ISSUE 57  |  Haberdashery

The Shipping News: Aether in SF Opens

January 29, 2013 10:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

The hottest spot last weekend in the white hot SF neighborhood of Hayes Valley? The just-opened outpost of LA tech-focused clothing line Aether, designed by Envelope A+D (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) in collaboration with Thierry Gaugain; Chris French Metal, an Oakland-based fabrication studio, handled all the custom metalwork.

The project consists of three stacked shipping containers; the middle, cantilevered section features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, creating a lounging area that hovers over the street below.

Photos via Aether.

Above: A pair of Eames leather loungers in a cantilevered reading are that hovers over the street.

Above: A side view of the Aether store.

Above: The exterior is painted a uniform shade of dark gray; a row of planters add a note of green.

Above: A side view of the shop; on the top level, a row of outdoor lights provides illumination.

Above: A sliding door closes off the shop at night.

Above: The upstairs aerie overlooking the street invites lounging; a photographic mural shows a watery landscape.

Above: A reclaimed oak wood floor adds a note of warmth.

Above: A custom steel shelf holds various objects for sale (Sigg water bottles, laptop cases, travel bags).

Above: A belt-driven laundromat-style coat rail spans the three levels. To see another novel coat rack, go to A Coat Rack with a Surprise.

Above: A view of the garment delivery system.