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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But back to reality…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How elusive is the perfect barstool? Very. That’s according to our client’s when they discover the variety offered by UFL.
Sourced from Italy, Spain and the USA, our range finds favour with a diverse scope of interior and exterior, commercial and residential projects. With most stools available in two heights, usability is extended across barleaners and counter tops. Materials and finishes include everything from natural timbers, to polypropylene in a range of colours or illuminated, upholstered, powder-coated and electroplated.
1. Enea’s Coma Wood is a contemporary modernisation of the popular Coma stool. Produced in accordance with eco-design parameters using fully certified wood sourced from sustainable forests, and with seats available in a range of polypropylene colours or upholstered to your liking.
2. Stackable Brooklyn by Vondom is inspired by the New York City Bridge and is based on straight lines and curves found in industrial urban design. Available in a range of stunning colours, Brooklyn is manufactured in polypropylene injected with fiberglass.
3. Lucy by California’s Bend Goods, is made of solid steel rod and hot-dip galvanized. Lucy may be powdercoated for outdoor use, or metal electroplated in Gold, Copper and Gem tones for indoor use.
4. Mobles 114’s Luco barstool, combines the traditional craft of wood-turning with modern technology. Luco is designed for spaces which demand the use of authentic materials such as timber and steel.
5. Vondom’s Wing represents extreme curves and angles, characterized in a bold form that brings visual force to both indoor and outdoor environments. May be illuminated for added Wow.
6. Timeless design meets modern comfort with Andreu World’s Lineal Comfort. The solid Beech timber frame can be stained in a range of house colours and the shell can be upholstered in a plethora of fabrics and leathers.
7. Spritz by Vondom is inspired by white wooden fences which line the beaches in Spain. Spritz adapts well into hospitality and residential environments, and finds the balance between European style and Mediterranean lifestyle.
In April 2016 we completed a fit-out alongside Stack Interiors for shipping company Maersk Line’s new Auckland premises. Having completed Maersk’s original fit-out some 10 years ago, it was a pleasure to be invited back to the drawing board.
Stack created sleek, well-appointed headquarters, specifying a range of furniture including Enea’s Lottus Conference chair, Office chair, Lounge chair and AL table. German manufacturer Wilde and Spieth’s Typus table, the Dual table by Andreu World, Arper’s Colina lounge chair and Catifa 46 chairs. Horm’s Albino occasional table, our own Panama modular seating and a custom built 6.5m boardroom table.
Maersk Line’s latest refurbishment is timeless, comfortable and sophisticated, and is sure to remain on-point for another decade.
Photos by Rebecca Swan
As a group of furniture professionals at UFL, our muse is the international circuit of furniture fairs, of which Salone del Mobile in Milan is the absolute darling. We visit every year; to seek inspiration and draw from new trends, new ideas and new products. We see our role in the milieu, as that of curators; selecting only the choicest offerings from simply thousands of new items, bringing them home to New Zealand to share with our local cliental.
Salone de Mobile is growing. It seems like the industry is adhering to its former glory and this year Milan was simply bursting out of her skin. Outstanding events and happenings were woven into the entire fabric of the city, from tiny apartments in Brera to the historical buildings within the city’s centre. Even the post-industrial warehouses of Ventura Lambrate held startling exhibitions of new products, alongside the delicious art galleries and the main Rho fairgrounds themselves. Salone 2016 truly surpassed our expectations with the vast array of superb installations, breath-taking new releases and magnificent parties.
Here are some of the highlights from Milano 2016:
Designed for collaboration areas in corporate, public and private spaces, the Raglan collection comprises of a lounge chair, a two and three seater sofa and combinable modular pieces. An occasional table completes the range and is particularly suitable when used as a corner or middle unit if the Raglan is installed as a modular system.
The defining feature of this collection is the beautiful piping detail on the seams around the arms, legs and back of each piece. The seat and back are made from flexible foam and the robust injected aluminium frame is available lacquered in white or black or a polished aluminium finish.
Raglan is characterised by its elegance, simplicity and comfort. The meticulous upholstery and overall sophistication of the Raglan collection foretells of an illustrious future in elegant projects worldwide.
Understandably UFL’s repertoire of assignments is not confined to our own back doorstep, that being Auckland. Recently we supplied a combination of Spanish and NZ made furniture to a boutique law firm based in Rotorua.
Lance Lawson Barristers & Solicitors, employed Auckland’s RCG, to create a new office environment for their busy practice. One which would both develop and promote an edgy, contemporary culture, whilst upholding the integrity of their business.
If RCG is ringing bells, that’s because we recently featured another project by the company’s own Ceili Murphy on our blog. This talented local designer worked on the revamp of our UFL HQ no less.
The hub of Lance Lawson, is a central space which runs through the middle of the building. Coined ‘Marketplace’, it was inspired by such and gives the whole office a great sense of openness that encourages transparency and collaboration amongst the team, creating a relationship-driven gravitational pull if you like.
The Marketplace incorporates slick, monochromatic finishes mixed with timber for a warm, lived-in feeling. Piergiorgio Cazzaniga’s Reverse tables are teamed with Lievore Altherr Molina’s Lottus chairs, and our own J-Series leaner is teamed with the Lottus barstool.
Our first foray into designing custom workstations was applied in collaboration with RCG for Lance Lawson. This new commercial avenue burgeoned for UFL during 2015 with the installation of several large-scale desking fit-outs within Auckland.
Lance Lawson’s desk-pods were created to help teams work together within the company. Custom light fittings sit above the stations and this traditional desk structure contrasts effectually with the more relaxed breakout areas. The result is a mixture of classic UFL pieces and custom desking working together to form a fun yet business-like space.
Photos by Amanda Aitken
Following on from the blog last week about Sancal who’ve recently completed a stunning renovation of their office, we thought the timing perfect to share our own refurbishment here at UFL headquarters on Rosebank Rd. Hark back to May 2014 and enter designers John Lenihan and Ceili Murphy from Auckland based architectural firm, RCG.
Several reasons incited our need for a change; the current office was an awkward size and we required a larger, more efficient space for our expanding team which was almost doubling in size. A contemporary environment that functioned well was vital, as was a beautiful space which aptly represented not only our own established brand but also that of the agencies we exclusively represent here in New Zealand, all of whom are Italian and Spanish furniture manufacturers and purveyors of cutting-edge design.
We wanted to showcase our own J-Series workstation. The system originated as a table, then a barleaner. The design has proved so popular that we decided to rework it as a workstation. The J-Series can be customised in terms of size, finishes and cable management to suit even the most discerning of clients.
Key designer pieces that feature in the space include the piece-de-resistance, Link Chain lamp, a customised light that our friends at LZF made especially for our project. We get constant admiration for this piece, and it is the first thing that visitors see as they enter the showroom.
Our meeting table and chairs are both by Andreu World, the table is the Reverse, and the chairs are Smart. We are in love with our sleek Arper Catifa 46 chairs, which sport black shells on black swivel bases, a style which never fades. The two framed artworks are Losanges Rug by Nanimarquina, and an Anna Kidman photograph.
Photos by Anna Kidman
Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio is the genius behind the renovation of Michel Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, formerly König, situated in the heart of Helsinki’s shopping district. Rated one of the world’s most liveable cities, Helsinki boasts a world class hospitality industry, and the space has been transformed into a natural but polished haunt, perfect for any time of the day or night.
Laajisto is an interior designer who cut her teeth within a highly competitive scene in Los Angeles, designing large-scale commercial projects for an international architecture firm. Notable not only for her sublime design aesthetic, Joanna is also LEED accredited, making her an expert in environmental and energy efficient design. Her belief is that successful design is an all-encompassing experience and the work of her studio is driven simultaneously by functionality and aesthetics. Their belief is not to clutter the world with unnecessary objects but to reveal the undisclosed beauty of a space and enhance it through creative solutions.
This wholesome philosophy is particularly poignant in an epoch of fast-paced consumerism, where last season’s purchases, are this year’s landfill. Not that you would want to discard anything JLCS curate; their interiors are of a calibre that one would want to revel in forever, just as they are. With a transcendent understanding of colour and form, Laajisto’s projects are noteworthy for their clean, uncluttered lines, pared with deluxe lacquers, exquisite lamps and tribal textiles. Contemporary yet timeless, interiors that are balanced, simple and exude warmth.
The Piece-de-Resistance at Michel is a Statuario marble and stainless steel cocktail bar sitting in the centre of the space. Arrestingly beautiful with strong geometry, it divides the restaurant into various dining and drinking areas which feature furniture in Ash and Beech timber by Andreu World, in particular the Smart Chair and Moody Barstool. A green wooden panelled wall, inspired by the traditional 1940‘s outdoor kiosks that can be found all over Helsinki, nods to the past then drags it into the present day, propelling it into the limelight for all to behold.
The bathrooms at Michel look good enough to set up a table and chairs and eat your dinner in. Once again marble steals the show on all walls and light features. A huge wash basin designed by Laajisto herself dominates and black minimalist hardware provides sleek contrast against the softness of the stone.
Michel’s makeover emphasises JLCS’s position as a trailblazing, environmentally savvy designer of spaces that will continue to inspire for decades to come.
Barcelona has a new eatery located in the Hotel Melia Sarria. Something of a unique culinary concept, Poncelet is a cheese bar inspired by its successful predecessor in Madrid. The interior covers a 400m2 footprint which has been transformed into a smart, quirky zone by designer Jose Manual Ferrero, and is reminiscent of a garden party or sunny picnic due to a floor of green marble, with tiles and rugs adorned with the images of cows, goats and sheep who are the stars of the show.
A green wall and planters by Vondom add to the fresh outdoorsy vibe, as does the majority of the upholstery which is in shades of green.
The large upbeat space features a library, full of books on everything you could ever want to know about cheese and the dining area has been worked into a variety of different settings with furniture from Sancal and Andreu World. Aptly chosen for the space, there is the honeycomb inspired Tea chair and stool, the serene Ronda chair, Casta like a deck chair from the 80’s, sublime Pion and fat comfy Talo which is perfect for loosening ones top button in if your tasting session gets out of hand.
So if you’re in Spain and a fan of cheese, be sure to check out Poncelet.
Photo credits – German Cabo