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Marriott’s Autograph Collection Adds the Opus Westchester The new hotel features an upscale but approachable urban vibe, courtesy of Celano Design Studio

“For the design of the Opus Westchester, we wanted to bring fresh energy and charisma to White Plains, capturing the relaxing calm of a sanctuary retreat infused with an unmistakably city soul throughout,” says Vincent Celano, CEO and founder of Celano Design Studio, which handled the hotel’s interior design. “The Opus will be an amazing add to the Westchester, New York area and the surrounding community and its guests—adding to its growing vibrance and urban vibe.”

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Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den is part of Famous Foods Street Eats, an East-meets-West-style street market with food vendors from Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles, New York and more. The 24,000-square-foot food hall was designed by New York City-based Celano Design Studio.

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Celano Design Studio Inspires Two New Concepts At Resorts World Las Vegas

Celano Design Studio has a long and successful career in designing some of the most beautiful restaurants in the world and has announced the arrival of two new restaurants to open this summer. Developed by Resorts World Las Vegas – the resort’s highly anticipated opening on June 24th – Celano is the creative lead behind the design of two of the hotel’s exciting new concepts, including ¡Viva !, a new Mexican restaurant from Chef Ray Garcia, which celebrates life through food, drink and fun; and Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den, a hidden speakeasy in the Zouk Group’s Asian street vendor-inspired Famous Foods Street Eats. Together with the local architect Marnell Companies, Celano has designed two unique rooms with a lively and welcoming atmosphere, which serve as the perfect backdrop for the talented chefs and their teams.

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The Ray Readies for Summer Debut in Delray Beach The Curio Collection Hotel is being designed by Gonzalez Architects, Studio Munge, Virserius Studio, and Celano Design

Hilton has announced the forthcoming launch of a South Florida hotel project with commercial real estate developer, owner, and manager Menin. Slated to open this summer, the Ray Hotel Delray Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton will evoke tropical luxury through a modern, LEED Gold-certified design by Miami-based firm González Architects that features living walls and a lush tree canopy. The interior design is a collaborative effort by Studio Munge, Virserius Studio, and Celano Design.

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Vancouver may be celebrated as the “city of glass,” but it’s also known for its spectacular waterfront setting and easy access to the mountains. That dichotomy drives the narrative behind the Douglas, an Autograph Collection hotel, located within urban resort PARQ that’s built to LEED Gold standards. “The architecture of the building was a big influence,” says Vincent Celano, principal of New York-based Celano Design Studio, which handled interiors for the 188-room hotel. “Its reflection of the mountains, the water, and the city informs a large part of our narrative.”

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The local food movement has a new headliner: craft cider. The fermented, alcoholic beverage has become something of an “it” drink in New York City in the past few years. The reason is two-fold: producers are creating more complex ciders for an audience that craves it, and production is way up in New York state. It’s a perfect storm of supply and demand.

New York boasts more cideries than other state in the country. From 2011 – 2015, according to data released by the organizers of Cider Week NYC (the Sixth Annual festival runs October 21-31), the number of producers jumped from five to 65, with production volume up 750%. And so, a beverage once relegated to those seeking sweet and carbonated drinks is now more seriously considered.

“What we’re really seeing is people interested in the fine quality, well-made product,” said Dan Pucci, Cider Director at Wassail on the Lower East Side. “With an interesting style, [there is] a lot of growth happening.”

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Though he and his business have roots in New York City, Vincent Celano, founder and principal of Celano Design Studio, finds inspiration in the culture and spirit of Miami and incorporates those elements into his restaurant designs.

“Miami and South Florida have become a testing ground for restaurants,” he told MRM magazine. “They can tap into the energy before going national and there’s space, more landscape to discover how a food concept might translate up north.”

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After graduating from Pratt Institute with a degree in architecture, Celano headed design and management of projects for Rockwell Group, Jeffrey Beers International, and ICRAVE, among others before branching out on his own in 2013. The studio advises on a host of services including design, architecture, branding and graphics for a roster of hotel, nightclub, restaurant and bar clients such as W Hotels and Resorts, Rosa Mexicano, Mohegan Sun and Mercadito Hospitality.

The design industry is not just picking colors, but understanding the flow of business and choreographing an experience.

Projects Celano and his team have designed include:

Pisco Y Nazca, Miami
Bulla Gastropubs, Miami
Coconut Grove’s Glass & Vine,
Buddy V’s Ristorante, Las Vegas, and Bethlehem, PA
The Hamilton, Allentown, PA
Cockscomb, San Francisco
Duke University West Campus Union, Durham, NC
Rock & Reilly’s, New York, NY

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When it comes to cutting-edge design and a multi-concept space, university dining halls hardly seem an innovative venue. The new West Campus Union Hall at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, could change that perception.

New York–based designer Vincent Celano created a new dining experience that defies the cafeteria quality and drab interior. He says it all started when Rick Johnson, the head of housing and dining at Duke, decided it was time to take student dining “to the next level.” Johnson reached out to Celano and they formed a team—including renowned kitchen designer Jimi Yui—that would not only work on the design but the menus and branding for the concepts, too.

“It started with putting together the team that could brainstorm and create these concepts because they didn’t have the food; they didn’t have the menus. We were very much a part of creating that,” Celano says. “One of the things we talked about as a group was … how do we bring forward the food experience? How do we bring the food theater forward to the customer and make it part of the experience?”

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Designed by New York-based Celano Design Studio in partnership with New York-based Grimshaw Architects, the Duke University West Campus Union is an on-campus dining facility that housing 11 food venues that will debut this year. Along with completing the interior design, the firms also created the brand identity concepts for each of the dining experiences including the materials palette, menu layout, signage, and uniforms.


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