tacklebox: OWEN store interior composed of 25,000 brown paper bags tacklebox: OWEN store interior composed of 25,000 brown paper bags
may 24, 2012

tacklebox: OWEN store interior composed of 25,000 brown paper bags

‘OWEN’ by tacklebox architecture, new york, new york all images © juliana sohn for OWEN all images courtesy of tacklebox architecture

designed by new york-basedarchitect jeremy barbour of tacklebox arhitecture, ‘OWEN‘, a new boutique which offers a fusion of emerging designer clothes is about to open in the meatpacking district of new york city. responding to the inherent nature of the industrial space, approximately 25,000 brown paper bags surface the continuous wall and ceiling plane. arching overhead, the rows of stacked bags result with a delicate honeycomb pattern which forms a textured partition. enveloping the space, the installation intends to revitalize the recently lost pastime of in-store shopping, creating a warm atmosphere for shoppers.

industrial details are found within the store, maintaining an exposed brick wall. racks for clothes are formed with blackened steel hang-bars which have been inset into the concrete floor. accessories and jewelry are displayed upon quartz slab tables and within glass vitrine cases. the crisp lines of the furniture contrast the lightness of the paper arch beyond.

25,000 paper bags line the walls of the store

 

 

 

the repetitious surface of paper bags wraps the walls and ceiling, enveloping visitors

 

 

 

clean light fixtures contrast the texture of the walls and ceiling

 

 

 

following the precedent made by the store’s industrial shell, blackened steel hang-bars emerge from the concrete floors

 

 

 

the openings of the bags create a delicate honeycomb pattern

  • No fire hazard here…

    Rob3rt says:
  • What a great effect! Ingenious.
    Really dull boring question to the designer: but how did they get around fire regulations?? Are they treated?? Because I bet this wouldn’t be allowed in the UK, sadly!

    peg leg says:
  • was wondering the same thing…

    jlam says:
  • good thing there is no smoking in NYC

    dbkii says:
  • & please don\’t forget all the dust

    David says:
  • good question peg. the entire installation was treated with a flame retardant saturant to achieve a Class A fire rating.

    1111 says:
  • so what happens when they get dusty?

    pam ross says:
  • that fire retardant is somewhat hazardous to humans/environment

    tl says:
  • love the effect – looks fantastic.
    wouldn’t work in australia however unless the fire retardant also acts as a cockroach retardant!!

    lelliB says:
  • I’m obsessed with anything kraft paper. Good job guys.

    M.Dizon says:
  • reminds me of Tara Donovan’s work.

    M.Dizon says:

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