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UFL are delighted to welcome Figueras International Seating into our fold of European suppliers. World leaders in the design and manufacture of seating systems for theaters, auditoriums, and concert halls, Figueras have recently fitted out the magnificent Len Lye Gallery in New Plymouth with their Flex 6036 armchair. Designed by Patterson Architecture, the gallery which was purpose built to house the works of kinetic sculptor Len Lye, makes a profound statement and demanded furniture which was on par with its architecture.
In 2014 Figueras was awarded the Spanish National Design Award for its work to date. This is the highest award in the field of design and innovation bestowed to companies in Spain. Figueras’s attention to creating quality designs which incorporate the latest technological advances, leverages their specialized engineering and design capabilities to produce innovative solutions like fixed and mobile seating systems, platforms, telescopic tribunes and mobile floors. Despite humble beginnings as a small carpentry workshop in Barcelona, the company have now completed over 40,000 projects worldwide and installed 10 million seats into such high-end projects as the White House Press Room, The United Nations in Geneva, and the Philharmonic of Paris. The product is now available for projects within New Zealand exclusively from UFL.
With the creation of new division Figueras Engineering & Consulting in 2006, the parent company consolidated its course of carrying out custom-design projects by offering comprehensive engineering solutions particular to the individual client. Each new seating system or model is developed to meet the needs of the project, with particular emphasis on making the most of available space. Figueras are experts in optimizing space and enhancing profitability through movable seating systems that allow a single space to accommodate a range of different uses.
Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, are founding partners of Neri&Hu, a Shanghai based architectural design practice, with offices in London and New York.
Neri&Hu’s fundamental approach to design is research. This is epitomised throughout their projects which are steeped with a sense of place and history. The site and function of each plays a part in the aesthetic, largely industrial and minimalist, where only the essentials make the cut.
Foundered in 2004, Neri&Hu employs a multi-cultural staff who collectively speak over 30 languages. This diversity enables the central vision of the practice; to respond to a global world-view by combining various design disciplines for a new architectural standard.
With clients based all over the world Neri&Hu’s work has paid off, and their services include architecture, interior design, master planning, graphic and product design.
The firm recently designed a rug for contemporary Spanish rug manufacturer, Nanimarquina. The Jie rug made its debut at the 2016 Salone del Mobile in Milan. Inspired by ceramic tiles and patterns on the streets of Shanghai, Jie is named after the Chinese character ‘Jie’, which represents the essence of a city; constant movement, dynamism, and a place which brims with life. Jie is available in blue and jade green, both popular colours for ceramic glazes in China.
Neri&Hu has been featured widely by the press around the world and their designs have been recognized by a number of prestigious international design awards. Neri&Hu are named Maison&Objet Asia Designers of The Year 2015. UK Wallpaper* announced the Founding Partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu as 2014 Designer of The Year and in 2013 they were inducted into U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame.
UFL Group can now be found on Instagram. Follow us for an insight into our universe, everything from the globe’s most beautiful commercial interiors, to sublime new furniture designs sweeping Europe, to boundary-pushing designers and free-thinkers.
There are many perks to our job, not only are we involved in creating some exceptional spaces, but we help the who’s who decide on what’s what when it comes to specifying only the best in European and locally made furniture.
And of course we end up with many beautiful photographs (like this one of an inflatable dolphin and the new TUBE chair by Eugeni Quitllet for Mobles114) and it is a crying shame to have them tucked away in a dusty folder on the desktop. So we are delighted to be able to share our world with you, to give you an insight into what we see, and do, on a daily basis.