This week, (RH) unveiled their newest and arguably grandest venture: a massive New York City gallery located in the heart of the Meatpacking District. The building–a historic landmark situated at the intersection of Little West 12th Street, Ninth Avenue, and Gansevoort Street–has been given new life, thanks to renowned architect and longtime partner of the brand, James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects. The spectacular edifice boasts a modern steel-and-glass structure that follows suit of the neighborhood’s industrial past. “The Meatpacking District exhibits a spirit of innovation and irreverence, pointing New York City towards the future while respecting the integrity and authenticity of its past,” says RH Chairman & CEO Gary Friedman.
Measuring 90,000-square-feet and standing six stories high, the flagship integrates all of RH’s businesses, and includes a striking art installation, a rooftop restaurant, wine terrace, and barista bar, which marks a continued foray for the brand, this time into hospitality. The RH experience begins the moment you set foot in the store–as you make your way through a skylit, six-story central atrium and ascend in the glass elevator, you are transported through four stories, each dedicated to specific categories of furnishings, and finally, you will arrive at the garden on the rooftop. “We were inspired by that spirit to create a retail experience worthy of such an iconic corner in what is arguably the most important city in the world,” Friedman concludes.
The skylit, six-story central atrium features stacked cast-iron columns and a transparent elevator.
New York Night, a six-story art installation of 120 hand-blown crystal teardrop pendants, is debuted at RH New York. The majestic, cascading work was created by renowned artist and designer Alison Berger, who wanted to engage viewers in "ever-changing pattern[s] of expansion and compression."
Entire floors of the gallery are dedicated to different collections, including Modern, Interiors, Outdoor, Baby & Child, Teen, and Interior Design.
For the first time ever, RH has embedded their own in-house interior design firm, adding yet another exciting element to the retail experience. There are offices, as well as private client presentation rooms and VIP entrances.
Celebrated restaurateur and Founding President of RH Hospitality Brendan Sodikoff is in charge of the Gallery's Rooftop Restaurant and wine terrace, as well as the Barista Bar, which is located off the atrium on the third level.
As explained in a company press release, "The Rooftop Restaurant offers Sodikoff’s seasonal, ingredient-driven menu in a space layered with glimmering crystal chandeliers, lush Asiatic jasmine, elegant banquette seating defined by Japanese boxwood hedging, and dozens of pleached London plane trees."
Featuring breathtaking views of the Hudson River, One World Trade Center, and downtown Manhattan, the rooftop garden is complete with overhead canopies, garden rooms, and sculptural evergreens. It has a classic European quality with a chic and contemporary spirit, serving as a calming escape from the bustling city below.