Denis Colomb designs a modern, airy space for Charmant USA's Fifth Avenue showroom.
Sheila Kim -- Interior Design, 9/1/2001 12:00:00 AM
The Charmant Group, one of the world's leading eyewear manufacturers/distributors, has been synonymous with innovative product design since 1956, representing fashionable eyewear brands such as Hugo Boss and Esprit, among others. So when its largest subsidiary, Charmant USA, decided to open a New York showroom, the company wanted a stylish but subdued backdrop that suited the company's offerings, but that wouldn't jostle for attention with the merchandise.
The company engaged New York-based designer Denis Colomb to create the 1,500-sq.-ft. showroom within a budget of $70,000. Colomb decided on a minimalist interior, coming up with creative solutions to stay within the budget while maximizing space. Walls serve dual functions, dividing the showroom from the offices and showcasing select eyewear. Rather than installing wall display units that would use up space, Colomb created backlit wall niches that highlight the products. Freestanding, mobile walnut-and-aluminum cabinets, custom-made by Colomb, contain trays holding the company's complete collections.
By removing the drop-ceiling that concealed HVAC and piping systems, Colomb gained headroom and an industrial flavor. To add warmth and variety, Colomb carefully selected pieces including a custom-designed daybed, Bertoia chairs, and a Platner coffee table. The Charmant USA showroom was completed in one year.