If you are looking for some colorful inspiration for your next spatial project, look no further! We, BRIQ, have helped the Copenhagen based surface design company File Under Pop to create their new colorful universe: The Color Lab. File Under Pop specializes in transforming rooms by clothing floors, walls and ceilings – they carry a curated and unique selection of paint colors, hand-painted wallpapers and carefully selected handmade tiles. To them, colors are a creative science. Color is not only to be looked at, but also talked about and engaged with as an active tool.
The Color Lab is their take on a paint shop and paint pick-up point, but it also lifts the conventional concept to new heights. With Color Lab the aim is to blur the lines between paint shop, showroom and art gallery, hereby urging the guests to take their time to engage with the colors and get inspired and guided by the staff.
BRIQ has played an integral part in bringing their vision of the shop to life. Our starting point was to design a place that reflected transparency around the creation of the final product – the paint. This is why the paint color mixer has been given a central role in the interior design, as it is located visibly so that the costumers can follow the process.
Further, in order to facilitate engagement and interaction, seating areas were created, inviting the guests in for creative contemplation – these took the form of custom-built tile benches. The available paint colors are displayed along the wall, but in order to show the variety of options and different expressions, the paint can take when used in different color combinations and for different purposes, many artistic features are showcased in the lab as well. On the ceiling of the site, artist David Risley has painted an art piece, and textile drapes hand painted with the File Under Pop colors decorate the walls and windows. The overall vision with the spatial design was to place the functionality of a conventional paint shop within an inspirational universe with room for experimenting with colors and ideas.
Photos: Ditte Isager