Outstanding commercial design

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Commercial design can be far more exciting and allow for greater freedom when it comes to deciding colour palettes, textures and materials. For new businesses, their interior fit out is of particular importance, given that this will set the tone for future customers, and help separate their brand from the crowd. Residential design, despite the fact it is not brand oriented, tends to be a little more restrictive. Home owners think a little more about trends, and the longevity of the styles and tones they put into their houses. A commercial space, on the other hand, doesn't have this issue.

If you think about all the restaurants, bars and shops that have stuck in your mind, it is always the unique and unconventional spaces that you remember. In this day and age, standing out from the sea of white-washed modern designs isn't exactly a difficult task.  And, we are certainly glad that there are architects and designers who are up to the task! There are so many amazing colours, textures and patterns being invented and designed everyday, as well as innovative and mind-boggling products. With an open mind, and the help of an architect, you can explore these options for an out of the box, stellar example of commercial design. Today on homify Hong Kong, with the help of our experts, we are going to look at some outstanding examples of commercial design!

Sing it out

Fortunately, going to the theatre and live entertainment will never be surpassed by the technological advances of today. Auditoriums, for centuries, have been constructed so humans could sample the very best available concerts, operas and bands. The Poly Theatre, located in Beijing, seats 1,500 people, and includes state of the art acoustics and sound technologies. The exterior shell of the building is clad in geometric glass forms, wrapping the almost bubble-like structure in a translucent sheen. A stunning example by Atelier Blur / Georges Hung Architecture

Colour coded

Alice in Wonderland - 2012 BEIJING POLY AUTUMN AUCTION:   by IVAN C. DESIGN LIMITED
IVAN C. DESIGN LIMITED

Alice in Wonderland—2012 BEIJING POLY AUTUMN AUCTION

IVAN C. DESIGN LIMITED

When you think of the acclaimed Louis Carroll story Alice in Wonderland what are the first things that come to mind? Tea parties? Warped perceptions? Crazy outfits? In this contemporary exhibition at the 2012 Poly Autumn Auction, Ivan C Design put together this stunning installation. Somewhere between reality and a dream, this space lets users feel as though they are in another world. The style that comes to mind here is Surrealism. When you think of the most famous painter of this genre, Dali, this image fits perfectly into the scenes he paints. Unusually over sized objects, strange geometry and interesting figures. All of which are exciting to the human eye and psyche. 

Whimsical & chic

When shopping for lingerie, the perfectly setting for this to take place is in an environment that is chic and plush. A stark minimalist setting is not exactly ideal, nor is it synonymous with curves and frills. The pictured scene by Stephen Chan from Oui3 International Limited is a wonderful example of how an intimate shop should look. Here, when women are at their most vulnerable, they can feel relaxed yet a little glamorous at the same time. The subtle curves in the display racks, coupled with the padded wall units, are a subtle and sensual way to decorate the space without being over the top and garish. We love the brushed gold material finnish and rich wooden floors—this is definitely a warm and inviting place to shop.

Art deco revisited

Cafe Deco Shanghai :   by 4N architects
4N architects

Cafe Deco Shanghai

4N architects

We have started to see the Art Deco style rearing its head again in recent years, and it#s a wonderful change! For so long, the style was suppressed because it reflected a consumerist society and was then flattened by the teachings of Modernism. Now that enough time has passed, we can start to remember the golden years again, and recreate spaces that are plush, elegant and luxurious. The Art Deco period gave birth to some of the most memorable styles of furniture, décor, typography and signage. We can see these elements exemplified in this Shanghai cafe by 4N Architects. Take note of the signage, which is reminiscent of Broadway, the intricate and finely detailed lighting and, of course, glamorous seating. A beautiful setting to enjoy a meal, a coffee or even a drink with friends.

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