Following a renovated flagship on Fifth Avenue and a new Boston store, Bulgari has now opened a new boutique in Vancouver.
As one of several new architectural concept stores across the globe designed by the legendary Peter Marino, Bulgari will offer clients a brand-new shopping experience at a self-contained boutique inside downtown Vancouver’s Holt Renfrew. Renowned for its fabulous coloured gemstone creations, the Italian jewellery house looked to its roots for inspiration when it came to the store’s design.
The newly unveiled 450-square-foot space tributes the company’s original home in Rome, from traditional Roman materials to signature motifs such as the Condotti eight-point star. A trademark element of all Bulgari boutiques, the symbol dates back to its very first shop, opened in 1884 by founder Sotirio Bulgari. Executed in red porphyry, the star greets visitors at the open portal entrance, framed in black antique marble and white travertine.
Inside, Italian walnut parquet floors feature a sunlit degrade effect, as natural light streams through the Condotti windows, which are dressed in golden silk — another throwback to Bulgari’s historic flagship on Rome’s Via Condotti. At the store’s centre is the piece de resistance: an oval counter in bronze and galvanized iron, a design inspired by Italian architect Carlo Scarpa. The counter houses Bulgari’s glittering collections. A Murano crystal chandelier crafted by Italian artisan Vistosi casts a warm glow above, while the walls, finished in gold and yellow scagliola plaster, showcase celebrity photos in a nod to the brand’s long-standing ties with Hollywood.
“This milestone marks a special moment for Bulgari, as it brings our Maison’s Roman roots and spirit of innovation to Vancouver, a very important city for the brand,” says Daniel Paltridge, president of Bulgari North America. “We are pleased to open our boutique in Holt Renfrew in a manner that represents the contemporary Bulgari brand while simultaneously paying tribute to our rich, Roman heritage.”
English Text by Kate Missine