Calm, quiet introspection and the sights, sounds, and pace of New York City may not seem to go hand in hand, but one former retail mogul is trying to change that. This month, Khajak Keledjian, the founder of pioneering luxury fashion destination Intermix, has set his sights on an endeavor vastly different from shopping, but one that Manhattanites may need even more than retail therapy: reflection. Keledjian partnered with architect Winka Dubbeldam to create Inscape.
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Keledjian partnered with architect Winka Dubbeldam to create Inscape, a meditation studio in New York’s Flatiron neighborhood. The 5,000-square-foot space will offer immersive group sessions in a setting thoughtfully designed to soothe the mind and foster introspection. On Inscape’s website, Keledjian and Dubbeldam describe the studio as “somewhere between 4th-century monasteries, the mood in the temple at Burning Man, and the feeling you get when you look at the infinite horizon.” While it may sound over the top, Inscape’s design (and, in fact, the company’s mission) truly reflects such a range of influences. Soft lighting, natural materials, and curved spaces create a restful feel in the entryway and two studios. A rope installation by artist Tini Courtney graces the ceiling of one studio, and a continuous, geometric honeycomb-like pattern of bamboo ensconces the other. Inscape will also be the first meditation studio to have an associated app, extending relaxation into the home.
Khajak Keledjian: Inscape is a reflection of my everyday life: modern, innovative, and balanced. I’ve meditated for ten years, so this was natural for me. We’re reimagining meditation, just like how, in 1993, my brother and I reimagined the concept of the specialty boutique when we founded Intermix, which disrupted the luxury shopping experience by styling different designers together in one space. Similarly, Inscape has infused a modern delivery of a traditional practice. We facilitate meditation in a new way, one that’s relevant to 21st-century lifestyles. Inscape delivers unique audio-guided meditation and relaxation experiences that empower the meditators to focus on what’s within rather than what’s outside of themselves.
Source: Architectural Digest
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