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The founders, both from Sicily choose Rome to give birth to their project. The store is located in a neighborhood with a history and authenticity of antique shops and galleries.

 

The exhibition space hides a romantic garden court and looks between a gallery and a temporary shop.

 

The shop hosts the creations of skilled craftsmen from Sicily and are selected for the strong emotional and communicative power of their works. The storytelling is about the native island and to live a true passion surrounded by various forms of art.

 

The collection alternates more or less established artists and gives voice to new talent. Through enhancing the value of craftsmanship and creativity they strive to become a new standard for fashion, art and design.

 

Via dei Coronari, 44
00186 Roma
Italy
spazioif.it/if-roma
year renovation: 2010
surface: 80 m²
updated: 05/2015

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The concept of the flagship store was based on the pieces she creates, which are all different from one another, as if they have been extracted from different worlds, unusual and mysterious. All her work is bound by some persistent and recurring ideas such as the quality of light, geometric patterns, vigorous and fine workmanship and intricate detailing.

 

The exterior window was subdivided into three main parts – two stone-framed windows that protrude from the façade, with a black oak door standing between them. One side of the windows displays the latest collection to the street, and frames a tree made from metal and glass with hanging exhibition cases on its branches, with a stone staircase that leads to the jeweller’s workshop also made visible. The window on the other side of the dark doorway, frames an art installation that is intermittently filled with a cloud of smoke.

 

The door serves as an element of the façade and not just as an opening – its height and robust construction create a monolithic appearance, which combined with the dark colour of the timber alludes to an enchanted forest. Not wanting to reveal everything at once, aspects of the shop are hidden in order to create ambiguity, depth, and a sense of curiosity, making it stand out in a street of constant movement.

 

The materials used were carefully selected, working with natural unprocessed pieces of metal, glass, timber and stone – a grey sedimentary rock was used for its internal composition, alluding to the mechanisms of memory. Bronze was applied due to its ability to convey and transform light, while black metal and timber give a sense of rhythm, texture and colour, fusing the elements into a coherent whole. Seriously, can you handle it all? Extreme love.

 

Words: Yellowtrace

Patriarchou Ioakeim 13-15
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Greece
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surface: 90 m²
updated: 03/2015

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For the Belgian leather goods house Delvaux – a historic brand founded in 1829 and still firmly rooted in traditional craftsmanship – the opening of its first London home on New Bond Street is just one of a series of steps aimed to keep pace with its international reputation. The renovated interior is modelled after an original concept by Luxembourg-Based artists Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil, a duo with Venice Biennale credentials. For the store the pair have created a boudoir setting with sculpted and carved features inspired by Flemish architecture. Undulating white walls with classicist details combined with a mirrored ceiling give the impression of walking through an infinite space. The upside down-effect, in surreal symmetry, pays homage to Delvaux’s signature subdued luxury and irreverence that marries modernity and tradition.

 

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Louis Vuitton certainly knows how to play the retail game and woo its customers, having not only created hundreds of 'regular' stores but also a special league of maisons Louis Vuitton superstores that pull out all the stops for a total brand immersion.

 

In the latter category ranks the luxury brand's island maison that has opened at Marina Bay sSnds, a massive upscale mall and hospitality complex in Singapore.

 

Housed in two glass and steel pavilions by moshe safdie, it's located on a man-made island overlooking marina bay. Vuitton's longtime collaborator Peter Marino designed the shop interior.

 

The opening of the store also confirms the city's status as Asia's new luxury shopping destination alongside the perennial faves tokyo and hong kong. Shoppers can enter the store either by boat and jetty, by using an outdoor bridge or through a tunnel that is linked to the mall and doubles as an art gallery. The ground floor features louis vuitton's complete men's + women's apparel, shoes, leather goods and accessories collections. The mezzanine floor showcases travel luggage and related accessories and a private lounge. And this wouldn't be a maison if it didn't have added brand value. Well, that's why it also accommodates asia's very first travel room, featuring luggage pieces and related accessories, a bookstore with a specially curated selection of books on design and art, and the aforementioned gallery space.

 

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Coach's ninth Japan flagship is a two-story, corner site on Omotesando, a prominent retail corridor in Tokyo. In comparison to the increasingly decorative elevations that characterize Omotesando, OMA's design integrates display into the façade, seamlessly extending the brand's presence from the inside out.

 

Founded in 1941, Coach began as a leather goods retailer, displaying their products in a single row of library-like, wooden shelving that categorized their handbags and wallets. The brand's repertoire has since expanded to include a full range of lifestyle merchandise including outerwear, footwear, jewelry, watches and sunwear, which are now sold in a variety of retail environments from specialty boutique to department store.

 

Inspired by the clarity ofCoach's original, systematic filing retail strategy, OMA designed a modular display unit that is flexible enough to accommodate the specific needs of each product and retail environment. The spatial possibilities of this highly functional system reinforce Coach's mission to represent 'logic and magic.' For a kiosk within Macy's department store at Herald Square, display units were assembled into a floor- to-ceiling high, "V" shaped wall. Products appear to float in the acrylic units, while maintaining views to the accessories floor beyond.

 

Coach's ninth Japan flagship is a two-story, corner site on Omotesando, a prominent retail corridor in Tokyo. In comparison to the increasingly decorative elevations that characterize Omotesando, OMA's design integrates display into the façade, seamlessly extending the brand's presence from the inside out.

 

Dimensioned to accommodate Coach's standard merchandising elements (ex. mannequins, busts, bags), the flagship's basic display unit measures1800 mm x 520 mm. Frosted glass that provides interior shelving is further articulated to the exterior as louvers. The display units are configured in a herringbone pattern, assembled in vertical and horizontal orientation to facilitate a range of curation scenarios.

 

Viewed from the exterior, the double-height storefront presents an uninterrupted survey of Coach's full collection in a single view, with a dedicated frame for each product. Viewed from the interior, the display unit's translucency creates an active backdrop for merchandise, filtering Omotesando's streetscape into the shopping experience.

 

In addition to the façade, OMA designed a central core of acrylic blocks that provides second layer of fixed display. The floating tower of illuminated units encases the store's circulation, drawing circulation up to the second level of the store, while maintaining urban views. Beyond increasing display density, the tower creates a spatial condition in which the shopper is continuously surrounded by product. In the evenings, the circulation tower acts as a lantern, illuminating the façade as a dynamic, 24-hour window display from within.

 

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The studio was invited by Longchamp to design their new global flagship store, a key to repositioning the brand and opening new markets. Located in SoHo, New York, the building was an unconventional choice, as the majority of the floor area is on the first floor, with a very small ground floor street frontage.

 

This unusual configuration of space allowed the design team to come up with a design solution that turns this into an advantage; a three storey void cut through the building bringing daylight down and people up a landscape formed by a staircase; a major intervention behind an unassuming façade.

 

La Maison Unique involved extensive structural re-modelling of an old building including the addition of a new third storey, incorporating showroom, offices and roof garden.

 

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Porsche Design, the apparel and accessories label, has opened its largest-ever store in Milan.

 

The boutique carries the complete range of Porsche Design’s iconic styles, including women’s & men’s ready-to-wear, engineered sportswear, luxurious handbags, small leather goods and fine luggage collections, iconic eyewear, elegant timepieces, writing tools and state-of-the-art electronics

 

The store is a new format for the retailer and has a minimalist black and chrome interior, suiting the hi-tech functional style of Porsche Design. Dark oakwood floors are complemented by subtly tinted or marbled hand-tufted carpets. There is a mix of clear and smoky glass shelving providing a contrast to the intimate lighting and offering the perfect foil for this season’s bright-coloured women’s handbags and accessories. Clear boxes displaying the watches seem to float above the shelving and provide transparent sightlines across the store space.

 

The Milanese store is not only symbolic in size but also pays homage to Italy, where most of the leather handbags and shoes of the brand are designed and manufactured.

 

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Paris Gallery, one of the leading retail concerns in the Gulf region, was commended as the most progressive luxury retailer. The MENA Award by the magazine The European honours companies with top achievements in their respective disciplines. Among those shortlisted will be found in particular companies which provide an important contribution within their region and which take advantage of their undisputed potential in international comparison.

 

The Paris Gallery Group, the flagship among the luxury retailers in theUnited Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,QatarandBahrain, has staged over 3 million square metres of top-luxury sales area among the top retail addresses in the GCC countries. The retailer offers a premium selection of some 500 international brands in the product categories cosmetics, watches, jewellery and exclusive accessories, with the aim of meeting the requirements of demanding, fashion-conscious consumers throughout the region. The company’s mission is clearly defined: to delight customers with an unusual shopping experience. It goes without saying that you will find all the latest Arab service standards and impeccable hospitality at Paris Gallery.

 

We are therefore particularly pleased that Paris Gallery chose us some years ago as partner for their luxury shopfitting projects. Several times a year UMDASCH Shopfitting implements successful projects with the luxury retailer, whose tried and tested locations are primarily shopping malls inDubaiandAbu Dhabi. Umdasch recently realised one of these remarkable projects in the Manar Mall (RAK, U.A.E.). The store convinces with a blend of modern product presentation, spacious layout and brilliant colour accents. The shopfittings are top quality, in line with the product range. The jewellery section is characterised by glass showcases and tables and exquisite surface materials.

 

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Audemars Piguet Boutique includes a very minimalistic design and innovative details capturing the 138-year old watchmaker’s principal values and brand essence. Audemars Piguet displays wood and metallic landscapes evoking the Vallée de Joux region in Switzerland, which is the birthplace of Piguet.

 

By bringing the manufacture to the boutique, Audemars Piguet tells the story of its history, craftsmanship and exclusive relationships.

 

The boutique was divided into two spaces.

 

The Manufacture entails product displays like the watchmaker corner, a virtual Manufacture depicting the manufacture's activities and educational content about how the singular watches and museum quality pieces are created.

 

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The boutique displays over 100 timepieces from its immense collection reinforcing the watchmaker’s distinct artistry and designs.

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Louis Vuitton revealed its revamped Matsuya Ginza store and underscores its long-term commitment to the Japanese luxury market. For the renewal, the store space was expanded into the 3rd floor, making it the largest in Japan for the brand.

 

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On the first floor, leather items for both men and women are lined-up. Visitors are welcomed with decorations of art pieces and other floors used each theme that fit to each floor’s merchandising with the use of innovation and classy materials.

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