e15 partner office Philipp Mainzer Office For Architecture And Design realised the construction of a high end distillery with adjacent head offices for Black Forest Distillers in the rural community of 24 Höfe near Loßburg, Germany. For the interior fit out, tables, benches and stools from e15’s David Chipperfield collection have been specified.

In close collaboration with Monkey 47, Philipp Mainzer developed an architectural concept which presents the distillery as a rural, pre-industrial production facility. Comprising a total of 1,400 sqm, the project features the production and distillery building, a degustation and tasting space as well as a landmarked grain storehouse, which is the historic heart of the estate and which functions as a small museum featuring the ingredients of the gin. Referencing the unhurried atmosphere of a traditional ‘Schwarzwaldstube’ with its wood-panelled walls and the wooden floor, a custom edition of table Fayland, bench Fawley and stool Langley by David Chipperfield in oiled, dark pigmented wood have been specified. Conveying authenticity and simple functionality, the David Chipperfield collection features a pure use of material and a clear design language, supporting the reduced yet comfortable interior.

Lambert et Fils Install

A beautiful and inspirational install of Lambert et Fils at the Commerce Restaurant in Montreal.

"You’ve fallen in love with the collection, but think you might need to customize it for your project?  Maybe you’re working on designing a house or a restaurant and would like to adapt one of our lamps to fit specific spatial constraints.  At Lambert et fils, we welcome this type of project and are happy to collaborate with you to work out a plan to customize our lighting." To learn more about this process please feel free to contact us at the showroom.

International Style at BDNY By Jonathan Auty

Recently I attended the BDNY Conference (Boutique Design Fair, New York). 

In addition to two days at the fair itself, I decided to go to as many boutique hotels as I could and see what they are using for their common space (lobby, indoor common area, outdoor) furnishings. These are areas that are used constantly, often 18 hours a day or more. The furniture was mostly custom made, though there were also many wonderful examples of furniture produced by the firms I know, love and work with. In each case, the furnishings conveyed the brand identity of the client; be that a quiet, noisy, elegant, plush, minimalist, fashionable, contemporary or modern aesthetic. (I include loud as one or two were just that - vibrant colors, hard surfaces, loud music. Luckily I was not staying there!) All of them succeeded in one area, that of IMPACT. Custom, mass produced, they all spoke to the brand and succeeded in their message. 

As someone who assists in the sourcing for designers and agents looking for furnishings for these projects, I came away from the event considering several key points. mpact is important. Locally made furniture, European modern classics, custom made pieces... all of them speak to your client. Knowing who that is is a key - who is the person reserving a room, or buying or leasing an apartment? Is it who you were expecting to lure? The style of your space can have an impact. Quality materials, quality manufacture usually comes to a project that values these; and this is apparent in the finished product. Quality and value command a price and add to the experience - and an experience like that is likely to encourage a desire to repeat the experience. 

Like most shows there is a variety to see, and not everyone loves everything... and this was true of BDNY. However it does highlight the variety available for projects large and small. Studio Como's partners at the show included Moroso - they have a full line of furniture that is rated for use in commercial spaces; in addition to those they offer custom work (for instance, they exclusively provide custom furnishings for the Princess cruise line group). Ligne Roset offers similar services, and builds custom furniture for hotels throughout Europe. Dedon and Vondom outdoor furniture were represented at the show, as was David Trubridge lighting. These are several of the over 60 manufacturers we count among our resources. Together they allow us to provide you with the impact you are looking for your own project. I have included photos from some of my favorite spaces I was able to visit; and I was lucky enough to stay (I know a guy, very NY) to stay at the Conrad in Battery Park. Their furniture just happened to be Moroso, a serpentine sofa that was created custom for the space.