Liberty’s magnificent department store on London’s Great Marlborough Street is an iconic shopping experience. Designed at the height of the 1920s fashion for mock-Tudor, the building was engineered around three light wells, each surrounded by smaller rooms to create intimate environments. Working with another architectural practice, we developed one of these into a new gallery-style space, known as the Strong Room, to promote the company’s tradition as patrons of luxury, contemporary design, complemented by English craftsmanship.
Bespoke displays were created for some of the world’s finest, small-scale products, including fine writing instruments, private stationary and objects d’art, alongside authentic Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau pewter and silverware. Reflecting the quality of the artifacts within them, the cabinets incorporated selected, hand-cut timber veneers, curved Italian glass and engineered stainless steel ironmongery. Unique, secure cabinets, with marine-grade, annealed glass counters were complemented by wall displays in burr-oak with fine-finished decorative surfaces.