Monday, April 26, 2010

Find a la mode seat belt pillows at new restaurant in NYC - The Collective

We spent last week's spring break in NYC with the kids. We packed a lot of sightseeing, food, shows, and taxis into 4 days. From the Statue of Liberty to the Tim Burton exhibit at the MoMA, we did it all. I'll post some of the highlights and photos later.

All of NY's taxis now have flat screen tv monitors in their backseats that display an array of info from maps of the city to city event highlights. While in a taxi heading to the MoMA on Thursday morning, a segment came on that caught M's eye. It was for a new restaurant that featured recycled, upcycled art and furniture in the meatpacking district. M points it out to me and says,
"Mom, could that be the restaurant that has your seat belt pillows?"
I had totally forgotten. I knew my pillows were going into a new restaurant in NYC, but was waiting to follow-up with the architect who was going to send me photos and details.

"Why, yes, it could very well be."
I immediately looked it up on my iPhone and sure enough, the newly opened restaurant was designed by the same architect and development group who had purchased a bunch of pillows from me several months ago.  It was fun to find out about it in the back seat of a NYC cab!

A sort of Alice in Wonderland goes eco-friendly hotspot, The Collective is in a refurbished warehouse space and features recycled and upcycled art and furniture alongside an equally creative menu.

Picture the sort of giant art-gallery warehouse (the space is basically one big room with a bar at one end and tables throughout) that the Mad Hatter might curate, add some booze and Short-Rib Stroganoff, and you start to get the picture of what's going on at the Collective. [urban daddy]
Hmmm...sounds like my kind of space!
The design is meant to respond to concerns about the environment and the recession, while also being “cheeky and fun,” said Lionel Ohayon, the founder of Icrave, the design firm responsible for the interior. [The New York Times]
While we didn't get the chance to visit, I was able to find many photos online and several where you can see the pillows.  Some of the black and red pillows are on the sofas in the foreground and background of the photos below:


You can see more pictures here at the Gothamist or on The Collective webiste here.


  1. Thanks, Erin. It looks like a fun place to hang out and the food has gotten great reviews, too!

  2. Your pillows look great in that "cool" restaurant.

  3. Ooh, how awesome is this! Next time I'm in NYC...hey it could happen!...I'll be sure to go!

  4. Congratulations! Looks like a fun spot.

  5. ROCK ON! how cool is that?! loved that your little one picked up on that for you. sweet. :)


  6. That's very, very cool! I'm also impressed to know that you can in fact do with your Ipod what they say you can do with your Ipod. Lol!

    I'm glad you had a great trip. I hope you get to visit the restaurant one day. Congrats!

  7. Awesome!! Congrats! Looks like a funky cool place to hang out. :)


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