(Neutral furnishings at Nespresso allow the rainbow hues of the products to stand out)
GROUNDS CENTRAL – NESPRESSO
Store design is an important part of any retail brand's DNA – but how many companies are able to actually integrate their product into the space? Nespresso is leading the way, a pioneer in creativity as well as sustainability, by utilising table-tops made of used coffee grounds from the Nespresso factory in Switzerland, alongside wood from reforestation programmes, selected in hues that echo the colour of the signature products: rich browns and warm caramels. Even the lighting is inspired by the lamps used in coffee farms, the perfect statement for a brand that seeks to become the most sustainable coffee-maker in the world.
The boutique, which was designed by award-winning firm Universal Design Studio, is logically conceived so that customers can journey through a sequence of areas, from the tasting corner to the discovery bar, to learn more about the machines, to the capsule recollection point.
(The Penhaligon's boutique is a cabinet of curiosities)
SCENTS & SENSIBILITIES – PENHALIGON'S
If the newly renovated Penhaligon's boutique in ifc mall looks a little familiar, that's because it is – its exterior is based on the facade of the original shop in London's Burlington Arcade, with architectural details that hark back to the 1820s. The fragrance profiling table remains a focal feature inside, though with a new design – the centrepiece is inspired by the London Olympic Cauldron, and integrates an interactive digital screen that customers can use to find their perfect olfactory match.
Experienced staff can take them through a more detailed consultation, allowing them to fully enjoy the intimate ambience in this treasure trove of secrets and scents.
(East meets West at Oliver Peoples)
A SPECTACLE TO BEHOLD – OLIVER PEOPLES
Oliver Peoples may be an eyewear brand with its headquarters in California, but it wasn't afraid to incorporate local elements into its boutique at ifc mall. Elegant circular display cases line the walls alongside long, slim mirrors, while plush carpeting graces the floor, creating a mid-century modern aesthetic that's pleasing to the eye while creating a sense of space and comfort – furnishings are sparse yet smart, and include vintage Marco Zanuso armchairs from the 1960s and Stilnovo lamps. The vertical circular elements are echoed in a central rosewood table, while the eyewear display cases sit above red lacquered cabinets, inspired by vintage Chinese furniture for an East-meets-West vibe that's far from cliché.