Cartier unveils a gleaming new façade as it reopens its flagship boutique at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. The redesigned duplex showcases an interior thoughtfully infused with notes of Malaysian culture. The celebratory moment is complemented by a dazzling journey through several animation spaces around the luxury shopping mall entitled “Magical Encounters”.
Boutique Façade on Level 3
The Cartier boutique at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is an oasis in the heart of the city’s bustling Golden Triangle. It perfectly marries unique Malaysian heritage with distinctive Cartier codes to create a true celebration of culture and craftsmanship. Along the façade of the boutique, clients will catch a glimpse of what awaits them inside. Intricate Bunga Raya motifs are hand-carved onto a large piece of limestone, transforming it into a beautiful tribute to Malaysia’s national flower.
Boutique Façade, Pavilion Mall VIP Drop-off on Jalan Bukit Bintang
Further along the boutique’s facade, Cartier enthrals its guests with larger-than-life silhouettes of the emblematic panther. The stunning animals stand atop cliffs overseeing the activity along the buzzing Jalan Bukit Bintang, their regal glow welcoming those entering the mall via the VIP Drop-off. The Maison took their mission of incorporating local craftsmanship one step further by commissioning Royal Selangor, a historic Malaysian brand with its own incredible savoir-faire, to produce a set of golden-finished Hibiscus flowers and leaves for this 3-storey tall feature wall.
According to Mr. Chen Tien Yue, the Executive Director of Royal Selangor Marketing, “Royal Selangor and Cartier share a strong commitment to precision, quality, and a rich heritage we proudly celebrate. Balancing tradition and innovation, our designs are timeless and focus on enduring beauty and value, which transcends generations.”
Level 3, Feminine Universe
Inside on Level 3, the Maison warmly welcomes guests with a floor-to-ceiling mosaic wall depicting historical Cartier creations mid-flight amongst colourful foliage. The chosen creations are inspired by the vibrant world of flora and fauna, a classic theme in the Maison’s repertoire that resonates deeply with Malaysia’s own abundant biodiversity. The floors are made of glistening marble slabs locally sourced from Ipoh that feature motifs inspired by prints found in Cartier’s archives — a subtle homage to the Cartier brothers’ frequent journeys to the Middle East to find inspiration for the Maison’s exquisite creations.
Clients may admire the mosaic as they explore the Feminine Universe, which houses feminine accessories and leather goods, as well as creative designs from the Maison such as Juste un Clou, Panthère de Cartier and Clash de Cartier. A central glass chandelier, reminiscent of the lotus flower, illuminates the collections and elevates the opulence of the room.
Left: Icons Universe | Right : Masculine Universe and Watch Territory
References to local craftsmanship may be found throughout the boutique. As clients walk past the Mosaic wall, they will enter the Icons Universe, which features a stunning semi-open library with decorative panels in straw marquetry and shelves with rattan elements inspired by the traditional anyaman weaving style. The same weaving technique is used to produce rattan panels that adorn drawers in the Masculine Universe where darker tones and richer fabrics are used to create an earthy and powerful ambience. Right across from the Masculine Universe, clients will find the Watch Territory, featuring our iconic designs from the staple Santos de Cartier to the Tank collection, Ballon Bleu de Cartier as well as the Panthère de Cartier collection.
Journeying deeper into the top floor, guests will arrive at the High-End area. This part of the boutique is set apart by an iridescent back-lit alabaster wall with detailed floral motifs mirroring the sophistication of the high-end creations housed here. The specially made wallpaper features abstract prints inspired by the fluidity of paddy, a plant found prominently throughout the country, dancing in the wind.
Left: Grand Staircase | Right: Lounge
As guests descend to the second floor, they may pick up further influences from Malaysia’s rich heritage. Echoing the style of traditional homes in Terengganu and Kelantan, the walls along the staircase are fitted with sculpted panels that feature an interplay of rattan, gold patina and oakwood elements for a lush and rustic feel. At the foot of the grand staircase, guests may rest in a comfortable alcove fitted with plush furniture.
Gifting Area & Bar
Tucked behind the staircase is an opulent bar that doubles as a gift-wrapping area. The warm tones and natural materials used in this area are reminiscent of Malaysia’s tropical rainforests. Here, guests may indulge in a short escape while waiting for their precious gifts to be wrapped and sealed or adorned with a classic red Cartier ribbon.
Bridal Area, Level 2
On the other end of Level 2, a captivating bas-relief of the Panthère sitting in a lush landscape of local flora & fauna such as pitcher plants, Rafflesia flowers, and banana trees watches over the sparkling diamonds in the Bridal Area. The exquisite sculpture is surrounded by brilliant gold straw marquetry panels, creating a spellbinding visual experience. The centrepiece of the area is a stunning chandelier
of cascading glass elements, an abstract interpretation of wau bulan soaring in the sky.
Below it sits a selection of classic and modern diamond creations.
Along the way, guests will encounter a sensuous display dedicated to the Maison’s fragrances. From the classic La Panthère to the Les Heures de Parfum range of high perfumery developed by Cartier’s in-house perfumer, Mathilde Laurent, every client may discover a signature scent for themself.
Left: VIP Salon on Level 2 | Right: VIP Salon on Level 3
The redesigned boutique features three VIP salons, each decorated to pay tribute to Malaysia’s unique
culture. The salon on Level 3 features a stunning wall showcasing local flora and fauna scenes, while peacock feather carvings line the ceiling cove. The ceiling of the VIP Salon on the lower floor is decorated with a beautiful motif inspired by patterns found in Masjid Negara. Encircling the room is a lace-like wainscoting in natural wood with intricately carved bunga raya motifs. A folding door, embellished with an exquisite hand-woven material reminiscent of tenunan songket – a unique Malaysian savoir-faire, may be rolled out to separate the room into two separate spaces to offer more
privacy for our clients.