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 Mediterranean spirit that characterises Viccarbe permeates throughout the innovative Otemachi Place complex in Tokyo, Japan, completed in 2018, which features nine designs from eight collections by the Spanish firm.Otemachi Place, a new model of urban development, rises in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, one of the oldest in the city and home to the Imperial Palace. This innovative space furnished by Viccarbe, covering more than 3,000 m2, was laid out with a view to the flow and interchange of knowledge and the way business is expected to be carried out in the near future, with open spaces that encourage connection as a meeting place for employees, and communication and comfort.The project, with active participation from Víctor Carrasco (Viccarbe’s founder and director of strategy) showcases a wide range of the company’s creations: the Sistema custom modular sofa collection designed by Lievore Altherr Molina; Ace and Penta armchairs designed by Jean-Marie Massaud and Toan Nguyen, respectively; Klip stolls designed by Víctor Carrasco; the occasional tables Shape by Jorge Pensi, Serra by Victor Carrasco and Aspa de FR Design; and Mini Season pouffes designed by Piero Lissoni.Viccarbe has had a presence of more than fifteen years in Japan, one of the first international operations by the company and in partnership with Interiors Inc., the exclusive distributor for the brand in the country, which has allowed Viccarbe to grow and develop its business at the same time.The company opened its Tokyo showroom in 2017, in conjunction with its distributor, which has since become an important space for Japanese architects and interior designers to collaborate and exchange ideas. The first Viccarbe space had been opened in Osaka in 2013. There will soon be a new space opening in the city of Fukuoka.Viccarbe has been very active in Japan, where they have furnished offices for major companies such as Apple and Coca Cola, and taken part in exhibitions such as ‘The Next Simplicity – Rediscovering the basics’, held in 2017 by ICEX at the Embassy of Spain in Japan. The company has also worked with Japanese designers of the likes of Kensaku Oshiro and Tomoya Tabuchi in recent years.
Spanish contemporary furniture company Expormim has unveiled two international projects featuring its designer pieces: Digital Luxury’s Geneva offices and the Room Mate Bruno hotel in Rotterdam.In Geneva, Digital Luxury Group, the well-known digital marketing and communications company which specialises in luxury brands, has opted for the Fontal chair in its Swiss HQ. Made from rattan and created by architect, painter and designer Oscar Tusquets Blanca, it provides warmth and proximity. Rattan also helps redefine traditional office usage, with curved, organic forms for dynamism. The name “Fontal” comes from ‘fuente’ meaning “source”, because, as Tusquets explains, “Expormim has chosen to go back to its origins using rattan and the essential know-how that has helped preserve autochtonous artisans down the ages”.In the reception area at the Room Mate Bruno hotel in Rotterdam, you’ll find the Nautica swing chair designed by Spanish studio Mut Design. The seat—one of Expormim’s iconic pieces—has won numerous international awards, including the 2014 Red Dot Award for best product design and innovation. This piece attracts an observer’s gaze as they enter the lobby, through the delicate play of shadows in motion which reminds us of the light reflecting on the waves. Though visually lightweight, Nautica is both strong and sturdy.Boutique hotel Room Mate Bruno has 217 modernist rooms located close to the pier, near the Foodhallen market. They are housed in one of the few historical buildings that remain in what is known as ‘the Manhattan on the Meuse’, as it is the only site that withstood the bombing offensives of the Second World War. The project has been created by architecture and emotional design studio Teresa Sapey, which has sought to reflect the past era by keeping the original 19th-century structure and enhancing it with colours reminiscent of the spice trade, nautical elements, stars and Flemish painting. The design features linear and geometric forms in a bright, joyful colour scheme. Expormim has worked with the hotel chain on previous occasions at its Gerard hotels in Barcelona and Valeria in Málaga.
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).