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The Sydney flagship is one of 10 major flagships worldwide and is of great international importance to the brand. Designed by Richard Moore, Tiffany & Co.’s Divisional Vice President of store design and Creative Visual Merchandising, the 1800 square metres of retail space marks the pinnacle of the new Tiffany shopping experience. Constructed over two levels and comprising of luxurious private salons, window and ceiling heights that afford maximum natural light, a gallery foyer and a dramatic façade, this store redefines retail.Bespoke white marble walls frame each entry, demarcated by panels of Tiffany & Co.’s signature amazonite stone. The grand staircase with a digital interactive backdrop leads customers to the main salon on the upper level. Here, where the six-metre-high ceilings are fitted with skylights, an abundance of natural light showers onto the exclusive Tiffany diamonds. “There is no better environment to look at a Tiffany diamond than one with an abundance of natural light,” says Richard, “so maximising that was a big part of the design brief.” Having studied theatre design, Richard creates a narrative that resonates directly with customers. From the exterior façade, where the custom wheat leaf pattern is a moulding taken from New York City flagship store to the window display at the entrance that boasts Tiffany and Co.’s commitment to Australia’s coral reef conservation, Richard has broken the formal design barrier that is often associated with jewellery stores.
In terms of how this store is designed for the Australian audience, Richard has a huge affinity with Australia, so much so that he explains how this is one of his favourite places to visit. “Australians have a really good sense of style, particularly in interiors and architecture. Having just spent some time in Sydney, I’ve noticed that it has a great presence and ability to tell fantastic local stories. And it does so in a way that people around the world can understand and respect.” Similar to the way Richard involved local artists for the New York flagship store towards the end of 2018, both up and coming and established artists such as Lisa Cahill, Anna Wili Highfield, Gemma O’Brien and Aboriginal artist Charlotte Phillipus combined the concepts informed by the Australian landscape and Sydney’s skyline with reference to Tiffany & Co. Responsible for the way people perceive the store, Richard deliberately opted for an open floor plan with a discovery zone located at the entrance. The entry point of the Tiffany & Co. store, therefore, transforms into a place where the brand can tell important stories and showcase world-renowned pieces like the 128.54 carat Tiffany Diamond recently worn by Lady Gaga. “Although we have a global design standard across the Tiffany & Co. brand, our flagship stores allow us to deviate a little bit from that,” Richard explains. “This building [in Sydney] gave us a blank canvas and enabled us to create something unique. It is a big store so it required a lot of spatial programming to drive the business for Tiffany & Co.” “The Australian store represents the latest and greatest for Tiffany & Co.” Richard concludes. Truly marking an evolution of retail spaces, Sydney’s flagship breaks barriers and possesses a sense of fluidity and discovery that gives all passers-by something to dream about. The Tiffany & Co. store is located at 175 Pitt St, Sydney. Tiffany & Co. tiffany.com.au Photography by Tim Kindler from Paperhouse We also think you might like Inspirational and Influential Design By The Stella Collectiveabc
The Sydney flagship is one of 10 major flagships worldwide and is of great international importance to the brand.
The ground floor comprises the main dining area, seating up to 40, and a live kitchen enclosed in glass. This allows patrons to witness chefs at work yet protect them from the heat and noise of an industrial kitchen, maintaining the calm ambience created by the rest of the interior. Upstairs a separate bar and lounge area with an outdoor balcony serves small bites and cocktails: Aperitivo-style. “There is a landing in the middle [of the staircase], where guests have a wonderful vantage point into the kitchen and over the main dining area,” says Carlone. “The stairs are a focal design point of the restaurant.”
MAURI offers an intimate dining experience that weaves in design cues inspired by the iconic Italian Coast in amongst the South East Asian setting.
MAURI offers an intimate dining experience that weaves in design cues inspired by the iconic coastal town of Puglia, Italy, in amongst the South East Asian setting. Mauri is also the nickname of one of the chefs, and by using it to name the restaurant he hopes it will help express a desire to be close to his patrons. Ushers By Design ushersbydesign.com MAURI mauri-restaurant.com We think you might also like ISH Restaurant by Annu Bainsabc
The ground floor comprises the main dining area, seating up to 40, and a live kitchen enclosed in glass.
Although the street-facing façade of this fine example of Queenslander architecture has no fixed windows, thereby protecting the privacy of its residents, there is no denying the openness that defines the interior. Unsurprisingly, both client and architect were keen to capture the sweeping oceanside views, and this they did with great finesse. Although giving little away to passing beach traffic, the home opens up to the beach with direct access for the family. An internal courtyard with overhangs and cantilevers allows the occupants to enjoy this outdoor setting even when the weather isn’t ideal for journeying out onto the sand, protecting residents from sun and wind with operable building screens. A central staircase – also designed using in-situ concrete – drags light into the home in a playful manner, pulling it through an elevated skylight into its tall and sculptural form and dispersing it through the home. The seaside lifestyle inspires wellness; a slower and more spacious approach to being for which Queenslander architecture can oft be known. The architects wanted to build a home for their clients that reflected their diverse interests: yoga, reading, entertaining and, of course, the beach. As a result, not only does Mermaid Beach Residence comprise the necessary living spaces – such as four bedrooms with amenable touches such as walk-in wardrobes – it also contains a yoga studio, a centrally located swimming pool, open courtyards, gardens and terraces. Through thoughtful nooks, ample light and views, and personable design touches, Mermaid Beach Residence takes the weather and spins it in favour of its occupants. B.E Architecture bearchitecture.com Photography by Andy MacPherson Dissection Information American Oak timber from Market Timbers Blanco White timber flooring from Havwoods Natural Velvet carpets in Palomino from Don Currie Carpets Natural Velvet carpets in Pinto from Don Currie Carpets Porto panels from Ventech Honed tiles in Hasmal from Signorino 20-20 tiles in Toronto from Signorino Sleek concrete from Caesarstone
The minimalist form of the building is like a well-tailored suit: everything is clean-cut and functional.
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Although giving little away to passing beach traffic, the home opens up to the beach with direct access for the family.