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Yearly Archives: 2012
It’s nearly Christmas! Yay! We have had a busy (and somewhat challenging) year and can’t wait for
Despite that, we created some remarkable interiors in 2012 for some remarkable people. If you were one of those, we thank you, sincerely, as although we might have the best damn furniture in the world, we’d be nothing without our clients.
And so it’s now time to fold up our tents and refresh our bodies and souls so we can return in the New Year with exciting new ideas and products.
Our office will close on Friday 21st December and reopen on Monday 14th January. Happy holidays!
Looking for that perfect Christmas gift? What about the gorgeous Marquina 1961 Oil and Vinegar pourers. Available in single bottles or as a set of two with a tray. The perfect present for someone who has everything. Thanks to Kate at By Accident or Design for including these items in a recent Sunday magazine.
Another cute gift is the Pauli coat rack, made for us by Sancal in Spain. Hang your hat and see it move. It’s both decorative and practical. All available now at UFL.
Busy, busy, busy! OMG, WTF (etc). Just back from Orgatec in Cologne. Yes, I know, it does sound like my life is full of travel to exotic places, but really, flying down the back of a crowded jumbo for 24 hours, running around a furniture fair for four days squeezed in among 50,000 people from over 123 countries, and then flying for 24 hours at the back of crowded jumbo again isn’t all beer and skittles. And I don’t even like beer.
Andreu World’s permanent space at Design Post.
Now Orgatec isn’t just bratwurst and bread rolls you know. My mission for Orgatec was to schmooz our European suppliers to discover what new product they were offering, and also to negotiate furniture items that we can make down here, and so improve our supply chain, price and speed of delivery to you, our dear clients. If that sounds like a bit of a mouthful it was, (although not as much as a bratwurst with mustard), but at Orgatec there were exciting trends and new products galore.
Spain’s Capdell has been very busy and has extended their chair collections launched at Milano to include lounge chairs of the popular models Aro, ICS, Eco and Capita.
Arper’s Team Chair was seen souring to the sky at Arper’s permanent spot at Design Post. We are loving all the new colours!
I was especially excited by a move toward the more casualised workplace – if that’s a word – with meeting spaces that feature bar leaners and array of modular furniture, just scattered about to meet the needs of the moment. Well that was just my take anyway, but alongside the fair was a formal set of presentations, with high-faultin’ titles such as “International Best Practice” and “Modern Working Concepts”, which focused on global trends in working environments.
Anyhow, and moving quickly along, our Spanish suppliers Enea, who are located just beside the Guggenheim in Bilbao, (if you’re ever over that way), have just launched the Way table, which works as a meeting table or desking system.
Sellex produced their uber stylish and sleek usual stand showing off their darlings from Milano including the fabulous Aero outdoor beam in textured compact which looks just like timber and our favourite Fly table. We will soon start stocking the legs to enable you to have tables made to your specification within a few weeks.
We just love LZF Lamps! They collaborated with JMM at Orgatec to show off their new Spiro lamp and the Link chain lamps. We can’t wait to fill our showroom with this much light! It’s divine!
If you’d like to chat about global trends or even whether bratwurst is better with mustard or ketchup, just bend my ear next time you see me. We can’t wait to see you in our showroom soon!
The best from the Milan fair has arrived at UFL. Our showroom has been re-created with the new pieces from Andreu World, Arper, Capdell, Derlot, Enea, Helen Kontouris, LZF-Lamps, M114, Nanimarquina, Sancal and Sellex. Join us from October 1 to preview the latest new collections in our Auckland showroom at 308 Rosebank Road Avondale.
UFL were among thousands of design disciples from across the globe who made the annual pilgrimage to Milano for the 51st Salone del Mobile in April.
We delighted in everything on offer and now take this opportunity to share with you the latest trends and fabulous new products which were launched at the fair. Click here to read our Milano Report 2012.
Our containers are currently arriving by the day and all the new products will be in the showroom from the 1st of October. So come and sit and enjoy everything that is new and fabulous!
The Panier stool, designed by Melbourne based designer Helen Kontouris, is a versatile and stylish addition to our range. With an impressive number of design accolades already to her name, Kontouris has built a reputation for unique pieces.
Shortlisted for the 2012 IDEA awards, the Panier Stool directly references traditional basket weaves and comes in a stylishly tapered form with playful geometric patterning. It is manufactured using an energy efficient process and uses rotationally moulded Polyethylene, a fully recyclable product. The versatility of this stool makes it suitable for indoor and outdoor use, commercial and residential spaces. Panier Stool is available in 8 versatile colours including aniseed, yellow, white, red, mid grey, sky, dark mauve and warm green.
LZF was founded by Marivi Calvo and Sandro Tothill in 1994 based on the crafting of wooden veneer and it’s susceptibility to produce a delicate atmosphere with light. This emphasis on atmospheric lighting, as well as a keen sense for functionality, has seen LZF produce lights for most interior environments. The Spanish company has also patented its Polywood® moulding process.
The Spiro suspension lamp, designed by Remedios Simón, takes inspiration from classic ornamental lattice work. Using a mass of wooden veneer spirals the lamp is both sculptural and functional. Spiro lamp adheres to the qualities LZF has built its reputation on, communicating “nature, sensitivity, calm, rationality and warmth”.
The lamp is available in 2 sizes. It can be customized with the option of four different colors for the exterior and 8 different finishes for the interior. It is also a versatile option with applications possible in commercial or residential environments.
Spanish company Nanimarquina recently celebrated 25 years of rug making with an eclectic outdoor event. An array of colors, textures and uniquely designed rugs were combined to create a patchwork in Virreina Square, Barcelona. Though rugs are synonymous with interior space Nanimarquina chose to turn convention on its head, presenting the rugs outside so as to encourage public interaction.
Click here to watch the anniversary event unfold.