apartment living.
Well connected

Well connected

Like a well kept secret, a renovated 1930s bungalow hides a black steel and glass addition from the street.
Homes for barter

Homes for barter

Urbis chats to the co-founders of a home exchange website aimed solely at creatives about trading their highly curated abodes with perfect strangers.