Inspired by a range of influences including 1960s French spy films, mid-century office interiors and the photo-realistic work of Thomas Demand, the James Cameron store explores themes of repetition, pattern and both physical and emotional tension.
At the crux of the store, floating above a black and white chequerboard stone floor, over 400 spearmint coloured document archive boxes line the wall. These are reflected in the flanking mirrored planes to create a seemingly endless gridded backdrop to the store and the collection. Hovering beyond these boxes, a matrix of black tubular extrusions anchors the fitting rooms below and juxtaposes with the adjacent rhythms of the archive boxes and chequerboard flooring.
The colour of the archive boxes is taken as the main hue for the interior of the building, unifying walls, architraves, cornices and skirtings with subtlety and depth.
Sitting against this backdrop, formed from a palette of matt black tubular steelwork and two-tone composite aluminium panelling, a family of objects has been created to define different areas of the store. These elements comprise fitting room screens, a series of mobile consoles and the central desk. Full height mirrors flank the central desk and lean against the rear wall to reflect the ceiling cornices and central roses.
Location / Melbourne
Client / James Cameron
Collaboration / Joinery / Xilo
Photographer / Scottie Cameron
Completion Date / 2008