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How Chef José Andrés Brought A New Minibar To E Street

Yesterday Eater chimed in with the ten crucial things you must know about the newest version of minibar by Chef José Andrés but now that everyone knows the what we're back with the how. As in, how on earth did they create an infinity mirror (also, what exactly is an infinity mirror)? Curbed spoke with Allison Cooke, of CORE, who worked closely with Spanish architect Juli Capella and Forrester Construction to bring the imaginations of José Andrés into a physical reality.

The grand vision for the space was to make it look like a European residence, which is where the natural woods and fireplace come in. But the vision on a smaller scale was to have dozens of details that catch guests by surprise. In the same way that the twenty-ish course menu is supposed to jostle the tastebuds, the physical space is meant to upend peoples' perceptions. "It's in all the little accents," says Cooke. "There are hands that are meant to coathooks, but José is actually going to put fruit in the hands. There are tables that look like marble but you can pick them up and they are very lightweight."

Here is a gallery of just a few of the trompe l'oeil features and reasons behind each one are explained in the captions.

· 10 Crucial Facts About Minibar's New Design [EDC]

Photos from Ken Wyner, cerruti baleri, cerruti baleri, ArborSci, and Think Food Group.