The store is situated on the ground floor of 268 Orchard road, a sleek multi-storey mall which opened in 2014, smack on Singapore’s most popular shopping mile. The modern store design, created by Acclaimed Singaporean Design Studio Asylum, is totally compatible with the steel-and-glass aesthetic of the location.
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In the design, this open space is revealed, transformed into three green patios, and a transparent glass pavilion connecting the front and the back, providing the space with a continuous sense of interior/exterior with natural light, enriching, and adding stimulating moments to the overall experience of the space.
With this theme the design phase started which brought the arch. Devid Tabani to insert a natural flooring in cement paste to give a continuity to tie environments, targeted choices minimal exposure of the dress in the entrance gallery, creating a sharp contrast element of the past with the new furniture and the garden.
The most important for second hand BAZAR project was to protect and focus on what is the most interesting in these pavilions. Large windows, open staircase, high ceilings, the original flooring and unusual details will again be the key points highlighted with carefully selected furniture and fittings.
Japanese artist Shuji Mukai was commissioned to hand-paint three columns within the store, with a design that relates directly to the gutai art movement popular in the 1950s and 60s. Peter Marino angled the wall behind the columns to make the artwork a focal point, while simultaneously re-directing circulation. In addition, Italian artist Giuseppe Penone has installed pieces made of molded leather and bronze — materials employed to lend the scheme a “natural ruggedness”.
The choice of materials palette, initially inspired by the brief, during the design phase became more related to our desire to experiment with materials, especially casted concrete and explore themes of form and frame. In fact the brass is introduced to the space in its standardize form, directly informing the concrete table and podiums.