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Penhaligon's Perfume Boutique

Role: Architect of Record
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Type: Boutique Perfume Store

The British luxury perfume house Penhaligon’s (established London 1870) were planning their Northern California debut with a new boutique store in Palo Alto, CA. They chose a luxury outdoor shopping center in Stanford, CA, where the 436 SF tenant space required a sophisticated plan to feature displays and a careful hand to convey the sophisticated brand and luxurious quality. Careful and detailed collaboration between the architectural teams, owner and builder was essential to deliver this refined jewel box in a six week construction schedule.

Reminiscent of nature’s scents with the elevated elegance of the brass finishes, delicate lighting and the flooring pattern in duet with the chemist-style shelving on the walls. A sophisticated blend of color and materials palette of brass, stone, and wood were chosen to mirror the brand’s elegance and express a timeless contemporary feel. Each perfume type is illuminated on a central brass profile table and delicately displayed on the brass and fumed oak display shelves.

The exterior is composed of clean, custom cut limestone blocks that wrap the façade with a modern version of an old world establishment. Brass window frames break up the exterior stone and echo the interior’s brass crown-like table to offer a clean, elegant transition from the exterior masonry to the elegance in the interior display. Finally, modern, brass double doors invite the customer in where they are embraced with the high quality craftsmanship and refined modernity for this classic fragrance boutique.