Having already designed a Beach Lounge in Hayama for CABaN in collaboration with Tomorrowland on Japan’s Morito Beach, David Guarino (founder of a Zillion Ideas) has now realized a boutique shop for the brand in the renovated Kansai KYOTO BAL building. The retail space expresses the theme of a luxury resort, boasting a warm atmosphere thanks to the use of natural materials – primarily wood – used throughout. The French-born, Japan-based creative turned to his previous work on the waterfront CABaN café, lounge and terrace, by employing the palettes he used in that build to construct the supporting columns found throughout the lifestyle shop. Placed vertically, their openings act as planters, adding a lively sense of greenery to the interior scheme.
CABaN Kyoto not only sells its own original label clothing, but also acts as a retailer for a number of international fashion brands such as Dosa, Golden Goose Deluxe brand, James Perse, Lemaire, Sunspel and Thomas Maier. Guarini’s scheme for Tomorrowland has therefore been conceived in such a way that highlights the CABaN line independently, setting it apart from the rest of the store.
While warm wood defines the main retail area, the section of the shop where the CABaN line is featured, is characterized by whitewashed walls and floors which further emphasize the beachy resort feel. Ocean snapshots, and blue and white nautical details accentuate the theme, giving the interior a breezy, island feel. Overall, the beach house mood of CABaN kyoto offers a relaxing atmosphere for customers to browse the goods on display.
Design: David Guarino