The new Postillion Hotel in Amsterdam is furnished using pieces offered by the Spanish firm Capdell. This hotel’s goal is to make its guests feel as comfortable and happy as they would be in their...
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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.
In 2014, Ascender, which manufactures seating for big public spaces (cinemas, theatres, auditoriums and convention centres), has equipped Moscow’s prestigious International House of Music with 1,800 Petra Especial armchairs. The International House of Music’s main space has been recently renovated so that it can host more musical events. This has necessitated stalls which can be totally dismantled. Ascender not only provided this special feature — and installed its chairs in a curve, as required — but tackled the complexity of designing six widths between the axes, two backrest heights and two depths of seat. The most obvious choice for the project was Ascender’s Petra Especial armchairs, which were custom-made to meet the most exacting requirements of one of Europe’s biggest and most prestigious music institutions — ample proof of the company’s ability to provide bespoke seating for world-class concerts and operas. Ascender’s armchairs grace many public institutions all over the world. Notable, recent examples are the Institut Le Rosey, near Geneva in Switzerland, one of the country’s most prestigious and established educational institutions, the auditorium of the Szczezin Philharmonic in Poland, the Salle Gramont at Conservatoire Jean-Baptiste Lully in France, Torre Cepsa in Madrid, designed by Norman Foster and Spain’s tallest building, the auditorium of the Muscat Civil Aviation Headquarters in Oman and two conference halls in Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior. Ascender was founded in 2003 in Ezcaray in La Rioja, Spain, and quickly positioned itself as a highly respected European company in the seating sector for cinemas, theatres, auditoriums and communal spaces. Its armchairs are of a very high quality, innovative and always manufactured in an environmentally friendly way.
Modern furniture company Stua has supplied its ever popular Nube armchairs to the new Library and Learning Centre at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. The impressive 28,000 m2 building by Zaha Hadid, which has a black cantilevered roof section, is one of seven buildings that make up a new campus catering for 24,000 students and 1800 staff. Stua's upholstered Nube tub chairs have been supplied in a range of bright two-tones colours to the cafe on the library's lower floor, along with its Marea tables with green tops. The result is a cafe that looks full of life and character; and because these tub chairs are so comfortable and supportive, they encourage people to stay and talk... which may be or not a good thing according to the cafe's management. The Nube chair by Jesús and Jon Gasca was inspired by flat surfaces and the curves of the human body. The drop curve seat has been cut out of a solid block so you see the curve from all angles. This combined with its minimal use of materials makes it such a striking piece of furniture. Stua’s seating and tables can be found in many public spaces all over the world, including such iconic buildings as the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Acropolis Museum in Athens and Milwaukee Art Museum, such restaurants as those in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Dubai Mall at the top of the Burj Khalifa tower and Sydney Tower and such offices as Google’s HQ in California and those of ING Group in Amsterdam and leading advertising and PR agency Publicis in Dublin.