Maison Margiela opens store in Dubai

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 13 July 2022
Maison Margiela opens store in Dubai
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Maison Margiela announces the opening of its first store in the UAE at The Dubai Mall in the UAE.
The store concept reflects the evolved visual language established at the house by Creative Director John Galliano.

The design was first introduced in the gypsum-cast set at the Artisanal Autumn/Winter 2018 show, and it interprets the Maison’s iconoclast codes in façade and interiors. The store is an abstracted and inviting environment rooted in the notion of appropriating the inappropriate.

The 180-square meter boutique displays the complete range of Maison Margiela’s men’s and women’s ready to wear collections, accessories, shoes, small leather goods, as well as jewelry and fragrances.

The defining structures of architecture – walls and columns – appear as detached objects. Artisanal furnishings reflect and alter ideas of familiarity. Familiar shapes skew in form, as they lean and fold around the demarcation of the space, drawing on ideas of dressing in haste native to Maison Margiela’s vocabulary.

Hand-cast individually in textile molds, the surfaces of the plaster walls and columns retain the memory of fabric texture, sculpting dents, and evoke the notion of an irreproducible hand-spun tactility. The store encourages the human touch that created it.

Retained in their natural shade of plaster – the humble inside of a wall – the structures reflect the practice of anonymity of the lining, the house term for revealing the inside of a garment traditionally concealed and revealing the inner workings. The plaster’s natural tonality further echoes the signature white of Maison Margiela.

Misfit furniture is designed in the memory of classic objects, deconstructed in form. The technique of décortiqué further materializes in shelves, display tables and seats carved in stained travertine, the natural indentations filled with colour-contrasting epoxy resin in optical white.

The ceilings and walls of fitting rooms – the most personal inner sanctums of a store – are coated in many layers of hand-brushed painted dark-green high gloss, creating a deep shimmering shine echoed in Japanese lacquer cabinets, conveying sentiments of glamour and the feelings of allure and familiarity that it generates.

The store concept for Maison Margiela debuted with the Bruton Street store in London, followed by Avenue Montaigne in Paris, Osaka, Japan, and Shanghai, China.