Shoei Arao designed the interiors of a flower shop in Kōbe, Japan, creating a space that enhances the constantly changing arrangements and expressions of flowers.
Sohei Arao from Sides Core designed the interiors of the Gigi Verde atelier in Kōbe, Japan. Gigi creates custom flower arrangements for party and event spaces in addition to serving as a traditional retail flower shop.
The design language revolves around flower arrangement, to create dynamic expressions. The one element that helps in achieving this goal is a black arc that becomes a central feature that defines the role of everything in the space. Movable fixtures allow for flexible layouts, while adding flowers, plants and lighting to the arch creates a space reminiscent of a wisteria trellis. The project also represents a flower arrangement proposal for an event space.
Structural supports are painted grey to bring out the colors of fresh flowers, and fixtures are made from concrete panels. The concrete floor was left untouched, while a partition in the back limits the visibility of the work space during busy days, without interfering with the movement of the clientele. Gigi flower shop is a space that enhances the constantly changing arrangements and expressions of flowers.
Gigi Verde, Kōbe, Japan
Design: Sohei Arao, Sides Core
Area: 76 sqm