This is a great article about Jigsaw Menswear published in the style supplement of The Sunday Telegraph. The photo was taken just outside our office and the model is sitting on one of our chairs, which is apt as we supplied all the furniture for the new menswear stores and concessions, as well as designing the dedicated stores.
The third Jigsaw in the Market Town Series has opened in Parkway, Newbury.
Parkway is a large urban regeneration project within the town centre of Newbury and the Jigsaw shop is a new internal construction within a renovated façade.
Traditionally styled to complement the existing façade, the new shopfront is painted in the signature red of Jigsaw. Internally, all the walls are painted pale pink including sections of existing brickwork referencing the heritage of the building.
The bespoke polished steel hanging system with glass shelves sit lightly within the structure and enhance the clean lines of the overall design. Lighting is provided by simple custom-made pendant lights fitted with Plumen lamps and additional Italian globe feature lights. A very long antique chandelier hangs down through the new staircase encouraging the customer to explore the first floor where more retail space and fitting rooms can be found.
Comfortable seating areas have been created outside the fitting rooms using re-upholstered antique furniture allowing the customer valuable resting space.
A cash desk features a zinc top and bespoke painted canvas sides by artist Poppy Heading.
We have just completed the new Jigsaw shop in Marlborough, Wiltshire. This is the second in a series of new Jigsaw shops to be opened in market towns in England. The look is undoubtably Jigsaw, with their signature red shopfront but there is a new look and feel to the interior.
Simpler and cleaner in feel, the walls have been painted pale pink with simple grey framed mirrors and grey pinstripe fabrics. The new bespoke fixtures, designed for the Market Town Series are in cast aluminium with reclaimed timber shelving and timber uprights.
Lighting is provided by our bespoke single pendant lamps and vintage chandeliers. The cash desk has been clad in Poppy Heading’s hand painted canvases commissioned by us for the Market Town series.
Previously a Jaeger menswear shop, the existing white-box shopfit has been stripped away to expose two surprising double height spaces with a continuous skylight.
Revealing a bright and airy space, the flooring is a combination of reclaimed timber and new whitened oak, with pale pink painted walls and an off-white ceiling. The bespoke hanging rails we designed for the market town series are made from polished stainless steel with brass details and the familiar embossed Jigsaw logo. Shelves are made from reclaimed timber.
The carbon footprint of the shopfit has also been reduced by using new technology Plumen lamps in our custom-made single pendant lights, contrasting nicely with the two large vintage chandeliers hanging from the rooflight.
The fitting room area is generous with great natural light from the rooflight above. An extraordinarily long sofa was found and reupholstered, providing a comfortable place for the shoppers’ companions to relax and wait.
The cashdesk has been fitted with a zinc clad top and is covered with illustrated legs on the hand-painted canvases by artist Poppy Heading, commissioned by us.
We were asked to present a fresh concept for a number of new Jigsaw shops to be opened in English market towns. The brief was for a more contemporary feel, with a keen eye for budget without loss of the high quality feel of existing Jigsaw shops.
We came up with a design that not only reinforces the existing Jigsaw brand but updates the look and enhances the appeal.
Each shop has been considered individually but there is a common thread running through the overall design. The architecture of the building is respected and enhanced, the decor is simple and the bespoke display system is clean and unfussy, designed to be made from different materials to suit each shop. Lighting is provided by simple custom-made pendant lights with an antique chandelier as the Jigsaw signature feature light. Furniture has been found and renovated with consideration, including cash desks revived with zinc tops and bespoke painted canvas sides.
The look is comfortable contemporary with an eclectic English twist.
The Jigsaw in Bath’s Old Post Office was a bit of a change from the norm for AMD, in that we were responsible for the architectural and structural aspects of the project and not the design of the shop. It was a sensitive project involving a major strip out and rebuilding of the interior of a listed building in the center of Bath, drawing on our considerable experience of working with listed buildings. The major elements of this build were the stairs and balustrade, lift shaft and void in the first floor.
When we were initially brought to site on the ‘Liverpool One’ project we thought someone had transported us to a post-apocalyptic film set. There were no buildings to be seen for the massive groundworks in preparation for the huge scale of this city-wide development. Rounding a corner, one building remained; and that was where we were to work.
After a long process of working with the Liverpool One main contractor to make the building sound and tie it to the new shopping centre, we went to work on the concept and treatment. We wanted to keep the character of the building whilst creating a familiar, comfortable environment away from the glossy, new city out the front door. The idea that prevailed was that of a house; simple in retrospect, but creating a home concept from the concrete reinforced shell proved a challenge. The rooms were designated bedroom, dining room, dressing room etc. and the work started.
We are proud of the stair. A new technique was forged through prototyping sheet steel cut with a laser which eventually became the organic form you see in the pictures. Every panel was individually drawn and cut to fit the site and what prevailed is a delicate assembly that provides a beautiful and structurally sound ribbon flowing up the building.
It is always a challenge to create a space that represents a client’s identity in a space with such tight constraints. In a concession environment the rules normally forbid certain elements, such as ceiling treatments and floors, that make up the brand formula in a typical shop. Situations such as this require a careful look at the positioning of all the elements in the design to balance the needs of a working store with the aesthetic requirements required to uphold the brand identity. Along with this is the ever-present challenge to fulfil stock requirements, whilst ensuring circulation and through views.