A short story (in memory of Bo).
The history goes back to the Nineties, when Enzo Scordamaglia started to work in Malaysia with the Teo family in the timber machinery business.
In 1995 the Teo family and their Yanfull Group moved the financial means to China, soon followed by Enzo. Two years later they built and opened the biggest water park in Shanghai Dyno Beach.
2001 - 2005
In 2001 they began to build the Royal Garden Residential project: 4,000 apartments and villas, designed by some of the most famous international architects – Piero Lissoni, Patricia Urquiola, Antonio Citterio, Carlo Colombo, Eric Parry, to name a few. Each unit was furnished with top design Italian brands as B&B, Boffi Kitchens, Poliform, Porro, Moroso, Minotti, Flexform, and many more.
The first Spazio Italia store was designed by Piero Lissoni in Shanghai at Plaza 66, one of the most luxury mall all over China for fashion brands. In a short time more stores opened in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing and other great cities. In 2005 they launched one of the largest top design store in the world: 6,000 mq in the capital of the country.
In the meantime they launched Spazio Italia, a chain of showrooms for high-end design furniture brands from Italy, which were mostly unknown in China. On the other hand, Italian companies were deeply worried about Chinese fakes. This is why Spazio Italia invested a huge amount of money in marketing and promotion: opening of new stores, ads on press and magazines, billboards, fairs and so on. They even produced a book in Chinese about Piero Lissoni: just like brands from outside China, architects were almost unknown either.
The sensational opening of “Bon Bon” in 2006, a beautiful disco club in Shanghai designed by Patricia Urquiola, was boosted by the most famous DJs of the world that every weekend used to fly over to play the music they loved all night long.
In 2007 the Teo Family decided to split their business activities: Enzo and Bo Teo continued to run the furniture business, expanding Spazio Italia to SID – Spazio Italia Distribution and moving the headquarters designed by Carlo Colombo to Wendig Design Plaza in Shanghai. Michael Zhang joined as project manager.
In 2008 Spazio Italia supplied luxury furnitures for the prestigious Baccarat Residence 8, designed by the American architect Eric Hayden. New showrooms for top brands in the JSWB city center opened.
In 2010 suddenly Bo Teo died. From that sad day on the company has been continuously growing, with the help of Michael Zhang, who became partner of ES Designtrend (Spazio Italia subsidiary in Shanghai) and sales director.