Take a Seat

A local restaurant designer lusts after a sofa with good bones.

Photograph by Tony Luong

From the Sinclair’s industrial-chic chandeliers to Boston Chops’ ­tufted-leather banquettes, interior designer Stephen Martyak, of StudioTYAK, has a knack for choosing the perfect accents for his restaurant projects. So it’s no surprise that this stunning structural sofa from the Bright Group caught Martyak’s eye while he was shopping for an art deco–inspired banquette to put in a soon-to-open restaurant. “Bright undoubtedly breaks the bank for most restaurant and even residential projects,[but] a ­designer can dream,” says Martyak, who was immediately drawn to the piece’s modern lines, channel tufting, and exposed cylinder legs. While it may be too big of an investment for his restaurant clients, Martyak is keeping it in mind for another discerning buyer: himself. “The sand colored mohair upholstery would play beautifully off the vintage burnt-orange wingback I inherited from my parents,” he says. “I love mixing styles and pairing new and old.”

“Gray” sofa, $14,260, The Bright Group.