Dolce & Gabbana Rome Store has Digital Ceiling Inspired by Sistine Chapel

By Paul Joseph

World renowned Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana has opened a brand new store in Rome that takes the brand firmly into the digital sphere.

Set over 800 square metres, the two-level flagship store has been decorated through a collaboration with Eric Carlson and his Paris-based architecture office Carbondale.

Boasting eye-catching interiors, the boutique space features glass-covered moiré silk panels and a floor comprising 15 different types of marble. However, it is the ceiling that steals the show with its contemporary take on baroque.

Inspired by the Vatican’s Sistine chapel, the ceiling incorporating 40 maps frescoed on the walls that each illustrate the length and breadth of the Italian peninsula circa 1580.

The digital installation with a led ceiling and wall screens also features an illusion of what the brand calls “forced perspective”, along with eclectic floor patterns and three crystal chandeliers.

The store also boasts two skylight domes, each lined in gradating coloured rings of handmade stone mosaics and several other striking architectural delights.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana a met in Milan, Italy in 1980 whilst working for the same fashion house. In 1982 they established a designer consulting studio which grew to become “Dolce & Gabbana”.

They presented their first women’s collection in 1985 in Milan, and in the same city a year later their first store opened its doors.

By Paul Joseph