• Continuing Manolo Blahnik’s success in Asia, the designer is launching three new retail spaces in Japan in partnership with local luxury specialist Bluebell Group and designed by architect Nick Leith-Smith. The first one is in Matsuya Ginza department store, Tokyo.

  • The focal element is an impressive installation, typical of timber and bamboo scaffold structures, realized here in crisscrossed folded wooden slats, imperceptibly supporting shelves and acting as hangers.

  • Dramatic contrast comes in a back wall in a bright blue, inspired by traditional Japanese indigo plant dye.

  • This vibrancy is picked up through the seating. The low armchairs and sofas feature hand-sewn upholstery in brightly colored hues.

  • Shoes cascade out across marble inlaid shelves supported by the wooden sculpture. Marble flooring and brass and glass display cabinets give a contemporary feel to the space.

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