Miami Beach, FL (PRWEB) June 13, 2012
Bosco Bar, Milk and Honey and The Curio Parlor are enterprises dedicated to the spirit of the speakeasy;known at one time as establishments that illegally sold alcohol during the American Prohibition period. Today a cadre of entrepreneurs celebrate the art of the cocktail in small-discreet and nostalgic lounges reminiscent of Prohibition era bars in hundreds of cities scattered across the globe.
Cuoco Black, designer of the Curio Parlor in Paris France was asked by owners Romée De Gorianoff, Olivier Bon, and Pierre-Charles Cros to develop a speakeasy inspired by the lost Deyrolle, the famed taxidermy establishment founded 188 years ago on the Rue du Bac. The designer had already helped the owners create the Experimental Cocktail Club on the Rue Saint-Sauvier which had quickly been ranked one of the "Top Bars in The World" by Bartender's Magazine. "The design of the newer lounge is a metaphor for life above and below earth" says designer Cuoco Black. The lower level of the club has its own curio cabinet with archaeological relics…prehistoric shells, petrified eggs and skeletal appendages hosting a selection of high quality alcohol spirits.
The Bosco Bar in Moscow, on the edge of Red Square, is a quaint and idiosyncratic indulgence of
the genre, not to be underestimated for its very hip cocktail offerings. Milk and Honey, Manhattans uber-cool incantation of the speakeasy is noted to be the epicenter for the movement. Hundreds of interpretations of the model punctuate the landscape...some nested in discreet and obscure venues. The Vesper in Miami embraces a decor inspired by a James Bond film with quasi-secretive access through an adjoining kitchen. Cloak and dagger entrances, whispered passwords and by invitation only admission further strengthen the mystique of the speakeasy.
It appears the momentum has no end in sight; locally and globally expansions are the order. Milk and Honey is rumored to be moving to larger digs and the Experimental Cocktail Club group has moved from Paris to London and now New York City. The lounges have at least one thing in common...a passion to deliver a romantic vision of an American nostalgic era in the names Mata Hari, Old Fashioned and The Grey Fizz.
Cuoco Black is a former faculty member of the New York School of Interior Design from which he holds a BFA with distinction and Professional Design Diploma.
He believes the art of interior design has been lost to the boutique design aesthetic and designs according to natural rhythms which reflect the spirit and personality of his clients. He calls this design with an express purpose, meaning...the design of a commercial space should be a reflection of a company brand or....in the case of a home, design that embraces some emotional component of the owner’s personality. Whether an ancient Parisian subterranean vault, a New York City concrete volume, or a sophisticated Miami geometry, Cuoco Black will provide you with beautiful interior design resulting in a higher form of art.
His work has been featured in the New York Times, Bloomberg.com, Bravo.com, FoodandWine.com, and Elle Décor FR. His design for the Experimental Cocktail Club in Paris France has garnered his clients a “Best Bars in the World Ranking” at #13, by Bartender’s Magazine.
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