A Room for the Narcissist

A Room for the Narcissist

Architect
Lukstudio
Location
Store S-1-4, Block 5, Wuhantiandi, Wuhan, Hubei, China | View Map
Project Year
2016
Category
Shops
PROJECT|ION| motion picture production

FUO Wuhan: a room for the narcissist

Lukstudio as Architects

FUO is a popular hat retailer with numerous locations in China. For the rebranding of their store, Lukstudio plays with mirrors and reflections to evoke thenarcissistic nature of the shoppers.The resultis a surrealistjourneythat conjures a gallery visit.

The storefront is composed of a calm array of vertical pillars in the window display: a preludeto the interior arrangement. Upon entering through a set ofside doors and past a curved display wall, one discovers a spiral of ascending mirrors.The journey follows the rhythmical pillars, as people’s spatial perception shifts between multiple reflections from various angles,the hats on display and their ownreflection.The culminating moment revealsone’s reflection from different angles, while standing under a circular skylight.

Chosen materials are similar to those used in textile design such as felt and leather. Soft, grey felt is wrapped around walls and shelves, with round edge details reminiscent of rolls of fabric. The stainless steel and backlit polycarbonate create a contemporary and neutral backdrop for the multi-colored hats, which are positioned atop freestanding brass rods.

Within a 55-sqm space, Lukstudio curates not only the items on display, but the entire retail experience by installing a dynamic array of sculptural pieces. This branding statement surprisesintentional patrons, while also leaving an impression with casual passersby.Given the omnipresence of virtual shopping platforms, the designreminds us of the tremendous possibilities of a physical store.

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