Anabela Chan Joaillerie

DesignerJimmy Hung
Prize3rd Place in Interior Design / Commercial
Entry Description

Dreams Through The Looking Glass. Designed to be as much like a gallery as a shop, it is our aim to create a space that is welcoming yet intimate, with a air of luxury, modernity and otherness that is true to the brand. The idea of framing is inherent in the design much like the client’s work, as the very act of ‘looking through a window’ lends itself to the creation of something or somewhere extraordinary on the other side of the glass. It is a chance to create a world unto itself with the bewildering nature of a dream, beguiling the viewer to take the curious journey. All bespoke cabinets and display are designed and crafted locally in England, a true celebration of materials utilizing both traditional and modern manufacture technologies; working with artisan craftsmen in London and Oxford with an inherent English heritage. Space making The central area is occupied by the jewellery chandelier, that showcases the brand’s objets d'art collection, whilst echoed by the art-inspired jewellery pieces that are housed in the surrounding glass cabinets. The shop layout is designed to direct visitors to follow a circular route; similar to a gallery space, it aims to tell a story about the brand and its inspirations. At the rear of the boutique, a bespoke curiosity cabinet displays a series of curious objects and treasures collected by the shop owner over the years. Materiality The combination of brass structures, white Statuario marble and glass displays; dove-grey bespoke beading panelled-walls and walnut timber shelving creates a modern and chic environment that is luxurious yet intimate, for customers to explore and enjoy the brand's world of art and jewellery. The free-standing mobile display units are designed for easy reconfiguration and reassemble both inside and outside the boutique, to allow for maximum flexibility, freshness and reinvention of space.

About Designer

CRANE is a London-based multi-disciplinary design studio led by architect and designer duo Jimmy Hung and Anabela Chan, with a network of British and International collaborators to provide architecture, interior, product and branding design services. With a combined background across the realms of design, architecture, fashion and art, Jimmy and Anabela have worked for global-leading brands including Richard Rogers Architects, Thomas Heatherwick, OMA Asia, Alexander McQueen and AllSaints in London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Jimmy was Project Leader at Heatherwick Studio and Partner at Make Architects; he began his career working on the world renown One Hyde Park luxury residential project in London's Knightsbridge with Richard Rogers + Partners in 2007. Jimmy graduated from The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL in 2006, and his work have been exhibited at The Venice Architecture Biennale, The Royal Academy of Arts and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Anabela was named by Harpers Bazaar UK in 2014 as the jeweller you need to know now and winner of Vogue Talents 2014. Originally trained as an architect, Anabela worked for Sir Richard Rogers on the Ground Zero World Trade Centre Project in New York, before progressing to launch a career in fashion design with Alexander Mcqueen and AllSaints in London and Paris for 7 years, where she became the youngest appointed senior womenswear designer at age 24.