Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dark Bright and Colorful

I didn't pay much attention to this at first, but when I read about it..I thought brilliant! What a brilliant innovative idea turned into reality!
This is the newly opened showroom and office of Kvadrat, a Danish textile manufacturer, designed by architect David Adjaye and graphic designer Peter Saville, located in East London.
What was a former Victorian factory, the combination of the old and the newly modern is brought together in this project. Heading downstairs towards the basement by a wooden staircase, half-enclosed by colorful glass slabs, you are taken to a muted dark space in what looks like built-in cabinetry to the walls in the colors of blacks and greys, in clean archictectural lines. Behind those dark cabinetry, lies the collections of Kvadrat's textiles, that dissapear into the wall when not in use.

Unlike many textile showrooms, the idea of having a built-in cabinetry to house a vast collection of textiles, makes the space appealing for other uses, such as socializing. In fact, graphic designer Peter Saville, is already planning on hosting film screenings and exhibitons in the near future. A dark basement is contrasted with a bright and naturally lit ground floor, which is the office space. Dark and bright are brought together with colorful glass slabs in between.

1 comment:

diva said...

I don't know why but this reminds me of Armani's boutique, without the colorful glass