Local know-how goes a long way when it comes to learning about a new place – a philosophy that the Stockholm-based design studio Hem took to heart when creating its first showroom space on American soil. Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Hem’s new home opened last week in an industrial warehouse space that it also shares with the wood flooring specialists Madera.
What seems like a raw, nondescript building from the outside (albeit painted coral) opens up as a warm, colourful showcase of Hem’s minimalist collections on the inside. Set against an abundance of exposed brick walls, blackened steel windowpanes and loft-style windows, the inviting tactility and easy playfulness of Hem’s pieces easily shines through.
This is particularly demonstrated by Hem’s commissioning of the San Francisco-based architect and designer Clark Thenhaus of Endemic Architecture to create a site-specific installation in the showroom’s outdoor courtyard. Entitled ‘Confetti Courtyard’, the piece reimagines the courtyard as a kinetic layering of architecture, furniture, landscape and social activity in colourful, geometric form. Comprised of vibrant shapes painted directly on the floor and walls, the installation’s oversized confetti-like shapes loosely demarcate a variety of uses and areas in the space.
‘Confetti Courtyard was inspired by the impromptu conversations that you might experience at a party, moving from room to room,’ says Thenhaus. ‘The installation aims to create a social context and physical space that elicits both delight and interaction.’
A perfect setting for future programming to come, the space is a celebration of the spirit of collaboration that underpins Hem’s American endeavour.
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Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.
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