This Dolce & Gabbana Boutique In Paris Is A Cultural Marvel

BY Athwifa Saleem / Mar 25 2020 / 11:00 AM

Award-winning architectural firm Carbondale’s recent collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana has formed an architectural spectacle among the jewel-encrusted boutiques in Paris

This Dolce & Gabbana Boutique In Paris Is A Cultural Marvel
Image courtesy of Carbondale Studio
Interior view of D&G boutique in Paris

Carbondale’s approach is rooted in their experience of working on projects of prestige which demand the fusion of innovative contemporary design with quality-enriched materials and meticulous craftsmanship. 

Interior view of D&G Boutique in Paris

Their distinctive designs are the result of cumulative architecture ideologies fixed on pragmatic foundations. “We strive to inculcate the best elements of luxury and utmost architectural finesse into our work,” says founder of the studio, Eric Carlson.

“To understand and appreciate these values as well as to convey them to our clients, I chose to locate my studio in the city centre next to the Louvre Museum and Opera Garnier. Two levels are filled with light from large windows, a wrap-around balcony and views to the Place André Malraux and the Comédie Française.”

Interior view of D&G Boutique in Paris

Established on the prestigious Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, the new design is the ultimate feat of unification for the Italian brand in France. The seven-storey historic building’s façade has been meticulously revived to house the ongoing legacy of the luxury fashion house.

The space is home to elements which reflect the architectural style of the Roman Empire, combined with Napoleonic Empire-inspired décor, keeping the Baroque influence as the torch-bearer. Separated by a central building courtyard, the two-level store interior is unified into a flowing sequence of ten stunning spaces.

Inspired by both the Roman and Napoleonic Empires, the interior design unites men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, and jewellery collections under the gaze of Napoléon Bonaparte and Joséphine de Beauharnais, respectively. “Being the stronghold foundation for a distinctly Italian brand at a notoriously prestigious French shopping street had to be the common heritage between the two countries, which needed to be utterly enhanced,” says Carlson.

 Mural of Napolean Bonaparte in the D&G boutique in Paris

“With the renovation and expansion, we wanted to make sure that the men’s and women’s collections were equally represented in the space, hence the monumental glass mosaic murals of the strong-willed couple of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais by half-Italian and half-French painter Baron Francois Gerard, proved ideal.”

The chromatic romanticism and imperial elegance of the new studio speak the brand’s language, the interiors being cast in hues of an elegant, warm colour palette. “Dolce & Gabbana is one of the only remaining luxury fashion brands where the designers are also the owners,” says Carlson. “It became quickly clear to us that design and creativity are the priority.”

Interior view of D&G Boutique in Paris

Similitude both in materials and panache; the floors of both sales’ areas embrace a diamond pattern of precious marbles such as Fior di Pesco, Salomé and Sequoia Red, visually creating a set of spaces that effortlessly flow into one another. 

The curved walls also boast the same combination of Fior di Bosco, Rosa Tea and Rosa Libeccio marbles surrounded by bands of shiny golden brass, accentuating the continuity of style between the male and female spaces in the boutique.

Interior view of D&G Boutique in Paris

Each furniture element has been custom-designed by Carbondale for this unique ensemble of a boutique, with wall displays, free-standing tables and display cases meticulously composed in polished brass and supported by vertical scepters of lathed Rosa Libeccio marble.  The décor features lush, suspended pillows upholstered in red, gold or pink velvets with bleached and varnished wood veneers, enhancing the chromatic feel of the boutique.

The ultimate result of the design of the Parisian boutique for the Italian brand was a “maximal contemporary” creation, an architecturally captivating experience rich in texture, colour and allurement, which shall stand tall as a modern exemplar for aspiring architects in the comings years.

Images courtesy of Carbondale Studio and D&G

From the Spring 2020 issue of Harper's BAZAAR Interiors