Bally's New Bond Street flagship by David Chipperfield is a study in Swiss modernism

Tonight Bally opens its impressive New Bond Street London store, designed by David Chipperfield
Tonight Bally opens its impressive New Bond Street London store, designed by David Chipperfield.
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Swiss luxury goods brand Bally has built a reputation on turning functionality into the stuff of fetish and for matching handcrafting with finely turned industrialisation. Now, with new owners, a new CEO, Frédéric de Narp (formerly the chief of Harry Winston), and a new creative director, Pablo Coppola, Bally is keen to reconnect with its 163-year-old heritage, particularly its associations with Swiss modernism.

For the design of its relocated New Bond Street store - Bally's first store opened on Bond Street in 1881 - it has drafted in architect David Chipperfield (W*174) and opened up its archive of store designs for inspiration. One of these store designs immediately caught the architect's eye. Opened in Spiez, Switzerland, it was the work of a young Marcel Breuer (opens in new tab), on his way to becoming one of the master modernists.

'Breuer designed the most inspiring Bally store and it is from there that some of the ideas for this new store concept are elaborated,' says Chipperfield. He has taken two clear cues from Breuer: the use of stock walls, ranks of pigeonholes for shoes in boxes - the historical heart of the Bally brand - to create striking display grids; and bespoke tubular steel furniture.

The stock walls are much like Breuer's, but Chipperfield has also played with three-dimensional gridded American walnut display walls. And stock walls, left unbacked and unstocked, have also been used to create transparent frame walls. Working with a continuous white resin and stucco ceiling and a floor of grey wool and hemp carpet, the store has a pared-down super-functionality, but with the walnut adding essential warmth. Display tables, mirrors and footstools, meanwhile, take Breuer's tubular metal method and run with it. A new bent metal Bally lamp updates a striking Breuer design.

Making sure that the store design is more than a sophisticated Bauhaus tribute act, Chipperfield has also introduced sofas, armchairs and pouffes inspired by the works of the Italian designers Ignazio Gardella and Luigi Caccia Dominioni (opens in new tab)of the 1960s. The store also includes what Bally has tagged the Gentleman's Corner, including special services and its own lounge area.

De Narp considers Chipperfield's store concept a huge step forward: 'It is the first step in a global rollout of a new generation of stores that will convey Bally's modernity as a brand while respecting its heritage.'

163-year-old heritage, and particularly its associations with Swiss modernism

With a new CEO, Frédéric de Narp, and a new creative director, Pablo Coppola, Bally is keen to reconnect with its 163-year-old heritage, and particularly its associations with Swiss modernism.

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A wooden grid where the brand's signature red boxes can be slotted in for display and storage

One of the flagship's most prominent features is the store's shoe box wall - a wooden grid where the brand's signature red boxes can be slotted in for display and storage.

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Vals stone has been used on the store's grand staircase which is finished with leather and brass handrails

The boutique's details subtly reference Marcel Breuer and the Bauhaus. Vals stone has been used on the store's grand staircase which is finished with leather and brass handrails.

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All of the display elements are designed to slot into the store's gridded walls

All of the display elements are designed to slot into the store's gridded walls.

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David Chipperfield has designed a full range of dedicated furniture and accessories

David Chipperfield has designed a full range of dedicated furniture and accessories, including this shoe measuring tool.

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The first floor houses the brand's 'Made to Order', 'Made to Colour' and 'Shoe Caring Services'

The first floor houses the brand's 'Made to Order', 'Made to Colour' and 'Shoe Caring Services'.

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A detail shot capturing the store's bespoke lit shelves

A detail shot capturing the store's bespoke lit shelves, designed to slot into the gridded American walnut display walls.

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The shoe box wall is also a fixture of the womenswear's salon

The shoe box wall is also a fixture of the womenswear's salon.

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The store to define a pared-down functional aesthetic

Key materials including wool felt, American walnut and brass have been combined throughout the store to define a pared-down functional aesthetic.

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The store's entrance features a dramatic Chipperfield-designed chandelier.

The store's entrance features a dramatic Chipperfield-designed chandelier

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A new generation of stores that will convey Bally's modernity as a brand while respecting its heritage

'It is the first step in a global rollout of a new generation of stores that will convey Bally's modernity as a brand while respecting its heritage,' explains CEO Frédéric de Narp.

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The flagship also includes what Bally has tagged the Gentleman's Corner,

The flagship also includes what Bally has tagged the Gentleman's Corner, including special services and its own lounge area.

(Image credit: Antonio Camera)

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44-46 New Bond Street
London, W1S 2SF

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