Rizzoli has opened its new flagship bookstore at 1133 Broadway in the heart of New York City’s NoMad district. Just three blocks north of Madison Square Park and steps away from myriad cultural destinations, the 5,000 square foot space occupies the ground-floor level of the historic St. James Building, dating back to the early 19th century. The newly envisioned Rizzoli Bookstore captures the classic architectural experience for which the former bookstore locations were celebrated, integrated into a new vision that matches today’s tastes and the energy of its new location.
Nationally recognized design firm Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects led the creation of the bookstore’s interiors under the helm of partner and co-founder Thomas A. Kligerman. Inspired by the grandeur of the building and the neighborhood’s modernity, the new Rizzoli boasts an imposing 18’ tall by 34’ wide glass façade that showcases the interior’s eighteen-foot ceilings, a dramatic peaked skylight, and an expansive windowed salon entered via an striking red mullioned pivot door. Many of the classic fixtures from the 57th Street store have been preserved and re-introduced in the new space, including its cherry wood bookcases and grand brass and iron chandeliers.
Fornasetti Milano designed wallpaper exclusively for the Rizzoli flagship, custom-made by Cole & Son, manufacturers of fine printed wallpapers since 1875. The designs run as a frieze above the bookcases to the ceiling in all three grand rooms of the store, and feature surreal motifs of Italian cities floating in the clouds, hot air balloons, Zodiac figures and the classic Fornasetti collage of newspaper fragments overlaid with colorful butterflies.
Publisher and Vice President, Rizzoli, Charles Miers, fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, and CEO of RCS Libri Laura Donnini at the Rizzoli Bookstore Preview Party on July 21, 2015 in New York City.
The store will be open seven days a week. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays store hours will be from 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM. On Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM, and on Sundays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Please note: Rizzoli Bookstore will be closed on Sundays during the month of August