Photographs: Courtesy of Restoration Hardware
What is “modern”? To walk the upper level of RH Greenwich, The Gallery at the Historic Post Office, it’s simplicity. But simplicity with thought. While the design term is associated with a few movements, such as post-modern, contemporary and even brutalism, it retains an elemental quality that finds elegance in being stripped back to the essentials.
RH, Restoration Hardware, works hard at the simplicity. Take, for example, their renovation of the former Greenwich Post Office on the Avenue. The challenge was not only to use the surprising amount of space (indeed, to make a statement with it), but also to design their store with the curved arch entrance; RH has a soft spot for symmetry. Rising to the challenge, they dramatically transformed the interior into remarkable vignettes, each drawing its personality from scale, texture and depth of grey; the place is a study in finding the perfect balance point between the extremes of black and white.
Most recently, RH pushed through the old ceiling, both literally and in their business offerings. Rising up a floor, RH Greenwich introduced the RH Modern collection in a clean, airy space. The beds, tables, desks, lighting and all fill the openness, and light floods in from the enormous windows. The walls, a lighter shade of grey, are an irresistible backdrop to glimmering silver drop lighting. A king bed makes a remarkable statement on what “modern” means on the upper level: sharp lines, low rise, grey-grain wood, and lush textiles. Here is the mix of crisp, perfect angles and soft, organic touches.
Also new to the space is the RH Design Atelier. Here customers can point to a vignette and ask an RH designer to make it work for their homes; or they can speed dial their own interior designers and invite them down for a consult in store. The upholstery and leather samples, neatly arranged on glossy white shelves—ideal to pick up nuances in color identities—are within reach. Pull up a chair to the large work space and start dreaming big.RH Greenwich was one of the first galleries to receive the RH Modern collection and new RH Design Atelier.
Upstairs sets the stage for creativity with natural light, not to mention outdoor patios with a rooftop feel (yet another reason to wish for an early spring); and downstairs, for all of its vault-like solidity, exudes tranquility from its high ceilings, brilliant lighting, and exacting arrangements—the down-filled Cloud Modular Sectional by artisan Timothy Oulton draped in white, like a cloud, certainly contributes.
See more at the gallery, located at 310 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-552-1040; www.rhmodern.com.
A few selects from the RH Modern Collection:
Modena Chesterfield Leather Sofa ($7,695-$9,995)
Rossi Tufted Leather Chaise ($4,395)
Arielle Chandelier 23″ ($4,830)