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Wilkhahn Showroom

Maximizing product visibility was the guiding factor for the award-winning design of Wilkhahn's showroom and offices in New york City. In order to spotlight the German company's extensive line of furniture and office systems, SOM designers took a minimalist approach to the space, which occupies two floors in the Architects & Designers Building in Midtown Manhattan.

A floating folded-steel staircase connects the two floors and provides a point of visual interest juxtaposed against a whitewashed, concrete ceiling. A simple and powerful entryway to the furniture display area was created by positioning a slightly inclined stainless-steel mesh “cascade” that bisects the bottom showroom floor. This mesh also creates an alluring see-through barrier between Wilkhahn’s main product line and its display of prototypes. For Wilkhahn's operations center, SOM used a flexible office system that can be easily stowed for additional showroom space or for special events.

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