Toteme – Mercer Street

“Situated at 49 Mercer Street, the artful New York flagship is Toteme’s latest embassy and exercise in physical expression.
The store celebrates the artistic legacy of SoHo, with architectural elements typical for the local place combined with
Swedish Modern designs that highlights Toteme’s Stockholm roots and Swedish design heritage.
The interiors include eccentric fabrics and furniture designed by Josef Frank for iconic Stockholm interior design company Svenskt Tenn.

Toteme on Mercer Street is developed in close collaboration with renowned Swedish architects and constant Toteme collaborators Halleroed.”

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James Cohan – 52 Walker Street

Two years after we completed James Cohan’s 48 Walker Street gallery and with the Tribeca art scene continuing to grow, the gallery asked us to design a new space next door on the second floor at 52 Walker Street.  In contrast to 48 Walker, the three large gallery spaces at 52 Walker maintain the original 15-foot-tall tin ceilings, while reception, offices and viewing room have new lowered ten- and twelve-foot ceilings.  Six tall, street-facing windows flood the initial gallery spaces with natural light. The loft building’s original maple floors have been preserved and restored throughout.  A viewing room with a 10-foot-high art storage screen system completes the program.  This is the fifth gallery HS2 Architecture has designed for James Cohan.


More than 20 years after HS2 designed the Barnes and Noble executive offices, B&N founder Leonard Riggio returned to us to design the offices of his family foundation. The client’s priority was to showcase a museum-quality art collection in a workspace with the warmth of a private residence.

We organized the space around a large, central gallery, which opens to offices, a library and a meeting room. The blend of walnut, bronze and travertine finishes is both elegant and inviting. All furnishings are custom designed.

James Cohan – 48 Walker Street

One of the first major galleries to relocate from Chelsea to the new Tribeca art scene, this street level space is the fourth gallery HS2 Architecture has designed for James Cohan. The new gallery is the combination of two former retail spaces and great effort was made to design clean modern exhibition spaces that contrast with the original details of this Soho loft building. Entering the reception space from the street, you pass through a small gallery and the main gallery. Off of the main gallery is a lounge with library, executive staff area highlighted by an exposed brick building wall, original skylight and tin ceilings, and an intimate viewing room. A steel stair leads to the lower-level office and art storage spaces, which have been stripped back to expose the original brick arches.

Executive Offices – New York

This new executive office floor for a well-known global clothing brand is a delicate balance between the detail of the existing industrial space and the highly refined insertion of the new architecture. Offices are lined with Makore wood walls that float one foot away from the exterior facade clearly distinguishing between the raw architecture of the building and the new millwork walls. The interior millwork volume of the kitchen, with the dramatic red metal table, acts as the heart of the floor with offices on both sides. The demising wall to the offices is a custom-made blue steel and glass wall.   The straightforward plan layout is in stark contrast to the dramatic use of color and materials.

Working with the Swedish designers Christian and Ruxandra Halleröd, HS2 Architecture was the executive architect.