Saipua is a small, family-run business dedicated to small batch production of handmade soaps and unique floral arrangements. For their Brooklyn store, architect Jeremy Barbour of Tacklebox created a simple design from reclaimed barn wood, creating a beautiful space that’s part store front and part workshop.
Situated in an existing warehouse, the shop area is quite literally a wooden box with reclaimed wood on every surface. The shop front faces the street like a stage, slightly elevated with a proscenium framing the interior.
The architect says,
There is a life and beauty that exists in an old dressmakers sewing box. that life lies not in the wood and brass hinges from which the box is made, rather it is found within the multi-colored jumble of spools of thread and the assortment of pins placed at random in the pincushion. this is an arrangement that could only emerge from use – the result of an ongoing act between the dressmaker, the dressmaker’s tools, and the thing being made.
For Saipua’s new location, situated in an existing warehouse, we sought to create a freestanding, inhabitable box that, like the sewing box, provides a timeless place for making – timeless in the sense that this place is only “complete” when occupied and filled with the life and beauty that results from the ongoing act of making.
Images via Tacklebox