DOMANI has created a manmade landscape moulded out of concrete for Meunier Tech Beauty’s Concept Store in Shenzhen, China. The interior feels grounded by its robust industrial shell that’s been carefully overlayed with an ultra-sleek, contemporary fitout, representing a fresh new take on the world of wellness and beauty.
The design team at DOMANI explain they attempted to combine two contradictions in the space – extreme thickness and lightness, with extreme strength and softness. A series of sculptural curving furniture pieces embody this paradox, bringing a gentle quality to the exposed, rough concrete. Delicate metal framework sits alongside homogenous, dominating forms – a complex relationship that symbolises the diversity of women, and further, of beauty.
Chinese design brand A&V was called on to create the undulating copper bench and the seemingly weightless counter. It’s otherworldly shimmering form captures and reflects natural light cast from the adjacent glass-clad wall, bringing a sense of lightness to the scheme.
“The key to the interior of the guest rooms is the feel of water,” explains the design team. “When consumers open their eyes in a space with gentle and quiet light, the corrugated steel structure on the ceiling forms a water-like illusion through complex refraction and reflection. People are willing to stay in the middle of a certain blurred moment, spontaneously through the imagination of rippling water.”
A back-lit wide ledge runs along the walls, causing escaping shards of light to dance across the mirrored ceiling. The resulting spaces feel hugely expansive, bringing a sense of theatre to the beauty experience.
[Images courtesy of DOMANI. Photography by Tony Vincent.]