February 28, 2015
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The New York Design Center's Renovation

Conant Architects has just completed a renovation of the iconic New York Design Center’s public spaces. Celebrating its 85th year, the NYDC is the oldest furniture and design building in the country. The renovation reflects the Center’s continued commitment to serving the design community’s needs with improved lobby services, a fresh aesthetic and LED lighting which is part of a sustainable initiative for the building.

Located at 200 Lexington Avenue, the NYDC is the only design center in New York City that has maintained its occupancy and purpose since the building’s opening in 1926. After eighty-five years of housing galleries and showrooms, the owners of the NYDC decided to renovate the historic 16-story building as a vital part of the NYDC’s re-branding process, which also included a refreshed logo and an expanded and newly branded website.

The renovation has provided new opportunities for design companies and professionals. Now the home of 1stdibs, the largest antique center in the country, their showroom is the company’s first physical presence in the marketplace, with 33,000 square feet of fine antiques and Conant Architect’s 21st century design. Conant’s renovation not only draws attention to the original building’s best structural features, but also reflects the design center’s commitment to being the best resource for today’s design community.

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