5 Projects, from Residential Texas Tower to Shanghai Hotel, Highlight A&D Building’s Diverse Showrooms
NYC's Architects & Designers Building welcomes residential and commercial visitors for walk-in, one-stop shopping in 39 showrooms
Anyone who has ever spent much time on the east side of Manhattan in the upper 50s, either happily happened on a mecca of design furnishings, or made their way there specifically for that reason. While most reading this are likely from the latter category, the neighborhood is worth a spotlight – even to seasoned visitors – thanks to a revival of some of its storied design showrooms. Of particular note are the 39 showrooms inside the Architects & Designers (A&D) Building, located on 58th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues. A&D recently announced the opening of four new showrooms: Dacor, Middleby Residential-Viking and La Cornue, West Wood Architectural Surfaces and Floors, and Jenn-Air, which will open in March. While some showrooms require trade professionals to assist in making purchases, the culture of the building is one that welcomes even non-design professionals who want to understand the products a designer may be specifiying on his or her behalf; or are simply interested in seeing high-quality furnishings firsthand. The building’s walk-in policy encourages visitors to drop by its convenient location anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though many showrooms will accommodate customers after hours and on weekends on an appointment basis.
Here are five showrooms worth a visit next time you are in the neighborhood and looking to better acquaint yourself with the most cutting-edge products currently exciting the architecture and design communities:
1. Eggersmann: A new 100-unit high-rise residential building in Houston, Arabella, aims to be as modern and clean as any rival towers one might find in larger cities like NYC. Developer Randall Davis has completed more high-rise towers than any other developer in Texas, and has chosen some of the most forward-thinking design companies to outfit each of his residences’ interiors. Take Eggersmann, for example: The 100-year-old German company founded by Wilhelm Eggersmann produces kitchens and home living solutions rooted in a Bauhaus architectural style. For Arabella, Davis used Eggersmann’s 15 Square accessory system backsplash installations with functional storage to elevate the appearance of everyday items that people who actually use their kitchens need to access. Eggersmann designed the kitchens with raw natural materials like concrete and refined chrome hardware, complemented by neutral colors, to achieve a cohesive, clean look.
2. Poliform: Italian company Poliform has been expanding in recent years thanks to its comprehensive and versatile production range and a commitment to design that is on-trend while timeless. A contemporary aesthetic dictates the company’s lines of modular systems and furnishings, including its kitchens, wardrobes and bookcases, in addition to furniture items like beds and sofas. The company’s contract division has worked on projects in Lake Como, London and New York, with a recent highlight being a major renovation of the Hotel Lutetia in Paris. The hotel originally opened over 100 years ago, in 1910, as a lavish destination suitable for visitors of the city’s first department store nearby. A four-year renovation project was led by Jean-Michael Wilmotte, known for his work preserving and restoring heritage-rich buildings. Wilmotte collaborated with Poliform, which created custom, made-to-measure solutions to bring a fresh, modern feel to communal areas like the lobby, salon, brasserie and more.
3. Cosentino: Spanish family-owned surface product company, Cosentino, boasts a handful of well-known surface products whose brands like Silestone and Dekton have become household names in surfacing. Its Dekton product is known for UV and freeze/thaw resistance, as well as color fastness and large format sizing, making it a preferred option for exterior surfacing. The Luma Hotel in New York City, which opened in 2017, used 900 square feet of Dekton Edora surfacing in the cream color along the ventilated facade of the building’s entrance.
See Dekton in action at the Luma, and visit Cosentino’s showroom in suite 399 at the A&D Building.
4. B&B Italia: B&B Italia is the kind of furnishings brand consumers don’t always know they know, but they know. Its distinct contemporary, clean style is always recognizable and the company’s ability to predict and establish long-standing decor trends is reliably authoritative. In addition to its thriving consumer business, the brand’s contract division has also enjoyed growth and success over the past 40 years. Of note is the brand’s partnership with Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Group, for which it has designed furnishings since 2000, starting with the hotel brand’s first outpost in Milan. In 2018, Bulgari opened its Shanghai property, and B&B Italia’s contract division provided furniture for the 82 guest rooms, 19 of which are suites, and all public areas inside and outdoors. The furnishings selected were special editions of several of B&B Italia’s existing collections, as well as a range of custom, made-to-measure furnishings designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Studio exclusively for the hotel.
5. Middleby Residential: It might be effortless to gawk at high-end home furnishings in your Pinterest or Instagram feeds, but it still isn’t easy to find your favorite luxury appliance brands all in one place. Enter Middleby Residential, which curates a collection of international brands such as Aga, La Cornue and Viking, and displays them in showrooms for architects, designers and developers alike. Developer Samson Management, along with architect CetraRuddy, restored an 1867 building on Hubert Street into a four-story, 12-apartment luxury condominium building, utilizing products sourced by Middleby. Each of the residential units is more than 2,000 square feet and all feature high-end appliances like Viking ranges.
Check out Viking, La Cornue and other brands in Middleby Residential’s suite 1062 at the A&D Building.
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