Enriching the significance of an accessory defines the core concept of MUSÉE’s new flagship store in the heart of Beijing. Shopping is transformed into an unconventional experience that gives customers the chance to know more about the item they are buying and re-evaluate it with the support of professional consultants. MUSÉE delivers an open platform for timeless exquisite goods, breaking boundaries across generations and fashion trends and creating a cross point for accessories of any kind. “Classics will not be limited by time nor defined by style,” says Andrea Maira, STUDIO8’s creative director. This is also what inspired STUDIO8 to design an “undefined” space for a formless shopping experience.
The firm created the concept of “soft boundary” – no clear boundaries in the functional division of the entire retail space for MUSÉE, which is translated into two main features in the space: the mobile multi-functional counters and the central consignment room. Materials such as natural stones, stainless steel, copper and glass have been boldly applied to make the space stylish and contemporary.
“Every accessory people possess is an abstract object that serves a certain function or purpose. This changes when people place more importance and value on the object, whether through the brand, colour, material, or handcrafting process. Luxury goods then become time travellers, with an ever-increasing value and preciousness while still maintaining their initial presence.” – STUDIO8 principle Shirley Dong
The Mobile Multi-functional Counters:
The main hall is not designed in the traditional rigid way, but rather in a versatile fashion. A casted track system was designed for the open area, enabling the counters with stainless steel wheels to slide. They can be reorganized, regrouped and relocated to adapt to any scenario and event that takes place in the shop, be it daily operations, member get-togethers, static display or trend lectures. Correspondingly, the hanging magnetic track lighting system with various lighting fixtures such as spot lights, pendants and wall washers can be easily adjusted to the position of the mobile counters, paralleled with LED strips that connect the whole interior and give the space a more edgy look.
The Central Consignment Room:
Consignment and valuation are the core services of MUSÉE’s business model. STUDIO8 has strategically positioned the consignment room – the key element – in the centre of the space, which is also at the cross point of the axis of three entrances, gaining a physical presence and amplifying its importance by the value of the surrounding goods. The designers placed an artificial skylight above the desks, creating a professional laboratory ambience. As a “soft boundary”, the copper shelves with goods and lifestyle accessories installed around the glass consignment room provide the outside customers with an attractive display and the inside guests with a level of transparency as well as privacy.
Although the shop is divided into functional areas, there are no strong borders, allowing all zones to merge into each other. The combination of the timelessness and diversity of products is not only reflected in the spatial configuration of the shop, but can also be found in the colour palette and material choices for both the space and the displays. The counters are made of marble and sandstone, delivering a feeling of solitude and self-presence, appropriate for showcasing exquisite jewellery and watches. Cool stainless steel wall cabinets add a stylish, yet subtle background for larger items such as handbags, while the consignment room is accented through a warm copper-finish.
The VIP room is located in a more private section opposite to the main entrance, where customers enjoy personalized service alongside a cup of coffee. Different from the main hall, a series of blue accessories, blue pendants and a custom-made blue rug are used to generate a more chic ambience for the VIP room. The designers also paid special attention to the implementation of sliding panels and flush doors, while details such as material joints, carefully selected decorative lamps and flower arrangements give an unpretentious finish.
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