CORTE MADERA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. – NYSE: RH) announced today the opening of RH Tampa, The Gallery at International Plaza at 2223 North Westshore Boulevard. RH Tampa represents the latest iteration of the brand’s next-generation design galleries, which integrates an even greater assortment of RH collections, including all of the current offerings and new businesses. Commanding nearly 60,000 total interior and exterior square feet, this innovative new retail concept and lifestyle experience features artistic abstractions and never-before-seen collections of luxury home furnishings in a gallery setting, including significant presentations of RH’s latest businesses, RH Modern and RH TEEN.
“With the unveiling of RH Tampa, our vision is to create an aspirational space that feels more like a home than a store, while celebrating Florida’s outdoor lifestyle,” says RH Chairman & CEO Gary Friedman. “By blurring the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors, physical and digital, we have created a beautiful setting for people to congregate and be inspired by their surroundings.”
RH Tampa marks Friedman’s continued collaboration with design architect James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, a firm recognized as one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 architect and design firms in the world.
Conceptualized as a grand-scale, multi-level classical contemporary building filled with fresh air and natural light, RH Tampa features an elegant charcoal grey exterior with over 100 pairs of glass-and-steel French doors that open onto a streetscape of towering silver date palms and garden walls with fig ivy. Looking overhead, guests will admire an expanse of Juliet balconies, garden terraces on levels two and three, and a Rooftop Park & Conservatory with a canopy of sugar palms. As night falls, the building’s architectural details and gardens illuminate in a warm, painterly glow.
Upon entering the Gallery, visitors will pass through 12-foot steel gates inspired by the work of late 20th-century Venetian architect Carlos Scarpa and a dramatic tripartite entrance – a series of three arches towering nearly 30 feet overhead – before stepping into a bluestone entry courtyard punctuated by giant Foucault’s Orb crystal chandeliers, white birds of paradise, King Sago Palms and the sound of trickling fountains. They will then continue into the central hall with soaring 13-foot ceilings and a cast-stone Tuscan colonnade. At the periphery, Palladian-inspired barrel-vaulted passageways lead to a classical arrangement of rooms with artistic lifestyle installations featuring luxury home furnishings collections from internationally renowned designers and artisans, as well as decomposed granite courtyards complete with geometric topiaries, sago palms and exotic succulents.
Continuing their journey to the upper floors, guests will ascend a nearly 29-foot grand double staircase awash in natural light via a massive skylight four floors above. A spectacular installation of 23 Helix chandeliers hanging nearly 66 feet overhead highlights a composition of gilded antique mirrors cascading down the stairwell to create an endless reflection and further illuminate the way.
Arriving on the second level, visitors will discover a 12,000-square-foot exhibition space presenting RH Modern, the largest curated and fully-integrated assortment of modern furnishings, lighting and décor under one brand in the world. Developed in collaboration with a select group of acclaimed global designers, RH Modern reflects an entirely new design vernacular that represents a fresh and innovative point of view, defined by a minimalist aesthetic and maximum comfort. RH Contemporary Art – which is now a part of RH Modern – is also integrated throughout this space as part of the brand’s plan to make original works from globally curated artists more accessible.
Level two also features the RH Design Atelier – a dedicated full-service studio for interior designers, architects and guests to conceptualize highly personalized, inspiring spaces. The space showcases RH’s vast library of fabrics, leathers and furniture finishes, as well as the latest technology and capabilities to support an unprecedented level of design services. The Design Atelier also features a Ben Soleimani rug showroom displaying the fourth-generation designer’s hand-knotted and hand-woven rugs, as well as specialized galleries for window treatments, bed and bath linens, and bath hardware.
RH TEEN and RH Baby & Child share the entire third level, each with dedicated Design Ateliers. Here, visitors will find tasteful, high-quality furnishings for children and young adults that are distinctive in their own right, but blend seamlessly with the rest of the home. The third level also features an expansive outdoor garden terrace with steel awnings and lush tropicals.
At the top of the grand stair, guests will arrive at the Rooftop Park & Conservatory. This 13,000-square-foot garden space will first be experienced within a glass-and-steel structure with towering banana palms and 18-foot ceilings at its apex. The indoor space opens onto a massive open-air pavilion surrounded by podocarpus hedges and a canopy of sugar palms set within colossal steel planters. This one-of-a-kind destination features billowing shade canopies, glimmering chandeliers and trickling fountains that further enhance intimate vignettes of RH Outdoor furnishings and frame panoramic views of Old Tampa Bay.
RH Tampa, The Gallery at International Plaza can be reached at 813.258.9062. Hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm, and Sunday 11am until 6pm.
About RH, Restoration Hardware
RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc.—NYSE: RH) is a curator of design, taste and style in the luxury lifestyle market. The company offers collections through its retail galleries, source books, and online at RH.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including statements related to the customer experience when visiting RH Tampa, the presentation and layout of RH Tampa, the Company’s merchandise and business offerings within this location, including RH Modern, RH Design Ateliers, a Ben Soleimani rug showroom, RH TEEN and RH Baby & Child. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. We cannot assure you that future developments affecting us will be those that we have anticipated. Important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include, among others, risks related to the number of new business initiatives we are undertaking; our ability to introduce new products and merchandise categories that will be of interest to our customers and to new customers; as well as those risks and uncertainties disclosed under the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Restoration Hardware Holdings’ Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 27, 2015, and similar disclosures in subsequent reports filed with the SEC, which are available on our investor relations website at ir.restorationhardware.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which we make it. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws.