All our experience in building unique retail spaces came into play while building our new kiosk at Grand Central Station. Saskia and I both love old wood; the texture, the grain, the story written into each aged plank. For this new location, I joined my brother in an adventure to a horse farm outside Philadelphia, where a hundred year-old fence had recently come down. In exchange for building some flower boxes and a few jumps, we loaded thirty boards on top of our Subaru.
Grand Central has some very specific constraints. The kiosks are prefabricated and everything has to fit inside. With that in mind, I created a substructure to rest on top of their built-in metal cabinet, which I then layered with the beautiful reclaimed fence wood - making sure to miter the edges for best effect.
To display all our wonderful wooden busts, I built a tiered structure with open-faced boxes lined with LED tape. In my basement workshop, everything looked perfect, but would it fit out the door?
After a day's heavy lifting and putting the pieces in place, we all breathed a collective sigh of relief and got down to the business of placing the necklaces. Before long the wood was no longer bare and we began welcoming all our wonderful patrons.
If you haven't yet had the chance to come see the kiosk in person, come check it out soon! We're open Monday-Saturday from now until October 29th. We hope to see you there!