Think of retail actually in hotels and the walk-through flower shop at The Corinthia London springs to mind, as does the sensational Marie-France van Damme fashion store – not walk-through, admittedly, at Peninsula Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.
Peninsulas in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai have sensational retail arcades, with some stores two-floors high and featuring some of the world’s best window displays, easily on a par with Fifth Avenue, Bond Street and Champs Elysées. Other brands have their own stores: think Oetker Collection’s Eden Living.
Aman, this last weekend, launched a Kengo Kuma-designed Retail Pavilion at Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand. As well as designer swimwear, men’s and women’s resort-, active- and leisure-wear, and accessories ranging from cashmere scarves to sunglasses, the boutique offers both contemporary and fine jewellery from local Thai artists, Aman Skincare products, covetable handicraft items, homeware, and limited-edition furniture.
See Lotus Arts de Vivre’s exquisite jewellery inspired by Asian mythology, and Alexander Lamont’s remarkable sculpted homeware, including gold-lined bronze trays and boxes made from parchment. There are also limited edition furniture pieces by Kengo Kuma, who shares the Aman philosophy, stating famously that “architecture is a frame for nature” (he created striking vessels for Aman Skincare – Aman’s all-natural skincare range). The focus piece at the Amanpuri Retail Pavilion is a limited edition Kigumi Table, with just 10 available. Crafted in Germany, each is engraved with its edition number and Kengo Kuma’s signature.