New DUO boutique designed by Jestico + Whiles opens in Covent Garden

Award-winning architects and designers Jestico + Whiles has designed the new London boutique for the leading ladies footwear brand DUO, which recently opened in Covent Garden, Central London.

Located in the new St Martin’s Courtyard development, the design of the 125 sq m store draws inspiration from the tradition of fine boot making, to emphasise the style and quality of DUO’s footwear.

Natural materials including concrete, timber, aluminium and leather have been finely crafted to create an ambience of contrasts. Timber rafts on the ceilings, pre-fabricated and assembled on site, are set against a backdrop of industrial looking concrete walls and end-grain rough-hewn oak flooring.

Jestico + Whiles’ design adds individual twists to the finishes through bespoke detailing like the Hungarian point formwork, a particular herring-bone pattern, usually applied to parquet flooring, which has been used for the concrete.

Inspired by the rich details and materials of the products on sale, bespoke Italian leather mosaics are used on the walls as well as under the glass top surface of the till point, which have been specifically designed for the new boutique. Pieces of antique furniture including tables, mirrors and ottomans have been selected by Jestico + Whiles’ interior design team.

Hand-made glass pendants complement a carefully-managed and dynamic lighting scheme of metal halide and LED spots, which adjust the contrast of the display areas and the ambience of the store in accordance with the time of day and different seasons of the year.


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