Pitt Rivers Museum
Pitt Rivers Museum
Interiors
 
The Museum shop of the 134-year-old Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, has been transformed by leading design practice Conran and Partners.

The practice was asked to reimagine and revitalise the existing shop in order to improve the quality of visitors’ experience and increase customer footfall. Conran and Partners’ response was to create a contemporary, restrained yet welcoming entrance with a generous retail offer and a clear, easy-to navigate display.
 
To ensure the redesign remained consistent within the overall aesthetic of Pitt Rivers, Conran collaborated closely with the Museum’s in-house team of joiners, who craft much of the Museum’s distinctive cabinetry. Their passion and knowledge of the museum was invaluable in informing and implementing Conran’s design and creating a space made, and used, by Museum staff.

As the Pitt Rivers Museum is a charitable organisation, the design respects the institution’s budgetary constraints by using a simple collection of materials including light and dark Formica surfaces and beech timber. These allow a clear and uncluttered backdrop in which to display the products, while the use of beech, in particular, is sensitive to the archival nature of the Museum by mitigating against the risk of contamination and infestation.
 
Photography by Luke Hayes
The Museum shop of the 134-year-old Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, has been transformed by leading design practice Conran and Partners.

The practice was asked to reimagine and revitalise the existing shop in order to improve the quality of visitors’ experience and increase customer footfall. Conran and Partners’ response was to create a contemporary, restrained yet welcoming entrance with a generous retail offer and a clear, easy-to navigate display.
 
To ensure the redesign remained consistent within the overall aesthetic of Pitt Rivers, Conran collaborated closely with the Museum’s in-house team of joiners, who craft much of the Museum’s distinctive cabinetry. Their passion and knowledge of the museum was invaluable in informing and implementing Conran’s design and creating a space made, and used, by Museum staff.

As the Pitt Rivers Museum is a charitable organisation, the design respects the institution’s budgetary constraints by using a simple collection of materials including light and dark Formica surfaces and beech timber. These allow a clear and uncluttered backdrop in which to display the products, while the use of beech, in particular, is sensitive to the archival nature of the Museum by mitigating against the risk of contamination and infestation.
 
Photography by Luke Hayes
 
 
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