Harmonious blend of original elements, new materials evokes heritage feel
DANA’S GOLDSMITHING | Port Perry, ON, Canada
completed June 2018 | size 850 sf
photos James Morley/A-Frame
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Unique Store Fixtures metalwork, millwork, mirror/glass, fixtures
Putting a modern spin on a historic setting, this new store design for a jewelry retailer with a 25-year history pays homage to the community’s rich past without feeling dated. The store is known for its clever repurposing of heritage pieces into modern designs, an old-meets-new approach clearly reflected in its surroundings.
Historic elements include the striking original tin ceiling, a remnant of the past that accentuates the space and all the alterations that have been made. A vintage heritage photo of Queen Street in Port Perry, the town in which the store is located, adds a personal touch above the feature cash area.
New materials were selected with the goal of invoking a heritage feeling while infusing a modern twist into the space. Key elements are constructed of solid wood and wood veneer, Starphire glass, real bronze, and black powder-coated steel.
A centerpiece of the store design are the custom fixtures. With such an extensive amount of merchandise on display, determining the most effective, efficient, and innovative way to display proved challenging. The end result is exclusive showcases, using custom made LED fixtures, which individually display the custom, bridal, and merchandise lines available.
Rather than selecting a single fixture material, a combination of rich wood, glass, and metal makes for a layered, visually interesting aesthetic. An open base design adds space within the rectangular layout. Wall-mounted black metal shelving pops amid brown brick walls.
The store is just one element of the renovation: The scope of work included multiple areas within the two-story space. The first floor encompassed the development and installation of a new workshop with the creation of the high-end retail area in the front of the store, while the renovation of the second level involved an apartment conversion into offices and the inclusion of a new staircase that connected both floors.