Architects: George Mosulishvili | Anuka Tavartkiladze
Construction works: Mosulishvili & Partners
Photo: Courtesy of DOTS
Paintings: Tamar Maglaperidze
Location: Kote Apkhazi str.22 | Tbilisi, Georgia
One more interesting place has been opened recently in Tbilisi. This is a fashion house – DOTS. Everything is Georgian in here, starting from the idea and finishing with the smallest accessory. The collection is attractive with its colorful spectrum and joyful patterns of the fabric, for instance the shuttlecock. The special interest for IDAAF became the interior of DOTS, this is why we have asked the author some questions.
Where did the concept start from and how difficult it was to design the visually attractive space which would meet the interesting commercial project requirements intended to be performed by the client.
The concept has been developed together with the client. It has been decided after discussion to keep the existing style, which would be enriched with individual elements. As for the difficulties – though we have not worked on such project until then, it can be said that we have handled everything more or less easily
What are the difficulties when working with old building?
It is difficult to work with an old building from various points of view. First of all, it already gives an architect and a designer some specific framing and provides certain direction to which you unintendedly obey. Besides, an old building means old materials, which require a very gentle attitude while working with them. For instance, it is usually preferable to change all wiring and plumbing. In such cases if we wish to keep some fragments of the building unchanged, it is very hard to find the similar materials to do this. The wallpaper for example, used hundred years ago is not in sale today anymore and manufacturing of its duplicate is related with additional costs.
It seems that some parts of the old brick walls and arches are simply cleaned. Why did you take the decision to frame a number of them with the rectilinear elements, was it caused by the structural issues or is it just an insertion of a new detail of the design?
We have solved the problem we’ve faced during renovation works this way. It seems, that there has been held some reinforcement of the building structure, though the visual side was not in the center of the interest at that moment. The columns we found there had to be kept for sure, but their form had to be changed. We’ve decided, that the best solution would be the “framing”.
The ceiling and lighting is presented in a simple but advantageous way. Is the structure of it the part of the old building too?
We’ve left the ceiling as it was. The arched ceiling alike the one in this space is typical for many buildings in Tbilisi and adds peculiar charm to the interior. The lighting is modern.
What is the logic of choosing the furniture type for the front/lower and back/upper areas, did the natural lighting mode have any impact on it.
The furniture was mostly placed according to the functional difference of the mentioned zones. It is planned to present the showrooms of different brands in the back/upper area together with the products designed by the client. The front/lower part will be occupied by the clothing and accessories. The cash desk is located here as well. We can meet similar structure in many other shops today. This is defined not only by the specifics of the one or another space, but by the psychology of the customer too.
Author: Tata Alkhazashvili