Built into an existing storefront beginning in May 2013 and completed in June 2014, the perfume shop leads into a garden that was part of the project.
"The 400 square foot Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle shop is an abstract insertion into the historic fabric of Greenwich Village," says Holl at his website. "It is envisioned as an integral material/spatial whole."
Part of the design is "an imagined geometry for olfaction. A slipped disk characterizes the facade, the main cabinetry, the furniture, and the secret garden beyond," Holl says.
If smell could have geometric properties, "they might come in all scales and textures," Holl notes. Similarly, the "slipped disk" geometry is textured, porous and reflective (foamed aluminum); dense, smooth and opaque (black walnut); transparent (glass); or soft and rough (wool carpet).
Holl's dramatic architectural commissions have been built throughout Asia and Europe, as well as the U.S. In June he received an award for the 48,000 square foot Campbell Athletic Center at Columbia University in New York.
Holl also demonstrates a strong feel for woodworking design in earlier furniture designs for Italian furniture manufacturer Horm. The Riddled Table and Riddled Cabinet designed with Nick Gelpi are laser cut and miter joined, made of Canellato Walnut, aluminum and glass.
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