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Here’s how Open Atelier made this non-prototypical jewellery store a royal space

Through a cutting-edge design strategy, Open Atelier Mumbai redefines Curio Cottage Boutique’s identity.

Through a cutting-edge design strategy, Open Atelier Mumbai redefines Curio Cottage Boutique’s identity.

Located in one of the plush luxury shopping destinations Phoenix Palladium in South Mumbai, Curio Cottage Boutique is aesthetically designed by Open Atelier Mumbai. The store retails in imitation jewellery inspired by India’s rich heritage of design and artisanry. Set up as a brand three generations ago in 1971, they have expanded by opening their fourth outlet at the luxury shopping destination Phoenix Palladium in South Bombay. Unlike their previous establishments, the design intends to offer the brand’s elegant collection to diverse audience segments.

On one hand, the store’s vital location acts as an intersection of the two passageways providing maximum visual accessibility. Conversely, a Starbucks Cafe across from the store facilitates footfall improvement. Aimed to be completed within a short timeline, the design approach that has been adopted is clean and dynamic.

The design scheme optimises space constraints via strategic circulation and balances aesthetics with contrasting design elements. The goal of the design intervention has been to elevate the exhibit by showcasing variety in a confined area. This 400 sq. ft. plan includes one cash counter, nine showcase units, and two island counters that are meticulously designed to showcase a wide range of jewellery.

Adhering to the company’s repute, the spatial experience is “non-prototypical” in its essence. With the vision of redefining the brand identity, a refined palette of shades and textured paints the feminine imagery of beauty, grace and admiration. Upon entry, the customer can easily browse through the entire collection at once. The display units around the boundary create ample space for the visitors to manoeuvre around the island counters in the centre and provide a smoother exhibition experience. The lanes are met with a cash counter on the other end of the store to ensure security.

A peachy pink wall backdrop in cloudy grains states the 50-year brand legacy, whilst intricate carvings bring relevance to the charming heritage that Curio Cottage stands for. Alongside the hand-painted firm timeline, the walls’ floral illustrations represent the brand’s celebratory values, which is “For women, of women, by women”. A 28- feet long ceiling installation in pink-peach-white flowers and green leaflets suspends from the top, enhancing the vertical stretch of the store. The flowers are UV-protected and assembled from the dust-repellent fabric after various mock-ups and trials. Simultaneously, the linearity of the space is broken by a civil column detail on one side and the individual units on the other.

The entryway is visually expanded by eliminating the doors of this retail space, clearing any barrier between the visitor and the display. The flooring is in a subdued terrazzo tile, and mirrors behind the reception area create the illusion of a larger space. The 34-foot long outer running facade is integrated with the branded collaterals and exhibits to enhance the window shopping pursuit. Four display units are placed along the outer boundary of the store to attract customers, while five island units serve as the in-store furniture. Curated and detailed in-house, the display units showcase a chic mood board that spans from PVD brass sheet frames to an ivory colour base enhanced by leather finish laminate and matt brass paints. Contemporary-style free-standing cabinets are engineered with sleek shelves carrying mannequins of necklaces and elaborate earring pieces with storage drawers. Enveloped within glass, the central units house other items like bangles, bracelets and more. All accessories and delicate pieces are laid on classic leather-finished laminate instead of the conventional felt. All materials used are fire compliant and adhere to the mall protocols of security and sustainability.

Lighting as a design element has been employed via a combination of linear and spotlights, favouring the overall purpose of jewellery assessment and selection. Generic track lights aid the overall space, and the focus lights throw one’s attention on selected items. To avoid the cut shadows from the floral bed on the ceiling, the ceiling is jointly incorporated with adequate up-lighters.

An amalgamation of the client’s vision of expanding their footprint and design inspiration from pastry salons in Paris, Curio Cottage Boutique is a vibrant, chic and contemporary space that graces the modern merchandise stage of design.

Photographer: Prashant Bhat

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