Saturday, January 22, 2011
Upon completing our most recent project, we received this incredible axe as a thank you gift from the clients. My Finnish professor, Pia, once told me that it is a great honor to receive a knife (or in this case an axe!) as a gift from someone. The gift giver not only cares about your well-being, but also places a great deal of trust in you. Either way, I'm extremely grateful.
I think most folks probably hang these on the wall, but you can bet this one is going to be put to good use.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
[All Images by TACKLEBOX]
Located on burgeoning Elizabeth Street in NoLita, Thomas Sires is a 900 sq.ft. fashion and lifestyle boutique founded by Fiona Thomas and Allison Sires. The store is defined by a curated collection of crafted design objects for the everyday alongside their eponymous clothing line.
In the design we sought to create a space that is defined by the juxtaposition of a continuous white shell inserted into the existing space - a refined counterpoint to the coarseness of the dark wood paneling and existing brick outer walls. The gap between this inner shell and the outer walls is maintained throughout, allowing the shell to Independently float within. Along the south wall of the showroom, two sets of white lacquered boxes are set into the shell creating a place for a multi-colored assortment of wares.
At the far end of the showroom, the wood paneling pushes forward into the main space. This wall houses the dressing rooms, storage and the cashwrap and creates a threshold between the office and main showroom. Here white lacquered doors open to reveal two dressing rooms that occupy the thickness of the wall. White and black malachite-patterned wallpaper line these two rooms and mimic the subtle grain of the doors.
White-washed brick walls and oak flooring paired with tongue and groove wood paneling, bring forth a subtle material presence throughout the space without overshadowing the clothing in the foreground. Custom pendant lights, by iacoli & mcallister, are formed from white powder-coated steel that have been hand-wrapped in bands of colored thread. At the storefront, milled oak planks, reclaimed from sherry barrels, are set within a blackened steel frame and greet the visitor as the handles of the entry doors.