French design on display at the California Museum

French Designers Take California Museum Gift Shop to the Next Level
March 6, 2023

The MIND Idea Retailer elevates the museum expertise for the Orange County Museum of Artwork in Costa Mesa, California. Martha Sissums talks to the 2 designers behind this contemporary reward store

The most effective components of visiting the museum is the reward store. After having fun with the truthful, shopping for postcards, magazines, catalogs, and different enjoyable souvenirs is a part of the expertise. mindMuseum store in Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), takes this expertise to a brand new stage as a part of the museum’s creative journey, however provides a French twist.

The homeowners of The MIND are French artwork and design collectors. For 9 years, Nicholas Lippert and Emmanuel Reynwerd operated PLEASE DO NOT ENTER, a profitable Los Angeles retailer now positioned in Orange County’s South Coast Plaza. OCMA claims the museum is “targeted on artwork…with ties to California” however the Libert/Renoird staff is increasing that focus by making The MIND a global idea retailer that expands the museum’s journey.

“We needed to make one thing totally different that did not appear to be a museum store,” Lippert stated. “We needed to mix the previous with the up to date to assist the youthful era perceive being artistic and be impressed by what others have carried out previously.”

“Whole transparency” was required within the design of The MIND gifthop © Owen Kolasinski

A part of the museum expertise

The result’s a retailer that blends a variety of classic and new jewellery, vogue, artwork and design merchandise with OCMA displays and collections whereas being a part of the museum itself, relatively than a hidden bookstore on the museum exit.

The OCMA Constructing was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, founding father of design studio Morphosis. The atrium is the primary architectural function, together with the big staircase group gathering level and intimate galleries that encourage reference to the artwork on show. The sunshine-filled courtyard incorporates a extensive open house, and permits guests a view of galleries and sky bridges in addition to the museum store. In line with Libert, Mayne gave them freedom to design THE MIND however there might be no partitions. “Full transparency” was required in order that clients might view the displays from anyplace within the retailer.

The openness of the reward store provides to its uniqueness. Classic inventory is vital and the shop’s timeless jewellery is displayed in a 20-foot trendy stainless-steel sculpture by French artist Sebastien Leon that additionally performs an digital rock soundtrack specifically composed by American duo Phantomgram.

A steel sculpture displaying antique jewelry at The MIND gifthop

Classic jewellery is roofed with a chrome steel sculpture © Owen Kolasinski

“We needed to supply guests an expertise … that they must expertise bodily,” Lippert stated. “That’s why we needed to have a big set up that was a sculptural/sound/efficiency set up the place we confirmed our classic classic items. The thought was to sort of have a time capsule, which is admittedly stunning and a part of the expertise. Plus, the artwork Contained in the Museum Retailer making the shop a vacation spot inside a vacation spot.”

Storytelling is a key a part of The MIND because it blends previous and current with a mixture of outdated and new on the market. Conventional museum reward outlets are full of predictable and politically right books, playing cards, and different objects whereas THE MIND tells a broader, extra up to date story by mixing a wide range of objects from a broader time-frame and viewpoint.

For instance, classic garments and jewellery from the 60’s and 70’s can be found from Pierre Cardin, Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Dior, and so on., all bought by the Paris-based Libert/Renoird staff. There are additionally classic items of artwork that add humor and generally some politically incorrect controversy, like a set of skateboards painted in 1967 with Disney characters having enjoyable however staying away from the PG ranking! There are many issues associated to up to date artwork corresponding to avenue artwork objects, younger artists artwork, scented candles, sculptures, instructional toys, books and video games together with books, magnets and different restricted version souvenirs from the museum’s displays and artwork assortment including to the client’s alternative. All inventory works to be a part of the story the thoughts is telling.

View in the Museum of the Mind gift shop

Humor and political wrongness creep into the store’s assortment © Owen Kolasinski

French aptitude

“The primary cause for up to date artwork is to problem your concepts, your beliefs, your expertise, your on a regular basis life and we go to a contemporary museum as a result of we need to be stunned,” Lippert stated. “Difficult folks’s minds is the primary objective of an artwork museum, particularly a up to date museum, and that is why we needed to do precisely the identical factor with the picks in retailer. We needed to be extraordinary.”

“A museum store needs to be instructional for kids and adults seeking to study, uncover new issues and be stunned,” Lippert continued. For these causes, our number of artwork items is critical… as a result of it continues the expertise of the museum itself. ”

It’s clear that guests are having enjoyable within the retailer and it is extremely standard. OCMA opened in October 2022 and site visitors hasn’t slowed down on the Present Store (and Museum). Galleries, grand staircases and eating places have attracted many individuals and lots of of them go to The MIND. For instance, the opening occasion for Daniel Arsham’s latest exhibition had an RSVP checklist of 5,000 folks and The MIND offered practically 300 signed artwork books that evening.

An aerial view of OCMA

OCMA OPENING OCT 2022 © Mike Kelley

“We see folks laughing within the retailer and saying good issues about her,” Lippert stated. “That is one of the best reward you possibly can count on. Make folks glad and make them spend cash, that is one of the best of one of the best.”

Whereas the museum retailer is stocked with French jewellery and clothes collections and there’s a French aesthetic within the retailer’s design, Libert claims that this isn’t what folks count on from a museum retailer or in Orange County.

“We now have a number of French collections, designers and artists however most of them are worldwide and the shop is worldwide relatively than French. The aesthetic and contact is French as a result of we’re French, however it’s broad about every kind of artists and every kind of designers.”

Possibly that is true, however at THE MIND, it took a French artwork staff to interrupt the foundations of conventional museums and elevate the museum store expertise.

Essential picture proprietor: Nicholas Lippert and Emmanuel Reynwerd are behind the idea of the MIND gifthop © Owen Kolasinski

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