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Retail Design Blog 12/9/16
This week we look into Thakoon's first venture into physical retail with a brilliant design, Rhoda's interesting use of weathered copper and repurposed materials, and Cottonink's plinth design.
Thakoon NYC Store Design
We love Thakoon’s first New York store, with the Thai designer branching out from online-only sales to his brand’s first physical store. As we should expect from a designer environment, the open & airy feel to the space breathes luxury, which is reinforced with the choice of finishes and materials on display.
With marble display & seating blocks adorned with slim gauge gold effect frameworks, the mid-floor displays blend seamlessly into the background of the rippled wood and again, gold effect hanging railed. We particular like the elegance of the illuminated shelving, with no supports or framework in sight (something we can truly appreciate after developing our own movable illuminated shelving system).
Rhoda Interior Design
Venturing into commercial interior design, the Rhoda restaurant in Hong Kong is a visually stunning space, using a huge range of interesting finishes and designs to create an ‘underlying narrative’ of contextual design by repurposing common materials such as washing machine drums and smoked wooden surrounds.
The most striking element is the weathered copper facade that greets diners. Contextually, this is the perfect way to introduce the ethos of the space, and also combines brilliantly with the concrete blocks either side.
Its the details that make this interior design special, from the copper tubing concealing wiring, to concrete wraparounds for the structural pillars.
Cottonink’s new store caught our eye for their mid-floor product displays, notably the plinth arrangement. We’ve worked on a range of plinths, both with custom finishes & integrated illumination, but the combination of the white & wooden finishes looks brilliant.
We particularly like how the plinths have been designed, stacking different sized layers on top of one another to draw the eye and provide a lightweight platform within the displays themselves. It also creates a point of difference within the mid-floor displays, as the wooden and white finish taller units are solid panels, next to the slotted design.