Swedish handbag brand Sandqvist’s recently opened its first Parisian boutique, set in the heart of the Marais. Designed by Swedish firm Wingårdhs, the shop is a sophisticated and contemporary interpretation of “Nordic nature.”
“Nature and sustainability are deeply embedded into the brand’s DNA—and that was our starting point,” explains Wingårdhs of the design. Inspiration came from icy frozen lakes, the forest, and traditional red Swedish barns, and plays out in the use of solid planks of Douglas fir; a stone block that serves double duty as both a display and a bench; a display vignette that is a stylized grove of trees; and a storage cabinet made from upcycled 100-year-old barn siding. Of particular note, is the large reflective surface made of recycled stainless steel that is meant to poetically represent the mirrored surface of a pond—adding both raw elegance and a bit of pizzazz.