Architect Nick Leith-Smith and Manolo Blahnik unveil a new portfolio of retail spaces in Qatar as part of their successful collaboration.
The first Manolo Blahnik space in Doha, Qatar recently opened at Salam in The Gate Mall designed by architect Nick Leith-Smith. The forty square metre space works in harmony with the opulent interior but with an overall neutral palette echoing the quality of light and landscape of the vast expanses of the Rubí al Khali desert and the Sabkha salt flats.
An evolution of the Dubai flagship, an elaborate white hardwood screen, is hand-carved in a tessellated stone coral pattern paying homage to the mathematical complexity and intricacy of Islamic architectural detailing. A careful curation of shoes are tantalising figures against the intricate geometric canvas which unrolls against the back wall.
The circle, the basis for geometries in Islamic art is referenced in the majestic circular tiered display tables and the low upholstered ottomans, providing contrast is rich jewel hues. The story continues with shoes are perched elegantly on individual plinths and reverently displayed through curved glass cabinets.