David Chipperfield's Valentino flagship store opens in New York

David Chipperfield's Valentino flagship store opens in New York

Fashion house Valentino's New York flagship store, with a grey Terrazzo interior by British architect David Chipperfield, has opened to shoppers (+ slideshow).

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

The 1,850-metre-square store for Valentino was designed by David Chipperfield Architects in the former Takashimaya Department Store at 693 Fifth Avenue.

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

A new eight-storey facade has been added to the Postmodern building, originally designed by architects John Burgee and Philip Johnson.

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

The black steel and aluminium elements are designed to echo Mies van der Rohe’s nearby Seagram Building.

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

The lower levels contain the store and are clad with vertical brass bars and incorporate a lantern, a clock and the brand’s logo in the same material.

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

Behind the frontage is an eight-metre atrium, which features a chunky sculptural staircase that doglegs up and then becomes a series of ramps to connect the three floors.

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

Grey Palladiana Terrazzo is used to clad surfaces throughout the interior to link the spaces.

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

“The store concept combines old and new in order to generate a Palazzo atmosphere, steering away from the pure showroom and promoting a new architectural format in place of a more traditional retail boutique structure,” said a statement from Valentino.

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

On the ground floor, bags are displayed on 39 shelves attached to a wall on one side, illuminated by brass lighting hung from the ceiling.

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

More accessories are presented on units in the centre of the floor, one in marble and another made from wood and glass, forming the brand’s largest accessories department worldwide.

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

Womenswear is located on the first floor, broken up into different rooms to separate the types of merchandise.

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

An area for menswear – the second to be found in Valentino’s US stores after San Francisco – is situated on the top level.

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

Oak shelving and hanging elements supported by polished brass fixtures are used to display the collection, along with marble plinths.

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

"A series of pure volumes, such as the marble blocks and free standing marble columns, complete the architecture in a similar way to the ground level, where the new accessories concept is applied," said Valentino's statement.

Valentino Flagship Store by David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield has also been appointed to redesign the east side of London department store Selfridges.