in paris’ 15th arrondissement, jean nouvel has completed a multi-storey furniture showroom for RBC — a distributor of contemporary furniture. the exhibition space stands behind a redesigned façade that features two large windows. upon entering the building, several interactive screens display different stages of product development, or announce current events. the showroom opened in advance of maison et objet 2018, the interior design fair that presents the latest home decor trends from around the world.

jean-nouvel RBC furniture showroom
the uppermost level has been configured to accommodate exhibitions and other events
image © flore chenaux (main image © alexandre rimond)

 

 

jean nouvel design has conceived the RBC showroom’s three levels as open and flexible spaces, allowing multiple layouts and configurations. floors are unified by a gray resin, while white walls serve as a neutral backdrop to the furniture on display. the uppermost level, which hosts exhibitions and other events, is flooded with natural light thanks to a structured glass canopy above. meanwhile, a glass floor helps illuminate the two lower levels.

jean-nouvel RBC furniture showroom
the space is flooded with natural light thanks to a structured glass canopy
image © flore chenaux

jean-nouvel RBC furniture showroom
white walls serve as a neutral backdrop to the furniture on display
image © flore chenaux

jean-nouvel RBC furniture showroomfloors are unified by a gray resin
image © flore chenaux

jean-nouvel RBC furniture showroom
RBC is a distributor of contemporary furniture
image © flore chenaux

jean-nouvel RBC furniture showroom
the showroom’s three levels have been designed as open and flexible spaces
image © flore chenaux

jean-nouvel RBC furniture showroom
staircases connect the scheme’s three storeys
image © flore chenaux

jean-nouvel RBC furniture showroom
a skylight diffuses light to the levels below
image © flore chenaux

jean-nouvel RBC furniture showroom
a glass floor is positioned at the center of the upper level
image © alexandre rimond

jean-nouvel RBC furniture showroom
jean nouvel experiences the glass floor
image © alexandre rimond

jean-nouvel RBC furniture showroom
the showroom is located in paris’ 15th arrondissement
image © alexandre rimond

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