Exceptional installations fill Park Avenue Armory's first floor historic rooms which include the Board of Officers, Mary Divver and Colonels Rooms (all originally designed by the Herter Brothers), the Library (designed by Associated Artists - Louis C. Tiffany and Stanford White), and the Staff Parlor. Be sure to visit the breathtaking exhibitions presented by The XI, Apparatus, Lalique, Mathieu Lehanneur, The Protagonist curated by Vogue Italia, Pollaro, and Sollands.
The XI Cafe by Six Senses
In the Board of Officers Room
Six Senses is recognized as a true pioneer of wellness, delivering innovative treatments, best-in-class experiences, and culinary offerings that are as indulgent as they are health-conscious.
Enjoy culinary delights by Canard Inc. in the Six Senses curated atmosphere of the restored Board of Officers Room.
In addition to coffee, light breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare, The XI Cafe by Six Senses will offer spectacular libations from our partners at Hennessy Cognacs and Moët Chandon.
Photo by James Ewing
In the Parlor
Lalique partners with British wall covering atelier Fromental to create an installation celebrating the iconic motifs of the French heritage brand. Walls will be lined with varying themes, each telling a story leading the visitor through fountains to a laurel grove decorated with Lalique Bacchantes figures.
The concept is lush, bright and heavily influenced by the three F’s that define the Lalique brand: femme, flora and fauna. The installation includes classic Lalique creations; the Cactus console, the Coutard panels, the Laurel panels, and the introduction of a new lighting collection–a collaboration with renowned designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. In the installation is the US debut of the ‘Hirondelles’ wallpaper, a stunning handcrafted silk wall covering which has been expertly hand painted and finely embroidered by Fromental master craftspeople to cleverly incorporate Lalique crystal. www.lalique.com
Entrance to the Exhibitor Floor
Pollaro creates hand-made custom furniture for residences, superyachts, corporate suites, boutique hotels, and retail interiors. They produce the finest chairs in the world, tailoring each seat to the exact body dimensions of their clients. For over 30 years, Pollaro has served the most renowned firms in the global design and architecture community. The furniture is produced in their own workshop, with all operations at one location in New Jersey. Each piece is made entirely by hand, with extreme attention to detail. Their Wood Theater, which dramatically presents the world's largest private collection of exotic woods, is a delight to the senses.
Pollaro is guided by a single philosophy: To elevate furniture to become art that is soulful and immaculately designed; art that celebrates extraordinary materials. Art made by the warmth of hand and heart.
Sollands Collectors Lounge
In the Superintendent's Room
Open to holders of the Collector Card.
Sollands gallery, in the heart of Mayfair, displays a strikingly curated collection of unique art furniture, which bear the signature style of Grazyna (Gra) Solland, Strong sculptural statements, bold use of colors, and highly innovative and individual designs combining natural wood, lacquer, stainless steel, sterling silver and semi precious stones, together with embroidered leather and luxurious fabrics. Working with both traditional and contemporary methods, together with the attention to detail and exacting quality are a hallmark of Gra's exquisite creations.
In the Library
Apparatus is a Manhattan based design studio that explores lighting, furniture, and objects in immersive environments, interpreting the historical and the cultural through a modern lens.
Drawing on a vocabulary of desire, Creative Director Gabriel Hendifar constructs the studio’s work in narratives. The studio is an ever-evolving articulation of considered spaces and the things that live within them, inspired by the modernist principle of Gesamtkunstwerk, a total work of art.
In the Colonels Room + South Hall
At the forefront of the international design scene, Mathieu Lehanneur is one of the few designers of his generation with a genuine multi-disciplinary approach to creativity: his projects stretch the realms of product design and object to architecture, craft and technology. Lehanneur thrives on creating spectacular projects that are intended to enchant and to encourage wellbeing. His work defies traditional descriptions of 'design', 'science' and 'art’.
The Protagonist curated by Vogue Italia
In the Mary Divver Room
The Protagonist exhibit, curated by Vogue Italia and led by artistic director and haute jewelry designer, Alexandra Mor, celebrates the best in mindful and sustainable fine jewelry. Encompassing the initiative to use environmentally friendly materials in high jewelry design, the 2019 Protagonist Exhibit will launch a three-year collaboration with Salon Art + Design and will feature jewelry designs by 15 leading fine jewelry design houses, including: Alessio Boschi, Alexandra Mor, Alexander Laut, Chiara Passoni, Chris Davies, Amedeo by Faraone Mennella, Feng-J, Munnu the Gem Palace, Karen Suen, KBrunini, Liza Borzaya, Lydia Courteille, Neha Dani, Peggy Guinness, and Yair Shimansky.
Photo courtesy of Neha Dani