The interior plays games of light, atmosphere and scale as the visitor is invited ‘through the looking glass’, like Alice in Wonderland, into a surreal cityscape.

Studio Name: Skene Catling de la Peña
Design Team: Charlotte Skene Catling, Jaime de la Peña, Cecilia Susca
Area: 35sqm
Year: 2009
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Consultants: n/a
Photography Credits: n/a
Other Credits: n/a

Lovers Lane by Skene Catling de la Peña - Sheet2
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Overhead the ceiling is lacquered and studded with pinpoints of light that create a star-filled sky. Two-way mirrors, framed with LEDs, provide views that recede into infinite space.

Lovers Lane by Skene Catling de la Peña - Sheet3
©Skene Catling de la Peña

A central velvet seat, made by artisan metal workers in the UK, supports an ornate urban street sign. Couture fabrics yield sensual surfaces.

©Skene Catling de la Peña

The architecture provides the infrastructure for the retail display with reference to the post-war surreal displays created by Jean Cocteau, working with Parisian couturiers, in a miniature ‘Théâtre de la Mode’.


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