The Shipping News: Aether in SF Opens
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The hottest spot last weekend in the white hot SF neighborhood of Hayes Valley? The just-opened outpost of LA tech-focused clothing line Aether, designed by Envelope A+D (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) in collaboration with Thierry Gaugain ; Chris French Metal , an Oakland-based fabrication studio, handled all the custom metalwork. The project consists of three stacked shipping containers; the middle, cantilevered section features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, creating a lounging area that hovers over the street below. Photos via Aether . Above: A pair of Eames leather loungers in a cantilevered reading are that hovers over the street. Above: A side view of the Aether store. Above: The exterior is painted a uniform shade of dark gray; a row of planters add a note of green. Above: A side view of the shop; on the top level, a row of outdoor lights provides illumination. Above: A sliding door closes off the shop at night. Above: The upstairs aerie overlooking the street invites lounging; a photographic mural shows a watery landscape. Above: A reclaimed oak wood floor adds a note of warmth. Above: A custom steel shelf holds various objects for sale (Sigg water bottles, laptop cases, travel bags). Above: A belt-driven laundromat-style coat rail spans the three levels. To see another novel coat rack, go to A Coat Rack with a Surprise . Above: A view of the garment delivery system.