Firstly, we drew from the triangular nature of the lot, which in a city like NYC, usually means a left-over or unusable space, but can also be vibrant corners of the city, where people meet and linger. Secondly, the nature of the AIDS crisis is not what our history has memorialized before -- typically wars, revolutions, a person, an event -- so it naturally turned us towards more abstract concepts like the feeling of being under a tree canopy, the sound of water, etc.
We wanted a space that can be all things to all people, especially with the passage of time. It is not easy to sum up how one feels when mourning a loss. It is deeply personal and at the same time the collective grief brings people together. We wanted a space that will allow a person to sit and contemplate both the individual loss and at the same time show our collective will to better our circumstances. It must also be a place not so severe and solemn that children cannot run thru and play -- because life goes on.
The paving design is the result of a collaboration with Jenny Holzer, responsible for the granite paving art installation, it added a new layer to the design, which enriched and transformed the experience.
Location: West 12th street & Greenwich Ave.
Date of Competition: March, 2013 (In Progress)
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Fisher Marantz Stone
Artist: Jenny Holzer
Landscape Designer: M. Paul Friedberg and Partners
Graphic Designer: 2x4 and Pablo Alabau
Photos: Ed Caruso
Reade Street Prep
This is the second location within 2 blocks in Tribeca that we designed for Reade Street Prep, a 2-yr to 5-yr olds pre-school and pre-K. Our collaboration with Reade Street Prep is a design relationship that explored every aspect of how the kids will use and experience the classrooms and making this not just another preschool. We took care of all things great and small, from the elephant silhouette toilet partitions, to the “forest playground”, and all the way to the sprinklers and smoke detectors.
Location: 77 Reade Street, Tribeca, New York
Date of Competition: September, 2013
Contractor: Yong Multi Construction
MEP Engineering: Steve Giammona
Fire Protection: American Security Systems
Jean Michel Cazabat
In an intimate setting inspired by Jean Michel's loft in Soho, the 1,500 sq. ft. store is his first retail store in New York. The store is organized around a limestone fire place, with low storage on the side and a gold leaf framed display wall in the back. Using simple materials and textures, and with the addition of Jean-Michel Cazabat signature colors Bleu Napoleon for the entry wall and Rouge Taureau for the furniture, the design of the store creates a discreet and comfortable place for the display of his shoe collection.
This is the first location in the US for the Belgian luxury brand Sarah Pacini. The intent of the design for this 4,000sf flagship store concept is to reflect Sarah Pacini’s design philosophy by showcasing the savoir-faire of the crafts men involved in this project: Belgian custom cement floor finishing, Canadian millwork, Italian metalwork. The result is a soft industrial feel with exposed ceilings and minimalistic raw steel and blackened wood millwork. The flooring unifies these elements through a monolithic charcoal epoxy pour artistically installed by a Belgian based company.
Location: Flatiron District
Date of Competition: February, 2015
Interior design: with Laura Alandes
2,300 square foot retail space in the heart of New York City’s fashion forward Soho neighborhood will reflect the glamour, edginess and originality of the shoes and accessories that are always at the base of the philosophy of the brand. With high ceilings, plaster walls and a mix of wood and metal displays and furniture, the New York flagship store’s modern, architectural design allows customers to focus on the product.
Union Square Laser Dermatology
Union Square Laser Dermatology is located in a state-of-the-art 9,000 square foot full-floor facility, in a landmark building in the heart of Union Square. The design is a stylish, loft-like space with treetop views of Union Square Park.
Tipsy Parson, is the second restaurant from the owners of Little Giant. This new restaurant in Chelsea was gut-renovated from an old laundromat and designed with a full service kitchen to serve the 75 seat dining space. The restaurant faces Ninth Avenue with cozy alcove seating, bar service, and a recycled church pew serving as banquette seats. The back dining room which opens to a planted backyard houses both communal seating and corner banquettes.
How to create a fresh new look to the old fashion dairy store experience? Combining retail, take-out and bar seating, the design embraces the idea of organic dairy product from upstate New York using recycled materials from the farm and making it accessible to all ages. Designed with Ronnybrook Milk Bar owner and graphic designer Mark Sarosi.
Photos by: Fran Roberts
The best ideas often happen when there are many design criteria and even more design latitude. With Shilo, we were able to take the conventional ideas of an open workspace and really make an open space without walls. The desk that stretches through the entire space is a true collaborative process at work. The design is a testament to how they work and play.
Steven Alan Franklyn
With the opening his first store in 1994, Steven Alan quickly became known not only for the emergence of the casual cool world of shirting, but also his special finds and curated pieces from up and coming designers. Recognizing the need to assist those emerging designers in navigating the build out of their wholesale business while continuing to nurture and preserve the brand itself, the Steven Alan Showroom was launched in 1997. Occupying 6,000sf over two floors, the showroom is designed to be a flexible space to be easily adjustable to the design seasons and at the same time in tune with the design aesthetic of Steven Alan branding: simple raw materials, clever solutions and downtown loft bourgeois-boheme feel. The program includes accessories / shoes / jewelry display, women's showroom, mens and kids showroom. The result is a cool and unpretentious space, quintessential Steven Alan.
Steven Alan Brooklyn
Steven Alan’s first store in Brooklyn was designed with a “guerilla” operation in mind. Simple light fixtures and a canvas backdrop anchors the exposed pipe fittings, keeping the space simple on this busy thoroughfare in Brooklyn.
VPL's very first flagship store consists of a 800sf retail space inspired by a 1920's gymnasium. With the use of hanging manila ropes, stretch bars and exercise rings, the space has a playful spirit with a vintage feel mixed in with some modern elements like the plywood lightbox signage and the Donald Judd inspired cashwrap table. The remaining 1000sf is split into an office space and a showroom in the back.
Photos by Timo Kuhn
Zadig & Voltaire Meat Packing
This is the first store in New York for the frenchy and arty brand Zadig & Voltaire. This high-end store keeping with the design philosophy of all the other ZV stores worldwide is a perfect white box with the feel of an art gallery. All custom millwork, large display areas and oversized center table covered by floating mirror box ceiling are the main features of the design.
Zadig & Voltaire Soho
This is our second project working with the French high end casual wear brand Zadig & Voltaire. The new store, that opened in June 2010, is their second New York store located in the heart of SoHo on Mercer Street.
The store design consists of Zadig & Voltaire's signature style, featuring series of polished white lacquer millwork display units and collages of graphic images, within a raw New York loft style backdrop with exposed brick perimeter walls, exposed ductwork and track lighting.