Shiseido Studios

New York, NY and Santa Monica, CA

2000, 2001

Intended to introduce the philosophy and products of the cosmetics company, the Shiseido Studios function predominantly as gallery and clinic rather than as commercial space. Designed as a series of unfolding planes and connected spaces, with faintly hued glass partitions, bleached wood, and concrete floors speckled with tan and gray, the studios feel clean and unobtrusive yet engage the senses. Smooth, molded resin countertops and fabric-lined walls create tactile surfaces that work together with gentle lighting to provide a warm ambience.

©Paul Warchol

Shiseido Studios

New York, NY and Santa Monica, CA

2000, 2001

Shiseido SoHo
The narrow site with a single entry resulted in a linear sequence of spaces. An LED light panel on the back wall changes colors throughout the day, drawing people further into the store and softly illuminating product displays.

©Paul Warchol
©Paul Warchol

Shiseido Santa Monica

©Tom Bonner

Studio details, such as steel merchandise trays and glass cabinets, give prominence to the small sculptural forms of the Shiseido line and heighten the sensory experience of the visit.

©Tom Bonner

The lighting is indirect, entering through a trough in the ceiling and reflecting off the walls or filtering through layers of translucent acrylic.

©Tom Bonner

The studios function as both gallery and laboratory – spaces where products are artfully arranged in illuminated cases and practically organized on long functional counters.

©Tom Bonner

Publications

Micheli, Simone. Centri Benessere. Milan: Frederico Motta Editore, 2005.

Hall, Matthew, ed. Visual Merchandising 3. Cincinnati, Ohio: ST Media Group International, 2002.

Jones, Rose Apodaca. “Searching for Serenity at Fred Segal.” Women’s Wear Daily, September 7, 2001.

Sueyoshi, Hiroko. “Overseas.” Shoten Kenchiku, October 2000.

“Survival of the Hippest.” SoHo Style, Summer 2000.

Holm-Bertelsen, Randi. “Service at First Sight.” VM+SD, June 2000.

Elokand, Tessa. “The New York Interior Guide.” Frame, May/June 2000.

Loos, Ted. “As Beauty Does.” House Beautiful, March 2000.

Cohen, Edie. “Luminous Complexion.” Interior Design, February 2000.

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©Tom Bonner

Shiseido Studios

New York, NY and Santa Monica, CA

2000, 2001

©Paul Warchol

Intended to introduce the philosophy and products of the cosmetics company, the Shiseido Studios function predominantly as gallery and clinic rather than as commercial space. Designed as a series of unfolding planes and connected spaces, with faintly hued glass partitions, bleached wood, and concrete floors speckled with tan and gray, the studios feel clean and unobtrusive yet engage the senses. Smooth, molded resin countertops and fabric-lined walls create tactile surfaces that work together with gentle lighting to provide a warm ambience.

©Paul Warchol

Shiseido SoHo
The narrow site with a single entry resulted in a linear sequence of spaces. An LED light panel on the back wall changes colors throughout the day, drawing people further into the store and softly illuminating product displays.

©Paul Warchol
©Tom Bonner

Shiseido Santa Monica

©Tom Bonner

Studio details, such as steel merchandise trays and glass cabinets, give prominence to the small sculptural forms of the Shiseido line and heighten the sensory experience of the visit.

©Tom Bonner

The lighting is indirect, entering through a trough in the ceiling and reflecting off the walls or filtering through layers of translucent acrylic.

©Tom Bonner

The studios function as both gallery and laboratory – spaces where products are artfully arranged in illuminated cases and practically organized on long functional counters.

©Tom Bonner

Publications

Micheli, Simone. Centri Benessere. Milan: Frederico Motta Editore, 2005.

Hall, Matthew, ed. Visual Merchandising 3. Cincinnati, Ohio: ST Media Group International, 2002.

Jones, Rose Apodaca. “Searching for Serenity at Fred Segal.” Women’s Wear Daily, September 7, 2001.

Sueyoshi, Hiroko. “Overseas.” Shoten Kenchiku, October 2000.

“Survival of the Hippest.” SoHo Style, Summer 2000.

Holm-Bertelsen, Randi. “Service at First Sight.” VM+SD, June 2000.

Elokand, Tessa. “The New York Interior Guide.” Frame, May/June 2000.

Loos, Ted. “As Beauty Does.” House Beautiful, March 2000.

Cohen, Edie. “Luminous Complexion.” Interior Design, February 2000.

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