Three times this past weekend I saw Landrovers driving around emblazoned with “One life. Live it”. A few hundred fishing rods hanging out the back and a seriously happy driver behind the wheel. Now admittedly I was on the Weskus, and I think this type of sighting is pretty standard, but each time it got me thinking about the future and our life plans for it. It’s not easy taking risks to jump ship and change direction, and it got me thinking about my recent clients Mr and Mrs Game Changer.
I had met them before through mutual friends, and unexpectedly they contacted me saying that the needed some design work done, and was I available to meet them urgently? Mr Game Changer had quit his job out of the blue, and decided to start a Raclette food stand, at a trendy new food and design market opening on the Atlantic seaboard….talk about “One life. Live it!”Inspired by their love of cheese from the Borough market in London, they decided to take a chance and do something different, importing a Raclette machine from Switzerland and bringing this much loved cuisine to local shores. Who in the world doesn’t like melted cheese I ask you?
As a couple they are fun loving and fancy free and it was such a breath of fresh air conceptualizing and designing this stand for them. We had a super tight deadline, with only 2 weeks till opening, and an even tighter space to work within. We wanted the space to be user friendly and functional for their needs. The look and feel of it needing to be slick and sophisticated, much like the Swiss themselves, but have elements of quirk and creativity that resonated with the couple and their newly found brand.
We kept it clean and simple – using black to ground and define the space, plants to soften it, and played with natural woods to bring through that cheeky cheeseboard element. We customized the back wallpaper with Ben Grib from Essie Letterpress for some uniqueness and trend, and added some hanging lights because, well, we all have a little hipster in us, right?
Installation went off without any hitches and the result is superb…the market is an absolute hit, constantly abuzz with activity, and Mr Game Changer is totally designed for chatting and drawing people in.