Gilles Clement opens flagship design store in Greenwich
Settling on what’s become home design row along East Putnam Avenue, interior designer and gallery owner Gilles Clement has opened his new flagship design store in the Mill Post Plaza.
“This is Gilles’ dream,” said the brand’s managing director for Greenwich Charles-Henri Cousins during a tour of the two-story showroom. “Everything you see here is Gilles. Every piece you see here Gilles can talk about like his child.
Clement’s showroom contrasts sharply with the traditional hues and patterns associated with New England homes. “I come with a very Parisian sensibility that’s not really Fairfield County style,” Clement told Hearst Connecticut Media in January during a tour of his Greenwich pop-art gallery, which is located down the block from his design showroom.
His flagship has generated a buzz among visitors due to its alternative offerings, according to Kim Meier, the company’s marketing director. “The night of the opening, people were saying they haven’t seen another design showroom of this caliber,” Meier said.
Floor-to-ceiling strings of gold beads separate portions of the showroom into “vignettes” that showcase spaces set up as bedrooms, dining rooms and living spaces. The many glamorous lighting fixtures Clement incorporated into each vignette comprise a distinct aspect of Clement’s store. “Lighting to Gilles is like a piece of art,” Meier said. “It’s an accessory that makes a home even more unique.”
Other highlights of the showroom include one-of-a-kind Japanese wood tables, Jimmie Martin hand-painted furniture and art by Robin Austin and Yves Klein. Clement boasts exclusive agreements with numerous European brands, Meier said, adding his Greenwich showroom will continually exhibit his finest pieces.
The formerly Westport-based company announced last year its plans to maintain its gallery and design shop in Westport while making Greenwich its flagship location. Ahead of the Gilles Clement Designs Flagship showroom opening in June, Clement launched his gallery across the street in December.
The two stores are separate because they cater to different clientele, according to Meier. They represent “two different worlds that often come together and meld well, but are very different,” she said in an interview last fall.
The stores blend with their retail neighbors as a variety of home design-related stores have opened there, with luxury furnishings, mattresses, window shades, home decorations and a number of interior design options surrounding Gilles Clement.
Those neighbors will help rather than hinder its business, Meier said, by increasing the neighborhood’s appeal for customers.
“It’s the beginning of a new adventure,” Cousins, the managing director, said. The store is located at 120 E. Putnam Ave.
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