Pompeii shop in Madrid
El Departamento
Madrid, Spain
The architecture and design firm El Departamento debuts with the first physical store of the shoe brand Pompeii, right on the Madrid shopping street Fuencarral.

El Departamento, headed by Albert García (architect) and Marina Martín (art director), received the commission through the fashion events agency Mondolirondo, and the shop was ready to open in just six weeks.

The long and narrow shape of the space could be seen as a disadvantage, but the studio made it the project’s strong point. Shelves and irregular bench thus line the entire perimeter of the store, leaving the central space for customers and sales attendants to move around in. The shelves present three kinds of horizontal bands: mirror, bench, and actual shelves. In this way shoes are displayed everywhere and can be tried on anywhere. Hidden at the back, behind velvet curtains, is the Blue Room, where limited editions of Pompeii footwear will be shown.

The use of textiles and reflections was the other key idea of the project, creating a delicate contrast between the emerald green upholstery of the bench and the almond green tone of the shelves. On the other hand, the fitted carpeting makes it more comfortable and pleasant for the customer trying on shoes.
 

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