Darbyshire was asked to convert a 2500 sq. ft shell of an industrial building into contemporary gallery with office and storage for Maureen Paley/Interim Art. Interim art has been at the fore front of contemporary art in London since the early 1980's, promoting and showing art from the US and Europe, as well as launching new talent from the UK. Close liaison with client was required throughout the project.
Darbyshire completed a total refit of the premises. A new poured and polished concrete floor laid the foundation for a hard-edged minimal style. Gallery walls were constructed from stud and ply with plasterboard skin/skim finish. Walls also designed with shadow gap. Darbyshire fitted a minimal visibility heating system and air condition venting. An integrated fluorescent and track wall-washer lighting system was also installed.
Office portioned from gallery by bespoke stainless steel and glass door. Interior of office followed gallery style of white minimal surfaces. Shelving and wall mounted work surfaces were white spray painted, with one area of shelving designed as floating units with hidden brackets.
Requirement included supply and fitting of architectural detailing throughout, from exterior door furniture to all internal switches and handles, to bathroom and kitchenette fit-out.
A racked storage area was built to rear of the gallery.