EDUN is a progressive fashion company launched in Spring 2005 by Ali Hewson and Bono. In May 2010, Spacesmith was retained to design the lifestyle fashion brand’s new 8,600 square foot space to house offices; a showroom; design, production & marketing teams; and a sample room on the corner of Grand and Mercer Streets in Soho. The design intent was to keep the new construction to a minimum while allowing natural daylight to penetrate into the space and to embrace EDUN’s commitment to sustainability. It was fundamental to EDUN that Spacesmith design the space using reclaimed and salvaged materials and furnishings and to work with local vendors, craftsmen and craftswomen.
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Project Area: 8,600 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Project Team: Jane Smith, Partner in Charge; Charles Patten, Design Principal; Ambar Margarida, Stefan Danicich
Photographs: Courtesy of Spacesmith
EDUN is founded on the premise of trade for aid as a means to create jobs and alleviate poverty. The brand aims to raise awareness of the possibilities in Africa and encourage the fashion community to do business there. To help achieve this goal, EDUN is investing in the development of sustainable, community-based projects in Uganda and Kenya that focus on the environment, health care and education.
Reclaimed Barn Wood: Pioneer Millwork
General Contractor: Legacy Builders
Task Seating: Knoll-Chadwick Chairs