Appropriating a piano nobile apartment into a retail space is quite commonplace for a city where most early 20th century buildings were not built with commercial space in mind.
Fabric is a store inhabiting just such a scenario, with its storefront hovering 3 feet above the sidewalk. The store caters to a young alternative crowd. It stands somewhere between a boutique and a sneaker shop. As such it needs to look refined and have “street credibility”
The interior is clad in corrugated cardboard that becomes apparant only once one is up close.
In the rear of the space, among the sneakers is an opening with a view to a typical Sofian courtyard. These
secluded areas offer a tranquil space away from the hustle and noise of the major boulevards for dog walking, romantic encounters, hangout sessions with friends, or for sitting on a bench with a neighbor.
The view from the opening in the sneaker wall offers shoppers real time vignettes into the hidden life of the courtyard - an integral component of the real city fabric.
SIZE: 850 SF
photography: Bojil Vasilev