Inside, the space is open and light, featuring Minotti's simple, timeless furniture in neutral colours. A central room divider in reflective mirrors with white shelving floats over a box constructed of beautifully-patterned cement sheet, almost like marble. Other room dividers in glass with white curtains provide a sense of different 'rooms' in the space while still allowing for transparency and light to filter through. The mullioned windows provide a connection to the street outside.
This sense of connection was important for designer Tina Engelen. "It's not a shopping mall experience - an air-conditioned, fluorescent lit, artificial space;' she says. "Here we are still relating to the street, you can see the trees, you can open the window and get the breeze:'
Her design for the space was heavily influenced by Minotti's presentation at the 2006 Milan Furniture Fair - similarly open and light, with cement sheet floors and planters throughout. Minotti's stand was, in turn, influenced by Engelen's own work, the Price O'Reilly house. This minimalist house, designed by Engelen and Ian Moore in the 1990s, used cement sheet - in what Engelen calls 'recession design'. "In the 1990s, we were in a recession;' she says. "Our clients didn't have the budgets, so we were using cheap materials like plasterboard and fibre cement sheets, but using them in a beautiful way:'
The common creative language between the two companies - dedece and Minotti - is a result of the strong relationship that exists between the two family companies. The two Minotti brothers were visiting Australia recently to see the new showroom and were impressed with the results. "The Minotti line has classic forms, rational lines and neutral colours;' says Roberto Minotti. "dedece are on the same wavelength with taste and they are on the same wavelength with display philosophy;' .
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