Architect Jamie Chioco's Latest Project, Gallery D!

Architect Jamie Chioco's Latest Project, Gallery D!

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Adrienne Breaux
May 8, 2009

Local architect Jamie Chioco (of Galaxy Cafe and Runtex fame) has created another one-of-a-kind, gorgeous space here in Austin. This time, it's a woman's retail space located in the 2nd Street District. We found lots of inspiration in the details he included in this space, and we think you will too! Read more after the jump...

Chioco and Gallery D owner Emily Keast wanted to create a gorgeous interior that would compliment, not detract from, the clothes, shoes and jewelry that are for sale at Gallery D. They decided to keep a minimal layout for the store, which includes a point of sale area, linear hanging rod/shelf combination on one side and dressing rooms and more hanging rods on the other. The store features tons of open space and high ceilings with varying heights, feeling almost like a luxurious lobby of a five-star hotel.

While we love the fresh, open and minimal layout, we adore the details that slowly reveal themselves as one explores the space. Details like the embossed Gallery D sign (which is routed out of high density sign foam then placed flush in the wall for a seamless look), the chandelier, and the warm yet strong hardware all work together to create a simple yet very layered space.

Though the actual color scheme is mostly white, the white is distributed using different materials and finishes. Paying homage to the architecture of the space, Gallery D uses painted brick in a satin finish, walls with a matte finish, and a beautiful, smooth stucco finish to highlight architectural detail. Dark woods combine with bronze finished hardware to create dynamic contrasts to the all white space. Keast wanted a space that also reflected a mix of old and new, so antique furniture and light fixtures with the contemporary interior architecture work to create a transitional and fresh interior.

Even though this is a retail store, we could see implementing some of the concepts and details of this space in a home. Could you? Let us know! Gallery D is located at 436 W 2nd Street, in the 2nd Street District of downtown Austin, and is owned and run by sisters Emily and Julia Keast.

(Image: Jamie Chioco and Emily Keast)

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