More Wonderwall, back in Japan this time with the opening of Mackintosh. Classic British fashion and lifestyle is the inspiration for the design of this space. The stylish interior is comprised of large scale parquet floor against white fielded panels on walls and white ceilings with chunky grid panel mouldings and covings.
Traditional furniture in the form of chesterfield sofas and polished timber tables and desks sit alongside gold plated steel frame showcases that product hangs in. A low lit corridor with timber clad walls holding minimally hung product, again on gold rails, overlooks a beautiful sweeping staircase in white, with blue carpet and black ironmongery balustrade. Read More…
I have blogged about various Wonderwall designs recently, here and here, and always spoken of how they are an inspiration, particularly in early agency work I did with brands such as Duck and Cover and Luke.
They have worked on hundreds of projects across the Globe, majoring in the Far East and the U.S. Designs range from the wacky and extravagant to the sumptuous and sublime. Their work is certainly not to everyone’s taste, but I love the way they showcase product and create retail theatre through their use of contrasting materials, styles, lighting and rooms within rooms. For example, fielded panel doors sitting almost seamlessly within a glass facade, large banquet tables set for dinner in the middle of retail spaces, and glass walls or boxes acting as an interior ‘skin’ within the existing shell of a brick building.