Flower Box

Some­thing old; some­thing new; some­thing Ja­panese- a tag line that would very well de­pict Flower Box, a florist's bou­tique bloom­ing in the City of Gar­dens, Ban­ga­lore. Draw­ing par­al­lels to Zen ide­olo­gies, an aura of spir­i­tu­al­ity is ex­pressed through con­temp

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This 900 sq. ft. of space was orig­i­nally a doc­tor's of­fice. The space was small and had to be dealt with an un­canny sense of de­sign. “Ike­bana is about flower ar­range­ment with de­tailed at­ten­tion to shape, line and form. So, for undis­putable rea­sons, my shop had to have Ja­panese con­no­ta­tions. The de­sign had to be min­i­mal­is­tic and not over­pow­er­ing. It had to be the back­drop for the flow­ers and yet set a stylish tone,” said Megha Arya, the Ja­panese art form ex­pert. The flower ar­range­ments ob­vi­ously have dis­tinct nu­ances; but the el­e­ments of dé­cor added by the owner her­self, pro­pose a sense of per­son­al­iza­tion and care. The flower shel­ter has a very cu­ri­ous en­trance. The ar­chi­tec­tural lan­guage with a tiny white fenced gate, sur­rounded by green­ery, arouses cu­rios­ity and makes one stop in one’s tracks in an other­wise dull road. Stand­ing in front of the store, the only hint of colour seen in the frame is the ver­mil­lion door. The colour ver­mil­lion

has its roots in Ja­panese en­trances which makes per­fect sense for this store. A col­lage of ver­ti­cals and hor­i­zon­tals in this shade is su­per­im­posed with the white ver­ti­cals of the gate to cre­ate a mon­tage al­low­ing the flow­ers to be show­cased through the trans­paren­cies. As for the win­dow dis­play , well the very idea of win­dow dis­play for a florist's shop is quite rad­i­cal. Flow­ers shelved in steel oil cans and white swings hung from the top cre­ate a pal­ette which com­ple­ments the in­te­rior hues. Colour is added to this dis­play only through the flow­ers, the ul­ti­mate sell­ing point. A cen­tral en­try for the store was a well thought of de­sign de­ci­sion by Farah Ahmed and Dhaval Shel­lu­gar of FADD Stu­dio (Farah and Dhaval De­sign Stu­dio). The win­dow dis­play on the right re­mains un­per­turbed in its aura of tran­quil­ity. A sense of con­ti­nu­ity res­onates through the in­stal­la­tion in front of the win­dow. The white painted oil cans on wooden chunks stand­ing tall on the gravel, give a sense of old school im­agery. Al­though a very sim­ple idea, it en­hances the ex­pe­ri­ence at the thresh­old. On the left, there is an in­di­ca­tion of a path want­ing to take you some­where. The trail leads to a Zen gar­den. Zen gar­dens are small Ja­panese or­nate el­e­ments of land­scape based in gravel which is raked to cre­ate con­cen­tric cir­cles re­sem­bling rip­ples in wa­ter.

On the other side of the fa­cade, an el­e­ment of sur­prise greets you with the sound of a bell. A small space might have proved to be a chal­lenge to de­sign, but the end re­sult is tes­ti­mony to how well the space matches the ex­pe­ri­ence of­fered. Farah Ahmed, one of

the Cre­ative Heads at FADD Stu­dio, said, “It helps a lot when the client knows what they want. Know­ing that she is an Ike­bana artist, a lit­tle re­search on the Ike­bana art and the Zen con­cept gave us a di­rec­tion to work with and the de­sign evolved with our de­sign in­stincts. While flow­ers play a huge role in gift giv­ing in the In­dian cul­ture, very lit­tle im­por­tance is paid to the ac­tual shops that house these beau­ties. Per­haps it is be­cause the flow­ers are al­ready so vi­brant and colourful, one thinks the flower shop can be an af­ter-thought. This shop is ex­em­plary that, that is not the case.” Neu­tral colours, grey and white, lay the car­pet for the flow­ers to model. Min­i­mal­is­tic in­te­rior is the dis­course of the store. But the ceil­ing with bam­boo ve­neer light fix­tures steals the show. Bam­boo, a ma­te­rial very sym­bolic of Ja­panese art forms and ar­chi­tec­ture, fits per­fectly into the de­sign phi­los­o­phy. In ad­her­ence to the con­cen­tric Zen cir­cles in the ex­te­rior, this piece of art trade­marks the store with its ex­clu­siv­ity and cre­ative out­burst. White ceil­ing is the back­ground for this chan­de­lier-like art to boom its pres­ence. Rough ce­ment floor­ing keeps the floor as

neu­tral as pos­si­ble to glo­rify the flow­ers. In this arena of in­no­va­tive ideas, the walls stand strong as well. Shaded ce­ment is used on the walls which draws a gra­di­ent from the grey floor to the white ceil­ing. Con­sid­er­ing the neu­tral shades, this wall de­tail may go un­no­ticed by many; but it grabs a lot of points in chic in­te­ri­ors while cater­ing to the func­tion­al­ity of the store. The walls cre­ate 3 zones in the store which can be iden­ti­fied as pri­vate, pub­lic and ser­vice; but all the spa­ces are fluid in terms of con­nec­tion. The pri­vate zone with the owner's cabin is sep­a­rated from the pub­lic zone by a mere can­vas cloth screen de­pict­ing a frag­ile di­vi­sion of space. Key­words like bal­ance, min­i­mal­ism and har­mony are what one would as­so­ciate with this store. Con­tent in their home, the flow­ers dance to the ro­mance of the in­te­ri­ors!

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