The Cartier Mansion Redesigned

Thierry Despont partners with the iconic brand to reimagine the lofty Fifth Avenue space

An antique bronze clock rests atop the cornice of a central westward-facing window at the neo-Renaissance mansion on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street. Pierre Cartier commissioned this timepiece from Brooklyn sculptor R Bonet in 1919. It’s been an important fixture of the Cartier Mansion since its delivery in 1921, declaring more than just the time. After a two-and-a-half-year overhaul spearheaded by architect …

Inside Lotte New York Palace Hotel’s Villard Houses South Wing

A magnificent near-15,000 square foot Gilded Age space

It’s near impossible to deny the grandeur of the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, from the striking stone facade of its Villard Houses entryway to the uninterrupted penthouse views of the tower that’s attached. Not many have been lucky enough to explore inside, where there is a Gilded Age (which ranged from the 1870s to the turn of the century) treasure trove found within the …

Tokyobike’s NYC Outpost

The Japanese bike-maker sets up shop with a crisp yet warm store and a cohesive collection of design items

Japanese bike-maker Tokyobike has steadily expanded from their HQ in Japan’s capital since selling their first bike back in 2002. Tokyobike has stores in London, Berlin, Milan, Bangkok and Melbourne. After a stint as a pop-up, Tokyobike’s New York store permanently opens in Nolita on 20 March 2015 at Bowery and Prince Street. Coming off a recent frame and shoe collaboration with New Balance, the …