The Sonia Rykiel flagship store in Paris has been transformed into a café-cum-library as part of a pop-up concept, which sees nearly floor-to-ceiling shelves of hardcovers and paperbacks trace the perimeter of shop’s interior walls.
The site, located on the lively boulevard Saint-Germain, has undergone a complete redesign by Swedish-Portuguese artist André Saraiva and Art Director Thomas Lenthal, who reconfigured the space as a book-lined, mirror clad retreat.
Items for sale, including pieces from Rykiel’s latest collection, handbags, small accessories and shoes, are set within rectangular voids cut-out from the built up book wall, topped by long reflective surfaces and hot red trim. A skylight allows natural illumination to offset warm-toned lighting inside, granting the space a surprisingly intimate sensibility despite its large scale.
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