White is the Fitness Colour

Holiday time is here at last, but what about the weather? There’s no other choice, than to catch a ‘plane to the sunny south; or maybe, a hotel with a luxurious health centre and spa where you can ‘let it all hang out’, surrender to the luxury of health and beauty treatments and recharge the batteries. However, it takes the right good quality equipment and furniture to create the right atmosphere; the colour of choice is white, which has long since come to symbolise purity and clarity. It gives a room a generous and elegant appearance, and relaxes the eyes.

The new generation of spa furniture from Projectform is in-line with this trend but with subtle differences: ‘silk-white’ incorporates a light beige in the weave, while ‘seashell’ shimmers in unobtrusive grey. In spite of its enclosed shape, the compact ‘Lotus’ lounge-landscape appears lightweight and striking. By contrast, ‘Embrace’ allows for many combinations and arrangements of chairs, tables and stools.

The vast available range of choice extends from hot-stone massage to algae-packs and herbal baths, but in the final analysis the choice is a subjective one, just like one’s personal niche. If the lounge seats demand too much strength, maybe Projectform’s wellness couches are the answer. They combine functionality with design, adjustable head- and foot-rests, or ergonomically shaped couch surfaces, conforming with the entire body shape to guarantee a comfortable resting posture. The ‘Gardino-Geflecht’ (‘Gardino Weave’) is particularly suited for spa areas: it dries quickly, is easy to clean, strong, and has a long service life.

We proudly present the winners of the garden unique contest 2012 “Dining Outdoors”

A conference call was held between the six members of the jury and although it was tough, a decision was made for the best three. These three winners will have their ideas prototyped and displayed at the spoga+gafa in Cologne from September 2nd to 4th 2012.

The first prize went to the transportable “garden kitchen” Canorta by Reto Togni from Switzerland. It was judged by the jury to be “playing with the robust simpleness of proven systems in a useful way. Its unpretentious but reliable appearance encourages the user to take an invitation to the garden or courtyard as a spontaneous and straightforward action to tackle.”

The second prize was given to a subtle delicate ensemble of garden chair and table called LINEA by Marco Gottardi from Italy. The jury was persuaded by “the timelessness achieved through basic forms, which go back to classic outdoor furniture archetypes. Surprising interactions with their very own poetry can be expected through the intended Moiré-effect of overlapping strips of seat, backrest and table top.”

The third winner is the felt bottle cooler by Manfred Makedonski from Germany. The jury is convinced, that this cooler solves the problem at a picnic of toppling bottles on the meadow by “simple elegance” and “quality materials.”

For further information: gardenunique.de

Mediterranean Lifestyle

Each and every five-star hotel in the Kempinski Group has its own unique style. The portfolio embraces city hotels, grand hotels, holiday resorts and residences – particularly in Europe, but also in Africa, the Middle East, Far East and Asia.

Completed in February this year, the Kempinski residences in the Croatian resort of Savudrija are among the most exclusive of their type in the world. Residences are surrounded by luxurious vegetation, and guests have a view of the crystal clear Adriatic Sea. In particular, the outdoor facilities provide unsurpassed comfort, convenience and elegance. The architect Ante Vrban chose furniture from Vondom, of Spain: these were from the Rest Collection, Alma by A-cero, Vertex by Karim Rashid, Llum pot by Studio Vondom, Fiesta by Archirivolto Design and Moma by Javier Mariscal.

Vondom is based in Valencia and exports furniture all over the world. This young, innovative and dynamic manufacturer uses advanced production technology to make furniture from renewable materials. Their motto is: “We work at Vondom to create art; we are always on the lookout for the natural beauty that is embedded in the nature of the respective product.”

Their long list of customers includes other top hotels such Nhow Berlin, Puerta America Madrid, W Hotel Taiwan and Fullerton Singapore.

Resort Le Meridien Koh Samui: Water a Central Design Feature

Anyone passing through the entrance immediately leaves everyday stresses far behind; for the Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa is located alongside the beautiful, powdery Lamai Beach of Koh Samui — Thailand’s third largest island — where guest embarks upon an inspirational and relaxing journey. The relaxing atmosphere is irresistible, formed by traditional Asian features, combined with simple modernity and supreme comfort.

The hotel architecture and interior design is created by an ensemble of 14 villas with 63 elegant suites, with typical Thai features plus many hints of a history bearing the mark of Chinese tradition and culture. The design is by Khun Jakarin of the well-known Begray Bankkok architectural and design practice. The resort draws inspiration from the typical layout of an Asian village with luxuriant vegetation, trees and flowers, based on Feng Shui principles. This places heavy emphasis on the use of natural materials such as wood, stone and also water, which according to Feng Shui principles, stimulates activity, good luck and wealth. The quadratic open air lobby is dominated by a large pool basin; inside the villas and suites water plays a prominent part with generously proportioned bathing and shower areas, small diving and paddling pools. Pool villas have direct access to the pool, while guests accommodated in the striking ocean front pool villas enjoy a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Thailand.

Water trickles gently down the natural stone, marble and granite walls in the generously proportioned health and spa area. Just one glance is enough to bring on a severe case of relaxation.

Because of the benevolent climate, guests spend most of their time in the open air, there is open transition between the pool villas and the outer areas. The covered sleeping areas are located behind large terraces equipped with outdoor sofas, tables and sunbeds.

One undoubted resort highlight is the 224 metre-long swimming dock linking the beach with the open sea. This is the preferred location for cocktail parties and on request, private candlelit dinners.