With an exciting rotation of innovative artwork in the free galleries at Ace Hotel and the ever-changing public art in Madison Square Park, NoMad has long been a seamless blend of art, recreation and retail. As commercial real estate continues to boom, NoMad’s culture of relaxed elegance is further exemplified by the new brands choosing to call the neighborhood home.
High-end Italian jeweler and mosaic manufacturer Sicis recently purchased a five-story building at 240 Fifth Avenue. Sicis specializes in micro mosaics – patterns created from finely inlaid mosaic tiles – floors, walls, pools, and jewelry as well as furniture and original art pieces. The building, which Sicis purchased for $22.1 million, features 11,350 square feet of space and a penthouse that will serve as an art gallery and space for the Sicis’s “think tank.”
Also on the cutting edge of glass and mosaics is Franz Mayer of Munich, a designer of architectural glass and mosaics, which recently moved its New York headquarters to NoMad . Franz Mayer’s work can be seen at prominent buildings, transportation hubs and tourist sites worldwide, from Kazakhstan’s Pyramid of Peace to New York’s own Staten Island Ferry Terminal and the Essex-Delancey subway station.
Another long-established brand, Rizzoli Bookstore, has chosen NoMad for its new home. After nearly 30 years on 57th Street, Rizzoli will open in May at 1133 Broadway. Rizzoli is widely recognized as one of the finest independent publishers and booksellers worldwide. While its catalogue offers a wealth of resources on an array of subjects, Rizzoli specializes in beautifully produced volumes on illustrated topics such as architecture, design, food and fashion, as well as literature in multiple languages.
With stores such as Opening Ceremony, Marimekko, and Maison Kitsune, NoMad has already established itself as a center of international trend-setting fashion. It is exciting to see innovative brands in the art, design and publishing industry taking root in NoMad, defining the neighborhood as a creative hotbed of superlative new products and ideas.