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Mission Statement


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Mission Statement


 

mission

Jesse Keyes founded MODO to conceive, design and develop creative businesses that focus on the use of space and place as means of promoting deep, meaningful human relationships…the context of dialogue influenced by architecturally inspired and pragmatically executed spaces inspires community and commerce…in the hospitality, residential and fashion fields, MODO has been the creator, active partner, consultant and investor behind new york creative foundations One 7th Ave South, Karolina Zmarlak, La Esquina, Hotel Griffou, Goldbar, the Cassa Hotel and writer for Black Book, among other work…

     
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    One Seventh


    One Seventh


    one seventh avenue   |   boutique residential new development

     

     

    On Carmine Street, One 7th Avenue South, a paragon of modern architectual technique, is the first and only full floor triangular residential building in Manhattan (co-conceived, developed, owns and operates)

    Karolina Zmarlak


    Karolina Zmarlak


    karolina zmarlak   |   ready to wear designer women’s fashion label

    In New York City’s Fashion District, Karolina Zmarlak epitomizes Modernist European tailoring infused with innovative technique and materials (co-founder and President)

     
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    Keyes Residence


    Keyes Residence


    keyes residence   |   mid century modernist architectural home

    In Washington DC, the Keyes Residence is a unique residential element of form follows function in revisionist city (redesigned and aesthetically raised)

     
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    U in the Cube


    U in the Cube


     

     

     

    u in the cube   |   eating and dining concep

    On the High Line, U in the Cube captures the essence of modern eating: fast during the day to delegate good calories, and slow at night to seep into the subtle creativity (conceived)

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    La Esquina


    La Esquina


    la esquina   |   taquería tequila bar and brasserie

    On Kenmare Street, La Esquina changed the way North Americans appreciate and celebrate Mexican tacos and tequila (investing founding partner)

     
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    Nightlife for the Creative Economy


    Nightlife for the Creative Economy


    nightlife for the creative economy   |   doctoral dissertation to become book

    At Columbia University and Rutgers, the financial system is being revealed as the source of capital for the bohemian economic class, in ways newly imagined (doctoral candidate and writer)

     
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    Hotel Griffou


    Hotel Griffou


    hotel griffou   |   restaurant and underground lounge

    On 9th Street in Greenwich Village, the reincarnation of Mary Lou’s brought regulars Leonardo di Caprio and Orlando Bloom to this subversive subterranean boite (conceived, developed, owned and operated)

     

     
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    Habita Bowery Hotel


    Habita Bowery Hotel


    habita bowery hotel   |   boutique hotel with wide amenities 

    On the Bowery, with Enrique Norten and Habita, this oasis offered Little Italy a creative and intellectual aesthetic haven to party (conceived, designed and developed team)

     
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    1945


    1945


    1945   |   hotel food beverage and experimental amenity 

    In Midtown, 1945 enables multiple experiences of rich materials, suggestive lighting & complex food highlighted by modernist design (conceived, designed & developed team)

     
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    E__P


    E__P


    e__p   |   live music venue, cbgb's venue prior

    On the Bowery, E_P hosted the John Varvatos party for Guns n’ Roses with fashion party hosted by Karolina Zmarlak via Extra Place, the back door entrance (conceived, designed, developed and operated)

     
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    XIX


    XIX


    xix   |   underground club

    On Kenmare Street, XIX speaks to the Roman roots of the travertine stone and the debauch it allows to clean off its surface (conceived, designed and developed)

     
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    gold bar


    gold bar


    gold bar   |   nightlife music venue

    Via Grand Street, through golden doors and past speckled skulls, this venue hosted grand cocktails, sincere music and rich back room experiences (investor)

     
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    intent media


    intent media   |   multi media work studio

    On Varick Street, Intent pushes envelopes while enveloping manners of online consumption (conceived, designed and developed expansion)

     
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    showtime show house


    showtime show house


    showtime show house   |   television and design event

    In Midtown, Showtime pushed a space to support the creative endeavors of other designers and architects via a party (operated, developed a food and beverage concept, catered the event)

     
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    Cavaria PP


    Cavaria PP


    cavaria pp   |   spanish cava bar

    At Carmine Street, Cavaria P.P. brings the Spanish Mediterranean of grilled gambas, spicy pimientos & effervescent alcohol (conceived and designed)

     
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    modernist st. martin


    modernist st. martin


    modernist st. martin   |   residential development 

    On the island of St. Martin lies a topographically challenging variation of hills and streams inlaid with clean and simple lines for living in the air (conceived and designed with Archoutfit)