FREITAG lab USA
Flagship store on Bowery and Prince Street, NYC, Apr.-May 2011
Like the recycled-origins of Freitag’s bags, the space we designed evolved from a similar ethos of sustainability. We reimagined a tapering space on the prominent corner of the Bowery and Prince Street by installing mirrors perpendicular to the space’s two long walls, upon which Freitag installed their own shelving system that, like their product line, is made from recycled materials. The mirrors visually double the length of the space and double the amount of merchandise for sale.
In the same vein sustainability, or even like urban archeologists, we removed a few facade layers left from previous incarnations of the storefront until we found signage upon which we could hand paint the Freitag logo and their mantra, “Individual Recycled Freeway Bags”. In time, we will add new elements such as free-to-use fixed-gear bikes along Prince Street facade to make this place more than a store, but instead as a contributor to the urban fabric.
For the design and construction, we only had eleven days from the go-ahead until the opening that coincided with the Festival of Ideas for the New City, which the neighboring New Museum initiated.
Project team: Jenny Brawand, Nicolas, and Peter Dumbadze
FREITAG team: Daniel Freitag, Mario Stadelmann, Markus Freitag, Mira Gisler, Monika Walser, and Sascha Köglmeier
Installation crew: Alexandra Sachs, Boris, and Jon Carlson
Touch-ups: Stephen Crawford