New York, New York

about the project

Consumers may never know that the essence of many of the foods and fragrances they enjoy originate in the enterprise of Victor Mane, who founded a distillery in southeastern France to produce fragrant materials from regional flowers and plants in 1871. Today, businesses in 39 countries depend on products from the Mane Group, backed by 27 manufacturing plants, 50 R&D centers and 77 offices worldwide, led by Jean Mane, a member of the fifth generation of the founding family. BR Design’s design of a two-floor, 15,562-square-foot New York space for Mane USA reflects the importance of the site, comprising a sales office, innovation center and fine fragrance studio. The facility has been conceived with an open plan where perfumers and evaluators “hot spot” at unassigned workstations and enclosed spaces provide high-performance air circulation so odors can be properly extracted for perfumers to smell. Organized by teams for sales and marketing, logistics, perfumer and evaluator, and management with ample collaborative areas, the design uses natural materials (stressing organic and green sources), glass and copper and black metal detailing to create a modern, minimal environment that is both functional and chic. A mixture of pendant and cove lighting provide sophisticated finishing touches.