Restoration Hardware's New University Village Home Is One Major Maison

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Alex Crook

No, the new four-story structure in University Village isn’t another parking garage. It’s 60,000 square feet of the new design gallery from Restoration Hardware (RH), one of only eight such stores in the U.S. The gallery space, which opened in November, averages five to six times the size of RH’s legacy stores, and features RH’s home furnishings displayed in artistic vignettes to simulate a gallery—a different experience from RH’s other retail stores. (A new retailer for the former RH store location in University Village will be announced this year.)

 

Each RH Gallery store reflects elements of the city in which it’s located. RH Seattle celebrates Washington’s fresh air and natural environment, with an expansive garden terrace and rooftop conservatory that features white crepe myrtle trees. Inside, the gallery boasts 13-foot ceilings and grand double floating staircases, and also houses the brand’s Design Atelier, a 4,000-square-foot workspace for shoppers to receive personalized interior design services. 

The RH Gallery blurs the line between residential and retail, so grab your Starbucks from across the street and head over. You may want to move in. University Village, Restoration Hardware Gallery, 4645 26th Ave. NE; 206.522.2775; restorationhardware.com 

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
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Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.

 

Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (the3bbox.com).

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.