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.

Petals on the lawn! Red dot product design award 2012 for “shallow swing”

The design of “shallow swing” represents lightness and was inspired by the idea of petals on a lawn. The hand-crafted wooden frame curves gently and is glued together by hand with a lamination process that provides weatherproofing.

The wooden frame is covered with fabric. Gisbert Baarmann, the designer of this generously sized wooden form, calls it a “hyperbolic parabola”. A circular base has been twisted in a way which creates two pairs of high and low points opposite one another. “shallow swing” is a lightweight, dimensionally stable and yet elastic, transparent structure for dozing or gently rocking as well as offering protection from the sun.

“shallow swing” won the red dot product design award 2012. The jury´s statement: “shallow swing is a highly attractive piece of gardenfurniture for both sitting and rocking. It is the expression of an innovative design concept that brings together design and handicraft. shallow swing provides an effortless transition between the outdoor and the indoor worlds.”

Further information: shallowswing.de

Dutch Design for Olympia

The Olympic Games in London are just around the corner. Various firms have already gained major success in making the event possible. In conjunction with LDA Design London, Hargreaves Associates and Arup, the company Streetlife has made an important contribution to the Olympic Parklands London 2012. Visitors are able to sit down on the special benches designed by Streetlife.

The Olympic Wave Benches have been specially designed for the Olympic Games 2012. Dozens of long configurations, more than 10 metres in length, have been placed along the Water Works in Stratford. The spacious and slightly curved benches ensure a light-hearted and elegant element within the Parklands blueprint. The design displays a modern and natural character, in line with the English garden tradition and the gentle slopes in the English landscape.

At the same time, Streetlife has also delivered the architectonic Long&Lean and Rough&Ready benches around the stadiums, as well as hundreds of WoodTop systems to create seating along the stairs in the Park.

Peter Krouwel, designer and director of Streetlife, is proud of his team: ‘You don’t simply get appointed as a supplier to the Olympic Games in London. We have been selected on the basis of quality and expertise. It is an honor to prove your skills on this global Olympic platform.’

Streetlife designs and supplies street furniture, tree products, bridges and decks. The company, founded by Peter Krouwel in 1997, now has branches in Leiden, The Netherlands, and Malmo, Sweden. Streetlife has an in-house design and engineering team that delivers sustainable building elements for landscape or urban layout plans. More than half of the projects are currently realized outside the Netherlands. The beginning of this year witnessed the launch of the new 2012-2013 Collection: 276 product pages in one book. The Collection has attracted much international interest partly as a consequence of the basic design principles of ‘sustainability and longevity’.

Further information: streetlife.nl

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.