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issue 44 - June/July 2018
CURVE magazine cover June/July 2018
Inspire  Project  

A FACTORY OF THE FUTURE

A New Concept for the Information Age

This intriguing concept for a retail space is the creation of Chinese design firm X+Living. Taking the idea of a factory and transforming it into a modern, Information Age design, the team from X+Living sought to create a contemporary factory for ideas where elements of the past, present and future come together.

Inside the interior, though the factories of the Age of Steam were seen as the design's prototypes, X+Living cut out the complex parts, and kept only the most basic functional parts, including practical compositions such as reaction tanks, energy delivery pipes and walking platforms for engineers. These main functional parts also reflect the activities of the company's staff within their new building. The design team demolished the floor slabs in the original two storied space, and turned it into a space of 8 or 9 meters in height.

The team then restored the ground space with a minimalist approach, and designed devices which offer new retail experiences in the "reaction tanks". Consumers can have different, new experiences brought about by different devices in each tank. The floor slab was rebuilt at a height of four to five meters and is interweaved with the "reaction tanks" which act as shared work and transportation platforms for R&D staff on the second floor. In this way, staff work on the platforms in the air, while downstairs consumers are experiencing a new take on retail thanks to advanced technology.

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