Hussein Chalayan

ZCD Architects, London, 2015

 

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The interior of Hussein Chalayan’s first London shop

The design is based around the concept of a ‘shop within a shop’ and the notion of stepping into another world.

The entrance area creates a ‘liminal zone’; an in-between space that marks the transition between street and shop. The insertion of a black steel frame defines the shop within the existing space as well as creating the hanging rail for the clothes and visually extending the space playing with perspective.

Only two objects sit within the space – the black hull of a boat which transforms from display to a dinner table, and a sleek black cash desk with a digital timer continuously running. A narrative design language has been developed with and for Hussein, quoting previous projects, his work, past and journey; for example the triangular, Backgammon shaped tiles, the black pebbles, the boat and the olive tree.

Data

  • Begun: Mar 2015
  • Completed: Aug 2015
  • Floor area: 119m2
  • Sector: Retail
  • Total cost: £120,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Feb 2015
  • Procurement: JCT MWD 2011 minor works building contract with contractor’s design
  • Address: 2 Bourdon Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 3PA, United Kingdom

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