Tokyo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, where a multitude of shopping centres can be found in the city. Here at Ginza, an upscale shopping area of Tokyo, Nick Leith-Smith has completed the interiors of the new flagship store of Manolo Blahnik at Ginza Six.
Ginza Six is heralded as a new vision of luxury, reflecting the combination of art and architecture and offering contemporary shopping experience. The designer embraces this vision, which not only evokes the brand's unique character but also reflects a strong sense of local identity. The flagship store is contextualised in deference to Japanese mastery of traditional cultural forms in exciting new ways; with the breadth and quality of material, craftsmanship and architectural influences unrivalled by any other culture.
The focal point of the store is a timber installation, inspired by Japanese timber construction and joinery but realised here in crisscrossed folded wooden slats. The wooden slats connect the walls and traverse across the ceiling and can be used as hangers and shelves.
This vibrancy is picked out through the careful curation of seating: a mid-century Finn Juhl 137 collection, inspired by the iconic Miyajima Watergate; low armchairs and seating with hand-sewn upholstery in brightly coloured hues. The shoes cascade out across marble inlaid shelves supported by the wooden sculpture. Marble flooring and pared back brass and glass display cabinets give a contemplative feel; a space to
reflect, shop and appreciate the artistry of the shoes.