Natural Furniture Design and Interior
Natural House Interior
The treatment room was conceived as a fluid extension of the Zen rock garden currently under construction in the rear courtyard. Nature trickles in through a moat of river rocks lining the back wall. To disguise the room’s exposed pipes, the architects sheathed them in stalks of bamboo, a decorative motif repeated throughout the spa.
The 600-sq.-ft. space took two and a half months to complete.
A Case Study of B&B in Furniture Interior
The combination of revamped showroom and expanded product mix gives New Yorkers one more reason to revere Italian design.
Restructuring entailed relocating offices from valuable ground-floor real estate to an existing mezzanine and, of course, building a stairway to link the first and second floors. Both levels, totaling 10,000 sq. ft., are entirely devoted to display space. As for the breakdown of product type, bedroom pieces are concentrated on the upper level along with the linen and rug collections. The Arclinea line, available for the first time in the United States, is also located on the second floor. But this is subject to change. Ever the experienced merchandiser, B&B revises its product mix and vignettes several times annually.
Citterio favors quiet, non-obtrusive white architectural envelopes for showrooms. B&B is no exception. Since flexibility is key to showroom design, Citterio built minimal partitions with few flourishes. His subtle gestures entailed replacing the earlier concrete flooring and mezzanine stairway with off-white limestone. He also created an active ceiling plane by alternating dropped platforms with expanses open to the beams. B&B’s closet system Atlante was installed to accommodate folded bed and bath linens; a display wall upstairs spotlights the tantalizing linen selection.
“Light is such a sought-after commodity in a city like New York that I tried to use it in an innovative way,” Citterio comments. “I want to remind people that it exists.” He installed a series of white scrims reaching upward from the ground and supported by steel cables. The scrim treatments stop well short of ceiling height to create a clerestory situation that allows both filtered and direct light to penetrate the showroom.
With the potential for its own expanded product presentation and the newly acquired distribution rights for kitchens, rugs, plus bed/bath accoutrements, B&B truly reminds people that there’s no place like home. The project’s American architect was Envision Design of Washington, D.C.