2015 has seen some of the most exciting retail spaces popping up around the Globe. CADA have explored 4 different retail stores, looking at the design, spacial planning and lighting solutions.
Run by Jiang Qiong Er and backed by luxury fashion house Hermes, Shang Xia is renowned for its simple yet luxurious products in materials such as Tibetan yak’s wool and zitan wood. In 2010, the brand launched a string of successful boutiques, which started in Shanghai and later spread to Beijing and Paris. Stores have been designed by Kengo Kuma, who masterfully designs open and light retail spaces.
Late last year, they opened a new Shanghai flapship store, Maison Shangh Xia. Kuma is responsible for the scheme and transformed the 100-year old red brick colonial home in to a wonderland. Kuma used a triaxially folded fabric to create a beautiful white texture that coats the walls and ceilings.
Kuma’s creation embraces the essence of 21st century asian aesthetic, where the architect has created a harmonious and seamless environment for the store in shanghai.
The luxury Italian label Marni enlarges its retail address book with a new flagship store on Milan’s fashion-pampered via Montenapoleone.
Marni has been generously spread over 310 square metres and architecturally mirrors the brand’s visual identity by adopting a sober structure with eccentric accents. The two floors are connected by a minimalist spiral staircase and the store emerges from a quaint courtyard like a rising cube. The balance of clinical white walls with coloured marble to the dark geometric shapes covering the boutiques floor, creates an interesting tension throughout the space.
The space is both playful yet oozing in sophistication. Its simple architecture has been magnified by the brands funky design and multi-coloured lacquered furnishings, with a look and feel that compliments the clothing line perfectly.
The new 246 square meter store has been fitted with Kenzo’s latest approach to retail, developed by creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon and houses collections for women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories, leather goods and foot wear. Melding Kenzo’s unique style with modern architectural elements, the two-floor store offers an opportunity for the brand’s milanese customers, to wholly immerse themselves in the playful universe of Kenzo.
The store is dedicated to Kenzo’s pre-collections and runway collections for women and men as well as accessories, footwear and leather goods. marble carpeting, sporadically placed over the concrete flooring and color coded for the different zones add touches of brightness to compliment the men’s and women’s offering.
Furnishings include glass showcase vitrines with steel piping for smaller accessories, suiting tables with embossed metal displays and sofas in soft leathers and tainted furs. Offering a more engaging shopping experience, electronic screens work as moving picture tiles, providing extra digitalized space to present each season’s major themes via animation or specially considered fashion films.
Christian Dior has relaunched its Omotesando locale as a modern interpretation of the historic Avenue Montaigne boutique in Paris. Forgoing a conventional salon layout, collections are displayed in an open plan space with tall mirrored ceilings, metallic grey tiled walls and pale parquet flooring. Commissioned artworks harmonise with Dior’s design tenets, working their way into the structure of the boutique.
A video beautiful art wall of flowers by Yorame serves as the backdrop for the ground floor and Terence Main’s centrepiece seating surrounds a bouquet of flowers in keeping with the collections theme. The building has retained its striking original glass façade, designed by architecture firm Sanaa. I think you’ll agree, its quite lovely.