Larusmiani was founded in 1922 and has become world renowned for fine tailoring and luxurious textiles, particularly unusual blends like cotton / linen with vicuna, silk or cashmere. The company’s textiles have been used by Collins throughout the interior and complimented with more sumptuous finishes such as marble and leather in a palette of ivory, parchment and shades of the signature Larusmiani blue.
Elements of the design, particularly the furniture, has been clearly influenced by the circa 1950’s building that houses the boutique. Ever present are the details that Collins is known for – grosgrain ribbon trims and contrasting saddle stitching to name a few. Of the overall design, David Collins comments, “My inspiration for the space is a reflection of the quality and attention to detail that is the hallmark of Larusmiani”.
The 3-story boutique which will house the company’s men’s and women’s wear collections will also feature a carefully curated collection of time pieces, books and cutting edge technology. Adding to the exclusivity of the environment there is a marble fireplace in the salon, each floor has a private terrace, the dressing rooms were designed as small living rooms (some of which have bathrooms!) and the lifts are lined with velvet. Così elegante!
As promised here are the pics of Romeo Sozzi’s Milan apartment. I’ve been meaning to post and share these with you for ages now, but I’m starting to realise why people are more often stating time as their greatest luxury. Nevertheless, here they are. I’m quite in love with the colour he’s used on the majority of these walls – opposed to his Paris apartment, these are quite neutral but there is a real light and ethereal feeling about these spaces, but still warm. His use of materials is exquisite – silks, velvet, crocodile leather, ebony etc. As per his Paris apartment most the furniture is from his company Promemoria. Hope you enjoy!
All photography by Jo Pauwels, from the book “A&D Series: Urban Spaces” published in Hong Kong by Page One.