IPPOLITA MADISON AVENUE
New York City
After partnering on multiple shop-in-shop projects for IPPOLITA within luxury department stores (including Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue), the fashion jewelry brand asked JHA to design its first freestanding shop in the United States. Located on Madison Avenue in New York City, IPPOLITA’s 500 square-foot boutique mirrors the brand’s commitment to craftsmanship and artistry—a perfect fit for the jewelry line founded by Italian artist and sculptor, Ippolita. By carefully selecting materials that underscore the beauty of handcrafted work, JHA subtly saturated the intimate space with a shining sense of understated richness. Wide-plank cerused oak wood floors, laid in a herringbone pattern, complement the warm, hand-applied plaster walls. A display case detailed with a hand-carved, dark bronze framework and natural travertine marble serves as the flagship store’s focal point. And much like a colorful jewel in a bangle, a steel-blue rug punctuates the decidedly modern shop. Cantilevered from the rear wall, a minimal floating glass box supported by opulent hammered light-bronze metalwork provides additional display. Above all these elements, a sculptural chandelier composed of glazed and gilded porcelain flowers (created by artist Jess LaRotundia), floats from the ceiling.