What kind of furniture do you like the most? Wood Furniture
After gutting the derelict interior, “we took the space as far back as we could to create a clean line.” Completed in two months, the project afforded the multidisciplinary design team an opportunity to flex their full range of creative talents, building “every square inch of the place” from the window latches to the sound system. Despite their painstaking labor over minute details, the effect is unpretentious and very much in keeping with the low-key character of the neighborhood.
Polished concrete floors, pigmented a velvety-grey, mimic the appearance of slate. Prior to painting the walls, the designers skimmed the exposed brick with layers of plaster to smooth out surface modulations. A freestanding block of rough-hewn concrete, which serves as a step to the raised floor in back, bears the serendipitous quality of a found object. The oxidized metal window casings and exterior shutters were also designed to look indigenous to the space.
An open floor plan enables frequent rotation of merchandise to accommodate new pieces and prototypes. Like the furniture, the store is a perpetual work in progress. This dynamism is balanced by a sense of domestic permanence: “We wanted to create a cross between a home and a showroom, to feel as if the furniture could live here,” says Hays.