Vermilion Zhou Design Group designed Green Massage in Shanghai, China having as main design concept the “Moon” thus creating a gentle and calm space with a poetic and mystery sense that can quickly switch the mood releasing the fatigue from the body to soul. 

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Green Massage aims at providing soothing professional healthcare to busy people with fast-paced urban life in a private and elegant environment. It leads to the modern concept of health and healthcare, integrating modern scientific techniques on the basis of the theory of traditional Chinese medicine. It dredges the channels and collaterals, nourishes one’s spirit and relieves pressure through comprehensive conscious massage, and other methods.

With its unique business operation, how to provide the quality and professional service has its high requisition. The whole treatment process is not only in the single massage room, it is starting from the entrance when the guest walks inside. This is a journey for the guest to recover from their fatigue, and the healing way is to touch for the human’s five senses. To satisfy the basic function, and to upgrade the whole sense of experience, that is our purpose.

“Moon” has become our design concept.

“Moon” has many faces in different phases, with its beauty to stand calm and quiet, the endless loop doesn’t disturb its rhythm, always gracefully to move in the space-time. From ancient to modern, many artists inspired by the moon, the creation with different formats, to admire its mystery, romance, and full imagination.

The first stop of human beings to choose to explore the universe is also the moon landing adventure. After time and times and repeated failures, Neil Alden Armstrong took a small step to unveil the mystery of the moon, but in the end, there is no myth or our imagination. Only the magnificence and solitude of the moon’s surface are reached, and it is extremely calm.

We try to isolate the hustle and bustle which is located in the busy shopping mall. The gray tone and texture full around in the whole space is like the surface of the moon, quietly diluting all the restlessness. There is no sharp angle in the space, we used the curve to shape the line in the space, with gently light-reflecting, like the moon reflected the sunlight, it has become a soft filter, which naturally filters the disturbance from the outside. 

The ”Moon” can be seen everywhere inside the space, the installation artwork “Moon Light” created by artist Yang Yong is the poetic highlight in the space.

The ball light and wall light also respond to the “Moon” figure, guide the people step by step into their healing journey, in order to remove their daily fatigue, In Green Massage design, the purpose is to through the whole sense of interior experience then complete the journey. “As the moon lasting, as the sun rising”, is the circulation of the universe, every restart is the fresh return, will bring back the highlight in the lifetime.

About Vermilion Zhou Design Group

In 2002, Vermilion Zhou Design Group was founded by Kuang Ming (Ray)Chou (Founder / Creative Director) and Vera Chu (Founder / Lighting Design Director) in Shanghai. Later in 2009, with Garvin Hung(Interior Design Director) joining the team, Vermilion Zhou Design Group has completed more than 800 projects across countries in Asia-Pacific. Our talented team has provided services to a variety of clients, ranging from public spaces, residential spaces to commercial spaces such as hotels, offices, restaurants. At Vermilion Zhou Design Group, we never stop in breaking boundaries and embracing new possibilities. Most importantly, the aspiration for the oriental modern lifestyle is what our designs are built upon, which also forms Vermilion Zhou’s unique identity in the field. To achieve a fine balance between functions and aesthetics in the design, our team is made up of creative minds from architecture, interior, lighting, graphic, and product design backgrounds to gain different perspectives in each project. Our ultimate goal is to succeed in creating highly functional designs that take people on a joyful and exquisite journey.


Facts & Credits
Project title  Green Massage
Location  INFINITUS Mall, Shanghai, China
Area  320m2
Client  Green SPA Management & Consultancy
Design  Vermilion Zhou Design Group
Creative Director  Kuang Ming(Ray) Chou
Interior Design  Garvin Hung, Reykia Feng
Lighting Design  Vera Chu, Chia Huang Liao
FF&E Design  Mavis Huang
Photography  Yunpu Cai Artwork 
Artwork Artist  Yang Yong Liang 

LED Light Box: 200 × 200 cm, Acrylic painted on light film; Water Pool: 500 × 1000cm “Moonlight” portrays the moon as a flat disk. It is an installation featuring a painted film sheet on the LED lightbox as well as a dark-colored pool reflecting the moon. It brings the audience in a romantic imagination in the ancient folk tale when the moon was seen as an illuminating disk. Work first created in Magda Danysz Gallery in 2012.