The hallway has been designed as a real exhibition art gallery characterized by cross vaults recovered by the original building; the glass cases exhibit Amber objects laid down on Black Stripped Olympic marble pedestals. Two rooms with barrel vaults overlook the hallway characterized by a more contemporary style. The flooring in natural oak staves opens a material dialogue with the vaults and walls which are treated in hand stuccoed concrete.
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Japanese artist Shuji Mukai was commissioned to hand-paint three columns within the store, with a design that relates directly to the gutai art movement popular in the 1950s and 60s. Peter Marino angled the wall behind the columns to make the artwork a focal point, while simultaneously re-directing circulation. In addition, Italian artist Giuseppe Penone has installed pieces made of molded leather and bronze — materials employed to lend the scheme a “natural ruggedness”.
The choice of materials palette, initially inspired by the brief, during the design phase became more related to our desire to experiment with materials, especially casted concrete and explore themes of form and frame. In fact the brass is introduced to the space in its standardize form, directly informing the concrete table and podiums.
At the heart of Show Space, the 14-metre Collection Wall presents every paper G . F Smith has created or discovered, spanning every shade in the iconic Colorplan range to the most precious, technologically advanced and unique papers from around the world – sourced everywhere from the Lake District to Japan.
The first eye-catcher upon entering the store is a dark, completely mirrored ceiling opening with a highlight lamp made up of 120 individual LED glass spheres. This elaborate ceiling design has a brilliant and very elegant effect. Surrounding light strips give the room a generous and airy appearance while supporting the straight lines of its modern furnishing.
The soft tone of large oak floorboards laid in a large-scale herringbone pattern goes perfectly with the rough surface of the internal walls treated with a fine-grained, mineral based plaster. The protagonists of the showroom are certainly the Occhio products themselves, displayed on so-called „space-stations“ – representing the Occhio universe.
The showroom is the most public of the interior spaces, it was designed to emulate an almost home-like atmosphere, including white display cases for coffee-making equipment, books, and promotional items, The room is defined by a hardwood floor in contrasting natural wood and dark espresso stains, and two narrow white countertops that serve as meeting and display tables.
The walnut wood, the marquina black marble and the metallic elements result in furniture that stands out for the richness of its details. The flexible exhibition system used in the walls allows to display all types of garments and accessories. The sculptural counter plays with the intersection of marble volumes and a side glass display case for small products.