Sarah and Sebastian
Landini Associates has once again teamed up with Australian jewellery label SARAH & SEBASTIAN to collaborate on the design of the brand’s second permanent retail location, this time in Mosman on Sydney’s North Shore.
The project brief was to create a space that was intriguing without being intimidating; a complimentary evolution to the brand’s Paddington Flagship, opened in 2017. Landini Associates’ scope of works included concept, planning, interior design and exterior signage.
Drawing inspiration from the Paddington store, the design celebrates magic inmystery, discovery, warmth and intimacy.
No detail has been overlooked in the expansive 80 sq m space. The minimal aesthetic of the interior utilises refined, lightweight fixtures aimed at exhibiting the handmade, intricacy of the product. Key materials used are concrete (walls, floor and joinery), walnut, blackened steel, glass, custom made mirror and glowing ‘frosted’ glass.
As a design principle, Landini Associates places great emphasis on lighting to create atmosphere, highlight product and guide customers through store by creating dynamic shadow. The lighting further elevates the minimal, museum feel of the space, which is anchored by a linear display case stretching the store length, showcasing SARAH & SEBASTIAN’s seasonal and core collections as well as WHITE; the brand’s bridal range. On the opposing side, a reflective glass wall is inset with curated product and art installations, communicating the inspiration behind seasonal collection concepts.
Fundamental and unique to the Mosman store design is the creation of a private consultation room for the brand’s WHITE engagement range. A discreet, intimate and relaxed private space, revealed through shadowed figures visible in frosted glass, sets the scene for clients to discover this collection through bespoke consultations.
Through a layering and textural contrast of signature finishes, the new store design explores reflection, translucency and discovery. The resulting interior is the perfect tension between light and dark, floating and solid, lightweight and heavy elements.
Photography by Ross Honeysett. For more information please visit: www.landiniassociates.com