ARTIFACTS store by MW Design, Taichung – Taiwan

Starting with “feminine”, “elegant” and “luxurious” as the design direction, while maintaining ARTIFACTS’ brand language of chic and modern, the designer, Michelle Wei has played with various materials to create a space that is soft with a contemperary touch.

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Solidity of four different types of marble at the shop window, cashier and flooring areas matching with softness of grayish purple curtain in velvet as a background, have created a balance between masculine and feminine in the space.

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Geometric pattern made with marble on the floor is another important design factor. There are three floor paths going from the hexagon table in the middle toward three different directions throughout the space; the marble veins on the star pattern have added an exquisite touch to the store.

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Book Matched Marble

How stunning are these symmetrical book matched marble moments? I just love the dramatic effect.

Here’s how they do it:
“When a block of natural stone is processed, it is cut into slabs by a large gang saw which works much the same way as a bread slicer. Once the slabs are cut, they are laid flat to be polished, and then bundled together in the same order at the other end of the processing line. Book-matched slabs are slabs which were right next to each other, but have been polished on opposite sides. When these slabs are placed side by side, you will see that they are a near mirror image of each other. Veining can be matched up to create one unbroken pattern.”

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