5 Design Ideas to Steal from NYC’s 3Sixteen Showroom

Remember back when you’d want to spend an hour browsing in your favorite boutique? Designer and creative Andrew Chen does. Ahead of launching his brand 3Sixteen’s latest store in New York’s Nolita neighborhood, a prolonged effort through the pandemic, some big renovations had to be done—and they happen to be easily replicable in any home. Chen shared a couple of his favorites with us. 

Use Archways to Divide Rooms

In a collaboration with design firm Meadow on the interiors, Chen had an arch cut out in the formerly nothing-special hallway that bridges the two halves of the store: sales racks and lounge. The wood trim around the hallway is a nod to the furniture and sales racks, but also frames the back area of the shop and two changing rooms. In a studio apartment setting, a curved passageway could segment the kitchen from your bedroom. DIY it with a wood framework and Sheetrock, à la ceramist Lalese Stamps.

Reimagine Seemingly Useless Spots With Built-Ins

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“The space has a lot of funny little nooks,” Chen points out. In older buildings like his, divots and awkward lines in the floor plan (adjusting for pipes or the foundation) are common, but there’s

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The latest arrivals to the Miami Design District, Alessandra Branca’s new showroom, and more

It’s a new year, and with it comes new beginnings—for these brands, new showroom spaces. In our January roundup, Business of Home has gathered all the expansions and openings to have on your radar.


Table game designer and furniture manufacturer 11 Ravens has opened a flagship showroom at Los Angeles’s Pacific Design Center in Suite B-117. The official launch ceremony will take place on February 11, with a full itinerary of virtual programming to kick off the company’s online tours and private in-person appointments.


Armani/Casa has opened a new brick-and-mortar showroom in the Miami Design District. The brand’s contemporary silhouettes and refined lines are now available by appointment for in-person visits at 3820 Northeast 2nd Avenue.

B&B Italia, too, has landed at the Miami Design District, now located at 4141 Northeast 2nd Avenue. For the first time, the Italian furniture manufacturer will service the Miami design community at its 900-square-foot showroom space.

Also new to the Miami Design District is luxury mattress manufacturer Hästens. Nestled near the Liaigre and Shade Store showrooms, the Swedish sleep brand’s showroom offers both mattresses and its lines of sleep accessories.

Alessandra Branca has opened a new interior design office and Casa Branca

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