05 Christian Lacroix

Location
Daikanyama, Tokyo
Floor Area
220 sq.m
Completed
2001

Born from a longstanding friendship and correspondence between Christophe Carpente and Christian Lacroix, our design for the Christian Lacroix store in Daikanyama was an architectural expression of the fashion designer’s particular way of working with multiple references and overlapping colours and textures.

The modular scheme featured gallery-style white walls to display artworks inspirational to Lacroix and several brightly coloured laminated glass furnishings that could be configured by moving and securely fitting to a grid of fixings in the polished concrete floor. Playful and contrasting elements included soft and tactile changing room pods and sculptural velvet chairs by Pierre Paulin. The final touch was to print the glass facade of the building with Lacroix’s distinctive, calligraphic handwriting about his references and sources of inspiration.

Implemented in over 20 locations around the world, this award-winning design scheme has been celebrated globally in countless design journals – and is regarded as a landmark moment in retail architecture history.

Photography by Nacasa & Partners

Focus

Christian Lacroix Furniture Modules

The brightly coloured laminated glass furniture modules CARPENTE created for Christian Lacroix’s flagship store in Tokyo represent a first in luxury brand retail design.