Alexa Boschini -- Home Accents Today, June 10, 2013
New York retail architect Jeffrey Hutchison designed the new Casa Palacio in Mexico City, the latest store from department store group Palacio di Hierro.
Mexico City - Palacio di Hierro, Mexico's major department store group, partnered with New York retail architect Jeffrey Hutchison to redesign the concept for its home store, Casa Palacio. The new store opened April 23 in a new wing of the Centro Santa Fe Mall in Mexico City.
The new 60,000-sq.-ft. home emporium spans more than three floors, and is targeted at "the rapidly increasing number of affluent Mexican consumers," according to a press release.
The entrance suggests a grand market, much like those found in Mexico or Europe, with a wood lattice structure creating a canopy for small shops. The store also features a natural light-filled "street" composed of houses of various architectural styles. The customer strolls down the street and walks into the house of their choosing to view a broad selection of furniture.
The home stores at Casa Palacio sell products ranging from basics (appliances, kitchen tools and food products) in the market area to complete lifestyle interiors (furniture, decorative finishes and accessories) in the street and include more than 60 brands such as Ralph Lauren Home, La Table Hermes, Baccarat and MoMA.
"It's exciting to be working on our first project in burgeoning Mexico City as well as be at the helm of a unique home store concept worldwide," Hutchison said. "We have designed a shopping environment where customers feel transported and can see themselves using products in their own home or even envision their new home."
Beatriz Ball Collection recently relaunched its website as an e-commerce site, featuring product pages, social media integration and video and press archives.
Harvey, La. - Fine handmade metalware manufacturer Beatriz Ball Collection relaunched its company website, www.beatrizball.com, as an e-commerce site.
The revamped site, powered by Shopatron, features social media integration on product pages and includes links to company Facebook and Pinterest pages, as well as online video and press archives. The site also offers product presentation by collection and category, plus new groupings, such as "Gifts Under $99," "Wedding Best Sellers," "Hostess Gifts" and more.
Additionally, the site offers a link to MyRegistry.com, which allows customers to add gifts from any website onto one universal gift registry.
The Shopatron e-commerce platform works with more than 1,000 brands and thousands of retail partners across more than 40 industries.
Los Angeles - Designer and television personality Angelo Surmelis opened an Angelo: Home boutique at the Eastern Columbia building, located at 847 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. The 1,500-sq.-ft. store carries furniture, bedding, lighting and rugs. Surmelis' television credits include TLC's Clean Sweep and HGTV's 24 Hour Design and Rate My Space with Angelo Surmelis.
Los Angeles - Lansky Studio opened a new store at 1933 S. Broadway, Suite 1202 here. The store carries French-inspired furniture, lighting, rugs, antiques and one-of-a-kind pieces. Custom orders on furniture are also available. Lansky Studio also recently launched an online store at lanskystudio.com.
Los Angeles - Shannon Colburn relocated in May to a new showroom at 2613 S. Robertson Blvd. The new store-front location is about one mile north of Shannon Colburn's previous space. The store carries furniture, lighting, pillows, art and decorative accessories.
Los Angeles - Kristan Cunningham, host of HGTV's Design on a Dime, and husband Scott Jarrell opened a new store called Hammer and Spear in March in Los Angeles' Arts District at 255 S. Santa Fe Ave. The 2,000-sq.-ft. store carries vintage home furnishings.
Southampton, N.Y. - Aerin Lauder opened Aerin, a seasonal concept store, in May at 83 Main St. The store will be open during the summer, fall and holidays. It carries pillows, decorative accessories and other home furnishings from Lauder's own line, as well as home décor products from other brands.
Wainscott, N.Y. - Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter opened the first brick-and-mortar store for home décor brand Serena & Lily in May at 332 Montauk Highway. The 3,200-sq.-ft. space, which once housed an auto repair shop, features furniture, custom upholstery, soft goods, tabletop, decorative accessories, wall art, outdoor décor and a separate area for children's furnishings.
Westhampton Beach, N.Y. - Interior designer Anthony Baratta opened his first home décor store in May at 1 Glovers Lane. Located in a coastal cottage, the store carries custom furnishings, antiques and decorative accessories, including many nautical-inspired designs.
Southampton, N.Y. - Missoni Home opened a new store in May at 50 Jobs Lane. The store carries décor for commercial and residential interiors, including soft goods, textiles and indoor and outdoor furniture.
Send news of store openings, relocations and expansions to Assistant Editor Alexa Boschini at email@example.com.
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