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AUG 2019

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Showrooms Movable Feast DESAI CHIA ARCHITECTURE AF/New York, New York, NY A worn and neglected industrial warehouse in New York City's Flatiron District has been transformed into AF/New York's Project 6, the first international architectural specification showroom in the U.S. The 6,000-sq.-ft. space provides product displays and space for design collaboration across five distinct plumbing manufacturers. According to the designers, the bones of the space and wide column bays promoted a flexible layout, and the design was con- ceived as an art gallery that would display pieces to emphasize their profiles, material quality and attention to detail. As such, the colors are simple – white, black and light wood tones, in- cluding Jet black and Pure white countertops from Caesarstone. Bath fixtures and fittings on display include Clarke Dune, Lunar, Ofuro and Irideon tubs; TOTO Neorest, Aquia, Ultramax, Aimes, Legato, Carlyle, Promenade and Supreme toilets; Alape Terra, Aqua, Bycolor, Darkiron, Assist, Scopio and A-form sinks; Valli & Valli accessories and hardware, and Dornbracht sink and tub faucets Lulu, Mem, Meta, Tara, Imo, Vaia, CL.1 and Deque. Collaborative 'Meeting Houses' were placed in the middle of the showroom, providing areas where architects and designers can present collections of products in an industrially raw, yet refined, setting. A large Meeting House near the elevators can be converted into a presentation space for small panel discussions or product launch events. Movable plywood and frosted resin plinths allow the show- room displays to be removed and reconfigured in inventive ways. A series of translucent 'Map Walls' allow manufacturers to pres- ent products as a mapped collection. A pantry kitchen and two working, themed bathrooms were designed as smaller fixture galleries. Kitchen fixtures throughout the space include Modex, Attika and Radius 10 sinks from Blanco and Elio, Sync, Tara Ultra, Mem, Lot, Eno and Pivot faucets from Dornbracht. In addition, the back wall of the showroom is framed by an open vitrine of working Dornbracht showerheads on "stems" of chrome piping that are meant to mimic a planted garden. SILVER Photos: Marc Craemer 58 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2019

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