Riverside Collective within the Riverside Farmers Market is the home for small businesses that want to showcase their products. The Creative Group were engaged to create this unique concept, which allows small business owners to lease a small footprint of display space, collectively with other business owners. The tenancy footprint covers both dry goods display as well as refrigerated with 21 leasable spaces overall. The primary focus of the Riverside Collective is to showcase locally made food, ingredients and fresh produce within a well-considered market style environment.

The concept brief was to create a space that exhibited an authentic and busy market style environment. Consideration of customer flow, transition through the space and the relationship with the overall Farmers market was essential, along with the visual positioning of product.

Leaving the entire shopfront open allowed for customer interaction and direct impact with product. The shopfront was formed using enamelled steel post and beams which allowed for signage suspension, decorative detailing and suspension of products such as cured meats and dried herbs. The front counter runs the entire length of the shopfront and exhibits display space both from the front and rear sides, as well as counter top space for product positioning, tastings and presentations. A singular payment station to the end is defined by the curving and decorative panelling of the timber. A mix of vertical dry store shelving and cool room space forms the remaining display areas.

The lighting selected is French industrial tube and bulkhead lights salvaged from old ships and stripped in the ship breaking yards in Bangladesh. The finishes are a mix of traditional Victorian patterned tiles, brick slips, marble & recycled Rimu and when paired together created the authentic market style aesthetic.

It was a privilege for The Creative Group to be involved with the Riverside team on this project and help little by little in creating a vibrant city again. www.riverside.nz

Location: 96-100 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch CBD

Year: 2019

Size: 70sqm

Services: Space Planning . Interior Design & Specification . Detailed Drawings & documentation . Consent Documentation . Joinery Design & Detailing . Project Co-ordination and Liaison

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