Tonight, 4141 Design, Maxalto, and Arclinea celebrate the opening of the newly relocated showroom in the Miami Design District. The luxury Italian Furniture showroom 4141 Design showcases furniture, objects, and collections from Flos, Vitra, Lema, and now standalone spaces for Maxalto and Arclinea.
To hear more about the 4141 Design Group designed showroom (created in collaboration with B&B Italia Group), we spoke with architect John Marquette.
WHITEWALL: Can you share your vision for the new location of 4141 Design?
JOHN MARQUETTE: The vision for 4141 Design’s new location has been a direct response to the anticipated evolution of our business with a focus on one stop shopping, turnkey service as our commitment to the highest level architects, designers and builders. We have experienced dedicated technical teams focused on kitchens, bathrooms, closets, doors, furniture and lighting for the individual home and large scale commercial projects to complete hub of design.
WW: What has been the most challenging aspect of this project for you?
JM: As with all design projects there are always challenges and rewards, it’s the nature of the business. This being said, although there have been some challenges, I’m confident with the concerted efforts of all collaborators, and just like the creation of a fine piece of art or music when it all comes together I am certain that we will have achieved and be most pleased with the final result. We are all very excited and delighted to welcome all to our beautiful new mono brand showroom.
WW: You’ve designed spaces for contemporary art, like the Rosa de la Cruz museum. What is the primary consideration for you when designing a space to showcase art?
JM: To create a vessel with architecture that steps back to allow the Art Collection be the protagonist.
WW: You’ve had several projects in Miami’s Design District, now a major cultural hub not only in Miami but in the US. How do you see design as an agent for cultural change?
JM: There is a cultural shift occurring in high design at all levels; consumers of design have an elevated awareness of good design and architecture. Additionally, there are many good options that are similar, so we must offer the architects and designers unique expressions.
WW: You’ve described your approach as “Minimalism with humanity.” Tell us more about that.
JM: Celebrating the material’s tactile qualities both with warmth and empathy.
WW: What is your top design/fashion must-have?
JM: The perfect motorcycle leathers and boots for riding my Ducati.
WW: What personal object best represents your taste/style?
JM: Jasper Morrison’s 3 Sofa Lounge by Cappellini
The newly relocated store’s design was managed by Elias Polanco of 4141 Design Group and inspired by Antonio Citterio’s Maxalto showroom in New York.