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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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.
Dubai’s five-star The Address Downtown has refurnished its roof garden with a range of furniture from Point, one of Spain’s leading outdoor furniture manufacturers.Guests can relax on some of Point’s classic designs, including the Bubble chairs/loungers designed by Alfonso Gallego; the Sunset double sunbed by Esther Campos; and the Weekend sofa by Juan Santos. If you need somewhere to put down your cocktail, then Diabolo tables by Gabriel Teixidó are always close at hand. For dining, the hotel chose Amberes high backed chairs by Alfonso Gallego, and Esther Campos’s Angul tables.Point was founded in 1920 and is run by the third generation of the Pons family. Its products are characterized by comfort, contemporary design, and hard-wearingness. The company uses aluminium frames and technically advanced fabrics that are waterproof and which won’t degrade in extremes of heat or cold.The Address Downtown is close to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and it has won many accolades, including ‘The Best Hotel in the World’ no less, as voted by readers of Global Traveler magazine.
Leading, international advertising agency Publicis has chosen pieces by Spanish firm Stua to furnish its new office in Dublin.Publicis is one of the most important advertising agencies in the world, and has a presence in over 80 countries. It’s a holding company with a large number of subsidiaries in many countries. Recently, when Publicis’s Dublin office moved to a new location, a booming business hub near the river Liffey, it called on Stua to furnish its new premises. The ad agency was after furniture that would help motivate its staff, given that the company strongly believes that there’s nothing like a stimulating environment to encourage people to be creative at work. And joyously colourful, bold furniture that creates an atmosphere that successfully fosters its employees’ creativity and ability to rest is precisely what Stua offered architects practice Carew Kelly Architects, which designed the office.The pieces chosen for its interior were the Globus chair, vibrantly colourful Nube armchair, Zero table and Onda stools, while the Deneb tables and benches grace the relaxation areas ouside. All the pieces were designed by Jesús Gasca, save the Nube armchair, which was created by Jesús and Jon Gasca. Mirroring the ethos of Publicis, all the furniture conveys a love of design and creativity.Stua has supplied furniture to many public spaces throughout the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York and Acropolis Museum in Athens.
Spanish firm Sancal, a manufacturer of contemporary upholstered furniture, has recently supplied pieces to the lobby of East Hotel, which is sandwiched between the buzzy areas of Kingston and Manuka in the Australian capital of Canberra.This luxurious hotel opened last August with the aim of making its guests – who are surrounded by cosy, comfortable, contemporary furniture and benefit from the high quality, cutting-edge technological equipment of its apartments, workspaces and suites – feel like they’re at home. The fact that the hotel has wholeheartedly invested in cutting-edge design is reflected in its striking lobby, which has been furnished by Sancal.The furniture here comprises Sancal’s Folk sofas, Soul armchairs, Rock tables, all designed by Rafa García, as well as various armchairs from the highly popular Tea collection, dreamt up by José Manuel Ferrero. All these stand out for their elegant simplicity, contemporary style, informality and for the Spanish warm, colourful vibe they inject into this busy area of the hotel.Founded in 1973, Sancal has supplied its ultra-modern, upholstered furniture to hotels, restaurants, offices, bars and libraries in the US, Russia, UK, Germany, Spain, France, Austria and Switzerland, among other countries. Some of its projects include the restaurant Jaleo in Washington DC, the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York and the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom hotel.
Andreu World, the Spanish manufacturer of furniture for the home and public spaces, was chosen to furnish the 3,440 Café, which is Austria’s most high up café.Designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, the Woody chairs grace this café perched on a mountain that’s over 3,000m tall and boasts spectacular views of the highest mountain in North Tyrol – the 3,744m-tall Wildspitze – and the 50-plus mountains in the nearby Pitz valley. The 3,400 Café, which opened late last year, is architecturally striking, thanks to its elliptical form. A sweeping, panoramic glass window runs along its facade and allows you to enjoy fantastic views wherever you are in the café. There’s also a fabulous terrace that also affords panoramic views.The Woody chairs give the café a natural, warm vibe, thanks to their finish made of oak from managed forests, which carry the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certificate and conform to its Chain of Custody programme (which tracks the use of materials, from how they’re sourced to their manufacture). The Woody chairs are a luxurious, authentic, comfortable design perfect for perching on while enjoying a cappuccino and a delicious, home-baked Tyrolean pastry.Founded in 1955, Andreu World has supplied its designer furniture to cafés, restaurants, hotels and many projects all over the world, notably Capitol Hotel in Tokyo, the Barr Al Jissah resort in Oman, Washington DC’s Jaleo restaurant and the restaurant at the Old Trafford football stadium in Manchester and home of the team, Manchester United. The company exports over 60 per cent of its goods, and recently opened its first showroom in New York.Video about Café 3,440: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AmN3g13IBM
Vondom, the prestigious Spanish company that specialises in outdoor furniture and homeware, has supplied furniture to the swimming-pool area of Singapore’s five-star hotel W Singapore – Sentosa Cove.Undertaken in 2012, the project saw Vondom furnish the chill-out area of this luxe hotel’s swimming pool with its Pillow collection. Created by renowned Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni, this features armchairs, tables and pouffes, all illuminated from within and so doubling as lighting.The 1,338 m sq swimming pool is one of the hotel’s highlights: exuding glamour, it invites guests to relax and drink in the breathtaking, panoramic view from the hotel of the South China Sea. At night, the Pillow collection glows in the dark, creating a spectacular atmosphere where people can chill and enjoy a magical evening. The stunning combination of materials, lighting, interior and furniture design and scenery around the pool reflects the subtlety and level of attention to detail paid by the other companies involved – Singapore-based landscape architect Cicada Pte Ltd and XTRA Designs Pte Ltd, which specialises in outdoor furniture.Giovannoni’s Pillow collection wittily simulates comfortable, squashy cushions and, like many of his designs, they’re life-enhancing and ergonomic. Like all Vondom’s products, Pillow is suitable for outdoor use, and even for harsh weather conditions, since it’s made of rotational-moulded polyethylene, a plastic that meets the strictest technical standards.Vondom’s cutting-edge pieces, designed by such internationally renowned designers as Stefano Giovannoni, Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, Javier Mariscal, Karim Rashid, A-cero, Teresa Sapey and Ramón Esteve, among others, grace high-end hotels, private residences, offices and public spaces and leisure centres in China, the US, UK, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, Australia, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Sweden, Austria and Spain, among other countries. In fact, its innovative furniture, lighting and plant-holder collections are sold in over 70 countries.