Out Of The (Big) Box
An ultramodern and brilliant example of retail design, the newly launched Lord & Taylor store at Ridge Hill, NY, defies any previous typical stereotyping of what a department store should look like. Created by Giorgio Borruso Design and Marina del Ray, the new store concept evolves the image of the brand and takes it to the next level.
An iconic American brand, Lord & Taylor, is one of the oldest and renowned specialty department store chains dating back to early beginnings in 1826. Living up to its rich brand history, the company recently unveiled its latest concept store in Westchester County’s Ridge Hill development, where the bold design and architectural elements create a unique experience for shoppers. According to Giorgio Borruso Design, the department store chain has an especially interesting story to tell in terms of both its history and its connection to high-level architectural design in its stores. The design firm believes that the projects developed under the leadership of Dorothy Shaver with Raymond Loewy provide a rich catalogue of inspiration. “The spatial and formal fluidity in these early works was something we looked to rediscover, in particular, for the store in Ridge Hill, both in terms of the building's relationship to its context as well as the experience of the public,” says Giorgio Borruso, Principal of Giorgio Borruso Design. As the first new L&T store since 2001, the goal was to realize a project that honors the legacy of an iconic and historic partnership in design, both in terms of its architectural and urban presence (evolving the "big box" store) and its technological and design creativity. Spread over 80,000 sq ft area, Lord & Taylor Ridge Hill is located in a multi-use development in Yonkers, NY. According to the design firm, the design seeks to re-envision and energize the development's New Urbanist assertions regarding contextualism, diversity, and inclusivity. The store greets its customers with a dramatic glass exterior with an entrance on the east and one on the north. The façade uses a cutting-
The store greets its customers with a dramatic glass exterior