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Lambert & Fils

Written by Anna Caradeuc
Photography by Chris Mottalini

Canadian lighting studio Lambert & Fils celebrates its 10th anniversary with the opening of Hudson & Duane, a very first brick-and-mortar in New York City.

Since Samuel Lambert founded his eponymous lighting studio in 2010 in Montréal, Lambert & Fils rapidly made a name for itself on the global design scene with its expressive light fixtures and experience-centric exhibition spaces. In Montreal, for instance, the studio’s showroom resembles a minimalist art gallery that resides adjacent to its offices and factory space. And on the occasion of Milan Design Week 2019, together with DWA Design Studio, they took over a former panettone factory and turned it into Caffè Populaire, a six day pop-up bringing people and design into dynamic encounters through the essentiality of food.

A couple of weeks ago, they unveiled Hudson & Duane: a luminous 1,500-sq.ft. space on the ground floor of the historic Schepp Building, a 19th-century neo-Greco and Romanesque Revival red-brick structure overlooking Tribeca, fulfilling a longtime dream of opening a showroom in Manhattan.

The intention to open the showroom was of course set pre-COVID. Despite the pandemic, Lambert was determined to see it through and decided to move forward with the project. He and his team turned to Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary architecture studio re-a.d, led by French architect Côme Ménage, to fulfill their vision of restoring the historic space and relaunching it as a luminous white box showcasing its unique architectural features.

The window arches were simplified, the material palette homogenized and the visitor’s experience conceptualized, allowing them to celebrate the space’s past while anchoring it into the present. While Lambert & Fils’ collections play starring roles, the space is filled out with furnishings and accessories by brands that Lambert reveres and is friends with, including rugs by CC Tapis, Calico wallpaper and Bower furniture, which are meant solely to embellish the space and are not for sale.

By opening an outpost in New York’s TriBeCa neighborhood, a hotbed for lighting design, the studio entered their second decade in a bold way and we look forward to celebrating with them in person very soon.

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