Designer Spotlight: HOME Studios

Helmed by third-generation builders Evan and Oliver Haslegrave, New York’s HOME Studios is responsible for some of the most notable bars and restaurant designs in the Greenpoint neighborhood and beyond.

The brothers worked as waiters and bartenders before HOME formed in 2009, which naturally led them to focus their work on the hospitality realm. Inspired by “the abstract, unexpected and idiosyncratic,” each of the 30+ restaurants and bars they’ve designed has an interior that’s unique to the project’s theme and location. “Our overall approach is to draw from as many sources as possible so it feels recognizable and comfortable, but in a way that makes it new and progressive,” Oliver Haslegrave says.

Yet from the first project Elsa (since closed) to their most recent work at the (yet-to-open) oyster bar at the Ace Hotel in New Orleans, the brothers also boast an overall aesthetic that makes their work instantly recognizable, often marked by an interplay of warm reclaimed wood, sturdy stone, soft lighting and lots of intriguing geometric shapes. “We’re omnivores when it comes to material, but recently we’ve been working a lot with marble, mirror, leather, concrete, as well as custom textiles and art made in our shop,” says Oliver Haslegrave. “It’s always changing.”

Among their most acclaimed interiors is the Scandinavian-styled Tørst (featured in our Design Issue), the stunning Rebelle and the intimate, otherworldly Sisters in Brooklyn. Scroll through the gallery above to see inside these spaces, and keep an eye on HOME; in 2016 alone, they have projects slated to open in Los Angeles, Cobble Hill, West Village and Fort Greene.