For its first brick and mortar manifestation, online retailer Radnor — which serves as a virtual showroom for designers and brands like Julianne Ahn, Workstead, Marie Eklund, OYYO Studio, Loïc Bard, Egg Collective, Pat Kim, PELLE, and Farrah Sit — has set up shop in a New York City penthouse.
On view until June, the installation reimagines an apartment at The Bryant, David Chipperfield Architects’ new luxury building overlooking Bryant Park, “through the Radnor lens.” It also marks the launch of the brand’s first in-house furniture line, Radnor Made. Workstead co-curated the exhibition, and in addition to a cross-section of work by the Radnor mainstays listed above, two exclusive collaborations with Bunn Studio and Adam Rogers are also on view.
Founded in 2016 by Susan Clark, formerly of The Future Perfect, Radnor is right on-trend with their retail debut. Domestic space is the latest frontier in a super-saturated market that’s short on time and long on constant visual stimuli. The logic goes, if you can’t bring your audience to the shop, bring the shop to them — take your collection of semi-unfamiliar things and put them into an environment that feels both safe and familiar. (And don’t forget to make it eminently Instagrammable.)
It’s the new black, or, rather, the millennial pink of popping up — right in line with fashion brand Homeism’s The Ideal Home installation, which exhibited work from Fernando Mastrangelo and Egg Collective, as well as sculpture from Maria Moyer and a flower market from Meta Flora, all ensconced in the designer’s own Robert A.M. Stern-designed apartment at the Four Seasons Private Residences Downtown. This on top of TFP’s own Casa Perfect, a permanent and fittingly perfect installation in a mid-century ranch in the Hollywood Hills.
Clark, for her part, plans to curate Radnor Made exhibitions seasonally, moving forward. Whether they’ll pop up next remains to be seen.
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