Kenzo Seoul Flagship

RDC/AAL’s facade for the new Kenzo store in Seoul achieves a delicate balance between the eye-catching and the restrained, staking a distinctive place in the already lush commercial neighborhood of Gangnam while harmonizing with its immediate architectural surroundings. The design captures the youthful ebullience of the brand within a measured, alluring approach. Overlaying the preexisting… Read more »

Manor House Pool Pavilion

This garden-hemmed pool pavilion is a contemporary addition to an historic English countryside estate. The custom-designed dual slide, constructed from fiberglass with a hand-applied resin finish, is crowned by a triangular window overlooking a vegetable garden. The distinctive, sweeping ceiling pattern absorbs reverberant sound while creating a decorative play of light. The changing rooms are… Read more »

West Eleventh Street Residence

This expansive Lower Manhattan residence, located in the Greenwich Lane, is imbued with RDC/AAL’s characteristically rich atmospheric nuance. The five-story home has been designed entirely around the principle of a vertical chromatic temperature gradient. The earthen reds and warm peach hues of the garden and parlor levels give way to the subdued grays of the… Read more »

Vision Quest

With the Vision Quest line for Gentle Monster, Rafael de Cárdenas has designed contemporary eyewear drawing on his cinematic indulgences. The result is an elegant pair of sunglasses evoking influences from Junior Gaultier and The Hunger to the Miami skyline, and bespeaking an acute attention to detail. Incorporating air and open space as an accent to… Read more »

Demisch Danant Gallery

The new Demisch Danant Gallery in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village is a delicately refined showcase for rare and sumptuous gems of 20th-century design. The vibrancy of the pieces unearthed by Suzanne Demisch and Stephane Danant is complemented by travertine warmth and subtly articulated structural elements: an exquisite minimal backdrop with nods to the history and institutional… Read more »

Montaigne Residence

This residence, tucked away on a side street in Paris, was designed in accordance with the refined and eclectic taste of the client’s family. The house itself, a stunning Haussmann-era hôtel particulier, creates an interesting contrast to the client’s extensive collection of contemporary Chinese art. The spaces are carefully curated to showcase these works of… Read more »

Au Pont Rouge

This contemporary insertion in Au Pont Rouge, occupying a full floor, reestablishes the historic Russian Jugendstil building as a preeminent lifestyle destination for St. Petersburg’s growing creative class. The placement of changing areas (conventionally relegated to the perimeter of retail spaces) within a centrally anchored spine announces a subversion of the customary shopping experience. Circular… Read more »

Gentle Monster NYC Flagship

The opening of Gentle Monster’s flagship store in SoHo signaled the emergence of the vanguard eyewear brand in the US. The atypical application and detailing of materials endemic to a retail environment subtly subvert expectations. Precise geometrical arrangements of mirrors cast eyewear displays into optically immersive depths while engaging customers in a conscious navigation of… Read more »

Delfina Delettrez Boutique

Located in Mayfair, London, the Delfina Delettrez boutique is a jewel-like fixture of Mount Street. The shop’s design showcases Delfina’s work in a manner that is seductive and exuberant, distinctly Italian and thoroughly contemporary. Mirror-lined walls behind the display cases create a space tunneled by ethereal constellations of glamour. A malachite trompe l’oeil wraps the… Read more »

Asia de Cuba

The new Asia de Cuba restaurant takes inspiration from a classic fixture of the New York dining scene, blending subtle references to ’90s postmodernism and Cuban art deco.  The material palette hints at old Havana with its soft pastel hues, yet remains sleekly modern in its use of marble, satin mirrors, and dark wood. Guests… Read more »

Nike 45 Grand

Nike 45 Grand was a temporary multipurpose space housed in a former auto repair shop in lower SoHo. Through the large garage door, a rounded, chapel-like wall of frosted acrylic fins allowed partial views of the largest single space at 45 Grand, the centrally located gym, which was flooded with natural light from a large… Read more »

Greenwich Village Residence

The design of this two-storey Greenwich Village penthouse prioritizes lightness and luxury while capitalizing on the art deco character of its setting. A restrained and muted color palette is employed throughout, creating contrast and counterpoint with contemporary artworks and furniture. Cream-hued, hand-painted lacquer walls act as a backdrop to a custom brass, copper, and walnut… Read more »

Olympic Tower Residence

This apartment in a Manhattan high-rise divides the space into three sequentially arranged zones for living. Each of the zones — lounge, study, and private chambers — are meant to frame and capitalize on their soaring views of the Manhattan cityscape. Within each zone, a subtle articulation of surfaces further defines the space and reduces… Read more »

Cartier / Shape Your Time

Cartier’s ‘Shape Your Time’ exhibition was developed as an immersive environment for hosting specialized events and dinners while displaying the luxury brand’s male-oriented products. Situated within a suburban Japanese home designed by Tadao Ando, the exhibit was designed to cohesively interact with different spaces within the residential environment. On the ground floor, freestanding furniture pieces… Read more »

NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial

As part of the Museum of Art and Design’s NYC Makers biennial, “Step-in One Too” transforms a gallery space into a temple-like nightclub environment. Though inspired by ‘80s and ‘90s club culture, the result is a transcendental meeting place that honors the ongoing evolution of NYC nightlife. At the center of the space, an altar-like… Read more »

Wooster Street Residence

This SoHo loft is home to a productive New York artist and the owner of an influential Miami fashion store. In an effort to maximize light exposure, the communal areas of the apartment are aligned with a series of four large window bays. Massive display walls are utilized throughout to showcase the couple’s substantial art… Read more »

Black Ocean Firehouse

This converted firehouse, built in 1895, serves as an incubator for small tech start-ups. The five-story space houses offices of varying size, from executive pods to four- to sixteen-person private and open workspaces. These variable settings support a diverse range of start-up teams and allow for flexible regrouping as companies come and go. Unprescribed features… Read more »

Baccarat Madison Avenue

The design at Baccarat’s Madison Avenue flagship translates the formal properties of finely cut crystal into architecture. A bright, two-story glass-frit façade is patterned with a triangular array, creating an illusion of three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional surface. The entryway’s walls are wrapped in faceted strips of Macassar ebony and mirror. This geometry reflects the natural… Read more »

Kutsher’s Tribeca

This 100-person restaurant and bar, located in the heart of Tribeca, is a modern interpretation of Kutsher’s Country Club in upstate New York. Kutsher’s Tribeca channels the communal spirit of the upstate resort’s historic dining room for a fresh take on the 1960s canteen, with bold geometry and rich materials. The neutral-warm palette is punctuated… Read more »

Charles Restaurant

The design of this restaurant creates intimacy, intrigue, and nuance through a composition of materials, lighting, and space. Bands of black mirror and marquee lights loom overhead. Below this reflective array, a pocketed suite of rooms is filled with muted gray tones in suede and lacquer. Cleanly geometrical form is juxtaposed with material opulence —… Read more »

AD France Artcurial

For its third year, in 2012, AD Magazine hosted AD Intérieurs at Artcurial, with the theme of ‘Voyages Imaginaires’ (‘Imaginary Journeys’). This design consists of a dual living space for dining, working, and resting. Simplistic black and whites are infused with pops of rich eggplant, dark wood, and teal in the patterned carpet by Inigo… Read more »

Glebe Place Residence

This five-bedroom residence was renovated to evoke timeless luxury, balancing contemporary classics of design with the home’s historic character. Dark, limed oak paneling spans the entrance hallway beneath double-height ceilings and a dramatic chandelier. Throughout the home, a restrained palette of Portland limestone, hardwood, and other natural materials is punctuated by vibrant accents in the… Read more »

Ford Models / fordPROJECT

This penthouse, located in a historic Warren and Wetmore building, is home to both the Ford Models Women’s Division and two floors of exhibition space for fordPROJECT, a new gallery space designed for site-specific installations and exhibitions. The design of the Women’s Division floor pays homage to the history of the building through a palette… Read more »

UBIQ Shop

Customers entering UBIQ ascend a ramp into a space wrapped in pattern, which creates a dizzying effect and establishes a vivid demarcation from the street and a backdrop for merchandise. In the main room, dozens of sneaker styles are highlighted on mirrored black shelving and in freestanding display units. A canopy of exposed light bulbs,… Read more »