by Rakks | January 28th, 2011
When the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, one of five cultural agencies of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the US, asked InTAdesign to redefine their reception area, the InTAdesignteam welcomed the challenge of the project.
The “entry point” of the institution – the first space visitors encounter when attending cultural events hosted at the ICI gallery – had to flow into an accessible VHS/DVD display area, since the current video library was being converted to additional office space. To house Institute’s extensive print and video library, the designers selected Rakks aluminum shelving. With an architecturally-designed clean profile, the aluminum shelving system looks sculptural and modern, much like the facade of the building. Rakks slanted shelving was ideal for displaying the media library and created beautiful visual variation from the horizontal shelving. To contrast the strong symmetry of the space, the designers placed a flowing kidney-shaped table between the reception area and video library to allow a smooth and functional transition into the adjoining spaces including a gallery and administrative offices.
Rakks says “Bravo InTAdesign”. The space is beautiful!