Environment designed by Archi-Tectonics

Following the successful installation of Ports 1961 Boutique in Harvey Nichols during 2010 and the Shanghai Flagship Store in spring 2011, New York architects Archi-Tectonics were briefed on the third store for Ports – an imposing 5000 sq ft buildingin Paris.

The Paris Flagship Store is located on the prestigious Rue Saint Honore, adjacent to the newly opened Mandarin Hotel. The space, with its two floors and a basement offered a great opportunity to create a personal shopper VIP room on the second floor.
A grand sweeping circular stair in a generous double-height space is the first design move they introduced. Spaces on the first and second floors unfold around the sweeping movement of the stairs, designed in solid sand-colored steel, set against a golden backdrop in Venetian ribbed patterned plaster installed by Signature Murale, Paris. Salem Cibani of Ports approached Clements Retail to manage the full turnkey installation with the knowledge they had the skill, resources and talent to turn his inspired design concept into a glorious workable reality.

Work began at the height of the French holiday season, so a joint decision was made to source as many UK sub trades as possible. This included all HVAC services, electrics, flooring, partitioning and decoration. The bespoke curved staircase was sourced out of the US and the specialist plaster finishes were beautifully executed by Signature Murale. The complexity of the design and the importance of managing an installation team of over 20, called for project management of the highest caliber. It was also imperative to stay in close contact with the client and architect who were based in China and New York respectively.
The custom designed furniture and cladding, including hang rails, unique fitting room mirrors, padded benches and niche details, were all manufactured and installed by Clements Retail using the highest quality materials and soft furnishings. There was also the question of meeting stringent French codes regarding material fire certification for all substrates, proof of responsibility for the environment and hazard management. Clements worked alongside Bureau Veritas in this connection, a global leader in conformity assessment and certification services with the aim of reducing risk and promoting sustainable development. Amongst other items requiring documentation were a demonstration that our installed services were properly managed and led to measureable energy saving, validation and verification to support greenhouse gas reduction and a clear indication that all materials had an appropriate test certificate for both fire retardancy and non-toxicity.

Overall the partnership worked extremely well and resulted in a unique retail environment which sits well in an area of Paris renowned for its style
and panache.