Opening At Tiffany’s
We gave a sneak peek of Tiffany’s glittering new Art Nouveau store on Bloor Street in Toronto in our November 2013 issue, but I was lucky enough to attend the opening on September 18.
The new design made me feel like I had just walked into a jewelry box. Just inside the front doors is a stunning installation hanging from the ceiling that resembles floating leaves by Japanese artist Nami Sawada.
Here I am wearing a favourite Tiffany necklace with fine jewelry sales manager Liz St. Louis (left photo), and Chrissie Rejman, supervising producer of CityLine.
This model is adorned with some gorgeous rocks, but I was equally impressed by the stair runner — the Art Nouveau-style magnolia motif runs throughout the store, and obviously extends to the food presentation. A tray of white macarons are almost too pretty to eat.
It’s hard not to be impressed by the double-height foyer’s 25-foot ceilings and carved stone walls. The metal balustrade resembles wheatsheaves, another recurring Tiffany motif, symbolizing golden fields and the harvest.
A striking hand-forged chandelier by New York-based artist Michelle Oka Doner dominates the salon, which is enveloped by powder-blue lacquer walls.
It’s no surprise that Tiffany blue plays a starring role in this private area used for selecting wedding rings. Fully-leafed glass panels by John Opella act as a backdrop for the consultation desk.
And of course, I love what comes inside a blue Tiffany box, too. Some of my favourite designs include my Elsa Peretti Sevillana ring in sterling silver. I am obsessed with the graphic look of circles.
See? Obsessed. Ditto for the Elsa Peretti Padova teaspoon.
I was given Breakfast at Tiffany’s sunglasses as a gift and think they are so glamorous, you feel like Audrey wearing them.
Here’s another classic: the Elsa Peretti Bone cuff is one of my go-to pieces of jewelry.
The contrast of the silver bean with the rustic leather on this Peretti Bean keychain is so chic.
And the Thumbprint bowl by Peretti is just as sculptural as her jewellery.
Here’s stack of Tiffany invites I keep as beautifully designed mementos.