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Tortuga is Spanish for Turtle or Tortoise, an animal that conjures thoughts of things old and slow.
Tortuga is also a new lounge chair by Sancal. Having just won America’s most coveted prize; Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year award, the easy chair is on a fast track to stardom. Nothing old and slow about that.
Tortuga was first exhibited during Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2016. Comprising an integral part of Sancal’s Futura Collection which was inspired by the movie epic; 2001: A Space Odyssey, the chair was met with rave reviews and has gone on to become a best seller for the design company.
Designed by Spanish-based studio Nadadora, Tortuga the chair, took its cue from Tortuga the reptile’s unique attributes. As designers Cristina Alonso and Isaac Pinēra explain, “Inspiration was drawn from a tortoise because we wanted something that would hold you like a shell, like a shelter, and yet it is comfortable inside.” Featuring a deep bowl-shaped seat made from injection-moulded polyurethane, the shell’s covered in quilted memory foam to create a cosy cocoon for the body. The duo conceptualised a chair that was, “Very, very comfortable yet visually light that wasn’t a heavy, bulky chair.”
Like a house, the chair encapsulates its occupant, keeping them warm, comfortable and safe. And like a turtle, one can withdraw into it and curl up to relax or sleep. Nadadora designed a corresponding ottoman and coffee table to accompany the lounge chair. The chair and ottoman come on an Ash timber frame which swivels, and in Sancal’s signature style, may be stained to a range of sublime colours. The lounge chair can be modified through the addition of an oversized headrest and is available upholstered in contrasting fabric to the body of the chair.
“The table feet use the same language as the feet of the chair, in the pouf the same geometry, the cone – in the end it’s about creating harmony between the different pieces to create a family of products.”
A supreme and noble creature. Larga vida a la Tortuga!
Mobles114 unveiled two breathtaking collections at Salone del Mobile this year. With wire furniture currently so on-trend, the Spanish manufacturer delivered undeniable crowd-pleasers.
Martin Azua is the creative genius behind Rambla. Delicate to behold, Rambla’s tough, its namesake is the famous promenade in Barcelona which runs from the heart of the city to the port. Historically one could hire tables and chairs on the street, for a rest and a drink with a friend.
Azua works in Barcelona and combines teaching and product design, with interior design and temporary installations. Highly committed to the environment and society, his work is based on abstraction and experimentation. Among his more famous projects is the Basic House which has formed part of the permanent collection at the MOMA in New York since 2007.
Rambla is available in crisp green, yellow, charcoal and white. Manufactured from steel rod, its contemporary shape reinterprets tradition and the most cosmopolitan Mediterranean lifestyle. The chairs are roomy and comfortable, with relaxing arms and an optional polyurethane foam cushion.
Stackable Tube boasts a distinctive, well-resolved design. Gentle curves defy the industrial origins of the collection which is manufactured from continual steel tube. Available in a sophisticated colour palette of white, blue grey, black, chestnut brown, olive grey and anthracite, Tube is simple and smart, perfect for hospitality projects or residential interiors.
Tube is the brainchild of Eugeni Quitllet, a designer who is making a huge name for himself in Europe designing for the likes of Vondom, Kartell, and Lexon. With an international career that started with Philippe Stark, Quitllet now runs his own studio in Barcelona. Expressive and unique, Quitllet resists trends, he has been described as a tireless seeker and a lover of technology, defining himself as a ‘dreamsigner’, a designer and dreamer, following his own instinctual process.
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:
Uber-cool furniture manufacturer Bend Goods from Los Angeles, are relative new kids on the block but they’ve already made their mark on the international design scene in a seriously big way.
Founded by Gaurav Nanda in 2010, Bend produces steel wire furniture for contract and residential projects worldwide. Nanda credits the inspiration behind his company to California’s red hot modernist architecture. With so many stunning examples of the style, Nanda wanted to design furniture that would look at right at home in any one of these Mid-Century masterpieces.
Bend’s galvanised goods include barstools, dining and lounge chairs, coffee tables, pendant lights and accessories, all designed for indoor and outdoor use. Each design has a moniker that makes them seem like one of the family. There’s Lucy, Betty, Ethel and Captain, there’s Bunny and Peacock too and the furniture looks so damn good, it just squeals revelry.
Maybe it’s the weather, California’s eternal sunshine, but Bend’s furniture makes one want to stop what they’re doing, and get down to the serious task of socialising over cocktails. There’s colour galore, powder-coated pastel perfection available in a veritable spectrum, there’s sparkly gem-toned headiness, or super sharp metallics in Gold, Bronze, Rose Gold and Chrome.
The manufacturing of Bend’s products engage a hand-crafted method of shaping and spot welding – a process the company calls ‘bending.’ Each ‘bend’ is carefully arranged to ensure structural strength, whilst the angles of the chair’s back, the curves of the seat and the closeness of the wires are designed to encourage relaxation and utility. Bend’s seating is remarkably comfortable, making it suitable for broad reaching applications such as corporate fit-outs, hospitality and residential environments. Bend are committed to issues of environmental impact and responsible manufacturing processes.
Exhibiting at the illustrious Salone del Mobile Milano 2016 for the very first time, Bend Goods have world domination firmly in their sights. UFL is thrilled to be in on the action recently adding Bend Goods to our exclusive portfolio of international design companies, and proudly making Bend’s good-time party pieces available to all sophisticated kiwi spaces and places.
Furniture by Sancal never fails to astonish and their latest offering, The Majestic Collection, is no exception. Unveiled at Salone de Mobile 2015, all their unconventional behaviour that we’ve come to expect is present. The trademark humour, surrealism, innovation and downright cleverness is displayed in force.
The whimsical muse for the collection was opulent palaces and decorative styles used by monarchs throughout history. The result is intentionally impossible yet practical, each piece maintaining a chic appearance that remains far from the staid perpetual imitation of the past that is so often promoted as ‘elegant’.
As if from a dreamscape, each chair, sofa and table in the collection is beautifully refined, rendered from materials as important as the lines of the pieces themselves. Luxe marquetry, copper and silver accents, rich velvets and the scent of leather all play into the overall effect of luxury.
Comfort is exaggerated in the Tiptoe sofa by Sancal stalwart Rafa Garcia. Elements of Marie Antoinette in the Tonella by Note. A palace-perfect puzzle of sofas and coffee tables in the Mosaico program by Yonoh. A bit of leg in Vichy by BricherZiegler. Starched collars in Collar Mao by Skrivo and sinewy elegance in the Nudo Basic table by Juan Ibanez Lax.
Funny, fresh, strange and ethereal. A fanciful nod to the deluxe habitats and mad kings of yesteryear. The Majestic Collection is available exclusively in New Zealand from UFL.
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
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.
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.
As always, Sancal’s stand was fun, quirky and innovative. Their mantra is not to be a one-size-fits-all manufacturer. And this vision spills over into their product on display at Milano which is a cohesive collection of well-designed commercial pieces.
Their Grafica collection introduced eight totally new pieces at the Salone, and if we had to pick one, it’d definitely be REW by Rafa Garcia. We’ll talk about the whole Grafica package in the Milan report but for now, REW is an acronym for rest-eat-work, and it’s a tremendously versatile chair/bench/sofa system that can be used for a variety of diverse projects that require pieces for resting, eating or working.
Capdell’s stand was again a highlight with natural fibres, bright colours and innovative product. Their relationship with both established and up-and-coming designers means they are creating a vibrant, fresh new aesthetic. This is nowhere as apparent as in Panel, their new lounge chair by young designer Lucy Kurrein.
Panel is a lounge chair fabricated from sheet steel and tailored leather with exposed edges – a hollow chair rather than a solid one, an economical alternative to material-heavy upholstered furniture. We’re really looking forward to having this in our showroom.
Perch by Australian designer Marcel Sigel, is a stool that combines curved and straight lines in a simple but carefully traced way. The aluminium footrest is the perfect counterpoint to an aesthetically appealing seat which is mainly made of wood.
The collection consists of bar stool, counter height stool and low stool. All available in a range of timber and lacquer stains.