Intersecting Style and Function

Cab modernization in swanky Lexus-themed "concept space" rounds out a carefully designed space near NYC's High Line.

by Lee Freeland

United Cabs showcased a high-end cab modernization it completed earlier this year. "Intersect by Lexus," as 412 West 14th Street in NYC's Meatpacking District has been branded, is a "concept space" and high-end restaurant created for people to "experience the ethos of Lexus lifestyle." It is designed by Masamichi Katayama and the Wonderwall team to represent "the intersection of culinary, design, hospitality, entertainment and technology," the Toyota-owned luxury brand said. Cues to Lexus in the forms of a shop and small museum are seen throughout the 119-year-old, three-story building.

United was tasked with extending subtle elements of Lexus in the 16,603-sq.-ft. building to its elevator. The finished product features stainless-steel panels with black mirror finish in a parallelogram pattern that inspires the look of tire treads. A black painted steel divider and round powder-coated handrail divide the upper and lower panels. The reveals, return walls, strike post and transom are also faced with black mirror stainless, minus the pattern. A white marble, hexagon subway tile floor completes the design and serves as a subtle homage to NYC.

Materials involved include:

  • Drop ceiling: faced with architectural metal from Rimex Metal.
  • Lighting: linear perimeter lighting around the drop ceiling
  • Wall panels: faced with architectural metal from Rimex Metal; all the panels are held in place with aluminum Z-clips.
  • Handrail: faced with stainless steel
  • Frieze, reveals, base, and fronts: faced with architectural metal from Rimex Metal.
  • Floor: faced with natural stone

The elevator "finesses the design crossover between car and lifestyle," noted United.