Williams-Sonoma's Grande Cuisine concept is intended to continue the company's tradition of "serving serious cooks." This 15,000-square-foot new storefront was designed to respond both to the nineteenth-century light industrial character of the neighborhood and the ornate facades of adjacent buildings. An open store plan highlights the Corinthian columns of the existing interior, with mechanical systems located primarily in perimeter soffits above fixtures to maintain the 19-foot height of the ceiling. Many other prototypical elements of Williams-Sonoma stores, including the Food Hall and differentiated category shops, took new forms in this space, framed by the store's replastered Corinthian columns.
Photography by Andrew Bordwin, New York City
Design: McCall Design Group, San Francisco -- Mike McCall, principal; Ken Moy, associate; John Chan, senior project architect; Sing Yip, project architect Williams-Sonoma
Design Team: Bud Cope, director of store planning; Richard Altuna, Los Angeles
Architect: McCall Design Group, San Francisco
General Contractor: Fisher Development, Inc., San Francisco
Fixturing: Environments, Minnetonka, Minn.
Lighting: American Wholesale Lighting, Fremont, Calif.
Signage: Thomas Swan Signs, San Francisco