French fancy: Cire Trudon opens its first US boutique in New York

Cire Trudon first American boutique in New York’s Nolita neighbourhood
The venerable French candlemaker Cire Trudon has opened its first American boutique in New York’s Nolita neighbourhood
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Cire Trudon’s claim to fame may be that it’s the world’s oldest candle manufacturer and thus supplied wax to the royal and imperial courts in France, but its timeless collection of scented candles, bust candles, room fragrances and scented matches are just as relevant in the present.

Cire Trudon’s evocative world can now be fully experienced stateside at the company’s first American boutique, located on a suitably well-heeled street in New York City’s Nolita neighbourhood. Newly opened this month, the bijou boutique serves up quintessential French flair with a contemporary twist.

'We wanted to bring some Paris to Nolita with a mix of classical and contemporary design that would work well for 400 sq ft,' says Julien Pruvost, the house’s executive director. 'I collaborated with the Paris-based architect Fabrizio Casiraghi, who understands the design sensibility of intimate spaces, French heritage and complimentary lighting techniques.'

Casiraghi, who left Dimore Studio to set up his own design firm earlier this year, embraced classical elements like mirrors and enameled surfaces, but delivered them with an urban feel. Inspired by a ‘Galerie des Glaces’ – a mirrored gallery typical of French chateaux and palaces, the intimate boutique is lined with mirrored tiles that concurrently emanates an edgy, almost disco ball effect. Minimal strips of neon lighting are juxtaposed by vintage notions, such as antique Japanese vases and a statuesque Art Deco lamp that decorates the service counter. Glass shelves around the room, which is painted a lacquered shade of Cire Trudon’s accent colour, burgundy, delicately display the house’s wares, along with an assortment of found objects, such as antique candlesnuffers, candleholders and more.

‘The space is conceived as a dual but unitary space. My aim was to create a balance between contemporary elements and traditional ones,’ explains Casiraghi. ‘For Cire Trudon I wanted to adapt the architectural language to the size of the boutique therefore, in order to achieve the harmony between old and new, I chose two elements: polished enamel and antique mirrors.

Concerning the layout I decided to emphasize the rectangular form of the boutique creating an even stronger corridor-effect:  the cabinets, the shelves and the products are placed all along the right-hand side. Even the spots on the ceiling follow this length-setting, driving clients’ eyes till the end of the boutique.’

US candle boutique interiors

formerly of Dimore Studio, the intimate boutique is a fusion of contemporary and classical elements

(Image credit: Fabrizio Casiraghi)

candle boutique mirrored tiles

Mirrored tiles provide a ‘Galerie des Glaces’ effect in the space that is concurrently reflects the urban spirit of the city

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candle boutique shop exterior

‘The space is conceived as a dual but unitary space. My aim was to create a balance between contemporary elements and traditional ones,’ explains Casiraghi. In addition to its signature candles, room sprays and scented matches, the boutique is also filled with a cherry picked selection of vintage treasures, which are all available for purchase

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Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.