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Cigu designs woven bamboo screens
for Isabel Marant's Bangkok store
26 June 2014 | Leave a commenthttp://www.dezeen.com/2014/06/26/isabel-marant-bangkok-store-cigue/

Handcrafted woven bamboo screens are suspended in sections to cover the ceiling and walls of
this Isabel Marant boutique in Bangkok by Parisian studio Cigu.

Cigu created 236 screens in different shapes and sizes for the flagship Thailand store of
French fashion house Isabel Marant, covering the walls with up to three layers to create an
overlapping effect.

Located in the new Central Embassy department store, the boutique was designed to reference
Thai craft culture, providing a counterpoint to "the generic slickness of globalised branding".

The intricate bamboo screens were handmade by local Thai craftsmen, and woven in three
different patterns and densities.
"The final pattern was obtained by covering the entire surface of the space with a giant and
continuous skin made of the screens," the studio told Dezeen. "Then little by little some screens
were removed or 'erased' and the white walls appeared, to bring more light and air around the

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While some screens are suspended from the ceiling to form a hanging installation that
resembles a chandelier, others cover the walls in the corners of the store, spanning all the way
down to the floor.

One wall is lined with floor-to-ceiling tinted mirrors, while the others feature exposed concrete
surfaces that offer a continuation of the bare concrete floor. These are complemented by
additional details in brass and dark wood.
Hexagonal wooden tables covered with a layer of white plaster provide display platforms for
shoes and accessories.

Isabel Marant Bangkok is one of six international stores that Cigu has designed for Isabel
Marant, including one in Shanghai with a wooden cabin at its centre. The firm has also worked
with skincare brand Aesop, creating stores in London's Covent Garden and Le Marais in Paris.

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