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DIPTYQUE new store concept in London

Location: London
Source: cpp-luxury.com
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Published in: May 21 2024 / Beauty / Body Shops
Stepping inside the doors of Maison Diptyque, the new immersive space located at 107 New Bond Street in London, you will understand exactly why the luxury French perfume brand has described it as ‘its most astonishing boutique’ to date. The 400 sq m concept store is the sister location to a second Maison, recently opened at 7 rue Duphot in Paris. Each evokes an architectural setting fit for a ‘Parisian aesthete’, with no detail too small to be celebrated and no corner left unconsidered.

On the surface, Diptyque needs very little introduction. It is probably best known for its home-fragrance candles, and perfumes, and instantly recognisable black and white oval-shaped branding with ‘dancing letters’ that can be found in the most discerning of homes the world over. But, both of these new Maisons invite the visitor to discover the entire world of the brand in great depth, allowing the trajectory of its story, both past and present, to be told in full.

As such, Maison Diptyque is part boutique and part cultural space; not only has the brand turned to contemporary craftspeople to shape its interiors, but it will also act as a hub for exhibitions, workshops and more. The boutique includes stone tables from British sculptor Steven John Clark, a winding staircase adorned with iron wrought vine motifs by the Atelier de Forge, and a ceiling in the ‘services area’ by Claire Coles, who has made a sort of botanical Sistine Chapel, with paint, embroidery and gold leaf referencing the work of William Morris

The cultural space, named ‘The Ephemeral Space and Heritage Gallery’, is curated in collaboration with the founder of Colette, Sarah Andelman. Currently, it pays homage to Café Verlet, with a coffee and pastry bar. This will soon be followed by a collaboration with Villa Noailles, the contemporary art centre in Hyères, France; an exhibition of the sculptor Cyril Lancelin in September 2024; and at the end of the year, British contemporary artist Lucy Sparrow will showcase her felt trompe-l’œil creations at a ‘pop-art-inspired’ Christmas market.

Ascending the staircase reveals ‘The Bathing Salon’ with skincare, bath and body products, from hard soaps to hand creams. (It’s difficult to pick a favourite aspect of the boutique, as it is almost overwhelmingly beautiful. But, if I were to play favourites, The Bathing Salon would be the one.) An ode to the art of English and French horticulture, a 1930s art deco sofa sits beside a travertine basin with fine-gold swan taps, and a copper bath is illuminated with stained-glass panels in shades of verdant green made by Studio Virtrail Bianconi.

‘[Maisons Diptyque] exemplify our dedication to expertise, as evidenced both by our own skills in the creation of perfumes and by those of the artisans and artists who contribute to our universe,’ continues Fabienne Mauny. ‘Enriching the customer experience is central to this initiative – a reminder that when it comes to the conception of its boutiques, Diptyque remains faithful to its disruptive, poetic vision.’
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