Designing Jewellery with Process, Progress + Procedures

House of Origin recently completed a design documentation set for a new jewellery store in Sydney, a first for this office and hopefully not the last as it was a great design exercise.

However, shop fit-outs represent a very different architectural brief, with very different parameters, exacting details and loads of dazzling surfaces!

What the slideshow above shows is also something of the process involved in getting a design across the line.  My wife is only now learning to accept my process-driven attitudes, but you can see from these quick renders that without something of a rigorous interrogation of process, the design wouldn’t move along to satisfy the brief.

Thats not to say that the original design shown here as the black with blue diamond tiles, was not a strong and bold design approach and one I would very much have liked to see through to the end, but who knew that in the jewellery game blue is seen as the least “expensive” looking colour?  So, what this demonstrates is that “process” is not just something the designer goes through alone, but is more of an instructed procedure, informed by the various stakeholders involved who bring to light the many and varied parameters that need to be addressed in order for the ultimate outcome to be successful.

In this case the procedure was not only instructed by the client, but also by the approval body (the mall owners) and the joiner, who was to be ultimately responsible for fitting out the shop.  In a sense, these 3 agents are no different from a standard arrangement of client/council/contractor but it came as something of a surprise to House of Origin for several reasons.

Firstly, I have never dealt with this particular “council” before.  Whilst a new council will always throw new challenges at you, when you work with a major developer, you really do need to be familiar with their modus operandi.

Which brings me to the second challenge;  Unlike a regular council where any code or regulation information you require to assist with successfully resolving an issue, this is not so readily available, making the process somewhat more…staggered.

And finally, if neither the “contractor”, nor the “client” has never worked with this particular “council” before, they they are not in the best position to notify the designer of any potential pitfalls.

Eventually we were able to bring about a jewellery shop fit-out which we are all very happy with.  The shop space has already been gutted of the previous tenants, the ceiling has been lowered, lights added and an “opening date” set for a mere  4 weeks hence.

What an exciting pace for an exciting new design avenue for House of Origin.

Final Design - External Perspectives

Final Design – External Perspectives

Final Design - Internal Perspectives

Final Design – Internal Perspectives

3 Process Options - Internal

3 Process Options – Internal

3 Process Options - Internal

3 Process Options – Internal

3 Process Options - Internal

3 Process Options – Internal

3 Process Options - Internal

3 Process Options – Internal

3 Process Options - Internal

3 Process Options – Internal

3 Process Options - External Elevations

3 Process Options – External Elevations

3 Process Options - External Elevations

3 Process Options – External Elevations

3 Process Options - External Perspectives

3 Process Options – External Perspectives

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