Prema Nolita Day Spa, located in Manhattan's busy NoLita neighborhood, offers an escape from the chaotic city with an Asian/Zen-inspired design. Desai/Chia Studio (New York) used simple, natural colors and materials, including mahogany furnishings and cabinetry and bamboo flooring. In the treatment room, where the Zen-retreat feeling is most evident, silk wall panels and soft cove lighting create a stress-free environment. River rocks (embedded in the floor) line the room's perimeter, signifying the outdoors. To extend the nature theme, designers are planning an outdoor "Zen garden" for the store's courtyard.
Client Team: Prema Nolita Day Spa, New York Celeste Induddi, Marta Baez and Betsy Olum, partners and owners Design Team: Desai/Chia Studio, New York Katherine Chia, principal-in-charge and project manager; Jacob Morrison, assistant Consultant: Attila Uysal, Forest Hills, N.Y. (lighting consultant) Suppliers: Larsen, New York (fabrics); Modernica, New York, and Mildred, Los Angeles (furniture); Epoche Studios, Brooklyn, N.Y. (fixtures and custom furniture fabricators); Desai/Chia Studio, New York (fixture and custom furniture design); Town & Country Floors, New York (flooring suppler); Artimede, New York, Resolute, Seattle, and Modernica, New York (lighting); Susan M. Rafaj Marketing Services, New York (signage) Photography: Joshua McHugh, New York