06 Aug Contour Interior Design Lives up to Standards of Saks 51Fifteen’s Elite Clientele

Nina Magon, Creative Director & Principal of Contour Interior Design talks about the inspiration behind her stunning design for the Saks 51Fifteen project and how she was able to execute her vision for the space. 51Fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails and Bar12 take hospitality design to the next level through exquisite finishes and classic touches.

Contour Interior Design Lives up to Standards of Saks 51Fifteen’s Elite Clientele

Saks Fifth Avenue is a staple in the fashion world. Saks Fifth Ave. Houston is the fourth largest grossing Saks in the US. The Houston retail location was in desperate need of an iconic design for the new restaurant that would match the contemporary and classic redesign of the store. 51Fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails and Bar12 were designed to serve, meet and exceed the expectations of Saks’ high-end, international, and repeat clientele.

Nina Magon, along with her talented team, was hired to conceptualize and design both the interior architecture and interior design of the massive restaurant space. The idea behind the design was to embody the style and poise of Saks and its elite clientele by combining beloved classic elements with exciting modern design. The new space comes with many upgrades including a luxurious private lounge, two separate dining areas with plenty of room to breathe, an expanded and fully equipped bar, and an expanded dining room with a variety of chic yet comfortable seating options, proving that fashion and function are not mutually exclusive.

Incorporating the cuisine’s theme of regional concepts with global inspirations allowed the Contour design team to combine Mid-Century Modern pieces such as the Saarinen chairs by Knoll and the famous Serge Mouille light fixtures, with the classic color scheme of gray, black, brass, and white stone in one chicly cohesive design. Throughout the restaurant, the use of brass detailing creates an upscale vintage feel, the Dekton material mimics the sophistication of classic Carrera marble, and the repetitive use of hexagonal and octagonal shapes adds a whimsical element of playfulness.

As soon as guests enter the restaurant, they are welcomed with the fabulous Saks experience. The entryway is extremely dramatic, inviting restaurant goers into the space with a blooming field of blossom lighting installed by LightArt. The artistic and over-the-top use of a large-scale Wall & Deco super graphic wallpaper in the lounge echoes the blossom theme and grandeur of the entryway. Brass detailing and a Dekton-brick-road guide guests through the space, around corners to floor-to-ceiling windows and larger-than-life art installations. From the start to the finish of their dining experience, guests will be wowed around every corner of 51Fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails and Bar12. Saks 51Fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails restaurant and Bar12 seat 170 guests and are a combined 8,5000 square feet. The total budget for this project was $2.5 million.


 About Contour Interior Design

Contour Interior Design is an international, multi-award winning, interior design firm with headquarters in Houston, Texas and Miami, Florida, specializing in high-end residential, commercial and hospitality design. Established in 2008 by Principal Designer, Nina Magon, Contour Interior Design’s commitment to creating exceptionally high-level modern design has positioned the company as one of the nation’s top interior design firms.

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