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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Sellex, the Basque manufacturer of furniture for public spaces, recently supplied its designs to two public spaces in France — the Tribunal de Grande Instance in the town of Lorient and the waiting rooms of Paris’s Institut Curie. Architecture studio Mûrisserie Parent+Rachdi has chosen to equip the Tribunal de Grande Instance with the Aero bench designed by Lievore Altherr Molina. The studio has used the aluminium version in the public lounge areas and the tiered, wall-mounted version in the waiting and witness rooms, with some arranged in 15-m long rows. The benches have become focal points in the rooms. For the Institut Curie, architect Dominique Boyer Chammard has, in collaboration with the company Harmony Design, chosen the modular Suma seating, designed by Gemma Bernal. This graces the waiting rooms and corridors of this prestigious institution, one of the world’s leading medical, biological and biophysical research centres.Sellex was founded in San Sebastián in 1977 and has been manufacturing seating, tables, shelving units and occasional tables for public areas all over the world since the 1990s. Its aluminium and stainless-steel furniture is typically lightweight, comfortable and robust, qualities which have led to its products being used to furnish many iconic buildings all over the world, including Copenhagen Airport, London’s City Hall, designed by Foster + Partners, The Dubai Mall and the Scottish Parliament Building.
The Kettal group has supplied the Regent Porto hotel in the town of Tivat — on the Bay of Kotor in southwestern Montenegro — with a broad spectrum of its products. This exclusive hotel, which faces the sea in the heart of this luxurious, sporty port town on the Adriatic coast, boasts seductive rooms and residences, designed by interior decorator Tino Zervudachi of the Parisian studio MHZ. The entire hotel is inspired by palaces in the Italian Renaissance style, and pays homage to the 400 years in which this stretch of the Adriatic coast was under Venetian rule. Each room boasts an impressive view of beautiful Boka Bay and the majestic mountain ranges around it. This spectacular establishment has been embellished with pieces supplied by the Kettal group’s three brands — Kettal, Triconfort and Hugonet. These now grace the hotel’s communal areas — dining rooms, terraces, lobbies, corridors and relaxation areas. They include Kettal’s Park Life collection of chairs, sofas and tables designed by Jasper Morrison; Triconfort’s Triconfort 1950, Riba and Hardy collections, and Hugonet’s Victoria collection.Founded in 1966, the Kettal group is one of Spain’s leading outdoor furniture manufacturers. It exports 80 per cent of its goods, which grace iconic projects all over the world, to over 60 countries. Recent, notable examples of these projects include such exclusive hotels and resorts as the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Dubai, W Doha Hotel & Residences’ La Spiga restaurant, Yas Viceroy in Abu Dhabi, Paris’s Hôtel le Cinq Codet, the Velaa Private Island resort at Malé on the Maldives as well as such cruise liners as Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Journey.
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.
In 2013, contemporary furniture and seating manufacturer ENEA’s Lottus family of furniture, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, obtained the Australian certificate GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia). Thanks to this, the company has provided some of its furniture to Sydney’s Central Park shopping mall in 2013 and Royal Commission in 2014. The GECA certificate determines whether a product is designed and made according to fundamental eco principles. ENEA’s Lottus Wood seating collection meets these criteria, thereby allowing it to be used to furnish projects in the country. ENEA has already obtained this certificate for some of its other products, such as its Oh! and Lottus family. The Sydney’s Central Park mall is a high-rise shopping centre designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. It’s an intelligent, green building that uses renewable energy. Its plants are automatically watered at night, while its intelligent roof allows the building to be self-sufficient, thanks to the energy it gains from its sunlight-absorbing solar panels. ENEA has supplied its public areas with 500 Lottus Wood chairs with black, white or green polypropylene seats and a special lacquer finish. This year ENEA has also furnished various rooms at Sydney’s Royal Commission with its Lottus Wood 2D benches and one of the judges’ offices with its Lottus Wood 3D chairs with red, upholstered seats. Located in a modern skyscraper in Sydney’s financial centre, this institution belongs to the Commonwealth. ENEA was founded in 1984 with the aim of producing contemporary designs for all kinds of public and residential spaces. It has supplied its furniture to such projects as the Basque Culinary Center in San Sebastián, the Helsinki Seafarers’ Centre, the Putrajaya Centre in Kuala Lumpur and the Adriano Zumbo patisserie in Sydney.
Tokyo University of Sciences opened a new campus in March, 2013, furnishing its study rooms and library, among other areas, with several collections by Viccarbe, the Spanish brand known for its furniture for the home and public spaces. The Viccarbe designs chosen by this prestigious, Japanese institution to bring colour and comfort to the lives of its students were the Penta armchairs, designed by Toan Nguyen, Davos armchairs and sofas by Jeffrey Bernett, R1 chairs by FRdesign and RS seats, dreamt up by Luis Vidal. Viccarbe’s furniture graces public spaces all over the world — proof both of the brand’s global presence and variety of its designs. The following venues boast excellent examples of furniture made and supplied by Viccarbe: luxury hotels Tesoro Blu in Greece, Chicago’s Radisson Blu, New York’s Grand Hyatt, the offices of such blue-chip companies as Microsoft, Finlandia, Google México, Coca-Cola in Ontario and GlaxoSmithKline in Lithuania, such restaurants as the one at El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe and the Hemisferic IMAX cinema at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia and at Madrid’s Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía as well as other public spaces such as Tokyo’s Godiva chocolate shop, 33 Mackenzie Street Tower in Melbourne and the VIP lounges of American Express in Mexico and T4 in Madrid. V Viccarbe exports 85 per cent of its annual turnover of goods to over 70 countries, which demonstrates its high degree of international success and expansion into new markets.