Budri: marble is authenticity

And much more: for Emilia-based company Budri, marble is lightness, innovation and creativity

Budri, a company based in Emilia, is famous for having turned marble into a philosophy of life. By continuously investing in research and innovation, Budri manages to create new decorations and processes. As it treats the material like a precious fabric, Budri is able to make marble express all its beauty and authenticity.

Budri has collaborated in the creation of the best and most famous showrooms and clothing stores in the world working with the most famous designers and architects. The most famous made in Italy fashion brands have chosen amazing marble for their stores in the world.

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Cône table, from the Papiro collection, by Budri

The results the company obtains from marble are truly amazing. Thanks to the most advanced technologies, marble creates unprecedented shapes such as lace or large slabs with amazing colors. In this way, marble reveals its nature as a material that can be light and manageable as well.

Discover all the characteristics of marble on our Yotube channel

Installation by Patricia Urquiola with marble by Budri at Marmomac

In 2011, almost by chance, Budri had the idea of using marble to create eyeglass frames. An adventure that began with a trivial accident – a broken slab – became a complete eyewear collection for women, in continuous evolution. Marble frames confirm the lightness of marble and offer an almost infinite range of colors and veining, as infinite are the varieties of marble.

Discover also marble fabrics by Fili Pari

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Budri Eyewear, with marble frame

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Filling the home with emotions… with Flou

Flou enriches its home collection with a textile collection recalling all the chromatic nuances and tactile memories of natural elements

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The different shades of the Ametista collection. Icon modular sofa, design Carlo Colombo; Pierre Coffee table and small armchair, design Studio Contromano

Trees, earth, wind, ocean … We have never felt before such a strong desire to come into direct, almost osmotic, contact with nature bringing it into our homes. It can be caught with the eyes, but also suddenly felt with touch. These are the reasons why Flou chose to expand its textile range inspired by the lively and changing world, a sort of hymn to life and a celebration of its expressions.

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Gaudí double-size bed, design Matteo Nunziati, with headboard and feet in solid black stained oak and removable cover, in the Oasi color

The results are new materials, new finishes and upholstery textiles focused on the study of color and the perfect mix of forms, details and nuances. Elements designed to reconnect with the world surrounding us, and to “dress” the domestic spaces with positive emotions.

Living of emotions with the new textile collection by FLOU

Six color palettes are offered to enhance the tactile features of the 2021 collection, namely: Oasi and its endless range of greens; Amethyst, which ranges from the softest lilacs to the brightest violets; Oceano, and its universe of blues, between the transparencies of the sky and the depths of the sea; Magma which welcomes the whole palette of reds; Quarzo, for the neutral and understated earth colors, from ecru to pinkish beige to browns and, finally, Artico, for ‘non-colors’ such as white, black and grays (which are often the favorite for their endless possibilities).

Read: Nathalie by Flou wins the Compasso d’Oro Lifetime Achievement Award

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Pierre armchair in the Magma color variant

Colors are always chosen to enhance tactile fabrics, like Vermont, whose jacquard recalls the rings expressing the age and past of the trees, or Zelda, which immediately resembles the bark. Or textured and uneven fabrics such as Marvin, whose look is enriched by chenille and bouclé that recall the games of clouds or the velvety effect of mosses. Or, also, Eva and Clark, which with their porosity or showy chenille tapes express the reliefs and roughness of the stones.

In the colors of the Artico palette, the Duetto transformable bed, design by Centro Ricerche Flou, with first bed, second bed and roll cushions with removable fabric covers. Servomuto chairs/coat stands, design Luigi Lanzi; Pierre pouf, design Studio Contromano, Iko table, design Rodolfo Dordoni, and CCLight bookcases for Natevo (a Flou brand) designed by Carlo Colombo

Great attention, as usual, was paid to natural yarns and their origin, preferring fibers such as linen and cotton coming from controlled production, in line with the central theme of the collection and with the idea that beauty and quality should go hand in hand with sustainability.

The new Pierre armchair by Carlo Colombo

Together with this great work on fabrics, among the news that Flou proposes for 2021, the Pierre armchair stands out, with a soft and irregular shape, conceived as an extension of the homonymous family of poufs and coffee tables. Inspired by the softly uneven shapes of river pebbles and conceived as a nomadic object to be placed freely in the space, it comes in three sizes (small, medium and large) and provides the possibility to freely combine the cover of seat and backrest and the metal finish (matt burnished, oxide, black, greige, white and in the new Magma and Oceano finishes).

A1 composition of the MyPlace sofa, designed by Emanuela Garbin, in the Oceano shades, with removable cover, decorative cushions and pentagonal table between the seats. Small tables and poufs in fabric from the Pierre series, and CCLight bookcase.
Available both with full backrest (‘shell’ version) or in tubular (only in the medium and large sizes) completed by support cushions, uniform to the whole or in contrast, with the appropriate upholstery it can also be used outdoors. [Txt Francesca De Ponti]
Read: Nathalie by Flou wins the Compasso d’Oro Lifetime Achievement Award


Welcome to the Supersalone del Mobile 2021

Supersalone del mobile, the special event by Salone del Mobile.Milano, will take place at the Rho-Fieramilano fairgrounds from 5 to 10 September 2021

Maybe Supersalone wasn't the best name one could think of, maybe with a little more time a better name could have been found. Maybe, but there was and there is no time. So, Supersalone is the name of the next event by Salone del Mobile.Milano, which will be an exhibition rather than a fair, but will recall the fairs of the past, where anyone, not just retailers, could buy. We have to admit that when the first rumors about pre-furnished modular spaces began to circulate, the memory of those who were there immediately went to an unhappy experience in New York several years ago, where space limitations penalized companies to the point that some of the best Italian brands were unrecognizable.

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Stefano Boeri at the press conference. Ph: Gianluca Di Ioia

In light of yesterday's press conference, however, what seems to be emerging is the search for a different format. An alternative to the traditional Salone, allowing companies to exhibit the products developed in the 18 months of pandemic, without deluding oneself into thinking that the September event is the 59th edition of the Salone del Mobile as it isn’t the case (we say 59th because, despite the 60th anniversary, which falls in 2021, if we consider the missed editions, the 60th has not arrived yet).

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The press conference. Ph: Gianluca Di Ioia

Is the Salone del Mobile necessary?

The must-ask question, of course, is, was it really necessary to have a special event in September 2021, with the next Salone del Mobile.Milano scheduled for April 2022? Maybe not. But perhaps organizing a special event to slowly start going out from this strange tunnel into which the pandemic has put us could be a sign of optimism, and we need it more than ever.

However, it should be made clear that it won’t be the Salone del Mobile we are used to seeing. There will be neither 24 pavilions nor the classic division into stands. What the Supersalone del Mobile, or special edition 2021, will have in common with the Salone del Mobile.Milano is the venue, Rho-Fieramilano, and the organization, of course. There will not even be direct sales. As the president of Assarredo, Maria Porro, explained, companies will have a QR code that will direct potential customers to the network of retailers. There may be special prices, but this is part of the commercial policy of individual companies, in which the fair plays no role.

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Let's try to understand what Milan’s Supersalone in September 2021 will look like. First of all, it will have a curator, Stefano Boeri, aided by a team of professionals, architects and curators, graphic designers, experts in exhibition design. Andrea Caputo, Maria Cristina Didero, Anniina Koivu, Lukas Wegwerth, and Marco Ferrari and Elisa Pasqual from Studio Folder will collaborate with Giorgio Donà, co-founder and partner of Stefano Boeri Interiors.

Watch The Archispritz with Giorgio Donà

The goal is to build and offer a large library of contemporary design that can be found for sale, even if it may not be purchased directly on site. The products launched over the last 18 months should be placed next to the historical products for a broader overview of Made in Italy furniture.

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Photo of the curators of Supersalone 2021. Ph: Gianluca Di Ioia

Supersalone, among other things, means that, next to the furniture, the exhibition will include other thematic areas. In addition to the exhibition, there will be lounges for business meetings and arenas for conferences. There will be exhibitions dedicated to design schools and a special exhibition curated by ADI, dedicated to chairs. Finally, socializing and relaxation areas, food courts in collaboration with Identità Golose, for an all-round experience of Made in Italy.

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Supersalone del mobile: the layout

The layout will consist of long parallel partitions, designed to display the products vertically – hanging – or, thanks to the 3-meter depth, to create connected rooms between one corridor and another. This fluid and dynamic exhibition layout will allow visitors to navigate freely inside a huge national and international archive of creativity. In spite of the various negative criticisms that will obviously flourish, it's hard to imagine a different route with pandemic limitations still in place, as is likely.

Discover the booths of the Salone del Mobile.Milano 2019

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Supersalone in Milan and worldwide thanks to a digital platform

Whatever people may say, the physical experience still plays the main role. However, the digital side cannot be neglected anymore. For this reason, the Salone del Mobile.Milano has developed a digital platform, which will be officially presented on June 30. This platform, besides offering content and services to companies, will be very useful, especially this year, to allow the many who cannot get to Milan to see in real time what is happening in Milan.  [Roberta Mutti]

See you at the Rho-Fieramilano fairgrounds from 5 to 10 September 2021 for the Supersalone del mobile

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ADI Design Museum, a new center for design in Milan

On May 25, 2021 the new ADI Design Museum, displaying the recipients of the Compasso d’Oro awards from 1954 onwards, officially opened

The new ADI Design Museum, opening today in Milan, is a project that redevelops a whole neighborhood and opens a new chapter in Milan’s cultural offering. With over 5,000 square meters of floor space, 3,000 of which reserved for exhibition areas, this is among Europe’s largest museums dedicated to design. ADI Design Museum has a collection of over 2,000 pieces, which is enriched by new acquisitions at each edition of the award, and the exhibition area will host various themed exhibitions in rotation.

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Piazza Compasso d’Oro, with the entrance to the ADI Design Museum. Photo courtesy ADI Design Museum

A vast design collection

In addition to the importance of the collection including pieces and objects collected from 1954 to the present day, the new ADI Design Museum, together with the new ADI-Associazione Disegno Industriale headquarters, plays an important role in the redevelopment of an area of Milan. The ADI building occupies an entire block of a former industrial area at the intersection of Via Ceresio and Via Bramante. The building’s renovation project by architects Giancarlo Perotta and Massimo C. Bodini, with works supervised by Carlo Valtolina from Archemi studio, has left the urban fabric unaltered, as it entailed the restoration of the existing buildings.

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ADI Design Museum, Manifest. Ph: Martina Bonetti, courtesy ADI Design Museum

Today, the entire area has been almost entirely redeveloped, and the ADI building can take advantage of new entrances and a square named after the Compasso d’Oro, at Via Ceresio 7. This is the successful conclusion of a journey began in 2011, when Luisa Bocchietto was ADI president, continued with the current president Luciano Galimberti and the contribution of the City of Milan, the Lombardy Region, the State and Fondazione ADI Collezione Compasso d’Oro. Besides the museum, this area houses ADI and Fondazione ADI offices, meeting rooms, the library and the historical archive of ADI (which contains over sixty years of historical documents on Italian design). And then, of course, a specialized bookstore and a food area.

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Officina Design Shop, Electa. Photo courtesy ADI Design Museum

ADI involved several professionals from various areas in the project. Studio Cerri, Massimo Curzi, Gianni Filindeu, Carlo Forcolini and Marco Romanelli designed the layout of various exhibitions, while Marco Ferreri designed the cafeteria and the bookstore. Studio Origoni Steiner was in charge of the permanent installation at the entrance, dedicated to the golden section, and Giulio Ceppi took care of accessibility for vulnerable people.

The project of the new ADI Design Museum

A national competition selected the architects responsible for the exhibition design and brand identity: Migliore+Servetto and Italo Lupi. The project of the ADI Design Museum is based on the concept of “narrating museum”: a cultural center open to the general public, which familiarizes people with design through the objects awarded with the Compasso d’Oro over the last 70 years.

Discover all the winners of the Compasso d’Oro Awards 2020

Mara Servetto, from Migliore+Servetto, said that the exhibition design was inspired by sustainability principles. Materials are cut to the bone, with 2 cm thick partition panels made from recycled wood and recycled metals. A thin and unobtrusive frame surrounds an important story formed by the 350 Awards. Each room contains different products, explored with the product itself, sketches, images and related material. This layout allows you to immerse yourself in the insights for an “immersive yet analogue” experience.

Detail of the layout by Migliore + Servetto. Ph: Martina Bonetti, courtesy ADI Design Museum

Alongside the permanent collection, the museum hosts themed exhibitions and workshops for young people and school-age children (Junior Design Lab, for children aged 6-14).

Junior Design Lab. Ph: Martina Bonetti, courtesy ADI Design Museum

Design for urban regeneration

Today’s event is a very important one. It is the official recognition that the production and sale of everyday objects generate culture as well as economic wealth. A further acknowledgement, if it were still needed, that the word “design” still has a meaning.

ADI Design Museum confirms this: an urban place, a center of culture, a driver for regeneration. The development of a path started 70 years ago from the idea of awarding the everyday objects that were most appreciated by the public and evolved to become a symbol of the city of Milan. Perhaps it is not a symbol yet, it will take more time for that, but it is there and it is there to stay. [Roberta Mutti]


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ME Dubai, Opus by Zaha Hadid Architects

ME Dubai, the new Meliá Hotel in Dubai, in the Burj Khalifa district, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

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Opus is a futuristic building in Dubai designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, which houses offices, restaurants, a rooftop bar and the new ME Dubai Hotel, of the Spanish chain Meliá. Opus consists of two independent towers connected by a four-story atrium and a three-story asymmetrical bridge 71 meters above the ground. The two towers thus merge into a single cubic volume, characterized by a large, fluid, and organic empty space contrasting with the orthogonal geometry of the envelope.

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The lobby of the ME Dubai Hotel, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

An expansive lobby and a large reception area welcome guests, who can also enjoy a spa with a fitness and wellness center, a restaurant and a rooftop bar by the pool. Several meeting and event rooms are also available to business guests. The lights of the atrium, set in corrugated glass, are individually dimmable.

In Dubai discover also Bulgari Resort & Residences by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel

In the atrium, gleaming white marble floors contrast with the golden edges of the seating areas, upholstered in burgundy velvet. These large sofas are called Ottomans and are by Zaha Hadid Design.

The ME Dubai Hotel has 74 bedrooms and 19 deluxe suites offering breathtaking views of Dubai. The very spacious and bright environments are very comfortable and equipped with the latest technology. Even furnishings are by Zaha Hadid Design; the beds are characterized by striking headboards and bases with a recognizable design. The colors of the interiors are inspired by the desert, both for the light tones of the day and the deep darkness of the moonless nights.

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Bathrooms, in dark marble or gleaming white, have washbasins and showers from the Vitae collection (2015) by Zaha Hadid for Porcelanosa. [Text Arianna Callocchia - Photo: courtesy of ME Dubai by Meliá, Zaha Hadid Architects, Laurian Ghinitoiu]

 


Venice Design Biennial 2021

Venice Design Biennial 2021: Design As Self-Portrait

In other circumstances, the third edition of the Venice Design Biennial would have been the continuation of the previous editions. However, since we cannot ignore 2020, the 2021 edition of the Venice Design Biennial, held in person until June 27th, is a chance to discuss the role of design in defining reality.

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Venice Design Biennial 2021 – SPARC – Ph: Federico Floriani

Venice Design Biennial 2021 presents 5 Main Exhibitions in monumental and iconic venues across the city. The theme of the 5 main exhibitions of the 2021 edition, curated by Luca Berta and Francesca Giubilei, is Design as Self Portrait. Its goal is to investigate what design represents to us as individuals and how design represents us through objects, spaces, experiences.

Also discover Architecture Biennale 2021

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Venice Design Biennial 2021 – SPUMA – Ph: Federico Floriani

Therefore, identity becomes a design object. And to create one’s identity everyone can resort to what they choose to associate with their body and their experience: objects, clothes, physical locations, virtual spaces. We are all ‘curators’ of ourselves, self-designers expressing ourselves through consumer choices and the way we communicate these choices to others.

Design as Self-Portrait

The collective exhibition Design as Self-Portrait shows works by over 20 international designers in two exhibition venues: SPARC* – Spazio Arte Contemporanea, Campo Santo Stefano, and SPUMA – Space for the Arts, Giudecca island. In this context, Czech designer Tadeas Podracky, winner of the first edition of the Venice Design Biennial Residency in 2020, exhibits his new series of works, Fading Reflection, a series of mirrors resulting from the collaboration with the local artisans of Ongaro e Fuga Specchi Veneziani.

Venice Design Biennial 2021 – SPUMA- Ph: Federico Floriani

Past Forward. Designers from the land of Venice

The exhibition Past Forward. Designers from the land of Venice, curated by Luca Berta and Francesca Giubilei, combines works by designers who currently live and work in Venice with ancient art masterpieces kept at Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Organized in collaboration with Direzione Regionale Musei Veneto – Ministero della Cultura, this exhibition juxtaposes contemporary vases with vases dating back to 2,000 years ago, polyurethane sculptures with classical statues, lamps in blown glass or harmonic steel with ancient busts and coins.

Also discover Nomad Venice 2019

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Past Forward. Designers from the land of Venice, Museo Archeologico. Ph: Federico Floriani

Pretziada. A Self-Portrait in Design is the exhibition project curated by the Pretziada duo, housed in the ancient Oratorio dei Crociferi. The capsule collection consists of pieces created by international designers in collaboration with Sardinian workshops. The works by Palma il Giovane frame these new works characterized by simple forms and rich details.

Venice Design Biennial until June 27th, 2021  For further information: Venice Design Biennial.org

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Pretziada’s exhibition at Oratorio dei Crociferi. Ph: Federico Floriani


Formalia by Scavolini: a new collection for living area, kitchen, bathroom

Scavolini and designer Vittore Niolu have teamed up to create the new Formalia collection, a complete home interior design project

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Living area with matt lacquered base units and teal matt glass top

Freedom to design the kitchen and the living area

Formalia is a collection with simple and plain lines, designed by Vittore Niolu for Scavolini, whose strengths are forms and materials. Its distinctive feature is the shaped door with built-in metal handle, which creates a geometric and contemporary interplay of lines. The Formalia collection is a fundamental element for the home interior design project, also thanks to the modular Status Wall System. The Status Wall System is an open-fronted structure that enriches the kitchen with several functions. Moreover, it can serve as a partition between the various spaces of the living area.

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In the picture, the variant with matt light grey and rust lacquered doors and rust-colored Status Wall System structure

Thanks to its many compositional possibilities, Formalia reinterprets the home system with furniture integrated by function. In this way, each element – bookcases, made-to-measure storage units, modular elements and desks – finds the ideal place, for customized environments with perfectly organized spaces.

Discover the MIA kitchen with Carlo Cracco

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Formalia kitchen by Scavolini with matt titanium grey doors and rust-colored Status Wall System structure

An important novelty in the Formalia collection is the titanium finish, which establishes elegant color connections between wall units, handles, plinths and the structure of the Status Wall System. These elements are also available in the refined black and rust shades. With the doors in the lacquered version, decorative panels or recycled PET, it is possible to obtain endless combinations, for highly customized environments.

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Lacquered base units in matt volcano grey, lacquered open wall unit and back panel in matt heron grey

The coordinated bathroom for a total look

Formalia is the perfect collection for those who love to have a home with coordinated environments. After the kitchen and living area, Vittore Niolu has designed the bathroom collection as well. The Formalia bathroom furniture for Scavolini has the same minimalist and refined design that characterizes the living room and kitchen, with the shaped door and built-in metal handle.

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Formalia collection by Scavolini, with rust lacquered doors

The modular structure of the Status Wall System defines the geometry of the bathroom, either as a base, as an end element, or as a partition for the various functions of the entire bathroom area. The organization of spaces is enhanced by the open-fronted structure that allows you to have everything in sight and in perfect order. Pull-out trays and object holders that can be freely positioned complete the versatility of the space. The knurled foot lends lightness to the various compositions.

Discover the Juno and Tratto bathroom collections by Scavolini

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Status Wall System, with rust-colored modular structure and white lacquered shelves

Other pictures of Scavolini’s Formalia collection


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Spatium Piscine: design swimming pools by Iron Sistemi

Iron Sistemi presents its first collection of above ground swimming pools, a perfect balance between wellness, innovation and beauty

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Iron Sistemi presents Spatium Piscine, a new collection of above ground pools that are modular and customizable, suitable for both indoor and outdoor spaces. This project dedicated to the world of wellness and recently launched on the market expresses the company’s design and production skills to the full. The Sense, Solve and Succeed pools from this collection are characterized by high-quality, modern and refined Made in Italy design and a highly innovative technical-industrial language.

Discover the swimming pool for the living room or the terrace

New furnishings for wellness

With Spatium Piscine above ground pools by Iron Sistemi, technology, beauty and sustainability come together to create a new furnishing accessory for one’s moments of wellness and relaxation. Each model is characterized by soft and elegant lines that would complement any outdoor and indoor space with great personality. Modular in both width and depth, and customizable thanks to a wide range of finishes available, these pools can meet different taste and space needs. Moreover, they are suitable both for private homes and for contract and hospitality projects.

Discover Outdoor spaces: furniture and finishes (part 1)

Discover Outdoor spaces: furniture and finishes (part 2)


An armchair covered with 30,000 petals

Hortensia, the blooming armchair that tells a story

The Hortensia armchair has an interesting story. At first, it was a rendering on Instagram, which went viral in no time. People saw it and asked for it even though the armchair didn’t exist yet. So Andrés Reisinger, the designer, started to think of a way of making it and called Júlia Esqué, fabric designer. Together, the two designers made this project real, coming up with a comfortable and enveloping armchair, with a surprising visual effect, thanks to the embrace of 30,000 petals of soft silk.

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At that point, it became necessary to search for a partner for industrial production: Moooi. Both for the Dutch tradition in the cultivation of flowers and for its expertise in industrial production, Moooi proved to be the right partner to produce the armchair, which was presented in April. The journey to the current product took about two years of work, perhaps also because of the forced break due to Covid.

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Today, Hortensia by Moooi is an armchair covered with over 30,000 laser-cut petals available in two colors, Petal Pink and Petal Grey. In the designers' intentions, the armchair is suitable for both domestic and contract spaces such as hotel lobbies and restaurants. Currently, it is available in Petal fabric, designed by Júlia Esqué specifically for this armchair whose shape was designed by Andrés Reisinger.

Discover the new Hood armchair by Zanette

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In the future, the Hortensia armchair will be available in all fabrics from the Moooi collection. Customers will be able to choose the fabric directly from the site, thanks to a configurator that will also include fabrics from the Extinct Animal Fabric series.


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The new Hotel Arena in a 19th-century building in Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, the new Hotel Arena (Member of Design Hotels) is located in a 19th-century building in Oosterpark

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Hotel Arena in Amsterdam is housed in the former Saint Elisabeth Institute, designed in 1886 by architect Adrianus Bleijs. This building originally housed a female orphanage, then a municipal dormitory and finally a center for youth and culture. Dutch firms Team V Architecture and TANK Interior Design have designed a new renovation, which respects the existing building and dialogues with the surrounding nature.

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The original building has been expanded with three new wings: one in red brick, echoing the late 19th-century facades, and two in transparent glass. Moreover, the main entrance of the Hotel has been moved to the side facing the park. The interiors of Hotel Arena are characterized by original architectural elements such as the staircase and the exposed wooden beams. The finishes and furnishings are in natural materials such as wood, marble, cast iron and stone, both to pay homage to tradition and to keep a sober and essential style.

Divided into five categories, all the rooms are different from each other and feature minimalist furnishings with vintage accents, natural materials and neutral colors, inspired by the colors of the park. Some suites have direct access to the garden and many are 2-story rooms, offering guests beautiful panoramic views of the city and the park.

Hotel Arena has 140 rooms plus the Park café-restaurant, located in one of the two new wings, entirely made of transparent glass. In addition to the rooms, the hotel offers a panoramic terrace, some meeting rooms and an event room, located in the restored 19th-century chapel. There is also a gallery displaying some works by artists and photographers such as Teo Krijgsman, Max Kraanen, Marjolein Blom and Tim Hoekstra. [Text: Arianna Callocchia - Photo: Teo Krijgsman, Luuk Kramer, courtesy Design Hotels]

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