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Jaleo is the Washington restaurant of world-renowned Spanish chef José Andrés. Jaleo is a Spanish word meaning fun, commotion and hustle and bustle, and has nice, positive connotations. Such adjectives can also be applied to the interior design of this restaurant, dreamt up by Barcelona-based architecture studio Capella García.The venue’s interior is inspired by the typically Spanish food, tapas. A related word is ‘tapeo’, which consists of lots of small mouthfuls, is cleverly mirrored by the small nooks also found here. One, in the entrance, is very casual; another more formal one features traditional, reserved tables, and a third, more relaxed one, is designed for eating at the bar.According to Juli Capella, one of the project’s designers, ‘We wanted to create an environment that’s nice, sociable, welcoming – as Spanish people are – and brimming with colour and daring shapes, with touches of craziness and irony and a dash of Mediterranean surrealism.’All the furniture used was created by some of Spain’s most talented contemporary designers and manufactured by Spanish companies. These pieces are innovative and of the moment, and demonstrate the mix in Spain of rich of craftsmanship and more cutting-edge mass-produced design.Notable among these pieces are Javier Mariscal’s Green chairs for Mobles 114, RS’s football tables, Patricia Urquiola’s Nub chairs for Andreu World, Estadi Hac’s Tea chairs for Sancal, the highly original Vespa Cavallet stool designed by Emiliana Design Studio, armchairs, benches and tables created by Francesc Rifé for Ziru and Lottus stools in the bar area, dreamt up Lievore Altherr Molina and made by Enea.As for its lighting, the restaurant boasts Marti Guixé’s Booklamp light made by Luján y Sicilia, Jordi Vilardell’s Slim pendant lights for Vibia and, in the entrance, the spectacular Agatha Lamp, designed by Luis Eslava for LZF.The floor was designed by Capella García Architects and features a design of coloured tears reproduced with the help of hydraulic tiles (meaning the tile’s pigment is hydraulically pressed into its surface), a century-old technique connected to traditional mosaics, which, on this occasion, has been fabricated by Huguet, a company in Mallorca.An undulating bench has been placed in the bar area, while the top of the bar is made of the quartz-derived material, Silestone in a shade called Toffee. One wall to the side and part of the ceiling are decorated with hexagonal acoustic panels from Sancal’s Tea product range.Several artworks by Spanish artists are also to be found here, such as a bull’s head covered with a mask, a piece by Mikel Urmeneta, owner of the Spanish homeware shop Klukuxumuxu.And finally, the company Kriskadecor supplied some curtains inspired by traditional ones found in Spanish villages.Jaleo definitively represents a slice of the Spanish lifestyle in Washington. It’s a place to taste the best tapas and experience the best contemporary Spanish interior design.
This month, we highlight Spanish company Aparici’s project, the Lisbon restaurant Assuka, one of the Portuguese city’s most iconic hotspots of leisure and nightlife. It’s a gently organic design which exalts the taste for minimalism and all things special – resulting in an unmistakable style. Its success is all down to a special material, Aparici’s Novocemento Slim Up, which allows designers to create countless, highly arresting, creative configurations as well as exclusive decors with a very distinctive look.Slim Up is a large-format piece that adds 3D elements to vertical surfaces. Fired twice and made of a strong natural material, Slim Up is highly durable despite its large size.This product presaged a major trend we observed earlier this year at Cevisama, the trade fair for ceramic tiles and surfaces held in Valencia, where Spanish companies unveiled many similar products, all boasting 3D qualities and targeted chiefly at architects and interior designers.Based in Castellón in eastern Spain, Aparici is a leading Spanish company in its field. With a presence in over 100 countries, it offers exclusive products with truly cutting-edge technological and innovative features. It has two factories which allow for very high productivity.Its most notable products are its high-tech porcelain which comes in an extensive range of sizes suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and its technical, white-body surface with its Slimline.Aparici goes the extra mile when undertaking public projects. It’s extremely professional when it comes to the benefits it offers in terms of technology, innovation, design and service.
The Basque Culinary Center is an institution set up in the Basque Country to protect the future of cookery as an innovative field and as somewhere for qualified professionals in the gastronomic field to train at a high level.Its HQ, in the technological park of San Sebastián, is an amazing building, designed by VAUMM Architects. Its interior features three of company Enea’s best-known collections: Lottus by Lievore Altherr Molina, Oh! by Gabriel Teixidó and Eina by Josep Lluscá. Also gracing the building is Enea’s Sisar tables – a new design – created at the request of the client for a particular purpose.For Enea, based in Guipúzcoa, in the Basque Country, the project entailed adapting to the needs of the client in terms of products and colours. Specifically, this involved giving its Lottus chairs and Oh! tables and armchairs an aluminium-coloured, matt lacquer finish, while the Eina chairs on castors were specially made to conform to the UNE 1729-1 guideline (which proposes an optimal ergonomic height ) as well as the aforementioned Sisar tables.Enea’s products are dotted around the building – in the training rooms, a multifunctional hall, the library as well as in communal areas. Teaching staff, students and visitors will all therefore be able to benefit from the comfort, elegance and warmth of these three well-known designs.Seventeen chairs with sled legs from the Oh! collection as well as 319 grey polypropylene Eina chairs on castors and 102 Sisar tables – special, multifunctional tables in melamine and white aluminium – grace the teaching rooms and areas.And eight armchairs with sled legs from the Oh! collection now furnish the relaxation and communal areas of one hall, while another 12 can be found in the VIP room. In addition, 306 white polypropylene Lottus chairs and 37 upholstered ones are used in the meeting room, director’s room and in various corridors. Finally, also in the corridors, are 17 tables with foldaway tops and six white cupboards with folding doors.Enea is a company founded in 1984 with the clear aim of offering contemporary designs suitable for all types of spaces (private spaces, offices, hotels, auditoria and conference halls).Since it was established, this company has maintained its position as one of the leading European manufacturers of chairs for public areas, thanks to its collaborations with such high-profile and experienced designers as Josep Lluscá, Gabriel Teixidó and Lievore Alhterr Molina.
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