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Retail Design Excellence Award
Presented to Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Raven + Lily
Austin, Texas

Project Description:

Raven + Lily is an ethical fashion brand and Certified B Corporation that works to empower women all over the world by forming partnerships with artisan women to hand-craft jewelry, clothing, bags and homewares designed in-house by their team. We worked closely with their inspirational founder to create a space for their retail headquarters that not only represents the aesthetic style of their eclectic global collections, but also employs several sustainable building methods – all while using cost-saving methods to keep the project to a tight budget so that Raven +Lily could continue their mission of keeping money in the communities they help to serve. The storefront entry and point-of-sale are formed by Moorish arches, with geometries carved out for jewelry display and the sale counter. Throughout the store, we designed custom steel and brass hanging fixtures and shelf brackets that were fabricated locally to display the various types of merchandise. Reclaimed wood accented by nailheads is located at the front entry, as well as the point-of-sale and shelving throughout. A stencil pattern designed by Raven + Lily was used to hand-paint the concrete floor and hand-leaf the back accent wall of the store. Energy efficient LED lighting on daylight sensors is used throughout the space, as well as water-efficient plumbing fixtures, low VOC paints, recycled content and locally sourced materials used in the metal storefront, gypsum board, and tile. A moss wall behind the sales counter helps to add a beautiful backdrop while providing better indoor air quality.