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For the project of the Yinno Unico boutique MMC Design has created a space awash with fluidity and poetry

The brand concept of Yinno Unico is to show contemporary females’ spirit of self-growth in multiple dimensions including wisdom, knowledge, courage, confidence, artistic cultivation, etc.

For Yinno Unico boutique MMC Design has created a space awash with fluidity and poetry

Athena, the goddess of wisdom who represents the awakening of females’ power and the break of traditional shackles, is still a role model for modern women today, and offered a main source of inspiration for MMC DESIGN to conceive a multi-dimensional space for Yinno Unico to convey its brand values.

“What kind of space makes users feel like a goddess?”

To create a space filled with the divinity of goddess, the design team drew on the breathtaking primitive strength of the Parthenon dedicated to goddess Athena and the Pyramids. The primitive geometric forms of those ancient treasures carry the beliefs derived from nature, and “illuminate” architecture, history and spirit like light.

For Yinno Unico boutique MMC Design has created a space awash with fluidity and poetry

The triangular and rectangular forms of the Parthenon and the Pyramids are brought into the boutique store, showing geometric changes while producing a certain order. The geometric aesthetics expresses human’s respect for nature, contains the secrets of the universe and embodies mankind’s spirit of continuous exploration. By playing the game of “building blocks” from the perspective of children, the designers created a pure multi-dimensional space, which is a romantic expression of eternity via divine geometry.

Veil of the universe

The store’s entrance features curved walls, circular lines inscribed on the floor, and a rock at the center. And the light, like a piece of gauze, falls down gently from the sunken ceiling along round structural edges, filling the space with a tranquil atmosphere. Behind this “veil” is the divine goddess or the mysterious universe, echoing what Johannes Kepler explained in his work The Cosmic Mystery : “God designed the solar system through Platonic solids”.

For Yinno Unico boutique MMC Design has created a space awash with fluidity and poetry

Curved walls that separate yet connect various functional areas in the store are inspired by Joma Sipe‘s works, which portray scared geometry and order on the canvas and show the form of endless cycles. The design of this space is an implication of life philosophy to some extent.

Rhythm of geometry

“Architecture is frozen music”, while the stairs are the most aesthetic variation of this piece of music. The staircase in the boutique store is a bridge connecting 1F and 2F, and offers people a journey of self-exploration as walking along it. More importantly, as a transition in this commercial space, it needs to guide consumers to the upstairs in an intriguing way.

With rigorous proportions and geometric shapes, the stairs are enlarged step by step from the side and aerial views, thus creating a vertical, intensive and guiding visual focus. The continuous, variable rhythm penetrates the mirror, producing charming “melodies” in the space.

For Yinno Unico boutique MMC Design has created a space awash with fluidity and poetry

Vitality of light

The designers resorted to light to unveil nature in this geometric, non-natural space, and to produce an artistic ambience. The flutes of ancient Greek temple’s Doric columns are incorporated into structures, furniture and space in the form of gaps. Light penetrates those gaps, and touches the interior finishes that simulate the textures of Pentelic marbles used in the construction of the Parthenon, seeming to tell the story of the past. The light that passes through the spatial axis creates a dialogue among past, present and future, whilst endowing the space with vitality.

The natural lighting highlights the fabrics of clothes, ceramic-like spatial textures and the red arc-shaped steel island. Hues, textures and materials contrast yet integrate each other. In the form of light, an infinite “axis” stretches through the space.

Location: Hangzhou, China
Area: 310 sqm
Design firm: MMC DESIGN
Chief designer: Chen Linping
Design team: Liang Yuan, Zhang Ji, Xu Chenglin, Qu Bingjie
Photos courtesy: HAMO VISION / Ye Song
Lighting design: Hangzhou Guangji Lighting Design Co., Ltd.
Main material: Cemher micro cement (supplied by Modamuri)
Construction firm: Hangzhou Taoyi Architectural Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd.

by AN shopfitting magazine no.170 ©