Epicentro fills São Paulo flower shop with vintage furniture

Brazilian studio Epicentro has overhauled an old building in São Paulo to create a space for a florist, adding second-hand cabinets and tables to display plants and flowers (+ slideshow).

Flô Ateliê Botânico by Epicentro

Influenced by flower shops in the historic Le Marais area of Paris, Epicentro worked closely with the clients to create a unique space for Flô Ateliê Botânico.

Flô Ateliê Botânico by Epicentro

"The main inspiration for this project came from the clients themselves, who loved the flower shops they found in Marais, Paris, when they were visiting the city and their will to plant little gardens in friends homes," architect Diego Ferreira told Dezeen.

Flô Ateliê Botânico by Epicentro

"Their passion for plants, flowers and gardening led them to create their own place – an atelier and studio with a very strong original design, instead of repeating traditional formulas," he continued.

Previously, Athens studio Point Supreme Architects added white-tiled furniture to a Greek florist, while British firm Buchanan Partnership added a rippling timber facade to a London flower kiosk.

Flô Ateliê Botânico by Epicentro

Faced with a tight deadline and budget, Epicentro used materials in their most natural form and sourced furniture from nearby vintage shops.

Flô Ateliê Botânico by Epicentro

Cacti and succulents are presented in cream-coloured cabinets with glass doors. Trestle-legged tables are covered with terrariums and plant displays.

Flô Ateliê Botânico by Epicentro

Black wallpaper patterned with colourful butterflies is used to define a "cold chamber" that is concealed behind a glass door.

Flô Ateliê Botânico by Epicentro

"The a cold chamber works as a refrigerator," said Ferreira. "Besides keeping the plants fresh longer and assuring their quality, this chamber also works for self-service purposes where the customer can choose the stems, set an arrangement and pack it right there."