Editions De Parfums Frédéric Malle by Jakob+Macfarlane

December 26, 2016

Editions De Parfums Frédéric Malle- The project is imagined first as a shoe box volume slid into the ground floor of an existing ancient building in the Marais district of Paris. This box is designed so its façade facing a busy shopping street is created as one total window.

The inside space of this box is designed as a three-dimensional wooden grid that is carefully carved away to create a series of mysterious island and stalactite like elements that at once are shelves, tables and other equipment such as refrigerator or scenting columns.

The inner sides: walls and ceiling of this space are designed to be mirrored stainless steel surfaces creating an effect of an endless complexity of virtual spaces reflecting the actual space of the spectator.

One perfume bottle becomes a multitude of points within the city of light to be revealed and explored. Light is a vital component of this project. A careful collaboration was made with the lighting designers l’Observatoire.

The way in which light was bought into the project was by creating a series of cuts in the walls behind the shelves as well as the ceiling suspended light.

This light source is concealed through backlit translucide panels. The ceiling spot lights are treated as direct light and introduced by creating the same kind of cuts but open and revealed. Finally embedded shelf lighting under lights each individual bottle.

client : Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
architecte : Jakob+Macfarlane, Dominique Jakob , Brendan MacFarlane
lighting: l’Observatoire International
date : completion octobre 2016

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