In January, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown will unveil the new Carcara restaurant as one of the final stages of an extensive top-to-bottom renovation of the Arizona hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the newly renovated hotel and Carcara feature a modern, bold, open design honoring the brand’s community-forward ethos.
Designed by New York-based Celano Design Studio, Carcara honors the rich agricultural history of the Phoenix area and focuses on delivering simple comforts and refined details. The design is inspired by the region’s cotton fields and citrus groves, evoking feelings of nostalgia while also offering a fresh sensibility that focuses on the sense of place in Phoenix. The space features lush greenery both in a mix of clay pots and from a large hanging wood planter suspended from the ceiling, marble pavers in a variety of colors and shapes, and ochre and sun-baked gold tones throughout. All three of the private dining rooms are also individually designed using unique decor and light fixtures that blend with the restaurant’s overall aesthetic.
Drawing on nature, a central focal point of the space is a 14-foot-tall Chestnut Oak tree growing through the wood trellis in the center of the dining room. This custom tree has a 21-foot diameter canopy and collection of glass and metal lanterns hanging within the branches to add a soft glow. Outside, the perimeter of the patio is lined with Cara Cara orange trees, the inspiration and namesake for the restaurant.
Rendering: Celano Design Studio