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Alfonsina Romero - Designed Aura Cocina & Bar’s Opens in East Williamsburg

Joining “The Breeze” development, Cuban-Asian fusion restaurant Aura Cocina & Bar opens next month and will feature an interior design concept by Alfonsina Romero Design of 1950’s Havana meets modern industrial Brooklyn.

“The Breeze,” is a warehouse conversion on East Williamsburg’s Meserole Street, developed by Hudson Companies into commercial and modern workspaces. Meserole Street, an underrated destination with functioning warehouses, quaint cafés and art studios, has also become a showcase for murals and artful graffiti, similar to the former 5 Pointz.

Pulling inspiration from its surroundings and the existing building, Alfonsina retained many of the industrial features in planning for the new design, such as the concrete floor, exposed ceilings, and columns, adding a sparkling limewash finish throughout with gold leaf accents and a Havana- inspired distressed mint green wall behind the bar.

The new finishes give an appearance of being long-time design elements. The theme of old paired with modern is repeated in the central lounge, which features a luxuriously distressed inset custom marble mosaic floor, as if uncovered from beneath the former warehouse cement floors. A variety of seating defines areas throughout, and circular custom sofas provide stage-front intimate seating. A vertical living garden brings tropical nature inside. The unisex restrooms towards the end of the bar seamlessly carry the distressed mint wall, culminating into a custom made concrete common sink.

Alfonsina’s design aesthetic for Aura Cocina & Bar keeps reminders of an Old Havana with modern industrial Brooklyn elements as highlights, which according to Alfonisna: “create a playground for guests to take in a texture rich surroundings and take a break from their cell phone screens.”

Preview the project look book of Aura Cocina’s design.

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