The Barcelona-based studio Wanda Barcelona created an original installation called FANtastic in the centrally located, deluxe W hotel in Union Square, New York, to coincide with the city’s design fair ICFF, which 13 Spanish homeware companies took part in. The installation, on show from May 18 to 21, wowed New Yorkers who saw it, plus all visitors to the Big Apple who were visiting the hotel or happened to be passing by.
The project arose when New York’s W hotel contacted the Spanish studio, inviting it to collaborate by creating an installation inspired by Spanish design. The studio dreamt up an imaginative piece influenced by that quintessentially Spanish object – the fan. Gracing the lobby and seen through a window facing Park Avenue, the installation was visible in the hotel and from the street. FANtastic was inspired by famous Spanish designs represented as paper and cardboard patterns that covered a gold, wooden base and rose to form a huge fan shape that transformed the lobby into a striking temporary installation. Wanda Barcelona is experienced in such installations: it often creates temporary, imaginary worlds based on the tradition of origami, clever plays with perspective and use of paper and cardboard presented in a broad spectrum of imaginative ways.
Completing the presence of Spanish design in New York during ICFF, Spanish companies Marset and Vondom were chosen to take part in decorating two shop windows of Bergdorf Goodman department stores, which showcased cutting-edge interior design. Marset displayed its Maranga light by Christophe Mathieu and Vondom its Biophilia chair by Ross Lovegrove.
Take a look at this video about FANtastic by Wanda Barcelona.