THERE IS A SHOP IN NEW YORK CITY, The Apartment, by The Line, on SoHo’s Greene Street, that is the online shop’s offline home. What is special about the space is that is staged as an actual NYC apartment,”a carefully considered canvas for a life well-lived”. This third floor apartment has been staged as the light-filled home of “a discerning woman who appreciates a finely tailored jacket as much as a bespoke velvet sofa”. There is an an original Corinthian column in the living room and the intermingling of textures, forms, and eras, with views overlooking the city below.
“The Apartment’s own story dates to 1872, when it was just an eye-poppingly intricate sketch on the drawing board of Isaac F. Duckworth. A master of cast-iron architecture, he looked to the eclectic baroque of the Second Empire to design a “commercial palace” worthy of the flourishing dry goods company owned by Gardner Colby (whose name lives on in the Maine college he endowed). We’re pleased to report that Duckworth’s inspired mix of simple pilasters and ionic capitals, expansive bays and discreet fleur-de-lis accents looks just as stunning 140 years after the building opened for business.” —The Line
Here, everything is shop-able, in the intimate context of a home, and from time to time, shoppers can meet and learn more about the creators of these items: their inspirations, ideas, processes, traditions, and materials. The shop also hosts discussions, workshops, screenings, and dinners at the large marble table.
Above, five hand-blown glass chandeliers designed by Jan Plechác and Henry Wielgus for Lasvit, “Neverending Glory” is a collection inspired by chandeliers from five of the world’s major opera houses: the Metropolitan Opera, the Palais Garnier, La Scala, the Estates Theatre in Prague, and the Bolshoi Theatre.