Rani Arabella

New York | Upper East side | 330 sf


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For their first storefront, Rani Arabella came to Luca Andrisani Architects with a desire to create a replicable architectural identity rooted in the cashmere brand’s core values of timeless style, attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship.  With a fast track schedule and just 330 square feet to work with, Luca Andrisani Architects set about creating a boutique to celebrate the brand and appeal to its Upper East Side neighbors. Beckoned by the warm interior and light of the 1940’s venini glass chandelier, customers step inside onto triangle slab limestone floor. To their left, custom antique brass hang bars display women's clothing in front of white oak walls with fins of various depths and spacing forming an undulation reminiscent of weaving. To the right, floating limestone shelves support pillows and throws. Defining the front space at the back are three floor to ceiling sculptural polished concrete fins supporting additional limestone shelves. An office and storage closet is tucked behind these fins, enclosed by a mirrored pocket door. At the back of the store, a try on room is defined by a cashmere curtain. Custom brass pegs move along another slat wall/pivot door which conceals additional storage and a rear window. Despite its small size, the interior of Rani Arabella succeeds in creating a crafted, inviting interior befitting the luxurious cashmere brand.