New York, NY (2023) – F. Schumacher & Co, the industry’s leading interior design house whose rich history spans centuries, announces a new office in the heart of Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood in the historic Devlin building. Moving from Midtown Manhattan, F. Schumacher & Co.’s (FS&CO) new office space reflects the company’s identity as a style-forward and innovation-driven design powerhouse.
FS&CO was founded and established in New York City in 1889 by Frenchman Frederic Schumacher and was a pioneer in the world of interior design, getting its start by bringing the art of French textiles to the United States. It is a sixth-generation family-owned company. Its new headquarters, located at 459 Broadway and Grand Street are in the landmarked Devlin building, constructed in 1861, the original home to the Devlin department store. The heritage and impressive history of the 459 Broadway building make it the perfect home for FS&CO’s new offices. In fact, F. Schumacher & Co.’s original office on lower Fifth Avenue was located in a similar era building.
About the Devlin Building
Completed in 1861 as the second store for the Devlin & Co. men’s clothing company who stayed in the building until 1879. Soho was already a commercial area from the time that Devlin & Co. moved into 459 Broadway. Until the late 20th century, the Devlin Building was an apparel and accessories building. In 1892, the Hodgman Rubber Company, a rain gear manufacturer, was the building’s main tenant. In the early 20th century, the Pratt, Hurst Co., Ltd —English importers of laces, nets, and curtains —and the Mannheimer Brothers & S. Fox —makers of dress goods —were tenants. On the same block, there was a Lord & Taylor department store (1860-72), the Singer sewing machine’s first headquarters and showroom (1857), the linen and lace imports Mills & Gibb (1879) and a Brooks Brothers (1858).
When the building was originally constructed in the 19th century, it had a stone facade, rounded windows, and an arcade walkway. The AIA Guide to New York called the building “a late Italianate temple of commerce whose beautifully weathered stone surfaces are piercedwith ranks of finely proportioned rounded windows.” In 2006, the Joseph Pell Lombardi Architect group applied to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to restore the exterior of the building. By 2011, it was completely renovated to recreate the original Broadway & Grand Street arcades, restore the granite sidewalks, sandstone facade, and cast iron and wood infill, and reinstall the original vault lights.
Situated over four floors that are flooded with natural light, the new office space is a fluid, shared setup that is designed to inspire creative energy. The new space reflects the identity of the innovative design house and its collection of brands, including Schumacher, Patterson Flynn, Backdrop, and Frederic magazine. The office meets the needs of these rapidly expanding teams with increased meeting spaces, lounge areas with large library tables, and even a rooftop.
“This move is much needed and symbolic of FS&CO’s growth and evolution over the past few years,” said Timur Yumusaklar, CEO of the parent company, F. Schumacher & Co. “It made sense for FS&CO to make its home in a building that shares a celebrated 130+ year history, and we’re honored to continue a legacy that inspires us to provide forward-thinking designs to interior designers and design aficionados.”
“The space is a perfect marriage of American and European design, which speaks to our unique heritage: Frederic Schumacher came to NY from Paris bringing his passion for European decorative arts with him. Although we think of ourselves as a quintessentially American company that has an ‘I can do anything’ American spirit, our European roots always come through. In the new space, Cappellini and Cassina furniture from Italy is used throughout, along with pieces from the American brand Herman Miller. And we’ve used our own brands’ fabrics and wallpapers that run the gamut, from French toiles to graphic abstracts from our American artist collaborators. Dotted throughout are accessories from French makers like India Mahdavi and Non Sans Raison. The overall effect feels cool and sophisticated, modern but warm, and it doesn’t hurt that the ceilings are 12 feet high!”, says Dara Caponigro, FS&CO’s Chief Creative Officer who is spearheading the project with Stephanie Cano, Director of Space Planning.
For more information, visit www.fschumacher.com.