To form the flat surfaces, Wiedeck developed a rubber granulate surface that looks similar to Travertine stone but is more durable in a retail environment. Wiedeck’s commission for COS began after the brand spotted his Critical Objects, which includes wood versions similar to his latest designs. “The tables needed to be easy to assemble for the visual merchandise teams in more than 100 stores worldwide,” said Wiedeck. Object XI and XII both comprise a series of different-shaped shelves arranged at various heights. The pieces were created as an extension of Wiedeck’s 2012 Critical Objects series of 10 pieces designed as functional sculptures. These retail display stands by Berlin designer Till Wiedeck have multiple shelves for presenting monochrome products in the stores of fashion brand COS (+ slideshow). “It took a lot of research until we had a material that met our aesthetic and functional demands.”
The units are designed to sit within COS stores, where they present a curated selection of black and white products from the brand’s range. COS – which has also collaborated with studios Nendo and Numen/For Use on projects this year – asked the designer to extend his series and create monochrome versions for its stores. Till Wiedeck, founder of Berlin-based design studio HelloMe, worked with COS to develop units for displaying items across the brand’s stores globally. “After meeting in London to discuss initial ideas I went back to the studio in Berlin to develop a new concept of a multifunctional sculpture that would meet the needs of a global fashion brand,” said Wiedeck. The two largest shelves are rectangular, with one raised above the other and positioned perpendicular to each other. Balanced on the top of the poles are smaller horizontal circles that form further display spaces and a round upright mirror. “I had the vision to create something that would incorporate a tactile surprise,” said the designer.