Written by Mariana Valença
Design Contract invites you to discover a diversity of luxury boutiques in the world where the luxury Brands, of clothes, accessories and cosmetics, collaborate with the best designers that worked with five star hotels, super yachts and luxury residences. The result – wonderful Boutiques with unique design that exploring the most different senses in your costumers or visitors.
A sculpture by Takashi Murakami in Louis Vuitton’s London Maison
A round-up of 13 must-know interior designers and architects, responsible for boutique concepts and store design for Prada, Pierre Hermé, Dior, Chanel and Diptyque
There has never been a more important space for luxury brands, than that of their retail stores. From the lighting to the materials, from the music to the bespoke furniture, boutiques offer an unrivalled environment in which brands can express their values and visions, and encapsulate the prestige of their houses. At the intersection of commerce, art and hospitality, stores have become venues for exclusive events, VIP cocktail receptions, presentations in invitation-only salons, private exhibitions and of course memorable shopping experiences.
It is therefore, not surprising, that luxury brands often collaborate with designers who have worked with five star hotels, superyachts and luxury residences, those who understand the desires, references and lifestyle of a discerning clientele, those who have mastered the codes and culture of the luxury world.
We investigated some of the most prominent interior architects and designers behind luxury emporiums and flagship stores. For a complete listing we invite you to explore the Luxury Society directory.
Jimmy Choo, Milan, by Giachi
Paolo Giachi graduated architecture in Florence, eventually collaborating with the Interior Decoration Department in the faculties of Architecture of Milan. He moved to Hong Kong in 1996 to work for Prada Asia Pacific, as the responsible architect and oversaw store design from New Zealand to Japan for Prada, Miu Miu and Jil Sander. He was then engaged by the Tod’s group to launch Tod’s and Hogan boutiques worldwide, leaving in 2002 to begin his own activities, focusing on luxury retail projects and private residencies.
Giachi has designed stores for Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Smythson and Brioni, in Milan, Miami, Taiwan, Los Angeles and Florence.
Carbondale is an award winning internationally acclaimed Architecture office established in Paris, founded by American Architect Eric Carlson. A variety of projects have been realised by the practice, across the spectrum of urban, architectural, interior architecture and furniture design, in Europe, Asia and America. Carbondale was responsible for the design of the world’s first Louis Vuitton Maison, the six-story store on the Champs Elysées, Paris.
Carbondale has designed stores for Celine, Louis Vuitton, Escada, Tag Heuer and Tiffany & Co, in Paris, Abu Dhabi, Nagoya, Seoul, London and Sapporo.
La Maison Printemps shop founded by Jules Jaluzot in 1865 is major example of French architectural heritage and authentic masterpiece of Decorative Art. Maison Printemps is undoubtedly the most beautiful Parisian shop dedicated to commerce.
True visionary Jules Jaluzot store were built at the forefront of innovation: lift installation, launched one of the first sales or creating in-store events. Jules Jaluzot also put the customer at the heart of concerns by encouraging teams to “sell the ideal of feeling” and established a sustainable communication through travel catalogs. These historical values, such as innovation, elegance, service, sharing and heritage, are embedded in the DNA of Maison Printemps.
When you come in the atrium of Printemps Haussman, the highlight captivates all attentions: Vogue Paris new pop-up café fulfills the space with the loftiness of Delightfull lamp Clark XL, specially conceived for this trendy area.
The Parisian biggest department store welcomes a fashion atmosphere of a private apartment, bringing together Fifties-style modernism, Scandinavian design, mid-century modern sculptures and some of Vogue’s most dazzling magazine covers, with Delightfull opulent gold chandeliers and mannequins carefully dressed by the magazine’s stylists.
Just take a better glance into these Delightfull chandeliers:
With expressive harmonic beauty, the Clark exudes the “speakeasy” vibe. Constructed of brass tubing using the classic method of bending the brass twice into a rounded oblong shape allows for bright and load casts of light. Its structure is made in brass, covered by a golden bath just like real trumpets are. Let yourself be part of Clark ceiling ﬁxture, dare to change the way you see musically inspired lighting.
Back to art deco and again with musical inspiration, this time through the dramatic pipe organ. Brubeck ﬁxture is an instant classic sculptural design. An extravagant shape full of reﬁnement and modernity. This is a natural décor piece which gives a soft and cozy light, great for an exclusive atmosphere. Every brass tube is welded together by hand. Custom made versions upon request.
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