STORE SWEET STORE: Not even at the age of 96 did architect Philip Johnson pass up a new challenge: designing his first fashion store, which also happens to be the first store for the Tod’s group apparel and outerwear brand Fay, located on...
STORE SWEET STORE: Not even at the age of 96 did architect Philip Johnson pass up a new challenge: designing his first fashion store, which also happens to be the first store for the Tod’s group apparel and outerwear brand Fay, located on Milan’s Via della Spiga. Diego Della Valle, chairman of the Italian luxury goods firm, met the Ohio-born architect — a major player in creating America’s modern skylines — a couple of years ago, and discovered they were mutual fans. "He wears my shoes and I asked him to design my personal Glass House on the pond of my villa near Ancona," he said. "We started talking about the Fay store project and jokingly I asked him if he wanted to help out. I was taken back when he agreed."
Johnson’s sketches for the 2,160-square-foot store came to life thanks to a team of Italian architects, who built a store that branches out in various directions through small rooms, resembling the blueprint of a home. Adding a personal touch to Johnson’s olive wood beams, open-front box displays and glazed metal clothing racks, Della Valle added a few items, like a group of globes he collected from the Twenties and Thirties and a metal sculpture cobbled with the exhaust pipes of Formula One Ferrari race cars from 1986.
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