Restoration Hardware will open its $26 million, 80,000 square foot, mansion-like gallery in the City Place complex in West Palm Beach in mid-November, days before the start of the holiday shopping rush. The company has announced the grand opening event for this next-generation design gallery is set for November 19.
The store is currently under construction at 560 Okeechobee Boulevard in the median of Okeechobee Boulevard between the Palm Beach County Convention and City Place, and is being referred to as the gateway to the city.
Based in Corte Madera, California, Restoration Hardware sells furniture, lighting, textiles, bathware, baby and child products. It started as a store for historical knobs and fixtures, then broadened into furniture. More recently it transformed into a “curator” of luxury home furnishings, building grand galleries and eschewing traditional mall stores.
In West Palm Beach, its four-story building, will feature a rooftop garden and café, floors of furniture, lighting and home accessories, and a water fountain spanning 12 feet tall and 18 feet wide. Architect James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger conceived the contemporary design of RH West Palm Beach.
The rooftop area, which was created in partnership with restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff, will also feature wine vaults and tasting rooms, offering a curated selection of wines and craft beers. A nearby pantry space will serve espresso and house-made doughnuts and pastries.
Outside, the building exterior will be covered with a hieroglyphic-like pattern by artist RETNA. The Los Angeles artist’s work, valued at $500,000, satisfied a city requirement that developers contribute public art worth at least 1 percent of a new project’s cost.
The West Palm Beach location, called RH West Palm Beach, will be the seventh Florida location. Other stores are located in Aventura, Jacksonville, South Miami, Tampa, Vero Beach and Winter Park. Restoration Hardware has gallery stores in Chicago, West Hollywood, New York, Denver, Austin and Atlanta. The company has also opened galleries in historic properties, including the Museum of Natural History in Boston and the Historic Post Office in Greenwich, Conn.