Kate Spade, the fashion and lifestyle accessory brand first established in 1993 is now in Europe. The brand’s in-house team, alongside Househam Henderson, have been producing environments characterised by bold colours and keen attention to detail in their stores. As the neon lettering on the wall of their London Flagship states, this is indeed a brand that loves to ‘Live Colorfully’.
Kate Spade opened the doors of its fourth London store, located on prestigious Regent Street, in April 2016. Househam Henderson were delighted to work as the Architects on this project for the New York brand. The store occupies two spacious floors of the Grade II listed building, totalling over 1100 square metres.
Quirky design features create a sense of fun – mirrored ceilings, huge ‘sputnik’ chandeliers and glittering wallpapers (part of the brand’s own décor range).
The playful yet elegant theme is supported by the new feature stairs, designed together with the client. The unique spiral design was inspired by both a range of Kate Spade concept sketches, and Heritage Building constraints.
Over a series of design-development meetings, the stairs developed from a small spiral sketch into a showpiece of oiled walnut, polished brass and blackened metal. The project team pulled out all stops in construction, including painting the brand’s iconic stripes – over 5.5m height – freehand during an unexpected blackout.
|Located above Kate Spade’s Regent Street flagship, the brand have established their UK corporate base within spacious offices. Househam Henderson worked alongside the brand to design and deliver the offices, incorporating workspaces, showroom and conference facilities into the building.|