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.
Spanish company Soher’s luxury furniture graces new hotel Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City. This exclusive hotel, which opened in October, 2016, has 1,004 suites catering to the most exacting guests and the highest number of hotel rooms in Dubai — 100,000.To create this fascinating project, its interior design team chose Soher’s exquisite furniture which graces the lobby, restaurants and other rooms. The lobby has been elegantly furnished with products that perfectly balance good design with functionality. The restaurants were decorated in accordance with the different atmosphere characterising each space — from urban and modern motifs, such as those in the bar in the Cook Hall, to the gold motifs, velvet finishes and glamorous ceiling lights of the Blinque cocktail lounge, which immerse the clientele in the magic and fantasy of ancient Asia, not to mention the stately, sober Il Capo restaurant, with its luxurious, refined ambience evoking the 1920s. Finally, there’s the Al Joud sitting room, used for weddings and events — a light-filled room as stunning as any found in the world’s most elegant royal palaces.Soher was founded by Vicente Simó Iborra in 1942. Since then, it’s designed and manufactured beautiful, stylish bronze pieces and furniture to the highest quality. Top-quality woods, such as ebony, elaborate marquetry, handmade relief patterns, gold-leaf and silver finishes, magnificent mother-of-pearl and top-quality leather to render each piece of furniture luxurious and noble are used to make its pieces. Soher now has a strong presence in this part of Asia, in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, where it has undertaken projects in luxurious private residences, such as the Government Palace of HRH Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Governor of the cities of Jeddah and Mecca in Saudi Arabia
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.
High-end, Spanish interior decoration company Soher has recently redesigned the entire government offices of HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, governor of the cities of Jeddah and Mecca in Saudi Arabia.Undertaken in July 2012, the project consisted of the interior design of the government offices of these two cities in Saudi Arabia. The Spanish firm supplied a large number of custom-made furniture, designed specifically for the building’s private offices, sitting rooms and reception and meeting rooms. All the supplied furniture, save for the seating, is part of the Belle Epoque collection, and was custom-made.The governor’s office and the conference halls were furnished with wooden pieces in Makassar ebony, while those in the directors’ offices and other personal areas are made of walnut. The most spectacular furniture is made of glossy, walnut veneer decorated with gold leaf, beautiful fabrics and special bronze finishes. The most stand-out pieces are a fabulous table for meetings, office chairs and tables, made-to-measure armchairs, lighting and a wonderful, Moorish-inspired screen. It’s also worth highlighting that the panels with Arab-inspired designs are motorised to slide more easily and conceal TV screens.Soher enjoys a high profile in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and many of its clients are celebrities. The company’s creations grace many public areas all over the world, among them, the Equestrian Club in Abu Dhabi, the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Sydney and luxurious private residences in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.Soher was established by Vicente Simó Iborra in 1942. Since then it has specialised in manufacturing bronze ítems and high-end furniture for unique, upscale interiors. Throughout its history, it has maintained a hand-crafted character and used the highest quality materials at all stages of its manufacturing processes. Soher currently distributes its upscale products in over 50 countries.
High-profile, Spanish designer Jaime Hayón has just completed his latest project – the refurbishment of the restaurant, Le Sergent Recruteur, which, living by the slogan ‘live, eat and rest’ and recalling France’s legendary brasseries, has just reopened its doors in the heart of Paris, on the Îsle Saint-Louis.Hayón’s project aims to respect the history and spirit of one of Paris’s oldest eateries, which has strong roots in the Napoleonic era. To this end, the designer has made use of furniture, lighting and Aubusson tapestries woven by Amsterdam’s Museum of Textiles, jugs and other decorative features, created exclusively for the restaurant’s new decor. Each piece and element here also strives to enhance the cuisine of talented, French chef Antonin Bonnet, who oversees the kitchen of the French capital’s gastronomic mecca.The restaurant is on two floors, and the decor of its lower-ground floor contrasts with that of the floor above. Its interiors combine a Nordic style with unmistakable Hayón touches, from enormous Venetian mirrors to a multi-armed chandelier from his Copacabana collection for Barcelona-based lighting company Metalarte. Found by the restaurant’s entrance, the bar is decorated in pale colours, has a wooden floor, white walls and a ceiling with original, wooden beams. In the main dining area, tables with pale, laminated wood, redolent of 50s American diners, stand out in particular. Displayed against one pristine white wall are porcelain pieces designed by Hayón. There’s a private dining room in the lower-ground floor, reached by spectacularly lit stairs flanked by glass partitions. With its vaulted ceiling, this floor creates an atmosphere that’s cosy yet also airy, thanks to its white walls and unimposing furniture.The resulting space is appealingly simple, harmonious and inviting. Its custom-made furniture, stone walls, wooden ceilings painted white, curved contours, forest green upholstery and details picked out in gold make for a snug yet elegant space – and result in a magical atmosphere that fuses this Spanish designer’s flair with the innovative, culinary approach of the restaurant’s highly regarded, French chef.
Its interior, dreamt up by Barcelona-based design studio Dear Design and Architecture (Dear for short), is inspired by the Mediterranean – an idea inextricably linked with Custo’s origins.The shop’s organic, asymmetric fittings aim to evoke the Mediterranean’s winding, rugged coastline.The materials used – including wood lacquered white, glass, shiny, stainless steel and boards of textured wood in two shades of grey – harmonise perfectly with the innovative and sophisticated style of Custo Barcelona’s clothing.The shop’s interior reinforces Custo Barcelona’s brand identity, its background and DNA – and, what’s more, creates spectacular effects of light, shadows, textures and relief patterns.Dear was founded in 2005 by Ignasi Llauradó and Eric Dufourd. Its prime aim is to add to its members and collaborators’ professional experience two core, connected values of contemporary design: functionality and aesthetic pleasure.This studio has created interiors for such top-end fashion brands as the group LVMH, Burberry, Nike, Munich and Escada, and collaborated with such prestigious brands as Audi and Bombay Sapphire.