Ralph Lauren’s Dream Store
This month’s issue of Architectural Digest features Ralph Lauren’s handsome Beaux Arts style store in New York City’s Upper East Side. Apparently some in the neighborhood questioned his decision to look back in time rather than forward. But the article states his vision was a “sparklingly pretty” version of a hotel particulier with high-ceilinged rooms to showcase his women’s and home collections. They go on to quote Lauren saying “That’s always been my philosophy; timelessness, not trends.” In his opinion, cutting edge buildings date quickly and offer no spiritual satisfaction. “I like materials that get better with age, like leather, marble and exotic woods,” he continues. “They provide a sense of value.” My feeling exactly. A timeless classical interior provides a beautiful backdrop for Lauren’s handsome lines. A winning combination.