Akshat Bhatt and Nikita Aneja turn to contemporary theatrics to transform a retail space for Perona in New Delhi’s DLF Avenue
JAN 22, 2021 | By Raashi Dev
DLF Avenue is home to an almost 1,200 sq ft store for apparel brand Perona. Its USP? That it navigates the post-pandemic world and converges two systems that are often considered to be at different ends of the spectrum—culture and shopping.
Akshat Bhatt and Nikita Aneja of Architecture Discipline have created this distinctive and edgy space. The design expands on notions of modularity, flexibility and reusability of space, while also exploring the dynamics of modern consumption (both digitally and physically).
The resulting layout offers an immersive experience within a non-intrusive shell. It is brought to life through a controlled palette of changing materials, lighting and finishes.
“As a studio, we’re interested in finding areas of work that slip between conventional territories. And this project offered us certain freedom to explore that. We wanted to create a shop display system that was ephemeral,” says Bhatt. Indeed, in some cases, classic Perona products grace the floor akin to objects in an exhibition, disconnecting the brand from the temporal dimensions of fast fashion.
The changing rooms are fashioned as green rooms in theatre, taking cues from Shakespeare’s famous quote ‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Continuing with this theme, the products are enclosed within wooden panels draped in suede fabric to convey a sense of gravity mixed with comfort.
The overall neutral palette lends itself to an industrial character using sharp, bold details. Reusable polycarbonate and curved SS panels on the walls create a dense foreground with counterpoints in the glass. The imposing character is balanced by suede curtains that add textural variability and break down the monotony.
The metal diffuses and reflects the colour of the merchandise that’s suspended immediately in front of it and animates shadows, thus creating an immersive experience.