French jeweller and watchmaker Cartier has opened its new outlet at the Gardens Mall in Kuala Lumpur. The breathtaking space melds its own design signatures with classic Malaysian iconography, underscoring the importance of the local market to the maison. The 409 sq m boutique nicknamed Lush Garden — inspired by the country’s rich flora and fauna — is the first here to feature Cartier’s latest interior design direction, curated for a heightened client experience.
The sprawling space begins in the grand foyer where a delicate chandelier of falling leaves anchors the boutique. Peeking out from behind is a majestic floor-to-ceiling mosaic wall made up of 20,000 pieces of hand-cut elements. These took three artisans over five months to complete, and were created using ancestral stone marquetry techniques, including hours of stone-cutting and intricate inlaying. The colourful mosaic depicts two panthers, the maison’s emblem, surrounded by magnificent foliage in tribute to Malaysia’s tropical landscape. These graceful creatures rest at the top of a monumental staircase where they “oversee” the daily affairs of the boutique.
To the left of the grand foyer is an area with masculine elegance, subtly invoked by wood panelling. This is balanced out beautifully by the lightness of the high-end area, which includes a semi-private alcove that offers clients privacy. The walls of both spaces are embellished with leafy light fixtures, in line with the overall theme of nature.
The boutique also has a comfortable VIP lounge with local touches such as rattan furniture. Meanwhile, the bridal area is decorated with a backdrop highlighting Malaysia’s national flower, the red bunga raya. The Care Service Area — designed to simulate a nature retreat — is just a few steps away, tucked into a relaxing corner and fitted with plush furniture.
The theme of nature is represented throughout the boutique, exemplified by the abstract motifs on the pillars. The motifs, inspired by oil palm trees, were hand-carved from white plaster by local artists. “The Lush Garden is a true representation of the maison’s dedication to embracing the local heritage in each city where it is anchored. The new boutique marries the richness of Cartier’s DNA with Malaysia’s unique flora and fauna. Every corner is exquisitely decorated with local touches to create a welcoming, cosy and exceptional client journey,” says Anne Yitzhakov, managing director, Cartier Singapore and Malaysia.
This article first appeared on Apr 25, 2022 (Spring/Summer 2022 issue) of The Edge Malaysia.