Faye Toogood’s design for Mahani – Dubai’s first concept store – is an antidote to the polished slickness of modern retail in the Emirates. The walls and fittings of the store – which opened in May 2013 – are cast in raw concrete, creating a neutral, Modernist-inspired environment to showcase the fashion-forward collections on sale. The ascetic qualities of the space are offset by subtle touches of femininity, including richly coloured drapes and satin upholstery; meanwhile, a series of animal sculptures add a playful element. The interplay of Studio Toogood’s monolithic modern interior with the soft femininity of the directional clothes makes Mahani an exciting, exclusive and distinctive new fashion destination in Dubai.