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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Spanish outdoor furniture firm Kettal has furnished the resort, Velaa Private Island. This is located to the north of Malé — the capital of the Maldive Islands — and is part of the archipelago of islands that make up the coral atoll of Noonu. The new Velaa Private Island resort is a unique combination of internal and outdoor spaces where you can stay in a bungalow or in a romantic villa, each with its own secluded swimming pool, where you can enjoy the privacy, comfort and luxury offered by this exotic location — a paradise for lovers of diving, including scuba-diving. The architecture studio which designed the hotel complex chose Kettal’s Maia and Vieques collections, both designed by Patricia Urquiola, and Landscape range, created by Kettal’s in-house design team, to embellish it. Now armchairs, chairs, sofas, deckchairs, tables and swing chairs from all three lines grace the glamorous venue. The Maia collection is made of tubular aluminium and a sophisticated, hand-woven fabric which give it an effortlessly elegant, unimposing look. Vieques fuses an aluminium frame with a new, ground-breaking, 3D fabric called ‘Nido D’Ape’, created exclusively for Kettal. Both collections reflect Urquiola’s taste for mixing innovative, high-tech materials with traditional, hand-crafted production processes. And the Landscape collection is made of aluminium coated in polyester powder. Founded in 1964, the Kettal group is one of the world’s leading outdoor furniture companies. It sells its products, which international tastemakers have recommended for hotels and restaurants found in over 60 countries, thanks to their durability, elegance and the comfort they offer.
Lighting company Riperlamp has supplied lighting for Kiev’s Fairmont Grand Hotel. This five-star establishment, situated in Podil, the Ukrainian capital city’s historic district, opened in early 2012 as part of the celebrations that year of the UEFA European Championship football competition. The hotel has 258 guest rooms, including the luxurious Royal and Presidential suites, all of which are super-elegant and comfortable, allowing guests to take full advantage of this establishment’s fabulous amenities and service. Riperlamp, which specialises in lighting for the contract market, worked closely on this project with its architects and interior designers to create a scheme totally suited to the hotel’s needs. All the materials used in the manufacture of its furnishings are of the highest quality, and extraordinary care has been taken over every detail. Every piece was hand-made, with marble finishes in particular standing out among all the many beautiful finishes. Riperlamp provided over 200 rooms with marble and bronze night lights with an oval shade, which render the rooms ultra-elegant. Riperlamp’s standard lights coordinate with all the curtains and bedlinen. The company designed different wall lights for the corridors, which harmonise with the hotel’s decor. These take the form of torches in some areas or candelabra, while some, intended for more intimate spaces and staircases, have shades. In terms of scale, the lights which stand out the most hang in the main reception room. Made of bronze and crystal, these are suspended from an ornate skylight which enhances their beauty.The Valencian company Riperlamp was founded in 1985 and has specialised ever since in making custom-made decorative lighting for projects and public spaces. Along with the brands Creval and R&C, Riperlamp is part of the group Riperlamp, which offers its clients more than 70 collections with various technical or design features. These are exported to over 80 countries around the world.
Top lighting brand Marset is continuing to find favour with Europe's delicatessens and cafes.On the heels of the Gail's Bread chain in London, the Pfifferling Deli in Basel is the latest to fall for the charms of the ceramic Pleat Box light designed by Xavier Mañosa of Barcelona's Apparatu studio and Berlin's Mashallah design practice. Five Pleat Box lights in white underglazed ceramic with a reflective gold interior hang over the deli counter, giving a soft, warm light.Designers working on cafes say they like the Pleat Box because the lights have indentations or folds which remind you of working with your hands to shape pastry or dough - that said, the idea behind the product was to make you think about the folds that form naturally in fabric as it drapes.And for the icing on the cake, so to speak, the Pfifferling also chose Marset's glamorous and exuberant Discocó pendant light by Christophe Mathieu for its group seating area.As we all know, there's no point in hiding your light under a bushel.
Spanish company LZF’s spectacular Poppy and Spiro lamps have been chosen to illuminate Asian restaurant Soya Cosplay, situated at the heart of Berlin.Located a few streets away from the Brandenburg Gate, this modern, Asian restaurant welcomes both Berliners and tourists to enjoy its food in a very cool interior filled with the Spanish firm’s monumental pieces.The restaurant’s designers considered it vital to offer customers a complete experience in which tastes, atmosphere, sounds and light mingle, so pampering all the senses and creating an unforgettable experience. That’s why the restaurant chose to illuminate and embellish its interior with these two lights made of strips of wood in evocative forms that create a magical atmosphere. Various arrangements of both designs – which provide this exclusive restaurant’s different zones with warmth and a dynamic feeling of movement – have been created.Spiro is a circular, pendant light created by Spanish designer Remedios Simón. It takes its name from its delicate, concentric wooden elements and evocative forms through which light escapes. Its spiral formations have the potential to be ornamental and symbolic and invite you to lose yourself in them as you take in their hypnotic lines. Poppy is another pendant light with a convex shape, created by German designer Burkhard Dämmer. Both lamps have one thing in common: they’re hand-crafted using one raw material – wood.Spanish firm LZF was founded in 1994 in Valencia by Sandro Tothill and Mariví Calvo. Since then its spectacular designs have proved a hit throughout the world. An innovative approach – which drives the firm to collaborate with young designers and use cutting-edge materials – hand-crafted manufacturing and a respect for the environment are the company’s main hallmarks.Today, its lights grace countless public spaces all over the world. These include such hotels as the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, Chicago Marriott, Hilton in Glasgow, the offices of such well-known companies as Microsoft, General Electric, ING and Hyundai as well as many restaurants and public spaces, for example, Disney Cruise Lines, Asiatic Restaurant in the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand’s Cinema Complex.
After over a decade spent redesigning and restoring the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’s famous building reopened its doors on April 13. For the first time in its long history, both the building and the way its collection is displayed have been totally transformed, with Spanish practice Cruz y Ortiz acting as the project’s lead architects.Originally designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, the Rijksmuseum opened in 1885 and is the most famous museum in the Netherlands. Having been open for over 125 years without interruption, the monumental building was in drastic need of refurbishment. The Dutch government made the decision to carry this out in 2000, and Seville-based practice Cruz y Ortiz was commissioned to transform the building.In close collaboration with Dutch restoration architect Van Hoogevest, Cruz y Ortiz has transformed this 19th-century building into a luminous, more open space appropriate to the 21st century. The Spanish practice’s new scheme includes a spectacular new entrance called the Atrium, an Asian Pavilion and a new building that serves as a service entrance where visitors can enjoy state-of-the-art facilities: a shop, café, auditorium and a restored library. Cruz y Ortiz also designed the Workshops Building, which opened in 2007 and houses the Rijksmuseum’s restoration workshops. In addition to the Rijksmuseum’s impressive refurbishment, its world-famous collection has been rearranged, showing it in a completely fresh light. Visitors are now taken on a walk through the history of art from that of the Low Countries in the Middle Ages to the 20th century.Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz began working together as architects in 1971; since then they have contributed to the redesign of such emblematic buildings as the Spanish Pavilion at Expo 2000 held in Hanover, Seville’s Cartuja stadium (1999) and extension of Basel’s SBB Railway Station (2003), among other projects. The practice is currently working on the new Atlético de Madrid stadium, due for completion in 2016. This can potentially serve as a new Olympic stadium should Madrid win the bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.
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.