Tau Cerámica is firmly committed to expansion in the US market. Proof of this came when the Spanish company opened its second standalone showroom in the US last summer. This move is consistent with the company’s policy of being in close and constant contact with its customers in order to offer them the entire range of their goods in a direct, professional manner. In terms of its location, the company plumped for Chantilly, in the state of Viriginia. The showroom is situated more specifically in a commercial and services area called Park Long Court. This is a prime location – indeed one of the nerve centres of the country – since it’s situated in the Dulles Corridor, the mandatory route for anyone travelling to the international airport of Washington DC, the administrative capital of the US. The layout of the interior of the new, 700 sq m showroom has been very carefully thought out. The display area measures 390 sp m, of which 300 sq m are taken up by the showroom itself. The rest of the building is devoted to providing both printed and audiovisual material for architects, designers and interior designers. Visitors to the showroom can see furniture collections, large-scale environments showing how the products can be used and mock-ups of environments which present commercial schemes of the highest calibre. The new Tau Cerámica showroom supplements its other US store in Frederick, Maryland, which has been up and running for three years. The latter has already proved itself to be an unqualified success with the public – and in terms of sales.
Materia is a coherently designed space in Barcelona created by Beatrice Askanazy. The soft furnishings, furniture and accessories displayed here all share the same philosophy: a love of natural fibres, pleasing materials, the hand-crafted, the unique, the timeless, the absence of any dominant trend. Spanish company Tiexidors, which is based in Terrassa, near Barcelona, has occupied this space in order to display its entire range of goods. Materia isn’t just designed to be a mere shop for selling home fabrics but a place where customers instantly experience the sensibility of and philosophy behind Materia and Teixidors. It gives visitors an insight into how a domestic space can connect with nature, the hand-crafted, a sense of continuity, serenity, warmth – all perennial attributes of Teixidors’ collections. In Askanazy’s words, ‘We’re not interested in trendy ítems, classified as either contemporary or classical, but in pieces that dovetail with our idea of all things natural. The pieces chosen complement each other, don’t detract from each other. They are life-enhancing, transcend mere trends and fit into the present and future: they feel current today and will feel current tomorrow.’ Teixidors has developed a way of working and its own style which radically differs from any other textiles company operating in Spain today. It was founded in 1983 not as a business but as a non profit-making cooperative that provides employment and social integration to people with learning difficulties.See special feature on TeixidorsSee latest news on Teixidors
It opens its first US showroom to consolidate its existing, significant presence in the country.Spain’s multinational Cosentino group, which makes and distributes worktops, launched Cosentino City Manhattan in September, 2015 — its first US showroom. This 375-sq m space was created thanks to an investment of more than €1m and is found in the city’s iconic A&D Building, the nerve centre of contemporary New York design, which houses the premises of the leading interior design firms in the city. This showroom offers architects and designers large display and office spaces equipped with state-of-the-art technology which helps them to realize all types of projects.The ‘Cosentino City’ is the name of the showrooms which the company is opening in different cities around the world. This new concept aims to make the brand more familiar to its clients and capture the attention of visitors, thanks to the sensory experience this showroom offers and the comprehensive service of its expert staff. Visitors can interact with the various materials offered by Cosentino to create, visualise and develop projects digitally with the aid of computers in the showroom. The first Cosentino City showroom opened in Sydney in September, 2013, the second in Singapore in November, 2014 and in October, 2015, it opened a similar showroom in Milan. The company has another showroom in Asia, called City Associated, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.This last shop reinforces the company’s commitment to trading in the US, where the firm set up its first foreign subsidiary in 1997. Since then, Cosentino’s growth has been unstoppable, and today it has 27 operating centres all over the country, two distribution hubs, 12 kitchen and bathroom surface production centres and agreements with eight wholesale distributors, such as Home Depot and Lowe’s. All this has consolidated Cosentino’s leading position in the US market, which today accounts for 57 per cent of its consolidated sales and where it has around 1,000 employees.The Cosentino group produces high quality worktops for the architecture and design sectors. As a leading firm, it envisions and anticipates, in conjunction with its clients and members, solutions that offer design, good value and inspiration to people’s lives. This objective is possible thanks to using products by pioneering brands in their sectors, such as Silestone®, Dekton® and Sensa by Cosentino®, whose innovative surfaces allow for the creation of unique designs for both domestic and public spaces.
Design fans can take in the best of Spanish design at the Galerie des Beaux-Arts, which is part of Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Bordeaux, France, until September 16. The show opened on June 14 and will be open to the public throughout the summer. This exhibition aims to give the French public and all international visitors to Bordeaux the opportunity to find out about Spanish design – both in terms of the country’s most high-profile designers and its manufacturers specialising in contemporary design. The exhibition also celebrates Spanish creativity from the entire 20th century, and showcases all areas of Spanish inventiveness – furniture, graphic design and industrial design. The exhibition occupies two floors measuring 700 sq m. Pieces by internationally known Spanish designers such as Patricia Urquiola and Jaime Hayón, among others, are displayed on the lower floor. Meanwhile, more iconic, historical examples of Spanish culture, which laid the foundations for and inspired contemporary Spanish and graphic and industrial design, are showcased on the upper floor.
In April 2005, Jaume Tresserra opened its first exclusive store in Paris, the boutique TRESSERRA COLLECTION, which is at number 168 of one of the most popular streets in the French capital, on Rivoli street, where a large number of international brands are present, and opposite to Louvre Museum.The firm TRESSERRA Collection was created in 1987 by the Catalonian designer, after he had worked as interior designer for several years and had designed furniture exclusively for his costumers, in response to the demands of a particular consumer whose wants and needs reflect an entire life style. Since then he designs splendid furniture collections and decorating accessories, based on his philosophy of the rejection of excessive industrial constraints in which beauty is often lost as a trade-off in the pursuit of financial gain.The boutique Tresserra Collection in Paris occupies an exceptional space of 160 square metres with four shop windows totally open to the street and another five facing the square yard of “Louvre des Antiquaires”. Both entrances lead to a luminous, neutral and open environment, where a large part of the furniture and accessories collection is displayed as an art gallery. The white walls and the ivory floor allow the pieces of Tresserra to express them without impediment.A tour around the store makes it possible to enjoy the great “classics” of Tresserra like the “Samuro Cabinet”, the “Carpett Secreter” or the “Chiffonier Storage”. One space recreates an office with the Novel desk, the Casablanca armchair and the five metres long Prólogo bookcase, while in another space there are products for the home. Another space is devoted to new designs or performance according to the designer’s original ideas. Since December 2007 Tresserra boutique in Paris exhibits the latest creation of the collection: the Bolero, a pool table that was designed only a year before and that can already be found in the most elegant lounges of all over the world.Tresserra Collection consists of several designs, from trunks reminiscent of the glamorous time of transoceanic journeys to elegant armchairs, chests of drawers with secret drawers, refined chairs and tables, as well as bar furniture, desks that spread out, screens and lamps. In 2004, Jaume Tresserra incorporated into his range of pieces a collection of accessories with the name “Variations”. This collection includes candelabra, vases, candle holders, letter-openers, desk clocks, desk blotters and games like chess and backgammon. It consists of a large range of very sophisticated furniture and accessories with a style that is classical and innovator at the same time.Faithful to Jaume Tresserra’s aesthetic commitment, shape has been given to the designs through the employment of the revered arts of hand craftsmanship and artistry, and through the utilization of only the highest quality materials, being wood the favourite one. For the furniture in this collection Spanish white walnut was mainly used, treated with natural varnishes and always applied by hand to pay homage to its nobility and natural qualities. The metallic pieces are of brass dipped in an electrolytic bath that allows various high qualities finishes to be obtained: gunmetal chromed or silver-plated. Armchair and seating upholstery is made from un-dyed cotton cloth or calf leather. For other accessories in the collection, timbers like iroco, sycamore, cedar and other natural materials are employed, handcrafted with skill and experience.One of the peculiarities that defines Treserra’s designs is that they are “completely finished” on all sides. Some of the models look like sculptures. According to Jaume Tresserra, “everything comes from a personal dislike of that furniture that has the hidden part finished with an ordinary wood. A piece of furniture should be able to stand alone in the middle of the room or in a separate space”.Speaking of Jaume Tresserra in the world of international interior design is linked to a Mediterranean of an atmosphere that is refined, rationalist, warm, contemporary and full of beauty, passion, perfectionism and innovation. This requires a subtle balancing of characteristics that exploits this century’s best design, especially Art Deco and Rationalism, close to Eastern traditions and finishes, sifted through an essentially Latin designer’s intuition, capable of infusing life into all these traditions to recreate a piece of furniture that looks towards the future.