Maisons du Monde

Alhena and Maisons du Monde, a qualified pact

The relationship with Maisons du Monde is a fundamental one for Alhena: in just over a decade, as a general contractor, Alhena has carried out work on over 73,000 square meters (50,820 square meters in-store fittings, 22,385 square meters in restyling), becoming an essential interlocutor in Italy for the famous home decor brand.

The retailer who loves the house. The design of store made by Maisons du Monde

The public particularly loves the ethnic, vintage, or design taste proposed by the sign; Maisons du Monde stands out on the retail scene: more than 330 stores around the world, all capable of qualifying the service with furniture design (with in-store experts). Not only is the proposal aimed at the private home market, but it also intends to open up to the business market, with a high overall offer identity.


Maisons du Monde requirements

Maisons du Monde’s relationship with Alhena has always been characterized by a series of objectives that sometimes represent real challenges:

  • Each setup must be completed between 6 and 8 weeks after the start of work, regardless of the site’s logistics and location.
  • For each planned store, the Client is assisted step by step. This goes from the acquisition of the property to the opening of the store to the public.
  • Alhena has the task of presenting any technical-administrative practice, replacing the Client in its entirety.
  • In the case of “restyling,” it is often requested to operate at a point of sale open to the public, organizing in the best way possible the coexistence between “building site life” and “customer experience.”

The modus operandi Alhena in Maisons du Monde

The points of sale of Mason du Monde are built with often traditional materials, without the use of special technical “effects,” but in terms of emissions and energy-saving, they are characterized by decidedly advanced solutions.

This defines precise technical choices by Alhena:

  • Interior lighting exclusively made with LED lamps;
  • The air conditioning system with technological solutions for the recovery of the heat produced and to avoid dispersion to the outside (also with the help of insulation systems and specific types of window fronts).


Significant quality aspects are to be found in the operational particularities:

  • motivated and prepared workers and professionals, able to intervene at the open point of sale without affecting the daily operations;
  • shifts during both night and day;
  • appropriate and “consonant” compartmentalization of the site areas.


The most indicative case is that of CESANO BOSCONE, which, in 2014, was the subject of a complex restyling (3,750sqm), both in terms of plant and architectural design and layout. The shop has never closed: walkways for the public have been created, adequately protected, and signposted, with work carried out over three shifts per day, without interruption.

Of store in-store and solutions. All Alhena plates

Each point of sale tells a different story, with custom technical cues for the most complex needs.
TRENTO. We are faced with the impossibility of installing in the basement rooms a freight elevator necessary to connect the sales floor with the warehouse. How to do it? We have installed a unique pantograph platform, delimited by a parapet, which hides the equipment from the customers’ sight.
BOLOGNA NAVILE. Despite the energy savings, the figures don’t add up. The power consumption of the systems being switched on at the same time (the so-called “starting point”) is higher than the possible user contract. It would be logical to have a new electrical transformer cabin with costs to be borne by the customer (and with the necessary time and authorizations). Alhena intervenes with a simple PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), an industrial computer programmed to turn on internal devices in a useful sequence so that the inrush current is never higher than the capacity of the electrical user.
SERRAVALLE SCRIVIA. The customer must install a sprinkler system. To guarantee a significant saving to the Customer and, above all, not to modify the disposition of some technological elements, Alhena proposes to use the American NFPA regulations (different disposition with fewer extinguishing heads), subject to the approval of the competent Fire Brigade Command.
SAN ROCCO AL PORTO. The “pilotage” of the Shopping Centre (we are at work in progress) asks that all the structures be built with anti-seismic certification. Everything changes, Alhena adapts, and carries out the building works according to the relevant regulations. One problem remains the front window. After careful technical, architectural, and functional research and a good dose of craftsmanship, we find a way to make the aesthetic and functional needs of the customer coexist, pilot requirements, anti-seismic regulations, and energy efficiency.