I wish I could see this cool new pop-up shop in person, but alas, it's in Manhattan and only until October 31. It's the first (albeit temporary) retail store for fashion designer Richard Chai, set in a shipping container underneath the High Line park.
Part of the Building Fashion installation series—which pairs architects and fashion designers to create innovative retails spaces—this shop, designed by Brooklyn-based firm Snarkitecture, delivers a lot of visual bang for little buck: the whole project cost just $5,000. Architect/artists Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen spent three days carving miles of stacked-up architectural foam into a futuristic, glacier-like space. All the work was done by hand, using just a heated wire, as shown below.
Carved-out niches show off accessories, shoes, and piles of folded clothing; other pieces hang in rows on inset rods.
When the project ends next weekend, the foam will be recycled and used for its original intent: as building insulation.