"The space is faultless in its reflection of the minimalist jewellery."
"The challenge of traditional retail is what galvanized us to approach our second store with the intention of engaging clients through immersive experiences, tactile installations and intimate communication with our people. Our Mosman store is an exciting evolution of the SARAH & SEBASTIAN retail concept which we will continue to refine and develop"
"Pint-sized Mosman store punches above its weight."
"So perfectly Sarah and Robert, the new space designed by Landini Associates is like a mini museum of modernity."
"It has been a joy to collaborate with Robert and Sarah once again on the design of their second store. Our first collaboration was a simple glass box in Paddington, our second an extruded concrete sleeve. Each version a surprise, but both a reflection of SARAH & SEBASTIAN’S core philosophy of beauty, simplicity and timelessness."
"Rather than fill the space with superfluous detail, Landini created a few strong gestures."
Sarah & Sebastian, Mosman
Landini Associates has once again teamed up with Australian jewellery label SARAH & SEBASTIAN to collaborate on the design of the brand’s second permanent retail location, this time in Mosman on Sydney’s North Shore.
The project brief was to create a space that was intriguing without being intimidating; a complimentary evolution to the brand’s Paddington Flagship, opened in 2017. Landini Associates’ scope of works included concept, planning, interior design and exterior signage.
Drawing inspiration from the Paddington store, the design celebrates magic inmystery, discovery, warmth and intimacy.
No detail has been overlooked in the expansive 80 sq m space. The minimal aesthetic of the interior utilises refined, lightweight fixtures aimed at exhibiting the handmade, intricacy of the product. Key materials used are concrete (walls, floor and joinery), walnut, blackened steel, glass, custom made mirror and glowing ‘frosted’ glass.
As a design principle, Landini Associates places great emphasis on lighting to create atmosphere, highlight product and guide customers through store by creating dynamic shadow. The lighting further elevates the minimal, museum feel of the space, which is anchored by a linear display case stretching the store length, showcasing SARAH & SEBASTIAN’s seasonal and core collections as well as WHITE; the brand’s bridal range. On the opposing side, a reflective glass wall is inset with curated product and art installations, communicating the inspiration behind seasonal collection concepts.
Fundamental and unique to the Mosman store design is the creation of a private consultation room for the brand’s WHITE engagement range. A discreet, intimate and relaxed private space, revealed through shadowed figures visible in frosted glass, sets the scene for clients to discover this collection through bespoke consultations.
Through a layering and textural contrast of signature finishes, the new store design explores reflection, translucency and discovery. The resulting interior is the perfect tension between light and dark, floating and solid, lightweight and heavy elements.
Sarah & Sebastian
80 square metres
Concept, Planning, Interior Design, Exterior Signage
- 2019 Retail Design Institute of America Class of 2019
- 2019 Retail Design Institute of America Innovation, Lighting