Over 35,000 blocks made from 20+ species of tree, with the help of 30 people and one beaver, our additions to a new 2500 sqft Lululemon Space are about to be unveiled as part of the Grand Opening for the 145,000 square foot expansion at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto. Its been one of our most challenging and gratifying projects to date.
The front facade and entrance is a mosaic crafted from 35,788 wooden blocks made from a variety of woods salvaged from the collected history of the Brothers Dressler workshop. Inspired by our photograph of a fallen leaf, the palette is comprised of all the natural colours of these woods pixelated into the image. This mosaic embodies the history of these woods from tree to beam to stave to lumber and everything in between. An historic mixture that spans years and even centuries. The trimmed ends of solid wood tables, staves of a 16 foot diameter barrel, portions of an old Toronto school, shipping pallets, submerged beams and off cuts from countless other furniture pieces come together in their true colours to begin another chapter of their story.
The facade and entrance is a mosaic crafted from 35,788 wooden blocks each 2 inches square.
Behind the cash desk hangs our exploration of the relationship between natural growth, our bodies and the calm nature of trees. Re-created out of misplaced limbs and sections of found trees, an uprooted tree is divided into the 7 chakras of the body and breathes calmly with embedded LEDs glowing through cast glass sections of bark. Each breath deepening our relationship to the trees.
Detail of lighting art piece for Lululemon interior. Big thanks to Orion Arger for casting the glass and Patrick Dinnen at Medialab for integrating the LEDs.
To replenish those precious fluids we created a water station out of veneer mill ends of a walnut tree with Arne Jacobson's timeless faucet design pouring from a crevice into a white corian sink.
At the far end of the store hangs a new light fixture resplendent with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals and melding the steam bent workmanship of our workshop with the incredible tenacity of the beaver who cleaned up the found sticks to eat the bark but could not build his dam as we intercepted them floating in Lake Manitouwabing.
The grand opening is this Friday, November 16. As the busy holiday shopping season begins we hope our additions to the retail environment add a moment of reflection rather than consumption.
Look for more images to follow soon.