Dolce & Gabbana have just unveiled the interiors for their new Paris store, featuring enormous 7-meter tall handcrafted mosaic glass tile portraits of the Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte and first Empress of France Joséphine de Beauharnais.
The design of the Parisian boutique for an Italian brand is inspired by the history and unity of two cultures. The result is an architecturally seductive experience that's rich in texture, colour and allure.
Designed by Carbondale Paris (opens in new tab), the store is the latest architectural gem in the jewel-encrusted crown of boutiques for the brand Dolce & Gabbana.
The new boutique sits inside a 7-storey historical building on the prestigious rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. Separated by a central building courtyard, the two-storey store, totalling 800 square meters, is unified into a flowing sequence of 10 stunning spaces.
The jaw-dropping murals are the first thing that visitors see on entering the store. Once inside, a sumptuously curved stair carved from the intensely red Rouge du Roi marble sweeps in front of the Joséphine de Beauharnais mural, taking visitors to the upper level women’s area.
A second sculpted red marble stair with a monumental glass mosaic mural of the Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte links to the men’s areas. Both intensely detailed and colourful murals are interpretations of the early 1800’s coronation paintings by half-Italian half-French painter, Baron François Gérard.
The interior spaces are designed as large open areas that flow together, with an interlocking diamond pattern of polished Fior di Pesco, Salome, and Sequoia Red marble flowing over the floors throughout the store.
Seating is upholstered in sumptuous red, gold or pink velvets.
Soft, gently rounded walls carved from solid blocks of marble hide cylindrical glass jewellery cases that are nestled into the walls.
Floor-to-ceiling polished brass bands support mirrors, shelves or small display cases and contrast the sea of marble.
In the more masculine 'Sartoria', a private area for bespoke men’s tailoring, large undulating walls are finished in vertical bands of rich, warm, exotic Ebony, Mango and Radica wood marquetry and highlighted with pinstripes of polished brass.
Even door knobs feature the Emperor and Empress.
Carbondale Paris has now completed stores for D&G in Rome, Venice, Milan, Paris, and Monaco.
Their store design in Rome features a projected painted ceiling, while their design for the Venice store features more stunning mosaic tiles.
The design firm revealed that a China D&G store will be next.
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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