S&G Beautique, Westfield London, UK
Mizzi Studio was approached by S&G Beautique to create a new beauty bar for Westfield London. The beauty bar is situated at the entrance to the shopping centre’s £600 million expansion, which has made it the largest retail destination in Europe, so our design needed to stand apart and be an emblem of beauty that would surprise and delight both new and returning customers.
We chose to move away from the conventional, white, clinical look and instead embrace colour, warmth and drama. The free-flowing, lustrous brass cocoon that we created is inspired by the natural form of a shell, and its associations with beauty through Boticelli’s iconic painting The Birth of Venus.
We found a method to achieve such a high level of sculptural detail while maintaining a finish that is 75 percent real brass through intensive research and development, relentlessly pushing the limits of our materials. The lustrous exterior is complemented by a soft palette of dusty pink hues in the interior to exude a sense of luxury.
The shell-like form, which opens like a break in a wave, provides privacy and comfort for a range of treatments, maximising on space and utility within the limited footprint of six by four metres. For example, the surround sculptural walls are designed to have a secondary function as seating.
Design: Mizzi Studio