Nendo designs Marsotto’s new showroom
From afar, the front of Marsotto’s showroom looks as if it’s sealed up by blocks of veiny white marble, because Nendo lined the entire facade – including the flush front door – in marble tiles, being careful to set them in line with the existing stonework on the building.
At one point the tiles dip inwards to form a small nook where passersby on the street can sit.
Beyond the showroom’s front door lies a small white-painted entryway: pale marble has been used again here to cover the floor and to form a screen which obscures the staircase leading down to the basement; the screen is made up of two overlapping slabs of 10-millimetre-thick marble, each punctuated with holes that measure 65 millimetres wide.
Downstairs, the new showroom has been divided into four different rooms, keeping a majority of the floor area free thanks to three-sided display plinths, each of them is backlit with bright-white strip lights; one of these has been used to present sample blocks of different types of marble that Marsotto offers.
The result is a homogeneous and surprising showroom, destined to be remembered.