The first new buildings of the Design District's rather radical evolution from being a high-design furniture district to an haute fashion mall are nearing completion. 175 NE 40th Street, which we've discussed before has just gotten a surprising and dark new facade, with some sort of hanging glass window features - more sculptural than anything actually functional - directly below its roof garden. Curbed intel says that this building was most likely designed by local firm Keenan Riley Architects, headed by former MoMA Architecture Curator and MAM Director Terrance Riley. The rear, visible from 41st street, has received its very metallic final look too.
Just to the north, the 4141 Building at 4141 NE 2nd Avenue, has a new corner retail space with a curving glass facade, and a row of big trees practically hanging off the roof parapet. To the west of 4141, another former furniture showroom building, has been gutted, heavily renovated, and given a completely new facade, with bold eyebrow type things over wide window bays. It looks almost complete, except for a multicolored exterior paint job that was in the renderings, which you can see above and below.