The design for the first international store for the 131-year-old Portuguese brand Claus Porto pays homage to Portuguese architecture and craftsmanship. A forty-two foot long freestanding archway has been inserted into the existing ground-floor storefront of an early 1800's building, creating a portal through which the visitors may immerse themselves in the world of Claus Porto's unique scents.
Milled from Portuguese cork, 1,500 faceted diamond tiles reference the tiled façade of the historic Casa dos Bicos in Lisbon and define a vaulted interior whose form references the arched portals of Porto's São Bento train station and the decorative azulejo tile that line its arrival hall. Like the azulejo tile that inspired them, the decorative wrappings of Claus Porto's fine products are held within carved cork niches and speak to a timeless spirit of craft and ingenuity that have defined the brand's 131-year-history.
A monolithic washbasin sits at the heart of the space in reference to the baptismal font and as a celebration of the ritual of daily cleansing. The basin was carved from the same single block of Portuguese marble that gave life to its sister basin in Porto's flagship store.