Dust of time Maó Space, Guangzhou

Maó Space Guangzhou designed by One Fine Day Studio & Partners

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In a block of excess resource, the development of a space based on collecting the fragments of the past and to re-define the time of forgotten.

Here, time is shown on the metallic ruins; time could be glimpsed through the tinted lens; time has been adorning the frames, and here, time has brought about the classics especially in the heyday of technology…

Maó Space Guangzhou designed by One Fine Day Studio & Partners

Just like fads are determined to be outdated as time goes by, all things would come and go as temporal fragments. In this newly established space, One Fine Day Studio & Partners (ofD) has customized all sorts of furniture by using fiber glass, made the ceiling and walls with Xuan paper and built a spiral stairway of half storey height.

Not only this, in order to play with the idea of time being intangible, ofD has also picked the visually stunning sofa of Gufram, the black velvet mirror of Thomas & Vines, as well as the seemingly malleable chair of Olivier Gregoire.

Maó Space Guangzhou designed by One Fine Day Studio & Partners

Facade & Exterior

The project is located in an old neighborhood of steel structured ceiling and dark streets. ofD has the original enclosure space transformed into a much open and ventilated one, while introducing the natural lights to interact with the interior lighting so as to expose the merchandise as much as possible. The neat and asymmetric glass windows and door are in good contrast to the heavy material of the exterior wall, which imply the pace of time.


The Maó Space’s logo is the wrongly marked intonation of its Pinyin spelling, which is the nickname of the owner-principal.


You get the overview of everything once have entered the space. ofD has taken the “chaotic” atmosphere of the wholesale market into consideration as making this a trading space. Grey is chosen as the tone throughout the loft space, its simplicity has played the appropriate background for the merchandise of great variety.

Maó Space Guangzhou designed by One Fine Day Studio & Partners

Original FF & E (Furniture Fixture and Equipment)

In order to show the vestige of time, ofD has selected Xuan paper for the ceiling and decoration in the lobby, they have also customized the matching coloured fiber glass for the cashier and totemic chandelier. All the original but low keyed elements are well harmonized with the Gufram products.

Maó Space Guangzhou designed by One Fine Day Studio & Partners

The area of merchandise display and lounge are partitioned by a handmade heavy-inked screen. On the left, ofD has welded a Gothic styled cabinet by using galvanized sheets, which has perfectly set off the olive coloured furniture of Olivier Gregoire. On the other side on the right, ofD has placed the glass tea table and sofa of Glas Italia, Thomas & Vines’ mirror with the flocking frame and the fiberglass pendant lamp, PostKrisi 50-51, from Catellani & Smith.

The original cylindrical structure has been transformed into Mediterranean column, which has offered a distinct visual framework within the space. The displaying rack is made with metal that signifies the industrial age and fractured plaster, this combination of materials has symbolized the passage of time.

Maó Space Guangzhou designed by One Fine Day Studio & Partners

Project Maó Space
Address ARAapM, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Area 227 sqm
Design firm One Fine Day Studio & Partners
Design director Jump Lee
Design team Hao Liang, Yongjie Lao, Shuai Liu
Photos courtesy YUUUUNSTUDIO

One Fine Day Studio & Partners

One Fine Day Studio & Partners was established in Shantou University in early 2010, and the Guangzhou company was formally established in 2013, focusing on Visual Design, Interior Design, Art Installation, and Brand Integration. The Agency advocates the differentiation of design, excavates individual genes from brands, and solves the individualized and systematic problems of communication for customers. The design capabilities go across different media, and strive to establish the most effective relationship between brands and consumers.

by AN shopfitting magazine no.161 ©