Jackie Wachter, Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, and Phillip Wachter (Photograph by Orville McEachron)

Lydia Pope, Hazana Rivers, Rhoni Thompson and Latasha Spencer

RH Cleveland The Gallery at Pinecrest in Orange opened with a party for a thousand of its closest friends before the official opening to the public on March 23. The opening hosted movers and shakers from all over Northeast Ohio, from designers to real estate agents, entrepreneurs, investors, and those who are good at seeing and being seen. The event was a benefit of sorts as RH (formerly Restoration Hardware) gave generously to both The Cleveland Foundation’s Arts Mastery program and the Maltz Museum, in honor of its opening.
The compound at Pinecrest is a study in glass and steel. The first two floors hold the furniture/accessory galleries as well as an interactive interior design studio on the second floor. Twin floating staircases allow access to both gallery floors as well as the third floor, a roof-top

RH CEO Gary Friedman and his wife Bella Hunter

restaurant. (Yes, there’s also an elevator.) On opening night, the first-floor atrium or central hall had a bellini bar staffed by New York City’s famous restaurant, Cipriani. One floor up was a mirror image of the main floor plan, but with the staff serving Vesper martinis instead. Everything was underlined with a live performance by SHALLOU, an LA-based singer/producer who combines house music and soulful vocals.
On the third floor guests sampled wines from Napa Valley. Unlike the galleries below, the third floor only houses the Rooftop Restaurant. This is a space reminiscent of the grand dining rooms of classic department stores from Halle’s to Higbee’s, and Saks to Nordstrom, but with a very modern twist. The restaurant will offer ingredient-driven menu items as well as a wine bar. This interior opens to a garden rooftop through several French doors, and although the weather at the opening was not cooperative, in warmer months this will be an oasis of style and elegance with panoramic views of the city, trellised trees, and French limestone fire tables. In summer after sunset, the setting is sure to be spectacular.
RH Cleveland The Gallery at Pinecrest (technically 4009 Orange Place, the site of the former Slyman’s) is a massive 55,000-square-foot building. Actually a series of 70 galleries, the current RH is much larger than its predecessor at Legacy Village, which boasted about 7,000 square feet. The objective is to make the new RH an “immersive experience,” one that seamlessly integrates the lifestyle installations of RH Contemporary, RH Modern, and RH Interiors. Clearly, contemporary style rules here, as well as a classic palette of golds, warm whites, and a range of beige hues.
In addition to this gallery in Cleveland, RH plans to open five retail spaces in the US – one in RaleighNC, and four in California, as well as three additional stores in Paris, Madrid, and Brussels. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY RITA KUEBER