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We’ve been dreaming of summer…

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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But back to reality…

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Taking it Outside

Summer is hot on our heels, and with that it’s time to shout out to all our favourite outdoor chairs. Life is just better when your furniture looks the part (after all what is function without serious form?). So wherever you use your chairs, be it alfresco dining or poolside, the following designs will be coveted by your friends and regarded jealously by your foes.

Complete versatility is the name of the game when it comes to parking your posterior; think strength (fibreglass injected polypropylene or metal rod is ideal), stacking (they’re easy to store when not in use), and UV stabilised.


1. Antonio Gaudi’s famous building La Pedrera in Barcelona, is all curves and flair, so why shouldn’t its namesake follow suit. Light, strong and full of character, Pedrera stacks and comes in seven gorgeous hues.


2. Typically Mariscalesque, Sabinas embodies a form all its own. Inspired by sand dunes and unfurling blooms, this stacking chair envelopes with comfort and style.


3. Spritz is pure Hamptons (or Ibiza). Think white wooden fences and boxwood hedges, the clean lines and stunning colour range have us wanting to book a one-way passage. Stacking goodness which comes in an armchair version too.


4. Wall Street designed by Eugene Quitllet (he’s so hot right now), couldn’t be further from the convention and stuffiness of the world’s most famous financial district. A bold statement, Wall Street has clinched its place as one of the year’s best designs.


5. Ethel is carefully crafted to ensure structural strength, while the angles of the back, the curves of the seat, and the closeness of the wires are designed for comfort and utility. Simplicity and style combine in this contemporary take on modernist roots.


6. Leaf reflects Arper’s design aesthetic; chic, beautifully resolved and so usable. Among other attributes, Arper without fail collate the most elegant colourways for their collections and Leaf is no exception, available in the colours of nature; leaf green, mocha and white.


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Barstool Roundup


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.

The sheer extent of designs and concepts means there is something for everyone and everything. See below for a round-up of our best picks and latest offerings: 02p05

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.

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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.



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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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Where Art Meets Object


Did you know that a large part of Vondom’s product range is planter pots? Which come in a huge array of sizes and finishes? No? Well let me show you.

Not just manufacturers of more traditional furniture items, these Spaniards have made a name for themselves with their planters from the get-go. Mainly because they have a plethora of great designs that cover a load of bases, and they’re all designed by super famous peeps, like JM Ferrero, Teresa Sapey, Stefano Giovannoni and Ramon Esteve.

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For instance if your brief was a planter pot so big that you could curl up and have a sleep in it, that could be illuminated to an array of colours, and watered itself, then look no further. I mean why shouldn’t a pot water its own occupant, we’re all busy people right? An optional self-watering system is included in all planters except those with a basic finish.


That’s what make Vondom pots so perfect for shopping malls, resorts, hotels, offices and other public spaces. Staying true to form, these 100% recyclable planters are made from roto-moulded polyethylene and available in a matt or lacquered finish. Colours include; ice, white, black, bronze, steel, anthracite, red, pistachio, orange, kaki, navy, plum, taupe, ecru, beige and champagne, and as you know, all Vondom products are designed for outdoor use, even the illuminated versions.


If a planter pot (that can double as a lamp) is up your alley, the illuminated versions come in translucent white matt polyethylene, with internal LEDs that may be operated by remote control and colours (white, red, green, blue, light blue, pink and yellow) can be selected or changed automatically.



Nature is a source of inspiration for many of the designs, where soft, round curves reign as in Organic, Stones and Vasijas. By contrast Marquis and Faz combine geometric shapes to create highly textured and decorative pieces which make a huge visual impact.


Not all Vondom planters heed a bigger is better theory, they also cater for those who have a penchant for nano maceteros, or little pots. High and low, round and square, pots and jardinières, the options are endless and allow integration into any environment.


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Desert Storm


What are the quintessential elements for a Miami-inspired beach club in Western Australia to be boss? Well, it needs to be fun, fabulous and fresh, with a great vibe and flow between spaces. Architect Frank Iemma and interior designer Jenlin Chia of Oldfield Knott Architects have achieved all this and more at the Matisse Beach Club in Scarborough.

Six rainbow-inspired cabanas stand like painted ladies, an ode to historic Australian beach huts on Victoria’s Brighton Beach, along one side of the pool. Available for hire, they are kitted out to provide an unforgettable entertainment experience for private guests.


Complete with bars, meeting rooms, dining, DJ booths and dance floors, Matisse is further characterized by the Adan collection by Teresa Sapey for VONDOM. Vertex and Frame tables and chairs, and Faz loungers also add to this clever, irreverent space. By night the furniture is LED lit, a feature for which VONDOM are legendary for.


If you fancy a jaunt to the Matisse, to lounge on designer furniture with cocktail in hand and your crew in tow, then let us know, we want to come too!


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Vondom and I


A brand that is synonymous with avant-garde furniture, pots and lighting, VONDOM has arrived in New Zealand and we’re on cloud nine about our exclusive representation of this chic, boundary-bending brand.

Founded in the early noughties in Valencia, VONDOM have forged an epic reputation in what is a hugely competitive market for high-end, modestly priced furniture. Under the transcendental art direction of Ramon Esteve, their seismic success is due to a progressive approach to what furniture needs to be in 2015.

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Working with some of the worlds most esteemed designers helps too. From Teresa Sapey to Karim Rashid, Stefano Giovannoni, Javier Mariscal, Ramon Esteve and JM Ferrero, VONDOM scour the globe for designers who’ll become ambassadors of their unique spirit, “What counts is their passion for shapes, culture and the vanguard. They transform each piece of furniture into an exclusively “Vondom” mode of expression. Nothing is random, everything happens for a reason”.


All collections are unveiled at prestigious design fairs in Milan and Paris. VONDOM is similarly notable for being one of the first furniture companies to create illuminated furniture for both indoor and outdoor use.  Achieved through the use of energy efficient LEDs, lighting can operated via remote control or android phone for programmable colour LED lighting.


VONDOM’s entire product range is engineered from roto-molded polyethylene, 100% recyclable and extremely durable, polyethylene can withstand harsh climatic extremes. The techniques employed in the molding process also allows for an array of colours and matt or lacquered surface textures. Distinctive organic shapes are also made possible, evident in the swath that is the modular And bench, a breath-taking ribbon of seating, that could swirl its way to infinity if one had the space.


And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, maybe this will; VONDOM’s planter pots range from small to huge, making them a fabulous commercial product, perfect for malls and public places. Equipped with an optional inbuilt watering system these too can be illuminated.

View this intoxicating brand here, available now through UFL



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