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Belfast-based luxury interior fit-out specialist Portview Fit-Out has successfully completed a stunning new 5000 sq ft London flagship store project for Japanese luxury fashion brand Issey Miyake. With a frontage of 60 feet, the store occupies a prominent position between Bond Street and Hanover Square in the centre of Mayfair. Handed over earlier this month, the £900k fit-out took 16 weeks to complete and was project managed by Leckenby Associates.
The Portview team worked with a scheme created by long-time Miyake design collaborator Tokujin Yoshioka, taking cues from Miyake’s “reality lab” and combining the concepts of technology and craftsmanship.
Yoshioka’s design required Portview to strip out the fittings inside the lower two floors of the 1950s building, leaving walls and columns bare. Rough concrete columns were installed to contrast with bright blue anodised aluminium panels that highlight display areas and clad the lift shaft. With unprecedented attention to detail, the panels were fabricated in Germany, then anodised by a specialist company in Switzerland, each panel taking more than four hours to anodise.
A doglegged staircase positioned in the centre of the floor plate incorporates a glass balustrade, allowing light from the street facade into the basement.
All furniture, fittings and seating were designed by Yoshioka, and once piece designed specifically for the Brook Street store. Flooring is a poured screed, with specialist bespoke 2mm layers of micro-top applied in a hand-finished six- coat process. Issey Miyake’s own designIN-EI folded lamps and cove lighting by Iguzzini around the ceiling offer additional illumination throughout the store, and Yoshioka’s tables, appearing to balance precariously on angled stands are used to display accessories.
The new store offers Issey Miyake’s latest collections of clothing, fragrance and watches and IN-EIlighting, together with the HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE range, available for the first time outside of Japan exclusively at the Brook Street store. The store will host further innovations coming from Miyake in Spring 2015.
Tokujin Yoshioka said: “Incorporating the trace of time cultivated in the space, the contrast between the texture of bare walls and the futuristic surface of aluminium is designed to express the contract of innovative creation and continued history. With fragments of memory spread in the space, the contingent beauty exists which cannot be recreated ever again. History and future are to be encountered upon memories in ISSEY MIYAKE 10 Brook St”.
Portview Managing Director, Simon Campbell, said: “This outstanding fit-out project followed the enabling works we carried out at the site earlier this year. The uniquely artistic design scheme demanded the highest quality standards of finish to fully realise its intentions and we are proud to have this store in our portfolio. Issey Miyake is the latest in a series of assignments we have carried out in London’s premier luxury retail area, all distinct in style, but all with utmost quality at their heart”.