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Salone del Mobile 2016

Nani_lattice_2As 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:

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Mix me Mélange!


Family-owned Spanish rug company, Nanimarquina chose the Salone del Mobile 2015 to reveal their latest collection of handmade rugs from Pakistan. This year’s presentation was Mélange, a 20 strong collection of rugs with a bold geometric theme and pared back colour palette in red, black and creams, designed by New York fashion designer, Sybilla.
The exhibition was a huge patchwork of rugs; layered into towering piles, hung from the ceiling and covering coordinated poufs which were strewn across the floor, in direct reference to the oriental culture which produced them, in which everything is done almost at ground level.

Mélange is a fine balance of tradition and modernism, elegance and homeliness, craft and design, past and future. The ambience of the Nani’s product purveys the company’s connection to tradition, craftsmanship and the ancestral handcrafted techniques of Pakistan. Nanimarquina have strong heritage of Global thinking. This being one of their values — an awareness of others and trying to do their bit to improve the lives of people who live in the areas where the rugs are produced.

Nanimarquina’s work with organisations such as Care&Fair, or the implementation of initiatives such as the Kala Project, allow them to take a step further in improving standards of living and working conditions, and helping to build a brighter future for those directly involved in the process of producing Nanimarquina rugs.

You can check out the collection here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f904PESxAs&feature=youtu.be


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Doshi Levien for Nanimarquina

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.

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Milton Glaser, Shakespeare, Africa and Nani Marquina

Nani Marquina has teamed up with iconic graphic design Milton Glaser to produce the most incredible Africa and Shakespeare in Africa collections. 84 year old Glaser is one of the best celebrated graphic designers in the world. He is better known for founding New York Magazine and his prolific graphic design (the I ♥ NY and DC Comics bullet logos and posters for Bob Dylan and Sony).

This rug collection came about as a result of an accidental encounter between Shakespeare, Africa and Nani Marquina. Glaser believes that ultimately all things are connected and that the role of the artist is to discover the inevitable relationship that exists between everything. Sometimes this is difficult and other times it’s a piece of cake.

Within Shakespeare in Africa, Glaser overlays two hand-drawn illustrations, a portrait of Shakespeare and a modern interpretation of African tribal patterns, to create a striking trompe l’oeil. From a distance, the portrait plays against the pattern offering a commanding focal point. As the viewer comes closer, the tribal style pattern emerges as the starring role to engross viewers with varying lines and curves. This pattern is the feature in Africa. Glaser’s use of his signature style, discovering the relationship between seemingly unconnected things, results in a uniquely grand rug statement for modern spaces.  All the rugs in this collection are made using a hand-knotted technique with 100% New Zealand wool.

The Africa collection is available exclusively from UFL.

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2013 Milano Report

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile is just the most important place on the planet to be if you’re a designer or even a humble furniture professional like me.  From its origins in 1961, the fair has become the most important point of reference for our industry and that’s why we journey to Milan each year, to discover new trends, catch up with old friends, and soak up the buzz of Milan. With a total attendance of some 324,093 people, the fair really does have a life of its own.
Contained within these pages is our pick of the best of Milan 2013. The best stands, the best new products, the best new ideas and the future trends in styling and colour. Click here to read our 2013 Milano Report.
We’re always very excited to attend Salone Internazionale del Mobile and this year lived up to all our expectations. But we’re equally excited when the new products arrive in our showroom and look forward to sharing them with you later in the year.

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Natural from Nanimarquina

This year Nanimarquina launched the Natural Collection, produced with an exclusive selection of natural fibres that reflect the plurality that nature has to offer: nettle, afghan wool, silk and jute. These fibres are twisted together into continuous thread: a highly laborious manual process that enriches the design, giving each carpet a soft and unique texture. Each thread, each knot, transports us to the world where this rug began. The Natural Collection has been made using biodegradable, chemical-free cleaning products. This took Nanimarquina a step further in the fight against environmental degradation. After 25 years designing rugs, their thinking has been that true innovation lies precisely in creating rugs using what our environment gives us, like the plant that grows around us.
The complete collection will be on the website shortly.

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Milano Report 2012 & other new things

UFL were among thousands of design disciples from across the globe who made the annual pilgrimage to Milano for the 51st Salone del Mobile in April.
We delighted in everything on offer and now take this opportunity to share with you the latest trends and fabulous new products which were launched at the fair. Click here to read our Milano Report 2012.
Our containers are currently arriving by the day and all the new products will be in the showroom from the 1st of October. So come and sit and enjoy everything that is new and fabulous!

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Nanimarquina celebrate 25 years!

Spanish company Nanimarquina recently celebrated 25 years of rug making with an eclectic outdoor event. An array of colors, textures and uniquely designed rugs were combined to create a patchwork in Virreina Square, Barcelona. Though rugs are synonymous with interior space Nanimarquina chose to turn convention on its head, presenting the rugs outside so as to encourage public interaction.

Click here to watch the anniversary event unfold.

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Nanimarquina presents the Chillida Collection

The artwork of Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002) currently represents one of the greatest accomplishments of the arts in the late 20th century.
This year nanimarquina has created Chillida collection based on a chronological selection of his work, from Figura Humana 1948, through Dibujo Tinta 1957, to Collage 1966 that reflects the process prior to his most famous sculpture, the Peine del Viento in San Sebastián. It also includes two pictures of his famous hands from the 90s, and Gravitación, 1993 and 1994, where he creates a new form of relief, sculpture made of paper.
All this work has been accurately translated into the rugs. All of them are handmade using various techniques and different materials like wool, silk and mohair, to give texture and show the essence of his wok and provide desired value.

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Folk at Tilburg University, Netherlands

Nanimarquina Folk rug located inside The Students Club at Tilburg University, Netherlands.
We wish we all attended universities like that!

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