Known for its elegantly chic apparel that melds timeless style with a modern edge, Sydney-based label Hansen & Gretel looked to interior designers Georgie Frew and Lauren Brown to create a luxurious space to welcome clients into their Oxford Street Paddington store.
The clever designers and good friends have produced a sublimely elegant space, inspired in part by the store’s existing heritage elements, and also by the “muted colours of European summers and the colour palette of the Jean Luc Goddard’s 1963 cinematic masterpiece, Le Mepris”.
With its iconic scenes of Brigitte Bardot sunbaking on the Italian Riviera, Fibonacci Stone’s The Sunbaker seems almost too good a fit to be true. Frew and Brown specified the stone in the 600×600 format for the store’s elevated steps and entrance to the change rooms, cleverly pairing it with herringbone travertine and a bold tangerine carpet. It’s an unexpected yet incredibly successful combination that again illustrates the versatility of our terrazzo in commercial and domestic applications.
The store’s retro-Euro aesthetic continues with walls of highly polished nude coloured Venetian plaster, playful gold shell light sconces in the change rooms and vintage Murano glass pendant lights in pale mauve and blush hanging over the counter. A stunning 1980’s Italian glass dining table acts as a display surface for lingerie and accessories – also providing a very feminine counterpoint to the bold black garment racks.
“The Sunbaker is such an evocative design,” says Michael Karakolis, Fibonacci Stone’s Creative Director. “It brings to mind those endless summer days, and the warmth of the sun on your skin – it was great to see it specified in such conceptually thoughtful and serene space. Congratulations to all involved.”
Photography by Fiona Susanto, courtesy of Georgie Frew.