Swan – Pharrell Williams’s Luxury Restaurant And Lounge In Miami
The luxury restaurant— from Williams and hospitality impresario David Grutman— features light small plates by executive chef Jean Imbert and interiors care of New York– and San Francisco–based designer Ken Fulk.
“Swan is a curated experience from my partners and me,” says the multi-hyphenate Williams, who even got the region’s premier landscape architect, Raymond Jungles, on board. “The proof is in the details of this breathtaking venue.”
Breathtaking indeed. Fulk approached the 250-seat restaurant, lounge—an upstairs lair deemed Bar Bevy—and walled courtyard that incorporates mature tropical trees and dramatic draperies for an indoor-outdoor effect with a holistic vision. As for colors, Fulk conjured up the Old Florida of his childhood, and while the mint-green and conch-shell-pink palette would seem more at home in Palm Beach, Fulk says it’s a straight-up ode to authentic Miami juxtaposed with other dining destinations around town that are trying to look like someplace else.
Pink permeates further in the rose onyx bar and lowball glasses of delicate Depression glass. The branding (all done by Fulk’s firm), down to the porcelain dinner plates, is adorned with pink and green bands and Swan’s logo to complement antique-inspired tableware in floral and toile patterns.
The interior designer enlisted galleries worldwide to amass a trove of fashion illustrations and other artworks to adorn walls covered in House of Hackney’s wallpapers. In the modern restaurant, diners are surrounded by abstract garments dancing over teal palm fronds. In Bar Bevy’s darker, more exotic space, Oriental-rug themed wallpaper houses more erotic images, all of which perfectly meld with the tented ceiling. “We’re in another golden age of wallpaper,” says Fulk, “and walls are the largest part of any room.”
More throwbacks like tasseled lanterns and latticework—which is used on walls and the floor’s custom pattern in white, pink, and green tiles—should shock Miamians who have grown accustomed to the city’s signature minimalism and the hipster-chic movement that has taken over in the last five years.
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“Swan is hands down the most beautiful restaurant in Miami,” says Grutman, a savvy local player who’s already planning his next place with Fulk. “I love the vibe that our entire team developed, and I know Miami will, too.” For Fulk, the feelings are more than mutual. He’s so fallen for his new client and warm, sun-drenched locale in general that he has a growing list of pending residential and commercial projects in the Miami area that seemed to have sprung up almost overnight. Which just means he’ll happily be around a lot more: “Working in a tropical setting has been quite a pleasure—I’m hooked.”