In selecting the materials for the floor and walls it was important that these surfaces should provide a harmonious background for furniture with different surface finishes and colours. White surfaces as well as wood finishes with a strong grain should be able to make an impact and contrast with the setting. At the same time the showroom was to convey a warm and friendly underlying mood.
Consequently it was decided not to use monochrome surfaces in the design of the showrooms but materials made up of several colours that also have a high haptic quality. The large area of light-coloured terrazzo has a white, grey and brown natural stone “grain”. The dark brown fabric used to cover the “backbone” also follows the same concept; the material is woven from brown and black threads.
The core of the Bene premises is a centrally positioned internal staircase that connects all the floors used by Bene. This stair forms the central communication area to which certain gastronomic functions are attached: the bar with the “coffice” on the ground floor, and the tea-kitchens and the areas for informal communication on the two upper floors.
The internal staircase follows the design concept of the ground floor showroom. The staircase walls are clad with panels covered with brown fabric. In addition a “cloud” of square LED lights extends from the ground floor to the second floor.