70,000-Square-Foot, Four-Level Design Experience Blurs the Lines
Between Residential and Retail, Indoors and Outdoors, Home and
Hospitality with an Integrated Courtyard Café, an Interactive Design
Atelier and Rooftop Conservatory & Park
CORTE MADERA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 27, 2017--
RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. – NYSE: RH) announced today the
opening of RH Toronto, The Gallery at Yorkdale. RH Toronto represents
the latest iteration of the brand’s design galleries and its continued
foray into hospitality with a seamlessly integrated culinary offering by
celebrated restaurateur and founding president of RH Hospitality,
Brendan Sodikoff, which includes the RH Courtyard Café and Barista Bar.
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Commanding four levels and nearly 70,000 total interior and exterior
square feet, this innovative retail concept features artistic
installations of home furnishings in a gallery setting, including entire
floors dedicated to RH Interiors, RH Modern and RH Outdoor. RH Toronto
also includes an interactive Design Atelier, offering professional
interior design services in a studio environment.
“The vision for our new design galleries has been to blur the lines
between residential and retail, and create spaces that are more home
than store. The next logical step was to further blur the lines between
home and hospitality, with an integrated restaurant, wine and coffee
bar,” says RH Chairman & CEO Gary Friedman.
Mr. Friedman continued, “What we are doing goes far beyond attaching a
restaurant onto a store – that’s been done before. What’s unique is
we’ve created a completely integrated hospitality experience, led by
famed Chicago restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff, that reflects our taste,
style and point of view. We’re proud to bring this first-of-its-kind
concept to Toronto, one of the most metropolitan cities in the world.”
Sodikoff is the founder, CEO and creative director of Hogsalt
Hospitality, a rapidly growing Chicago-based restaurant group spanning
14 concepts and 15 locations. Hogsalt’s portfolio includes nationally
acclaimed establishments Au Cheval, Bavette’s, Doughnut Vault, and Gilt
Bar in Chicago, as well as his first restaurant in New York – 4 Charles
Prime Rib, an intimate supper club in the West Village. Sodikoff has
been named one of Chicago Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful People in
Chicago” and one of Crain’s “40 Under 40.” He has also been
recognized by Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and the Food Network,
“I've felt a connection to Toronto for years. It's a city of innovation
and inspiration. I'm excited to join Toronto’s vibrant restaurant
culture and look forward to spending more time there with the opening of
RH,” Sodikoff said.
RH Toronto marks Friedman’s ongoing collaboration with design architect
James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, a firm recognized as one of Architectural
Digest’s Top 100 architect and design firms in the world.
Conceptualized as a grand-scale contemporary structure filled with fresh
air and natural light, RH Toronto features an expanse of glass-and-steel
French doors that open onto a streetscape with Boston ivy, geometric
topiaries and towering trees rising out of a continuous boxwood hedge.
The gallery’s eastern entrance within Yorkdale Shopping Centre features
a beautifully-terraced façade of Venetian plaster and a lush interior
courtyard flanked by dramatic open-air loggias serving as the central
location for the gallery’s hospitality experience, the Courtyard Café.
Here, guests can sit beneath heritage olive trees and a 140-foot-wide
skylight that washes the entire space with natural light while they
enjoy a seasonal, ingredient-driven menu accompanied by a curated
selection of artisanal wines and craft beers. This all-seasons oasis
features elegant banquette seating layered with green velvet boxwood
hedging, cascading English ivy, trickling fountains, glimmering lanterns
and 19th C. Rococo crystal chandeliers.
Arriving to the gallery from the west, visitors will pass through a
24-foot-wide by 24-foot-tall threshold of glass and steel.Continuing
into the gallery’s central hall with soaring 14-foot ceilings, guests
will find the RH Barista Bar – a dramatic focal point defined by a
Tuscan colonnade and facet-edged limestone slabs. Here, skilled baristas
approach coffee as an art, and guests can enjoy fresh house-made
doughnuts and pastries.Barrel-vaulted passageways lead to a
classical arrangement of rooms featuring RH Interiors collections from
internationally renowned artisans and designers.
Continuing their journey to the upper floors, visitors will ascend a
grand double floating staircase spanning nearly 40 feet. Natural light
emanates from a second massive skylight four floors above, while a
spectacular installation of 23 crystal Helix Chandeliers hanging 62 feet
overhead highlights a composition of gilded antique mirrors cascading
down the stairwell to create an endless reflection and further
illuminate the way.
Level two features the RH Design Atelier – a 5,000-square-foot studio
anchored by four, 15-foot custom tables offering a fully integrated
workspace for customers, designers and architects to reimagine one room
or an entire home, inside and out. Here, guests can work with a team
trained in the RH design ethos to create functional and elegant spaces.
A place for collaboration and ideation, the Design Atelier features
access to RH’s vast library of fabrics, leathers and furniture and
lighting finishes – providing an unprecedented level of design services.
Additional RH Design Atelier resources include a Ben Soleimani rug
showroom displaying the fourth-generation designer’s hand-knotted and
hand-woven rugs, and other specialized galleries for window treatments,
bed and bath linens and bath hardware.
On the third level, visitors will discover a 12,000-square-foot
exhibition space presenting RH Modern, one of the largest curated and
fully integrated assortments of modern furnishings, lighting and décor
under one brand in the world. Developed in collaboration with a select
group of acclaimed global designers, RH Modern’s design vernacular
represents a fresh and innovative point of view, defined by a minimalist
aesthetic, the finest materials and maximum comfort. This immersive
experience is punctuated by a rhythmic progression of glass and steel
French doors with corresponding Juliet balconies that line the perimeter
of the floor.
At the top of the grand stair, guests will arrive at the Conservatory &
Rooftop Park. The 12,000-square-foot garden space will first be
experienced within a structure of glass and steel with towering banana
palms, heritage olive trees, exotic succulents, and 20-foot ceilings at
its apex. The indoor space opens onto a spectacular rooftop with mature
Himalayan birch trees set within colossal steel planters accented with
cascading English ivy. This one-of-a-kind destination features open-air
pavilions, glimmering chandeliers and trickling fountains that further
enhance intimate vignettes of RH Outdoor collections and frame iconic
views of the Toronto skyline.
RH Toronto, The Gallery at Yorkdale is located at 3401 Dufferin Street
and can be reached at 416.322.9422. Hours of operation will be Monday
through Friday from 10am to 9pm, Saturday 9:30am to 9pm, and Sunday 11am
RH (NYSE: RH) is a curator of design, taste and style in the luxury
lifestyle market. The Company offers collections through its retail
galleries, source books and online at RH.com,
RHModern.com and Waterworks.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
the federal securities laws, including statements related to the
innovative retail concept and integrated hospitality experience at RHToronto, The Gallery at Yorkdale, statements regarding the level of
design services offered at the RH Design Atelier, statements regarding
the Conservatory & Rooftop Park being a one-of-a-kind destination, and
similar statements. You can identify forward-looking statements by the
fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. We
cannot assure you that future developments affecting us will be those
that we have anticipated. Important risks and uncertainties that could
cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include,
among others, risks related to the number of new business initiatives we
are undertaking; our ability to introduce new products and merchandise
categories that will be of interest to our customers and to new
customers; as well as those risks and uncertainties disclosed under the
sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and
Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in RH’s most
recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, and similar disclosures in subsequent reports filed with the
SEC, which are available on our investor relations website at ir.restorationhardware.com
and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov.
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Katya Sorokko Spencer