Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Spanish outdoor furniture firm Point. Few firms in the sector can boast of being around for 100 years and being pioneers in design, innovation and...
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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.
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.