by Jincy IypeJan 13, 2021
An interaction of transparent, translucent and reflective materials highlights the interior design of Geijoeng’s new brand store in Shenzen, China. Designed by Studio 10, the 120 sqm Concept Store of the Chinese womenswear employs the use of glass in different statements to visually communicate the brand’s minimalist style.
“The client wanted to create a retail space encouraging people to take photos and share them on social media,” mentions the studio.
Led by architect Shi Zhou, the design explores the relationship of light with surfaces. The entrance corridor provides views of the exposed grid ceiling and half glass brick walls in the background. A window display sits beside the entrance corridor where the entire space has been paved with glass bricks. From beneath the flooring vaguely peeks a greyish-green paint that refracts the colour through its solid surface and creates a strong visual statement.
On crossing this corridor and arriving at the main display area, geometrical lines and forms create seemingly weightless compositions. While channel glass walls enclose the space, striking made-to-order greyish-green terrazzo with green and white marble aggregates pave the floor. The homogeneity of the walls is orchestrated by silver mirrored surface in its background that allows hints of the green to refract throughout the space.
A fitting room in a striated acrylic tube enclosure carefully sits in the middle of the store. While its translucent surface faintly creates a ‘theatrical effect’ of light, green velour curtains on the inside ensures privacy.
The store takes a unique approach to display the brand wear where a simple garment hanging system reinforces the encompassing lightness. “This system is made of custom frosted acrylic rods connected with silver scaffolding metal joint that are highly adjustable and adaptable. The acrylic rods are set in a green marble base, which vary in size depending on their functionality as some are used as a display stand, bench or storage platform,” explains the studio.
Contrary to conventional garment rails that often go unnoticed in retail stores, the designers sought to use the application of this element in complementing the interiors.
Glass bricks, an important material in the design of the store, are used differently at the check-out desk as a long, linear base refracting green colour through its surface. An exposed grid ceiling positioned with linear lights softly illuminates the monochromatic space.
“Studio 10 wishes to create rich spatial hierarchy and ghostly spatial dimensions that coincides with Geijoeng’s minimalist and euphoric essence while contrasting with their Fall/Winter Collection of silk, wool, cashmere, velvet, and other textiles,” adds the studio.
The designers worked closely with the brand from conceptualisation till the execution of the store, and realised the project in October 2019.
Project DetailsName of the project: Geijoeng Concept Store
Location: Shenzhen, China
Area: 120 sqm
Interior Design: Studio 10
Design Team: Shi Zhou (Principal-in-charge), Cristina Moreno Cabello, An Huang, Chunhui Mo, Zixia Huang, Yue Yu, Feifei Chen, Jiaxiao Bao
Completion: October 2019