Should you thought the six-story, 90,000-square-foot RH Gallery in New York’s Meatpacking District was large, see the California-based homewares retailer’s first worldwide location: RH England, Exhibition in Ainhoe Historic ParkSet on a 400-year-old historic property within the Cotswolds, it’s set throughout 73 acres and over 60 rooms. It is all very Bridgerton-like, in elegant shades of grey and beige.
RH, which lately expanded into hospitality, has plans to open shops in seven European cities — London, Paris, Milan, Munich, Düsseldorf, Brussels, and Madrid — by 2025. To plant the flag, Chairman and CEO Gary Friedman has positioned its places on Aynho Park, a primarily Classical Renaissance constructing with stays of Continental Baroque type, was first inbuilt 1615 and later enlarged and renovated by the well-known architect Sir John Soane within the early nineteenth century. It is among the uncommon Grade I listed buildings within the UK, which additionally consists of Windsor Citadel and Chatsworth Home.
“Our purpose was to discover a magical place that seemed like nothing however a retail retailer,” Friedman says. “To this point, I feel we’re off to a great begin, and that is what we have discovered right here — a spot of surprise, magic and historical past.”
In actual fact, RH England would not really feel like a conventional place to buy. The area seamlessly integrates dwelling furnishings from RH’s Interiors, modern, trendy and out of doors collections with uncommon paintings, antiques and curios from all over the world. However the principle sights are the eating places, together with the Orangery, a live-fire eating expertise; and the Loggia, a French out of doors setting stuffed with a limestone fountain, the place company can take pleasure in wood-fired pizza whereas admiring the panorama designed by 18th-century English backyard design pioneer Functionality Brown. There’s additionally a wine lounge and a tea and juice salon.
For structure buffs, different highlights embrace an exhibition in partnership with Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, which particulars Soane’s life and work at Ainhoe and different English nation homes by way of architectural drawings, fashions and artefacts; An structure and design library stuffed with vintage, modern and uncommon out-of-print books. One specifically – a 1521 first Italian version of the basic textual content by the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius From Architectura Libre Dece– is the e-book that guides the spirit of reproductive well being design. On this e-book, Vitruvius urges readers to search for stability, symmetry, and ideal proportions—all components that may be seen all through the property.