Stella McCartney Las Vegas by APA


Stella McCartney Las Vegas by apa London

There's a horse made of crystals hanging in fashion designer Stella McCartney's new Las Vegas store designed by London studio APA.

Stella McCartney Las Vegas by apa London

Clothing is displayed on swooping rails and tiled cubes.

Stella McCartney Las Vegas by apa London

London designers Raw Edges with Established & Sons were commissioned to created the coloured wooden herringbone floors.

Stella McCartney Las Vegas by apa London

Located in the Daniel Libeskind-designed Crystals City Center, the store is clad in diamond-shaped tiles with brass window frames.

Stella McCartney Las Vegas by apa London

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Stella McCartney Las Vegas by apa London

Above: the crystal horse at its previous home in a Scottish castle

Photographs are by Denise Truscello and Chris Weeks.

Stella McCartney Las Vegas by apa London

Here's some more information from APA:

Located within The Crystals City Center project, the Las Vegas Stella McCartney store nestles between two inclined thirty storey 'crystal' towers. Like huge glass shards they create a landmark space in their shadow within the Daniel Libeskind designed building. This is the new epicentre of Las Vegas - a complex cluster of angular forms which houses marques from around the world under thirteen (lucky for some) twisting rooves. The Stella McCartney store sits next to Cartier, close to the Aria Casino entrance - a simple brass facade. Formed with rhombus ceramic tiles defining two large display windows, the central entrance opens with a colourful threshold. This is the beginning of Stella McCartney's Vegas.

Stella McCartney have collaborated with architects APA from Soho, London with whom they also worked for stores in Paris and Milan, (in association with an experienced local team) to propose the ambitious new store which houses a remarkable crystal horse at its very centre. Imported from a Scottish Castle, the horse 'Lucky Spot' is named after Stella McCartney's mother Linda's own horse. Hanging within a vast fourteen foot ceiling space, the crystals are suspended mid air to describe in light the form of George Stubb's famous equestrian painting 'The Whistle Jacket'. It is an act of theatre combined with design artistry and a slightly wicked but healthy sense of playfulness. The horse is surrounded by the Stella McCartney latest collection on an array of sculptural sweeping clothes rails and with geometric cubes housing her accessories merchandise. A subtle sense of joy is, we hope, evoked.

On the floor, a traditional Herringbone (designed by Raw Edges with Established & Sons) has been commissioned which subverts the classical feel in beautiful nude tones to depict an enormous sweeping curvature guiding the customers though the collection. At the back of the store, the pattern becomes a classic dotted check plaid subtley merging to a warm luxurious lounge punctuated by brass clothes rail and English furniture. The fitting rooms go a step further in spectacular tones of veneered maple of warm red, azure turquoise and deep rich flannel grey ; a further inflexion of the traditional, this time in timber panelling set within a room of deep Hague blue.

The new environment mediates between design, artistry and the bravura of Las Vegas in a confident and uncompromising manner.

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Posted on Monday March 7th 2011 at 6:44 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Peter

    But you can barely see the herringbone floor

  • boredatwork

    The crystal horse looked so much more prominent in its original location. Now its just lost within Daniel Libeskind's insanity.

  • I really love the style. It's very elegant and modernized. I want to have it in my modern home furniture style.

  • I think the new location is cool. The execution of this piece, I feel, is such that it doesn't translate well in static photography but I'm willing to bet that it'd be dynamite to see in person.

  • boredatwork

    Yes but the pure beauty of the horse scupture is lost, becoming just another thing in a retail store becuase it looked "cool". There was actual thought in its original location. The weight of the stone facade in comparison emphasized the brilliance of the crystal. With the natural light coming in from the two windows, the scupture is breathtaking. In what context does a life size crystal horse have in retail store? This move does absolutely no justice to that peice of art. You can barely even notice it in the 3rd photo.

    • eugeneq

      The horse is a prominent motif in Stella's line. So yes, contextually, I think it makes sense.

      • boredatwork

        That may be true, but architectural to me at least it makes no sense. The horse does not enhance the space nor does the space to it.There must of been a reason why a photo of the original location was posted as well; maybe someone on dezeen shared my opinion? Personally, i would of loved to of seen it on a tour in the northumberland castle. For me, its lost its brilliance.

        • I do absolutely share your opinion, and so does my 10 year old son. We have been to that "Scottish" castle (in fact in England – Belsay Hall, but I appreciate it was changed to impress the audience) numerous times. At 1st they tried the Crystal Horse in the Main Hall, where it was not quite impressive – just a decoration. The feeling greatly changed when they placed it into the remains of the older building (castle?). It was absolutely in its place – light, crystal, stone so much complemented the space, so much was SPECIAL! I can now only deeply regret that English Heritage was cheaply bought by an American tourist. The Horse could have greatly increased the value of the place. They could have earned much more by letting people pay for the ticket to see Belsay Hall and its Crystal Horse. How silly…

  • rachpch

    That horse was displayed in Northumberland, England! It looked stunning in the flesh too actually, really beautiful!

  • jjjja

    are you kidding me? they are a few years too late! check out phillip lim's flagship stores and offices. total rip off of leong-leong architecture.

  • Nova x

    I went to see this in Belsay castle, which is in England NOT Scotland and it was outstanding, beautiful and utterly amazing. The background it stood in was brilliant and the natural light from the castle windows showed the natural glory of this horse. What the hell was Stella McCartney thinking about moving it to a shop. It now has no glory and has lost all its beauty!