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Nick Leith-Smith Architecture + Design : Boutique Manolo Blahnik

The luxury shoe shop Manolo Blahnik has invested a space at Harrods in the heart of London. The place was designed by the studio Nick Leith-Smith Architecture + Design.

The space dedicated to Manolo Blahnik had to be in the image of his shoes: original and colorful. The architect wanted to create the atmosphere of a large lounge evoking inside a mansion of the late nineteenth century, inspired by French artistic movements of the time. The work of Josef Hoffmann, Austrian architect, supporter of European Art Nouveau and a founder of the Vienna Secession, strongly influenced the architect Nick Leith-Smith in achieving this shop.

Nick Leith-Smith chose a color palette of baroque inspiration; purple, pink and yellow are cut with gray and scratches. Manolo Blahnik shoes are exhibited in shop windows, on racks or ladders fixed to the wall. Nick Leith-Smith chose Danish furniture from the early nineteenth belonging to the creator of the brand. These furniture have been restored and decorated to be in harmony with the rest of the store.

In the center of the store, sits a circular table with wooden feet, custom designed for the store. The many chairs and sofas are the colors of the store and bold spotted patterns. The chandeliers, the silk lampshades were made especially for this shop.

Photos: Quintin Lake
For more information, visit the website Nick Leith-Smith Architecture + Design.

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