Project Spotlight: AVI & Co.

NYC-based SEED Design Solutions Inc. conceived this sleek boutique-style showroom interior for Avi & Co., a luxury watch and jewelry retailer in Manhattan’s Diamond District. Led by Principal Lesly Zamor, the SEED team layered reclaimed woods and natural stone with metallic finishes and faceted surfaces.

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Located between 5th and 6th Avenue on West 47th Street, the Diamond District is the primary destination for jewelry shopping in Manhattan. Since World War II, when thousands of Jewish diamond merchants were forced to flee Antwerp and Amsterdam and settled in New York City, the district has become a central player in the global diamond industry.

To clearly differentiate the new Avi & Co. space from the district’s traditional merchant showrooms, SEED Design used a sumptuous yet edgy design palette that spoke directly to a younger upscale audience. “We wanted to strike a hip and innovative tone to signal our client’s unique leadership position in the luxury watch and jewelry industry,” explains Zamor. “We paid particular attention to texture, color and balance in order to achieve a richly luxurious aesthetic that was also clean and modern.”

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To underscore the luxury aesthetic, the SEED team paired smoke-colored Hammerton Studio artisan blown glass in Gem and Rock Crystal styles with contrasting metallic finishes. Adds Zamor, “The sparkling glass and simplicity of design underscores the jewelry theme with wonderful understated elegance. These fixtures suited the project perfectly.”

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I’ve worked with a lot of lighting lines over the past 20 years, and Hammerton stands above the crowd. The superb quality of their design and craftsmanship speaks for itself.
— Lesly Zamor, Principal, SEED Design NYC
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