Retail therapy: the Pompidou Centre’s design store gets a makeover
The iconic Pompidou Centre in Paris, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, has been a cultural and architectural hotspot in the French capital since its opening in 1977. And since day one, the famously High Tech structure was matched with modern design and avant-garde furnishings and social, leisure and retail spaces to boot – including its well-stocked design store on the ground floor.
The shop has now just reopened, following a one-month closure and a thorough redesign by Paris based architect Marie Deroudilhe, whose portfolio spans from retail to residential interiors.
Deroudilhe, who trained under leading designers such as Sir Terence Conran and Patrick Jouin, completely re-imagined the Pompidou’s retail space. Drawing from the overall building’s key construction materials – namely steel and concrete – the architect created an interior that celebrates the structure that hosts it, as well as the products it has on offer.
Special care was taken in the development of specific product displays, such as the arrangements for lighting that enhances and highlights the store’s jewellery and textile offerings. A special section is dedicated to products for children. The space even has its own specially created soundtrack; the background music bears the signature of DJ Judith Grynszpan.
To mark its relaunch, the Pompidou Centre store has invited leading designers to present a selection of iconic pieces from their most recent collections within its displays. The items on show include works by the likes of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Margaux Keller, Constance Guisset, Sam Baron, Pauline Deltour, Vitra and Lexon.