Spacesmith partnered with Ladurée’s in-house design team Panetude in the 9,000 sf build-out of their new retail store / restaurant in Soho, NY. The space is clearly divided into four zones, all with their own distinct character: pastry shop, tea room, restaurant and garden. Upon entry, 3,000 sf is dedicated to the sale of Ladurée’s world famous macaroons. The colorful confectionaries are the stars of this space, supported by the white, custom made shop display imported from France. The space then opens into the tea room, comfortable and welcoming, evoking the sense of a traditional French parlor. Slanted fabric ceiling and cove lighting add to the intimacy of the space. The full restaurant overseeing the outdoor garden space occupies the back. The main dining area is grand with custom crown molding and a large chandelier illuminating the gold and blue tones of the walls and curtains. Sculptures throughout are authentic 19th century pieces, retrieved from old ware houses, castles or other private residences.
Spacesmith designed two custom made kitchens in the cellar, each requiring very different and specific functions; one for pastries, the other for the dinner menu. We worked closely with mechanical engineers to maximize the tight space, ensuring that Ladurée could comfortably do what they do best; make great food.