Aime Leon Dore – 224 Mulberry

The old Aimé Leon Dore — ALD, colloquially — was open from 2019 to 2022 and rapidly became NoLita’s gravitational center, perpetually choked by sidewalk crowds. This new one felt less like the headquarters of a trend-savvy men’s wear brand with a rabid fan base than a members-only midtown social club or an Upper East Side gentleman’s atelier. The walls are dark wood, the lighting is muted, the clothes are displayed museum-like, with plenty of space to linger and take in the details.

Art hangs throughout, including a Rene Ricard painting in the back room and a Tyrrell Winston installation in the front.

How Aime Leon Dore Took New York
By John Caramanica, New York Times


Built in 1932, the grand Beaux-Arts-style limestone townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is the new headquarters for the LGDR. HS2 Architecture, working with Bill Katz Studios, reworked the interiors to meet the needs of the gallery. The main exhibition spaces, on the first and second floors are connected by the original circular staircase with the private viewing rooms and staff spaces are on the third, fourth and fifth floor. 

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.”

Text provided by Toteme.

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.