001. SECTION OF A 17TH CENTURY MANOR HOUSE 002. RECLAIMED BOISERIE 003. OPEN OFFICE SCHEMATIC 004. SECTION THROUGH A ENGADINE FARM HOUSE
Setting the stage for our everyday life, the interior is always just a fragment of a larger entity. Although it forms part of the larger context of the architecture and the environment it is situated in, it also stands in stark contrast to them. The inverse relationship between architecture, human needs and desires, its equipment we need for our life, such as furniture, art, and decoration, stands at the centre of our practice work. Organizing, orchestrating, re-thinking. Performing our choreography within a given space. We embrace the ambiguous cross overs of the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and furniture design. Both craftmanship and theory form part of our design process. Incompletion, pluralism, and contradiction are essential ingredients of our work.
BONIA STORE, KUALA LUMPUR, COMPLETED 2022
The principal design idea of this store was to create a museum-like white box that contains elements of architecture that play with the visitor’s imagination. The idea of a Museum or a Gallery is emphasized by the glowing ceiling, which creates an even, almost synthetic atmosphere throughout the store. The walls are kept white and minimal and are unfolding their straight geometry in a curve towards the facade. The terracotta facade is made from handmade glazed ceramic screen blocks referencing southeast Asian Modernist architecture. Dominated by the grid ceiling, the actual store layout is kept deliberately a-symmetrical. At the center of the store is a large sculptural curved staircase element that leads towards a circular wood screen wall. These elements are typological and aesthetic experiments, inspired by memories, each of them expressing a certain feeling and mood. Those basic shapes, stairs, curves and arches, organic nooks, and architectural elements are contained in this large white box like a collection in a Museum. A collection of fragmented memories.
The interior for Lunettes Selection gives center stage to craftmanship and vintage design through a limited palette and daring details. The pastel green pharmacy cabinet is the architectural heart of the store, covering the entire back wall that leads down into the level below. 375 drawers have been assembled from reclaimed 1960s tool drawers, citing Bleibtreustraße’s century-long history of craftsmanship. At once hyper-modern and celebrating the lasting value of classic furniture pieces, the store is the ideal new home for an independent label that specializes in vintage as well as contemporary eyewear from its own collection. Photography by Jacques Nguyen