Monthly Archives: March 2015

Designday Pro 2015

First of its kind, Designday Pro, held late March, was an industry only day, a great precursor to the highly anticipated annual Urbis Design Day.

For this event, UFL teamed up with at work*, the commercial fabric division of Textilia, to focus on collaborative working environments, to share our vision of activity based working and to introduce new products and fabrics for innovative working spaces.

Tetromino X60

This philosophy of ABW is based on the concept of designing places to work, not simply workplaces. UFL showcased three new products from Derlot Editions; Prisma, Tab, and Tetronimo x60.


The highlight of the day was the presentations from our two international guest speakers, Dirk du Toit, Senior Designer from Derlot Editions and Brigitte Heimrath, Business Development Director for Asia Pacific of Camira UK, both of whom were on-site to present their products and discuss the concepts behind them.


Dirk du Toit said that, ‘What we’ve aimed to achieve at Derlot Editions with Prisma, Tetromino X60 and Tab is to create exciting options for designing alternative working areas or spaces. All three collections are perfectly suited to create informal breakout areas, a quiet study corner or collaborative meeting space… the combinations are only limited to your own imagination…” Each collection was upholstered in Camira fabric supplied by at work*.


In her inspirational speech on Camira fabrics, Brigitte Heimrath shared how flora and fauna cross-fertilise, creating their own harmonious colours and textures. These new fabrics enable Textilia to bring the presence of nature and a tangible sense of well-being into the office workscape. Large scale plaids and diagonal checks inspired by catwalk couture and contemporary fashion houses such as Burberry and Paul Smith, were married with intriguing, complementary plains to bring fashion’s flexibility, modularity and creativity to office and contract interiors. The result? Relaxed workspaces with a cross-over domestic feel.


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LZF Lighting: Straight from the Workshop


Lzf loaded its first handmade movie onto Youtube in September 2009. Since then it has received over half a million views and has been used on many blogs around the world as an example of an artisanal design process. This new video takes you into the LZF workshop showing the new models and gives you a glimpse of the creative process.

See the hands on approach in the planning, revising and finally assemble of the lights, as LZF endeavours to give life to wood through light. All LZF fixtures are handmade in Valencia, Spain, using our Timberlite® wooden veneers meaning every fixture is unique and special.

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Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza


Interior designer Jose Manuel Ferrero, was the obvious choice when Ibiza’s Hard Rock Hotel opened tapas restaurant Estado Puro in 2014. The resulting environment is both bold design statement, yet warm and comfortable, and is perfect for long evening meals or quick bites.

Much of the furniture was sourced from Spanish manufacturer Sancal, and attention to detail abounds in the Tea barstool, which has the Estado Puro logo embroidered onto the back pad. Also by Sancal are the Casta chairs, based on the castanet, and the Pion tables which are modelled on chess pieces. Arper supplied the Saya chairs designed by Lievore Altherr Molina. Here traditional elements have been given a modern twist in this quirky yet down-to-earth establishment, where Ferrero’s characteristic play on elegance, drama and history contrasts perfectly with his tongue-in-cheek take on design.

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Join UFL and Textilia at Work for Designday Pro 2015

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It’s the first year of Designday Pro and it’s going to be the best industry day ever. We have teamed up with our good friends over at Textilia at Work in Parnell, and would love to see you at any time during the day in Textilia’s Parnell showroom. Don’t forget to register. The event is free to all accredited design industry professionals.


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