The idea behind Celine was to create a minimalist yet poetic collection for the contract and hospitality markets. The final result is a sturdy product with a sophisticated look to be used in all sorts of outdoor public spaces. Thanks to the vine décor, when the chairs and tables are placed together it will visually give the idea of being in a garden. Designed by Arizona-based Antonio Larosa for Benchmark Contract Furniture, Celine is 100% aluminum and totally recyclable. The collection -entirely manufactured in North America- includes chairs, stools, and tables. Powder coated aluminum-standard RAL colors apply.
Recently I was asked to design a decorative object to celebrates and honor the achievements of Italians and their contributions to Arizona’s economic growth. My idea behind the design was to create a small, minimalist sculpture that represents both Arizona and Italy in one single object.
The state of Arizona, often called the Copper state, is aptly represented by a very thick, solid copper plate and a centered, perforated cut-out in the shape of Italy, the inseparable influence of Italians in the heart of Arizona. The design decision to make a cut-through perforation, rather than engraving, gives the sculpture a much lighter look than a simple engraved, visually heavier plate. The base is made of very solid and strong marble-like rock to represent the solid foundation between Italy and Arizona.
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 word “Biophilia” was first introduced by a psychoanalyst named Erich Fromm who stated that biophilia is the “passionate love of life and of all that is alive…whether in a person, a plant, an idea, or a social group” in his book The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness in 1973.
Biophilic design is a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions. Used at both the building and city-scale, it is argued that this idea has health, environmental, and economic benefits for building occupants and urban environments.
Biophilic design is argued to have a wealth of benefits for building occupants and urban environments through improving connections to nature. For cities, many believe the biggest proponent of the concept is its ability to make the city more resilient to any environmental stressor it may face. In furniture design, the first Biophilic collection was designed by Antonio Larosa in 2011 for Florida-based Benchmark Contract Furniture. Isola is a unique modular seating system specifically designed for public areas such as lobbies, airports and shopping centers. The distinctive, flexible design allows for incorporation of a planter or a closer center.
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.