Pebble Bar has made a stately debut inside a historic four-story townhouse at Rockefeller Center in New York. A renowned, convivial destination for more than a century, the site was revived with a harmonic combination of iconic, ageless styles across each of its four floors. “The most important key words for us were ‘comfort’ and ‘classic,’” says Christine Gachot, cofounder of Gachot Studios, which handled the design. “Pebble Bar is intimate and inviting—a place that is as good for a dose of Midtown glamour as it is for a casual drink after a show.”
The design of Pebble Bar was informed by classic London members clubs and even Gachot’s own residence. Curved millwork and colorful patterned wallpaper ensures uniformity across each floor, while diffused decorative lighting, upholstered wall panels, and mercury mirrors add distinctive accents.
High-gloss black doors with custom café curtains welcome guests on the ground floor, where warm oak paneling and mosaic tiled floors adorn the foyer. The second level is anchored by a central backlit glass and brass bar overlooking 6th Avenue, and dark stone tables and brass drink rails line the standing room. A moody dark blue palette characterizes the 35-seat dining room on the third floor. Softly illuminated by brass table lamps, the third floor is also appointed with stone and wood tables, curved leather banquettes, and a marble-lined oyster bar.
The top floor concept, Johnny’s, evokes a more residential vibe with Eames chairs and custom sofas to promote comfort. Accessed via elevator—or a secret entrance inside Rockefeller Center—the 50-person event space includes an intimate corner bar, an eclectic variety of custom sofas and area rugs, as well as vintage chairs, stone coffee tables, and a classic black piano.