Viccarbe´s furniture at the Otemachi Place complex in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Nacasa and Partners. Courtesy of Viccarbe

Otemachi Place, the new project for Viccarbe in Tokyo

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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/FicherosEstaticos/habitat/Proyectos/StuaDublin_may2013/a.jpg05/03/2013STUA SUPPLIES THE DUBLIN OFFICE OF PUBLICIS

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.

/FicherosEstaticos/habitat/Proyectos/SancalCanberra_abr2013/A.jpg04/02/2013SPANISH DESIGN IN THE ANTIPODES

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.

Fotografía de Christoph Schöch03/05/2013SPANISH WARMTH IN THE ALPS

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: 

/FicherosEstaticos/habitat/Proyectos/VondomSingapur_feb2013/A.jpg02/06/2013VONDOM FURNISHES HOTEL W SINGAPORE – SENTOSA COVE’S POOL AREA

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.

/FicherosEstaticos/habitat/Proyectos/SoherASaudita_ene2013/A.jpg01/11/2013SOHER REDESIGNS THE GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN JEDDAH AND MECCA

High-end, Spanish interior decoration company Soher has recently redesigned the entire government offices of HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, governor of the cities of Jeddah and Mecca in Saudi Arabia.Undertaken in July 2012, the project consisted of the interior design of the government offices of these two cities in Saudi Arabia. The Spanish firm supplied a large number of custom-made furniture, designed specifically for the building’s private offices, sitting rooms and reception and meeting rooms. All the supplied furniture, save for the seating, is part of the Belle Epoque collection, and was custom-made.The governor’s office and the conference halls were furnished with wooden pieces in Makassar ebony, while those in the directors’ offices and other personal areas are made of walnut. The most spectacular furniture is made of glossy, walnut veneer decorated with gold leaf, beautiful fabrics and special bronze finishes. The most stand-out pieces are a fabulous table for meetings, office chairs and tables, made-to-measure armchairs, lighting and a wonderful, Moorish-inspired screen. It’s also worth highlighting that the panels with Arab-inspired designs are motorised to slide more easily and conceal TV screens.Soher enjoys a high profile in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and many of its clients are celebrities. The company’s creations grace many public areas all over the world, among them, the Equestrian Club in Abu Dhabi, the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Sydney and luxurious private residences in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.Soher was established by Vicente Simó Iborra in 1942. Since then it has specialised in manufacturing bronze ítems and high-end furniture for unique, upscale interiors. Throughout its history, it has maintained a hand-crafted character and used the highest quality materials at all stages of its manufacturing processes. Soher currently distributes its upscale products in over 50 countries.

/FicherosEstaticos/habitat/Proyectos/HayonParis_dic2012/A.jpg12/03/2012JAIME HAYON REFURBISHES LE SERGENT RECRUTEUR

High-profile, Spanish designer Jaime Hayón has just completed his latest project – the refurbishment of the restaurant, Le Sergent Recruteur, which, living by the slogan ‘live, eat and rest’ and recalling France’s legendary brasseries, has just reopened its doors in the heart of Paris, on the Îsle Saint-Louis.Hayón’s project aims to respect the history and spirit of one of Paris’s oldest eateries, which has strong roots in the Napoleonic era. To this end, the designer has made use of furniture, lighting and Aubusson tapestries woven by Amsterdam’s Museum of Textiles, jugs and other decorative features, created exclusively for the restaurant’s new decor. Each piece and element here also strives to enhance the cuisine of talented, French chef Antonin Bonnet, who oversees the kitchen of the French capital’s gastronomic mecca.The restaurant is on two floors, and the decor of its lower-ground floor contrasts with that of the floor above. Its interiors combine a Nordic style with unmistakable Hayón touches, from enormous Venetian mirrors to a multi-armed chandelier from his Copacabana collection for Barcelona-based lighting company Metalarte. Found by the restaurant’s entrance, the bar is decorated in pale colours, has a wooden floor, white walls and a ceiling with original, wooden beams. In the main dining area, tables with pale, laminated wood, redolent of 50s American diners, stand out in particular. Displayed against one pristine white wall are porcelain pieces designed by Hayón. There’s a private dining room in the lower-ground floor, reached by spectacularly lit stairs flanked by glass partitions. With its vaulted ceiling, this floor creates an atmosphere that’s cosy yet also airy, thanks to its white walls and unimposing furniture.The resulting space is appealingly simple, harmonious and inviting. Its custom-made furniture, stone walls, wooden ceilings painted white, curved contours, forest green upholstery and details picked out in gold make for a snug yet elegant space – and result in a magical atmosphere that fuses this Spanish designer’s flair with the innovative, culinary approach of the restaurant’s highly regarded, French chef.


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