In a street-level storefront in Tribeca, furniture designer David Weeks has opened his first, exclusive showroom in Manhattan. Located just two blocks from his first New York apartment circa 1990, the new space was not only a strategic move into retail, but an opportunity to expand his existing Brooklyn manufacturing facility that was quickly squeezing out the administrative branch of his business.
Local architect Solvieg Furnland assisted Weeks with the architectural build-out, rectifying proportional inconsistencies in what the designer called a “cookie cutter retail space for downtown.” The classic, rectangular 2,500-square-foot floor plan with 15-foot-high ceilings was tweaked to accommodate two stairwells in the front and back of the shop, creating two offset parallelograms that still honor the building’s historical composition. The clean white slate is adorned with soft, over-sized graphics by 2x4 that were inspired by Weeks’ lampshade designs. A utilitarian electrical system accommodates Weeks’ lighting collection and product display updates. “The most interesting part of the process is understanding how to activate the retail, gallery, and administrative programs that have to happen in one space,” Weeks told AN.
Weeks also plans to showcase work from other designers.