menu

Retail Interior As Sculpture: Richard Chai + Snarkitecture NYC Popup Store

Retail Interior As Sculpture: Richard Chai + Snarkitecture NYC Popup Store
Design

With limited time and money, a collaboration between artist, architect and fashion designer results in a unique retail experience.

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 22 october 2010

Fashion designer Richard Chai his first ever stand alone retail store yesterday in NYC. By no means typical, the temporary space is located in a shipping container underneath the High Line Park which formerly served at the real estate office for HL23. The shop is actually part of the Building Fashion installation series which partners fashion labels with architects to create innovative temporary retail environments. For this, the fourth round, Brooklyn-based Snarkitecture developed the store environment under a tight time line and with a budget of only $5,000.

richard_chai_snarkitecture_hl23_8

Daniel Arsham carving a section of the Richard Chai shop interior.

Their solution used a massive amount of architectural insulation foam to create a ‘cave’. While you might think the sculpted interior is the result of some sophisticated design software and a computer controlled milling machine, actually the whole installation was carved by hand with a heated wire. PSFK spoke with the artist and architect team Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture who told us the entire installation took three days to complete. Daniel has a lot of experience carving the foam and over time built a collection of custom carving hand tools which aid in sculpting.

Being inside the installation is something like a cross between wandering around the Hoth rebel base from The Empire Strikes Back and the Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona. Snarkitecture collaborated with Richard Chai to arrange a series of carved out niches to feature and house his collection of apparel and accessories.

The shop will be open to the public for ten days and after closing, the interior will be recycled back into building insulation.

Richard Chai + Snarkitecture for Building Fashion
October 21st – October 31st
504 West 24th St.
btw 10th and 11th Ave.
New York

richard_chai_snarkitecture_hl23_1

richard_chai_snarkitecture_hl23_2

richard_chai_snarkitecture_hl23_4

richard_chai_snarkitecture_hl23_3

richard_chai_snarkitecture_hl23_6

Fashion Designer Richard Chai.

richard_chai_snarkitecture_hl23_7

Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture

[images by David Smith and Faris Al-Shathir where noted]

Design
Trending

PSFK's Workplace Vision: How The Nurturing Of Seeds Will Come To Define The Onboarding Process

Brand Development
Advertising Today

The Best In Eye-Catching Olympics Campaigns

PSFK rounds out the Rio Games with our picks for the best advertising moments off the field

Work Today

Editorial Roundtable: The Arrival Of The People-First Workplace

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary and thinkPARALLAX enumerate the reasons why companies need an employee-embracing workforce in order to exist

Trending

Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Work

See All
Arts & Culture Today

Transforming Light Waves Into A New Art Form

An artist uses glass treated with layers of metallic coatings to create a unique installation called lightpaintings

Design Today

This Windbreaker Lets You Explore The Outdoors While Charging Your Phone

The apparel includes solar panels that allow the wearer to stay connected through the power of renewable energy

Asia Today

The Goal Of This Game Is To Not Get Laid Off From Your Job

A hit mobile app has you working really, really hard to not get fired as you climb the corporate ladder

Advertising Today

Movie Critic Bot Guides Viewers Through Festival Offerings

The Toronto International Film Festival has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot to help attendants curate their schedule

Food Today

Disable Your Wi-Fi For Family Dinners With This Pepper Grinder Hacking Device

Dolmio has created a gadget that shuts down internet access so you can eat without being distracted

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Retail Expert: What Sustainability Means To The Millennial Generation

Jo Godden, Founder of RubyMoon, discusses how brands can limit their environmental impact worldwide

PSFK Labs august 24, 2016

PSFK’s Workplace Vision: The Annual Review Becomes An Everyday, Collaborative Activity

Our Future of Work vision is a web-based platform through which teams can collaborate on and monitor performance reviews across all channels, ensuring a happier workplace

Entertainment Today

Nosulus Rift Delivers Horrible Smells Just For The South Park Videogame

Ubisoft has developed a unique peripheral for the upcoming title that will put players to the test

Europe Today

Netflix’s Newest Programming Is As Slow As It Gets

Norwegian network NRK is coming to the streaming platform with their successful 'Slow TV'

Media & Publishing Yesterday

CNN Launched An Entire Drone Division Of Their News Network

CNN AIR incorporates aerial footage into the corporation's ongoing news coverage

Advertising Yesterday

Uber’s Breathalyzer Cards Let You Know If You Are Sober Enough To Drive

A new campaign from the ride-sharing service raises awareness about the importance of a safe trip home

Design Yesterday

Milk Proteins Could Be The Packaging Material Of The Future

A newly discovered casein-based alternative is biodegradable, sustainable and even edible

PSFK LABS REPORT

Innovation Debrief: Boston
Business Concepts Born In 'The Hub'
AVAILABLE NOW

Technology Yesterday

Intel’s New System Will Help Technology See And Understand The World

Joule is a tiny board for developers designed to bring powerful computer vision to cheap and easy-to-make prototypes

Design Yesterday

This LA Hotel Is Designed Specifically For Cocktail Drinkers

The Walker Inn is a new Los Angeles "Bed and Beverage" experience that offers guests an intimate setting for their night cap

Education Yesterday

Bringing Virtual Reality And Telepresence Robotics To E-Learning

This Learning Management System is embracing new technologies to reallocate teaching resources to where they should be going

No search results found.