Italy has always conjured up associations of luxury and design, with a Mediterranean spirit that combines its monumental past with state-of-the-art creations. And it makes the perfect soulmate for...
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Italy has always conjured up associations of luxury and design, with a Mediterranean spirit that combines its monumental past with state-of-the-art creations. And it makes the perfect soulmate for Spanish brand Kettal, whose outdoor furniture is totally in step with that Mare Nostrum flow.It comes as no surprise that Kettal furniture should have been picked for two unique, but vastly different projects: Il Sereno Hotel on Lake Como, in the Alpine foothills, and the Dimora delle Balze estate on the island of Sicily.Il Sereno Lago di Como is the first newly-built hotel on the shores of idyllic Lake Como. The spectacular premises are the work of Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, whose 30-suite gem features a spectacular vertical garden that rises up the façade, and stylish interior design that pairs luxury with serenity and elegance. The furniture chosen for this peerless space comes from several Kettal collections: the ‘Net’ family of outdoor chairs and armchairs, ‘Mesh’ teak loungers and ‘Cottage’ daybeds, all created by Urquiola, as well as other decorative items from the ‘Objects’ collection. The project is already bringing in global accolades including the first to be awarded by industry-leading publication Interior Design in New York, in its “Projects” section, which recognises Patricia Urquiola’s masterful interior in the “Hospitality-Hotel Resort” category. A stark contrast is the 19th-century Dimora delle Balze estate in southeast Sicily, where time seems to have stood still. Mediterranean aromas waft from its walls and the great courtyard which leads into an interior that houses not only the many bedrooms but also original Renaissance frescoes, so that guests can enjoy the splendour of the estate’s past glory while relaxing on seating from two Kettal collections: ‘Bitta’, designed by Rodolfo Bordoni, and ‘Landscape’. Kettal is one of Spain’s biggest globetrotters with projects all over the world. On a stay at luxury hotels like JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa Mexico, the Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai or the Ritz-Carlton Moscow, you can take the weight off your feet on its comfortable, evocative outdoor furniture collections.
Spanish company Soher’s luxury furniture graces new hotel Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City. This exclusive hotel, which opened in October, 2016, has 1,004 suites catering to the most exacting guests and the highest number of hotel rooms in Dubai — 100,000.To create this fascinating project, its interior design team chose Soher’s exquisite furniture which graces the lobby, restaurants and other rooms. The lobby has been elegantly furnished with products that perfectly balance good design with functionality. The restaurants were decorated in accordance with the different atmosphere characterising each space — from urban and modern motifs, such as those in the bar in the Cook Hall, to the gold motifs, velvet finishes and glamorous ceiling lights of the Blinque cocktail lounge, which immerse the clientele in the magic and fantasy of ancient Asia, not to mention the stately, sober Il Capo restaurant, with its luxurious, refined ambience evoking the 1920s. Finally, there’s the Al Joud sitting room, used for weddings and events — a light-filled room as stunning as any found in the world’s most elegant royal palaces.Soher was founded by Vicente Simó Iborra in 1942. Since then, it’s designed and manufactured beautiful, stylish bronze pieces and furniture to the highest quality. Top-quality woods, such as ebony, elaborate marquetry, handmade relief patterns, gold-leaf and silver finishes, magnificent mother-of-pearl and top-quality leather to render each piece of furniture luxurious and noble are used to make its pieces. Soher now has a strong presence in this part of Asia, in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, where it has undertaken projects in luxurious private residences, such as the Government Palace of HRH Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Governor of the cities of Jeddah and Mecca in Saudi Arabia
Interiors from Spain suggests that you grab your rucksack and pack your suitcases and head to two of the world’s most attractive cities — Sydney and Amsterdam… Once there, you’ll need to find some cool hotels to hang out in, furnished, of course, with contemporary, original, colourful design. And where better to do so than the hotels Ovolo Woolloomooloo in Sydney and Generator in Amsterdam, where the presence of Spanish firm Sancal’s designs will make you feel you’re in a truly special place.Ovolo Woolloomooloo is part of a chain of hotels and serviced apartments that has recently opened one of Sydney’s most iconic hotels. Despite being new, it’s fast become a cool reference point in the city, located as it is in a former warehouse in Woollomooloo near Sydney Harbour. Prestigious Australian desigh studio Hassell has transformed what was an old building into a venue that’s the height of chic. Perfectly fusing old-fashioned style with modernity, Hassell has created an eclectic interior with boldly contrasting colours and cosy nooks that will appeal to all types of customer and meet every requirement. It’s a perfect spot for enjoying Sancal’s designs. Here, its REW sofas and Nido armchairs, designed by Rafa García, grace the central hall, their colours contrasting with the building’s greyish design, while Sancal’s Talo armchairs by Sebastian Herkner furnish the bedrooms. Meanwhile, Generator is based in one of Amsterdam’s coolest, most arty areas — Oosterpark. It’s housed in the former zoology department of the University of Amsterdam and, although it still has an academic vibe, even after its conversion, it’s been radically transformed into a brilliant, avant-garde hotel, created by the studio Design Agency in collaboration with local architects IDEA. What’s more, the hotel has collaborated in a unique way with local artists whose sculptures and graphic artworks adorn its spaces. Sancal’s Nido armchairs, where people can sip tea and chat, can be found between the desks in the spectacular bar-cum-hall. And Sancal’s small Nudo tables, created by Juan Ibañez, grace the lobby, welcoming guests as they enter this highly unusual establishment.Sancal designs and manufactures multifunctional, timeless furniture that gives its users a feeling of wellbeing, while its calm asethetic is popular with consultants who often choose it for this reason. Indeed, more and more consultants and designers are selecting it for their projects all over the world. Good examples of these include the café Torte i To in Zagreb, Croatia; the hotel Villa Hiidenmäki in Jämsä, Finland; the offices of Fom in Moscow; the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, and Sony’s HQ in Madrid.
The world keeps getting smaller, especially for young people who use the latest technology to explore it. Most of them prefer to stay in hostels as they are accessible and inexpensive. Hostelworld is a leading hostel-booking platform, with 33,000 properties in 170 countries on its books. And, to furnish its Dublin office, the company chose Spanish firm designs.Located in Dublin’s buzzy Docklands area, Hostelworld’s HQ was designed by Henry J Lyons Architects. Hostelworld has furnished it with Viccarbe’s vibrant, dynamic, colourful and functional pieces. The project comprises an open-plan office where workstations, break-out spaces and a well-equipped kitchen combine to create an office that is both efficient and relaxed. It’s a workspace where Viccarbe’s funky furniture sets the tone.Gracing the relaxation areas is Vincent Van Duysen’s Step sofa, whose flexibility and hand-sewn look reflect the production standards of a collection in which robust design meets exquisite details. In the dining room are Viccarbe’s upholstered Maarten chairs, whose colourful design blurs the boundary between work and relaxation areas, and the versatile Maarten table, designed for working on a laptop, informal meetings or coffee breaks. The last two pieces were designed by Victor Carrasco. Finally, in a reading area are Viccarbe’s Aspa tables, created by Francesc Rifé.Viccarbe makes contemporary furniture created by prestigious, international designers. The firm has a presence in over 70 countries and its multifunctional furniture can be found in many public spaces all over the world, including the Tokyo University of Science, the TesoroBlu Hotel & Spa in Greece, Grand Hyatt hotel in New York as well as in the offices of well-known multinationals, such as Microsoft in Finland, Google in Mexico, Coca-Cola in Ontario and GlaxoSmithKline in Lithuania.
The Kettal group, that comprises Kettal and the brands Hugonet and Triconfort, celebrates its 50th birthday this year. In the past 50 years, it’s become one of Spain’s leading outdoor furniture companies, not to mention a high-profile, global brand. We at Interiors From Spain congratulate it and invite our readers to check out its latest contributions to five-star hotels all over the world.Our journey kicks off in Mexico, where Kettal has furnished the outdoor areas and balconies of the rooms at the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Report & Spa, a luxury hotel in the exclusive spot of Puertos Los Cabos in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Here, sitting or reclining on pieces from Kettal’s Landscape, Net, Pavilions and Triconfort Riba collections, we can be soothed by the calm Pacific Ocean. We fly from there to the Indian Ocean and land in the exclusive hotel complex Savoy Resort & Spa on the idyllic Seychelles. Seating from Kettal’s Bitta collection by Rodolfo Dordoni and Maia line by Patricia Urquiola can be found in this spectacular hotel.Next, we’re after somewhere to do business and relax, and the best place for this is our next destination — Dubai. So we decide to stay at the city’s Sheraton Grand hotel. There, beside its swimming pool, on sun loungers and armchairs from the Landscape collection, we can contemplate Dubai’s exotic sunset. And, to close the deal, we fly to Moscow, where we’re greeted by the Bitta and Vieques collections gracing the terrace of the Ritz-Carlton in the historic, cultural and business centre of Russia’s capital city.To toast our business trip’s success, we relax at the Lanserhof Tegernsee, Europe’s most modern spa and winner of one the UK’s European Hotel Design Awards for best hotel in the ‘New Build’ category. Located in the Austrian Tyrol, this combines sustainable architecture, a stunning hotel area and exclusive spaces for personalised clinical care. Park Life, designed by Jasper Morrison, and Bitta were chosen for it. We ended our fabulous trip on the Mediterranean coast, where Kettal was born, then touched down in Mallorca at the hotel Gran Melía de Mar where we encountered the Net, Pavilions and Objects collections, designed by Kettal’s in-house team, the ZigZag collection by Emiliana Design Studio, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Stampa chairs, Dordoni’s Bitta and Boma collections and Doshi Levien’s Terrain Fabrics textiles. Congratulations, Kettal, for accompanying usa round the world!
One of Spain’s most prestigious contemporary furniture companies marks its 60th birthday this year. To congratulate it, we want to draw attention to its most recent projects undertaken in the US — the office equipment of Bayer HealthCare in New Jersey, the new corporate HQ of law firm Goulston & Storrs in Boston, IBM’s design studio in New York and the HQ of financial advisers LPL Financial in San Diego. Andreu World supplied Bayer HealthCare’s office with Smile, a stackable chair with an upholstered seat and beech frame and backrest, Moody, a stool with an ash frame and upholstered backrest and seat, Extra, a table with an aluminium top and legs, and Closed, a table with an oak top and legs. The first three pieces were designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, and the second table was developed by the company’s in-house design team.Andreu World’s Sit chairs and benches, also by Lievore Altherr Molina, and Closed grace the renovated office of Goulston & Storrs, while its Lineal Comfort chairs with an upholstered frame and sled base, again by Lievore Altherr Molina, are found at IBM’s New York studio. Finally, LPL Financial’s HQ boasts the company’s Anna collection of chairs and stool, created by its in-house design team.Throughout its 60-year history, Andreu World hasn’t just aimed to supply spaces with furniture but to boost people’s wellbeing. It makes spaces that are less cluttered, sustainable, salutary and habitable. The secret of its success is its enthusiasm, energy, technological innovation and good design — all key hallmarks of the company that has evolved from being a small cabinetmaking workshop, founded by Francisco Andreu Marti, to a modern, competitive business that employs over 230 employees and has a commercial network in 70 countries all over the world.