Changing rooms: Flexible space promotes multi-use

05 : 02 : 2014 Sibling : Archive : Flexible

Melbourne – When design collective Sibling was given the challenge by its client Archive to create a space that could function as both a store and a gallery, it decided to focus on flexible, moveable structures that allowed for adaptability.

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At its core, Archive is a store that sells old seasons of designer clothing from ‘the archives’, but occasionally hosts art exhibitions and events, all in a relatively small space. Sibling created a flexible space, using a grid of metal pipes to hang clothes, and stacked marble blocks instead of display cases. Matching the display boxes are curtains with a digitally printed marble pattern, which can be used to cordon off sections of the shop.

The use of industrial materials such as metal tubes, combined with the moveable boxes, is reminiscent of our Flexi Simplicity design direction, in which we saw retailers using flexible forms and fittings to create raw and re-assembled spaces.

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