Mão Esquerda Vintage Store

Mão Esquerda Vintage Store

Gustavo Guimarães Lda.
Rua da Alegria, 5, 4000-031 Oporto, Portugal
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Nelson Garrido

Mão Esquerda Vintage Store

Gustavo Guimarães Lda. as Architects

Mão Esquerda vintage is the new store from a well-known Portuguese vintage brand which sources high-quality clothes from all over the world.

This new project occupies the intimate 19-square-metre ground floor of an historic old building located in the centre of Porto. The space has been refurbished in a way that combines both the raw, traditional vibe of Porto city and a contemporary minimal aesthetic.

The main challenge with this project was learning how to work with the many irregularities of this small slender space, while maintaining a simple and clean approach, thus creating a backdrop that could showcase a large and heterogeneous vintage clothes collection.

The resulting design has a visually strong aesthetic, focusing on two main curved elements. The first is a gridded floor-to-ceiling wall made of oak that serves as a partition and also allows for a storage area behind. The second is a two-level iron hanging rail that allows the shop to change its configuration based on the items on display.

These are complemented by the existing marmorite flooring and a refurbished counter that belonged to an old chemist shop, which, along with the light and colour, all help to create a subtle theatrical atmosphere.

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Black-white paintCIN
Plasterboard false ceilingKnauf
Light track/5080Tromilux
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Black-white paint
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Plasterboard false ceiling
by Knauf
Light track/5080
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