Dolce & Gabbana, Montenapoleone

DesignerGwenael Nicolas, CURIOSITY
Prize2nd Place in Interior Design / Commercial
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Entry Description

The space blends baroque style and the sleek simplicity of modernism: this contrast becomes the ideal scenario for appreciating the sophistication of display. The white ceiling features lighting that illuminates the collections on display, making each garment unique and defining a strong contrast between the green marble and onyx. The lava stone floors are a classic Dolce & Gabbana element. The ceiling on the top floor blends technology and classicism: three-dimensional metal panels create a pattern and descend with an automated mechanism to form special rooms within the space. The choice of the color green, which is unusual for Dolce & Gabbana, comes from a long study of colors and their emotional impactGreen is the color of chlorophyll and a symbol of rebirth that maintains its original connotations. Briar-wood is a symbol of strength and stability which does not change with time.

About Designer

GWENAEL NICOLAS BORN 1966 IN BRETAGNE, FRANCE; LIVES AND WORKS IN TOKYO. AFTER 2 YEARS IN LONDON AT THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, HE GRADUATED WITH A MASTER IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN. IN 1991 HE MOVED TO TOKYO TO COLLABORATE ISSEY MIYAKE FOR INTERIOR DESIGN (PLEATS PLEASE SHOPS) AND PERFUME DESIGN (LE FEU D’ISSEY). IN 1998 HE FOUNDED ‘CURIOSITY’ HIS STUDIO WITH PRODUCER REIKO MIYAMOTO FOLLOWING PRODUCT DESIGN, INTERIOR AND ARCHITECTURE. HE COLLABORATED WITH VARIOUS COMPANIES SUCH AS LEXUS, LG, LOUIS VUITTON, KANEBO, NINTENDO TO NAME A FEW. THROUGH VARIOUS CONCEPTUAL INSTALLATIONS; “D-DAY”, POMPIDOU CENTER IN PARIS (2005), “LIGHT-LIGHT” IN TOKYO WONDER (MILAN 2008), TOKYO FIBER (MILAN 2009) AND LEXUS MUSEUM IN TOKYO (2009) HIS WORK HAS ALSO ATTRACTED PUBLIC ATTENTION. THIS YEAR HE EXHIBITED “SPARKS” RECENT PROJECT INCLUDES THE “SEN” SERIES FOR AGAPE, FLAGSHIP STORES FOR UNIQLO, LEXUS RX MUSEUM, NIKKEI MEDIA WALL. AFTER RECEIVING DIFFERENT AWARDS FOR PRODUCT (IF DESIGN AWARDS), ARCHITECTURE (AIA), HE RECENTLY RECEIVED THE KU/KAN PRIZE 2009, THE JAPANESE MOST PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE FOR INTERIOR DESIGN.