Working in the design industry we are inspired by the wonders of nature, materials, architecture, art and society around us. On rare occasions you find yourself immersed in environments that encapsulate all of these points of reference, and it was during a recent visit to the Celine store in Manhattan where this became very apparent. From the moment you walk into the store you are met by giant glass and stainless steel doors that look like something out of the volts of the Bank of England, as they slowly swing open your eyes are overloaded with the sights of beautiful clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories all sitting amongst the space like jewels glistening in the New York sunshine. The vision of Hedi Slimane (Creative Director) is one of complete beauty and elegance mixed with a sophisticated masculine edge. His unique store designs bring retail and interior architecture into the same playing field, with the interiors supporting the beauty of the Celine clothing and the clothing supporting the interior like a fine piece of art hanging in an opulent ball room.
All aspects of the store work so perfectly together with such thoughtful use of materials. Show stopping black and white marble walls great the floors with such ease and elegance, juxtaposed against monolithic columns clad in light oak, white travertine and polished stainless steel. As your eye wonders around the store taking in the fantastic materials on show, you can’t help but notice the consistent use of a shadow gap, a builders nightmare but a design detail must have! There are no two surfaces in the Celine store where you don’t have a shadow gap and it is this attention to detail that elevates the concept to another level. With all these materials packed into a relatively small retail space, you would expect it to be overwhelming, however this pallet of colour and materials work together like a dream.
If you are as inspired as we were by this amazing space then you may want to consider utilising some of our products at PLINTHS.LONDON. We are always striving to bring the current trends to the forefront of the furniture rental market, and our current product ranges take into consideration changing trends, materials and styles. Take a look at some of our new lines and be inspired…..