The studio aimed to combine Dutch heritage with Japanese tradition to create an “unexpected” but never overwhelming interior for the store, which is located in the village of Nistelrode.
“The main objective was to pay respect to the monumental 100-year-old farmhouse that Calico Club moved into,” Barde vanVoltt co-founder Valérie Boerma told Dezeen.
“The challenge was to find ways to add materials we could remove easily to keep the original state of the construction as it was,” she added.
Boerma and her colleague Bart van Seggelen added several organic details to the space, which has been divided into different sections.
“The floor plan is shaped like a Japanese zen garden and its traditional elements of rock, water, and plants have been interpreted in more modern and abstract ways,” Boerma explained.
On polished concrete flooring, the studio placed whitewashed boulders that are used as retail displays and created elevated pebble islands above which garments are hung.
Barde vanVoltt also designed matching islands made from walnut wood. The same warm wood is also used for the fitting rooms, cabinets and counters.
Materiality is an important aspect of the project, with rippled mirrored glass added in a nod to the water features that are often included in zen gardens.
“Rippled mirrored glass and silver colour was to create contrast and depth,” Boerma said.
“The rippled glass keeps changing from wherever you look at it, this added an extra layer to the space, much like water, that is always changing,” she added.
The aim was for the interior to “nourish creative flow, harmony and support it with a screen-free store policy to create calm in an unpredictable world,” the studio said.
At the back of the store, a tree sits inside a round glass bench behind a metal wall divider.
“Encased in a circular glass bench, the tree and the fashion collection opposite is given its moment thanks to a sheet of curved, rolled metal to separate it from the fitting rooms,” Boerma said.
“And at the front of the store, customers are shown the best of the collection with floating glass display cylinders filled with hay.”
The pared-back designs and shiny materials inside the store contrast against its exterior, a rustic red-brick farmhouse.
“With every project we do, we feel the responsibility to search for high quality, natural materials that are produced in a sustainable way,” Boerma concluded.
“These materials and heritage come with earthy tones and it suited well with our Japanese reference.”
Previous projects by Barde vanVoltt include a former garage in Amsterdam that was transformed into a family home.
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