By : B. Shweta | 02 Mar 2017 | Recent projects
Introduction: Threads boutique is located in Kondapur, Hyderabad. When the client, a successful blouse designer approached us to renovate a three separate house help quarter, located in the basement of a commercial space of a hi end residential complex, the idea was to make the existing space more functional by converting it in to a boutique with its in house tailoring.
The 810 Sft space was earlier designed in a way that only 350 Sft was effectively used.
We had to cater to the growing clientele of women wanting to customize blouses for Sarees.
Concept: This was a renovation project. We chose to demolish and re-build the walls such a way that the sense of space that was achieved allowed the designer to now accommodate a trial room, a foyer waiting area and a functional waiting space around the display of her products while the lounge for design discussion happens within a cozy room that overlooks all these activities. The ease of access of the main tailor‘s room from the trial room helped in the functional access.
We chose to demolish two walls and create the main studio space with the line of vision tilting at an angle of 45 degrees. The flooring, the table, the cove in the ceiling were made to follow the tilt, thereby making the length of 20 feet to be perceived at an angle with length 35 feet.
We designed a table with chairs along an angle camouflaging the column that existed to become a waiting space.
Materials used: We chose to use distressed grey flooring with a strong presence as the tilted angular flooring. The wasted pieces were used as paneling on the foyer wall in combination with mirror.
The trial room door was a painted surface with an actual blouse back fitted with rich zardosi work.
The roman blinds over the windows are subdued shades of gold with detachable borders, so that the new borders that are in vogue can also be displayed along the blinds.
While the designer’s room has glass and plush sofa with a TV connected to the iPad to the view the designs and discuss creative blouse options. The trial room became a canvas to showcase the tailor’s mastery on a real blouse while an artist painted the neck and the hair.
Lighting: The spot lights accentuating the display units and mannequins lend a showroom feel to the space.
Challenges: To use the long rectangular space and give it a depth and visibility all along, without boxing three separate rooms and wasting entry and exit spaces, was a challenge and an opportunity to change our perspective on viewing spaces and their functionality.
Look & Feel: The rich Indian colors and the bling in the wedding clothing prompted us to keep the walls subtle so that the blouses hog all the limelight.
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