In partnership with Flattered Apartments, De La Espada created a rentable holiday home in Porto’s Foz do Douro neighbourhood right next to the sea. The Flattered founders, Miguel Mateus, Catarina Silva, and Catarina Alves, worked with architect José Carlos Cruz to design the interior architecture, reflecting an empathy for locale and the building’s past: local materials and original features serve as the framework for a space that is contemporary yet rooted in history. Flooring is made from wide boards of local pine heated from below, windows overlooking the city are framed by original granite, and the washroom is clad in Carrara marble with beautiful sky views through the large window.

The split-level apartment includes a dining room on a raised platform, a living room with a hidden pullout bed, and on a mezzanine level, a private bedroom with a pitched roof and skylight. Furniture made just an hour’s drive away at the De La Espada factory in Mira features throughout: Capo Dining Chair, Shaker Round Table, and Lianou Stool by Neri&Hu; Stool, Bench, Companions Writing Desk, and Companions Bed by Studioilse; Mira Lounge Chair, I-Beam Side Table, and Coniston Rectangular Mirror by Matthew Hilton; Ladder Bookcase by Autoban; and Stanley 3-Seater Sofa, Kim Bench, and Kim Side Table by Luca Nichetto. The home harnesses the thoughtful hospitality of Flattered and combines it with exclusively De La Espada furniture and styling.

Photo credit: Carlos Teixeira

Nestled in Seven Dials village, Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street offers luxury accommodation in the heart of London’s theatre district. The 137-room hotel includes a fitness room, conference rooms, a guest library and in-room spa treatments, as well as a luxury bar, lounge and restaurant. Interior spaces are designed in calming, muted shades with tactile fabrics and original artwork. The hotel lobby features natural materials, plush fabrics, and soothing dark tones punctuated by a restrained use of vibrant colour. De La Espada furniture including Elysia Lounge Chair, Stanley Sofa, Stanley Armchair, and Steve Pouf by Luca Nichetto; and Hepburn Sofa by Matthew Hilton feature throughout the space.

The hotel restaurant, Monmouth Kitchen offers a contemporary selection of Italian and Peruvian small plates complemented with the finest wines and signature cocktails. The space, largely monochrome, combines wood, stone, metal, and leather for an exciting juxtaposition of textures, and an atmosphere that is at once sophisticated and relaxed. Seating designed by Autoban and made by De La Espada is used throughout including Butterfly Chair, Butterfly Bar Stool in two heights, and Box Sofa.

Photography courtesy of Edwardian Hotels

Modern New Home is a minimal, contemporary 4-bedroom house in Hampstead, north London, with a generous open-plan living space and huge picture windows overlooking ancient woodland. Interior design studio, Black & Milk created an interior to match the exciting architecture by Claridge Architects, focusing on marrying the interior and exterior spaces, and creating a home that is design-conscious yet relaxed, with luxury communicated through quality of materials and finishes. A neutral colour scheme is paired with natural materials and textures including natural fibre wallpaper, wide engineered oak floorboards, solid wood furniture, and handmade accessories. The abundant use of plants further brings the outside in. De La Espada furniture is used in the study area, including Harold Desk by Luca Nichetto and Porto Chair by Matthew Hilton. Pole Light, also by Matthew Hilton, illuminates the reading area in the living space, its linen shade mirroring the washed linen curtains beyond.

Tales Pavilion in Beijing was designed by Luca Nichetto in 2013. The façade of the pavilion is covered in 1,200 brass tubes conceptualised as “grass leaves” that camouflage the entire structure. The “brass leaves” oxidise and change colour naturally with the passing of the seasons, merging with the natural scenery of the Beijing Lido Garden and giving a sense of life to the pavilion. A bronze framework of large straight-cut windows gives onlookers a glimpse of a warm and cozy interior.

The reception and business area of Tales is surrounded by various design showrooms, which each feature different materials and colours to accentuate the outlines. Organised across multiple gradients of light, all of these areas create a sense of micro-urbanity, encouraging interaction between visitors and design lovers alike.

At imm Cologne 2013, Luca Nichetto was the first Italian designer to carry our the project "Das Haus-Interiors on Stage", where the designer presents his vision of a house of the future. 

For this project, Nichetto drew his inspiration from modernist architecture in California, works of Japanese masters and the buildings of Carlo Scarpa. In all these works nature and architecture are intertwined. Pursuing his interest in sustainable design, Nichetto compares his "Das Haus" with a small planet, where the living room becomes as important as the Amazon rainforest is for the Earth. The house is almost entirely made up of semi-enclosed walls and large windows, to emphasize the concept of merging the "inside" with the "outside".