Chamber, a new boutique of limited edition design, objects and art, opened in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The space’s unique concept and retail experience is the vision of Argentinian-born Founder Juan Garcia Mosqueda. Critically acclaimed architectural practice MOS has designed the interior of the space, which will be located underneath the High Line in the HL23 building, designed by Neil Denari, at 515 West 23rd Street.
Taking the Renaissance-era Cabinet of Curiosities as its inspiration, Chamber will be a twenty-first century reliquary for unusual objects and a platform for design experimentation. Every two years, Garcia Mosqueda will choose a different designer or creative to curate the shop’s entire program, bringing their unique viewpoint to Chamber through specially-commissioned works, and rare and vintage items. For the inaugural curatorial period, he has selected Dutch designers Studio Job, who are working closely with a dynamic group of established and emerging designers and artists to create Chamber Collection #1.
To this end, MOS designed the interior with a cavernous repository in mind. With the High Line establishing a new ground level, Chamber will have a subterranean feel, as if visitors are making a pilgrimage to a hidden place. The design encompasses a variety of materials and textures, which interplay with one another and contribute to the sense of intimacy and interactivity already offered by Chamber’s unique concept. A ceiling of vaults and a wall of niches will set the thematic tone for the space, referencing religious architecture and reinforcing the inspiration for Chamber as a reliquary.
A shared passion for collecting was what led Garcia Mosqueda to choose Studio Job—avid collectors themselves. As with each Curator, Job and Nynke Smeets are also serving as art directors, intimately involved in the concept and execution of many of the pieces. Studio Job will also design a new series of objects for the collection, along with a special edition of their Lensvelt furniture collection introduced at Salone del Mobile in 2013