Sometimes collaborations produce extraordinary results and the new Frederic Malle boutique designed by Steven Holl on Greenwich Avenue is New York at its most inspiring. When Frederic Malle the perfumery genius decided to open his new Editions de Parfums in New York he wanted an important local architect that understood the city and would poetically interpret his vision with an extraordinary palette of materials and finishes. I visited the shop this week to photograph the details of this jewel box of an interior complete with its own tranquil garden in the back.
Steven Holl’s design for the boutique is based on two interconnecting semi circles, a motif that is carried throughout the architecture, walnut cabinetry, cobalt carpet, bronze door handle detail and in the garden fountain. The materials chosen create a very warm, inviting space but it is futuristic at the same time with walls clad of an aluminum material that have a dense texture and then a more open and airy version on the ceiling. Sleek silver spotlights pierce through the aluminum ceiling and highlight the twelve Editions de Parfum designers who have worked with Frederic Malle to create these exquisite fragrances.
Words: The Gilded Owl