Coast to coast, top showrooms are opening their doors to designers.
After 11 years at the Pacific Design Center, RALPH PUCCI is moving into new digs, a 13,000-square-foot former 1920s dance studio in Hollywood, set to open in March. A gallery within the gallery will showcase work by Hervé van der Straeten, and the courtyard will display chairs by Patrick Naggar and sculptures by Ruben Toledo. Collections by Richard Meier and Pierre Paulin will be rolling out later in 2017. (1025 N. McCadden Pl., Los Angeles)
Bringing in a touch of her signature whimsical style, NICOLE SASSAMAN opened her flagship store, featuring curated picks from her world travels, including Robbe & Berking silver, as well as her exclusive collection of wood floors and select custom furniture pieces. (116 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles) SERENA & LILY made Lido Marina Village the home of its fifth Design Shop, following East Hampton, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Westport, Connecticut. With an indoor and outdoor space, the shop offers bedding, art, rugs and furniture collections, as well as exclusive gift items. (3636 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach)
New in New York
Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone, the duo behind L.A.-based design firm CONSORT, opened a 1,200-square-foot Tribeca shop and studio. “We’re using New York as a testing ground for brand-new furniture designsin our signature style,” Sanders said. Vintage and new furnishings are offered at varied price points, and the space also houses a design studio, whose client list includes Jessica Alba, Jimmy Kimmel and Sophia Bush. (155 Duane St., Manhattan)
ESKAYEL opened its first studio and showroom in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, complete with an outdoor deck for entertaining. The brand’s energetically positive and eco-friendly offerings include wallcoverings, fabrics,rugs and accessories. (75 S. 6th St., Brooklyn)
After his spring 2016 “Broom off Broome” pop-up proved a smashing success, British furniture and lighting designer LEE BROOM decided to make New York a permanent home. With its pleated drapes and brass, marble, crystal and gray carpet–clad product displays, his new 800-square- foot SoHo showroom reflects the gallery style of Electra House, the brand’s flagship in Shoreditch, London. Plans are also in the works for a dedicated retail space to be located on the edge of the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles. (34 Greene St., Manhattan)
Paris-based wallcovering maker ÉLITIS chose the Decoration & Design Building to house its first dedicated American showroom (the line was previously represented by Donghia). The 2,900-square-foot space will be home to artisan collections such as hand-dyed papier-mâché, embroidered papers, handwoven abaca bark, gold-coated vegetal fiber, laser cuts and stone-washed linen. (D&D Building, 979 Third Ave., Suite 611, Manhattan)
Set to open in February, CARL HANSEN & SON’S Flatiron flagship will offer the architecture and design community a working kitchen and dining area for private events, as well as concept spaces, lounge areas and a materials lab for reviewing samples and finishes. (251 Park Avenue S., Manhattan)
Power of Paramus
Approximately 20 miles from Manhattan, at the crossroads of some of the most affluent suburbs in New Jersey, you’ll find Paramus. Don’t let the unglamorous name fool you: The area generates some of the highest volumes of sales in the country for high-end trade and retail showrooms. A few companies that have caughtwind of this trend include DESIGN WITHIN REACH (Westfield Garden State Plaza,1 Garden State Plaza Blvd., Suite M1), British paint and wallpaper specialist FARROW & BALL (160 Route 17 North) and KOHLER SIGNATURE STORE BY GENERAL PLUMBING (160 Route 17 North).