The Big Picture

Fluff Bakery, New York

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By  Charlotte Butterfield Published  May 7, 2006

|~|Back-body.jpg|~||~|More akin to a gallery installation than a coffee shop, the interior of Fluff Bakery in New York displays how designers can construct a creative interior through the use of conventional and often disregarded materials. Created by architecture and design partnership Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL), the project explores a new architectural surface made from excessive repetition and ‘common, banal and cheap materials’. The interior walls and ceiling of the 800ft space are made using 18,500 ft of felt strips and stained plywood, each individually positioned and anchored into place. The mixture of grey, black and white provides shifting colour tones throughout the bakery, with lighter combinations at the ceiling and darker tones around seating areas. A focal point of the design is the highly striking lighting fixture. Conceived as a horizontal chandelier, it is composed of 42 easily dimmed incandescent lights connected to a series of branching stainless steel metal armatures. The field of lights, which appear to spread organically and randomly across the space, distributes light evenly to all seating areas, providing an arresting counterpoint to the horizontal layering of the felt and wood strips. ||**||

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