Restoration Hardware is not a name befitting of how gorgeous, glorious and just great this brand is! Well known and fairly wide-ranging in the States, this is not a name us Brits are too familiar with. I hope this will change in the future, but meanwhile, I had to content myself with a visit to their brand new store in New York’s Meatpacking district.
Their brand new RH Gallery (they have galleries, not stores) is elegantly laid out over 90,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor space, dissected by a central atrium, and a glass lift at its core. Addressing the expectations of today’s consumers, Restoration Hardware have duly provided an experience that is far more than just retail. They have created a home (admittedly a rather grand one!); nurseries, bedrooms, living rooms, indoors, outdoors, textiles, lighting, dining – you name it, it’s all there to feast your eyes on and influence how you live/work in your home.
They also publish 4 magazines; RH Modern, RH Baby & Child, RH Teen and RH Interior Design. These are reference books but great for your coffee table and general escapism.
The new store in Meatpacking also features world-class hospitality; offered by RH’s President of Hospitality Brendan Sodikoff. Featuring a sumptuous seasonally driven menu, there are artisanal wines and handcrafted coffees, a wine vault, pantry and barista bar.
In short, if you are in New York go!