A marble installation spanning walls, floors and columns has been completed at Harrods Shoe Heaven by stoneCIRCLE, using a Mapei installation system. The prestigious project at the London department store is part of an ongoing refurbishment by stoneCIRCLE, with the latest phase commissioned by Jaysam Contractors.
Originally opened in 2014, the store – described as a haven dedicated entirely to shoes – features over 50 designers and includes the season’s “it-shoes, rare collector’s editions and on-trend styles”.
The current project includes extension of the fifth-floor department which now dedicates 42,000 sqft to footwear; the equivalent of three Olympic swimming pools. The space was designed by London-based interior designers, David Collins Studio, and implemented by architects, Woods Hardwick.
Marble finishes specified included a Crema Martel floor finish, featuring Grigio Stardust inlaid in interlocking geometric patterns and Nero Marquina borders. The floor joints were resin filled and the surface was ground to a honed finish after installation. Walls were clad with vein-cut Silver Travertine tiles and fitted with Nero Marquina plinths. Silver Travertine was also used to clad columns, which were finished with Nero Marquina detailing to match the existing finish in the original department. All fabrication was carried out at stoneCIRCLE’s Basingstoke workshop.
During installation, the contractor used the Mapetex System anti-fracture membrane and Ultralite S1, said to be a flexible lightweight adhesive. The adhesive features a low dust, non-slip formulation and an extended open time – which Mapei says is especially suited to a natural stone installation. It also contains over 30% recycled material. The installation was completed with the company’s Ultracolor Plus colour reference 132 Beige 2000 – an anti-efflorescence, quick-setting and drying polymer-modified grout, with water-repellent DropEffect and mould-resistant BioBlock features – as well as the company’s mould-resistant silicone sealant, Mapesil LM.