A Saloon for the Downtown Fashion Set

With the River, a bar in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Emily Bode and Green River Project have expanded their wood-stained empire.

Evan Mock, the 25-year-old skateboarder, “Gossip Girl” actor and Calvin Klein model, was cast in amber light, leaning up against a pine wall at the River, a new bar on Bayard Street in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

He was chatting with two of the bar’s owners: Aaron Aujla, 36, and Benjamin Bloomstein, 34, the men behind Green River Project — an of-the-moment design firm known for its dark, tactile, wood-forward interiors and furniture. “This place is about 30 percent mahogany — that’s pine, that’s ash,” said Mr. Aujla, pointing to variations in the floor

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