In the digital world of 24/7 streaming, tweeting, snapping and sharing, people seek experiences beyond “BTDT” (been there done that) for both Instagram’able moments and as a backdrop for in-person connections. Mulberry Development’s team of skilled millworkers, artisans, and contractors deliver just that, ensuring that each space is infused with welcoming touches, re-imagined materials, and design elements that spark conversation and foster connection.
Founded in 2007, Mulberry Development’s work quickly became synonymous with conversation-starting design and a level of craftsmanship that transcends to the smallest detail. The firm’s principals, developer Michael Buono and longtime construction expert Robert Lavecchia, personally implement a customized approach for every project from pre-construction coordination, recommendations and staffing; to project monitoring, completion and close-out – with results that speak for themselves.
Most recently, Mulberry Development served as the Construction Manager and General Contractor for the highly anticipated re-introduction of the iconic Playboy Club New York. The 14,000 square foot club embodies urban sophistication and features four separate luxury lounges that are reflective of the brand’s distinctive heritage and trademark standards of quality, style and contemporary refinement.
With a past portfolio as notable as their current, Mulberry Development is a lauded creator of hospitality destinations that epitomize sophistication, culture and cool.
Serving as the Owner’s Representative at the bohemian-chic NoMad Hotel, Mulberry Development collaborated on the development and design of a series of distinct hospitality areas. Their work included the Library, a bi-level bibliophile’s delight with light fare and specialty cocktails; and the Elephant Bar, a special destination that evokes a balanced vibe of spirited club and elegant lounge centered around a custom 24-foot-long mahogany bar. Executing the build-out both on time and under budget, the team also sourced historic materials - like the original spiral staircase imported from the South of France and the original fireplace imported from a great French château - that became immediate focal points.
That same respect for a property’s storied past can be seen at Manhattan’s notoriously hip ACE Hotel and trendsetting Freehand Hotel; as well as the Sound View, a 1950’s North Fork landmark that is donning a new look reminiscent of the era’s easy charm and effortless style. Every area of the Sound View was restored – from the 55 cedar-clad rooms, picturesque lobby lounge and piano bar to The Halyard, a light-filled dining room and sprawling deck above the Long Island Sound. Serving as the Owner’s Representative, Mulberry Development coordinated all construction throughout the expansive property.
Celebrated by Condé Nast Traveler as The Best New York Hotel for Meeting Cool Creatives, the Freehand pays homage to the legendary writers, musicians and artists that once called the building home. Collaborating on the completion of the guest rooms and many hospitality areas, the team introduced a robust suite of offerings as eclectic as the property’s high-style design and décor. Guests and locals alike enjoy Simon & The Whale, where global flavor meets homey comforts; sophisticated cocktails served against the backdrop of lovingly restored mahogany millwork in the George Washington Bar; and the rooftop oasis Broken Shaker, a James Beard Award finalist and winner of Tales of the Cocktail’s Best American Hotel Bar.
Responsible for the construction, Mulberry Development delivered a tranquil ambiance to the posh a.lounge, the perfect respite and inviting gathering place at AKA. Mixologists serve up a curated selection of wines, micro-brews, and artisan spirits including a.vod – recently named Vodka of the Year by Spirit Journal.
And as a testament to successfully forged relationships, the team will be extending their engagement with AKA focusing on their newest Tribeca location; working on the conversion of Sound View Inn’s Pebble Beach property to private condominiums; and facilitating pre-development work for a high profile residential development in Mendoza, Argentina comprised of 400+ homes and a full suite of community amenities.