The Archant Showroom is now open, and provides an interior design retail experience in down-town Wellington.
Choosing to collaborate with VidaSpace - a designer timber and veneer supplier - instantly created a space that is a distinct and collaborative destination for Wellington's architectural and design community. Nestled at the bottom of College Street in Te Aro, this showroom embraces the natural and the new through an eclectic connection between VidaSpace' timber and Archant Stone, all under the same showroom roof.
The design of this showroom was led by Dorian Minty and his team at Studio Pacific Architecture. With an aim to create an 'award-winning' space which was not to be just a showroom, but a meeting and social space that Wellingtonions feel truly connected to. Oozing with collaboration and full of experience-driven displays, the showroom allows designers and architects to not only see and view the product, but experience the product.
The Archant Showroom is accessible through the VidaSpace internal entrace, or the College Street external entrance. This space focusses on our Italian porcelain stoneware range, Archant Porcelain. To contrast with the VidaSpace showroom space, which is full of natural warmth and timbers, our design palette was deep, moody yet vibrant. Marble Marquinia, was selected as the hero stone for the space to create a certain grandeur and luxury. This deep and moody marble colour is a replication of the Spanish Nero natural granite which while beautiful, boasts the uncompromising functionality of a porcelain. To further dramatize the space, large-scale 1 metre square tiles clad one side of the wall, creating a brilliantly eclectic effect with the dynamic range of rusted metals, gold marbles and cement like porcelain colours.
While the space is dramatic and large-scale, no detail has been missed. The showroom features a centre sink unit, fabricated entirely out of Archant Porcelain with detailed mitred edges and an integrated porcelain sink. This unit is at the centre of any design conversation and showcases a selection of Archant's state-of-the-art food preparation sink stations by Franke. The beautiful details of these sinks and accessories are a real celebration of an intense attention to detail and quality in product design. And of course, the Archant Handle collection is displayed in a downsized manner of the stone samples. By fitting the handles to 300mm square boards, the displays featuring a range of modern and traditional designs in brass, black, anthracite, nickel, antique brass and other finishes.
It's an indelible experience that this showroom aims to create...a true Wellington retail experience which is endowed with the quality of Archant's many European design-houses offered to the New Zealand market. So, we invite you to visit the new showroom and experience the Archant difference for yourself.