TOD'S STORE - NEW YORK
Realisation of flooring and made-to-measure surfaces for the windows of the Tod’S flagship store opened in 2006 on Madison Avenue in New York.
The aim of Bonetti & Kozerski was to find a stone whose colour would complement the leather-lined walls that had already been made for the store. With just a few weeks to go before the store was due to open, they had still not found anything to suit their requirements.
As a result, Salvatori began to explore several travertine quarries to find a suitable bank of stone that could yield the elusive colour.
The architects also wanted to retain the high materiality of the stone, retaining the natural cavities that are such a key characteristic of travertine. However, it was necessary to match this request with the practical needs of a store with a high foot traffic count.
The solution was to fill the cavities with a clear resin. Now, normally such a resin does not last for very long inside the holes of travertine but we cleaned the cavities with special brushes which removed any residue that could inhibit the resin from attaching firmly.
All this was conceived and realised in record time, allowing the client to open the store on the planned date. The stone continues to retain its original appearance and the store is one of the most visited in Manhattan.
DESIGNER: Bonetti & Kozerski Studio New York