Downtown Los Angeles, 2016
Frankie (2016) is a retail project by Bureau Spectacular. The interior of this retail project comprises a 3D jigsaw puzzle that deconstructs into nine compartmentalized modules, each fulfilling some components of shopping. When re-assembled, it becomes a 28-foot-long staircase, and affords such human actions as seating, a fashion runway or other performance purposes.
Bureau Spectacular also designed the exterior graphic on the building’s historic facade.
The vision behind the store's design takes inspiration from Lai's 2010 project, Briefcase House -- a house within a house located inside a 1400 square foot Chicago warehouse loft. It also references Speechbuster / 99 Chairs, a sculpture that operates as both furniture object and performative space.