ENSEMBLE ARCHITECTURE, DPC ‘Rachel Comey Flagship’
Located in Soho NYC Rachel Comey’s flagship store is a perfect mix of robust and delicate, elegantly industrial and frivolously uplifting. Theatrical, in a historical context, it is full of 1950’s colour, 1980’s glamour and contemporary chic. A celebration of diverse creative minds headed by architect Elizabeth Roberts of Ensemble Architecture DPC, interior designer Charles de Lisle and Rachel Comey, this beauty was born. Comey started kicked off the creative process with ideas on materiality and worked backwards – this is what can happen when you trust your instincts.
Heralded by Leanne Shapton’s custom flag this converted mechanics garage with it’s raw hewn timber ceiling enters a new era. A heady mix of masculine and feminine, concrete floors peppered with hand placed aggravate are grounded by thick handsome stucco’d walls. A generous concrete shoe plinth is lovingly manufactured with stones from Comey’s favourite beach, and pumice from the stone wash facility. Custom Rodrigues-styled armchairs in lipstick plum are backdroped by timber imprinted concrete walls. Comey’s collections hover ethereally off the ground haloed by brushed brass hanging rails. And then there is the dressing rooms…..swoon! Pink herringbone carpet, playful apertures and discreet lighting make for a cinematic boudoir.
Not that Comey needs much help selling her brilliantly, good-looking, cohesive, tailored designs, but really who wouldn’t want to walk away with a souvenir of this beautiful experience?
Photography by Dustin Aksland