The product display wall references both the natural axis of Burnside and the sawtooth pitch of the logger’s steel saw blade. Another eye-catcher is a revamped antique iron sink in the back of the store.
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The repetitive use of hemp fibre is a nod to the city’s historic shipping and logging industries. The material was once used to manufacture tents that housed the many loggers and fishermen. Walls are covered in quilted maritime canvas and paired with canvas-clad shelving and flooring to offer a unique sensory respite.
The controlled shape of the sales counter, sink and bench, and the material’s uncontrolled structure – all made by Hoffmann of large chunks of elm from nearby woods, and the artist’s preferred material for the past few years – reflect the suppressed strength by social norms and human relations of many of their characters.
Maintaining the elegantly modern aesthetic it is well-known for, this shop is highlighted by the color contrast of its white walls, and the slotted timber at its entrance and ceiling. Further including hand-treated perforated brass fixtures and curvy plaster shelving, the clean storefront was intentionally designed to place the spotlight on the vast range of products of sale.
We approached the project by making the most out of the original building structure with the addition of careful alteration. We brought functional part of the store compactly to the narrow space by the entrance, the back space will be a hospitality area consisting of sizable counter and long bench, where customer can relax.
The end result makes Linda vuela a Rio in a renovated space where the work of the cast in the form of large ovals framing the new perfumes to give existing below the corner, bar tinged ‘night club’ of Las Vegas, where the bottles of perfume ingredients are distributed as a delicious cocktail lives with the new space for cosmetics.