Gabellini Sheppard Associates

Gabellini Sheppard Associates Earns a Best of Year Award for the David Yurman Store in New York

2021 Best of Year winner for Small Retail

“The Yurmans have always been identified with elevated craftsmanship and American modernity,” says principal and Interior Design Hall of Fame member Michael Gabellini of Gabellini Sheppard Associates, who designed the David Yurman Townhouse store a decade ago, as well the jewelry brand’s latest flagship, set at the base of a 1926 Emery Roth building with a terra-cotta facade. To carry out the vision of chief creative officer Evan Yurman, son of the namesake founder, the 4,000-square-foot, three-story project follows his brief to create a kind of “theatrical framework.” To draw in customers to the narrow site and up to the higher levels, curved displays on the ground floor encourage movement, aided by a rhythmic custom floor of dark Pietra Cardosa stone and paler Bardiglio Trambi marble and a ceiling of Danish oak planks; both floor and ceiling patterns gently echo the brand’s iconic Cable jewelry collection. Rich-toned fabric panels—velvet downstairs, wool above—along with artisanal plaster walls act as luxe backdrops for rotating artworks, video screens, and oak-and-travertine vitrines. Throughout is a residential feel as well as furniture reflecting the Yurmans’ love for American and Scandinavian modernism.

The exterior of the David Yurman store in New York by Gabellini Sheppard Associates
The floor creates striking geometric patterns while enabling the jewelry displays to shine.
An arial view of the flagship store by Gabellini Sheppard Associates.
Gabellini Sheppard Associates: Michael Gabellini; Kimberly Sheppard; Ozlem Akcay; Silvia Maffei; Kentaro Ishihara; Xin Yang; Gulay Dukkanci; Christine Kim