Metal meets concrete
Refurbishment / reconstruction, interior and furniture design
Tinos port, historical centre
The project ‘Metal meets Concrete’ concerns the architectural design of an interior space with furnishings for clothing and accessories in a pre-existing store with a completely different atmosphere. Conversations with our client brought to the surface stories about the sounds, textures, smells, images and emotions from the time when the store-owner’s grandfather was still living and working in this location, making and repairing sandals: “He often worked in the attic in the dark, the only sound, his hammering on the metal last. He looked tiny with a crown of white hair in the middle of the room, surrounded by a sea of shoes while the only bright spot was the surface he worked on." This narrative became the inspiration around how to create in such a small and initially dark space, a small part of the dense, historical center of Tinos, with numerous previous uses.
The floor has been resurfaced in cement, the furniture is all in metal, the clothing racks hang from the old existing roof which is now covered but with slits created for lighting focus on the clothes. The blue color on the wall of the staircase leading to the attic-storage space deceives our perception of the space, which although small acquires greater depth through color. The hanging clothes surround the space of the store while at the same time creating direction through the space, and becoming its showcase, appearance and identity.
Interior and furniture design: Maria Vidali
Lighting design: LUUN
Photo: Chrysa Paraskeva