The Derek Lam boutique in New York opened In September of 2010 and is located at 764 Madison Avenue between 65th and 66th Street. The gallery-like store concept was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architects, SANAA from Tokyo, Japan and built by local executive architect Toshihiro Oki. Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA worked to create a space that is marked by modern sensibilities, calculated simplicity and highly perfected detailing.
"I am thrilled to work with architects who share my design philosophy and whose work I so greatly admire," said Lam. "SANAA has created a retail environment that is minimalist, functional, intimate and warm".
The materials and open floor plan of the 1,200 square foot retail space remain simple, allowing the clothing and accessories to be displayed like pieces of art, curated depending on the collection and season. The life of Madison Avenue is visible from the interior as daylight from outside flows in gentle waves, reflecting the colors of the fabrics and the street.