This department is even more remarkable for the uniformity of the white and skin-toned lacquer finishes, the white opal glass, antiqued bronze and pearlised leather. Creating such a consistent look for 18 separate cosmetic brands, each with its own strong corporate identity, was challenging, but essential, says Burdi.
"There are more than 500 labels on the ground floor, which could have been visually overwhelming. But the respective suppliers all accepted the concept that this was a different umbrella for them a prestigious store with an interior design that is appropriate for their brand."
A sense of grandeur emerges at the jewellery department, where collectionsare displayed under Starfire glass on museum bases, amid a backdrop of custom birch bark and alabaster finishes. Highlights in this area are the large, glittering gold hanging, made from plumbing fixtures, and a large painting in soft, muted shades of grey.
"Soft accessories boasts an ultra feminine atmosphere," says Burdi. "Here, we have introduced rosewood, skin tones, chocolate glass and a transitional wall colour that evokes an ultra chic lifestyle."
Handbags are elevated on pedestals like treasured icons, or placed on perspex shelves with a painted floral backdrop.
Despite the classical modern look, and the display cases that hint of Art Deco, the fitout also merges contemporary design features. In the menswear department, distinguished classic and contemporary collections are shown against sculptural imbuya wood, Lucite panels and stone display tables. The fitting area is outfitted in macassar wood and includes a fireplace.
Lighting further evokes the right mood, creating highs and lows while still ensuring the product is firmly in the spotlight.