Tiina the Store
Island boutique Tiina the Store. Drawing on owner Tiina Laakkonen’s penchant for collecting, the reimagined space is a curatorial cabinet of curiosities infused with postindustrial touches. Reflecting Laakonen’s Nordic roots, the pared-back aesthetic is sculptural and geometric, but with touches of domesticity that alludes to the store’s origins as a family home. The centrepiece cash desk, a 4m-long custom-built table in natural oiled ashwood with a frontage of soft grey felt, has a tabletop finished with three shades of poured car paint, offering a deconstructed take on the traditional idea of a marble-topped shop counter.
Clothes are stored in freestanding cabinets constructed from powder-coated steel mesh, with hanging rails or wooden shelves, while console vitrines made with low-iron, non-reflective glass are used to display jewellery. The same range of innovative materials – industrial mesh, felt, ash and poured paint – are also deployed in a series of stepped geometric units that can be easily and speedily rearranged, creating a malleable and continually evolving space.