Rico Espinetís showroom, Rico, is the embodiment of a lifelong interest in art, architecture, and design. The boundaries between these disciplines have blurred in recent years. Rico reflects this convergence, combining furnishings, lighting and accessories with fine art in a seamless environment. The effect is a stunning retail installation that reveals the interests, passions, and refined eye of Rico Espinet.
An honors graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Rico started as a sculptor. His interest in objects soon evolved to installations in which the placement of the sculpture became as important as the objects themselves. Lighting was an integral part of these installations, defining space and heightening the overall experience. While lighting continued to play an important role in Ricoís art, it also led to work that would transport him from the downtown music scene to the world of high fashion.
The curatorial aspect of his new showroom enables Rico to revisit some of the themes he explored in his installations- the interplay between objects, space and light- in a more commercial sphere. The goal is the same. Whether making art or designing a retail space, Rico Espinetís eloquent use of light and poetic sense of form inspire affirming environments of contemplation, comfort, and beauty.