We use ambiguity and conflict to express the sweetness and non-sweetness of “NOT SWEET”.
Community commerce is a part of our life, but the machine-made form is without any splendidness, we ignore such existence around us as always. The appearance of “NOT SWEET” is designated to break such status, hide around us with an ordinary and quiet pose, and integrate into our daily without mincement.
▼店铺外观，exterior view of the store ©偏方摄影
The brand “NOT SWEET” under Xiaolanju is a dramatic shop name. in face of the conflict between sweet and not sweet, new requirements are proposed for what kind of method should we use to intervene and the consideration for space.
▼外立面细节，facade details ©偏方摄影
▼空间次入口，the secondary entrance ©偏方摄影
Internally, within the space less than 50m2, it will not only meet all functions possessed by the dessert shop, but also resolve the interference caused by the bearing column with unilateral length of 1m for the space. Externally, it should not only reflect the brand effect but avoid the conflict with the surrounding environment as much as possible.
▼从侧入口看室内，viewing the patisserie from the entrance ©偏方摄影
We conceive to form the expression of signalization from our own brand and with the specific geometric shape of “orange” in the space.
The space takes a small-scale simple and open box as basis, takes “orange” as another geometry to embed into the box, and makes it into a new use space by hollowing the overlaps part between the two geometries.
▼室内概览，interior overview ©偏方摄影
▼“桔子”作为另一个几何体嵌入盒子体内，“orange” was taken as another geometry to embed into the box ©偏方摄影
▼室内细节，interior view ©偏方摄影
▼服务台内侧，service counter – internal ©偏方摄影
▼甜品展示柜细部， dessert showcase ©偏方摄影
The dessert exhibition, coffee machine and service counter are joined into a harmonious whole. The bottom internal retreat will form impending horizontal blocks, and then they will cross with the vertical bearing column, to form a new structural body in space, with the sculpt suspended into the air as light as silk ribbon. It not only solves the function demands, increases the third dimension in vision, but also resolves the interference of bearing column for space.
▼室内细部，interior details ©偏方摄影
After completing the shaping of space, we use light, material and color to imply the ambiguity and conflict of NOT SWEET.
▼天棚细部，ceiling details ©偏方摄影
▼墙面细部，wall details ©偏方摄影
The warm light in the spherical space makes the structural blocks and texture become vague sometimes and clear sometimes along with the change of people’s angle of view through the diffusion generated by the wall surface with orange texture, the space atmosphere will become gentle and ambiguous, to form conflict with the black lava external wall surface.
▼地面细部，floor details ©偏方摄影
▼材料细部，material details ©偏方摄影
When darkness falls, the comparison between orange and black makes the space full of movement, seems ready to come out at one’s call, just like a crystal clear sweet orange.
▼店铺夜间外观，night view of the store ©偏方摄影
▼平面布置图，layout plan ©Geemo Design
项目名称：NOT SWEET 不甜
Project name: NOT SWEET
Design firm: Geemo Design
Designer team: Kirin Shi, Eleven Yi, Cathy
Project location: Chengdu, China
Completion time: 2020.06
Photograph: Pian Fang