This month, home brands and design studios are proving their versatility by debuting innovative spaces and new kinds of shopping experiences—from augmented reality offerings to luxury food and dining, the traditional showroom model is clearly experiencing a shake-up. In our September roundup, BOH has gathered all the expansions and openings to have on your radar.
In Canaan, luxury bedding and textile designer John Robshaw has transformed an 1840s farmhouse into a combined retail space and design studio called The Shop at John Robshaw. While maintaining some of the home’s original features, such as windows and flooring, he updated the space to house his namesake brand’s product suite and more: The first floor features John’s Shop, with collected pieces including bone inlay furniture, cabinets, tables, JR bedding and antique textiles from around the world. On the second floor, Robshaw will operate his design studio, complete with designed bedrooms featuring JR products. A barn adjacent to the main building will offer more shop offerings, including antiques, fabric by the yard, and upholstery, along with a block printing studio.
Kerri Rosenthal has finished a renovation of her flagship space in Westport, which now houses all facets of her eponymous lifestyle brand. The first floor will feature a retail space offering the company’s upholstered furniture, oak case goods and home accessories, plus its trade and interior designer division, where customers can make an appointment to work with a designer and receive advice on choosing products. Meanwhile, the second floor will include an apparel and home showroom, a kitchen designed by Rosenthal, and her original art gallery.
RH has announced the opening of The Gallery at Oak Brook Center on September 24, following the company’s hospitality experiences in Chicago and New York. The 60,000-square-foot space contains the brand’s interior, modern and outdoor offerings, in addition to a wine bar, rooftop restaurant and park. Conceptualized by RH chairman and CEO Gary Friedman, the new shopping center is housed in a transparent, multilevel contemporary structure with glass-and-steel French doors that open onto garden courtyards and terraces. Along with retail and dining offerings, the location will include an interior design firm and atelier, complete with an interactive studio with private client presentation rooms and state-of-the-art technology for professional design services.
Global surfacing provider Cosentino has debuted a renovated showroom space in Chicago’s design district—the first reavamped North American location in its international series of City Center showrooms, where the shopping experience is geared toward supporting and inspiring designers. The 4,600-square-foot space includes an atelier, an augmented reality design area, and to-scale digital displays with imagery of the brand’s surfaces, allowing the design community to view their work in context alongside products outside of Cosentino’s offerings.
Danish textiles brand Gabriel has debuted a new 3,900-square-foot showroom in Chicago’s Fulton Market district. The space’s open layout features work areas for designers, architects and manufacturers to meet with clients, along with built-in shelving units displaying the brand’s signature wool, recycled polyester and mesh fabrics on backs, cushions, screens and hangers in the full range of colorways.
In the Michigan Design Center, trade-only showroom Tennant & Associates has moved into an adjoining suite to showcase an exclusive line of natural, textured and specialty wallcoverings created with Phillip Jeffries. There, designers can explore several new displays in a bright, shoppable space.
Studio Robert McKinley has announced the opening of the McKinley Bungalow Edison—the design studio’s fourth rentable, shoppable concept. Located in Montauk on Long Island, the 4,200-square-foot space is the largest in the Bungalow series to date, and marks a departure from the firm’s previous midcentury-style ranch homes. With a contemporary spin on traditional New England design, the cedar-shake house features furnishings available for purchase from Design Within Reach, EQ3, Heath Ceramics, Reform and more.
Havertys has reopened its Carolina Place store in Pineville after completing interior and exterior renovations on the 46,700-square-foot space. The remodel was designed to offer customers a lighter, brighter shopping experience—its new LED lighting is programmed with warmer color temperatures and a higher color-rendering index to replicate the conditions commonly found in homes and offer a more accurate look at fabric color. Along with other updates, the location includes a dedicated space for free consultations with the company's in-home design service, H Design.
Homepage image: Inside the McKinley Bungalow Edison | Courtesy of Nicole Franzen