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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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.
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