Data Nature Associates, London, 2013


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  • Interior detail    
  • Exterior elevation    
  • Product display    
  • Product display    
  • Shop interior    
  • Tiling detail    
  • Candy Making Process    
  • Candy Making Process    
  • Plan    
  • Front elevation    
  • Elevations A&B    
  • Elevations C&D    
  • Pick and Mix Display    

Refurbishment of an existing retail unit to house a sweet shop

For the Spun store - a sweet shop specialising in hand made candy - Data Nature Associates was tasked with infusing a typical Victorian shop front with a sense of mystery and interior delight. The hand-crafted aspect of sweet making was the principal inspiration, with fixtures and fittings designed to evoke traditional values and processes. These were paired with elements based on the elaborate technical components created by the brewing industry, formed from stainless steel and copper piping.

A central element of the shop design is the pick and mix display. Rather than a standard grid of perspex containers, the array of multi-coloured sweets is set within an elaborate sculptural container, inspired by scientific models of the atomic structure, and built from stainless steel cylinders contained within a framework of copper pipes.

A combination of matt and gloss tiles are arranged in a criss-cross geometric pattern, with the deep bevelled tile edges adding texture and shape to the walls. Above the counter are four Jo Hammerborg pendant lamps, a reissue of a 1963 design finished in copper and resembling molten drops of chocolate.


  • Completed: Sep 2013
  • Floor area: 80m2
  • Sector: Retail
  • Total cost: £60,000
  • Address: 49 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HA, United Kingdom

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