March 17, 2011

Retail Installation

The Richard Chai store was a temporary retail installation in 2010 created by Snarkitecture in collaboration with designer Richard Chai as part of the Building Fashion in downtown New York (US). Carved from the confines of an existing structure beneath the High Line, the installation envelops visitors within a glacial cavern excavated from a single material. White architectural foam is cut by hand to produce erosions and extensions of the sculpted walls and ceiling to create a varied landscape for the display of Richard Chai’s collection. The range of shelves, niches, hang bars and other moments embedded within the form encourage the designer’s curatorial eye for display. At the close of the temporary installation, the material was returned to the manufacturer and recycled into rigid foam insulation.


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