Valencia – Feria Hábitat Valencia is growing. The Spanish trade fair for furniture, kitchens, lighting and decorative accessories – which ran from 17 to 20 September at Fira Valencia in the newly named World Design Capital 2022 – experienced 13 per cent growth this year, with visitor numbers reaching 26,140. Here we present some highlights from both the fair and the surrounding citywide event, Valencia Design Week.
VONDOM – REVOLUTION BY EUGENI QUITLETT
You’d have to be wearing a serious set of blinders to be unaware of the current climate crisis and plastic pollution problem. At the Bombas Gens art centre, Vondom shared its stance on the topics: ‘We would like to offer more than just designer furniture,’ said the brand’s marketing director, Michelle Poon, explaining that Vondom aims to create pieces made entirely from plastic waste collected from the sea. ‘We aspire to be pioneers in this field.’ Vondom’s Valencia Design Week presentation centred on the recent result of such aspirations. Revolution by Eugeni Quitllet – a seating collection composed of 100 per cent recycled ocean plastic – was displayed within an immersive marine-inspired atmosphere achieved with the help of projections and lighting.
SANCAL – TURATI COLECITON
Drawing inspiration from across the Mediterranean, Spanish brand Sancal looked to Milan’s Turati metro station for its collection of the same name. Including furniture, textiles and a rug, the series expresses the restrained palette of its namesake: grey, yellow and red. Described by the brand as ‘a tribute to Milan’s architecture and the city’s capacity to transform the contemporary into classic’, Turati features pieces by such designers as Luca Nichetto, Rafa García and Note Design Studio.
ANDREU WORLD – TIERRA BY SINMAS STUDIO
Within the bustling energy of the city’s central Mercado de Colón – a public market that represents one of the most important examples of Valencian Art Nouveau – Sigfrido Serra and Mateo Climent of Sinmas Studio offered a moment of mindful reflection. Entitled Tierra, the Spanish word for ‘earth’, the multifunctional space aimed to encourage visitors to stop, meet, share and enjoy – in other words, to come back down to tierra. Furniture in warm autumnal tones from Andreu World – a brand synonymous with natural wood – helped to foster interaction in the open environment.
INCLASS – TAIA BY SIMON PENGELLY
The fruit of a collaboration between Alicante-based manufacturer Inclass and British designer Simon Pengelly, TAIA is a configurable collection of sleek armchairs. Pengelly approached the pieces not as predefined entities but as an assortment of ‘tops’ and ‘bottoms’: diverse seat shells and bases that can be endlessly combined to meet the user’s needs.
ONDARRETA – ALO OUTDOOR BY GABIREL TEIXIDÓ
Ondarreta released a new addition to the Alo family, a range of steel-framed chairs by designer Gabriel Teixidó. Whereas the original Alo featured a wooden shell, Alo Outdoor is a celebration of steel. The backrest and seat are formed from distinctive steel ribbons that impart a sense of lightness to the sturdy material.
NARDI – KOMODO BY RAFFAELLO GALIOTTO
Italian outdoor brand Nardi presented Komodo, a modular seating system by the company’s sole designer, Raffaello Galiotto. Inspired by the forms of tree branches, Galiotto developed a fibreglass resin lattice frame onto which backrests and cushions can be attached on all sides. Nature also informed the designer’s patented mechanism for connecting backrest to seat: a simple rotation secures the two elements, leaving no visible joints or holes. Flexibility is key: Komodo allows for countless configurations and can be added to over time.
OGO – MANDARINA BY NACHO TIMÓN
A brand infused with island ideals, Ogo shared its vision of indoor-outdoor possibilities. Products such as the Mandarina pouf are lightweight and robust, making them suitable to use both inside and out. Ogo hopes its clients will test the boundaries of playfulness by combining as many different sizes and colours as they see fit.