SieMatic, PIRCH Collaborate in SoHo

General / People / Products / July 21, 2016

To hear Hans Henkes talk, the newest collaboration between SieMatic and PIRCH in SoHo is a match made in heaven.

“We saw a brand alliance with them – they’re moving fast with great ideas and they’re trying to create the Apple store of appliances and fixtures,” the president and CEO of SieMatic Möbelwerke USA says. “It’s a revolutionary approach to retail – a luxury experience to help clients enjoy life, cooking, living and family.”

Located in a former ironworks building at the corner of Broome and Lafayette, PIRCH SoHo occupies 32,000 square feet across three floors. In more than 30 interactive displays, faucets flow, hearths flicker, cabinets open and close with a touch, and appliances function, allowing visitors to test-drive products before they buy. Shoppers can take part in on-site cooking classes or even book a private steam shower in the experiential home spa.

“You almost a do a double-take: ‘This is not what I expected from a fixtures showroom,'” he says. “There are working showers, and you can bring in your masseuse – it’s really a space to dream  in, where you’re in discovery.”

SieMatic is the exclusive kitchen cabinet supplier for PIRCH SoHo, with its URBAN, CLASSIC and PURE collections prominently displayed throughout the showroom. The company worked with the agency Fitch, designer Mick Ricereto and PIRCH to create 20 of the  kitchen spaces. The idea was to transform perceptions about SieMatic in its customers’ eyes.

“SieMatic wants to go away from being just a product – it’s not what we produce but the experience we offer our architects and clients – to give them the freedom to design the kitchen of their preference and lifestyle,” he says.

It took a great deal of vision for the 87-year-old German company to think outside the box and recognize the opportunity PIRCH presented. “First there has to be this brand alignment that’s methodical but open, game-changing but traditional,” he says. “Part of it’s a gut feeling that they’ll be good partners, but it’s all about who you work with and how you work with them.”

That’s not to say there weren’t bumps in the road leading here – there were, he says. But hey – in PIRCH SoHo and seven more collaborations across the nation – this is the proverbial match in you-know-where.

Image source: Nicholas Anthony & Siematic

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Michael Welton
I write about architecture, art, and design for national and international publications. I am the author of "Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand" (Routledge, 2015), and the former architecture critic for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

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