An office renovation in the center of Bergamo

An office renovation in the center of Bergamo

In the center of Bergamo, 130 square meters of offices overturn their configuration and aesthetics with a renovation that mainly involves the architectural setting of the interiors. Open space and management offices communicate with each other in an environment designed to make the flow of users as functional as possible.
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The concept of transparency

Developing the project of working spaces was fundamental the identification of the concept.
The latter clarifies on the one hand the message to be conveyed to the public, on the other it becomes a guideline in the choice of materials and finishes.
The first step in the renovation was the analysis of the intended use of these offices, reserved for accountants with their collaborators and secretaries, archive areas and meeting points, waiting and conviviality.
The definition of different typologies made clear the concept of transparency, the design metaphor of the subsequent architectural configuration. In fact, thinking about the role of the accountant, and his management of sensitive files and documents, the message we wanted to convey is that of transparency, also synonymous with trust and security. This is declined according to the type of interior in different configurations, imagining it as a shade from more to less transparent depending on the degree of “protection” required.

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Each function has its level of transparency

By entering the space, the client is projected into an open space, where the production part entrusted to the secretaries finds space.
To distinguish and separate the various workstations only furniture of different heights and glass walls, which delimit the work area from the corridor. This represents the point of greater transparency where the customer, despite not having direct access to the environment, has full visual control.

Moving on to the waiting, conviviality and meeting functions, a greater degree of privacy is required. These functions find space in well-defined environments, limited to rooms, but easy to access. Here the theme of transparency is declined in construction details, one of all, glass doors for the meeting room. Although they are limited spaces, their access is free and they are located near the main entrance.

For the third type of function, on the other hand, the management offices of Chartered Accountants, the level of privacy is considerably higher. In opposition to the central open space, the studios are configured in more or less spacious rooms located along the external perimeter of the floor plan. Access is through corridors or secluded doors, which almost tend to disappear or blend into the surrounding furnishings. This is to guarantee total confidentiality, creating a unique and exclusive relationship between professional and client.

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Office renovation: architectural development

The initial internal configuration, chosen by the previous tenants, was based on the use of movable walls with an aesthetic that is now largely outdated. Furthermore, on the floor, a faded blue carpet, also used as the covering of some pillars.
From the first sight, however, what fascinated the new tenants was the great brightness coming from the large perimeter windows.
This represented the turning point in the evolution of the project.

Also, from the plant engineering point of view, a complete renovation was necessary, which could equip each workstation with cable connection to the data network, telephone setting for internal switchboard, and connection to a Wi-Fi network for printers.
To better manage the large influx of electrical predispositions and at the same time allow an air conditioning system via split, a false ceiling was created in the main corridor, capable of serving all rooms. At the same time, it allows a greater perceptual distinction between public environments and restricted access work areas.

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The renovation of the offices: choice of colors and materials

The aesthetics of colors and materials are defined in neutral tones, with a parquet-effect floor in bleached oak, ice gray walls interspersed with Vardo-colored surfaces from the Farrow and Ball collection. These define the visual rhythm in the interior scan.
The ice gray chosen for the painting of the main walls is made even brighter by the great natural lighting. The result is almost close to white, while giving a touch of additional softness compared to the asepticity of the latter. To see other examples of ice gray in the private apartment context: a contemporary-style tavern and glimpses of antiquity in a contemporary attic.

At the entrance, the only trace of the initial layout is a full-height paneling in cherry wood that develops at an angle embracing the access to the meeting room, the archive rooms and the corridor with access to the second archive room and bathroom of the personal. The choice of cherry is also taken up in the furnishings of the reception through a shaped counter with matching closet.

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Furniture: from the relocation of the existing to the functionality of “custom made”

The existing furnishings find space within this well-defined color contrast. The main difficulty in a renovation project is knowing how to combine furnishings from different offices, with completely different aesthetics and functionality.
For the common areas, the most neutral solutions were therefore opted for, with medium gray elements combined with wood-effect bilaminate tops.
To intersperse the different environments, and to distinguish their different functions, furnishings in a darker neutral tone.

Each room therefore has a unique aesthetic, which can communicate with general neutrality while expressing the strong intrinsic character of each environment. So also, the management offices vary from a classic décor with cherry wood furniture, to essential interiors in light tones or even renewed furnishings with modern blue laminate tops on a wengé wood structure.

The most functional point of the interior is represented by the large custom-made wardrobe in the corridor. This serves as an archive and collection point for paperwork and files, with full-height lacquered doors with an essential appearance. Internal shelves adjustable in height allow the best optimization and management of the internal space. Recessed handles run along the longitudinal development of the door, marking the overall rhythm of the furniture.
In the same way, the access doors to two management offices are inserted, in which the neutral aesthetic of ice gray is interrupted by vardo-colored inserts.
The presence of the handle thus identifies the access point to each room, while remaining discreet in the general perception of the furniture.

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Small tips to renovate offices

An office renovation does not only imply changing the general approach in favor of fresher materials and aesthetics. In the first place it means above all choosing the message to be transmitted and knowing how to translate it from an architectural and communicative point of view. Knowing how to combine the stylistic language of existing furnishings is the next step, in which the uniformity factor often lies in the choice of neutral colors and materials for the common areas.

Hangers that give new life to Tiziana Fausti windows

Hangers that give new life to Tiziana Fausti windows

The new hanging system becomes the leitmotif for the windows of the Tiziana Fausti women’s and accessories shop. Linear elements that unfold in the air supporting the products displayed with elegance and lightness.

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Always in constant change

The new layout of the Kids department on the ground floor of the historic Tiziana Fausti building has also led to a series of changes in the women’s store.
The latest fitting focused on the neutral tones of pink saw the prevalence of vertical elements that underline the large heights of the rooms.
To make space for the Kids department and uniform it from a design point of view, it was necessary to move some elements. Among these, the important wall that houses the Bottega Veneta display cabinet, whose dark tones and a light industrial touch are recognizable for their aesthetics and character. The entire wall occupied by that display system has been recovered, with careful restoration work.
Designing furniture that can be disassembled and rearranged while preserving all the components in the best possible way is a fundamental requirement for retail designers.

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The new display system for shop windows

Like sinuous lines, the new tubular hangers elegantly wind their way along the various side windows. To support them, vertical profiles that develop from the floor to the ceiling.
Exposed joints allow connections between the horizontal and vertical components, making the aesthetics of the display system essential. The soft color of the paint perfectly matches the existing furnishings.
A design line that introduces the theme of horizontality, in a set-up that emphasizes the vertical read.
To move the shop windows, cylinders with a velvet top covering in different heights.

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A scenographic entrance

The changes made during the new layout also involved the entrance area, which now takes on greater importance.
If in fact in the previous configuration the two accesses to the floor could be equal in aesthetics and function, now it becomes essential to keep the women’s department separate from the Kids one.
To emphasize the scenographic setting of this strategic point, three exhibition totems have been added.
Just like the existing ones, the side lighting develops along the vertical profiles, illuminating the different shelves with soft pink film.
A sort of luminous wall that identifies all the design characteristics of the women’s department: essentiality, lightness and elegance.

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A boutique dedicated to children: Tiziana Fausti Kids

A boutique dedicated to children: Tiziana Fausti Kids

The end of summer saw the inauguration of the Kids corner in the historic Tiziana Fausti boutique, reorganizing the spatial layout to host a retail space for children.
From the previous commercial space in Via Monte Sabotino, now reserved for the urban concept of THE F1RST sneakers, the outfitting for the Kids store moves to the historic women’s store, modernizing its image on a project by the Storage Associati architecture studio.

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The exhibition layout

From a project by the Storage Associati studio, the retail space reserved to children takes on a dynamic and fresh configuration on the ground floor of the Tiziana Fausti boutique.
The display elements develop vertically, serving as a pivot in the center of the space.
The flow of customers is thus distributed in a circular way, avoiding spatial gaps.

Along the side windows there are other vertical elements that exploit the double visibility both from outside and from inside for the product distribution. Transparent shelves that allow natural light to spread all over the interior space, struggling between the products on display.

The showcase on the left of the entrance instead takes up the typology used in the women’s department with cylindrical volumes rising to different heights.
Taking advantage of their expressive essentiality, these volumes with a carpeted upper covering are also scattered throughout the retail space, enlivening the outfitting.

A store dedicated to children that is inspired by the world of the little ones, with dynamic and flexible display products configured with the interlocking theme.

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Joint matters

The logic of the joint is certainly the basis of the retail design project. Just like in Lego constructions, even plexiglass and wooden tubular shelves fit together allowing different project configurations, which are in turn inserted into the bottom panel.

This simple and practical display logic focuses on the use of three different elements.

The first, and fundamental, is essential to define the different display heights, being the element that communicates with the back wall. It is in fact a wooden tubular with a shaped end so that it can be embedded in any point of the reticular bottom wall.
Its length was then worked through a specific section to be able to fit the other two display elements: plexiglass shelves and tubular hangers.

The first were obviously made of the same width as the tubular section, thus becoming visible light signs that are interchangeable with each other. On the other hand, the tubulars used for hangers, , take advantage of the negative of the shaping by bringing the interlocking elements along their diameter to ensure stability and visual linearity.

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Give new life to the display elements

The world of retail design is constantly changing. To cope with the incessant succession of trends in the fashion world, even the spaces that host it must adapt by developing new configurations.
Therefore, it is fundamental to avoid waste of any kind to design furnishings that can undergo variations over time and become flexible to new changes.

This is the case of the wall units chosen for the outfitting dedicated to children in the historic Tiziana Fausti boutique. Equipped walls that exploit the voids between the different crossed wooden panels to allow the interlocking of wooden tubes. Recovered from the original layout of the Kids store, the perforated wooden walls have been subjected to careful quality control with a meticulous recovery of the damaged features.

In the same way, some existing furnishings, such as the cash desk display cabinet, have received new grit through a new film, to make them uniform with the general aesthetics.

A new life that characterizes them with a fresh and dynamic soul, which fully reflects the sparkling character of children, reinterpreted in a design key for the historic luxury boutique in the heart of Bergamo.

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Shades of pink for the 2020 outfitting of Tiziana Fausti store

Shades of pink for the 2020 outfitting of Tiziana Fausti store

Pink in its most delicate shades becomes the protagonist of the 2020 outfitting of the Tiziana Fausti luxury store. After the 2017 work and the 2016 outfitting, Modulor Progetti returns to create the luxury corner furnishings with refinement and elegance.

PINK IN ITS SOFT SHADES

The 2020 spring’s fashion shows see the explosion of pink in its infinite shades, decontextualizing it from the gender colour we are used to. (Here an example in this Vogue Italia’s article concerning pink in the 2020 spring collections). Especially in its softer shades, which also come close to creamy white, it is a colour capable of giving extreme delicacy to the interiors. A sort of reality in its own where the interior seems almost muffled and softened by these light gradations. In this context, wallpapers and velvets perfectly fit, but also pale pink and cream white lacquering do the same. A delicate atmosphere, whose effectiveness is achieved by the total uniformity of walls, funishings and floors.

 
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TIZIANA FAUSTI PAINTS ITSELF OF PINK

From the shop windows to the vertical display elements, from the uniform carpet to the painting of walls, the whole set-up of the accessories sector speaks the same soft and delicate language. Taking the existing furnishings in polished stainless steel and the dark-painted tables, the work has changed the visual approach of the shop with pink shell painting.

Concerning the shop windows, the expressive delicacy refers to cylindrical volumes of different heights and diameters on which the products displayed stands out. The topper surface is in the pale pink carpet of the floor. Visually distributing the elements at different heights means to create a light and subtle dynamism capable of keeping the attention of the user active.

The carpet itself can prove dynamism. Its surface responds to the main feature of the velvet to reflect light in opposite directions. This is in fact able to take on darker shade, tending to dove-gary, if observed backlight, and very soft powder pink in the opposite direction. A visual feature capable of moving the interiors and creating suggestive environments in which contrasts and overlapping tones are perfectly matched.

Linear lighting runs along the edge of the display elements creating very elegant luminous frames.

From the cash desk, also rigorously lacquered, a Fornasetti wallpaper stands out on the back wall, which is elegantly inserted in the lift direction. To give greater visual uniformity to the wallpaper, extremely punctual laying was used. In fact, rather than a straight cut, it was chosen to shape it n correspondence with the cloud texture in order to hide the joint point.

This is at the same time an elegant and characterizing graphic, whose chromatic range approaches the more soft gray whit which pink perfectly married.

 
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SHAMPOO MILANO: A REVIVAL SHOP

SHAMPOO MILANO: A REVIVAL SHOP

A hairstylist salon in the heart of Navigli canals where the contemporaneity takes origin from the Fifties style and its retro taste.

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THE CONTEXT

It’s commonly know that Milan is always gray, with this intervention we wanted to bring a color’s and freshness’s oasis! The Navigli canals are todays the heart of Milan’s nightlife, full of night clubs along the banks of canals, giving them lights and revival’s atmospheres. Up with the times and trends, they become undisputed ruler during the Milan Design Week and Fashion Week, holding events and installations that showcase the entire city. A contemporaneity that fits perfectly with the tradition of Milan. In fact, during the day, the small handcraft store comes to light with its traditionally setting that keep in time. Local craft shop and small atelier that looks to the contemporary tends with a careful production handed down during the time.

THE CONCEPT

Know how to combine contemporaneity and historicity is also the key of this project, where the client’s request was exactly to make shape of a fresh and innovative location. A small space that clearly identify its internal room: starting from the clean and elegant entrance with its functional reception desk, passing to the essential but dynamic washing area, ending with the wide space for set and haircut and its large mirrors and spot lights.

 
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COLOURS, SHAPES AND MATERIALS.

The freshness of colours and the sinuosity of shapes refer themselves to the fifties interiors, reinterpreted in a contemporary view. The pastels shades are the starring role being able to strongly characterize the interiors, without giving up a touch of freshness and innovation. In this case, the salmon-coloured lacquering manages to take the perforated sheet off to the industrial context which it belongs and making it a characterize element of the environment. We find it again both in the back of the reception desk and in the support elements in correspondence with the mirrors. Added to this, the desk’s volume is designed to takes advance of its reduced spaces and at the same time bring out its functionally. The modern style gives a touch of elegance, without “grab the spotlight” to the perforated sheet.

THE ADVICE

Knowing how to identify each environment’s functionally it’s essential for a successful retail project. Sometimes a touch of colour it’s enough for bring to client’s attention and holding all the stylistic characteristic of the store.

Bar Restaurant Pizzeria Cavandola

Bar Restaurant Pizzeria Cavandola

A multifaceted place that is a bar, restaurant, pizzeria but also home for many inhabitants and vacationers of Lizzola, a mountain town in the Bergamo area.

MEMOIRS

Vivid memories come to the mind when you think of the 80s Lizzola town, people who crowded the streets with brightly colored ski suits, heavy plastic boots that echoed with every step in the streets and those skis that had the specific weight of lead. Those who did not ski walked awkwardly in the warm Moon Boot and enjoyed a chocolate at the bar waiting for the ski-day to finish and the rest of the family to enter through the door at any moment. All holidaymakers involuntarily found themselves catapulted into a film by the Vanzina brothers with ironic gags and hilarious anecdotes to be told on their return home.

 

CONCEPT

Thinking of the historical context in which this place was designed, about forty years ago, we can only remember the style in force in those years: the main material was wood in its natural state, which perfectly identified the mountain environment and it transmitted that sense of warmth and “home” essential to make the space welcoming. On a project by the architect Nava, the Cavandola’s restaurant and pizzeria provided a large bar counter at the bottom and at the entrance many table islands with benches and seats for at least six diners: the mountain holiday was a time of aggregation between family and friends and it was customary to go in groups in public places, for this reason tables for couples were very rare. The central corner benches have a high back in which a planter is inserted that runs along their entire length and separates them from the table to the side, a natural soundproofing that maintains a little privacy in general chatter. On the left side there is the exposed pizza counter and in a separate room the mythical space for videogames, which at the time were very popular among young people.

MATERIALS

As we previously specified, the whole project revolved around a specific type of wood, in this case ash, in vogue at the time. The walls have respected the original color, a warm yellow, regularly maintained from year to year with new colors and also the light points are the original designs: large semi-transparent rounded chandeliers that lower from the ceiling, with warm lights, towards the center of table; while in the transit areas and recessed in the upper part of the counter rounded spotlights. Even the external Neon sign has remained the same as it once was and today, as then, it is a strong call to enter in this timeless place and enjoy a Lizzola that changes, continues to change, but remains the same in the hearts of many who have grown up with her. Thank you Marisa and family for the care you have dedicated to the Cavandola Restaurant/Pizzeria and to all the dinners, lunches and afternoon chocolates that you made us taste!