Discover the perfect blend of luxury, warmth and elegance at RH New York's exquisite rooftop restaurant. Located atop RH New York's sprawling 90,000-square-metre design centre in the historic Meatpacking District, this culinary haven offers guests a captivating dining experience like no other. While Restoration Hardware (RH) leads the US and Canadian luxury furniture market, its collaboration with Sit & Heat has made this destination the new hotspot.
Journey to excellence: collaboration with Restoration Hardware Manufacturing
Restoration Hardware (RH) has become a household name, famous for its exquisite collection of furniture, lighting, textiles, bath items, decoration and outdoor products. With their signature "RH", they have left an indelible mark of sophistication on the hearts of consumers and offer design services that are unmatched in their industry. RH New York now takes luxury to the next level with the Rooftop Restaurant, where guests can dine in warmth and comfort amidst the breathtaking skyline views, thanks to the seamless collaboration with Sit & Heat for this project.
Where luxury, warmth and sophistication meet
In the heart of downtown Manhattan, RH New York's design centre stands as a testament to their dedication to blurring the lines between residential and retail spaces. Here you can discover over 8,000 square metres of indoor and outdoor elegance, making it a trendsetter in both the residential and hospitality industries.
A seamless partnership with Sit & Heat
To heat up the rooftop dining experience at RH New York, a partnership was formed between Restoration Hardware Manufacturing and Sit & Heat. Our innovative systems were carefully matched to RH's luxurious seating, so that every guest could enjoy the breathtaking skyline views comfortably and warmly. A team from Sit & Heat flew to New York, where they expertly implemented these custom-made heating systems. They offered guests an unparalleled, warm experience in the sometimes chilly New York air.
Decorating your own home is great fun, but if you are buying a second or third home, you might be less inclined to do it yourself. For the wealthiest Americans, Restoration Hardware offers a solution. "Tables, chairs, cabinets, beds, cushions, they have everything," says Jorg Rijkschroeff, founder of Sit & Heat. "Usually customers come for the complete furnishing of their impressive homes. They shop for several hundred thousand dollars worth of home furnishings and leave everything to Restoration Hardware."
He continues: "In major US cities, Restoration Hardware has flagship stores, their flagship stores. In New York, this shop is in the Meatpacking District, an expensive neighbourhood in Manhattan. They converted an old factory building, which looks really cool, and added a rooftop bar." Sit & Heat was asked to custom-made heated cushions supply. "We heated about 100 chairs, but of course they had to be in cushions of their own brand."
A large package
Jorg further shared his take on the project's journey: "Restoration Hardware sent us a cushion. We received the biggest box you can send. I think the box was was more than three metres? Really huge. It contained one very
big cushion in it, a four-seater for a big sofa. We used that to make a prototype heated cushion and sent that back."
Challenges and Sit & Heat solutions
During the process, Jorg and the team had to overcome challenges. "I met with the flagship store in New York, Restoration Hardware headquarters in California and the manufacturer in North Carolina. The manufacturer said, 'This do
n we don't! We can't install electronics; it's too complicated. So I went through a whole manual with him," Jorg says. "But then the manufacturer still said, 'We're not certified for this; it's too complicated.' So I suggested: 'What if we do it? What if we assemble it? ' The reassuring answer was: yes, then the cushions can come to New York. Not much later, Jorg and the team were on their way to America.
From New York to the southern states
"We first went to New York to discuss the project. We were also given a tour of the shop," Jorg explains. It became clear that Restoration Hardware is meant for the super-rich. "We had to report to the Golden Desk - they have a real gold desk at the entrance," he says. The next stop was a big contrast: the Restoration Hardware factory in Hickory, North Carolina. "The southern US is almost a different country compared to New York. We spent a week immersed in factory life in a southern state. You can't get a much more pure experience. The people there were super friendly and nice."
Getting it Done
On site, Jorg and the team installed all the electronics in the cushions. They worked with mechanics and seamstresses. "It was an experience not soon to forget. It was very inspiring to see how Restoration Hardware operates on such a large scale, how they organise the factory, which machines they use and how they maintain quality. We learnt a lot from that!"
Multiple floors: the ultimate luxury experience
RH New York seamlessly combines indoor and outdoor spaces on several floors to create a unique shopping and dining experience. The rooftop terrace restaurant is a particular highlight. It flows seamlessly into a beautifully landscaped park and wine terrace and offers iconic views of downtown Manhattan. Reflecting on this part of the journey, Jorg proudly remarked, "So we equipped their Giant Cushions with our top-of-the-line heating systems, and the final product was something to be proud of."
Proud of New York
Jorg concluded with a sense of pride: "The roof is a super cool place with a great view. Wow, our products are up there. It's great to travel the world with Sit & Heat, but even more so to collaborate with such a big name. Restoration Hardware is one of the biggest names in America and this collaboration shows that we can deliver at the highest level."