A Jewellery Box – SARAH & SEBASTIAN by George Livissianis

Words by Fergus Bolton-Hall
Photography by Tom Ferguson
Interior Design by George Livissianis

When you handcraft beautiful bespoke jewellery and believe in craftsmanship like Sarah Munro and Robert Sebastian, getting your boutique shopfront’s design right is crucial. Working from a shared vision, George Livissianis collaborated with Sarah and Robert to create a high-end retail experience that presents the traditional craftsmanship of their covetable contemporary pieces.

The SARAH & SEBASTIAN store invites passers-by through a welcoming heritage pale green and white tiled façade alongside a subtle brass-signed chrome bollard. Carefully designed, the petite store sits within a 29 square metre space, and sharing the site with a luxe piercing studio leaves roughly 15 square metres available. Often seen as a constraint, size limitations here act as a catalyst for efficient design and reflect the designers’ ethos of waste reduction.

Mirror-polished stainless steel and retractable boxes present the handmade contemporary SARAH & SEBASTIAN collection. Mobility compactor units aid the functional design and create a dynamic space that can change its configuration. The layout’s capacity to compress and extend compartments allows the space to take on different roles within the same room. Superb light quality and reflectiveness within the interior create a feeling of a larger setting and are ideal for displaying delicate pieces. The rustic and industrial nature of the site contrasts with the strikingly mirrored and chrome interior, evoking a raw yet glamorous ambience.

There is a synchronicity of vision at play here, creating an ultra-chic space to display delicate contemporary pieces against an industrial background – a jewellery box by another name.