Patricia Urquiola / Santoni

I have a love of beautiful retail spaces, with thin brass shelving & geometric patterns both surface and in relief, what's not to like here. There are considerably more interesting designs in retail spaces lately & I'm pleased to see that in terms of standing out from the crowd, there are more that do for the right reasons. Beautiful elegant use of materials and slightly quirky space.  The Italian shoemaker Santoni (born in 1975), has opened it's latest flagship store in Milan designed by spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. Let's hope there are more to come.

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Patricia Urquiola has instilled the space with her trademark emphasis on geometry, thanks to a modular grid of brass display units

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A modular grid of brass display units lines the store, made from brass that has been etched and brushed for extra tactility in a nod to the footwear purveyor's emphasis on craftsmanship. Bronzed glass brings in warmth to the two different volumes - dedicated to men's and women's collections - as does polished walnut panelling.

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The store is furnished with pieces designed by Urquiola herself. Some of the furniture have been pulled from her archives, such as the Molteni chairs, while others are bespoke furnishings (including the central display table).

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Santoni's new boutique is its first collaboration with Urquiola. Santoni has announced that future stores will be modelled on her concept.

Santoni boutique

6 Via Montenapoleone

Discovered via wallpaper

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