Artopex showroom in Quebec City
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 9th edition
The Lemay architecture firm has designed a second showroom for the office furniture brand Artopex. After unveiling its Old Montreal shop in 2013, Artopex opened this showroom, located in a 370-square-metre space in the trendy Saint-Roch neighbourhood of Quebec City.Lemay was mandated with developing the interior concept to showcase the company’s products while enhancing the 20th-century building and evoking the historic identity of the Granby-based family business. To reflect Artopex’s values and deep Quebec roots, Lemay revisited the concept of a ribbon of images depicting the province’s varied landscapes. Adorning the wall and ceiling, these images guide the visitor through the space. A pixelated treatment keeps the feature from becoming too distracting and allowing the focus to remain on the furniture. Assorted lighting fixtures and an LED backlit mural, along with podiums and platforms of varying heights bring a dynamic energy to the circuit and contribute to an enhanced visitor experience. There is a predominance of wood and natural steel, which harmonize well with the contemporary furniture collections. The jury remarked that the showroom reflects the company’s values well and is an asset to the neighbourhood. It ably translates the excellent ideas developed in the Montreal showroom to the Quebec City space.