The Mediterranean spirit that characterises Viccarbe permeates throughout the innovative Otemachi Place complex in Tokyo, Japan, completed in 2018, which features nine designs from eight...
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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.
In conjunction with architecture practice Ateliers Jean Nouvel, renowned Spanish firm Figueras International Seating has co-created the chairs that grace Philharmonie de Paris, a unique architectural project in the French capital’s Parc de la Villette. A total of 2,400 chairs with exceptional acoustic qualities, designed in various versions, can be adapted for use in all parts of Paris’s new cathedral to music.The seating installed in this spectacular concert hall has been specifically designed for this venue, and is named after it. High-profile French architect Jean Nouvel was commissioned to create this unique space which is adjustable to the needs of spectators, who, seated in cascading balconies, experience the sensation of being suspended in mid-air and surrounded by music. Nouvel and the hall’s main acoustic engineer, Sir Harold Marshall of Marshall Day Acoustics, has created a setting that perfectly fuses architecture, acoustics and stage design.Figueras has worked with acoustic engineers and set designers to ensure the seating fulfilled the room’s exacting acoustic requirements. This project’s main challenge lay in creating seating with very low acoustic absorption which would allow for maximum reverberation and so compensate for the room’s vast scale. The construction of the seating needed to be revised many times, and involved up to 10 acoustic tests in laboratories in Paris and Barcelona to achieve the desired design. Another challenge was to create custom-made seating which would fit into all areas of the undulating room. The space’s 1,800 Philharmonie seats feature a synchronised backrest and seat mechanism so that, when folded up, they take up very little space. The room also has 282 similar chairs with fixed backrests, suitable for more shallow tiers. The seats are upholstered in fabrics in five shades and come in four wood tones and five widths. The wood was treated to make it as glossy as a piano. The differently coloured seating demarcates different areas in the space, according to the architect’s criteria.Nouvel conceived Philharmonie as an adjustable, versatile concert hall, which can be adapted to any kind of concert or show. This needed two types of moveable seating systems and the Figueras seats had to adapt to this requirement. The choir, behind the orchestra, has a telescopic platform for 319 people, and Figueras has placed one of its most compact, comfortable chairs in that area. The second moveable system is in the stalls in front of the orchestra and allows Figueras’s 476 chairs to be concealed under the floor. Thus equipped, the stage moves back, allowing standing room for around 1,000 people for concerts of other types of music. Finally, Figueras’s Oxymore seat, designed by Nouvel, was chosen to increase capacity, if needed — 300 chairs can be used or stowed away, depending on the occasion. Thanks to this adapatibility, the concert hall can host classical, pop, jazz and rock concerts as well as all kinds of shows.
Cutting-edge Spanish company Vondom’s indoor/outdoor furniture continues to be a huge hit all over the world. Last year, its pieces were installed in the exclusive Matisse Beach Club in Perth, Australia, while this year they have contributed to creating the unique atmosphere at the cosmpolitan Skytree tower in Tokyo.Skytree is one of Tokyo’s latest attractions. This 634m-high building is the tallest tower in Asia, a fact officially recorded by the Guinness Book of Records. Tokyo’s new urban icon aims to fuse futuristic design with traditional Japanese architecture. Inside, people can go to its shopping centre, its glass observation tower, which creates the sensation of walking in the sky, and dine at its deluxe restaurant where, in addition to sampling its superb food, visitors can enjoy amazing views of Tokyo. Vondom’s collections Adan, Fiesta, Faz, Wing, Moma and Vela — which imbue the space with elegance and style — were chosen to decorate the restaurant’s terraces.Situated on Perth’s spectacular Scarborough Beach, the exclusive Matisse Beach Club combines an ultra-glamorous setting with cutting edge design. Guests can enjoy its interiors equipped with state-of-the-art technology, elegant beach huts, beach-facing lounges, informal dining, crystal-clear swimming pool and breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. The club was designed by Jenlin Chia and her team at Oldfield Knott architects, who chose Vondom’s sculptural furniture to create a very special atmosphere. This includes Vondom’s Adan tables and stools, designed by Teresa Sapey, Vertex chairs by Karim Rashid and Frame and Faz sun loungers, lamps and stools by Ramón Esteve.Vondom is a leading firm specialising in the design, production and marketing of cutting-edge furniture, planters, lighting and rugs for indoor and outdoor spaces. Its products grace iconic public interiors and outdoor areas worldwide. It currently has two flagship stores, two mono-brand showrooms and countless concessions in stores all over the globe.