Jhe evening of October 6 saw the opening of Laurent Lighting and Design’s new Darien store. The occasion was marked by champagne and appetizers in the showroom just off Boston Post Road in a space at the back of the Darien Playhouse building.
The expansion was spurred in part by the continued success of the local company’s location in Ridgefield and an appreciation for the “totally different vibe” that a coastal town like Darien offers, according to Nancy Dichiora, founder. and designer of Laurent Lighting and Design.
“I was drawn to the casualness and coastal elegance of the aesthetic,” Dichiora said. “We thought this was a great location for us, a perfect location with great visibility.”
Chandeliers with classic profiles and the latest cutting-edge designs adorn the showroom while large windows let plenty of light into the showroom, which also gives visitors a glimpse of the cabinetry and wood options. frank from the store.
“I love American made products,” Dichiora said, “and not just because of the supply chain, but because of the quality. I wouldn’t sell anything that I didn’t put in my own home. .
Dichiora has a background in interior design, which she says informs the selection of pieces to include in the showroom. She added that this allows her to work closely with architects who appreciate feedback on choosing the best fixtures for the space.
“We’re thrilled to be here,” Dichiora said of the new site. “We are very excited about this location and happy to be part of the community.”
The community, in turn, was eager to welcome the company. Staff at Rudy’s Grooming Club next door presented their new neighbors with a bouquet to mark the occasion. The reception and official inauguration were well attended by other members of the Darien business community and representatives of the Darien Chamber of Commerce.
“Whenever we get a new member, whether it’s a brick and mortar or a business like a lawyer or a doctor, we love to welcome them to our city and our members by hosting a inauguration ceremony,” said Kesti Ayssa, the executive. director of the Darien Chamber of Commerce. “It’s just a great way to bring the community inside to see what they’re talking about. We’ve been waiting a very long time – it’s a beautiful space. I think they fit perfectly and we have nothing like it. All the lighting and inventory are gorgeous.
“I know the people of Darien love decorating their homes,” Ayssa added wryly, “so I know they will pull it off.”
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