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Maurice Mentjens didn’t dabble in trend-driven colour schemes for this cannabis and psychedelics dispensary. Instead, he opted to give his retail concept in Eindhoven, Netherlands, a flatly monochromatic interior. He then enhanced the walls and ceiling of the 85-square-metre shop with a dense maze of criss-crossing wooden shafts connected at right angles – an immersive installation reminiscent of the classic 3-D Pipes screensaver. More practically, the horizontal spans double as shelving for merchandise. Painted a ponderous grey, Mentjens’s eye-filling decor evokes neural networks, whether biological (like a brain’s cerebral cortex) or artificial (like the circuitry of a motherboard).

Project: House of Smart

Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands

Firm: Maurice Mentjens, Netherlands

Team: Maurice Mentjens with Annet Butink and Lesley Ruijters

People’s Choice: Commercial and Institutional
House of Smart
Five very different projects from around the world made the final cut for the Institutional and Commercial Interiors category, including a marijuana dispensary and an Uber office.

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