do it while maintaining the store’s sophisticated aesthetic?
• How has the store kept the space
looking fresh? Do any materials or fixtures
look new, or do they appear timeless backdrops for evolving merchandising looks?
• How has the retailer’s investment in
daylighting strategies paid off over time?
In what ways is the store taking advantage
of the natural light?
CONTINUE to the center of the Grand
Canal Shoppes for your next stop, Ca’d’Oro
Jewelers (not the store in the Palazzo,
which was added later). The oldest of the
tour group, this store was the site in 2000
of a winning fixture—Display Vitrine
Pedestals. Situated in the store’s window,
the fixtures extended the Venetian aes-
thetic of the space with acrylic cases nestled
in boat-shaped cradles of powder-coated
steel. Pendant lighting highlighted the
• How is the lease line extended into
the mall corridor today? How does the
treatment call attention to products on offer
while complementing the mall corridor?
• Does the aesthetic still enhance the
Venetian canal theme? What factors likely
led to decisions about aesthetic changes?
• How is product illuminated in the
cases today? How have advancements
in lighting technology changed the way
we design jewelry stores?
BY NOW, you might be hungry, so head
to the Bellagio, where your next stop is a
restaurant. The Bellagio Yellowtail wowed
2009 judges with modern and traditional Asian design elements echoing its
twists-on-the-classics Japanese cuisine.
Representing the signature menu item
was a bronze fish-scale sculpture near the
entry. Hardwood floors, twig screens, and
natural wood fixtures, including walnut
and ash tabletops, created the vibe.
• Has the space changed from the picture shown here? How well has the design
stood the test of time?
• How have the materials handled
the wear and tear of a dining space? How
has the material selection for this design
impacted the maintenance budget?
• How does the iconic wall sculpture
set the tone for the space? How does this
compare with other art installations in retail
and restaurants that you have seen?
Left: Barneys New York
in The Grand Canal Shoppes
garnered a Retail Design Award
in 2009. Right: Ca’d’Oro Jewelers
in the Grand Canal Shoppes won
an award in 2000 for Display Vitrine
Pedestals in the store’s window.
Asian design elements
earned The Bellagio Yellowtail
a design award in 2009.