- New York, NY
This project is a 2,500 sq. ft. retail store in the Meatpacking District of New York City. The main sales area is nested under fragments of the High Line railroad track built in the 1930’s. The character of the exposed steel structure is restored and very much visible in the new retail environment.
Below the exposed High Line track, a 10’ tall, suspended metal screen is hung, resembling a sinuous ribbon. It is fabricated from 1600 pieces of curved aluminum panes with a mirror polished finish. The screen has small penetrations, which allow daylight to filter through. The mirror polished finish then refracts and reflects the daylight, as well as that of a custom pendant light fixture commissioned for the space, designed by Bec Brittain.
In the area beyond the High Line tracks, there is an angular wood ceiling fabricated from wood flooring boards made of fumed European white oak with a custom grey stain. This wood continues down the back wall in the fitting room area to become the actual flooring in that area, creating a warm wood “grotto”. The floor is an antiqued black, slightly rusticated Belgian limestone in a random pattern.
The store fixtures are made of antiqued black steel and bead-blasted stainless steel, giving them a warm tactical beauty and patina. Merchandise is locally lit with LED fixtures integrated into the hang bars. The oversized oval seating ottoman in Shoes is custom designed and upholstered in soft pale-purple leather. The carpet in the shoe area is a silvery taupe, wool and silk cut pile.