WINNER of the Best retail interior less than 200 square metres award at the WIN Awards 2014 For the first Spun store in Covent Garden, NLS was tasked with infusing a typical Victorian shop front with a sense of mystery and interior delight. The hand-crafted aspect of sweet making was the principal inspiration, with fixtures and fittings designed to evoke traditional values and processes. A central element of the shop design is the pick and mix display. Rather than a standard grid of Perspex containers, the array of multi-coloured sweets is set within an elaborate sculptural container, inspired by scientific models of the atomic structure, and built from stainless steel cylinders contained within a framework of copper pipes. Above the counter are four Jo Hammerborg pendant lamps, a reissue of a 1963 design finished in copper and resembling molten drops of chocolate.
Manolo Blahnik, Japan
Located in Matsuya Ginza department store in Tokyo, this 50 m² space is contextualised in deference to Japanese mastery for interpreting traditional cultural forms in exciting new ways. The focal element is an impressive installation, typical of timber and bamboo scaffold structures but realised here in crisscrossed folded wooden slats. Interlacing they connect walls and ceilings, imperceptibly supporting shelves and acting as hangers. This vibrancy is picked out through the careful curation of seating – mid century Finn Juhnl 137 collection- inspired by the iconic Miyajima Watergate - low armchairs and seating with hand sewn upholstery in brightly coloured hues.
Manolo Blahnik, Harrods
Shortlisted for the Retail Week Design Awards 2015 Longlisted for the World Interior News Awards 2015 The new Manolo Blahnik London is located within Harrods’ fifth floor ‘Shoe Heaven,’ a 42,000 square foot salon dedicated to fine footwear. The concession has been designed to resemble the layout and atmosphere of a grand salon. The impression is of a domestic space writ large, evoking the interiors of a grand fin-de-siècle mansion and inspired in particular by the architecture of the virtuoso Austrian architect Josef Hoffman.
The domestic qualities of the space are charged with refined geometry and rich colours, while the seductive sight of an array of Manolo Blahnik shoes fills the display shelves around the walls. These splashes of colour are echoed in the bold upholstery of the chairs and sofas. Nick Leith-Smith has used a selection of original Danish furniture from the early and mid nineteenth century to furnish the space.
Nick Leith-Smith Architecture + Design was founded in 2000. The studio’s portfolio includes luxury retail design and high-end residential work, working alongside internationally recognised brands, property developers and private clients. Every project, regardless of scale, is highly crafted, with strong elements of personalisation, material innovation and bold modern style.
Nick Leith-Smith has strong connections to the worlds of fashion and design, and these bold, expressionist qualities are married to a sound understanding of historic and contemporary design, new technology and the extensive use of contemporary craftsmanship, modern materials and strong forms.
The studio’s services are demonstrated through our diverse portfolio of projects spanning multiple and varied sectors: Residential, retail, office, leisure, cultural, education, master planning and landscaping.