Issey Miyake Pleats Please New York, NY

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In order to accommodate the landmark district issue, the new facade was developed as an internal one in contrast to the exterior brick facade. The existing space was dark, hard to enter, and invisible from outside. In response, the new facade reads as a continuous floor to ceiling element once inside the store, creating a "new" internal space, while the exterior facade was cleaned and restored to its original fabric. The new glass facade was recessed to create appropriate shadow lines consistent with surrounding buildings, while the painted metal bulkhead was added externally to respond to the context and landmark preservation requirements. Issey Miyake wished for the store to have an urban presence - one that would engage the streetscape, inviting passersby off the street. Rather than an independent “designer statement,” the boutique’s urban presence is a response to the specific character of this street corner.


Principal: Toshiko Mori

Photographs © Paul Warchol

Location New York, NY
Owner Issey Miyake USA
Program Retail
Size 1,200 sq ft