Two of Italy’s most famous exports — opera and Dolce & Gabbana clothing — now sing under the same roof in the brand’s new Miami Design District boutique.
Architect designed the store, which opened Friday, to invoke the world-famous opera house, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Waves in the glass façade of the two-story building recall a theater curtain, and spotlights in the ceiling illuminate the fiberglass sculptures and busts of actors dotting the store. The space is furnished with Baroque mirrors and walnut furniture embellished with polished steel and gold velvet.
The opera house is reportedly one of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s favorite places, and the store is laid out like the set design of a theatrical play.
To pay homage to the classical Italian landmark, the store's interior is a mix of polished and raw travertine and Veselve marble with a stucco ceiling on the ground floor. Five perforations on the upper level look down onto the artwork and designer clothing below, as if peering from a gallery box.
Dolce & Gabbana has begun experimenting with concept stores; the brand opened a boldly designed outpost catering to millennials in New York City — complete with graffiti murals perfect for Instagram selfies — earlier this month.
If you can’t make it to either of the stores soon, you can still get your Dolce & Gabbana fix with one of these vibrant new toasters.