Restaurants + Bars

The Riggsby

Washington, DC

Client Profile

The Riggsby is an eclectic American restaurant commissioned by renowned chef Michael Schlow, providing an intimate and nostalgic dining experience, evocative of fine dining during the 1940’s.

Project Scope

Tasked with revamping The Carlyle Hotel’s drab, dated meeting room into a vibrant restaurant space, Michael Schlow sought inspiration from New York’s classic American restaurants and bars. He wanted the restaurant to feel era-appropriate to the 1940’s hotel, while putting a modern and engaging twist on the space. He envisioned a space that could stand on its own – an environment that locals and hotel visitors alike would love and appreciate. In close collaboration, Schlow and the Streetsense team used the space’s original design and historic value to their advantage, developing a distinctive modern retro concept – The Riggsby.

Together, Schlow and the Streetsense team came up with a vintage-inspired aesthetic for The Riggsby – a name inspired by Riggs Place, the street intersecting the restaurant. From the logo to the layout, the millwork to the furniture, Streetsense selected each design elements with classic dining in mind, giving the space an air of pageantry. Despite its sophistication, The Riggsby doesn’t take itself too seriously; whimsical pieces, such as a tweed-inspired logo and a keyhole-shaped door, are integrated into the design to lend the space a down-to-earth appeal. Streetsense also embraced the space’s design challenges, working with the low ceiling to create a stunning glass atrium. With an inspired design approach that thoughtfully transformed spatial limitations into opportunities, Streetsense helped Schlow realize his vision of The Riggsby, a warm, intimate bistro with just the right touch of nostalgia.


  • Collateral + Packaging
  • Concept Visioning
  • Construction Documentation
  • Contract Administration
  • Culinary Development
  • Design Development
  • FF&E
  • Identity Creation
  • Schematic Design