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Him & Her chairs in Greece for a luxurious hotel

A few months ago Mrs Papaioannou by Sea Lilies Suites, a luxurious hotel based in Naxos island, located in the heart of the Cyclades in Greece, contacted us because she needed, in a short time, the design chairs Him & Her by Casamania Horm for a photoshoot.

La Mercanti tried to do the best to make the customer get the goods on time. She would like a couple of Him&Her in grey matt for the elegant hotel Sea Lilies Suites in the same RAL color of their logo and of doors and windows of the hotel … and that’s it, wish granted!!! In about two weeks our customer received his design chairs Him&Her by Casamania.

These are very special and extraordinary design chairs for line and colors. Chairs crafted from rotationally mass-dyed moulded polyethylene. Indeed their shapes were created using a three dimensional scan of two plaster sculptures. Him&Her are available in two different finishes: matt polyethylene, and glossy varnished polyethylene and in a lot of colors.
“Him & Her are born directly from the ideas behind the Panton Chair. An evolution of the hermaphroditic original, declined into the harmony of the two sexes. They assume sculpted forms like naked models of seduction but they are not ashamed.” Said the designer Fabio Novembre. The extraordinary expressive force of his works always remains anchored to a creed of functionality, for which nothing is too beautiful not to be used. In this model of armchair Fabio Novembre has instilled all his ability to excite through aesthetics, original geometries, words made of curves, colors, shades and innovative material combinations.

Him&Her are chairs of great conceptual depth that manage to adapt with ease to the most varied circumstances, from the domestic interior to that of public places. The extremely comfortable and solid structure itself makes them objects to be used and enjoyed. Beyond the first instinct to simply admire them as works of art, they are comfortable and welcoming seats.

La Mercanti luxury contract project in California

Founded by Renee Wolfenson, Casa Stilo is a Calabasas based high-end interior design firm specializing in exclusive private residence, luxury multi-unit building and commercial property designs. La Mercanti worked with Renee on an important office project in California.

The lounge area has been furnished with Arcos chairs and a Meety table by Arper. With its sled base and elliptic-shaped armrests, the Arcos collection evokes the elegance of archways in classical architecture. The aesthetic features of this product are enhanced by the chromatic balance between the colour of the structure and the fabric upholstery. Inspired by the architectural structure of bridges, the Meety conference table perfectly integrates its aluminium legs into the black round top.
We added some Lem stools, the most iconic item by Lapalma, designed by Shin and Tomoko Azumi. With its minimalist profile, LEM has the ability to adapt in many environments and for different purposes. The force of the matte metal base is mitigated into the curved shapes of the wooden seat, lending this stool an unmistakable look inspired by the Less is more philosophy.

The common areas have been made livelier with La Cividina sofas in shades of ink and greyish blue. Designed in 1967 by Pierre Paulin, the Osaka sofa challenged the dominant rationalism of that time with winding shapes and endless seating solutions that can be created by joining together straight and round modules. The Suiseki sofa is a collection of padded seats inspired by the Japanese art of arranging stones. The harmonious lack of alignment takes the place of geometric shapes. All the modules are characterized by essential volumes arranged in balanced staggered configurations consisting of three core building blocks: a low, broad seat, a backrest and an armrest. They can be combined with each other in an offset display of heights, widths and depths in order to create a unique and sculpturesque sofa.

Moreover, we added a Log chair by Pedrali: a fully upholstered one-volume-seating that welcomes the body gently, combining the sculptural aspect with surprising lightness. The right mix of formal balance, stability and comfort has been achieved by reducing the volume gradually, through a careful process of modelling, same as for a sculpture.

As for the executive chairs, we selected the collection by Sitland: a contemporary and linear office chair which ensures the best comfort, thanks to the padded cushions and the elegance of the leather upholsteries. With its functional and attractive design, Sit.It interprets the taste and needs of the executive office. We choose the Nasdaq KERAMIK modern desk designed by Paolo Cattelan, a combination of geometrical shapes and materials with a monolith effect. The floating wooden drawer defies gravity, anchored to the graphite embossed steel leg which cuts through the space with a sharp diagonal. The dark top in marble finish has continuous rust-orange and white veins on the top and side which strengthens the architectural identity of the desk.
Lastly, the meeting table Raj by Gallotti & Radice with an oval glass top and bright stainless steel bases. Raj is the transparency that is surrounded by the elegance of the chromed finish with a timeless style. It is an essential and contemporary collection which creates a game of perfect aesthetic balance between straight and curved lines.


Arper – Mont-Blanc Base Camp co-working space

Facing the Mont Blanc range, there is a co-working space, a shared space located in the centre of Chamonix Valley: Mont-Blanc Base Camp, which brings together entrepreneurs, mobile workers and freelancers mainly from the marketing, communication and service sectors.

The famous architect Japanese Kengo Kuma, has situated the building in an exceptional Alpine setting, combining minimalism and the wow factor. For him the study of the place is fundamental to integrate the work in its context, so that it doesn’t disturb the balance but is a natural derivation built by the hand of man. That’s the Mont Blanc Base Camp project.

Mont-Blanc Base Camp includes: 28 open-space shared offices, 2 private offices, 1 meeting room, 1 conference room and 2 terraces including one rooftop.
In the offices we can find Catifa 46 chairs by Arper, sled version and on wheels. Chairs with a refined profile, designed for elegant environments. Extremely flexible, Catifa 46 fits to an almost unlimited series of applications, indeed in the project of Mont Blanc Base Camp it finds its place without altering its original character.

A new acoustic comfort at the Pallottini Maria restaurant

The Pallottini Maria fish market and restaurant is a historical reality in San Benedetto del Tronto, and for 4 years, , is becoming a local reference point for the sale of fish, fish cuisine as well as event catering.

Mr. Fabrizio Prosperi and his wife Irene pointed out the acoustic problem due to a strong reverberation, which was perceived inside the restaurant from the beginning.
They explained to us, that during the banquets of ceremonies or when the restaurant is full, there was a central area of the room, in which it was not possible to stay or listen to anything.

On the basis of the information received, we made an accurate survey of the room, which is made up of medium-reflecting materials, with a square-plan architecture and with a height of over 3 meters, all combinations favorable to a high reverberation time.

After developing the calculation with the Caimi Brevetti spa software, we presented the solution to our customers, providing them with the design and calculation. Being their prerogative, not to change the aesthetics of the room, very accurate in every detail, with corners decorated with objects, wallpaper and paintings and frames that tell the story of the owner’s family, we proposed a solution with the distribution of 10 OVERSIZE panels with SNOWSOUND technology by CAIMI BREVETTI, distributed on the ceiling, with the foresight of suspending them by about 25 cm. In this way, the whole area of the room was covered by the panels and the aesthetic was not changed.

In addition to this, to reassure them on the performance of the product, we organized an acoustic test, during a dinner with 80 people. The panels, for the occasion, were distributed in support of the walls on the masonry parts available. The result of the test was positive, the reverberation inside the hall was reduced in a satisfactory way, so much that some regular customers of the restaurant noticed the difference.
We made the installation a couple of weeks ago, on the occasion of the Valentine’s dinner, creating with panels an acoustic atmosphere more suited to the situation.
Here are some photos taken in the restaurant.

I4 Mariani in The Globe restaurant

In the panoramic restaurant The globe, within a golden glass sphere 200 metres above ground level, on the top floor of the modern tower of the Hotel Al Faisaliah in Riyadh – designed by the famous Foster & Partners – we find several chairs by I4 Mariani. Monte range, with its characteristic shape, the curve of the arm and the use of burr-wood to embellish the product and, in a relax room, Fumo armchairs, with its fine visible wood base.

All designed by Foster & Partners, one of the most innovative architecture and integrated design practices in the world. Here structural and environmental engineers work alongside the architects from the beginning of the design process. Based in London, with offices worldwide, the practice has an international reputation, with buildings in six continents. Foster & Partners understands that the best design comes from a completely integrated approach from conception to completion.

Question Mark chairs in New York

Some months ago La Mercanti got in touch with Doreen Jimenez, from New York, who was looking to buy four Question Mark chairs by Tonon for her dining room.

The particular and extravagant shape of this product made it very attractive to her and she turned to us to have help and suggestions for choosing the best kind of upholstery.
She wanted a modern and elegant fabric, so we proposed Europost 2 in dark brown which is very elastic and perfect for a chair with a continuous curved structure as Question Mark, and of course … very stylish! About the base, she decided for the matt chromed steel.

Doreen has been very happy to receive these chairs that she really loves! And at the same time we have been very pleased to support her with our advices and suggestions.

LaPalma Lem stools in Great Britain – Sky UK

Since the beginning there has been a friendly and very pleasant relation with Mrs. Karen Clark from Sky UK, who asked La Mercanti staff to help her decide the finishes and colours for some Lem stools by LaPalma.

From the very first moment, she was sure that the delicate form and lines of this versatile and iconic stool would be the perfect choice, reaching a timeless elegance for her contract space.
After our suggestions, she decided for six Lem with a white lacquered seat and a mat chromed steel base, keeping a classic style for a functional space!

Cierre Imbottiti sofa in Germany

We had a very nice and pleasant relationship with Mr. Ammedick, interested in a Cierre Imbottiti Italian sofa from the first moment.

He choose the elegant and innovative design of Margot sofa. After a careful study of the different leather categories and colors he decided for a dark brown high quality leather.

Good choice to create a tasteful and refined environment!