Restoration Hardware’s new retail space showcases home furnishings in a gallery setting.
Restoration Hardware is returning to Leawood with a bang. The company, now branded as RH, opened RH Leawood, The Gallery at Town Center Plaza, earlier this month. The store is the latest iteration of the brand’s design galleries, and the three-level, 56,000-square-foot space features RH’s luxury home furnishing collections in a gallery setting.
“Our goal is to blur the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors, physical and digital, to create spaces that are more home than store—spaces that inspire both ourselves and our clients to conceptualize a new and more contemporary way of living,” says Gary Friedman, RH Chairman & CEO.
The building itself is as striking as the pieces inside. Conceptualized as a transparent, multi-level contemporary structure filled with fresh air and natural light, the gallery features a charcoal grey Venetian plaster exterior and an expanse of glass and steel French doors.
Visitors enter through a courtyard flanked by dramatic loggias and complemented by the sound of trickling fountains and continue into the central hall. Along the periphery, they can explore rooms featuring RH Interiors collection.
Reached via a double floating staircase below a 37-foot skylight and installation of Helix crystal chandeliers, the second story is dedicated to RH Modern, a minimalist line developed in collaboration with a select group of designers.
The floor also features a gallery of RH Contemporary Art, showcasing fine art, sculpture and photography from a roster of global artists, as well as the interactive Design Atelier, a dedicated studio that allows customers, designers, and architects to conceptualize and customize a home and access RH’s library of fabrics, leathers, furniture and lighting finishes. Additional RH Design Atelier resources include a Ben Soleimani rug showroom displaying the fourth-generation designer’s hand-knotted and hand-woven rugs and other specialized galleries for window treatments, bed and bath linens and bath hardware.
The third floor is home to what is perhaps RH Leawood’s most enticing design feature, a rooftop park. The nearly 10,000-square-foot garden space includes banana palms, a grove of quaking aspen trees, a central trellis, white Japanese wisteria, chandeliers, fountains, sculptural evergreens and lavender as well as the latest RH Outdoor furnishings.
RH Leawood marks Friedman’s ongoing collaboration with design architect James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, a firm recognized as one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 architect and design firms in the world.
“Great architecture is at the core of our design ethos,” Friedman says. “We either find it and readapt it, or as in the case of RH Leawood, we build it.”
Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.