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NY's uptown design district draws new showrooms
Jul 26, 2011

Several new showrooms have announced forthcoming openings within and around the Decoration and Design Building (DDB) this fall and in early 2012.
Opening within the DDB will be Studio Baccarat, Maya Romanoff, the newly expanded Donghia showroom, Crestron, Artistic Frame, and Stone Classic Sofas. CB2 will be opening on the street level of the building facing Third Avenue.
Not far away, Mrs. John Strong will open a 'bespoke salon' on Madison Avenue between 61st and 62nd St., and The Rug Company will open a showroom featuring a custom design area on the corner of 59th Street and 3rd Ave.

Courtesy Donghia.
The Rubelli Group and Sahco's new 18,500 s.f. flagship showroom for Donghia and Bergamo Fabrics will feature 16 of Donghia’s represented lines, including well-known brands such as Boyd Lighting, Maya Romanoff, and Henry Calvin, as well as new brands such as Elitis, Lulu DK, and Joseph Jeup. The showroom will also showcase the largest selection of classic Donghia furniture in lifestyle room settings and vignettes. 

Courtesy The Rug Company.
The Rug Company's new 3,000 sq.ft space will open March 2012, and span three floors. It will be the company’s second New York City showroom and sixth in the U.S. Five new international stores are planned to open between 2011 and 2012.
“The Upper East Side is an ideal location because of its close proximity to the D&D building”, said Christopher Sharp, co-founder of The Rug Company.  “A huge proportion of our business is to-the-trade and this shop will cater primarily to interior designers and architects, who are very important to us.  There will even be a special custom design area and in-house designer to draw up artwork on the spot for clients.”

Courtesy Mrs. John L. Strong
Mrs. John L. Strong's tiny 100 s.f. new showroom will open this September. Owner Jacqueline Kotts is returning the company to its proper status of “bespoke” stationer to those in the “Manhattan Know.” She sees this as a necessary measure in making the product and company highly accessible with a paramount increase in visibility.
979 3rd Avenue (D&D Building)
CB2's 13,500 s.f. store, scheduled to open in late October at 979 Third Avenue in the DDB, will feature innovative and accessible design solutions for apartment, loft, home and office, from modern accessories to classic barware to contemporary furniture. The store will open with the Fall 2011 and Holiday collections.
“It is an ideal spot for our stationery collection, social paper products, and accessories. Mrs. John L. Strong enthusiasts can now dash in quickly to purchase such items...” said Kotts.

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