This ground-floor retail space for vegan fashion retailer Treen is located in the heart of Stockbridge, Edinburgh, near the remnants of a façade from a 19th-century market hall.
The architectural language aims to reflect Treen’s sustainable ethos, with an emphasis on warm, natural materials like clay plaster and Scottish ash wood. Extensive removal of previous internal alterations revealed softly curved walls and multi-layered textures that reflect the space’s original use as a grocery store. Subtly textured clay plaster was applied to the stripped back and newly recovered surfaces. A bespoke, blackened-steel railing organically follows the curvature of the walls, creating a datum that extends through the store and guides customers as they explore the connected spaces.
The shelving and countertop showcase the beauty of the natural, oil-treated wood, and are designed to create a tactile experience. All fixtures and furniture were custom designed and made by local craftsmen, resulting in a harmonious, carefully curated space. The holistic approach to the interior design and installation resulted in a rich yet efficient process, creating a shorthand between designer and tradesman with the client at the centre of the explorative discussions.
EAA Small Project Award 2021 Commendation
Scottish Design Awards 2022 Interior Design Commendation
Clay Plaster Application
Murrayfield Bespoke Plastering
It was fundamental that our design for the store was approachable, engaging, comfortable, and true both to us as a positive impact brand, and the long legacy of the space that came before us. We worked closely and intuitively alongside GRAS to create a space that was kind to the environment, to the makers that lived locally and the materials grown close by. To consider the journey each person would take through the store, keeping it simple yet impactful and ultimately a memorable experience.
Cat Anderson, treen
- Scottish ash wood
- Mild steel rod
The sustainable ethos of the client’s brand is reflected through the use of minimal aesthetic and material choices. Softly textured clay plaster paired with the bespoke dark-metal railing amplifies the tactile journey through the space.
Paula Szturc, Project Lead