RICHARD CHAI temporary store

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The Richard Chai store is a temporary retail installation created by Snarkitecture in collaboration with designer Richard Chai as part of the Building Fashion series at HL23, presented by Boffo.

Richard Chai temporary store SnarkitectureCarved from the confines of an existing structure beneath the High Line, the installation enveloped visitors within a glacial cavern excavated from a single material.

White architectural foam was cut by hand to produce erosions and extensions of the sculpted walls and ceiling to create a varied landscape for the display of Richard Chai’s collection.

The range of shelves, niches, hang bars and other moments embedded within the form encourage the designer’s RICHARD-CHAI-SNARKITECTUREcuratorial eye for display.

At the close of the temporary installation, the material was returned to the manufacturer and recycled into rigid foam insulation.


is a collaborative practice operating in territories between the disciplines of art and architecture. Working within existing spaces or in collaboration with other artists and designers, the practice focuses on the investigation of structure, material and program and how these elements can be manipulated to serve new and imaginative purposes. Searching for sites within architecture with the possibility for confusion or misuse, Snarkitecture aims to make architecture perform the unexpected. Snarkitecture was established by Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen and is represented by Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin.

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Photos courtesy David Smith