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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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Served Chill

Cool tranquility is served on ice and in spades at Campari’s 24th international office. It’s one of the best HQ we’ve seen in a while, and is totally becoming of the Italian beverage company.

Opened in Toronto in November 2015, local design firm I-V spent eight months renovating the Liberty Village building, which has had many past lives including that of film studio and a foundry. Campari’s brief was simple – ‘create a space which captures the spirit of the company and inspires the people who use it’.

Fun Fact: Campari was traditionally dyed its famed red colour by the cochineal insect. The insect is found on the pads of prickly pear cacti in Central America, they’re brushed off, dried and crushed. True story.

The biggest challenge I-V faced was a complete shortage of natural light as there was not a single window to the outside world, (maybe one of the past lives included vampire’s lair). Four ginormous skylights were installed to flood the space – which boasts 40-foot high ceilings – with light.

The interior was then hit with a huge dose of fresh white paint and pastel pink accents (for which no beetles were harmed), by way of Tea sofas by Sancal on the mezzanine, and sleek Kinesit chairs by Arper around the 16-person boardroom table. Several multipurpose breakout areas are located off the mezzanine and provide public spaces away from the primary work zone where employees sit together in a shared office.

Campari Toronto boasts one truly spectacular bar which is used for cocktail seminars, hosting clients and family-style staff lunches. Its most eye-catching feature, which continues in the theme of creepy crawlies, is the counter which is covered in a pink speckled pattern called Bacterio, created by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass in 1978.

The overall effect is a nothing short of a marvel. I-V have created a magnificently beautiful and convivial office befitting of a brand that’s been bringing people together for over 150 years.

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Take it Away Tortuga

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!

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Tonella Hits the Right Note

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Tonella the mini lounge chair designed by Sweden’s Note Design Studio for Sancal, has just experienced two additions to the family. Can kids arrive into the world before their parents? Who knows, it’s all a bit chicken and egg for me but what I do know is that based on the reception baby Tonella received at Salone del Mobile in 2015, a collection was just begging to be born.

Tonella mini was designed specifically for areas that were spatially challenged shall we say. Be it for residential or public use, the chair was built for nooks and crannies, and what it lacked in size, it made up for in strength, comfort and appeal. After all size isn’t everything don’t you know?

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Roll on 2016, and suddenly one becomes three via the addition of a lounge chair and sofa.

There are varying reports about from where the inspiration for Tonella bloomed. Some say it all started at a vanity table, others say that Marie Antoinette’s lavish, playful style was the muse. Sancal aren’t exactly newbys to French furniture, they started out manufacturing classic, French-style chairs back in the 70’s. Now in conjunction with Note, they’ve revisited their roots and borrowed from the past.

Wine barrels are commonplace in Yecla (Sancal’s hometown) as it happens to be wine country, and the metal bars that make up Tonella’s frame are reminiscent of the wooden staves used in the barrels. One could even argue this fact is a major contender in the inspiration stakes.

Plush, lush, and wonderfully comfortable, Tonella is a beautiful and refined collection that is sure to be a mainstay in Sancal’s catalogue for years to come.

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Ovolo Hotel Woolloomooloo

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No future trip to Sydney will be complete without a night or two spent at the new Ovolo Hotel in Woolloomooloo. Recently refurbished by HASSELL, the hotel which stretches along the longest timber-piled wharf in the world, is situated on the striking Sydney Harbour, a stone’s throw from the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Sydney Opera House.

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HASSELL have carefully renovated the original building, introducing plenty of modern luxuries whilst staying true to the historic roots of the structure. The interior design is bold and playful, the lobby features Sancal’s Nido lounge chairs in pastel pink upholstery and their REW sofa in pink or pastel blue combination upholstery.

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The hotel boldly bridges the gap between history and contemporary design. The furnishings complement the original fixtures of the property, with seamless integration of the Ovolo touch – all the little things that make effortless living a reality for the modern traveller.

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HASSELL is a leading international design practice with studios in Australia, China, South East Asia and the United Kingdom.

 

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New HQ Oozes Style at Sancal

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Our Spanish friends Sancal, manufacturers of quirky and cool commercial furniture, have recently renovated their headquarters in Yecla. Thinking it high-time their own working environment was as beautiful as clients such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Amazon and Visa, they employed interior design firm Taza & Tacillas to work some magic. The designers achieved a fresh, uncluttered and welcoming ‘interior garden’, a metaphysical green space which is lively and inspiring, a place where employees can create and develop without constraint.

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From the upholstery, to the furniture, the paint on the walls and the potted plants which adorn benches and desktops, the whole space embraces colour, function and passion. The company have used the refurbishment to showcase and utilise some of their most endearing product designs, like Tartana domes, Pion tables and stools, REW sofas, lush Tea and Casta chairs, Konoha benches (inspired by leaves), Tonella armchairs, Mandarinas cushions, Tab stools, Nudo tables and Elephant ottomans.

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A green and grey carpet literally leads us down the garden path, as it meanders past pods of workstations which are acoustically ‘enclosed’ by gigantic umbrella-like Tartana canopies. Another mural, this time by Malota, treads the green path with an illustration of over-sized potted plants. A colourful botanical installation by Jesús Galváñ, decorates the kitchen area which also doubles as a meeting room.

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Further incentive for the office makeover was to play catch-up to the 2013 renovation of their factory. Undergoing an utterly gorgeous transformation into a bright, breezy utilitarian space, the revamp commemorated the company’s 40th birthday. Well-known European muralists Agostino Iacurci and Ricardo Cavolo were commissioned to paint ginormous artworks on the walls of the cutting and sewing areas and the mammoth corridor leading to the dining room.

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The recent revamp reveals that Sancal is a company that provides not only a stimulating and carefully planned environment for their employees, but also a beautiful and modern headquarters from which to promote their unique brand and showcase their avant-garde product.

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The Padre Rubinos Institute

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Famous philanthropist Amancio Ortega, founder of Spanish fashion label Zara, established The Amancio Ortega Foundation in 2001. The foundations purpose is to endorse charitable projects within Spain, offering assistance to the country’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. Particular emphasis is placed on education and social aid, like food, medicine and housing.

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Recently the charity built The Padre Rubinos Institute in A Coruña, a multi-purpose municipal centre which is a haven for those in need. The Institute provides a wide range of community services, including a day centre for the elderly, a playschool, classrooms, multipurpose areas, public parks and even a hostel.

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Designed by Elsa Urquijo Arquitectos & Tattoo Contract, the designers have achieved with the institute what every community space should be but so often isn’t; serene yet functional, with an overall air of tranquility. The designer’s specified white both internally and externally, with contrast provided in the form of natural wooden accents within the building, and landscaped green spaces with grass and trees outside, all of which harmonize to create a feeling of peace and well-being.

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In such a multipurpose building, the furniture needs to be adaptable. Sancal collaborated with the Institute to include some of their most functional yet elegant pieces. Designer furniture is not something that jumps to mind when one thinks of a public space founded by a charitable foundation, but that’s part of the reason this Institute is such a success, and proves that designer furniture and architecture is not the sole right of the wealthy and privileged.

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Furniture includes the fun Party sofa by Luis Eslava, quirky cool Tab Tables by Nadadora, the popular Folk sofa by Rafa Garcia and the comforting Soul armchair also by Garcia.

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Although solemn social issues oversee the reason for this building, the overall design refuses to walk in these shoes. The Padre Rubinos is one altruistic space that is fresh, modern and beautiful to behold.

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Sancal’s Sound of Music

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Until recently the Spanish HQ of Sony Music was located in a dilapidated building harking from the 1980’s (think tiny offices and lots of beige) on Madrid’s city fringe. Sony’s powerful brand identity was distorted by the site and the staff were hampered by operational problems caused by the dated interiors; a chronic misuse of space, no ability to accommodate future strategies, and a lack of meeting rooms and breakout spaces. In short, a complete overhaul was long overdue.

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Enter British architecture firm AECOM’s Strategy Plus Team. And, a shiny new locale in Paseo de la Castellana at the heart of Madrid’s CBD. AECOM’s mission was to create an uplifting, modern environment that embodied Sony’s values and the digital age of music, inviting a more sociable and ABW environment. AECOM have fostered a reputation for creating innovative spaces that increase productivity, collaboration and culture.

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The strategy AECOM enlisted was to shift the internal culture away from isolated work zones, to a highly collaborative space with music at its heart. AECOM delivered an integrated and flexible office, one which enables recording artists and the label’s support teams to work closely together, including an in-house amphitheater for artists, the press, clients and employee’s for performances and events.

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Sony HQ has been drenched in a vivid colour palette and playful furniture by Spanish manufacturer Sancal, known for their off-the-wall, trend-setting styles. Pieces include the Boomerang Chill lounge chair, Tab occasional tables, Tea lounge chairs, Chat ottomans and Pion stools. The pieces are small works of art, little offerings of form and function within this hub of spirited creativity. The icing on the cake, where Sony’s employees take ownership of their brand, living and loving it every day.

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Grass is Greener at Poncelet

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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.

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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.

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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.

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