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Awards: Christian Louboutin’s Menswear Boutique


William Russell’s concept for Christian Louboutin’s men’s shoe boutique in Selfridges has been shortlisted for a World Interior News award.

Selfridges has the largest dedicated men’s shoe department in the world, selling over 250 brands. The boutique offers a luxurious space in this crowded retail environment.

Russell and his team were briefed to create an immersive, masculine environment that captured the theatricality of Christian Louboutin’s designs. Contrasting materials and textures express this sense of drama and reflect the joyfulness that is synonymous with the personality of the French designer.

New Work: Nigel Cabourn – The Army Gym


William Russell and team have designed Nigel Cabourn’s new flagship store in London. Based in Covent Garden, the store is Cabourn’s first outside of Japan.

The interior of the store reflects the brand, which is inspired by traditional British military uniforms and the iconic outerwear of famous explorers. As with all of Cabourn’s stores, the London edition takes aesthetic clues from old army gyms.

New Work: MHL Marylebone

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2001 marked the beginning of long-standing collaboration between Pentagram Architect William Russell and Margaret Howell. Twelve years later, the inherently simple and open design concept they envisioned has become a strong motif throughout her worldwide store network, including flagships in Tokyo, Paris and London.

The New Cavendish Street store is the second retail space in London designed by Russell for Howell’s diffusion brand MHL. Original features such as the parquet flooring and wooden shop front were restored, and new birch wood shelving and stainless steel fittings were added, reflecting the blend of authentic and contemporary found in the MHL range. Following in the same style as previous MHL stores designed by Russell, the space has a workshop like feeling, reflecting the workwear aesthetic of Howell’s clothing designs.

New Work: One M&T Plaza Vestibule

A new entrance vestibule to Minoru Yamasaki’s M&T Bank headquarters in downtown Buffalo has recently been completed to a design by Pentagram partner Lorenzo Apicella.

Located on Washington St., behind a grand banking hall facing a public plaza on Main Street, the vestibule is significantly larger than the original built in 1967. Where narrow exterior stairs previously led to a simple entrance lobby, two wider stairs now lead to two entrance lobbies, seating areas, and secure access controls into the building’s elevator lobby. The materials and details of this larger vestibule draw directly however from those of the original, and its form and siting aim to enhance the original experience of entering the building from the street.

New Work: Mouki

William Russell was approached by Maria Lemos, founder of Rainbowwave Showroom, to develop the in-store experience for her new concept store, Mouki. Located on up-and-coming Chiltern street in the Marylebone area of London, the boutique houses hand-picked fashion, accessories, beauty and lifestyle goods from around the world.

The interior of the store was of great importance to Maria – she wanted a space that was quiet and minimal to reflect the nature of the collections.