RIBA Regent Street Windows Project installations 2016 announced

Throughout September Regent Street will once again play host to RIBA Regent Street Windows. Run by Royal Institute of British Architects, working in partnership with the Regent Street Association and sponsored by The Crown Estate, the project features 10 unique installations that will bring to life shop windows along Regent Street.


24 August 2016

A highly anticipated project on the architecture and design calendar, RIBA Regent Street Windows returns for its seventh year. The RIBA Regent Street Windows Project pairs exceptional RIBA architects with Regent Street flagship retailers to create engaging architectural installations in store windows along and around London’s historic shopping street.

This year the installations will be up for three weeks from 5-25 September 2016 and will coincide with both London Fashion Week (16-20 September) and the London Design Festival (17-25 September). Regent Street will become a platform for creativity, where architects and designers will showcase and explain their work in a celebration of all things ‘designer’ over the three week period.

Shoppers can vote for their favourite RIBA window display by downloading the Regent Street App - see below for details.

Preview of RIBA Regent Street Windows Project Installations

Kiko Milano with Aleksa Studio

Kiko Milano

ALEKSA studio’s window is inspired by KIKO MILANO’s rich palette of make-up colours and textures. The installation will create a perspectival illusion as one walks by – allowing for dynamic views into the shop. The bright colour gradient and surface pattern will create a three-dimensional spatial experience. The sense of movement will be further accentuated by the ripple like effect and feminine curves found within the display elements geometry. The installation will transform when seen from different angles, establishing a sense of a dynamic ever-changing shop front.  

Charles Tyrwhitt with Bureau de Change

Charles Tyrwhitt

Bureau de Change’s window installation will create the impression of a traditional tailor’s cutting room. It will offer customers an insight into technical processes, used in the creation of the brand’s products, whilst representing the craftsmanship and British heritage at the heart of the collections.

An array of pattern pieces, used in the construction of the brand’s products, will be replicated in timber by British craftsmen. Pattern ‘families’ corresponding to particular garments, shoes or accessories, will be crafted in different British wood species. A traditional steam bending technique will be used in the fabrication of the wooden panels, in order to emulate the ‘curled’ surfaces of well-handled paper patterns.

RIBA, 76 Portland Place with Critical Architecture Network and Nina Shen-Poblete

RIBA

‘The Block Shop’ will re-imagine the street elevation of 76 Portland Place in a ghosted silhouette of the by-gone Georgian terrace, designed by the Adams brothers. These ornate, neo-classical openings will be a tongue in cheek device to stage a view into the ‘blocked’ windows.

It will celebrate a lost street view but their un-ceremonious blocking up will remind us of the impermanence of our city fabrics and their layered stories. It will invite the viewer in, but the visions will be ‘blocked’, and instead one will find one-self gazing at the exquisitely ornamented breezeblocks. The breezeblock, once a ubiquitous building material will thus be framed, displayed and elevated as a high-end product.

Molton Brown with Knowx Bhavan and Susie MacMurray

Molton Brown

In response to Molton Brown’s campaign for their new product range ‘Rosa Absolute’, the design will consist of three identical chandeliers made from the Molton Brown’s packaging bottles suspended with deep red ribbon, above a bed of beautifully crafted roses.

Powerful iGuzzini lights will illuminate the installation and amplify the reflective quality of the bottles. In comparison, the rich coloured ribbon will offer a feeling of weight, echoing grand renaissance rooms alluded to in the campaign. The mood of lighting will alter depending on the time of day, giving sensuality to the piece.

Uniqlo with Projects Office

Uniqlo

Flying Colours will be a playful amalgamation of Uniqlo’s fall colours, the brand’s signature rainbow arrangements, and that most iconic of London characters, the humble pigeon.

It will showcase Uniqlo’s raw materials, allude to production processes and play on London’s love/hate relationship with the plucky plumed pests. Are the pigeons weaving Uniqlo’s fall collection, or are the pesky birds unravelling the spools to make their own cuddly and colourful nests in preparation for winter?

Kate Spade New York with Design Haus Liberty

Kate Spade

Inspired by Kate Spade New York's fall collection entitled 'Star of Your Own Show,' Design Haus Liberty’s installation Nebula, will transform the brand’s signature polka-dot motif into an exuberant, 3-dimensional pattern. Constructed from 8000 translucent crystal spheres hovering in mid-air, Nebula will deflect and reflect light within itself dispersing multiple patterns onto the pavement and façade whilst illuminating the shop front.

Armani Exchange with Matheson Whitely

Armani Exchange

Matheson Whiteley’s on-going fascination with the artists of the 1960s Light and Space movement in Southern California has led to their installation for Armani Exchange. The work will operate at an architectural scale, saturating the display window with the strong physical experience of a single colour, while maintaining transparency both into the store and outwards to the street. The specific hue will form a complement to the AW16 collection, while suggesting broader conceptual relations to the climate and weather.

7 For All Mankind with KSR Architects

7 For All Mankind

KSR Architect’s installation will evoke feelings of weightlessness, floating in comfort and softness. These qualities will be represented in a simple and elegant installation of gently moving fabric. This is an homage to the effortless beauty and lifestyle brand of 7 For All Mankind and their new product, b(air).

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