edited by Craig Kellogg -- Interior Design, 4/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
While completing a 25,000-square-foot gut renovation of Bergdorf Goodman's fifth-floor contemporary women's department, Gabellini Sheppard Associates discovered that the New York store's needs weren't the same as a boutique's. "We had to learn a few things," partner Kimberly Sheppard explains. Cast-gypsum waves conceal the ceiling's indirect fluorescent lighting; all the furniture moves; and the floor is beige epoxy terrazzo flecked with glimmering glass and mother-of- pearl. Cleverest of all: The architects installed a system of mobile translucent scrim panels on castors for extra display space during sales seasons.