David Z Store 14th Street

Spanning between the rehabilitated Union Square District and the now trendy Meat Packing District in New York City, 14th street has long been known for its honky tonk discounter type stores. KOHN ARCHITECTURE designed a new David Z store to reflect the company’s version of culturally diverse street fashion and downtown funk to an area that has become a hip happening retailing street. Located in a former Woolworth’s store space, the new David Z store brings a cultural and aesthetic experience to rival the experience that people first felt when they walked into Woolworth’s in its heyday. Woolworth’s had the Muzak, bright lighting, the smell of shoes and other things, and the magical, fun feeling of a circus combined with an amusement park.
The new David Z Store has all that and more; conflicting geometries, asymmetry, eclectic materials and intense graphics form a cohesive and vibrant selling environment; a state-of-the-art Bose sound system; magical lighting coming from a ceiling designed like none ever before; the latest fashion in new shoes, innovative vividly colored designs and patterns covering the floors, columns, walls and counters. Accentuating the fun are fixtures along the walls, and throughout, that make shopping a new and exhilarating experience.

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