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Project 1926AB


Lead Author(s): Anca Cioarec

Co-author(s): Brînduşa Tudor, Eleonora Dioşan, Teodora Capra-Robescu, Arh. Ştefan Nechita, Atelier Vast

I can feel so clearly passing my fingers through the vertical twigs of the basket, I remember some of them being soft and flexible, and others breaking, I can feel the flour on her hands and the ferm movements through the bread dough.I remember with my hands.[...]

To recollect the experience of a certain crafts means remembering the process. The body reacts when it sees the tools, or the materials. The men remembered what his parents were doing with osier while sitting with it, touching it and trying to work with it.[...]

A place that aims to keep the crafts alive should be able to trigger memories, to have the tools and the materia available, to invite you to take a sit and let your fingers move along with them. To be a workshop, more than a shop.

To be a tactile house of past and future memories. [...]

We have envisioned a long, central table, where one could either see and touch objects, or even make ones while being guided through a workshop, or just read about people and their crafts while drinking a coffee. Experiencing this place should make you feel like being in a loom.

A tool-space.

At the same time we felt the need for a more quiet, less exposed place, where a craftsmen can sit on his small chair while passing his knowledge to some apprentices. Its walls must embody the traces of hands and the silhouettes of tools and materials that are waiting to become something else. Only tactile walls and a small chair. We imagine the process of finishing this wall as a collective event involving people from all social layers that Mestesukar Boutique aims to bring together: craftsmen, designers, students, potential clients and other actors of the phenomenon of crafts recovering.

For the exhibition of the final products we proposed a flexible structure, able to be reformulated for different types of objects, different proportions or scenarios, giving the shop the freedom to change in time the selections and the focus of its curricula. It is a simple linden structure made offlute-columns waiting for their beams that can support either shelves ir hooks. The assembly will use handmade copper joints.

And in order to be able to leave the shop for different events like fairs or temporary showcases we proposed a small scale-object that reproduces the shop’s structure and exhibition area along with its table. We called it Mesteshukar-Mobil.

The window shop can either host an exhibition of a product or just a coffee/reading moment of a visitor.

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