Reopened earlier this month, the newly revamped Cartier store at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is more than just a gleaming flagship store in the heart of the city. The 3-storey boutique now perfectly showcases an interior thoughtfully infused with notes of Malaysian culture, alongside a dazzling festive animation entitled “Magical Encounters.”
The boutique’s latest design seamlessly blends the Maison’s distinct codes with Malaysian cultural influences in creating a celebration of culture and craftsmanship. Along the façade of the boutique, you’ll catch a glimpse of intricate Bunga Raya motifs that are hand-carved onto a large piece of limestone, while larger-than-life panther silhouettes welcome visitors.
Inside, a floor-to-ceiling mosaic wall depicts historical Cartier creations amidst vibrant foliage inspired by Malaysia’s breathtaking flora and fauna. The floors are made of glistening marble slabs locally sourced from Ipoh that feature motifs inspired by prints found in the Maison’s archives. Local materials like rattan inspired by the traditional anyaman weaving style are incorporated throughout the store.
The warm tones used around the space are reminiscent of Malaysia’s tropical rainforests besides echoing the style of traditional homes in Terengganu and Kelantan. In the Bridal area, an exquisite sculpture of the Panthère sits in a lush landscape of local flora and fauna such as pitcher plants, Rafflesia flowers and banana trees. There’s also a stunning chandelier of cascading glass elements, an abstract interpretation of wau bulan soaring in the sky.
The three VIP salons pay further tribute to Malaysia’s diverse cultures, featuring local artwork and handcrafted elements such as the folding door that’s embellished with a hand-woven material reminiscent of tenunan songket – a unique Malaysian savoir-faire.
Visit the Cartier flagship boutique at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and immerse yourself in “Magical Encounters,” open to the public until January 7, 2024.
Images by Cartier.