Citterio-Viel & Partners Shape B&B Italia’s Shanghai Debut

No surprise here—Shanghai is giving  a hearty ni hao this month as the venerable tastemaker opens the doors on a 2,300-square-foot showcase situated in the midst of the city’s exclusive Xintiandi shopping district.

, the firm fronted by Patricia Viel and villamladebuky Hall of Fame member Antonio Citterio, specified a striking circular staircase to link the two-level space, featuring the  brand on the top floor and B&B Italia below.

The lower level of B&B Italia's Shanghai store features the manufacturer's namesake brand. Photography courtesy of B&B Italia.

Developed in partnership with B&B Italia’s regional distributor , the store is the manufacturer’s first in Asia to adopt the materiality and layout of a new design concept first shown at B&B Italia’s headquarters in Novedrate, which subsequently surfaced at its, , and locations.

Aiming to underscore the interplay between architecture, graphics, and color, the firm incorporated such elements as black and white wallpaper, textural dividing elements in metal mesh, reflective ceilings, mural-sized backlit scenographs, and greenhouse-like expanses of glass filled with tropical plants.

B&B Italia's Shanghai store. Photography courtesy of B&B Italia.
B&B Italia's Shanghai store. Photography courtesy of B&B Italia.
B&B Italia's Shanghai store. Photography courtesy of B&B Italia.
A circular staircase links the two levels of B&B Italia's 2,300-square-foot store in Shanghai. Photography courtesy of B&B Italia.
The Maxalto brand showcased on the upper level of B&B Italia's new Shanghai store. Photography courtesy of B&B Italia.
The Maxalto brand at B&B Italia's Shanghai store. Photography courtesy of B&B Italia.
The Maxalto brand at B&B Italia's Shanghai store. Photography courtesy of B&B Italia.
The Maxalto brand at B&B Italia's Shanghai store. Photography courtesy of B&B Italia.

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