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Thursday, October 7, 2010

A disco dandy vampire's lair


Having owned two shops, retail interior design and visual merchandising absolutely fascinate me. When I saw photos of Dries van Noten's recently-opened men's store in Paris, I fell out.


The space retains its original Chinese red lacquered walls, a nod to its previous incarnation as a primitive arts gallery. A 17th-century painting by Anthony van Dyck (see first photo) hangs on carved wood panel from the 1960s. "Among the other treasures that span the centuries: a seventeenth-century Spanish chair facing solid oak American chairs from 1910, huge Grand Tour vases from the nineteenth-century, a metal coffee table by contemporary Italian artist Gabriella Crespi, and, high on one wall, a little drawing by Jean Cocteau."

The New York Times.

'Scuse me while I lick the walls.

[Dries van Noten's men's collection]

17 comments:

Ann said...

The walls rock!!!
And so is the overall design style...
I mean if you are into these kind of stuff. The place looks so sophisticated and opulent.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I'd lick the walls too and then just lay on the floor smiling! Don't you love that rare occasion when a store/shop is so magnificent you just want to live in it?

Jane K. Schott said...

A really fine example of the not often seen these days wordl of visual merchandising. I so miss it since they have replaced it with corporate formats.

You can't miss the style direction....yes, the walls.

etak said...

Talk about creating a space that's warm and inviting, this place totally scores. This is how to shop.
It's also looks like a fabulous workspace for its employees. WIn-win.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Raina, You are so right. This store takes gentlemen's retailing to an entirely different level.Usually 'gentlemen's outfitters' seem very unwelcoming spaces and one is anxious to leave as quickly as possible. This store seems like a modern version of the Gentlman's Club and will I think have difficulty in getting the shopprs to leave -perhaps some may request a brandy and a room for the night!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

How do they taste? This is like an interior designer's Willy Wonka factory! I imagine the flavor being the most yummy, roasted tomato bisque. Or maybe fresh persimmons...

The Down East Dilettante said...

I could totally embarrass myself in this place---between the cloths and those lickable walls----

Damn, if I were rich instead of merely beautiful, I'd be jetting to Paris for all my clothes from now on.

Gorgeous.

susieq said...

So incredibly handsome. LOVE.

Ceci said...

mmmmm. Red lacquer... 'nough said.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...
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Alcira Molina-Ali said...

I'm having convulsions right now...seriously. The oxblood red walls are intoxicating. Full-frontal swoon.
Maybe the Dries vamp would care to flap on over to the Soho club I've posted about today for a True Blood and Tanqueray. That is, if he can take the glittering sunlight.

Cuddles, Nero

thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

julietsblog said...

Raina, my current problem is that after I look at the dollhouse images, I imagine all the other interiors to be miniature as well!!

david john said...

a crespi table!


i'm speechless....

Maria said...

stylish red lacquer!

http://design-elements-blog.com/

Coté Provence said...

love the walls and the design! Sublime!

Reggie Darling said...

I think I danced in that club one night in a haze of drugs and smoke like Che Guevara to a disco beat in 1993...or was it 1994?

Raina Cox said...

Ann - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!