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April 12, 2021
Text: Quinn Halman
Foshan Topway Design Creates a Metallic Workplace Fit for a Metal Manufacturer
Inspired by natural scenes that seem otherworldly, the team behind metal product customization company ZCMetal wanted their Foshan, China headquarters to flaunt the endless possibilities the material allows. The brand’s furniture, sculptural objects, lighting fixtures and room accents emphasize contemporary carving technology and traditional craftsmanship, resulting in works that resemble fine art. Foshan Topway Design conceived the brand’s new space as an experiential gallery of sorts, which also doubles as a workplace.
At the entrance, visitors are enveloped by a canyon-like passageway crafted from stainless steel, one of many installations that reference the five elements of Chinese culture—gold, wood, water, fire, and earth. “We approached the spatial narrative in a manner such that it pays tribute to nature and creating immersive experiences,” says Wang Zhike, one of the project’s co-leads, along with Li Xiaoshui. The design highlights the unique forging process of metal, presenting different interpretations of the free-flowing state of iron ore when melted at high heat.