Happy to announce that the outdoor furniture selected for the main courtyard located on Albuquerque’s College of New Mexico campus consists mainly of the Garda and Loop collections.
The Garda modular seating system and the Loop collection were designed by Antonio Larosa for Florida-based Benchmark Contract Furniture.
Both collections, designed exclusively for public spaces, have structures made of solid aluminum that is powder-coated to specification. Seats for the modular Garda benches for the Albuquerque project were specified using composite wood-look slats.
For those of you who know me well, you know my passion for designing furniture that fosters relationships instead of isolation. I always believe that good design can encourage people to want to interact …and what better than a picnic table is able to represent true socialization in public areas? Meet Granada, designed in Arizona for Florida-based Benchmark Contract Furniture.
The main idea behind the Granada table was to design a sleek product that can be used both inside and outside in cafes, open-space offices, restaurants, schools and colleges, etc…Stylish enough to be used indoors and strong enough to be used (and withstand the abuse of) outdoors as a traditional picnic table. No sharp corners …only friendly, eye appealing rounded details. Place this table inside an office (maybe with a bunch of plants) and it will certainly feel like you are working at the park with your colleagues!
Granada was designed specifically for public spaces and is built in North America using the most advanced technology in furniture production. A sublimation process was used to give the metal a warm wood appearance.
The timeless design of the Cubix collection was selected by the world’s largest maker of Venetian glass chandeliers for its headquarters. I Dogi, the prestigious company based in Venice, Italy, selected the Cubix collection for the seating areas inside their showroom and conference room. The stark, modern contrast of the Cubix, combined with the exquisite décor and typical classical designs of the Venetian tradition resulted in a stunning, winning combination, where contemporary beauty meets the classic forms that have been used for centuries to adorn palaces in Europe and around the world.
The Cubix modular collection is composed of armchairs, vis-à-vis, tables, and benches, each customizable to fit any commercial environment. The timeless, clean, contemporary elegance of the collection makes Cubix the ideal product for any environment looking for comfort and quality without overwhelming but complementing the surrounding interior décor.
Larosa is very proud that I Dogi, a company who knows well about high quality craftsmanship, selected this particular collection for their headquarters. Cubix was designed in Arizona over 20 years ago by Antonio Larosa. The collection is made in Italy and is available worldwide. For more info and specifications on Cubix visit Benchmark Contract Furniture.
In the early 90’s Antonio Larosa was the creative soul of the newly created showroom in New York called DDC – Domus Design Center (the word “Center” was later substituted with “Collection”). Under Antonio’s visionary guidance, Domus Design Collection (DDC) pioneered a series of revolutionary ideas to bring contemporary high-end Italian and European design to America.
Antonio designed the three story showroom, created the logo and all printed advertising campaign for all major US design publications. He also designed interiors and custom furniture for DDC clients.