Studio Chybik + Kristof redesigns Furniture Showroom in Czech using £2.50 worth black plastic chairs!
Architecture Studio Chybik + Kristof designed a brand new furniture showroom in the estate of Brno using around 900 plastic chairs as covers to the facade. The current building is not supposed to suit the normal design standards and it contains two different concepts. The first involves working with the interior and focusing on the presentation of a wide range of products. The second concept involves the design of facilities for staff, warehouses, technical and sanitary facilities.
The studio’s former showroom was in need of an update, having the exterior lacking any visual connection to the brand or its products. In response to My DVA Group’s jokingly request for a cheap or even free solution, the studio designed a sculptural facade of used black plastic chairs requiring minimal interference with the original structure. Each one of these seats costed aroung 80 CZK (£2.50). I mean is there even a cheaper solution?
Designers Chybik and Kristof said they wanted to add a little comedy into the project, and at the same time, act as an advertisement for the office and school furniture company My DVA Group. The chairs cover three sides of the 550-metre-square space, with an angular, black-boxed entrance protruding from the irregular surface of the exterior wall.
The studio decided to use a standard Vicenza chair which the supplier delivers on a regular basis. The seats can be removed from the large steel structure that is attached onto the original facade. The interior of the building consists of an open-plan living space with surrounding offices and a concealed staff area.
The showroom floor is an open central space with an exposed concrete ceiling and a white screed floor. Polycarbonate partitions form the walls to the staff offices, which are situated along the perimeter of the gallery space.
Three circular areas are delineated by white curtains in order to form separate galleries for school, office furniture and design products. Besides, the floor-to-ceiling curtains can be left open or closed to correspond to the light conditions in an office or school. Since the interior functions as an exhibition space, the architects were able to make more use of the exterior design, allowing only low light levels to the space.