One of an airport’s most exclusive spaces are the lounges which airlines make available to their most distinguished customers. Here they can find comfort and privacy, not to mention original design...
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One of an airport’s most exclusive spaces are the lounges which airlines make available to their most distinguished customers. Here they can find comfort and privacy, not to mention original design of the kind Avianca has provided for its most loyal customers at Bogotá’s El Dorado airport in Colombia which carries the signature of Spanish designer Francesc Rifé.Francesc Rifé’s “Avianca Lounges” refurbishment project is designed to be a transition space which seeks to maximise the user’s experience through “layout and materiality”, based on a “balanced contrast of textures and volumes” which evokes a sense of calm. Spaces are arranged in simple, orderly lines which create a perfect dialogue with volumetrics, separating transition spaces from common areas for employees and two private rooms for customers, Gold and Diamond. Areas entitled “Enjoy your meal”, “Stay connected” and “Resting Area” feature tables, chairs and armchairs in ergonomic shapes, screens for privacy and a geometric auxiliary lighting system which mimics trees in a dense forest. In short, Francesc Rife has produced a sophisticated, restrained and elegant interior design project which envelops the traveller in a relaxing designer atmosphere. All of Spanish design, the furnishings which enhance passengers’ working, eating and relaxation experience in these exclusive rooms include: BUD and SAM armchairs from Cármenes created by Francesc Rifé, NORMAN armchair designed by Arnau y Reyna and SAL Y PIMIENTA sofa by Jorge Pensi; Capdell has made a chair called COL, also designed by Francesc Rifé, the CONCORD stool has been created by Claesson Koivisto Rune and the CULMEN table by Rafa Ortega; from JMM, come NEO and KONG and from Blasco & Vila, RC stools and armchairs are also signed by Francesc Rifé. For lighting, WARM lamp has been designed by Ramos & Bassols for Vibia which has also made other bespoke lamps especially for the project.
One of the Enea chair and table collections which best adapts to any kind of project is its Lottus programme. Designed in 2012 by Lievore Altherr Molina, it has been growing over the years.An example of its versatility are some of the latest facilities the company has furnished in Europe, including the Park Level bar of the spectacular Philharmonie de Paris, Stuttgart’s new Faculty of Architecture and the refurbished offices of Novartis in Prague.The Park Level bar of the Philharmonie de Paris, designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel, is under the portico, looking out on to Place de la Fontaine-aux-Lions. The premises are equipped with Lottus Spin chairs, Lottus stools and Punto tables, which combine perfectly with the grey tones of the building’s outside, providing the comfort and modern look required by this unique piece of architecture.The new HQ of Stuttgart’s Faculty of Architecture, located in the heart of the city has also been furnished with office chairs Lottus and Ema. The huge, spacious lecture halls are clad in elegant materials which set off Enea’s spotless white furniture to effect, filling the space with light. Finally, the refurbished offices of healthcare company Novartis in Prague (Czech Republic), have also been fitted with the Lottus collection (Lottus High chair and stool), contributing a smart, functional look to the Swiss multinational’s formal and informal meeting rooms, relaxation areas and cafeteria.
Designer Karim Rashid has redecorated the Temptation hotel in Cancun with 430 rooms, following his concept of ‘sensual minimalism’ that he has created.To do so, he has used the furniture, both exterior and interior, from the well-established Spanish brand VONDOM, which has filled the spaces selected by this designer with sensuality and eroticism. It is worth noting that this hotel is exclusively for people over 21 years old and is characterised by the explosion of bright colours and rounded shapes, designed to improve guests’ comfort and connectivity.The different spaces where Vondom’s furniture has been used include the Sea Flirt restaurant, specialising in seafood, where Karim Rashin has chosen the chairs and tables from the Vertex collection, which he designed for the brand. Outside of this restaurant, we can see the Vlek pots and the new Voxel chair. At the Bash bar, with 24-hour service, are the stools and tables from the Wing collection by A-cero, sofas from the Doux collection and Vlek pots. The Surf sunbed by Karim Rashid is in the ‘Sexy Pool’ pool area, where guests can relax and sunbathe.This original project is also carried out by Mexican architect Marcos Constandse and Tropiqa, Interior Design Management.Once again, Karim Rashid and Vodom don’t cease to amaze us.
Spanish design furniture manufacturer Sancal showed us their latest projects in the British capital, which is already familiar with the comfort and easy-going style of their collections.We start at Gatwick airport, where transcontinental airline Virgin Atlantic offer their best customers chance to relax in a splendid first-class lounge. For a restful stay in this bright and colourful space, British design studio “Campaign” has opted for Sancal's comfortable Tonella chairs by Note Design and Japanese-style air sofas and armchairs Sumo by Yonoh.After a busy day in London, a pleasant stay is guaranteed at Leman Locke Hotel, a unique four-star hotel in London's East End. Its interior design is by New York studio Grzywinski+Pons, which has designed a building that straddles two worlds, combining the atmosphere of a luxury boutique hotel with the comfort and proximity of traditional guesthouses for longer stays in the city. To achieve this, the studio has taken care of every little detail in bedrooms and common areas, choosing Sancal products to make you feel at home in the reception area, entrance hall and café-bar, where you’ll find Tonella and Barnaby chairs, designed by Perrine & Gilles, Nudo tables by Juan Ibañez and Collar Mao chairs, designed by the Skrivo studio. The hotel also boasts a Wireflow pendant lamp designed for Spanish lighting firm Vibia by Arik Levy.Sancal designs and manufactures contemporary design furniture which seeks to instil a sense of well-being in the user and bring peace of mind to those who choose them for their clients. Their collections feature across facilities worldwide, from hotels like Ovolo Woolloomooloo Sidney (Australia) and Generator Amsterdam (Netherlands) to offices like Campari in Toronto (Canada).
This year, Figueras, a firm specialising in high-end seating for public spaces, equipped the renovated Hall I of UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris with MiniSpace (model 5067) theatre seats. The architecture studio Jacques Duflos + CALQ led the renovation project.To furnish the room, the Spanish firm entered a public tender and was selected as the only seating manufacturer that met all the requirements. The project entailed equipping the room’s amphitheatre with 526 seats. The company’s main challenge lie in providing seats of maximum comfort for a hall with very tight measurements and narrow gaps between rows. Moreover, each seat required the inclusion of a translation terminal, necessitating a high level of expertise and precision during installation.Based on its knowledge and experience in this type of work, Figueras chose the compact MiniSpace seat (model 5067) with built-in lectern, which—occupying only 15 cm when folded—was the only suitable option for the project. In addition, the seats needed to be arranged at shallow angles that varied according to their position. Proper distribution, coupled with backrests arranged at angles of 10 and 15 degrees to fit into rows measuring 736 cm and 763 cm in width, respectively, enabled the company to position the 526 seats required, all of which are upholstered with a special Kvadrat fabric and include a communications terminal for simultaneous translations. Experienced fitters and excellent planning on the part of the Figueras team allowed the project to be completed within the scheduled timeframe.Over the years, Figueras has executed several projects around the world. It has installed over 10 million seats and is present in 130 countries. Among the projects carried out this year is the Corporate Room for the multinational Unilever in Jakarta (Indonesia), which features the 5069-model Micro theatre seat. And last year’s installations include the provision of 300 6036-model Flex seats for the auditorium of the new World War II Museum, the latest architectural landmark in the coastal city of Gdansk (Poland), where the conflict officially began.
Enea is based in Legorreta, Guipúzcoa in the Spanish Basque, but you’ll find its decorative proposals both near and far. Look no further than its recent projects in France and New Zealand, the first a stone’s throw from its factory, the second at the opposite end of the earth. In France, the Lottus chair collection has been chosen for the refurbished 4-star Grand Hôtel du Midi, in Place de la Comédie, Montpellier. Recently renovated by Julie Gauthron, the architect chose Lottus chairs and stools to equip the hotel’s “Les Loges” restaurant and bar. Red and anthracite Lottus stools have the design and versatility to give “Les Loges” bar that typical French charm, while fitting perfectly with the new decor of a space that mixes baroque and contemporary styles. For the restaurant, Enea has supplied Lottus chairs in white, black and lime-green polypropylene for a splash of colour. The elegant Lottus collection, inspired by nature, successfully preserves the spirit of this historical hotel, injecting a cutting-edge touch.In New Zealand, Enea has equipped the head offices of transport company Maersk Line in Auckland. After ten years in the CPO Building, Maersk Line was looking for more flexible, contemporary premises and called on Stack interior design studio to provide the spacious flexi-work surroundings and relaxation areas needed to generate communication and co-working opportunities. The Lottus collection designed by Lievore Altherr Molina for Enea was chosen for the task. Formal meeting rooms and rest-work spaces are now equipped with Lottus Conference chairs, while rooms for more casual meetings are furnished with Lottus High Office.This is not the first time Enea has been involved in interior design projects in these two countries. In France, Lottus chairs are used in the Paris Sant-Germain stadium and Eina chairs, designed by Josep Lluscà, in Strasbourg’s Palais des Congrès. Exxon Mobil’s offices in New Zealand’s capital have Lottus and OH chairs, created by Gabriel Teixidó, while OH chairs are also used to furnish the Auckland University of Technology. In 2107 Enea has also furnished Europcar and Safran Analytics offices in France.