The Swiss practice Valerio Olgiati recently designed Céline’s flagship store in Miami, a two-storey shop located in the city’s design district, joining a list of luxury fashion brands such as Gucci, Tom Ford, and Louis Vuitton.

Céline decided to task Valerio Olgiati with designing a space that could house its ready-to-wear and accessories collections in full. With an open brief, the studio decided to decorate the store’s facade, walls and floors with Brazilian Pinta Verde marble. Inspired by the material’s unique blue-green patina, they wanted to create a “place where an internal universe can be imagined.” The architects cut away parts of the basement’s ceiling to insert two pyramid-shaped volumes, which burst through into the shop’s ground floor – one forms a pitched stairway, while the other accommodates the peaked top of a chunky concrete column that sits directly underneath.


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