The store design takes on the challenge of using the unconventional sustainable material in a retail context – Cork, and takes it to a scale and level of details that is unseen before with innovative crafting techniques.
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The innovative use of cork for the store is highly challenging as it has never been done in retail in such a scale and complexity. It combines the use of digital fabrication skills and handcrafting techniques of old masters.
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Cork is a material which could be sculptured into various form and works especially well in a fluid and smooth form. We layout guide for the dedicated functions and let the material to smoothly transit in between the guides and create beautiful sculptural quality.
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The existing store has a signage portal blocking the visibility towards the store. The design options are configured in a semi-circular peripheral wall to allow maximum sight line as well as retaining the BOH and curve wall. With the semi-circular backdrop, design options with different focus point were developed. One is having a sculptural mass leaning on the other side wall, another one is completing the semi-circular shape and focusing on a central sculpture piece.
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The POS is free-form and act as the center piece to provide the visual anchor for the store. The visual merchandising area is lowered for display and the side of the POS are shaped to allow more leg room for customers. All the edges are rounded and smoothened to ensure the experience of touching.
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