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Area-17 creates the new showroom for Monopy in Tangshan

by Simon Yuen on Jan 12, 2017 in Products
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Florence-based design firm Area-17 has recently designed a new showroom for bathroom furniture company Monopy in Tangshan, China

Monopy, a leading company in bathroom furniture in China, has opened the its showroom in Tangshan. Spanning 600 sq-m., the showroom occupies two levels inside the Monopy factory, fostering the link between products and their production.

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The design team drew inspiration from Asian traditions, which have a strong appeal for the Western Market, and contemporary elements revealing the technology behind production.

Walls are covered by grey bricks and metal mesh panels offer a modern interpretation of architectural elements typical of Chinese interiors. Polished brass details, transparent reflective finishes, and wooden flooring complete the entire idea.

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In the entrance room, a permanent exhibition showcases the history of ceramics in China. The room opens onto the hall of materials, an environment conceived as a temple celebrating the origin of production. Each one of the 33 metallic-sheet columns is covered in different soils, protected by a transparent panel that also enhances the play of light highlighting the texture.

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There is also a room with a holographic screen for video clips that explains the process of production and all its technical implications. Finally, on the first floor, Monopy's bathroom furniture is staged in a sequence of modular spaces separated by metal mesh panels. The path through the beautifully arranged setting eventually leads to operational spaces such as meeting rooms and offices.

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