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BAT Studio are currently working on initial proposals for a rear extension to this London town house.

Retail interior for Frenchologie
Photographs © Andy Matthews

Through considered design and innovative application, BAT Studio has elevated often hidden building materials to prominence whilst forming a striking and original retail environment in the heart of London’s Covent Garden.


Following the recent success their BAT Studio designed pop up shop nearby, Frenchologie commissioned BAT Studio to design a new store for their fast developing retail brand. The brief was to produce a flexible retail space, with the ability to be altered as their ever changing range of designer goods evolves.


With a tight budget requiring an innovative approach, BAT Studio’s concept was to design and build the shop like a "giant Meccano set" by utilising Unistrut - a set of utilitarian building components that are usually used for services and concealed within ceiling voids.


To form the shop, metal channels have been bolted together with carefully considered details. A primary structure forms a ceiling grid across the entire shop from which other components such as clothes rails, shelves and jewellery display cases are suspended. Even the changing room is formed from the flexible multi-purpose system.


Clamped between the Unistrut channels are polycarbonate sheets, to form surfaces for the shelves, changing room and till counter. Utilising the palette of these two materials has created a unique interior, that shows off and frames the products to great effect.


Over time the shop can be reconfigured to create more shelving, rails or display cases as Frenchologie require. We look forward to seeing how the shop evolves...


BAT Studio are currently designing an extension to this residential property to create a music studio within a new loft extension.

Retail interior for Frenchologie || November 2013 - February 2014
Photographs © Andy Matthews

BAT Studio has created a striking interior for a temporary designer retail store in the heart of London’s Covent Garden.


Working to a limited budget, BAT Studio has designed an exciting retail space for Frenchologie, a French design retailer, using everyday, mass-produced, low-cost materials not usually associated with interior design. The result is a rich, highly textured space featuring a paper raffia ceiling and a forest of broomsticks.

The ceiling treatment, made up of 10km of hanging fire treated paper raffia - enough to stretch the length of the Eiffel Tower 29 times - is the most original and eye-catching feature of the design.


A tangled series of linear shadows are cast onto the surrounding walls by lights hanging down through the stalactite-esque ceiling, illuminating products for sale.



Bags and smaller accessories hang from the ceiling, amongst the dense raffia, adding to the other-worldly effect.


On the floor, a forest of 374 legs - made from humble broom handles - supports tables and shelves adding to the unique product display.


The clothes rails continue in the same palette of materials, connecting to the existing balustrade with broomsticks spanning between the grey Valchromat sheet material to create the double rail.




The design and unusual materials combine to create a visually arresting interior that delivers a truly unique retail experience in Covent Garden’s chic Seven Dials district.


The shop is open until 20th February 2014 at 38 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London.



Exploded Axonometric


Axonometric of furntiure
Installation exhibited at Secret Garden Party || July 2013
Commissioned by Secret Arts


Expanding Horizons was designed in response to a superstition themed brief. It was commissioned by Secret Arts and was exhibited at Secret Garden Party 2013.

This playful and perception warping pavilion was a new and unique take on the classic “Hall of Mirrors” - however these contorted mirrors changed shape! By doing so they distorted, magnified and re-focused the festival goers and the environment around them. Sitting on a prominent and central ridge in the festival landscape, they literally provided an animated focal point!


BAT Studio has been undertaking research in developing animate mirrors this way for several years. Thin mirrored film is tensioned over an air tight chamber, air is then pumped into or out of the chamber to transform the mirror from convex to concave.


In this, our largest mirrored installation to date, each of the opposing mirrors was inflating and deflating on different rhythms. This caused their patterns to syncopate and for the multiple reflections in the “infinity” effect to move back and forth in mind boggling ways! This was very successful and created dynamic, mysterious and exciting spaces in between the mirrors.


There were many reactions to the piece. A common sight was people approaching the mirrors to check their appearance before suddenly realising the reflections were moving! Other festival goers would stare, or touch the film and further distort the reflections of them and their surroundings.


The mirrors offered an alternative perception of space around the installation and the surrounding festival, reflecting and reframing both the festival goers and their environment. The unique visual experience this offered had a range of affects on different observers, especially on the more enthusiastic visitors!


We hope that for many who experienced it, the installations created a sense of personal reflection by altering observers visual perception of themselves in the midst of the festival, or simply that people just enjoyed it!
 
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