Yearly Archives: 2017

Sit back and relax in ultimate luxury.

Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay is paradise found. This five-star resort is the ultimate island retreat. Surrounded by the blue waters and golden sands of Momi Bay, the resort really does offer everything you need to experience resort living at its best.

And UFL are happy to say we have played a small part in creating this luxury experience. After a long day of soaking up the sun dinners can head to the Fish Bar to watch the sun going down and sit back comfortably in the Ava chair from Capdell.

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Huami is smiling with chairs from UFL

Auckland is abuzz with excitement about the new opening on SKYCITY’s Federal Street – Huami.  The new Chinese restaurant is offering beautiful dishes from the regional provinces across China set in a contemporary setting.  As with many high end fit outs, if you look closely you’ll see product from UFL quietly helping make it all happen.

The Smile chair from Andreu World was selected as the main restaurant chair for its dramatic but modern design. Its fluid form also offers high durability, perfect for a busy restaurant.  The design team chose a dark stain and upholstery for this solid beech chair, and as you can see it sits very comfortably in its beautiful surroundings.

And Nick Hawkins, senior project manager from SKYCITY is also happy: “I believe that the relationship with UFL throughout this process has been great. I appreciate the effort from the team and will certainly be looking to UFL to help out on future orders.”

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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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