It is always amazing how quickly Christmas comes around. I suppose it seems so soon for us as we began work on the Few and Far Christmas display in October, since we were to install the windows and shop display at the start of November. The brief was to create a Christmas feel that was sophisticated, clean and elegant, whilst embracing the theme and products that Few and Far had chosen for the season. We feel we pulled it off!
This years theme revolved around an illustration of a city full of artisans by Central St. Martins student, Natalija Mencej. We produced a very large book for the middle window which displayed the drawing surrounded by a story about the shop, which was set in the imaginary world shown in the illustration. The other windows featured large trees and a castle, taken from Natalija’s drawing, all beautifully laser cut from thick paper and suspended in the window. We wanted the windows to appear as a portal to a magical world within. We were very pleased with the result, as was the client.
We also created a ‘Christmas Bazaar’ within the shop, by resurrecting the Hardware store shopfront we made for the Few and Far spring display. It was repaired and repainted and once installed, we had Poppy Heading paint the gold detail.
We highly recommend anyone to go and take a look at the shop, even if you have been before. The display and stock change seasonally, so it is always a fresh, interesting shop to visit.
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.
As February dawned, we were back in Few and Far installing the spring display. It was a large undertaking as the entire layout of the shop was changed to reflect the new season and to provide a fresh approach to the new year.
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