Trendsetting West Palm Beach designer Sean Rush opens Nomad @ Sean Rush
Showroom expansion delivers array of home goods, art and design with an immersive, exotic side of food and wine
Interior designer and artist Sean Rush standing at Nomad’s signature wine counter, which incorporates an interactive contemporary art installation. [RODRIGO PAIVA DE ALMEIDA]
After nearly a decade of being a design trendsetter in West Palm Beach, Sean Rush recently expanded his retail space to share his vision and lifestyle with the opening of Nomad @ Sean Rush.
Nomad is an ongoing, ever-changing art installation offering wine and an internationally influenced food menu in a boho-chic lounge setting. The restaurant space is adjacent Rush’s Dixie Hwy atelier showroom on Antique Row, with furnishings and accessories sourced from Morocco, South America, and Asia, highlighting Rush’s global design aesthetic.
Rush opened his eponymous design showroom almost ten years ago. When the adjacent retail space became available this summer, he jumped at the chance to expand his whole-life vision for design and entertaining. “I didn’t’ want to simply expand my retail footprint,” says Rush. “I wanted to create a more experiential environment where you can have small bites and meet with friends.” The designer readily admits to taking inspiration from Donna Karan’s Urban Zen lifestyle boutique in Sag Harbor, which shares space with her daughter Gabby Karan de Felice’s restaurant, Tutto il Giorno. “I realized she [Karan] was reinventing retail. We are at a place where retail has to be reinvented,” said Rush.
As its proprietor, Nomad manifests Rush’s singular vision of design at its best, interweaving Moroccan with Balinese, Indian with African, culminating in an experience that transports guests to a candlelit Moroccan riad, or a residence nestled on the coast of the Indian Ocean. The space blurs the line between retail and restaurant and features several distinctive indoor and outdoor seating areas. Rush designed each area to invoke vignettes from the home of a seasoned world traveler.
The restaurant’s menu offers a variety of wines and array of charcuterie boards. Board items include gourmet meats and cheeses. Small bites include crostini created using family recipes, atop bread from Dixie Hwy bakery Aioli. Produce is sourced from Don Victorio’s Market, another Dixie Hwy stalwart. Rush says the decision was an intentional way to celebrate the West Palm Beach community. The wines are curated from small, family-owned, boutique vineyards. “I put my heart and soul in anything I design,” said Rush. An exotic selection of teas and Piñon Coffee House brews round out the menu’s carefully curated offerings.
Rush collaborated with Kenneth A. Huff, an internationally exhibited new media artist, to create Nomad’s wine counter. The bespoke installation projects an interactive contemporary art installation onto the counter, juxtaposed along an art wall of Rush’s own oil on linen paintings. Sitting with friends over a glass of wine or one of Nomad’s gourmet charcuterie boards, you are bathed in meditative images captured through the sensitive eye of an artist.
The Living Room welcomes guests to relax with a glass of wine with friends as Balinese hanging chairs embrace visitors and encourage conversation. Guests can then move to the Wine Lounge, where intimate seating is available for couples, or tables may be expanded to accommodate larger parties. Wander over to the Window Lounge that bespeaks the romance of a grand hotel lounge. Or find your way to the candlelit outdoor table, nestled under a canopy of twinkling lights.
When you step into Nomad, you cross its threshold into an exotic escape that transports you to another continent. Rush follows the teachings of the 13th century Persian poet and theologian, Rumi. Waiters at Nomad wear t-shirts emblazoned with the poet’s proclamation: “Set your life on fire, seek those who fan the flames.” For Rush, the message is a succinct mantra by which he lives his life and designs the world on offer at Nomad. “Find your inspiration and the people around you who celebrate it.”
Located: 3700 S. Dixie Hwy, Suite 5, West Palm Beach
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (sometimes later)
Instagram & Facebook: @nomad.seanrush
Reservations: Open Table or telephone; Nomad @ Sean Rush is also available for private events.
By Krystian von Speidel ■ Notables Editor