Standard Style _ 2011, 2014
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Hufft has designed two Kansas City locations for Standard Style. The development of the Leawood location occurs around its signature ceiling and the quality of the space created from this design move. The store, a counterpoint to its adjacent men’s clothiers, is soft and feminine to reflect the women’s clothing carried within. The desired look was for an environment which is soft, elegant, and striking.
The form of the ceiling was pulled away from the walls in an effort to maintain a light, scarf-like feel. This was achieved through a metal stud framing and aircraft cable suspension system then finished with gypsum at a level five. Air diffusers and lighting were kept to a minimum while sound, mechanical and lighting equipment are all tucked behind the ceiling or incorporated into horizontal slits in the front and back of the store. Heating and cooling are provided by a roof-top system with VAV units in each zone. The aluminum storefront features butt-glazed glass for maximum transparency.
Standard Style’s flagship store on the Country Club Plaza was one of the first projects completed by our studio. Almost a decade after the original tenant infill project, the owners asked us to update the store to reflect the company’s changing brand. We simplified the layout of the retail space, adding minimal steel hanging racks for clothes and simple steel shelves to accommodate the new beauty section. We fabricated a version of our “24-hour table” in Richlite and painted plywood for additional display. We removed walls to bring in light, and painted the floors, walls and ceiling in a palette of white and grey. In all of the updates the architecture was meant to recede, celebrating and displaying the product. The finishing touch to Standard Style Plaza was a new chandelier composed of a grid of 50 globe lights hanging over the existing cash wrap.