Having an eye-catching retail space filled with attention-grabbing space design and display elements has never been more important in the competitive world of retail than nowadays. Thus, each time more, even a top fashion brands have to market their products not only in terms of branding but invest in the physical establishment of the retail space to distinguish themselves from others. Design Contract present a selection of spectacular boutiques interiors worldwide. Discover more about these spaces!

Dolce & Gabbana flagship store in Fifth Avenue

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Dolce&Gabbana inaugurate in New York their largest emporium, conceived as a flagship, the worldwide showcase of a group worth 1 billion Euros a year: With 3500 employees, 220 stores worldwide (67 in the USA). Today it’s the company which enjoys the most success in the Italian fashion system, which is worth almost 50 billion Euros. Its not all smiles with the Italian State though, the two designers-entrepreneurs have been lamenting the failing support offered by their country towards creative industries, those which export Italian style worldwide the most successful asset which we have in these difficult economic times.
“We are missing the stimuli to develop craftsmanship, that quality, that know how which is only Italian. We need to invest in that, where no one can surpass us. Obviously, designers invested in top brands to create unique interiors, such details like golden and black fluid and unusual chair Nessa from Koket or luxury oversized-frame Guilt mirror.

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ARTIFACTS store at Breeze Centre by MW Design, Taiwan

The store’s design draws upon inspiration from early 20th century museums and theatres, and stained glass of Renaissance churches; the designer, Michelle Wei, brings traditional elements along with modern design and technique into a contemporary space. MW Design has incorporated sunset themes from the entrance to the rear of the store, progressing from yellow to orange to red then purple bringing a full spectrum of colour to the eye.

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Entering the store, one is struck by levels and colours of glass, which creates a flowing depth and allows for a tremendous use of retail space. Starting from the entrance that is inspired by stained glass of Renaissance churches, with five layers of transparent glass and different patterns sandblasted on each layer to create a 3D effect. The hexagon shape window and the transparent glass tables in the middle of the store are on museum-inspired display. The glass tables are designed at different heights so the products seem overlapping, creating an interesting visual effect. The floor to ceiling glass shelves on the sides are also made with glasses that reflect the colours of sunset.

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Walking towards the VIP area at the end of the store it seems as one is entering a theatre, with red velvet curtains at the corners and red armchairs and carpet in the middle. MW Design creates a dramatic effect in this area by designing the wall-mounted TVs in the shape of diamonds cut with stainless steel in a mirrored finish, with a video playing on the screens creating a kaleidoscope of reflections. The custom-made agate lamps on the ceiling and the agate coat hooks designed by MW add a striking luxuriousness to the overall feel of the store.

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Lancaster ADÈLE window display at Rue Saint Honoré, France
This window display has been created to put forward our latest new line of handbags: ADÈLE. This range of products offers styles with clean lines and colourful tones, perfect for the girl on the go. The first idea was to envelop each bag as a piece of jewellery in a magnificent cocoon, surrounded by luxuriant vegetal elements. I also wanted to work on colours, which are very strong and part of the handbags identity: apricot, blue, fuchsia and blueberry. Each tear drops is covered with very delicates paper flowers and it seems like they are blooming all over the bags. I wanted the window display to be very feminine, precious and ethereal to reflect the simplicity and beauty of the bags.

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GINA store by Caulder Moore, UK

GINA is delighted to announce the unveiling of its latest store in Mayfair’s fashionable Mount Street, W1 this month. As part of its program of international expansion, Mount Street has been identified as the venue of choice for GINA to invite the style cognoscenti to discover the latest evolution in luxury fashion retail. Georgian splendour is both the aesthetic and cultural template for the new store, as realised by premium retail interior design agency Caulder Moore. Within the space they have passionately realised the allure and elegance of ‘fashionable high-society’ consumerism, for a modern age.

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Observing the requirements of a Grade II listed building, the store façade and 900 square foot interior is the first phase in an exciting new retail development for GINA, creating a more subtly seductive environment to showcase the brand offer. This includes the full ready-to-wear collection of internationally celebrated shoes, sandals, boots and day/evening bags, in addition to the by-appointment GINA Couture service. A striking black fascia with large period windows encourages optimum daylight to bathe the interior in a naturalistic glow. The black exterior gives way to an interior palette of delicate greys; from dove to stone and granite to metallic pewter painted wood. The overall feeling is one of refreshing modernity with the intimacy of a private residence, referencing the grace and refined simplicity of classical Georgian interiors.

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From the gentle grey plastered walls, subtle plasterwork inlays create characteristic period ‘frame detailing,’ which is the resonating motif for: display units, freestanding mirrors and recessed shelves. A grey calfskin chaise-longue takes centre stage on the two-tone pewter shimmer flecked plush carpet. This symphony of grey is completed by the dramatically suspended 7 foot wide Swarovski hoop drop-chandelier, an inspiration of decorative illumination and function. Advance through the glittering ‘fashion corridor’ to discover the VIP area couture-lounge, home of GINA’s pioneering couture service. Clients are encouraged to bring with them their occasion and eveningwear to experience the full impact of their bespoke shoe orders, when worn with that special ensemble.

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ANSHINDO jewellery shop by Masafumi Tashiro Design Room, France
The jewellery shop ANSHINDO is located in Paris Rue de La Paix 8 which has renovated and re-opened in August 2013. The major renovation of a grand old moulding decoration building facade has resulted in intact Paris’ traditional and transparency shop front.

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The idea of creating a new shop front for the old shop Anshindo, I used the transparent forming glass mouldings glued on the glass surface that gave mix with new and traditional form. While people walking around in front of the store, it brings the glow of diffuse reflection and refraction to the glass facade, it resulted beautiful natural and organic scenario with its occasion.

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