Material and detailing
Freestanding and custom metals were inspired by Auguste Bonaz. A base material palette of solid brass, honed stone and velvet is used throughout and is a luxurious counterpoint to the existing hand applied plaster, wood and concrete ﬂoors. Floating pads of marble and brass delineate the change rooms from the existing wood and concrete ﬂoors. It was important conceptually that the change room was lifted above the ﬂoor, like a stage from which to descend.
The black steel metal work rails and the library shelves metal work were informed by Pierre Chareau’s La Maison de Verre, while the brass detailing again recalls Bonaz.
To elevate the tactile experience all surfaces that the customers touch are solid brass, velvet or stone.
Lighting was developed on two levels. A highly engineered system ﬂoats above the collection, providing ﬁll and detail lighting. A secondary layering of lighting was then designed, consisting of a ﬁve meter custom brass wall light in the atelier, brass ceiling lights in the salon and Tom Dixon’s Beat and Cone light.