New York, NY
The design at Baccarat’s new Madison Avenue flagship extrapolates the formal properties of finely cut crystal into architecture. A bright, two-story glass-frit façade is patterned with triangular arrays, creating an illusion of three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional surface. Interior entry walls are wrapped in faceted strips of Macassar Ebony and mirror. This geometry reflects both the natural light from the façade and tiers of grand crystal chandeliers. Nordic Black granite is used as a high-contrast backdrop for displays of Baccarat crystal, while niches of white gold leaf highlight special products. Nods to classical French design, such as diamond-patterned details in wood flooring and ceiling molding, permeate the space. The unique application of these classical features aims to speak to a younger audience while highlighting the craftsmanship and heritage of Baccarat crystal.