This small shop deals in goods, mainly limited products created by artists or designers for sale. These goods vary in size, shape, material and weight, and are constantly up-dated, a bit like a grocery store.
Due to the special status of the goods, we start from their due attitude. All goods (in-cluding books) can be included in the category of works of art, but they are not the kind of works that need to be displayed in the art museum, but more like “sketches” created by artists with ease and freehand brushwork in addition to serious creation. They need to be presented in space with a relaxed but dignified attitude.
Some vague features of the shelf began to appear: it needs to be able to adapt to all kinds of strange goods; It is necessary to provide each product with a “small stage for him”; When new goods appear temporarily, new positions can be generated at any time; When a certain item is sold out, it will not appear “empty”.
Then we take into account the layout of the site. The site is located on the first floor of a pure white multi-storey building, close to the atrium, which is a small space with dis-tinctive characteristics. It has little depth, but natural light is introduced in the front and rear directions, forming three interesting levels of “bright dark bright”. Therefore, we decided to adopt a parallel layout, divide the exhibition shelves into three rows accord-ing to the size of the goods, and classify some very fragile or unable to stand separate-ly on a large table. Three rows of shelves and large tables will further enhance the orig-inal sense of hierarchy of the space. Such a layout requires the design of shelves to have a new feature: transparency.
We began to try to design shelves with all these characteristics. The first is the structural form that can make the shelf light and transparent: load-bearing with tensile steel cable and thin wood chips as the partition of the shelf. Due to the lightness of the partition, the falling deformation will occur after placing the goods. We decided to keep this de-formation as a “character” and exaggerate it, so we obtained many display planes like waves. The arrangement of each exhibit will change the shape of the wave and find a comfortable position between the crest and trough.
After the completion of the space, the shopkeeper and his wife mentioned that the goods on the shelf were like small fish swimming in the waves and fruits waiting to be picked in the tree. We were also very happy to have this “lucky coincidence”.