Whether it’s decadent rugs, glistening chandeliers and gold-guilted cabinets that tickle your interior tastebuds or hyper-modern, cutting edge tech-laden designs, we can always rely on the designer world of retail to push the boundaries to the maximum. With collaborations with famous architects, incredible locations and exquisite interiors, here are some of our favourite designer shops with seriously high designs.
Louis Vuitton – Las Vegas
Having to sit amongst the likes of Cesar Palace, Venetian-Palazzo and the Luxor hotels, the Louis Vuitton at Crystals in CityCenter has all of the glitz and glamour required. The store’s facade consists of 4,000 LED lights which com alive at night with a dazzling show. Inside a 31ft chandelier made of 1,600 titanium-plated LV flower motifs dazzles above 3 floors of retail space. The shop is a result of a collaboration with renowned New York architect Peter Marino and features three-dimensional metallic curtains along with playful artwork by Belgian artist Lionel Esteve.
The store also features an installation titled Akhob by contemporary artist James Turrell. Specially created for Louis Vuitton, this permanent installation is a “ganzfeld effect”, a phenomenon of visual perception created by staring at an unstructured uniform field of color.
Dolce and Gabanna – Venice
In Venice, the designer Eric Carlson of Carbondale has created an entirely custom environment, which references the historic design context of the city. After extensive interviews with clients, customers, and employees, Carbondale met with artisans in Venice and scouted inspiration in Sicily to bring it to light.
A good example is the High Jewelry room which was inspired by motif nestled in the façade of a cathedral’s pediment – a golden lion (the symbol of Venice) against a backdrop of dark blue sky with golden stars. The room is wrapped in glass mosaics of blue and 24-karat gold stars handmade by Venice-based family artisans dating back to the 1889.
Burberry – London
Out of all the Burberry stores, the Regent Street flagship is perhaps the greatest example of the blending of the brand’s digital and physical offerings. The store mirrors the different sections of the website to create a consistent experience, but is enhanced through the use of interactive mirrors. There’s also a focus on events with live streaming of catwalk shows and in-store experiences.
Gucci – Rodeo Drive
It’s hard to imagine Rodeo Drive without Gucci. The iconic Italian fashion house first planted its flag at the infamous crossroad where Hollywood meets haute couture in 1968, placing the brand as the symbol of cosmopolitan glamour and celebrity chic.
In its latest incarnation, the 22,000-square-foot boutique has been transformed to reflect the style gospel according to Gucci creative director Frida Giannini. Along with classic Gucci materials such as dark rosewood and marble, Giannini has used ribbed glass, polished gold, and smoked mirror and glass to conjure an atmosphere of 21st-century luxury splashed with Art Deco cool. The reimagined space features a dramatic staircase of silky black marble, a two-story LED wall, and a new third-floor VIP salon with a wraparound terrace, perfect for celebrity spotting.
Armani – New York
The third Armani boutique, designed by architects Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas, is located on New York’s iconic Fifth Avenue. The most compelling feature in the four-story space is the creamy, sliding curves of the central staircase which brings a sense of movement to the store. Even the boutique’s facade is dynamic, with the ever-changing illumination of LED lights.