CRISTINA Brera Showroom

CRISTINA Brera Showroom

Designed by the Elisa Ossino Studio for CRISTINA Rubinetterie, the Milan flagship store of via Pontaccio features an experiential approach to the discovery of new waterways.

When entering the showroom, launched only a couple of months ago, the new appears powerfully, establishing an immediate and open communication with the visitor with a high degree of expressiveness. The idea proposed by Elisa Ossino, entrusted with the renovation of interior space (200 sq. m. on two floors in the heart of Brera), was first and foremost focused on the display mode, whereby the tap, viewed as an object, was to be perceived not only from the point of view of materials or aesthetics but especially for the functionality that is implicit in the different flow of the "water matter." Hence the idea of breaking down an aseptic exhibition in favour of an emotional approach is provided primarily by the visitor's interaction with functioning elements. 

Elisa Ossino says: “Together with the company, our idea was to create an extremely materialised housing, in which the vibration of light – to me a fundamental component for a successful project -accompanied the reflection of water. The choice of materials underlines this approach. Hence, the preference of traditional travertine for the washbasins and some vertical surfaces – an element that was “close” to water since antiquity - combined with limestone walls, whose natural contrasting shades are enhanced by the carefully selected finish with the same shade of stone colour, left unpolished as much as possible and with a saw cut or smoothed. While the cocciopesto (Opus signinum) of the floors, chosen after much research and many tests to measure the different granulometry, has a very fine grain that highlights its material effect, placing it in perfect harmony with the space, thus obtaining "a monochromatic box where the vibration of light is given by the alternating natural materials”.

The project unveils equal relevance in the new architectural ideas: “I always look for the centrality of space in my interior design work, in an alternating interplay of solids and voids, of simple and clear volumes. First, I removed the partitions that closed the shop windows: an invitation to enter because from the outside one can already enjoy the spaciousness of the premises and the liveliness that is inside. I only kept a central partition in the shop window to bring the story of a product closer to the public, inserting two arches with waxed iron girders which, as well as giving greater depth to the environment, create a visual telescope that ends in a shower area dedicated to relaxation and wellness with a working shower head, visible also from the outside”. The space is neatly articulated, characterised by four wall niches displaying the most up-to-date and functioning tap series: "almost a pathway" emphasised by the large rectangular suspended travertine basins that serve as large washbasins, like washtubs. “Often a faucet is mainly purchased because of its aesthetic look, a choice that sometimes leads to some drawbacks. This is the reason why we designed an experiential space in which you can move freely, try the products and verify the ergonomics”. 

The lower floor is dedicated to accessories and to complementing the collections. For aesthetic continuity, the design echoes the language of the upper floor, with the use of travertine and washbasins. Ossino, who always tries to extrapolate and exasperate the material’s soul – “if I work with stone, I like to transform it as a light material as a paradox” – affirms the utmost attention, almost an obsession for the shading game of colours of the interiors, able to deeply modify the harmony of the environment. The space is open and dynamic: the wide variety of references (complementing the collections) and kitchen mixers run along the perimeter walls, the latter installed in a stylised space emphasised by the ribbed wood. The rigorous layout is enlivened by the inclusion of two round bathtubs - in front of the wall with the shower range - and four washbasins with freestanding solutions. A circumscribed area is dedicated to the abacus of thermostatic solutions. Here an Antrax radiator – black, geometric, rigorous – shows the Code performances, the new smart system produced by Caleffi S.p.A. which allows regulating the temperature of each home environment remotely through the dedicated smartphone app. 

The furnishings - the two sculptural central tables in solid wood, featuring strong contours and slender edges, and the small meeting table enclosed by sliding glass windows - are all designed by Elisa Ossino herself, except for the Scandinavian-designed chairs. 

Ekinex dealt with the entire space automation management, configuring in a single central system light scenery, night installations, windows, air conditioning and energetic consumptions. The showroom rewrites the idea of the exhibition space, where objects contribute to creating an installation, transforming the showroom into a welcoming space, perfect to host events and art exhibitions.

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  • Ph Alberto Strada
  • Ph Alberto Strada
  • Ph Alberto Strada
The events of the Design Week 2022

During the Design Week 2022, the CRISTINA Brera Showroom was animated by two exciting events: the presentation of the new 2022 product novelties and the creation of 3 live artworks on the windows.

The two new products: the Fractal series, design Soo K. Chan, and the XT486 shower column, design Naomi Hasuike, made their triumphant entrance both in the stand at the International Bathroom Exhibition and in the Milan showroom to enrich CRISTINA Rubinetterie's offering.

At the same time, three IED Milan alumni, Paolo Moscheni, Lucrezia "Viperina" Pompa and Margherita Caspani, created live original illustrations on the windows of Via Pontaccio. The theme is the narrative of water's journey from springs in pleasant natural landscapes represented by Paolo, water is filtered and processed in a bizarre factory imagined by Lucrezia, and then concludes its journey in the homes of us all through the extravagant mechanisms drawn by Margherita.

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CRISTINA Brera presents IIN THE WORKS, by Elisa Ossino Studio

Elisa Ossino is the designer of the Cristina Rubinetterie new showroom located on Via Pontaccio in Milan. Her vision focuses on a conception of space that goes beyond the formal abstraction of large displays that, often, just display the product, and she imagines a place with a strong experiential value. The project ideally tends towards nature and sustainability with the choice of materials, textures, and palettes, emphasising the bond between the objects and their functional value. 

“The collaboration with Cristina was born under this challenge to look beyond the formal conventions of the exhibition spaces and enhance the experience, involving the visitor in a sensory knowledge inspired by the naturalness of water,” explains Elisa Ossino.

Elisa Ossino has created In the Works for Cristina for Fuori Salone 2021. This is an ephemeral apparatus, inside the actual showroom acting as a teaser for her project. This temporary structure, characterised by refined subliminal quotes to the Nouveau réalismepackaging, is part of the desire to outline a kind of open project, leading from the autumn Fair to the next spring one, for which Elisa Ossino will design not only the shapes of the new showroom but also those of the stand at the Exhibition Fair. 

“We have chosen to narrate the work of the upcoming months by generating a storytelling of the birth of the new showroom, but also of our work in progress at this time of restart. A time to be lived with the curiosity for the changes revealed during the works, and the responsibility of a moment in which we are rewriting the very idea of living,” says Elisa Ossino. 

  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
  • In the Works, Elisa Ossino Studio
CRISTINA Rubinetterie presents Foil the new series by Marco Pisati

Address
Via Pontaccio, 8/10
Milano, 20121

Telephone
+39 02 8397 0732

E-mail
cristinabrera@cristinagroup.com

Opening times
from Tuesday & igrave; to Saturday: 10.00 - 19.00

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