Celebration of Life Commemorates Design Legend Jeffrey Beers

Guests came together at estiatorio Milos Hudson Yards to celebrate the life of the late architect 
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The Celebration of Life of distinguished New York City Architect Jeffrey Beers took place on Tuesday evening at Hudson Yards with over 300 guests in attendance. The design and hospitality community ascended upon estiatorio Milos Hudson Yards to pay their respects and share tributes in honor of Jeffrey, who was known for his distinctive aesthetic – a blend of modernism design with artisanal technique. Guests enjoyed thoughtfully prepared fare by Chef Costas Spiliadis, Chef Daniel Boulud, and Chef Michael Lomonaco, as well as iconic Brooklyn steakhouse Peter Luger.

Jeffrey’s wine collection on display at estiatorio Milos Hudson Yards

Throughout the evening, guests were able to explore Jeffrey’s life by visiting displays that reflected the different chapters of his life – his core interests and loves. With seven chapters in total, guests learned more about his love of the sea, glassblowing, wine, travel, his work, and his family. There was a display devoted to his early years as well, highlighting his childhood and developmental years.

Partner Nora Liu-Kanter, Partner Michael Pandolfi, Partner Tim Rooney, Editor in Chief to Hospitality Design Magazine Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

“Jeffrey Beers was more than a colleague; he was a dear friend whose work left a lasting impression not only on our restaurants but on the entire hospitality industry, worldwide. Hosting Jeffrey’s Celebration of Life at Milos is an immense honor, as it allows us to cherish his legacy, surrounded by friends and loved ones who were touched by his remarkable talent and generous spirit, in a space close to his heart. Jeffrey’s extraordinary contributions and friendships will forever be remembered and celebrated”, says Chef Costas Spiliadis, founder of estiatorio Milos.

Partner Tim Rooney, Chef Daniel Boulud, CEO at The Dinex Group Sebastien Silvestri

“I had the pleasure of working with Jeffrey on many projects over a couple of decades, starting with our first restaurant together, DB Bistro. We continued with projects in Las Vegas, Singapore, Miami, and most recently, the design of Café Boulud New York. Jeffrey was an artist with a brilliant mind, always pairing classic elegance with contemporary design. He was a passionate and talented architect who led and mentored the next generation with brilliance and good taste, and they will continue to carry on his legacy. Jeffrey was generous, kind, and fun to work with, and the entire hospitality industry misses him dearly,” says Chef Daniel Boulud.

estiatorio Milos Hudson Yards

“Jeffrey’s endearing and warm personality made him a joy to know. I felt so lucky to have the opportunity to work with him on Porter House 18 years ago. His love for hospitality and restaurants made the design process exciting and never like work at all. His witty asides, great humor, and sunny smile made even the toughest meetings a pleasure. He brought so much creativity and enthusiasm to each project we worked on together. Jeffrey’s generosity and kindness made everyone feel welcome and valued. As a talented architect and designer, Jeffrey could transform a client’s sketchy ideas into detailed, nuanced projects perfectly suited to their needs. His vision and infectious enthusiasm kept projects moving forward to achieve lasting success,” says Chef Michael Lomonaco.

Jeffrey’s Favorite Vodka Martinis Courtesy of Belvedere

“Jeffrey Beers understood how the space and atmosphere of a restaurant interact and knew what the critical elements are that give a restaurant its feeling. He and his team used that understanding to perfectly recreate the century-old Brooklyn charm of Peter Luger in a brand-new space in Las Vegas. His legacy will carry on through all of the legendary restaurants he’s designed across the world,” says Daniel Turtel, VP at Peter Luger Steak House.

BondST Hudson Yards

Prior to the event, an intimate pre-gathering of family, friends and the Jeffrey Beers International (JBI) studio took place next door at BondST Hudson Yards, which featured a few of Jeffrey’s favorite seafood fare in honor of his love of fishing, as well as remarks from his eldest son Justin Beers, who has joined the company as a Managing Member.

JBI Studio Members

“I knew and admired Jeffrey and his work for many years. He was truly the nicest person I’ve ever met. I’d always wanted to work with him, so was thrilled to collaborate with him on BondST Hudson Yards. It was a pleasure working with him and his team and I loved visiting his office to work on the restaurant’s interiors – so much so that I was sorry when the design process ended! Jeffrey and I were born on the same day – August 12th – and quickly bonded as fellow Leos, which we felt brought our relationship to a new level. He will be sorely missed.” – Jonathan Morr, Founder/Restauranteur, BondST + BondST Hudson Yards.

Managing Member Justin Beers, Connie Beers, Oliver Beers

“My family and I are incredibly grateful for the generosity, support, and love shown this evening,” says Justin Beers. “While my father is greatly missed, we hope his legacy will continue to inspire and guide all those who worked with him and generations of other architects and designers to come. I am incredibly proud of the continued effort and drive of everyone at JBI while simultaneously enduring such a significant loss. As he would say if he were here, “never give up, don’t ever give up.”

Ace of Spades Champagne Courtesy of Roc Nation

Founder and CEO of Jeffrey Beers International (JBI), died on March 18 after a long battle with cancer. Beers is remembered for designing several of New York’s most vibrant places including Jay Z’s 40/40 Club, Cafe Boulud New York, BondST Hudson Yards, Porter House Bar & Grill, as well as internationally renowned restaurants, hotels, resorts, and residences such as estiatorio Milos Dubai, and Peter Luger Las Vegas.

New York inspired and sustained his work and life and was a committed member of the community. For nearly 40 years he was a member of the board at UrbanGlass, a non-profit organization in downtown Brooklyn, and he was also on the board of the Allen-Stevenson School for close to 15 years.

UrbanGlass

For those interested in donations in honor of Jeffrey’s life, his family is asking for donations to be made to The Jeffrey Beers Memorial Fund at UrbanGlass, here, in lieu of flowers. For more information on Jeffrey and his work, visit https://jeffreybeers.com/ or find his obituary here.

Partner Michael Pandolfi, Managing Member Justin Beers, Partner Nora Liu-Kanter, Partner Tim Rooney, COO Julia Choi

About Jeffrey Beers International (JBI)

Based in New York, but with global reach, Jeffrey Beers International (JBI) is a full-service studio that specializes in architecture, design, and planning from hotel hospitality to resorts, from restaurants to residential. We pair the precision of architecture with the sensuality of form. You can see our signature style in resorts such as Fontainebleau Las Vegas, restaurants like Café Boulud New York, and residential developments like 108 in Leonard in Tribeca. Custom fixtures, sensitivity to the texture and color of materials, and elegant proportions define our work. Our team is astute, skillful, and collaborative. We are passionate about what we do. Grounded in nearly forty years of experience, our designs balance discipline with spontaneity and blend Modernism with the warmth of artisanal techniques. This creative dialogue defines the ethos of JBI where we bring architecture and artistry together.

www.jeffreybeers.com