Kvadrat Flagship Showroom, NYC
The showroom is an open two-story light-filled space, outlined by an aluminum catwalk. In plan the catwalk is square, deriving its shape from Kvadrat’s name, which translates to square in English. Textiles can be easily hung and re-arranged in the space, simply draped over the catwalk’s guardrail. The catwalk carries the metaphor of aircraft, flight and blue skies—a gesture of optimism that I wanted to give Kvadrat for its foray into the US market. Built from solid aluminum plate, and bolted together like an aircraft body, the catwalk is painted with aircraft grade paint in a shade of sky blue. Sky blue is also the color of our atmosphere, which is symbolic of Kvadrat’s commitment to sustainability, and the aluminum that the catwalk is built with is 100% recyclable.