The oldest department store of the Rive Gauche, property of LVMH Luxury Group, sells a wide range of high-end goods, and has an elegant, refined atmosphere. The building generates surprise and promotes a way of life that transforms shopping into «art de vivre». This sense of magic charm can be experienced mostly because of the design furniture inside the shop. Visitors may experience the luxury feeling throughout the space, especially the armchairs and sofas upholstered in different opulent fabrics.
The french store opened in 1852 in Paris at the instigation of Aristide Boucicaut and his wife Marguerite. They were both in favor of “a new kind of store that would thrill all the senses”.
Combining unconventionality and elegance, this unique space designed by the architect Louis-Charles Boileau and the engineer Gustave Eiffel displayed a singular style influenced by the creative vitality of Paris’s Rive Gauche.
The architecture of the store was very innovative for its time; Alexandre Laplanche ornamented Boileau’s ironwork technology. Louis-Charles Boileau, his son, continued the store in the 1870s, consulting the firm of Gustave Eiffel for parts of its structure. Louis-Hippolyte Boileau, the grandson of Louis-Auguste Boileau, worked on an extension to the store in the 1920s.
The building inspired the design of the Bon Marché store in Sydney, designed by Arthur Anderson. Planned and designed around an unusual setting under the renovated glass ceiling on the 2nd floor, thereby revealing its architectural heritage, Le Bon Marché boasts furniture based on a unique and innovative concept. Aren’t the store interiors amazing?