RIBA WINDOWS: PEOPLE’S CHOICE

Sep 05 2016

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Sep 25 2016

The winner of the RIBA Windows People's Choice award is Molton Brown with Knox Bhavan & Susie MacMurray.

By clicking on the images below you can learn more about each design. Voting closed on 18th September 2016.

  • Kiehl’s with Piercy & Company x Electrolight
  • Uniqlo with Projects Office
  • Charles Tyrwhitt with Bureau de Change
  • Kate Spade New York with Design Haus Liberty
  • Liberty with Architecture Social Club
  • 7 For All Mankind with KSR Architects
  • Molton Brown with Knox Bhavan & Susie MacMurray
  • Armani Exchange with Matheson Whiteley
  • KIKO MILANO with Aleksa Studio
  • RIBA, 76 Portland Place with CAN + Nina ShenPoblete
close Kiehl's Since 1851 with Piercy & Company x Electrolight

Piercy & Company’s window draws on the roots of Kiehl’s as an old-world apothecary, harnessing the power of botanicals. Marking the launch of their Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, the display depicts delicate porcelain quinoa seed husks; the active ingredient.

The combination of natural and manufactured, traditional craft and digital techniques, are common ground for both Piercy & Company and Kiehl’s. They have celebrated this by displaying not only the precious finished object but also the products and processes used in its construction.

Image Credit: Liam Clarke

close Uniqlo with Projects Office

Projects Office’s Flying Colours is a playful amalgamation of Uniqlo’s fall colours, the brand’s signature rainbow arrangements, and that most iconic of London characters; the humble pigeon. It showcases Uniqlo’s raw materials, alludes to production processes and plays on London’s love/hate relationship with the plucky plumed pests. Are the pigeons weaving Uniqlo’s fall collection, or are the pesky birds unravelling the spools to make their own cuddly and colourful nests in preparation for winter?

Image Credit: Liam Clarke

close Charles Tyrwhitt with Bureau de Change

Bureau de Change’s installation represents a tailor’s cutting room. It highlights the technical craftsmanship involved in the creation of Charles Tyrwhitt’s collections, whilst emphasising the British heritage at the heart of the brand. Pattern pieces, belonging to the brand’s products, have been replicated in a range of British timbers - Elm, Oak, Cherry, Chestnut, Ash and Poplar. Different garments and their pattern ‘family’ can be identified by the colour and patina of their wood species.

close Kate Spade with Design Haus Liberty

Inspired by Kate Spade New York's fall collection entitled 'Star of Your Own Show;' Design Haus Liberty’s installation Nebula transforms the brand’s signature polka-dot motif into an exuberant, 3-dimensional pattern. Constructed from 8000 translucent crystal spheres hovering in mid-air; Nebula reflects and deflects light within itself; dispersing multiple patterns onto the pavement and façade, whilst illuminating the shopfront. Nestled amongst the lightshow is Kate Spade’s newest iconic addition to their A/W collection – the star of its own show rightfully exposed in a cloud of nebula.

Image Credit: Lauren Michelle Pires

close Liberty with Architecture Social Club

Architecture Social Club’s display focuses on the figure of Arthur Lasenby Liberty and casts him in the role of fashion’s liberator. He encounters a dissolute, fantastical and depraved couture-landscape that represents London’s pre-Liberty’s world; ‘Arthur’ is shown to herald a new promise of higher quality fashion for the city. The installation’s narrative involves the iconography of ‘Noah’s ark’; and plays on the naval history of the Grade II* Tudor-revival building, constructed in 1924 using the timbers of two ships: the HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan.

Image Credit: Liam Clarke

close 7 For All Mankind with KSR Architects

KSR Architects have created a display for 7 For All Mankind’s new product b(air) jeans. The installation evokes feelings of weightlessness, floating in comfort and softness, creating the sensation of wearing the jeans which are “light as air and soft as silk.” These qualities are represented in a simple and elegant installation of gently moving fabric which parts to unveil the jeans. It pays homage to the effortless beauty and lifestyle brand of 7 For All Mankind and their new product, b(air).

Image Credit: Lauren Michelle Pires

close Molton Brown with Knox Bhavan & Susie MacMurray

Knox Bhavan and Susie MacMurray have sought to encapsulate the mood of Molton Brown’s ‘Rosa Absolute’ campaign by harnessing their common appreciation of materials, quality of product and precision of making. The installation consists of three identical ‘chandeliers’ made from packaging bottles, suspended with a deep red ribbon, above a bed of beautifully crafted metal roses. Powerful iGuzzini lights illuminate the installation and amplify the reflective quality of the materials. The rich coloured ribbon offers a feeling of weight, echoing the grand renaissance rooms which are alluded to in the campaign. The mood of the lighting alters depending on the time of day, giving sensuality to the piece.

Image Credit: Liam Clarke

close Armani Exchange with Matheson Whiteley

Matheson Whiteley’s ongoing fascination with the artists of the Light and Space movement in Southern California during the 1960s has led to their installation for Armani Exchange. The work operates at an architectural scale, saturating the display window with the strong physical experience of a single colour, while maintaining transparency both into the store and outwards to the street. The specific hue forms a complement to the AW16 collection, while suggesting broader conceptual relations to the climate and weather.

Image Credit: Liam Clarke

close KIKO MILANO with Aleksa Studio

ALEKSA studio’s window design is inspired by KIKO Milano’s rich palette of make-up colours and textures. The installation creates a sense of perspectival illusion as one walks by, allowing for dynamic views into the shop. The bright colour gradient and surface pattern creates a three-dimensional spatial experience within an otherwise concise window space. The sense of movement is further accentuated by the ripple-like effect and feminine curves found within the display. The installation transforms when seen from different angles, establishing a sense of an ever-changing shop front.

Image Credit: Liam Clarke

close RIBA, 76 Portland Place with CAN + Nina Shen Poblete

CAN + Nina Shen-Poblete’s ‘The Block Shop’ re-imagines the glazed street frontage of 76 Portland Place in a ghosted silhouette of the by-gone Georgian terrace. The ornate openings celebrate a lost street view but their un-ceremonious ‘blocking up’ reminds us of the impermanence of our city fabric and their layered stories. On closer inspection, the blocks reveal exquisitely ornamented surfaces. The humble breezeblock, once a ubiquitous building material has thus been framed, displayed and elevated as a high-end product.

Image Credit: Liam Clarke

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