Amy Tanenbaum, director of architectural services for New York-based Sicis North America Inc., points out that Placuzzi had been interested in a New York showroom location for several years.
"This building was empty when Maurizio purchased it," Tanenbaum
"We had to excavate what had been the building's basement down to the footings to gain another selling level," Tanenbaum
says.Over a new concrete subfloor, the design team installed a new Sicis mosaic floor comprised of 43 different types of tone-on-tone marble mosaics, from chalky white to glowing pearl.In the center is a backlit area that highlights the texture of the tiles by forming a scene depicting trees, animal shapes and florals,the effect is jungle-like.A team of Sicis installers was transported to New York from Italy to implement the Placuzzi
and Raggi design throughout the space.Tanenbaum
explains that the central area of the ground-level floor is illuminated from below to give extra surface emphasis to the tiny tiles.The recessed, under-floor lighting system consists of Plexiglas supports, like open boxes, that measure 39 in. by 39 in. "Lined up inside these boxes in alternating directions are rows of fluorescent lighting," she