1 Moooi, New York City
For its first showroom in the U.S., Dutch furniture brand Moooi has combined its signature eclectic style with an industrial concrete-and-steel backdrop perfectly suited to its NoMad neighbourhood. On entering the 360 square metre interior, visitors are greeted by a light-infused domestic tableau on their right, while to the left, an array of Bertjan Pot’s Round Prop Lights spells out the brand’s name in Braille. Throughout the dramatically lit interior, Moooi’s furniture and rugs are grouped in what the design team calls “product haiku,” with blow-ups of Rahi Rezvani’s striking photography in the mix. A skylight illuminates the deepest section of the store, featuring the just-launched Moooi Carpets.
2 Molteni & C, Tokyo
Patricia Urquiola drew on sources of inspiration both near and far in this showroom for Italian furniture brand Molteni & C, located in Tokyo’s trendy Aoyama district and completed in collaboration with Molteni & C’s Japanese distributor, Arflex. Divided into light and dark sections, devoted to living and bedrooms respectively, the 300 square metre showroom features a patterned seven-metre tall window screen made of locally sourced cedar, inspired by the circular windows of Koyto’s Temple of Komyoin, to filter the rising sun. Meanwhile, a bold motif of geometric shapes ties the interior together – an homage to Italian architect Giò Ponti, reinterpreted to resonate with Japanese minimalism.
3 Bisazza, New York City
In the heart of the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York, in the shadow of the popular High Line park, Bisazza’s latest showroom brings old-world glamour to the big city. The 400 square metre space is fittingly luxe, with Bisazza’s famous mosaics front and centre. Stepping past the double-height, fully retractable glass facade, guests experience a 180º panorama of a rich floral mosaic, while deeper in the showroom, alcoves display tile samples and panels of different mosaic patterns at smaller scales, trimmed in dark wood. If the massive glass chandeliers aren’t enough to wow you, climb up to the 165 square metre roof terrace overlooking the High Line.