; Vritima Wadhwa crafts this FCML Coimbatore experience store

Design

Killer curves, sharp cuts and superior interiors—Vritima Wadhwa pioneers a modernist vision inside this FCML Coimbatore experience store

DEC 20, 2022 | By Kashish Kaushal
FCML is a leading lifestyle retailer for luxury bath and wellness fittings & accessories. This single largest and biggest retailer in the bathroom fitting world aims at creating a visually stimulating environment where clients can experience the offered bathroom products. Aesthetic lighting from Hatsu and concrete tiles from Nexion add grandeur to the store; Photography by Reuben Singh
The best of bathroom living is perfected in this space; Photography by Reuben Singh

Even in today’s digitally skewed age, touch is still key to the shopping experience and leading lifestyle retainer brands like FCML need a physical space that puts their wares on a pedestal. This is where Vritima Wadhwa, Design Principal and Founder of Project 810 comes into picture. “In a world of luxury where spaces are defined and driven by what the market has to offer, the FCML stores boast of their rudimentary finishes. Defined largely by chiselled walls and natural tones, FCML is an oasis amongst ostentatious,” reveals Vritima. 

Warm atmosphere around solid colours, concrete Nexion Tiles and aesthetic lighting from Hatsu manage to achieve a contemporary effort; Photography by Reuben Singh

The Curious Brief

It’s no longer enough for a store to simply supply goods—consumers need to be taken on a journey. Located in Coimbatore, the 3,000 sq ft experience centre aims at creating a visually stimulating environment where clients can experience the offered bathroom products, be educated about them at leisure and make inspired, informed choices for their bathroom experience. The only brief of the client FCML & Kiba Trading was to engineer an extension of the existing stores and to pursue a natural, comfortable and home-like aesthetic. 

Curated with various objects and art and layered with plants and rugs, FCML Coimbatore lures visitors to get deeper into the space; Photography by Reuben Singh

 

Mixing different styles and hues is this space with concrete Nexion Tiles; Photography by Reuben Singh

 

Grey pewter walls with Hatsu lighting expresses refinement; Photography by Reuben Singh

Store Shenanigans 

Humans are social creatures—and more than ever we need a forum for collective interaction. A store where we can’t get what we want just by clicking on it, but where we can engage with others in visually and physically stimulating urban environments.

With no lack of imagination, accessories from Ikai Asai, Mianzi, Beyond Design and Fab India adorn the space; Photography credits Reuben Singh

Spread over two floors in a four storeyed building, the FCML store is spread over two floors with over 25 unique vanity concepts. It embraces a warm and natural aesthetic that allows for the vanity concepts and luxurious bathroom fittings to stand out. Other than the vanity concepts, the lower floor accommodates a meeting room and the top floor accommodates the office, pantry and private access areas.

The cane windows with aesthetic wall frames and rugs from Fab India instils a harmonious demeanour; Photography credits Reuben Singh

Ideas to bookmark

Vritima had a fine canvas to work on and it has created a series of showstopping architectural interventions that help pull the customer in from the street, starting from the earthy chiselled or grey walls, solid mango wood panelling and accent cobalt walls that come together to create a natural and rugged shell. 

Loose furniture’s from Solid Bench and The House of Things sits gracefully; Photography by Reuben Singh

“A simple polished Grey Khareda clad staircase leads up to the first floor of the FCML experience store. The space also sees the use of white handmade tiles, wicker accents and ice-grey millwork in various vanity concepts. The various free floating vanity concepts are largely in birch veneer, mango wood and mild steel. Various shapes of mirrors have been used in space to create expanse in this small space. Curated with various objects & art and layered with plants and rugs, FCML Coimbatore emulates the feeling of a home to create a unique retail experience,” further elaborates Vritima.

Juggled with a vibrant cheerful vibe are these washbasins from FCML; Photography by Reuben Singh

Humans are social creatures—and more than ever we need a forum for collective interaction. The FCML Coimbatore store, crafted by Vritima Wadhwa, is a place where we can’t get what we want just by clicking on it, but where we can engage with others in visually and physically stimulating urban environments. 

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Incorporated in solid chiselled wall, the powder room is orchestrated using lots of decor elements; Photography by Reuben Singh

 

With vanities and mirrors from Mildsteel and Wicker, the space speaks an elegant language; Photography by Reuben Singh

 

Unlike any other are these taps from FCML forming eclectic dialogues through materiality; Photography by Reuben Singh

 

A lovely sense of symmetry is displayed in this corner with different materials; Photography by Reuben Singh

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