Story behind the Space
The purest essence of the Swiss landscape
The Ice Corridor pays tribute to Switzerland’s nature. In total, it covers almost 55 square meters of the Cartier boutique’s walls, ceiling and door with Czech crystal glass. “I drew inspiration from the glimmering splendor of ice at the Swiss mountain summits. The artisanal textured glass creates a crystalline composition which spreads across the interior, allowing the clients to dive into the atmosphere of an ice cave hidden somewhere deep within the mountainous heights,” says the Corridor’s author Wanda Valihrachová.
An immersive experience
The installation for the whole corridor required over two tons of glass to evoke the frozen ambience and to achieve a properly futuristic, frosted look. “The Ice Corridor can elevate a person to another world. It is a true gateway to the fascinating Swiss countryside,” says Leon Jakimič, the owner and president of LASVIT. “I believe we will succeed in stirring the emotions of every visitor who passes through the boutique, and even leave them frozen in their tracks by the beauty of our artworks.”
Set above a bridal display case in the heart of the High End Zone, the artistic installation called Flow makes an already special occasion even more exceptional. Celebrating the local natural scenery, it combines different surfaces and structures. “The shapes are organic and soft, as if they mirrored the water, its ripples, and the pebbles of the sea shelf,” says designer Wanda Valihrachová.
The men's part of the store is lighted by Ivana Zuskinová’s art piece that excels in its simplicity and sophisticated shapes. “We opted for almost fifty artisanal glass tubes of different lengths to set the ideal rhythm for the space. The sculpture combines crystal clear glass with golden and bronze tones, and thus provides the perfect backdrop for luxury Cartier jewels, making them shine far beyond the ordinary,” explains Ivana.
A new space for a legendary boutique
Since it first opened in 1969, the Cartier boutique at 35 Rue du Rhône has been one of the largest in Europe. After months of renovations, Cartier has unveiled a sumptuous new space that combines tradition with a modern approach. As a gradual passage through the boutique between the Cartier Tradition department – which offers collector jewellery, watch pieces and rare old objects – the bold Ice Corridor complements Cartier’s insightful, creative vision. Cartier and LASVIT have come together to offer a unique dialogue which will draw in every visitor.