Elegant slabwork enhances Dublin's premier shopping street

For the new Boodles jewelry store on Grafton Street in Dublin, Ireland, Eva Jiricna Architects specified Azul Macaubas slabs for the walls. The material was supplied by Grein Italia of Affi, Verona, Italy.


Internationally renowned for its high-end shopping, Grafton Street in Dublin, Ireland, has naturally gone through many changes over the years. And given the significance of the street and its value to the city, there has been a strong movement in recent times to ensure that the retailers who occupy the spaces contribute to the upscale feel of the neighborhood. With this in mind, the new Boodle & Dunthorne (Boodles) store at the corner of Dublin’s Grafton Street and Harry Street was particularly welcomed by residents and architecture critics alike. Bolstered by an interior design that includes Azul Macaubas slabs on the walls, the store maintains the street’s storied reputation as a premier international shopping district.

The store was designed by Eva Jiricna Architects of London, England, which has been called upon to design several Boodles locations. The firm’s work often uses steel, stone and glass in concert with one another, and this was the theme for the Boodles space in Dublin.

Upon entering the store, visitors are immediately drawn to the large book-matched slabs of Azul Macaubas on the walls. The materials, which have a rich, blue color and have been used for upscale projects around the world, were quarried in Brazil and supplied by Grein Italia of Affi, Verona, Italy.

The luster of the stonework is enhanced through the use of complementary metal and glass. Eva Jiricna Architects has often featured an innovative staircase design as a focal point of the Boodles spaces, and the Dublin branch was no exception. A unique grand staircase, with glass stair treads (etched for slip-resistance) and decorative metal handrails and supports, runs alongside the Azul Macaubas wall. The wall enclosing the staircase is also made of glass, thus ensuring that the patron’s view of the stonework is unobstructed.

The new Boodles location in Dublin opened its doors in June of 2006, and it was very well received by architectural aficionados in the community. In a November 2006 article in the Sunday Independent on the new retailers on Grafton Street - on which about 80,000 people walk every day - the Boodles store was praised for its combination of “elegance with a contemporary feel.”

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Cevisama product gallery 2015

The 2015 edition of Cevisama was a showcase of the latest trends in tile design, including textured surfaces, colorful mosaics and worn concrete aesthetics

Stone World Magazine

Stone world 2015 may cover

2015 May

In this month's issue of Stone World Magazine, read about the MIA/Stone World Dallas Stone Summit, the Xiamen Stone Fair and the 2014 Pinnacle Award Winners

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

CSTD Spring 2015 cover

2015 Spring

In this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, we bring you our annual focus on Kitchen & Bath Design. From a beach-inspired bathroom design to a kitchen backsplash made of circular mosaic tile, the following are filled with illustrations of innovative and unique uses of stone and tile.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

STONE STANDARD

Are you aware of the new stone standard – ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainability Assessment for Natural Dimension Stone?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How_To_Polish_&_Restore_Mar.gif
How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Stone Industry Education

Stone Industry Education

From fabrication...to installation...to marketing and much more!  We provide natural stone professionals with stone knowledge and education they can count on, as well as great networking opportunities. Click here to go to Stone Industry Education.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook logo Twitter  YouTubeGoogle+

Stone Guide 2014

2014 Stone World Stone Guide

The directory for Stone, Equipment and Supplies - the single information resource readers turn to.