DCA Shop, Dundee
Our client at Dundee Contemporary Arts sought to revitalise and reconfigure their existing retail space in order to allow their retail activity to continue to grow and compliment the other arts and culture programmes at DCA. Working with a very distinctive, contemporary building provided some cues, as did the industrial aesthetic which is evident throughout the galleries, cafe and workshop spaces.
We wanted our proposals to be quiet, flexible and industrial, anticipating that the space will evolve and grow. We developed the cabinetry and display plinths with the aspiration of a flexible, systematic set of tools and elements that can be re-shaped to ensure the products can be displayed to their best.
A lot of structural gymnastics are hidden within the system we designed, allowing the products that DCA's team select to be the focal point of the spaces.
DCA's "Craft Focus" programme is a curated presentation of specific makers, changing throughout the year - local and national practitioners are afforded the opportunity to display high quality, innovative work. DCA selects the best contemporary jewellers and textile artists in the UK. Our client wanted to have a special cabinet to feature this more precious work in a way befitting its importance. Working with our fabricator (Joachim King) and the client, we created a special drawer cabinet that pulls out to allow customer access to the products in a careful and controlled environment.
We've worked really hard to make the lighting, shelving, cabinetry and spaces seem effortless in their delivery of DCA's high quality selection of products.