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Citizens of Humanity Showroom
Winner - Gold
Designer: David Montalba, AIA - Founding Principal
Design Type: retail showroom
Company / Organization / School: Montalba Architects, Inc.
Team Members: Architect: Montalba Architects, Inc. Builders: Dickinson Cameron Construction Structural: The Office of Gordon Polon Lighting: Sean O'Connor Lighting
Located in the fashion district in downtown Los Angeles, this 4,000 sf renovation included all new finishes, custom fixtures and furniture, flooring and graphics / signage for the well-known denim brand. The raw loft space, with its 40’ linear skylight and large operable north-facing windows is flooded with natural light throughout the day, creating a casual yet peaceful reprieve from the urban background. The heavy, dark wood and rusted steel materials of the existing space were stripped away and a new European oak floor was laid out. From here, the authentic brick walls and wood ceiling were refinished and painted to complete the white-box foundation for the remaining design elements. Floating ‘canvas’ feature walls with blade-thin, waning profiles are mounted to the brick surfaces creating a neutral backdrop for merchandising without obscuring the historical character of the industrial building. Brushed stainless-steel fixtures punctuate each canvas and appear occasionally throughout the footprint, incorporating a modern interpretation of workshop aesthetic.