The Park Hyatt New York by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc sets a benchmark in design excellence, and Unitfive Design is pleased to contribute an installation to the groundbreaking project. The YabuPushelberg designed Spa Nalai on the 20th floor is a space dedicated to lightness and transparency, and Unitfive completed a two-part bronze sculptural screen to adorn the space. The screen is a matrix of solid bronze square rods that reach a maximum height of 7’ and total 45’ in length. Lisa Santana, co-founder of Unitfive and designer explains the concept. “We were inspired by the hotel’s unobstructed views of New York City and transitioned the hard geometric forms of the skyline into this work. As a juxtaposition, we incorporated soft textures and shapes that were taken from archived fabric samples from my work in the fashion industry in the 1990’s. Like with all Unitfive work, we take a simple linear material and give it a three dimensional life.”
The first 15’ long screen welcomes the patrons of Park Hyatt’s Spa Nalai when they arrive on the 20th floor. The site-specific sculpture is meant to be enjoyed as art, and is architecturally framed and lit in the foyer. The secondary 30’ section acts as both a sculpture and screen to visually separate the pool and spa areas. Kelvin Goddard, co-founder and designer describes their approach. “Bronze is an enduring material with a visual softness and depth.” Goddard adds, “Using bronze as a medium is also an homage to Henry Bertoia, who is a master in creating a design ‘conversation’ using metal.”
Interior Design:Yabu Pushelberg
Photographer: Nacása & Partners Inc.
Toronto-based Unitfive Design is pleased to have contributed a signature piece to the Yabu Pushelberg designed Dalloyau in Hong Kong. The prestigious French bakery tapped George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg to design an Asian outpost for the 333-year-old culinary brand. Unitfive is proud to be part of this project, which also won a ‘Best of Year’ award from Interior Design Magazine.
A gate was envisioned to anchor the patisserie’s entrance. Its inspiration is an antique city map of 1800's Paris from the era when Dalloyau opened its flagshiplocation . The final design for the gate is an extension of the overall interior design concept, a standalone visual statement announcing the Dalloyau brand. It is also a functional entrance that can be secured when the store is closed.
The gate is 16 feet wide and stands 10 feet tall. The design was stylized from a vintage map . Negative spaces represent the streets and waterways that cut through the city. The metal components are buildings and land masses, layered in a relief to create depth and visual interest.
Unitfive designed the entire gate from 1/8”-inch stainless steel sheet. Each of the thousands of pieces was meticulously drawn, laser cut and layered to create the 3-dimensional map. Structure and depth were achieved by building the layers with custom designed tabs. Every tab raised each component above the next.
Kelvin Goddard, co-founder of Unitfive and designer/engineer of the gate, explains the thinking that went into the custom piece. “We envisioned a
gate that was both functional and beautiful, and could be easily opened by anyone.
Unitfive co-founder Lisa Santana adds, “Like all of our work, we wanted to transform an unremarkable material, in this case 1/8th inch sheet metal, into something more grand. We were purists about the concept and used a single material to create a final product that balances strength, elegance and functionality."