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Yearly Archives: 2014
UFL is now closed for the summer holidays and we reopen on Monday 19th January 2015.
We hope you and your families have a happy and safe summer holiday.
While we reopen on Monday 19th January, we will have a skeleton staff from Monday 12th January in case you miss us too much!
We can’t wait to see you in the New Year.
Michael and Annette Dearth’s award winning Auckland restaurant, The Grove, has just received a make-over at the hands of renowned hospitality designer Paul Izzard. The overall aesthetic is intimate and warm and UFL Group was delighted to be chosen to contribute furniture to the new bar and lounge areas. Izzard chose Patricia Urquiola designed Nub lounge chair and Nub sofas from Andreu World complemented by luxe marble table with brass bases for the lounge. The seating for the bar area uses Enea Lottus stools with special custom leather piping and the result complements the warm, sophisticated, fine dining experience that is The Grove.
The office chair Kinesit, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina,was awarded the coveted prize of the architecture journal AIT “Innovationspreis Architektur+Office” at Orgatec 2014, the world’s leading international trade fair for the Modern Office & Object sector.
Kinesit is the first Arper’s office chair that is one hundred-percent compliant with regulatory requirements. Light and minimal in design, the chair seat and back are fully adjustable allowing it to conform to individual body types for optimal comfort, even during more time consuming projects. The chair features a built-in mechanism hidden discreetly under the seat that provides synchronized movement and seat height command. An invisible, adjustable lumbar support is concealed within the backrest’s thin frame to give additional flexibility and comfort. Kinesit is customizable with all fabric collections in Arper’s catalogue. Kinesit chair is available in three seatback heights and a range of bases, and with or without arm rests for a range of possibilities. A wide selection of upholstery fabrics and leathers in Arper’s full range of colors, textures and tones, or in the standard mesh covering, make Kinesit chair customizable to diverse design applications and interior spaces. Kinesit will be in production by April 2015.
The jury issued the following statement to motivate the award: “Kinesit Arper is impressive for the high level of comfort achieved thanks to the fully adjustable seat and backrest, making this office chair extremely simple and easy to use. In particular, the jury praised the characteristic silhouette of the seat and backrest which marks Kinesit out from other office chairs characterized by a forced functionality. The jury admired Kinesit’s design, described as simple and young”.
The jury, composed of leading experts in the furnishing sector, evaluated the 64 applications from 40 companies. The products that competed for the “Architecture+Office Innovation Award” were on display in stand 11.2 of the Fair and will also be published in a special issue of AIT 12/2014 and in “xia intelligente architektur ”.
Both fairs, Orgatec and Interieur, demonstrated how the commercial office environment is changing. Although we have observed the trend towards more collaborative working places unfolding over the past two years, here we saw a definite move towards quieter, more contemplative spaces; there will be more spaces where groups can gather, inform themselves and collaborate. And technology is becoming more integrated than ever before. Although it sounds like a dichotomy, there will be more privacy when we desire it and more public interaction when we need it.
One of the great privileges of my job, apart from working with some fabulous clients and a bunch of really nice people here at UFL, is that I occasionally get to visit the European furniture fairs to assess trends, discover new product and ensure that we are completely up to date with our European manufacturers.
Last month I visited two trade fairs back to back; Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium and Orgatec in Koln, Germany to discover the newest innovations in interior styling and furniture. And on my day off, I visited the design showrooms in Antwerp – just to ensure not a minute was wasted. Whilst Orgatec is not to be missed; it’s a conventional, large commercial fair that displays worldwide trends in desking, tables and large furniture pieces, Interieur is its hip, smarter younger brother. In Kortrijk I saw more cutting edge design, more focus on detail and wide use of marble, stone and glass – all with incredible styling.
Drive, walk, run or catch the bus to 308 Rosebank Road, Avondale for UFL’s spectacular Once in a Lifetime Sale before everyone else gets here. (Disclaimer: Once in a Lifetime refers to the average lifetime of a Monarch butterfly.)
This new Chalet 2.0 is a new development of a guest house / apartment style hotel in a picturesque corner of the pine forest in the Poltava Oblast in the northern hemisphere.
Designed by YOD Design Lab, this new self-contained Chalet features a large living room with fireplace along with two bedrooms on the second floor with large balconies and stunning views.The glorious property also has a hot tub on the terrace as well as a pool for relaxing by in the summer.
At the very beginning of the project, Nanimarquina decided to create a series of rugs that evoke the sensual and shiny world of tribal folk embroidery of India. They already had in mind intricately hand crafted embroideries made by the Nomadic community of the Rabaris from Kutch region. Nipa’s aunt had an amazing embroidery workshop in Ahmedabad, with 25 highly skilled craftswomen, who were all experts in hand embroidery, working with glistening mirrors, silk and cotton thread and metallic sequins amongst other non-precious materials. The women sat together on rugs on the floor, surrounded by these jewel like elements scattered around them as they worked. Often collaborating in groups, the intricate embroideries took several days to complete.
“We wanted our collection for Nani Marquina to reference the unfinished embroideries like studies of different techniques in progress, as they gradually emerge over time. The spontaneous compositions of the rugs embody the serendipity and freedom to improvise inherent in each step of a handmade piece; Joyful, irreverent and unique.” Doshi Levien
The Rabari collection consists of three carpets made from 100% New Zealand wool, handmade in India by using the hand knotted and hand woven Sumak techniques.
We were delighted to see that Enea had again expanded our best-selling Lottus collection with the Lottus XL Lounge chair. Available with a ply shell on a timber four leg frame, sled base and spin base – this is the perfect solution for a compact waiting/reception/breakout chair. Their new Ema chair had its first outing and it will fill the gap for a comfortable, high-density, stackable chair for education, hospitality and conference spaces.
Another brush-with-fame moment on the Enea stand as we got to chat with Manuel Molina, of Lievore Altherr Molina about his studio, design process and how he spends his summers.
As always, Sancal’s stand was fun, quirky and innovative. Their mantra is not to be a one-size-fits-all manufacturer. And this vision spills over into their product on display at Milano which is a cohesive collection of well-designed commercial pieces.
Their Grafica collection introduced eight totally new pieces at the Salone, and if we had to pick one, it’d definitely be REW by Rafa Garcia. We’ll talk about the whole Grafica package in the Milan report but for now, REW is an acronym for rest-eat-work, and it’s a tremendously versatile chair/bench/sofa system that can be used for a variety of diverse projects that require pieces for resting, eating or working.