We updated Maison Gerard, a boutique antique store in the East Village, to better showcase their vintage pieces. Two adjacent spaces feature distinct concepts while also preserving existing elements. The more muscular and industrial design of the renovated store provides a counterpoint to the white box aesthetic of the space next door and also contrasts with their delicate antique furniture.
We designed a direct connection to the storage space below in a corner of the store to circumvent a public corridor. A focus on finishes lends a raw elegance to the store, providing an appropriate backdrop for the main actors: the furniture. We removed the original floor and replaced it with reclaimed wood. We also replaced the storefront windows and added metal shelving to display pieces for sale. We maintained the exposed masonry and finished the cast iron columns with subtle detailing. By focusing on the existing elements’ raw and aged beauty and fitting the space architecturally for easier use, we created an updated space that places the emphasis on Maison Gerard’s gorgeous furniture.
Client: Mother Industries
Interior Designer: Steven Sclaroff Design
MEP: Engineering Solutions
General Contractor: Vanguard Construction
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