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