Giorgio Borruso Design
FORNARI HEADQUARTERS, MILAN
Nicholas Tamarin -- Interior Design, 12/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
In converting the 22,000-square-foot former workshop of porcelain designer Richard Ginori into headquarters for this clothing manufacturer, Giorgio Borruso took advantage of a series of large open spaces arranged in a severe orthogonal grid. "We inserted a central spine that penetrates the entire volume, not only connecting the different levels in a fluid and organic way, but also forming a pathway to guide traffic," says the architect. The journey is further enhanced by the lobby's color-changing LEDs and flowing expanses of poured resin covering the floor and walls. Stainless-steel pipes snake around the edges of these biomorphic shapes, creating the illusion of a gravity-free space.
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