Architect in ChargeJorge Sousa Santos
Text description provided by the architects. Last week we featured a new glasses shop in Beja designed by Jorge Sousa Santos, where he used small rotating circular mirrors, that also work as support for the glasses. Now, architecture photographer Joao Morgado shared with us this optical store in Lisbon, designed by the same architect.
The main idea developed itself centred in the need to extend the exhibition to the whole area of the space. Since the space was big, and the protagonists of the exhibition are small, we were drived to design an exhibition device that could be extended in the whole surface of the walls. This device draws itself in complex correlation of simple shapes forming a dance of departing and proximity.
The exhibition elements form a net of vertical and horizontal prisms built in steel MDF and Plexiglas, this later perform itself as a multitasking surface. If is horizontal and faced upwards, it is an area for the lodging of the eyeglasses, if it is vertical is the support of the classical nose hold, if it is horizontal and faced downwards it is a lamp.
The notion of movement is immersed in all the elements that compose the store, the desks for private consulting, the counters, the cabinets. They exist in a suspended movement state, similar to the wall exhibition support.
The notion of unity, and continuity are rooted in the design of the entire space. This notion of unity is achieved not only with the forms of the objects that produce a kind of mnemonic osmosis, but also with the materials, particularly the dark wood floor, that spreads itself in a state of absolute continuity.