Fashion brand BLDWN taps Montalba Architects to craft its Melrose Place flagship

Metal, Oak, & Mirror

A true American clothing brand that draws influence from the country’s most iconic artists, BLDWN identified a kindred spirit in firm Montalba Architects. Calling on the Los Angeles and Lausanne-based practice to design it’s latest 1,100 square foot West Hollywood boutique, the label sought to create a space that would evoke it’s bold yet tasteful aesthetic; a vocabulary Montalba translated in an almost symbiotic fashion.

Evoking the fashion brand's paired-back aesthetic, Montalba Architects implemented a refined white oak, black steel, and ribbed glass scheme. (Courtesy BLDWN)

Custom millwork and metal volumes form a structural matrix that frames vignettes to display clothing and artworks.

(Courtesy BLDWN)

The compact retail space is defined by a series of framed vignettes, positioned as a curated series of snapshots depicting BLDWN’s brand-story and projected lifestyle image. Montalba implemented a minimalistic material palette, one it has become famous for in numerous projects, that is both structurally sound and functional in providing ample display space. Custom-built white-oak millwork and strategically-placed black-steel volumes combine in a multi-layered shelving matrix.

Montalba Architects carefully selected mid-century modern design classics to furnish the retail space. (Courtesy BLDWN)

Details of the BLDWN Melrose Place flagship

(Courtesy BLDWN)

Dispersed throughout the space, planes of micro-ribbed glass offer a sense of transparency and texture. These screens offer BLDWN’s clientele a sense of direction and form as the perfect backdrops for select garments. Throughout the floorplate, Montabla introduced midcentury-modern furniture classics by the Eames, Planter, and Knoll. The flagship also doubles as gallery space for contemporary American artists, ceramicists, and designers.