Designers and Decorators Building New York City 11,500 SF Fabric Showrooms Client: Zimmer+Rohde 2008 Photography: Reven Wurman
When TRA was asked to design the new “flagship” showroom for the Zimmer + Rhode Group, comprising of eight fabric companies, the challenge was to design a space that was at once one showroom but where the individual styles of the separate brands, some being very modern and some being very decorative, could be appreciated. The space had to be elegant and timeless, but also warm and inviting like FINE CLOTH, as the company philosophy states.
Similarly to other spaces designed by the studio, such as Clicquot and PMG, the sinuous circulation is simultaneously pragmatic as well as it becomes the geometric structure and iconic image around which the design is built. The fluid circulation is infinite, the curved flow draws the customer as the space and the companies unfold, the circulation is, once again, the design generator. The central island, hugged by the two major and thoroughly different mother companies Z+R and Travers, provides sequestered bays, defined by 4’ thick walls, that anchor each individual brand and provide a degree of visual isolation and intimacy as well as connection. The central island is open to the coffered concrete structure beyond, carefully restored and tinted white, which, like an acoustical baffle, amplifies the abundant mixture of natural and artificial light.
The interior design, which relies on as few details as possible, (in the budget and design clarity interest) is like a canvas, where the fabrics add color and give character to each individual mini boutique (a strategy similar to the one employed by TRA at the Pearl River store, where the product makes the clean space truly oriental).
The graphic program, which takes advantage of the multiple logos for decorative as well as practical purposes, was developed with Vignelli Associates.
The light diffused materials include sandblasted mirror and colored glass panels, lacquered millwork, aluminum and American walnut flooring and furniture.