5 Breathtaking Retail Store Projects Designed by Patricia Urquiola | Spanish by birth, and Italian by choice, Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain and studied architecture in Madrid before graduating from the Milan Politecnico in 1989. She is one of the most prestigious interior designers in the world and the keywords that better describe her work are rigour and emotion, innovation and mental comfort. She was mentored by some of the masters of Italian industrial design: Achille Castiglioni oversaw her graduate thesis, and Vico Magistretti, with whom she designed her first projects.
Her designs are unconventional, emphatic, and experimental, blending humanist sensibilities and technical expertise – qualities that also inform her work as an architect. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona is one of her many architectural projects.
She has received numerous accolades and awards over the years, and in 2011 she was awarded the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes and the Order of Isabella the Catholic by King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
Gianvito Rossi – London
Gianvito Rossi Flagship store is located at 108 Mount Street, in London Mayfair. The shop, designed by Patricia Urquiola, is inside an existing space intrinsically linked to the art authorities. The flagship store provides interesting collections that include home furnishings, accessories and shoes.
Missoni – Paris
Missoni has opened a flagship store in Paris at 219 Rue Saint-Honor designed by the talented Patricia Urquiola. The interior designer opted to maintain the main features of the Milan flagship store, but it distinguishes itself by unique details tied to the ‘sprit de Paris’: here greens and blues predominate in certain iconic elements such as the macro-zigzags on the walls, while other architectural aspects, such as the soft lines of the staircase, the rounded corners of the ceilings, the lighting trellises and the point de Hongrie parquet flooring, were inspired by the most classic French palaces and gardens.
Santoni – New York
Typical elements of this concept are the metal suspended grids that give the spatial illusion, the wooden boiserie with bronzed glass shelves and the luxury area to showcase the limited edition products. The main innovation is the existence of a laboratory where a shoemaker works joyfully in front of the clients.
Officine Panerai – Florence
Located right in the heart of Florence, in Italy, the historical boutique of Officine Panerai is unique and characterised by typical elements. Walnut is used for panelled ceilings, watch showcases and tables. Besides being an element of the Florentine tradition, it also recalls the sea world, to which the brand has always been linked. The marble used on the floor creates unexpected geometric drawings.
Officine Panerai – Hong -Kong
The largest Panerai boutique in the world: in the heart of the luxury shopping district of Canton Road.
All images are a courtesy of Patricia Urquiola.
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