VXLAB | Once again nominated for the German Design Awards!

We're coming with really good news! Once again we've been nominated for the German Design Awards in the "Fair & Exhibition 2019" category. We received a letter from the German Design Council highlighting one of our projects and inviting us to present it to the German Design Awards 2019. This time, the organization put their eyes on our stand design for Finzzi, the new surfaces brand launched this year at Domotex 2018 (Germany).

Our design captures the attention with its impressive height and also with the three mockups placed at the outside inspired on Finzzi's brand identity and its connections with the Italian knowhow. Three scenes that reflect the new brand's values: cinema, literature and Italian tailoring to express the innovation, creativity and design that characterize Finzzi.

Discover more about the project in our portfolio

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We're really excited with the nomination and we want to thank the organization to take our work in count for this international design recognition for another year. Our subscription has been sent and now we can only wait for the jury to decide the winners of each category. Wish us luck!

TRIBUTE | Our highlights of Milan Design Week (PART 2)

Here's the second part of our not-to-be missed exhibitions at Milan Design Week. We're going through "Fuorisalone" pointing to the best exhibitions found at the design districts around the city.

- Nendo in Superstudio

At Via Tortona we found Superstudio area where Nendo exhibition was placed. The well-known product designer divided the space into 10 different areas where 10 products were exposed.

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This was one of the most experiential installation we visited, the mixture of background music, the darkness of the space and screen-media projection, really gets you hooked!

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- Moooi at Via Tortona

This could be one of our favourite exhibitions at the Fuorisalone, with an outstanding use of interior design to communicate. At the entrance you find 5 arches that define Moooi's services: lighting, carpets, wallcoverings, luxury cosmetics and sunglasses.

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Then there's a central corridor that drives you through the space tour. At both sides you can see all the ambients, with Moooi product placement and beautiful decoration.

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At the end of the circuit it was the wallpaper exhibition. An interesting one, inspired by extinct animals. That zone had an interior design that looked like a museum.

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- Preciosa at Brera District

The lighting brand also brings to Milan Design Week 2018 an experiential and artistic exhibition. It highlights the use of fabric for the walls and the first lighting installation.

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In that area there were placed some sensors and when you blow at them the intensity of the light changes with that movement. Stairs up you find all the product exhibition that included the impressive ceiling lamps of Preciosa.   

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- Lee Broom

We wanted to highlight this installation because of the great use of simple materials like office blinds and carpet for the floors. The result is really good for an interior design that gives all the limelight to their product.

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Dark atmosphere and lighting just for Lee Broom's product. Also thanks to the intelligent product placement it generates deepness at the space.  

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- Cedit

Last but not less we'll like to share Cedit exhibition at the Fuorisalone. They paid attention to every design detail. At the entrance we found all their catalogues with really good graphics and printing textures.

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The exhibition zone is a clear highlight at the Milan Design Week because of the personality of the structures they designed for every collection, each one with a main colour that defines the ambient and definitely they were giving a lot of meaning to their communication tools like graphics, catalogues next to each collection and extra screen-media information. Elegant and simple.

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Once again, Milan Design Week mantains a high design level at the Salone and also along the design districts. We're coming back with lots of inspirational memories and waiting for the next edition!

TRIBUTE | Our highlights of Milan Design Week (PART 1)

Every spring we have a mark on the calendar that remember us the most exciting week for any designer-lover: Milan Design Week. What started in Milan in 1961 as a fair to promote Italian furniture design, has become an international event in the design industry.

 Milan Design Week takes over the entire city, including exhibitions all over the "design districts" and of course in The Salone del Mobile.

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We spent the last week in Milano enjoying every corner, now we're back and we'll like to share our highlights of the Salone del Mobile exhibitions. So soon we'll also go through the "Fuorisalone" best designs, so stay tuned to the blog!

- Walter Knoll & the modern furniture

We found this exhibition stand for Walter Knoll furniture, where the dark atmosphere created a warm space to visit.

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Yellow, burgundy and blue plastics have a strong presence inside the area, changing your visual in the space when you're looking through them.

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Also lighting fixtures were very carefully placed to enhance their tables, sofas and other furniture of the brand.  

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- Lema & tendy design

At the central zone of the space we found  imposing and illuminated stairs that divide the main floor and the private area placed at the second floor.

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Lighting makes the game praising the decorative elements placed on the shelving system. This was also one of the most trendy stand design we found, including lots of vegetation and wall papers with tropical inspiration.

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We'll highlight the conceptual ambients designed for the stand like for example the dressing-room zone, decorated with patterns and sewing elements.

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- Zanotta & its irregular ceiling

In this space stands out its irregular structure from ceiling to the cubicles where the products were exposed. The different cubicles mark out the route to follow along the space. In each ambient a decoration element repeats on the wall creating a pattern with a brief colour palette.

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- Arper & the geometrical structure

One again Arper opted for the pine structure for its stand design. At the entrance you arrived to an open launch zone with some of their product exposed in there, and both sides you found all the different ambients, formed also by irregular shaped cubicles.

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Designers played with straight and semicircular shapes to delimit all the areas. Each zone had a main colour combined with similar ones and we'll highlight the great application of graphics in this stand.

In the next post, more about Milan Design Week and our highlights of all the exhibitions we saw at "Fuorisalone". Stay tuned! 

VXLAB | Bigger team, bigger space: our new studio

The new office is so far the biggest change for us in this 10th anniversary year. Some weeks ago we moved to a new location in the city centre and you could already see the details on the grand opening we organised.

Now, we're excited to share all the corners of the space where "design direction" happens. 

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The new studio was designed by the architects and interior decorators within our team, and that's why it absolutely reflects our taste... When you get in, you can feel that this new workspace represents us 100%: black & white combinations, timeless and minimalistic aesthetic.

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The colour touches appear in specific locations due to the decoration elements of the studio, and on the walls where you find the poster campaign for our 10th anniversary. There are four different designs inspired by our identity, location and the course of time since 2008.

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Working across multiple disciplines on various projects, we required a flexible and comfortable workplace that incorporates collaborative spaces.  That's why we designed an open plan space for our new studio, with desks big enough for team-working and a media-screening room for group meetings and client presentations.  Also the dim lighting and black as one of the main colours of the studio make our office a quiet and calm workplace.

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Desk & meeting table by Akaba, Francesc Rifé design

Definitely with this design we get a space that promotes creativity and team-working  where we feel comfortable and proudly represented by every detail.

 

TRIBUTE | Our highlights of Casa Decor 2018

Staying ahead of the latest tends is an essential for a designer. Just in that way our creativity and imagination run free to create projects based on design culture.

That's why this weekend our team travelled to Madrid to visit the biggest decoration and interior design exhibition in Spain: Casa Decor. This original event consists on a exhibition of more than 60 different spaces in a high patrimonial value building in the downtown area of Madrid. There brands, interior designers and visitors meet to enjoy the best designs and decoration.

Today we'll share with you the most relevant tends we found throughout the visit to Casa Decor and also highlight three spaces that we liked the most.

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Over the course of the visit we could identify some trends that were repeated en different spaces in Casa Decor.

Art decó was definitely one of the main styles in the exhibition. We also detected details that remind us to the glam culture of the 60s and just as we could see, the oriental aesthetic in the interior design and decoration is reinforcing this year.

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Analyzing the materials founded in the different spaces of Casa Decor, we highlight the use of "tesserae"; small tiles that create impressive mosaics in the walls and also for paving. Noble materials like stones and marble had also a big presence in this edition. And was also easy to find metallic golden details in lots of spaces of the exhibition.

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As innovative decoration elements, we'll highlight the use of fringes and fabric as velvet and silk; founded in decoration elements, furniture and walls. Talking about walls, we also found spaces with decorative wall papers with basically tropical designs but also some kitsch wall papers.

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We liked most of the spaces of Casa Decor but today we're sharing the three that for us had something special and added value that makes them highlight.

"Geometric boutique" by Marta Sánchez Zornoza

In the second floor we found this space, inspired in a luxurious hotel suite. The designer used geometry for walls, furniture and decoration objects to connect the different areas of the space. That makes really unified areas (bedroom, bathroom and dresser) that communicate within them in a coherent way. We can see how, for example, the bed head is also a mirror for the dresser area.

There is a predominantly reddish colour in the space, combined with brick red, white and also green due to the tropical vegetation.

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"Reading corner - Schneider Electric Space" by Almudena Rebuelta Domeq

Also in the second floor we found one of the most sensorial spaces of Casa Decor. Natural materials, subtle textures but specially the design of this reading corner caught our attention because of the intelligent use of lighting.

In this space the lighting changes creating the effect of the passage of time during the day. It's an original way to use lighting as a element to communicate sensations. In this case, the lighting changes drives you to a relaxing situation where you could be at home reading a good book at night.

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"Glossier" by Katty Schiebeck

And finally, we found a space that transports us to glam culture of the 60s with the freshness of that times.

The young designer presented a futuristic bathroom where the orangey colour, the transparencies, volumes and the reflections of the mirrors achieve a surround experience for the visitor. The use of  curtains and neon lighting complete the interior design of this space.

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Basically it's a recommended visit to the ones of you that are interested on decoration and interior design trends. This edition of Casa Decor will be opened in Madrid until the 25th of March.

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VXLAB | We turn ten in our new studio!

2018 is a special year for all of us... We're celebrating our 10th anniversary! TEN YEARS. Definitely time flies when you do what you love.

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All this time we've been expanding just as universe, growing strong as a team and increasing our services. That's why some weeks ago, we moved to a new and bigger studio in the city centre and finally this weekend, as tradition demands, we organised our Grand Opening.

Good music, tasty food and craft beer. That's the summary of the night. Thank you to all of those that joined us at the party and also thank you to the ones that have placed their trust in us during all these years.

We'll keep working hard to reinforce brand value and making business grow with the best designs.

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VXLAB | German Design Awards Ceremony

February 9th was marked date in the calendar. We travelled to Frankfurt to attend at the German Design Award Ceremony and receive our recognition as "Excellent Communication Winners". 

The award ceremony took place in the context of the Ambiente fair in Messe Frankfurt and in spite of the cold, it was a great experience for us. First of all, we were welcomed at the VIP Lounge at the Forum, where the organisation gave to us the Winner Certificate. (just look at our proud faces!).

We really enjoyed the opening of the ceremony, with an amazing music show by the german DJ Efdemin (Phillip Sollmann). We also had the pleasure to witness the "Personality 2018 Award" being given to the design icon Jil Sander, German designer who we admire for his ability to always stay ahead of the times. 

After the prize-giving ceremony we could visit an interactive installation where all the Excellent Communication Winners where presented at the Museum Angewandte Kunst Design Space.

Finally, we got a few hours to do some serious sightseeing along Frankfurt, enjoy the views and eat good food. 

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TRIBUTE | Minimalist lighting design by Almerich

It's true. We're a minimal lover kind of team. When we're focused in the research process for an interior design project, we always look for inspiring and minimal designs that captivate us. When it comes to lighting we think about Almerich and that's why today we pay tribute to Moon collection, the latest design of this Spanish lighting brand.

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This collection is inspired by the light of a full moon and includes a table, floor and suspension lamps. The minimalist design of Moon collection features hand blown opal glass globe diffusers that imitate stars, arranged in various compositions on brass, chrome or lacquered frames.

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The table lamp of this lighting collection offers two different sized diffusers and a surface for storing and displaying objects.

On the other hand, the floor lamp features three different sized glass globe diffusers and a lower surface that can be used as a side table.

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Meanwhile, the suspension lamps are made up of a network of three to five glass globes of various different sizes; designed as if they were planets in the solar system.

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This minimal lighting series definitely captivated our interior designer hearts. With no doubt we'll take into consideration this lighting collection for our new interior design projects. It can mesh well with our most demanding minimal projects.

Images: Almerich, agus kim

TRIBUTE | Neobio restaurant for active kids

It's December, almost Christmas, and we're already planning the upcoming dinners with friends, colleagues and families. And for those of you who have kids, you know very well what happens when you go out for a familiar dinner: everything gets crazy. Kids tend stand up all the time, run everywhere and go to play right away after they eat. 
That's why today we pay tribute to this magical place for children: Neobio Kids restaurant.

The interior design, by X+Living, divided the space into 5 different areas: Reading Area, Dinning Area, Sims City, Climbing Area and Party Room. Entering the main entrance, we are surrounded by wavy forests and rolling hills, which are book shelves of the reading area and are the best place for kids to play hide-and-seek. Every tree hole is an exclusive small world for the children.

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Through the ocean pool-like stairs we come to the Sims City, where a miniature city is created. Here you could find urban road system, including roads, zebra crossings, street lamps and parking lots. In the middle, a 3-stories house is divided into left and right side, within which there are mini post office, gas station, supermarket, hospital etc.; also there are kids' favorite Play House scenes: kitchen, dress, make up and changing diapers for babies. The kids could go every corner freely in the mini city, and parents could watch their kids having fun at the rest area on the opposite side.

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Go across along Time Tunnel, we arrive at the Big Child Area where parents could bring their children to enjoy delicious food in the dining area after the children had a great time playing all around. In the dining area, lots of balloon-like hanging Game Boxes are designed, all of which are connected by transparent crawlways, children could have fun crawling all around. There are dining tables around these boxes, allowing parents to take care of their kids while dining. Two VIP rooms are designed for families who require private space. 

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In the basement, there is the Party Room for kids with various themes such as Indian, desert and Mediterranean. Here, children could hold birthday party in their favorite room.

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Definitely that restaurant is a paradise for active kids and parents that just want to enjoy a dinner (at least once). 

Images: @SHAO Feng / X+Living

TRIBUTE | Co-living space by Fabrica

At the studio we usually say that through design we can make a better world. That's why we always enjoy finding design projects related with social initiatives. Today we invite you to discover Fabrica's Space Scholarship: a design for equality, safety and education. 

Space Scholarship is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative by AP (Thailand) Public Company Limited, a leading property developer in Thailand, who commissioned to Fabrica the interior design of some condominium units in Bangkok.

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The goal was to create a co-living space to seven students with financial difficulties. The aim is to enable communication and human relations, allowing the students to benefit from a shared personal life and grow in a sense of community, keeping elevate standards of quality, service and safety.

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The apartment interiors have a dual purpose: they can be open or closed, depending if the students want to eat together or unfold the divider to study in privacy. The efficient use of space, hidden storage and practical nature of the furniture help the students to have an organized apartment.

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The space is helping communication, human relationships, and the sense of community and the design promotes a sense of responsibility, independence, and the feeling of being at ‘home’.

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