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We’ve been dreaming of summer…

The UFL office has been captivated by the 2017 America’s Cup, the speed, the power, the technology and of course the glamour.  We’re so proud of our buoys (clever pun) bringing it home to New Zealand and we’ve celebrated every step of the way.

But with the excitement of it all coming to an end it’s left us dreaming of sunny days and long evenings of cocktails.  And even though the nights are still dark and cold it really is time for us to turn our attention to planning for summer.  But before we get too serious and remind you that orders should be placed in the coming weeks to hit Christmas deadlines, let’s keep dreaming with some dreamy European designs…

The Helen Kontouris Panier stool (not strictly European but we love it anyway) can fit into any environment, so we thought we’d give it a nautical theme to keep us in the mood. The Panier is suitable for indoors or outdoors, residential, hospitality or the office.  It has beauty and grace due to its balanced proportions and with playful geometric patterning.

And look at that monohull in the background!  What will Grant Dalton choose to race in the 2021 cup? Our obsession with all things America’s Cup may be getting out of hand, but we’re such fans we just can’t help it.

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Our new Italian range Colos evokes memories of being warmed by the morning sun while enjoying watching the world go by.  And what better way to enjoy a strong espresso than to relax into the Piazza chair.  Designed by French/Japanese designer Jun Yasumoto with the traditional coffee house chair of the 1920s in mind, the Piazza has maintained a high level of comfort while embracing new technologies.  Made in a single piece of polypropylene this chair can withstand whatever the seasons throw at it.

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Comfort is a must when snoozing away the afternoon on a Spanish roof top, and the Siesta sofa from Andreu World is just the ticket.  Siesta is an outdoor modular sofa that offers great comfort and stylish proportions.  Ideal for high end hotels, office spaces, day spas or just beautiful homes.  It has a treated steel structure that can be finished in white or earth brown and its upholstery is available in a range of colours to suit the mood.

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Evening cocktails with friends while catching the final rays of the evening sun seems the perfect time to perch on the Wall Street stool by Eugeni Quitllet for Vondom.  Made from polypropylene injected with fibreglass this stool is suitable for indoor and outdoor environments.  Its simple design and elegant shape add to a stylish summer evening.

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And let’s finish off our daydreaming with a cruise in the Mediterranean. This lavish scene is enhanced by the glamorous Pillow range from Vondom.  Designed by one of the world’s most prestigious designers, Stefano Giovannoni, this collection is ideal for any chillout space.  The cushion shapes are warm and inviting, just calling out for relaxation while the polyethylene construction is ideal for outside environments.  Pillow also comes in illuminated versions which takes them to a whole new dimension.

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But back to reality…

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Milan Round-up Part 2

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan is the showcase if you’re in the design world.  And as always UFL were there to meet the designers and ensure we bought home to New Zealand the latest trends and best of show.

We are always excited to see new ideas and how they play out, and this year’s fair had an array of new colours, textures and shapes.  The use of jewel colours and rich dark tones mixed with contrasting soft pinks and pastels was accentuated by interesting shapes and finishes.

A more casual feel was heightened by curves, ovals and soft lines.  Oversized pieces were given a softness with light pastels and comforting shapes giving a new feel to these statement pieces.  Huge deep sofas and high backed winged chairs also added to the larger dimensions that were on offer.

Strong hard materials such as stone and marble were mixed with warm metals, copper and brass again providing a softer feel.  And there were lots of power coated finishes which enabled more mixing of colours to give unexpected but appealing colour combinations.

It’s safe to say that this year’s show lived up to its reputation of bringing cutting edge design and trends to the market place. And as always UFL has selected the best of the best for New Zealand and we are very pleased to share some of these with you.

Nuez, designed by the luminary Patricia Urquiola, incorporates a range of textures making this a truly beautiful creation.  From the rippled plastic shell to the beautiful soft coloured fabric used, the shapes and folds are appealing and easy on the eye.  The shape is reminiscent of folded paper, folding at the end of the seat back and with a seam across the backrest providing a quilted soft feel.

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La Isla by Sancal was designed in collaboration with Note Design Studio and is a great example of the trend in oversized pieces given a soft feel with the use of colour and curves.  This design is welcoming and warm and has been designed with the weary traveller in mind who’s looking for a comforting moment. Its size provides space for several people while the comfortable back rests also give privacy.

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Piergiorgio Cazzaniga’s Reverse Table for Andreu World is a fabulous example of a strong dominant shape, and we are loving this new cement finish.  This industrial look can be applied to the top, base or both, emphasising its powerful stance.

Through the clever use of materials this cement looking table is actually surprisingly light due to the polyethylene material used in the base and we look forward to the cement finish being available for outside use. And don’t forget this finish can be used across the extensive Reverse Table range.

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The Dos à Dos Louvre is a work of art in its own right, originally designed by Pierre Paulin in 1967 and reworked by LaCividina this year.  Here you can see the use of burnt orange that gives this design a new lease of life. The soft curves of this seat hide the strong functional metal core that is softened with memory foam.  We love that this chair can be used alone as a statement piece or lined up to form benches of any length.

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Cila has been designed by Lievore Altherr in their Barcelona-based studio and has wonderfully rounded curves and silhouette. The plastic shell in muted colours, including a fabulous millennial pink, is lightweight and can be fully upholstered with a range of textures, colours or styles continuing the option of giving contrasting layers.

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We’re really excited about the new pieces we have picked up from the show and have lots more to share with you.  So if you’d like to see more then why not visit us at our showrooms, just 10 minutes from Auckland CBD, or give us a call and talk to one of our consultants.

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Milan Round-up Part 1

April saw the opening of the 56th Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, the epicentre of all things design.  And once again the team from UFL made our pilgrimage there to explore the best of the best and discover the latest trends. And of course this year’s show, as always, delivered.

We return from Milan with a suite of new products handpicked for you. We spent time speaking and meeting with manufacturers and artisans from across Europe to find products which are functional, innovative and timeless. And we are excited to say we have signed on a couple of new agencies who show the best of European design and innovation, we’ll share more on this in the coming months.

Colour was everywhere.  Black is still the new black, but now jewel colours and rich dark tones are mixed with contrasting soft pinks and pastels, a strong trend that was echoed across the fair.  Burgundy attracted attention as did forest green, mustard yellow and burnt orange. And colour combinations weren’t restricted just to fabrics but also bought into matt powder coated finishes for bases and other detailing.

The departure from a very formal corporate look continues as a softer more homely look moves into the office space. The blur included the use of textures to give a relaxed and informal vibe.  Rich velvets, chunky knits and leather gave a chic but slouchy feel.  And homely touches such as cushions were used to further relax traditional work spaces.

Complementing the new colour trends in play, were interesting new shapes and finishes, but more on that in next week’s email.  For now here are a few of the new products we’ll be bringing into New Zealand in the coming months:

We loved Sancal’s new luxurious Magnum soft seating. The designer José Manuel Ferrero might be Spanish, but his approach to design is akin to the bespoke tailoring of Mayfair. His new range of soft seating pays homage to this very British elegance. The gentleman designer has drawn inspiration from the glasses of cognac members of exclusive London clubs cradle in their hands as they debate politics.

Whatever the background, it’s just calling out for us to be quaffing champagne while lounging in its compact curves.  Gold and brass detailing were still some of the biggest trends at the fair and Magnum hit this years trends straight on featuring elegant tailoring, textured fabrics and gold detailing.

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We couldn’t resist Arper’s new art deco inspired range Arcos by Lievore Altherr Molina.  It provides a striking silhouette with its graphic presence due to its signature cast aluminum armrests that form twin curves evoking the elegant rhythm of archways in the corridors and walkways of classical architecture.

Special care was dedicated to the colour palette featuring forest green, burnt orange, navy and black, with the possibility to create a monochrome of velvet-like, inky hues in both upholstery and matte lacquer metal for an expression that signals understated expression.

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With thanks to Estudi Manuel Molina, Enea have a new outdoor offering in the form of LTS Street that’s giving the outdoors a splash of colour while seamlessly fitting with the rest of the Lottus family.

What’s even better are the new colours soon to be on offer from Enea – autumn wine, rough ocean, magical green, bilbao blue and mountain shadow. These wine and forest green colours mixed effortless with pastel blues were ever so present, everywhere.

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The striking rich deep and emerald green, perfect.  We are most excited about this sofa and LaCividina, exclusive to UFL, and soon to be launched in New Zealand.

Velour, designed by Antonio Rodriguez, provides a modular seating range that looks inviting and luxurious.  The high back gives an oversized feel while maximising comfort and privacy.  Perfectly proportioned and available in 57 modules including chairs, armchairs and sofas which may be combined in countless ways to suit absolutely any space.

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Continuing the colour trend of subtle pinks is LZF’s Escape suspension lamp, featured in La Monella Jewellers in Valencia, Spain.  These handmade wood veneer lamps in Millennial Pink were part of a colour range of lighting that LZF launched at the show, but we feel this soft colour is the most exciting.

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We’re really excited about the new pieces we have picked up from the show and have lots more to share with you.  So if you’d like to see more then why not visit us at our showrooms, just 10 minutes from Auckland CBD, or give us a call and talk to one of our consultants.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Something of an auspicious occasion, we’ve been involved in some seriously fruitful R & D sessions with Derlot’s Alexander Lotersztain at our Auckland showroom this week.

Alex and the product development team at UFL got together to brainstorm pipeline projects and put the finishing touches on collaborative pieces which will be launched to market in the coming months.

With the development of new product comes the bonds that grow from partnership and creative cooperation. The outcome is next-level design; something that wildly exceeds expectations and hurls new product into the market where before there was just the same old.

Alex has been named top 10 most influential designers by Scene Design Quarterly, and one of 100 most influential designers worldwide in &fork by Phaidon. He is the design adviser in a number of government and private projects, regularly presents at design events and conferences, and judges on design panels throughout Australia.

Watch this space…

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Barstool Roundup

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How elusive is the perfect barstool? Very. That’s according to our client’s when they discover the variety offered by UFL.

Sourced from Italy, Spain and the USA, our range finds favour with a diverse scope of interior and exterior, commercial and residential projects. With most stools available in two heights, usability is extended across barleaners and counter tops. Materials and finishes include everything from natural timbers, to polypropylene in a range of colours or illuminated, upholstered, powder-coated and electroplated.

The sheer extent of designs and concepts means there is something for everyone and everything. See below for a round-up of our best picks and latest offerings: 02p05

1. Enea’s Coma Wood is a contemporary modernisation of the popular Coma stool. Produced in accordance with eco-design parameters using fully certified wood sourced from sustainable forests, and with seats available in a range of polypropylene colours or upholstered to your liking.

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2. Stackable Brooklyn by Vondom is inspired by the New York City Bridge and is based on straight lines and curves found in industrial urban design. Available in a range of stunning colours, Brooklyn is manufactured in polypropylene injected with fiberglass.

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3. Lucy by California’s Bend Goods, is made of solid steel rod and hot-dip galvanized. Lucy may be powdercoated for outdoor use, or metal electroplated in Gold, Copper and Gem tones for indoor use.

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4. Mobles 114’s  Luco barstool, combines the traditional craft of wood-turning with modern technology. Luco is designed for spaces which demand the use of authentic materials such as timber and steel.

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5. Vondom’s Wing represents extreme curves and angles, characterized in a bold form that brings visual force to both indoor and outdoor environments. May be illuminated for added Wow.

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6. Timeless design meets modern comfort with Andreu World’s Lineal Comfort. The solid Beech timber frame can be stained in a range of house colours and the shell can be upholstered in a plethora of fabrics and leathers.

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7. Spritz by Vondom is inspired by white wooden fences which line the beaches in Spain. Spritz adapts well into hospitality and residential environments, and finds the balance between European style and Mediterranean lifestyle.

 

 

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Maersk Crosses the Line

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In April 2016 we completed a fit-out alongside Stack Interiors for shipping company Maersk Line’s new Auckland premises. Having completed Maersk’s original fit-out some 10 years ago, it was a pleasure to be invited back to the drawing board.

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Stack created sleek, well-appointed headquarters, specifying a range of furniture including Enea’s Lottus Conference chair, Office chair, Lounge chair and AL table. German manufacturer Wilde and Spieth’s Typus table, the Dual table by Andreu World, Arper’s Colina lounge chair and Catifa 46 chairs. Horm’s Albino occasional table, our own Panama modular seating and a custom built 6.5m boardroom table.

Maersk Line’s latest refurbishment is timeless, comfortable and sophisticated, and is sure to remain on-point for another decade.

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Flight Flies Right

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Some of UFL’s most esteemed projects have seen our furniture installed into airport passenger lounges and check-in terminals both globally and within New Zealand. Our on-going and established presence in such a specialised sector of the contract market presented a unique opportunity for UFL to develop our own beam seat which we aptly named Flight.

Flight has been placed into numerous airports, hospital waiting areas, and the Jurisdiction and High Courts in Auckland, since its inauguration some 10 years ago. Ideally suited to interiors where form and function are critical elements, Flight’s dominant feature is its beautiful timber mono-shell which is sustainably grown and FSC certified European Beech. The seats may be finished in a variety of elegant stains, timber laminate, frontal or fully upholstered in customer specified fabric, vinyl or leather.

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Versatility is among Flight’s main virtues; any seat along the span may be replaced with metal or High Pressure Laminate tables. Flight is available as a two, three, four and five seater unit and may be floor fixed for added security.

Power can be integrated, allowing passengers to work whilst sitting on Flight and charge their electronic devices. Back-to-back linking options can lock units together and Flight is available with end or intermediate arms.

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Flight provides a warm and natural aesthetic to waiting rooms and passenger lounges. Elegant and strong, the legs and arms are manufactured in pressure die-cast aluminium combined with a mild steel beam. The entire frame may be finished in chrome or double powder-coated in a large range of colours.

 

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Hampton Down’s Members Lounge

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One of our most exciting and creative fit-outs of late, is the members lounge at Hampton Downs Raceway in Meremere. The owners approached UFL in late 2015 with an exclusive design and fit-out brief for the new lounge which was still under construction. The raceway was enjoying bumper seasons and wanted to provide a smart yet relaxed lounge for private memberships.

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The brief was not dissimilar to a high-end airport lounge, a place where people could socialise, work, or just get away from it all and relax. The space occupies a large second storey which is surrounded by decks with premium views overlooking the racetrack.

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The lounge was divided into zones through the choice of furniture which includes Oh! lounge chairs and Chat ottomans by Sancal, UFL’s Pacific Series high-back sofas for privacy and J-Series barleaners, tables and Arper’s Juno chairs for dining. The piece de resistance is our own Panama modular sofa which runs like a spine through the middle of the space.

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For the outdoor area we chose Vondom Stones lounge chairs and occasional tables, and Vases barstools paired with Andreu World Reverse leaners. This all-weather area needed elegant yet tough furniture which could withstand a variety of conditions.

An on-point selection of furniture has created a fun yet sophisticated lounge, drawing race car enthusiasts to enjoy Hampton Downs in style.

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Figueras International Seating

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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.

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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.

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