CÃ©line Mount Street London by Phoebe Philo
Fos table and central chandelier in Celine store FOS table and central brass chandelier
Mount Street's luxury credentials have been further boosted by the arrival of the French fashion brand CÃ©line, which has opened a London flagship at number 103.
The store was designed by Phoebe Philo with the CÃ©line team and has been designed to uphold the "respect for fine craftsmanship, rare raw materials, research and innovation the house is known for". Behind the dark Iroko wood framed faÃ§ade is a single storey offering 3,300 sq ft of retail space that is divided by walls clad in chic clear grey marmorino plaster. These are constructed around a central oval via which three distinct areas for bags, shoes and ready-to-wear can be accessed.
By far the most distinctive feature of the new store is the striking marble floor which calls to mind Spanish designer Patricia Urquiolaâ€™s Earthquake collection for marble company Budri. Inspired by parquetry itâ€™s a veritable patchwork of 12 different types and colourations of marble inlaid with semi-precious stones. There are 6,000 tiles in total with plenty of rich tones lending warmth and the overall effect is to inject a sense of both classicism and modernity to the space.
Danish artist FOS, aka Thomas Poulsen who is represented by Philoâ€™s husband Max Wigram, has collaborated on the project, creating a series of unique, specially commissioned objects for the store including cast-iron door handles, a day bed, central table, lighting (in brass, the material du jour) and display vitrines. Poulsen, who describes himself as a "social artist", is known for creating a diverse range of works that include an ice-cream stand made from the detritus of an art fair and a floating public space featuring a bar."Collaborating with CÃ©line marks a high point," he says. "Design has always been a part of my artistic frame, which by its nature is part of fashionâ€™s.â€
The CÃ©line opening swiftly follows the launch of the Moynat store and later this year Christopher Kane and Roksanda Ilincic are slated to join Mount Street, making this street a serious luxury fashion destination that looks set to rival Bond Street.
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