Local snapshot – New York


At Woods Bagot, we pride ourselves on local knowledge with a global outlook. We know each of our studio’s cities like the back of our hands, and we love to share what makes them special. 


Since opening its doors in 2009, our New York studio has been as lively and creative as the city it calls home. With a vitality that resonates with locals and visitors alike, Woods Bagot New York is an exciting studio dedicated to creating a meaningful body of work that enhances our built environment. For those that work there, it’s a place of endless opportunities and varied projects amid the city that never sleeps.

Here’s New York through the eyes of Interior Designer, John Pampoukidis.


John has a passion for creating timeless and elegant experiences that articulate a strong sense of narrative – often drawing on history or emotion to create welcoming spaces. Having worked on a variety of projects across Woods Bagot’s workplace, residential, hospitality, hotel, mixed-use and aviation sectors, he can be counted on to bring a distinctive and innovative touch to the design process. Hailing from South Australia, John has been a valued member of the New York studio since 2018.

A view of SoHo – a typical NYC scene.

The New York Stock exchange is right next to the studio, which means we are always aware of any companies going public. There are these large banners that cover the entire façade of the stock exchange with the company’s logo. Normally there are giveaways and free food! By passing the building on my way to work every morning I find myself staring at its true beauty and detail. I never get sick of it!

“W-B NYC is loud, diverse and creative, just like the city we love to work in.”

The entry to Woods Bagot New York City.

The view from Manhatta’s bar and restaurant, which was designed by Woods Bagot.

“Located at the top of the 28 Liberty building, Manhatta has a 40-foot long, black walnut bar (one of the city’s longest) and soaring views of Manhattan as its backdrop.”

30 Broad Street, where you’ll find the entry to W-B’s NYC studio.

As an Interior Designer, I’m dedicated to choosing the right materials for the projects I work on, meaning you can often find me in our materials library. Materials are so important because they evoke a sense of feeling when you brush your hand past a fluted wood wall or sit down in a soft upholstered armchair. You feel a curtain way in a space when the materials are carefully selected. Materials can make a space feel warm, cold, moody, bright & so on which creates that sense of emotion and belonging to space.

Iconic Wall Street is close to the studio.

NYC’s famous financial district is not far from the studio.

Enjoying the veiw from Manhatta with a cocktail is a ‘must do’ for any visitor to NYC.

Another W-B project, The Over/Under Kiosks, are located a 15 minute walk from the studio.

“The Over/Under Kiosks are pair of 150-square-foot kiosks that serve as both installations and drink stalls for the Riverdeck in New York’s Seaport District.”

Standing at 10 feet tall, each piece is comprised of 800 aluminum cylinders covered in a powder-coat finish. The individual parts were bolted together to create the exterior shell that could stand on its own with an internal frame.

From inside, the effect is a bespoke lighting installation varying in multiple hues, shapes, and depths resulting from the angled curvature cut into the tubes’ ends.

NYC is out of lockdown, which means we’re able to go on site. Here’s the team safe in their hard hats at 49 Chambers Street.

While we’re on site we look for any site conditions that may impact our design and, during construction, we look for quirks or faults in craftsmanship to ensure the highest-level of execution for our clients.

Light steams in from outside at a recent on site visit to 49 Chambers.

“Being on site is important for interior designers because it allows us to get a feel for the space and how our vision will come to life when the design is complete.”

Outdoor dining – which is a by-product of the pandemic and the consequential city-wide mandate that closed all indoor dining – has been very popular and still remains on New York’s footpaths, sidewalks and roads even though indoor dining has returned. Here’s a spot in SoHo.

Pastis is a very iconic NYC restaurant in the meatpacking district.

It’s a theatrical evocation of Paris featuring bistro food and high-energy atmospherics from a chic crowd, take a seat at the bar and soak the energy in!

Looking up on the streets of SoHo.

Dudley’s Lower East Side Australian Café. What I love about Dudley’s is it makes me feel close to my Australian roots – the energy and atmosphere brings me back to my Sunday brunches in Sydney’s Surrey Hills Syd or Chapel Street in Melbourne.

Talk to John Pampoukidis about what to see next time you visit the New York studio.