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The project is an original local jewelry brand named “MMAKE STUDIO”. Made from stones with metal components from mountain rocks and minerals, the jewelry has condensed time and temperature under the hands of craftsmen.
The two stores have been designed in accordance with their different spatial forms. Considering that our client is engaged in metal-related work, we respectively take “mine” and “valley” as the design theme to build connection with the brand itself. In our design, we want to create a new interactive relationship between people, space, and objects while preserving the urban texture.
At the beginning of design, the consideration about materials and the way of product display had become the key points of our creation. Located in an old factory house in TESTBED2 which retains traditional industrial buildings, MMAKE STUDIO is a three-storey, 17sqm, deep and narrow space, which looks just like a “gold mine” hidden in the middle of a mountain. The whole space is filled with naturalistic mystery which attracts people to come and explore.
The linear light in the middle of the space, run through the whole three floors, was inspired by the well rope of mine. Stairs connecting the whole space extend pure geometric beauty. As people walk slowly up the stairs, the linear light changes gradually from light to dark, just like the breath of people walking up. Its flickering light reflects the rough texture of the space, radiating an original and natural glamour.
Different from the display window, the “caves” on the wall look perfect for the handicrafts. The niches of different sizes, just like picture frames hanging on the wall of the art gallery, show all the objects in great harmony. So that customers could have more interaction with the artifacts during their circulation and tour, which creates a unique atmosphere focusing on customer experiences.
The space forms light and shade contrasts under the natural light, which subtly integrates different shapes, colors and textures into the interior. Each handicraft in the store is from the craftsmen of the workshop on the 3rd floor. Setting the workshop on the top floor also represents our best tribute to the craftsmen who always follow their heart and stick to their faith.
Mountain is the urban form of Chongqing City. Its unique topography formed a business landscape of taking streets as its market place, so that its urban context is diverse and three-dimensional. The Mountain City Alley, with a century-old history, has terrains quite uneven and slopes extremely steep, where buildings, retaining original styles, are staggered up and down along with its surrounding undulating mountains. Based on spirit of the place, MMAKE Mountain City Alley Store, taking “Hidden Vally” as its theme, artfully combined architecture, space, and form.
The first floor, an area for display and sales, has folded facades outstanding from the wall, which is an extension to its local culture and history with its “mountain shape” and also blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor. The interior is divided by irregular surfaces which enriches the space with orderly beauty of lines. Besides, black micro-cement paint leave people impression of rustic valley; while walking in the space, people can feel the charm of handicraft and nature, enjoy the fun of exploration.
The intervention of light and shadow breaks dullness in the space brought by its monochrome palette. With jewelry sparkling under the light and mirrors reflecting the illusion of reality and reflection, a subtle sense of delicacy emerged in roughness, echoing the emotional expression of the space.
A light panel stretches across the top of stairwell and extended into the room on the 2nd floor to form a skylight effect, which endows the space with a sense of future. As a workshop for craftsmen, the 2nd floor is comfort and functional with sufficient natural light, witnessing each moment of the burst of inspiration.
The geometric construction extending from indoor to outdoor terrace connected the natural environment with historical buildings so as to build a subtle symbiosis of modern design and the overall order, which is also the penetration and extension of spirit of the place.
Project Name: MMAKE STUDIO
Project Location: Zhengzhou District, Chongqing
Client：Chongqing MMAKE Cultural Creativity Co., Ltd.
项目面积：峻造贰厂文创园店17㎡ / 峻造山城巷店108㎡
Project Area：MMAKE Tested2 17㎡
MMAKE Mountain City Alley 108㎡
Interior Design：LEW & ASSOCIATES
Design Team：Adelson Lew、Lin Cong、Gong Weini
Article&Translation：Yu Zhimin、Ellen Shaw