These shoes were made for walking – up miniature hills, along slick metal glaciers, and right into the walls. Benedetta Tagliabue’s design for Camper’s first American location – in Washington D.C. – has created a shop that should entice kids and adults alike. The inspiration for the store, her third after Sevilla and Barcelona, is diverse, citing fun house mirrors that distort your reflection, the rugged surfaces on a long walk, and the creation of the shoe itself.
The result is a bright, graphic store with walls of mirrors, snaking silver light fixtures, and ribbed wooden shelving units covered with a dripping overlay of reflective metal. In the centre of the shop, a boot-shaped shelf undulates into a low bench, while red, white and mirrored silhouettes of heels and sneakers blend into one.
The Spanish architecture firm is best known for it’s prominent public buildings, including the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and the Mercat de Santa Caterina in Barcelona. But Camper has a habit of attracting big name designers, and their stores never fail to surprise. Check out all the Camper locations we have covered, as well as our favourites.