A Luxury Vortex
ICONIC BOUTIQUE | Chiara Melani
“For the Monte-Carlo boutique we drew inspiration from the elegance, luxury, and charm of the city itself. We like the idea that those who enter the shop feel immersed in the glamorous atmosphere of the Côte d’Azur: a magical place, a holiday destination renowned the world over. And we are delighted to continue our Grand Tour here”. Domenico Dolce e Stefano Gabbana.
In the heart of Monaco’s jet-setting scene, Dolce&Gabbana has inaugurated a Women’s and Men’s boutique in Monte-Carlo, between the renowned Casino and Cafè de Paris and next to the sea; this 800 square meter location is spread over three floors and is an emblem of sophistication, luxury, and fine tailoring.
“Designing a space for Dolce&Gabbana and its special clientele in the Principality of Monaco means creating a paradise of opulence and exclusivity. I started by defining sharp, precise, and pure geometric spaces and I continued by designing surfaces with evident contrasts between precious shiny pink quartz, black marble, and large beveled mirrors, creating a lively architectural orchestra of bright reflections…it’s magical, a triumph of beauty”, says Eric Carlson from the Carbondale firm in Paris. The lower floor has its entrance on Avenue de la Madone and is dedicated to the Women’s line: Ready to Wear, Evening, Accessories, and Fine Jewelry.
A dynamic perspective leads the eye towards the center, between the walls, ceiling, and floors covered in black Nero Marquina marble with vertical bands of pink quartz marble that circle the entire area in such a way that it creates a vortex effect. The late-19th century furnishings reflect Baroque style, and include large mirrors, volutes, and Made in Italy pink velvet armchairs, as well as Victorian mahogany chairs, a sofa in gilded wood and pink velvet, and a 19th century Venetian gueridon in walnut with an antique Baroque feel.
Continue up the golden spiral staircase to reach the middle floor, where there are the Men’s Sartoria Collection and Fine Jewelry Line. In the center, there are also the Women’s Ready to Wear and Fine Jewelry Collections. The Men’s area features figured redgum wood and golden velvet, while the Women’s section is marked by golden brass and pink velvet. The top floor is dedicated to bags, shoes, and accessories, characterized by two large windows overlooking the Boulevard des Moulins; its entrance to the boutique has black marble and rose quartz floors, crossed with irregular dark marbling and mirrored ceilings. It is a treasure trove found in Côte d’Azur’s regal atmosphere.