A Look Inside CCD’s New Shanghai Office
Manufacturing company CCD recently hired architecture and interior design firm Cheng Chung Design to design their new office in Shanghai, China.
“Time is like halo that stores fragments of memories. The red bricks are overlapped in an alternating order along the arc, eventually woven into a circle that creates a magnificent field under the arched ceiling.
Nowadays, raw materials are making a comeback. The red terracotta bricks are arranged in highly varied forms, exuding a charming sense of simplicity. It allows people to imagine a rich “inner world” and opens up a spatial dialogue between the past and the future.
Dream as a Horse
The ideal lifestyle represents one’s dream and ambitions. The imagery of horse is invoked to interpret the unique and daring atmosphere of the space.
The design narrative intends to convey the idea that work can be a poetic process integrated with the ideals of life. The majestic posture of the horse appears elegant in the space, and its spirit is the pursuit of our design. The horse jumps out into the space yet is independent from the secular world, conveying a certain symbolic meaning.
The traditional office reception mode is dismissed, and replaced with an enclosed layout promoting communication in a relaxing and comfortable vibe. The historical photos on the wall are a tribute to the glorious memory of CCD in the past thirty years.
Artist Bian Jiang’s statue “Pony Crossing the River” shows the courageous spirit of the horse and its insurmountable resilience.
Poetry and Elegance
When lifestyle and space become one, life becomes a celebration. Through a reasonable division of space, the cycle of time is broken, allowing people to walk in between, stroll, and get lost. When time stands still yet light changes subtly, the rhythm of space, the qualities of light, color, and textures, and even the scent of the greenery, all connect to the most primal self, free from the slavery of time.
The floral art and greenery are strikingly red and lush, adding a touch of brightness to the elegant space. It enriches the space while creating a unique life force.
Three kinds of specially customized seating, including high-back chair, comfort chair, and footstool, are particularly eye-catching in design.
Every corner offers unexpected encounters with art, whether it is paintings, sculptures, or furniture. The contrast between long-standing tradition and new trend provides another possibility for the space, while shaping the designers’ lifestyle and aesthetics. The space decorated by art remains humble in the face of external clamors. With its nourishment, the space becomes romantic, intoxicating and relaxing.”
- Location: Shanghai, China
- Date completed: 2023
- Size: 19,030 square feet
- Design: Cheng Chung Design
- Photos: Wang Ting