store, Oporto – Portugal

April 28th, 2014 by retail design blog

The idea of working with young Portuguese designers in the fields of fashion, furniture, product and lighting was in our mind long time, but when the perfect space becomes available, we knew that was the wright moment to start. We found a 88 sq.m. white, luminous space, with big storefronts and perfect located in a crossroad of Oporto Arts District. As an architect, I couldn´t become immune to the beauty of this 1958´s building, so our intervention was minimal, reduced at 3 major moments facing the ice white painted walls:

A black iron articulated “chariot” for clothes display in the centre of the store, that could be configured daily to create different space relations; A big black velvet curtain to hide a comfortable changing room, that makes a counterpoint with the whiteness of the space; and a illumination system also divided in three languages: a “spider” where a few bulbs drop in strategic shop points, lines of ice white fluorescent lamps in the storefronts and a black contemporary chandelier that defines the men´s space. Even though we sell lighting and furniture, all our designed pieces for store display are also for sale.

The store location is also the ideal for this king of business. Based on the centre of Oporto Arts District, store benefits with the net of design stores, cafés and art galleries of the neighborhood. Our intent is to continuously discover more new brands and young designers and as the same time maintain the partnership with the more recognized as Daniela Barros, Estelita Mendonça , Susana Bettencout or Manuel Amaral Netto. Our products are selected to fulfil a idea of contemporary but timeless design, based on material quality and creativity form Portuguese designers and brads, as well a few international special guests.

Photography by Silvia Pinto Costa

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