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DENYS VON AREND / SIDORME HOTELS
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Experience

It’s spring 2013 and we are in the heart of Barcelona at the office of Denys & Von Arend. They explain that they are handling the top-to-bottom interior design of a new hotel being built near the Llobregat Delta wetlands. The hotel is part of a chain known for its simple hotels and clean lines.

 

The hotel is part of a chain known for its simple hotels and clean lines. For this particular building the designers plan to work with ochre tones and with the background of the wetlands as a focus in some specific parts of the hotel.

And this is why we’re meeting them: they’ve requested a piece to hang on the wall as a headboard. They want something rustic, an organic piece that draws the eye in an essentially functional room.

We discuss shape and materials and design a rectangular piece of wood made from three boards joined together and mounted with rope at either end. We would have to make 100 pieces, one for each room, and each headboard would be illustrated.

Starting point

It is now September 2013 and we’re climbing the unfinished staircase of a building still in the initial phases of construction. Dani holds one end of the 120 x 45 cm headboard, Joan the other. We’re about the present the piece that all the other ones will be based on and we’ll do it in a room that is only missing this very detail to bring the whole space together.

Patricia Von Arend listens to our explanation: we want the illustrations of each piece to be small zoopraxographs, sequences of movement of a bird in flight. And we would use three different birds from the marshes near the hotel as our models. We share what we had learned during the test piece, we talk about inks, ropes, woods, varnishes…we make our conclusions and outline the project.

The hotel managers would arrive in a matter of hours to present a sample room to the local authorities, and our bird was going to be there to see it all.

Development

December 2013. We get more than 300 Flanders Pine slats and we have just transferred the designs to the linoleum templates that we’ll use to engrave the slats.

We divide the work and try to organize the material. We also visit great shopping centers looking for tools such as fittings, rope, nails…

To start the project, we have to join the slats in three with the fittings. We make it so that they will be ready to hang. Afterwards, we staple the rope.

Once the boards are ready, we start with the engraving. We will do three different types of engraving, with zoopraxographies of three of the 360 that can be found in the Marsh. The movement of a duck in three steps; a branch bird in five steps; a flamingo in four steps.

 

Only two days to the inauguration. The work is over and we are very happy that we enjoyed such a complete project: from the development of the idea to the production of the object, and everything we learned.

 

Client
DENYS VON AREND / SIDORME HOTELS
Service

Experience

It’s spring 2013 and we are in the heart of Barcelona at the office of Denys & Von Arend. They explain that they are handling the top-to-bottom interior design of a new hotel being built near the Llobregat Delta wetlands. The hotel is part of a chain known for its simple hotels and clean lines.

 

The hotel is part of a chain known for its simple hotels and clean lines. For this particular building the designers plan to work with ochre tones and with the background of the wetlands as a focus in some specific parts of the hotel.

And this is why we’re meeting them: they’ve requested a piece to hang on the wall as a headboard. They want something rustic, an organic piece that draws the eye in an essentially functional room.

We discuss shape and materials and design a rectangular piece of wood made from three boards joined together and mounted with rope at either end. We would have to make 100 pieces, one for each room, and each headboard would be illustrated.

Starting point

It is now September 2013 and we’re climbing the unfinished staircase of a building still in the initial phases of construction. Dani holds one end of the 120 x 45 cm headboard, Joan the other. We’re about the present the piece that all the other ones will be based on and we’ll do it in a room that is only missing this very detail to bring the whole space together.

Patricia Von Arend listens to our explanation: we want the illustrations of each piece to be small zoopraxographs, sequences of movement of a bird in flight. And we would use three different birds from the marshes near the hotel as our models. We share what we had learned during the test piece, we talk about inks, ropes, woods, varnishes…we make our conclusions and outline the project.

The hotel managers would arrive in a matter of hours to present a sample room to the local authorities, and our bird was going to be there to see it all.

Development

December 2013. We get more than 300 Flanders Pine slats and we have just transferred the designs to the linoleum templates that we’ll use to engrave the slats.

We divide the work and try to organize the material. We also visit great shopping centers looking for tools such as fittings, rope, nails…

To start the project, we have to join the slats in three with the fittings. We make it so that they will be ready to hang. Afterwards, we staple the rope.

Once the boards are ready, we start with the engraving. We will do three different types of engraving, with zoopraxographies of three of the 360 that can be found in the Marsh. The movement of a duck in three steps; a branch bird in five steps; a flamingo in four steps.

 

Only two days to the inauguration. The work is over and we are very happy that we enjoyed such a complete project: from the development of the idea to the production of the object, and everything we learned.