Artisan Confections, Merrifield VA
For his second location of Artisan, owner Jason Andelman asked me to create unique fixtures for a small retail space in the new Merrifield Mosaic complex. Since Jason prides himself of making small batches of handmade chocolates using only the finest ingredients, I wanted to design something that paid homage to the centuries old craft of chocolate making but kept with my industrial aesthetic.
While doing research on chocolate making techniques I remembered from a college art class a painting by Marcel Duchamp of an old chocolate grinder and set out to fabricate a 3 dimensional rendering of that piece out of copper and steel to use in the main fixture. I was very pleased with the result and was inspired to continue sourcing other vintage materials for the rest of the lighting. For the sconces behind the cash registers I used antique steel chocolate molds attached to a spiral rod and lit them from behind. Searching for just the right size and variety of mold was challenging but also very interesting and I learned more about chocolate making than I ever thought I would!