A renovation of Shinsegae’s 75-year-old, six-story store in Seoul led to an elegant reinvention. A loft-like setting on the fourth and fifth floors appeals to younger consumers, with a 22-foot-wide, two-story platform creating a central focal point.
The sixth-floor VIP area boasts amenities such as lounge areas and a sculpture garden. And a suspended circular art piece comprised of strands of tiny acrylic forms provides a dramatic, luminous focal point overhead.
Client: Shinsegae Co., Ltd., Seoul, South Korea — Yoon Soon-Young
Design: RYA Design Consultancy, Dallas, Texas — Mike Wilkins and Chris Barriscale, co-creative directors; Kevin Roche, account director
Architect: Sam Woo Architects & Engineers, Seoul, South Korea
General Contractor: Shinsegae Engineering & Construction, Seoul, South Korea
Outside Design Consultants: Keith Kosiba, Studio 321, San Francisco (lighting); Salty Design Group, Seoul, South Korea (graphics); SEVEN CONTINENTS, New York (visual merchandising)
Carpet: Scott Group, Dallas; Kesson Intl., Seoul, South Korea; Daehye Interiors & Architecture/Seoul, South Korea; Dooyang Construction Co., Ltd., Seoul, South Korea
Fixtures: Faubion Associates, Dallas
Flooring: Innovative Marble & Tile Inc.; Hauppauge, N.Y. (stone)
Gilded Glass: American Burnish, Beacon, N.Y.
Lighting: Prescolite, Dallas; Indy Lighting, Des Plaines, Ill.; Bartco Lighting; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Millwork: Salty Design Group, Seoul, South Korea
Plaster: Southwest Progressive Enterprises, Dallas
Wallcoverings: Anya Larkin, New York; Silk Dynasty, San Jose, Calif.; Maharam, New York; Knoll, Dallas; Art People, New York; Carnegie, Rockville Center, N.Y.; Innovations, Dallas; DesignTex, Dallas; Donghia Inc., Dallas
Photography: Courtesy of Shinsegae Co. Ltd., Seoul, Korea