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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
The recently completed SUTD, Singapore University of Technology & Design, pays homage to the changing requirements of today’s learning institutions. Several curvaceous and colourful buildings comprise the University, which was designed by UNStudio and DP Architects and operates in conjunction with MIT. Offering an exclusive multi-disciplinary education that focuses on Architecture and Sustainable Design, Engineering Product Development, Engineering Systems and Design, and Information Systems Technology and Design, SUTD amalgamates the best practices and values of East and West.
Two special spaces within SUTD are the library, which has been equipped with ENEA’s Lottus Wood chair with white polypropylene shells and seats upholstered in light brown or turquoise fabric. And the cafeteria, furnished with more Lottus chairs and the new Lottus AL Table with its sleek cross-base.
A highly sustainable building, SUTD incorporates numerous passive design strategies designed to counteract Singapore’s tropical climate. Natural ventilation systems have been applied throughout the building, as well as cooling techniques, covered walkways, louvered facade shading, and extensive sunlight to the interiors due to the site’s clever orientation. SUTD embraces Singapore’s natural climate and landscape through the incorporation of facade planters, green roof terraces, sky gardens and numerous green zones planted with native trees and flowering plants.
Ben van Berkel from UNStudio explains “The design for the SUTD consciously avoids over-articulation and instead focuses on infrastructural qualities, on connectivity and the creation of an open, transparent and light facility that responds to the requirements of the contemporary campus. In this way the architecture of the SUTD does not attempt to overwhelm the students with a singular vision, it instead enables them to develop their own architectural language for the future. From the exterior the SUTD academic buildings look like somewhat dense, separate blocks, but they are in fact experienced in a completely connected and open way”.
UFL have been supplying New Zealanders with contract furniture by Enea for nearly two decades. The reason for our enduring love affair is because we adore everything they do. Hailing from the Basque country; a region of northern Spain, famous for its tough, innovative and cultured people, Enea do things their way. Whether it be language, food, music, fashion or design, the Basque’s create their own rules and Enea’s furniture is no different. Synonymous with utility, and sparse, contemporary design, Enea has collaborated with world-renown designers like Josep Lluscà, Gabriel Teixidó and Lievore Altherr Molina over the years.
2015 has so far been an astounding year for Enea. Not only have they launched a new corporate identity, they also presented a series of stunning new products at Salone del Mobile in Milan.
Their new brand boasts a lower-case typography, again embodying the company’s Basque origins as a durable and distinctive character. Reinforcing their values based on geographical location, the firm’s concern for ecology and moving away from traditionalism, the brand is unadorned and with strong shapes.
At Milan Furniture Fair, ENEA presented the Ema chair and their latest developments in the popular Lottus series, focusing on solutions for the Lottus Lounge, Lottus Conference and Lottus Wood, and a new table and bar-leaner, the Lottus AL. The Lottus family continues to evolve and the designs are more refined, classic, and suitable for a myriad of chic environments that require simple but distinctive furniture options.
The colour range of the Ema chair was directly instructed by the primary colours that exist in Enea’s factory. Green, orange, yellow and blue are incorporated into the communicative universe of Enea, inspired by the walls, floors, and the skip bins. The stunning product photography is set in real identity environments, areas where both Ema and the Lottus chair collections naturally fit.
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.
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.
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.