A timeless, minimalist elegance graces this 2,100-sq.-ft. storefront for Lafayette 148 in downtown Miami’s Brickell City Centre.
Borrowing from the brand’s roots in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, the design by Charles Sparks + Co. features painted brick walls, warm washed wood tones, and blackened steel that promote a relaxed, unpretentious and honest aesthetic of SoHo’s urban lofts. Ceilings were also designed to recall painted beams of exposed structure often found in urban lofts, according to the firm.
The open-air Brickell City Centre sits in the Miami’s financial district and includes a climate ribbon. The architectural feature provides innovative air flow and climate control so shoppers can walk in comfort between stores and restaurants. Lafayette 148, which opened in January, is strategically located at street level near Saks Fifth Avenue and at the activity hub of escalators servicing the second floor.
Upper glass transoms let the store ambiance spill out into the mall. An asymmetrical entry was designed for informality, but also creates a kind of inset ‘welcome’ zone before passing through the doors. Lighting offers the ability to tune color and output for time of day and for setting scenes to amplify mood and ambiance, according to the firm.
Other features include designing windows for the windowless space. “We wanted to create a sense of the outside-in and positioned divided-light windows as room dividers in the style of exterior windows found in city lofts and to create the sense of light, perspective and space beyond,” says Charles Sparks, president and CEO of Charles Sparks + Co.
The result is a sequence of portals connecting rooms and small light-filled spaces along walls that feel intimate and loft-like, he says.
“Seating, upholstery selections, artwork, area rugs, loose tables, merchandise fixtures, and showcases were all curated with the brand DNA in mind,” states Charles Sparks + Co. “Everything was designed and selected to communicate bespoke quality in the classic modernist traditions.’