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Move-in Showroom

By

  • Zahava Elenberg, Callum Fraser
  • Reade Dixon, Tom Orton
  • Mauris Lai, Jansen Aui
  • Jimmy Gray, Kim Lai
  • Suby Liu, Dominique Hall

Description

The design of the new Move-in showroom comes from the idea of the brick and the medium of the wall, in particular the point where the wall fails and becomes the ‘unwall’. This material-based investigation was inspired by the work of James Wines, the founder of SITE Architecture who brought the literal into the most prosaic architectural forms. The ‘unwall’ is not only not a wall, but it’s mortarless, or dry-jointed – intriguing, we know!

Key Features

1

The new showroom was designed and built by a team of our younger graduate architects, with Zahava Elenberg setting the conceptual brief. The team worked on the project from concept through to post-construction, approaching the design through an exploration of specific materials and techniques. After designing the ‘unwall’, the team were faced with the problem of producing sufficient construction advice for the builder. We decided it would be quicker (and more enjoyable) to build it ourselves, so Elenberg Fraser hosted a five-day intensive construction workshop where the team built the wall themselves.

2

The Move-in showroom design and construction demonstrates our studio’s role as an incubator for young architects, and we’re looking forward to the next opportunity to get our hands dirty. We also took this opportunity to redesign Move-in’s brand identity and the retail signage for the new showroom. We wanted to link the new logotype to the business’ brand proposition – the idea of the ‘Complete Furniture