Name: Bonaldo Showroom
Designer: Mauro Lipparini
Location: Padua, Italy
Bonaldo Showroom is a minimal showroom located in Padua, Italy, designed by Mauro Lipparini. The showroom took 26 months to complete, and spans over 32,000 of the 64,500 square feet are dedicated to the showroom. The floor plans are divided up into two floors: the ground floor contains the showroom for public visitors, and the second floor contains the meeting rooms, offices, and company museum.
The minimal architecture of the building was also carefully considered. Constructed mostly of concrete framed glass blocks, the undulating surfaces created unique and irregular reflections from natural light. The front entrance contains 30 stepping stones which were imported directly from Jiangxi and Fujian, China.
I’ve worked within a few high-end furniture showrooms in the past, but this is by far the biggest and baddest furniture-related showroom I’ve ever come across. It almost looks like a shrunken-down version of ICFF. I actually don’t like it when the furniture spaces aren’t separated into “rooms.” I would honestly prefer some walls in this behemoth interior. What do you guys think?