One of the challenges faced by the WalkerGroup/CNI when designing Spanish porcelain maker Lladró's Barcelona flagship, was achieving the clean “museum-like” setting that the retailer had in mind, while keeping the space shopper-friendly. Using neutral colors, near fluorescent overhead lighting and stone flooring, the designers created an airy, almost whimsical surrounding in the 4,500-square-foot, three-story flagship store. Judges were impressed with the store's use of light and color. “Elegant design concepts were used to deal with the challenges brought on by the verticality of the space,” says Patricia Farinas Farrell of TVS. Says Thomas Williams of Niles Bolton Interior Design, WalkerGroup's successful “use of materials reflected the merchandise,” giving the retail space an art gallery feel that the client wanted to achieve.

Project Name: Lladró Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Square Footage: 4,500

Architect: WalkerGroup/CNI, New York

Client Team: Jose Luis Herrero Ismael Fernandez Margarita Arriagada

Credits

Construction Cost: $1.25 million

Design Team: Miho Koshido Hortensia Gonzalez Michael Laviano Rona Easton Albert Tadao

Lighting Design: L'Observatoire

Lighting Implementation: David Apfel

Project Management: MACE

Carpet: Durken Commercial Carpets

Ceramic Tile: Vogue Ceramica

Fabric: Blumenthal Architex Sterling Décor Concepts

Stone Floor: Stone Source

Floor: Stone Source

Vinyl Floor: Congoleum Corp.

Glass: Pulp Studios, Stone Source, CLO Glass

Glass Tile: Architectual Systems

Special Finish: Bam Bam Buffalo Felt Co. Inc.

Wood: Brookside Veneers

Furniture: Gordon International