Air­port lounges

With three in­ter­na­tional cre­atives in com­mand, the hol­i­day feel­ing now be­gins be­fore take­off

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With top de­sign­ers in com­mand, the hol­i­day now be­gins be­fore take-off

FEA­TUR­ING DE­SIGNER FUR­NI­TURE AND LUX­U­RI­OUS, RE­LAX­ING TOUCHES, THESE LOUNGES HAVE US CRAV­ING A DE­LAY

CATHAY PA­CIFIC’S THE PIER FIRST- CLASS LOUNGE HONG KONG IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AIR­PORT Ilse Craw­ford’s Stu­dioilse is known for its pared-back pal­ette, use of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and an aes­thetic that in­vites the quiet con­tem­pla­tion ideal be­fore a long flight, so it’s per­haps sur­pris­ing the stu­dio hasn’t de­signed an air­port lounge be­fore now. With the aim of en­cour­ag­ing a so­porific state, the sprawl­ing 2,000-square-me­tre space comes with a well­be­ing area, sig­na­ture fra­grance and care­fully cho­sen sound­track. Com­fort is key here and you’ll find your­self em­braced by en­velop­ing ‘Diz’ arm­chairs by Ser­gio Ro­drigues or Verner Pan­ton’s co­coon­ing ‘Clover Leaf’ so­fas (stu­dioilse.com).

CASA ALITALIA ROMA LOUNGE

PIER E, LEONARDO DA VINCI- FIUMICINO AIR­PORT, ROME There is a strong em­pha­sis on the big Ital­ian de­sign brands in this 1,000-square-me­tre lounge, where you’ll find pieces by the likes of Poltrona Frau, Flos, Ceram­ica Cielo, La­palma, Marazzi and Mar­tini Light. One of sev­eral new air­port spa­ces by Stu­dio Marco Piva, which has cre­ated lounges for Mi­lan-malpensa and New York’s JFK, this Ro­man out­post opened last June and is full of dec­o­ra­tive items cho­sen to help flyers re­lax. The tow­er­ing book­cases are stocked with in­spir­ing reads, as well as ceram­ics by Bi­tossi and Richard Gi­nori, and the idea is to pro­vide ‘a break and a rest, con­vey­ing the true Ital­ian life­style through de­sign, and of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent lev­els of wel­come and com­fort,’ says Piva (stu­diomar­copiva.com).

AIR FRANCE’S LE BAL­CON BUSI­NESS LOUNGE

TER­MI­NAL 2E, CHARLES DE GAULLE AIR­PORT, PARIS The French de­signer Mathieu Le­han­neur’s ca­reer is char­ac­terised by be­ing dif­fi­cult to char­ac­terise. He has de­signed prod­ucts as di­verse as a plant-based air pu­ri­fier and iri­des­cent clothes rails for the bou­tique Mai­son Kit­suné and now Le Bal­con, a shim­mer­ing air­port lounge. The curved struc­ture stretches over 160 square me­tres, with the cen­tral bar sur­rounded by vel­vet booth seat­ing – all daz­zling un­der a golden mir­rored ceil­ing. Mix­ing wood, mar­ble, glass and light, the in­stal­la­tion has an LED screen at the very cen­tre. In­te­grated into the par­quet floor, it de­picts images of the sky. ‘Fly­ing,’ Le­han­neur says of the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind his calm and up­lift­ing space, ‘is to re­main mo­tion­less and feel the clouds slide un­der one’s feet’ (math­ieule­han­neur.fr).

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