13 Nov 2019 • Retail
Openings: Retail destinations from Louis Vuitton, Celine, The Conran Shop, among others
Louis Vuitton gets a colourful, millennial-friendly facelift in London. Hedi Slimane’s bricks-and-mortar vision of Celine develops with a Parisian perfumery. Germany gets two new stores for the fashion and furniture savvy – one from Stone Island, the other from Rimadesio. Meanwhile, the Japanese and Korean markets respectively welcome Drake’s label, October’s Very Own, and British retailer The Conran Shop. From New Bond Street to Gangnam, be sure to keep an eye out for the following physical spaces.
LONDON: LOUIS VUITTON
Louis Vuitton has been a mainstay on London’s New Bond Street since 1900. The location that the French fashion house moved into on the street in 2010 has been totally revamped over 14 months by architect Peter Marino. The boutique – two separate buildings until the renovation unified them – ushers in a new generation of vibrant, contemporary art and design-filled interiors with work by Sarah Crowner, Marcel Wanders and Jim Lambie, among many others.
PARIS: CELINE HAUTE PARFUMERIE
Each amber liquid-filled perfume vial is treated like a design object in Celine’s in-house-designed Haute Parfumerie boutique, located in the heart of Paris. Every interior element is intended as a direct reference to France’s Modernist movement – antique lacquered marble, illuminated slabs of alabaster and an array of mirrors play on the reflections of the Hedi Slimane-designed bottles.
TOKYO: OCTOBER’S VERY OWN
Lifestyle brand October’s Very Own – headed by rapper Drake, Oliver El-Khatib and Noah “40 Shebib – presents its first Asia flagship in Aoyama that’s styled as a tribute to Japanese culture and architecture. While designing the space, interior-design firm Wonderwall followed various Japanese philosophical concepts and aesthetic tenets set in place by Mono-ha, an art movement led by 20th-century artists in Japan and Korea who explored the encounters between natural and industrial materials.
SEOUL: THE CONRAN SHOP
Conran & Partners
Conran Retail and Brands CEO Hugh Wahla explains that a growing level of creative energy and consequent demand for design in Korea made the time ripe for The Conran Shop to open in Seoul, the retailer’s 12th presence globally. Part of Gangnam’s upmarket Lotte Department store, the two-storey, 2,230-sq-m space – which represents a sense of Britishness and Korean design and craft – is a collaboration between Conran & Partners and the creative team at The Conran Shop.
ROME: DOLCE & GABBANA
Architect-designer Eric Carlson and his Paris-based practice Carbondale are responsible for the 800-sq-m Dolce & Gabbana boutique that now sits at the base of the Spanish Steps within Rome’s Piazza di Spagna. The Carbondale team, which has also recently completed stores for the fashion brand in Venice and Monte Carlo, worked with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to design a space that aesthetically communicates Roman culture, power and craftsmanship, as well the Italian baroque movement.
KUWAIT CITY: BOTTEGA VENETA
In 2010, Bottega Veneta unveiled its first store in Kuwait in the capital city’s 360 Mall. Nine years later, the Italian label introduces its first flagship in Kuwait City’s The Avenues Mall. Every design feature in the brightly lit, 415-sq-m retail environment is custom-made – the bold furniture, in particular, is from the Bottega Veneta Home collection – with complementary Marmorino walls and floors crafted from natural oak wood and ivory limestone.
With Germany being one of its major export markets, Rimadesio has decided to introduce a mono-brand store in the centre of Hamburg. Succeeding another opened in Munich a few years ago, the shop – set in a 19th-century building – is managed by Flagstone Hamburg, an exclusive partner of Rimadesio. Inside are several proposed set-ups for living areas and sleeping spaces, with a variety of accessories, furniture and finishes on display.
Location Zippelhaus 2, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
SAN FRANCISCO: CUP OF CEREMONY
Cup of Ceremony is a sensory-driven pop-up candle store in San Francisco’s Dogpatch district, founded by Silicon Valley tech creative Jonathan Chung and his family. The inaugural space, designed by Studio Riebenbauer, isn’t just for retail, though: Cup of Ceremony also offers a hospitality experience inspired by the rituals of Japanese tea ceremonies, as well as workshops. Future locations are planned in Los Angeles, New York City and Tokyo.
Italian homeware brand Seletti brings its graphic spirit to the Dutch market with its first flagship in the Netherlands. The space – to be found in Amsterdam’s popular 9 Streets district – was developed by young Milan-based architecture and design studio BBMDS, and will be followed by an e-commerce platform. ‘We have been commercially active in the Netherlands for years now,’ says CEO Stefano Seletti. ‘The time has come for us to have a unique space where our customer can enter our world and be totally embraced by it.’
Location Runstraat 22A, 1016 GK Amsterdam
FRANKFURT: STONE ISLAND
Stone Island’s fourth German boutique in Frankfurt covers 135 sq-m, hosting both the Stone Island and Stone Island Shadow Project collections. Flooring and walls alike are covered in bush-hammered stone, interspersed with metallic and mesh surfaces. Felt and wood details, as well as hangers made from carbon and anodized aluminium, contribute to the industrial appearance of the interior.