Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica, California, Designed by Mancini Duffy
Grey Crawford
Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica, California, Designed by Mancini Duffy
Sep 12, 2011 Mancini Duffy designs a new Bloomingdale’s store with a smaller footprint and relaxed-yet-polished attitude in Santa Monica
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Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica, California, Designed by Mancini Duffy_01 More windows were added to the building to maximize natural light in the space, and a shimmering exterior was designed by Kevin Kennon Architect.

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Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica, California, Designed by Mancini Duffy_02 The black and white checkerboard floor brings a signature Bloomingdale’s touch to the new store, yet here it is made of stenciled concrete, rather than the typical stone, to suit the Southern California context. The architects opted for a mix of rough and refined materials in the store to complement the environs and suit the tastes of its style-conscious customer.
Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica, California, Designed by Mancini Duffy_03 Pink armoires adorned with nailheads enclose accessories in the b-Style Bar, a personal stylist service on the second level. Retractable pods, which look like Japanese lanterns, are pulled to the floor to serve as dressing rooms and whoosh up and fold away when needed. The pods create a fun, casual ambience designed to appeal to younger shoppers.
Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica, California, Designed by Mancini Duffy_04 A glowing custom display fixture for men’s sunglasses on the main floor rises almost to the full height of the exposed ceiling. To the left of the sunglasses display is a lattice-like screen.
Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica, California, Designed by Mancini Duffy_05 Painted wood strips and refined cabinets, as well as delicate flowers displayed near the escalators, offer another take on the rough/refined mix of materials.