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Restoration Hardware puts spotlight on design in new store


Restoration Hardware has few equals — and spares no expense — when it comes to creating luxurious retail destinations.

The luxury home furnishings retailer’s newest store, at The Gallery at Town Center Plaza, Leawood, Kansas, represents the latest iteration of its next-generation design galleries. The three-level, 56,000-sq.-ft. store includes an entire floor dedicated to the brand’s new concept, RH Modern, complete with an integrated RH Contemporary Art Gallery.

In addition, the new store includes an interactive design atelier, a professional workspace that allows customers, designers and architects to conceptualize and customize a home.

“Our goal is to blur the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors, physical and digital, creating spaces that are more home than store – spaces that inspire both ourselves and our clients to conceptualize a new and more contemporary way of living,” said Gary Friedman, chairman and CEO, Restoration Hardware.

RH Leawood marks Friedman’s ongoing collaboration with design architect James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger. Conceptualized as a transparent, multi-level contemporary structure filled with fresh air and natural light, RH Leawood features a charcoal-grey Venetian plaster exterior with an expanse of glass-and-steel French doors that open onto a streetscape lined with white oak and lacebark elm trees, winter gem boxwood and geometric topiaries. It features lush garden terraces on level two and a rooftop park. The 10,000-sq.-ft. garden space features a central trellis, white Japanese wisteria, chandeliers, fountains, sculptural evergreens and fragrant lavender that combine to enhance a dramatic display of Restoration Hardware’s outdoor furnishings.
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