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Yearly Archives: 2013
In the south of Stockholm, one of my favourite city’s, (that also houses a talented architect and artist and best friend of mine), sits Johanneshov where a new multi-purpose stadium is newly finished and ready to receive more than 30,000 football spectators and music fans. The Tele2 Arena has just opened its doors and has become in one of the most modern and attractive stadiums in Northern Europe. Our wonderful suppliers Enea and LZF have both been a part of this prestigious project, supplying Lottus stools, Agatha and Spiro lamps which bring light to the Arena’s V.I.P. Area.
It’s that time of the year at UFL when our errors in judgment, over-enthusiastic ordering and plain, old-fashioned cock-ups (to coin a phrase made popular by a National Party Minister recently) are brought out of the dim, dark corners of the warehouse and exposed for all to see. No longer will, “It’ll sell eventually” be tolerated. Mishaps, mistakes and misjudgments. Wrong colour, wrong fabric, wrong time. Whatever? Starting on the 7th of November, our showroom will be awash with bargains from our fine European suppliers – who have understandably asked that their prestigious brands not get mentioned in this egregious litany of errors, this multiplicity of mistakes, and this group of glaring gaffes.
So be quick. Bring your money. Bring your chequebook. Bring your trailer. Just like having a garage sale the best items always go early so rush to the UFL Showroom at 308 Rosebank Road, Avondale, just 10 minutes from downtown. (Disclaimer: The ten minutes quoted does not apply in rush-hour traffic, if it’s raining, when Auckland Council is rebuilding the Great Northern Road interchange or if you stop for coffee on the way….)
UFL represents furniture from the some of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers, so we’d like to showcase some of the inspirational installations from our friends in Europe which demonstrates the depth and versatility of product that we can also bring to our clients here. In Barcelona, Baas Arquitectura used both Arper’s Saya and Juno collections and the strong, cleans lines to great effect in their interior.
In Pistal, Austria, architect Bauschlager-Eberle complemented the timber interior of Café 3340 with the warm timber finish of the Woody chair, while in Berlin the Nub collection is used to great effect at the Das Stue Hotel.
And finally, across the Atlantic in Washington, five of our best suppliers came together at the Jaleo restaurant, with Sancal Tea dining chairs, Enea Lottus barstools, LZF Agatha suspension lamps, Andreu World Nub chairs and the M114 Green chairs.
Again, launched in Milano in April, comes the Elephant, one of our favourite pieces from the fair. The broad, comfy back of the Elephant contrasts with its slim legs, making it a snug place to perch in either the office or domestic environment. Designed by the Spanish studio of Nadadora, the Elephant combines diverse elements such as oak, copper, graphite, wool, linen and cotton. And the modular design of the Elephant family merges seating with built-in occasional tables which are perfect for resting your laptop or a Gin & Tonic after a hard day beating the bushes.
The Elephant will be arriving at UFL next week! Click here for more details.
The Salone Internazionale del Mobile is just the most important place on the planet to be if you’re a designer or even a humble furniture professional like me. From its origins in 1961, the fair has become the most important point of reference for our industry and that’s why we journey to Milan each year, to discover new trends, catch up with old friends, and soak up the buzz of Milan. With a total attendance of some 324,093 people, the fair really does have a life of its own.
Contained within these pages is our pick of the best of Milan 2013. The best stands, the best new products, the best new ideas and the future trends in styling and colour. Click here to read our 2013 Milano Report.
We’re always very excited to attend Salone Internazionale del Mobile and this year lived up to all our expectations. But we’re equally excited when the new products arrive in our showroom and look forward to sharing them with you later in the year.
Prisma, brand new from Derlot in Australia, is a collection of angular lounges and ottomans that can be configured together to create an endless array of shapes. Available in four modules, each Prisma seat has an angular asymmetric form so they can be clustered together. Stacked together they can form long sofas, small armchairs or banks of seating. Their shapes allow them to be positioned in the centre of the room, against the walls or in corners. Small wooden triangular Prisma tables nest neatly into the seats.
We absolutely love Prisma and can’t wait to see it used!
Born in Rome in 1914, Lina Bo Bardi’s extraordinary legacy as an architect, set designer, editor, illustrator, furniture designer and curator, has yet to be fully acknowledged. But Claudio Feltrini, CEO of Arper, became fascinated by the idea of developing a project that has never been industrially produced – the Bardi’s Bowl chair (1951): a hemispherical shape and simple volume that has a strong spatial presence. Arper will produce the Bowl chair in a numbered and limited edition of just 500, to acknowledge Lina Bo Bardi’s place in the design fraternity.
The coveted Red Dot Design Award is one of the highest accolades awarded our industry and undeniably the darling of the design world. Out of 6,800 entries from 43 countries, it comes as no surprise to us that the team at LZF Lamps have taken home two awards for their innovative High Fidelity campaign!
High Fidelity is based on LZF’s belief that one must play and experiment with light in order to create the right settings and ambiances which will allow the user to create unforgettable moments in their lives. It confirms just how comfortable LZF are with their success that they can spin off a campaign for their new product which takes them far from their core business, and can win them two awards in the categories of Branding and Sound.
Congratulations to LZF!
THE ONE VISION THAT EVERYONE AT THE SALONE INTERNAZIONALE DEL MOBILE WAS TALKING ABOUT WAS THE INSTALLATION BY 2008 PRITZKER LAUREATE JEAN NOUVEL.
Nouvel was commissioned to create a huge project tailored specifically to the Saloni that would document the tremendous changes that have altered living and working spaces over the past few years.
His response was simply breathtaking, creating several work environments that were light-years away from the commercial spaces most of us inhabit today. Nouvel says that he believes that the architect’s job is to “interpret the technical, cultural and social changes of the age in which we live and to express them poetically in a quest for freedom.”
In the installations featured here we believe that Nouvel has exquisitely captured the essence of his brief, and has offered a view of a workplace that runs completely counter to the dedicated office of today.
At the Saloni in Milano, Arper extended their always popular Saya range of chairs by adding Saya Mini, a child-sized version suited for our little people, and available in kiddy colours of white, yellow, pink, red and ochre with matching sled bases. It’s beyond adorable!