Renovated in 2023, Sharon Davis Design’s new office transforms a loft originally built in 1861 along what was then called Fourth Avenue (Todays Park Avenue) into a clean, functional studio for our team. Originally known as the Tiffany Glass Building, the space served as the first home to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s glass blowing studio, known for developing Favrile glass, which won a grand prize at the 1900 Paris Exposition. Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of Tiffany & Co. founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, went on to serve as the first design director for the company. The building later went on to house numerous artists and photographers, the most notable of which being Jerry Schatzberg, who photographed the likes of Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, and the Beatles.
The studio is housed within the actual loft, which features 16 and a half-foot ceilings, exposed brick, and clerestory windows which dowse the space in natural light, the space also contains a conference area, lounge, and an architectural library. Continuing down the hallway, the kitchen has been retrofitted with custom millwork to maximize storage and minimize clutter. Directly adjacent to the kitchen additional shelving and cabinetry houses Sharon Davis Design’s material library. The space is accented by movable, stainless-steel tables which provide incredible flexibility. Beyond the material library, two private offices facing Park Avenue provide space for our principal and administrators.
Great consideration was given to wellness and sustainability in the design and furnishing of the office. In addition to great natural light, many plants punctuate the space to provide a biophilic presence, the original brick walls have been left unfinished and the flooring has been stripped of its old stain to create a low-VOC workspace which keeps workers comfortable, attentive, and active. As for sustainability, what new construction was done utilizes low embodied carbon materials, and all appliances and fixtures prioritize electrical efficiency to cut down on operational carbon. And finally, all furniture in the office has been recycled from our previous space to cut down on waste ending up in landfill.