VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, PARIS
Deborah Wilk -- Interior Design, 12/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
“Jewelry should be about pleasure,” Patrick Jouin says. To update a venerable boutique once patronized by the Duchess of Windsor and Princess Grace of Monaco, he opened up the warren of rooms that had filled the 2,500-square-foot space, which occupies part of an 18th-century mansion on the Place Vendôme. Next, he created just three salons on two levels. They're connected by a staircase hidden behind the curved walls of a double-height rotunda, with its cascading chandelier of handblown Murano glass balls. Decorative elements represent the arcadian fantasy of the Van Cleef aesthetic. Branches, blossoms, and butterflies are hand-carved into oak boiserie. Vitrines showcase mannequins with fairy wings.
PROJECT Eko, Toronto.
STANDOUT The painted MDF ribs wrapping this jewelry boutique protrude increasingly toward the rear of the narrow space, making it appear deeper.
EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect
PROJECT Amaridian, New York.
STANDOUT At this gallery of African art and objects, a partition that looks like solid concrete is actually clad in a composite made from recycled newspaper.
PROJECT David Yurman, Los Angeles.
STANDOUT Walls and a ceiling paneled in zebrawood lead rearward to this jewelry boutique's backlit glass wall sculpture by Catherine Hibbits.