Delvaux – the world’s oldest luxury leather goods house – has opened its fourth store in Paris. Located in Saint-Honoré, one of the most famous streets for high-end retail, the new space, designed by Milanese architecture studio Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, is an evocative combination of designer pieces with prestigious luxury touches, bringing an unprecedented harmony of nuances and styles.
Spread over 100 square meters, the interiors of the rue Saint-Honoré store reflect the building’s heritage and bring together the Belgian spirit of Delvaux and the Parisian aesthetic. The use of materials is visually striking and the eye is drawn to a series of antique doors, which adorn the walls and serve as a backdrop for the products on display. These rare antiques, of different characters and periods, but all with a distinct French touch, tell a unique story of masterful design and represent a tribute to the city where this flagship store is located. Designed as a frame for the House’s luxury bags, the doors are an unprecedented evolution of woodwork, a design element that Delvaux has frequently adopted and reinterpreted in many ways in its showrooms. The interior is an eclectic mix of Vudafieri-Saverino Partners custom furniture and a selection of designer and antique pieces, which combine in a subtle harmony of styles. Tiziano Vudafieri and Claudio Saverino once again worked around color and texture, adorning the walls with a special plaster and stucco by Italian artist Filippo Falaguasta and bringing a sense of tonal warmth to match the wall paneling. Upon entering the store, visitors are greeted at the Custom Bar counter, bathed in a warm glow from industrial-looking pendant lights. Behind it is a floor-to-ceiling bookcase showcasing the accessories. The homage to Paris and France is also reflected in the materials used. Burgundy limestone is chosen for the floor and the cut stone Pierre de Taille, found in furniture such as the bookcase, is a celebration of the facades of historic buildings in the French capital. These are skillfully blended with traditional Delvaux substances such as gold, satin nickel and burnished brass.