Baccarat Holiday 2023
Stand and Build regularly makes window displays for many of Baccarat’s national store locations. This project was for the 2023 Holiday display. Five unique displays were custom built in our shop then shipped and installed in Manhattan, Greenwich, Palm Desert, Houston, and Las Vegas.
The concept illuminates Baccarat’s crystal lighting and glassware in fractal reflections. This effect was achieved using mirrored acrylic panels and geometric forms painted in Baccarat's signature red. LED lights illuminate the project throughout to showcase the crystalware’s fine details.
Moleskine Moynihan Train Hall
Moleskine hired Stand and Build to manage, build and install the millwork at the new flagship store in Moynihan Train Hall, including all of the wall units, cash wrap and central display table. Warm and earthy tones of white oak veneer and black color core are used to create custom curves throughout the project.
The store is divided into distinct spaces with movable partitions to allow the space to be changed for various events. The wall cabinetry displays a range of Moleskine products; notebooks, smart notebooks, bags and accessories and writing tools. At the central table, visitors can test out the various notebooks and writing utensils. LED lights were carefully placed throughout the design to illuminate the products.
Tom Burr with Bortolami
Stand and Build is pleased to work with Bortolami and Tom Burr again for his seventh exhibition at the gallery. Burr’s body of work activates the space with a series of architectural interventions, creating a unique space for the work to be displayed. Custom iron supports brace each wall within the exhibition, connecting the exhibition-specific construction to the existing gallery space.
Burr continues his signature plywood sculptural style with four new plywood panels positioned within the installation. Each panel has been modified with a variety of prints, steel and brass plates, and acrylic paints. Connecting to recurring motifs throughout Burr’s career, the images on these panels conjure ideas of performance and identity.
Valentino Pink PP Windows
In celebration of Valentino’s Pink PP Collection for Fall/Winter 2022, Stand and Build fabricated the center six windows at Saks Fifth Avenue for their global campaign. Mirroring the uniformity of the collections color, each window was painted a custom pink color to match Valentino’s trademarked shade of pink.
A series of paint samples were tested to achieve the exact hue, saturation, and vibrance that the fashion house is known for. To further the monochromatic design, pink LED lights were hidden behind the window’s proscenium to wash the product with a pink glow. Similarly, stand lights within the display were fitted with pink color gels to synchronize all elements of the lighting; highlights, shadows, and midtones.
Rothy’s x Evian Retail Fixtures
In conjunction with the 2022 US Open, Rothy’s collaborated with Evian to release a collection of sustainable clothing that repurposes used water bottles. Collected from the previous 2021 US Open in New York, these 72,000 Evian bottles were recycled into usable yarn for Rothy’s clothing, shoes, and accessories.
To showcase this, Stand and Build constructed a display fixture, two custom pedestals, and a series of small pastel colored risers. Our team prototyped a flexible fabric joint to connect the tri-fold panels, allowing the fixture to be repositioned and reused for numerous additional campaigns. Built from solid white bleached beech wood, to match the existing millwork in the Rothy’s flagship store, the display incorporates moveable and adjustable shelving.
The new Hypebeast headquarters in New York City’s Chinatown is the second flagship of the Hong Kong-based streetwear company and the first in North America. Stand and Build’s creative team was hired to design and build artful sculptures, eye-catching pedestals and "strikingly angular mannequins" to contrast with the gray, concrete walls and shiny, metallic fixtures.
The gestural yet abstract metal armature mannequins offer endless merchandising options by using puffy, flexible inserts to make free-form body shapes not limited to any body type. Adding fresh flowers to peek out of necklines animates the sculptures. Two unique pedestals were designed to elevate ordinary materials, each layer eliciting a specific, hidden construction method. Collaborating with the HBX team, we also activated a zone on the second floor of the retail store with two angled walls finished in a brilliant cobalt blue felt, and a curved, speckled, rubber matting floor.
Park Slope Cabinetry and Millwork
Built in an historic Park Slope townhouse, this apartment renovation features cabinetry and architectural millwork crafted by Stand and Build. Designed by Jane Kim, the color and materiality of the apartment were of key concern. The design features brightly colored geometric tiles as a backsplash in the kitchen and flooring in the bathroom, contrasting with the natural wood cabinetry, flooring, and molding throughout the rest of the apartment.
Stand and Build fabricated a set of custom kitchen cabinetry, made of rift sawn walnut and finished with a matte clear lacquer. On the opposite wall from the kitchen is a floor to ceiling bookshelf, built to fit around the original existing molding and sliding doors. Stand and Build also made a built-in desk and set of three floating shelves, as well as the bathroom vanity. Additionally, our team built a set of custom closet shelves, including one dedicated specifically for board games.
Burrow House Boston
Burrow Furniture opened their second flagship location in Boston, MA in early 2022. Working with The Lion’esque Group, Stand and Build constructed all the showroom shelving, modular display units, adjustable room divider walls, podiums and cash wrap.
The prototyping process with Lion’esque was collaborative. Stand and Build prototyped all pieces to be easily adjustable, modular, and assembled with very minimal tools, in keeping with Burrow’s design philosophy. The tool-less assembly system allows for extremely simple changes to the store design.
We used rift sawn white oak for a modern, clean look and outfitted the bar tops with Formica Everform for durability. Room dividers with tension posts for the floor and ceiling create the idea of a sectioned off room while still keeping an open floor plan.
Tomás Saraceno: Particular Matter(s)
Tomás Saraceno’s largest exhibition in the United States to date took place at the Shed between February and April of 2022. The show contained an expansive gallery collection, as well as a unique sensory experience in The Shed’s flexible performance space. Proposing a conversation between the human and non-human, Saraceno’s work discusses a number of organic, biologic, and phenomenological processes in an effort to renew our collective relationship with the earth, air, and cosmos.
Stand and Build fabricated a total of 14 custom pedestals and platforms, 13 projector housings, and 28 benches to be used across the multi-story exhibition. To ensure that the pedestals blended into the dark gallery, each one was wrapped with a thick matte black cloth. Conversely, to highlight a border around the vitrines, each platform was underlit with LED lights, casting a halo underneath the floating black plinths.
Ebony Test Kitchen Restoration
The Museum of Food and Drink came to Stand and Build in late 2019 with a proposal to restore the Ebony Test Kitchen for an exhibition about African American cooking. After taking stock of the disassembled inventory, we referenced photos and sketches of the original site taken by Landmarks Illinois, the nonprofit that saved it from demolition in 2018.
We built a new floor and walls, opening up the original footprint an extra 14 inches so the public could walk through and experience the space. We replicated the patterned carpet and funky wallpaper, color matched the original paint swatches and laser cut geometric light panels just like the originals. A major feat of the completed structure was engineering the ceiling using two 14-foot I-beams to safely support the range hood.
After a two-year pandemic delay, "African/American: Making the Nation's Table" finally opened at The Africa Center in February, 2022, showcasing the real space where editors of Ebony Magazine tested recipes that have inspired Black families since the 1970s.
Bottega Veneta Salon 03 Detroit
For the launch of the Spring/Summer 2021 ready-to-wear collection, Bottega Veneta continued their non-traditional presentations with a Salon show and pop-up in the historic district of Corktown in Detroit, Michigan.
Stand and Build produced a slew of samples for the furniture, dressing rooms, and mirrors, got feedback from the luxury brand’s worldwide office in Italy and responded under tight deadlines. Our team installed our crafted pieces in a converted firehouse, as well as other furniture, carpeting, signage, and displays by local Detroit designers and artists.
Zeta Charter Schools asked Stand and Build to create a unique installation for the lobby of the new Mount Eden Elementary in the Bronx. The installation would garner excitement from the Zeta community of students, families, faculty and teachers. Stand and Build’s design team brainstormed initial ideas and worked through sampling for the hand-painted finish.
Collaborating with the Zeta team, we tweaked the final design to comply with ADA requirements and to harmonize with the existing interior of the school. Inspired in part by the calm of a fountain and The High Bridge nearby, the Cascading Arches creates a space of reflection and curiosity. It’s an experiential artwork that can be walked under and around, bringing awareness to one’s body moving through space.
Coinciding with their 2019 first floor redesign, Saks unveiled Iconic Handbags with 17 larger than life handbag replicas displayed with dramatic lighting in their windows on Fifth Avenue.
We undertook this project first by 3D scanning each of the bags and making detailed technical drawings of each window display. Using the meticulous painting skills of our team, we applied several faux marble finishes to the three feet wide sculptures and added details like clasps and chains that we laser cut and hand sculpted.
Each window design was unique and had to be test fitted with the mounted handbags in our studio before our team installed all 17 windows over the course of a few days and nights.
This stunning home library started out as a completely raw space with plaster walls and exposed pipes. We built all the pieces in-house using solid walnut and walnut veneer that we then spray finished with a clear lacquer for a polished look.
We engineered very specific wall panels for each corner to hide the irregular structure of the room, as well as a hinged panel in the ceiling that was necessary to access the wiring. Sound-absorbing felt cut to mimic the CNC wall grooves was added to the ceilings to further enhance the ambience of the room.
In collaboration with MADE, an all-women team surveyed the site, created the shop drawings, managed, built, and installed the work, which is not unusual for Stand and Build, but still worth noting.
Daniel Buren with Bortolami Gallery
Stand and Build has worked with Daniel Buren for multiple exhibitions over the years at Bortolami Gallery in New York City and in Miami for Bortolami’s programming initiative “Artist / City.”
Precision is vital because Buren repeats the exact same stripe motif in all his pieces.
Cautious to call his work “installation,” the Parisian conceptual artist blurs the line between art and architecture by activating a space and inviting the architecture to become part of the artwork.
Harry's Grand Central Kiosk
Harry’s, the men’s grooming supplies startup, asked us to customize a Grand Central Station kiosk for the 2015 holiday season.
They came to us with an aesthetic inspired by newsstands from the 1920s and 30s.
We engineered their design to fit within the parameters of the freestanding kiosk structure and featured a beautiful marble countertop and white oak drawer storage below.
Penetrables at Galerie Lelong & Co.
For the first time in New York, the multi-sensorial installations of Hélio Oiticica, an influential Brazilian sculptor and installation artist, were installed at Galerie Lelong.
Stand and Build worked directly with the estate of the artist to build his “Penetrables” to meticulous specifications.
Oiticica’s work relies on viewer interaction and experience so functionality and durability of these sculptures was of utmost importance. In one piece, viewers could move the bright yellow panels to activate the work.