Just under one year since it opened, the London showroom of Figueras International Seating (Figueras for short) has proved to be an essential, highly valuable contributing factor to the company’s strategy of international expansion. For Figueras, the UK – specifically London – represents a market that offers huge opportunities and great potential, both in terms of the country itself and in terms of being an international centre for global architecture projects.
Situated in Clerkenwell – an area of London that’s a hotbed of contemporary architecture and design – this 230 sq m showroom has already carved itself a niche in the design community. And it’s become a mandatory destination for architects and interior designers creating public spaces that require armchairs and automatic, movable seating systems.
The company’s London office is currently involved in ambitious projects, such as the Scottish Hydro Arena, designed by Foster & Partners. It also has good relations with such prestigious British organisations as RIBA and the Association of British Theatre Technicians.
Figueras UK is also involved in important events in its sector: in May, it will take part in Clerkenwell Design Week, during which its showroom will host the launch party of the World Architecture Festival. What’s more, RIBA has given Figueras UK official approval to teach Continuous Professional Development courses to architects.
The presence of Figueras in the UK in the past two decades has led to it participating in the design of over 150 public spaces, including The Sage Gateshead in Gateshead (by Foster & Partners) and the buildings of British American Tobacco, Morgan Stanley, the National Library of Wales, Glasgow Science Centre’s Imax Cinema and the British Medical Association, among many other iconic projects.
The London shop is Figueras’s eighth showroom in the world. The firm has offices and subsidiaries in many cities, including Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Cologne, Lisbon, Miami and Singapore. Figueras is one of the most high-profile firms specialising in seating systems on the world stage. That it has provided armchairs to such places as the White House’s press room in Washington DC and Room XX at the UN in Geneva is proof of how prestigious the company is on an international scale.