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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The Economic and Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy in Düsseldorf has just seen the completion of the innovative redesign of its public areas. The remodelling of the Düsseldorf offices involves a degree of rationalisation of its spaces and modernisation of its equipment. In one respect, this has meant that less office space is required and that spaces function better. And it has led to an ergonomic optimisation of the workstations. It has also given the building an assembly room and exhibition space to provide Spanish exporters a better space.Barcelona-based design studio Lagranja was entrusted with the interior design project and provision of furniture and equipment. The interior design aspect has followed such guidelines as the maximising of use of outdoor light within the building and opening up of spaces which highlight the offices’ functions. The latter also reinforces the collaboration between different teams and maximises the sense of transparency between different offices and areas.In turn, the furniture and equipment chosen – all of which have been made in Spain – deliberately showcase current Spanish design trends, and give the offices an image of functionality, elegance and modernity.The public areas’ decor was created using products from the following 15 Spanish companies: Andreu World, BD Barcelona Design, Blauet, Bordonabe, Dynamobel, Estiluz, Grespania, Metalarte, Nomon, Now Carpets, Roca, Sancal, Santa & Cole, Sellex and Uno Design.Table B, a design by Konstantin Grcic for BD Barcelona Design, as well as Andreu World’s set of Nanda chairs in neutral colours, look particularly good in the meeting room. And standing behind a glass partition is an open-plan room devoted to exhibitions, with an area furnished with Uno Design’s stools and versatile high tables.All the office furniture is designed by Francesc Rifé and made by Bordonabe, while the office seating is by Dynamobel and the shelving by Sellex.Lighting is one of the most considered aspects of the project. Notable among the pieces chosen were those of Santa & Cole, such as the iconic Moaré and Leonardo lights designed by Antoni Arola, and the TMM design by Miguel Milá; those of Estiluz, such as the Infiero light created by Lagranja itself; those of Metalarte, such as the Oslo light designed to illuminate a table, also designed by Lagranja; and Blauet’s pendant lights designed for worktables.Finally, accessories were supplied by Sancal – namely its coatstands – and Nomon – its wall clocks. In addition, all the ceramic flooring and surfaces were supplied by Grespania, the taps and bathroom fittings by Roca and the rugs, especially picked for being bright and colourful, by Now Carpets.
Valencian company Viccarbe has become one of the most internationally renowned firms on the Spanish design scene. With a presence in over 60 countries, its products, which have a very pronounced functional, minimalist aesthetic, lend themselves perfectly to furnishing all kinds of public areas.Its most significant projects number furnishing New York’s Grand Hyatt hotel, the offices and VIP lounge of American Express in Mexico City’s international airport and those of Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong.One of its most recent jobs was a project undertaken by Kohina Architects & Vallila Interiors – the upgrading of the relaxation areas in Microsoft’s new offices in Finland. The multinational company’s idea was to introduce a new, more flexible approach to working which would both enhance the wellbeing of its employees and the company’s productivity. With this goal in mind, Microsoft’s offices were redesigned to create a variety of work environments and give its staff the freedom to use their PCs, webcams and smart phones wherever they wish.For this project, Viccarbe supplied its Aspa table. Designed by Francesc Rifé, this is one of the company’s bestselling products. It comprises a table which comes in three heights and has a three-legged base. Viccarbe also provided its Mass sofa in an enormous size – another Rifé design in a minimalist style that’s versatile and can be rearranged in countless configurations – and, finally, some of its Last Minute stools, designed by Patricia Urquiola. All these pieces render Microsoft’s Finland offices comfortable and ultra-modernWant to find out more about the project? Why not check out this video:http://youtu.be/Jjyp0LyeUso
Spanish company Andreu World has had the honour of furnishing one of Tokyo’s swankiest hotels – The Capitol Hotel Tokyu – with its designs. The hotel is located in a prestigious area in the city centre, between Tokyo’s Parliament and Prime Minister’s residence. Celebrities from all over the world have stayed here. Originally called Hotel Tokyo Hilton, it opened in 1963.Andreu World has contributed several furniture collections to its interior design. These grace some of the main areas, such as the Origami restaurant and indoor swimming pool.Among the main collections which furnish these rooms, some of the company’s internationally best-known ones stand out in particular: Manila (oak chairs with an upholstered seat and backrest), Ronda (versatile, tactile, comfortable chairs) and Carlotta (seats with elegant, slender frames). It has also made use of designs from its Outdoor range, such as its Serena sun loungers and chairs, which create an interesting contrast between their wood frame and interwoven bands on their seat and backrest, and have a very natural look, and the unimposing, modern-looking Trenza chair which has sledge legs. All the selected pieces were dreamt up by Barcelona-based design studio Lievore Alterr Molina.Andreu World supplied the project with over 75 chairs for the restaurant as well as loungers for the heated swimming pool.Andreu World designs, manufactures and markets furniture for homes and public spaces. The company was founded in 1955 by Francisco Andreu Martí. It is now highly productive, which reflects its enormous experience and exceptional mastery of manufacturing wooden furniture and upholstery and related materials and techniques.Report: outdoor furnitureProject: Andreu World at luxury resort Barr Al Jissah