Projects: Retail

Borel Eye Doctors

San Mateo, CA

The Intent

The space was to house a combination of retail space selling glasses and lenses and an optometry practice with exam rooms. The challenge was to transform an ordinary tenant space into a bold, innovative optometry office that is easy for even a new customer to navigate.

The Solution

As project designer, Klara Komorous-Towey introduced an axis that cuts diagonally across the rectangular space. The displays and offices are organized to either side of this axis. The geometric tension of the diagonal lends excitement to the space.

Each of the office's functions - eyeglass frame sales, reception, waiting area, exam rooms, lab, doctor's office - is set along the space's perimeter for easy customer orientation. The use of soffits and changes in floor patterns give each "shop" its own identity. Counters and low walls serve to separate the individual spaces from the main floor area.

KTA designed the display area for maximum visual impact. Stepping fins and pilasters hold up glass shelves. The contact lenses are used as a decorative element and incorporated into the architecture. Warm colors put the patron at ease.

Customers say that the design is user friendly and yet dramatic. The client appreciates the office's unconventional, eye-catching design that reflects the company's innovative image.

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