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products profile cecilia dupire By Alissa Ponchione Photography by Costas Picadas 1 THE SHAPE OF THINGS Geometry and functionality inspire a Swedish-born designer It took nine weeks (and three days, to be exact) for Cecilia Dupire's Zig to go from an idea to a tangible furniture concept on display at the 2013 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). The principal of design firm Cezign and her friend, photographer Costas Picadas, achieved success separately in their respective fields, but Picadas felt like he was losing touch with art and wanted to take a more hands-on approach. Dupire, too, wanted to expand her vision for how furniture can make spaces more multifunctional. ICFF was the perfect starting point for their collaboration. But first, they had to come up with a concept. "To do just a regular sofa, we'd be lost because it's just another sofa [at ICFF]," the Swedish-born Dupire explains. "What we wanted was to create a new concept and make the user a part of it." Zig creates flexible and fuctional design, using its pieces as geometric building blocks. Items can be organized in various ways to create a 3D space, a large chair, an extra bed, an additional table, or even bookshelves. The 1. Created in a little more than two months, Zig comes in feltcovered pieces, as well as wood and Plexiglas versions. 2 2. Zig's multifunctional design can be organized in a variety of ways, including being built into a bed. line includes a range of different colors and rectangular pieces in three densities of feltcovered foam. Wood or plexiglass versions can be made into bookshelves or art pieces. Indeed, Dupire was always inspired by architecture, structure, clean lines, and volume. As a high-school student in Vienna, she took special art courses that eventually led her to London, where she studied interior design and architecture. Zaha Hadid's thensenior designer Michael Philip Wolfson became her mentor, and together they designed offices and nightclubs. That was a "fantastic, inspiring time" for Dupire, who learned under Wolfson's tutelage how design and craftsmanship can transform into art. While Dupire and Picadas continue to introduce the year-old Zig to the market, the designer is also working on a seven-room aparthotel in Paris, where foldable walls on wheels create movable components that can separate living spaces-a project in line with the multipurpose design she's come to embrace. Dupire hopes Zig's malleable nature will become hospitality's next great design trend, allowing guests to choose different furniture settings and giving hotels a more personalized image. Having lived in Sweden, Vienna, Germany, London, France, and now New York, Dupire has learned that space can be maximized and flexible if used correctly. "We all bring things from different parts," she says. "Depending on the person you are and how you play your cards, it always comes out differently." hd cezi May 2014 179

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Hospitality Design - May 2014
online TOC
from the editor
business sense state of the industry
trends millennials
places berlin
places hawaii
interview the trump organization
interview tao group
interview david seargeant
interview valeriano antonioli
5 questions for robert mckinley
profile cecilia dupire
trends rich fabrics
cevisama roundup
hd expo preview
from the show director
roger thomas
conference highlights
an nam
night market elements
the line
renaissance barcelona fi ra
hard rock hotel palm springs
ace los angeles
omni nashville hotel
regent phuket cape panwa
only you hotel & lounge
hyatt atlanta midtown
the royal snail
row nyc
st. cecilia
sophie’s at saks fi fth avenue
herringbone los angeles
old crow smokehouse
ad index
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back space
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Hospitality Design - May 2014