Architect Glen Coben's 'Brady Bunch' Challenge
BY NANCY KEATES
Amid the imposing Colonials and Tudors in the wealthy town of Harrison, N.Y., this home was an outsider: a long, skinny, 1950s ranch house that vaguely recalled "The Brady Bunch." Inside, the floors were stained brown and the interior had a dank, cramped feel. It was an unlikely choice for architect Glen Coben, whose designs include some of New York's most upscale restaurants and hotels. But in 1997, he and his wife, Caren Low, a mortgage banker, brushed aside the concerns of some friends and family members and bought the house, for $625,000.
Chef Gabriel Kreuther Debuts His Highly Anticipated First Restaurant
BY ALYSSA BIRD
Chef Gabriel Kreuther, who left his post at the Modern-Danny Meyer's Michelin-starred dining room at MoMA - early last year, has opened his first restaurant, across from Bryant Park in Manhattan's Grace Building. The eponymous spot, designed by Glen & Co. Architecture, reflects Kreuther's French heritage. The chef's savory tastes flambéed are great for sharing in the bar area, while the dining room services prix-fixe and tasting menus.
Meet the Restaurant World's Newest Go-To Designer
BY sierra TishGart
Translating a chef's vision into the design of a restaurant offers its own share of challenges. Yet many of the restaurant industry's leading designers, like Roman and Williams and hOmE, have succeeded by establishing signature looks and identifiable design details - like subway tiles, casement windows, filament bulbs. But Glen Coben of New York-based firm Glen & Co. Architecture takes a different approach: Each of the restaurants he designs looks entirely different - and it's almost hard to believe one person is behind them all.
GLEN COBEN, FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL | GLEN & CO. ARCHITECTURE
During the course of a multi-faceted design career spanning nearly three decades, Coben has worked on The Isuzu Space Station, a children's park in Yokohama, Japan (while at SITE Projects, Inc.); numerous NIKETOWN stores (while with NIKE's retail design division); and The Theater for the Academy Awards in Hollywood (while with Rockwood Group). He started his own firm in 2000 and, since then, has created several high-profile hotels in New York, including the TRYP Times Square South, the Fashion 26 Hotel and Archer New York.
Glen & Company prescribed medical decor for a neurologist-chef's restaurant, Romera New York
By peter Webster
Even in New York, the breeding ground of hyphenate overachievers, Miguel Sanchez Romera is undoubtedly unique. Until last June, he was the chef-owner of L'Esguard, echelon-starred restaurant outside Barcelona, Spain - moonlighting there for 15 years while holding down a day job as head of neurology at a neighboring hospital. The singular cuisine developed by the self-taught Romera is thoroughly informed by his understanding of brain science. Eating, he believes, is s much a matter of the mind, memory, and emotions oaf the sense organs. He even coined a term for his theory: near-gastronomy. Brightly colorful, highly nutritious, and intriguingly quirky, his innovative dishes are as hard to characterize as they are ravishing to look at and delicious to eat.