In the event you thought the six ground, 90,000 sq. foot RH Gallery in New York’s Meatpacking District was huge, behold the California-based homeware emporium’s first worldwide outpost, RH England, the Gallery on the Historic Aynho Par, located in a 400-year-old landmark property within the Cotswolds spanning 73 acres and over 60 rooms. It’s all very Bridgerton, in tasteful shades of gray and beige.
RH, which lately expanded into hospitality, has plans to open shops in seven European cities—London, Paris, Milan, Munich, Dusseldorf, Brussels, and Madrid—by 2025. To plant the flag, RH Chairman & CEO Gary Friedman set his websites on Aynho Park, a primarily Classical Revival model construction with vestiges of Continental Baroque first inbuilt 1615 and later expanded and refurbished by the well-known architect Sir John Soane within the early-Nineteenth century. It’s one of many UK’s uncommon Grade 1 listed buildings, which embody Windsor Citadel and Chatsworth Home.
“Our aim was to discover a magical place that resembled something however a retail retailer,” says Friedman. “Thus far, I feel we’re off to a superb begin and that’s what we discovered right here—a spot of marvel, enchantment and historical past.”
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Certainly, RH England doesn’t look very like a traditional place to, nicely, store. The area seamlessly integrates dwelling furnishings collections from RH’s Interiors, Up to date, Fashionable, and Out of doors ranges with uncommon artwork, antiques and artifacts from throughout the globe. However the flagship sights are the eating places together with the Orangery, a live-fire eating expertise, and the Loggia, a French limestone fountain-filled outside venue wherein to get pleasure from wood-fired pizza whereas taking in naturalistic landscapes conceived within the 18th century by English backyard design pioneer Functionality Brown. There’s additionally a Wine Lounge, a Tea Salon, and a Juicery.
For structure buffs, different highlights embody an exhibition in partnership with Sir John Soane’s Museum in London that particulars Soane’s life and works at Aynho and different English nation homes by means of architectural drawings, fashions, and artifacts and an Structure & Design Library crammed with classic, modern and uncommon out-of-print books. One particularly, a 1521 Italian first version of Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius’s classical textual content De Architectura libre Dece, is a tome which guides the RH design ethos. In it, Vitruvious urges readers to hunt stability, symmetry and excellent proportions—all components that may be seen throughout the property.