Maurice Mentjens didn’t dabble in trend-driven colour schemes for this cannabis and psychedelics dispensary. Instead, he opted to give his retail concept in Eindhoven, Netherlands, a flatly monochromatic interior. He then enhanced the walls and ceiling of the 85-square-metre shop with a dense maze of criss-crossing wooden shafts connected at right angles – an immersive installation reminiscent of the classic 3-D Pipes screensaver. More practically, the horizontal spans double as shelving for merchandise. Painted a ponderous grey, Mentjens’s eye-filling decor evokes neural networks, whether biological (like a brain’s cerebral cortex) or artificial (like the circuitry of a motherboard).
Project: House of Smart
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Firm: Maurice Mentjens, Netherlands
Team: Maurice Mentjens with Annet Butink and Lesley Ruijters