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Axel Arigato’s new Copenhagen flagship pays homage to Brutalism

Swedish footwear brand Axel Arigato has opened its biggest store to date in Copenhagen – and it celebrates concrete at every turn.

Architect Christian Halleröd and creative director Max Svärdh designed the 270 sqm retail space on Pilestræde, which has monolithic concrete interiors that double as an art gallery. The space is dotted with sculptural artworks by artist Kiri-una Brito Meumann.

Axel Arigato’s new Copenhagen flagship pays homage to Brutalism
Courtesy Axel Arigato

A central concrete staircase anchors the ground floor, its geometric slab steps taking on an MC Escher-like feel. Jesmonite fixtures – coated in high-gloss cerulean and bright green lacquer – act as podiums for footwear and products. Meanwhile, while LED panels cross the blackened ceiling, creating a checker-board effect.

The Copenhagen store is the third Halleröd has designed for the brand, following the label’s move from online to its first brick-and-mortar store in London’s Soho in 2016. Like the other outposts, the space will also host weekly special events.

Pilestræde 16, 1112 Copenhagen, Denmark

Axel Arigato’s new Copenhagen flagship pays homage to Brutalism
Courtesy of Axel Arigato

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