Japanese Weekend

Designed and constructed in six short weeks in order to meet the owners’ wish of opening on Mothers’ Day, 1993, this maternity clothing store transformed a bland commercial space into a fresh, aesthetically appealing, environmentally conscious retail environment. In a gesture to the human figure, curved forms are incorporated throughout the design. The focal point is a luminous cylinder centered in the rear of the shop—a handmade work of art that serves as a dressing room. Inspired by principal Richard Parker’s own line of lampshades, the element suspends colorful, recycled plastic objects and toys in 6” pockets made from quilted stainless steel mesh. The glowing objects, “like translucent jewels,” illuminate the space and entertain young children while mothers-to-be shop at the store.

Awards & Press
  • 1994 I.D. Magazine, Design and Distinction Award in Environments
  • 1992-1994 American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter, Award of Honor
  • 1993 Industrial Fabrics Association International, Design Award
Cost $30,000
Size 1,200 sq ft
Location San Francisco, CA
Client Japanese Weekend Maternity