Despite the onslaught of retail space closures throughout Manhattan in 2020, acclaimed Montreal lighting brand Lambert & Fils has moved forward with the opening of an expansive showroom in the heart of the highly-sought-after Tribeca neighborhood this month. The maverick producer, known for its material-centric and expressive designs that bypass hackneyed trends and integrate the latest technologies, was not going to let a deadly virus stand in the way of celebrating its meteoric rise and rapid expansion.
Opening an outpost in New York, a hotbed for lighting design development, was a long-time ambition for the boutique brand. The new Hudson & Duane showroom marks the company’s 10th anniversary and the launch of its new Atelier range of large scale fixtures.
As Lambert & Fils’s founder Samuel Lambert was unable to leave Montreal due to the pandemic, he relied heavily on young Brooklyn-based firm Re-a.d to interpret and carry out his vision for this first outpost. Lead by principals Côme Ménage, the firm renovated and restored 1,500 square-feet of ground-floor storefront in the historic 19th-century neo-Grec and Romanesque Revival Schepp Building to accommodate this concept.
The practice chose to accentuate existing arched window bays with simplified architectonic inserts and introduce a homogenized material palette to transform the space into a luminous box. Semi-translucent, floor to ceiling curtains helps delineate different zones throughout the open-plan, white box scheme.