We're always asking interior designers for their best tips and trend advice but there's one thing we really want to know, where do they shop? Well, we've been asking a few of them lately and there's one place that consistently comes up: Allied Maker. The chic handcrafted lighting designs are the genius of designer duo, Ryden and Lanette Rizzo and after one peek into their 2000-square-foot showroom and we can see why all the pros shop here and tried to keep it a secret.
Dating around 1910, the former dentist's office was in complete disrepair before Ryden and Lanette collaborated with architect Marshall Shuster to transform it into the stunning space you see now. Located in the TriBeCa neighborhood in Manhattan, New York, the showroom consists of three levels (the shop is on the street level, the office is on the mezzanine, and client meetings are taken in the basement).
Despite the total overhaul required, the space did have two major things going for it: a ton of natural light pouring in from the street and large proportions that allowed them to play with scale. The end result is a welcoming, almost meditative space where the Allied Maker pieces can truly shine. Take a tour through the showroom for yourself to see what we mean. You'll want to move in.
Natural light floods in from large street-facing windows, so the couple chose pale oak flooring and wall paint to keep the showroom light and airy.
One of the noticeable architectural design features are the archways throughout the showroom. This was inspired by sacred geometry and can be seen in the design of some of the brand's fixtures.
The custom staircase features baluster hardware designed and made in-house and we're told these will soon become a permanent offering in the Allied Maker collection. Rizzo also designed the slats that thread through the treads in blackened brass—a material also commonly used in the brand's lighting.
Green vines cover the walls throughout most of the showroom adding a touch of whimsy and a folklorish feel.
The duo tell us their inspiration for the studio was fueled by an obsession with natural materials such as brass, glass, and hardwoods combined with their love for the handmade and artisan craftsmanship.
It's clear from moving throughout the space that the duo was inspired by the French master, Le Corbusier, in particular, the architect's Notre Dame du Haut chapel in Ronchamp, France. A series of arched niches on the showroom's "West Wall" plays off the shape of the church’s irregular and randomly placed light-filled windows to display sconces and wall lamps in bronze and blackened brass.
The showroom features colors and materials that are found in nature in a bid to create a space that felt calm, airy, and welcoming. We think they nailed the brief.
Circular benches in green and orange hues provide seating for visitors who wish to enjoy the view and the ambiance of the showroom.
The ground floor also features a modern kitchen with pale gray terrazzo on the counter and backsplash. See? You want to move in now, don't you?
Nearly every element of this striking studio was touched by a craftsman. Lanette and Ryden are really proud of the space they created and it really feels like the perfect canvas to imagine.