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plajer & franz, gebr heinemann, moscow, travel retail, departmentstore

grand opening: travel department store, moscow

plajer & franz, gebr heinemann, moscow, travel retail, departmentstore

sheremetyevo international airport, moscow’s largest airport hosts a new multi brand store. a novelty in travel retail, the luxury goods zone evokes a department store feeling with inviting three wall boutiques that are artfully arranged around a central area.

plajer & franz, gebr heinemann, moscow, travel retail, departmentstore

“I would say it’s the best shop I have ever seen in travel retail.” says claus heinemann, co-owner of our client Gebr. Heinemann. with reference to moscow’s history and russian lifestyle, the store design derives from the famous fabergé egg, a symbol of luxury and goldsmithing. its diamond-shaped, faceted surface serves as a continuous design motif throughout the store and can be found down to the very detail. materials like whitened oak and brass that are mixed with terrazzo and marble emphasize an ambience of “new luxury”. the bespoke display furniture is based on a flexible design, giving the arrangement a modern lightness.

spanning 830 sqm, the travel department store hosts brands like Cartier, Coach, Furla, McM, Ferragamo, Tumi, Bulgari, Montblanc, Etro and Pinko to name a few. as the concept is very well received by brands and traveling customers, Gebr. Heinemann and plajer & franz studio are currently working on further store concepts for an international roll out.

plajer & franz, gebr heinemann, moscow, travel retail, departmentstore

plajer & franz, gebr heinemann, moscow, travel retail, departmentstore

plajer & franz, gebr heinemann, moscow, travel retail, departmentstore
photos © imperial duty free

spontaneously original | an interview with werner franz

“…the brands they work with and the stores they design are not only inviting and unique but inspiring. Their secret? Werner says “not planning.” This broad-minded attitude coupled with fascinating projects and a great team has landed them on the list of top 50 global design agencies. As a curious MiND we talked to Werner about this secret. He gave us an inside look to their enviable reputation in the architecture and design world.”

read the full interview on MiND magazine

architecture and landscape in norway

photographer ken schluchtmann, who we have been working with for many years, not only has a brilliant eye for capturing architecture projects, but also holds a passion for the nordic landscape scenery. traveling norway for many years, he made over 10.000 photographs, some of which were published in the book „architecture and landscape in norway“.

since october, the norwegian embassy in berlin hosts the exhibition “architecture and landscape” featuring ken schluchtmann’s architectural and art projects along the norwegian national routes. the exhibition creates a multilayered interplay of photography, perspective and the architecture of the felleshus of the nordic embassies. the exhibition will be shown until january 17, 2019.

find more information here

the exhibition space is defined by black walls which follow the outlines of the landscape routes

all photos ken schluchtmann

KARL LAGERFELD new concept

KARL LAGERFELD has re-opened the munich based flagship-store with a premiere: the brand presented a new retail concept to the german customers. our design was inspired by karl lagerfeld’s office and home with its elegant, clean aesthetic and an inviting and open feel.

the designer’s preferred materials marble, brass and black chrome create luxurious accents. a carpet with a geometric pattern reflects one he designed for his apartment. gold-framed mirrors, red velvet armchairs, french panels and a parquet floor are inspired by his office. spanning 140 sqm on two floors, the store’s central element is a marble staircase with an installation of chrome frame elements in front of a black wall. the wall is used for changing photo exhibitions.

iconic award, plajer franz, galeries lafayette

iconic awards 2018 for Galeries Lafayette

we are happy to share: Galeries Lafayette has been awarded WINNER at the iconic award: innovative architecture hosted by the german design council.

Galeries Lafayette, istanbul, plajer franz

‘paris meets istanbul’ is the leitmotif of the design concept for Galeries Lafayette in istanbul. it was important to convey the french-parisian design heritage as well as the strength and reputation of the brand while translating it appropriately to this distinct market. in addition, Galeries Lafayette Istanbul is the first department store to implement Galeries Lafayette’s new CI. we had to implement new design elements and for example a new colour range, that has a significant percentage of white along with black, red and gold.

the highlight of the design concept is a large void of 20 meters, connecting all levels of the store. situated above, we designed an extraordinary cupola, made of polished steel prisms. patterned with a new laser-cut technique, the so called “coupole” is an artistic interpretation of the famous cupola at Galeries Lafayette’s headquarter in paris. the pendant lighting installation serves as retail lighting (practical purpose), on the other hand as an artistic installation. the result: an exceptional installation, connecting high tech and beauty.

plajer franz, galeries lafayette, istanbul, iconic award

ground floor, Galeries Lafayette, istanbul, department store, plajer franz

changing room, Galeries Lafayette, istanbul, department store, plajer franz

Galeries Lafayette, istanbul, department store, plajer franz


DEAR magazin

lacobel, dear magazin, plajer franz, plajer & franz studio

thanks to german DEAR magazine, the meeting with glass manufacturer lacobel in our office to discuss individuality and practicability of glass in interior design projects is now printed on paper…