AJAR Furniture & Design Director and interior designer Andrew
Boddington explains why Spanish designed and manufactured dining tables and
chairs are the perfect complement to the Australian lifestyle.
For instance, both countries share a noticeable blurring of lines
between table and chair design styles across residential, hospitality and
workplace dining and entertaining environments. Boddington observes that there
is a discernible trend within Australian cafes, bars and restaurants as well as
in corporate breakout and communal spaces to emulate a very personable and home-like
atmosphere. He notes that this crossover trend is two-way with even very
high-end architect designed contemporary homes exploring sleek lines bordering
a commercial aesthetic.
Australia has adapted the typically Spanish way of eating, tapas dining
style, and fused it with local modern Australian cuisine, complete with its
Asian and European influences.
Similar to how Australians like to linger after mealtimes to engage with
family and friends, Spaniards relish time after dining, gathered around the
table for a chat or a game of cards.
Both Spanish and Australian cultures have an affinity for alfresco
dining, and love to bring the outdoors in by throwing open the windows or dine
overlooking garden vistas.
Tables that can be flexibly expanded to cater for additional guests on
special events or reduced in size for more intimate dining experiences are
appreciated in both countries.
Boddington explains that the ability to embellish a dining or
hospitality space with furniture that is ‘personal and personable’ is inherent
in Spanish design. The AJAR collection is curated so that consumers,
architects, designers and specifiers can customise product and its placement to
create unique dining and hospitality experiences.
Andrew Boddington’s Top 10
Spanish dining tables and chairs
Bob table, Bob chair, Bob bar table and Bob bar stool are designed by
Nadia Arratibel, granddaughter of the Ondarreta founder.
Pedestal tables and tops are designed by the Ondarreta team and offer a flexible
and well-formed range.
Iru table designed by the Ondarreta team is the consummate statement
Boomerang chair designed by the Ondarreta team is a slender and shapely,
space-defining timber chair in two sizes.
Duo-Trio pedestal table designed by the Ondarreta team has a compelling
organic form, which features two or three bases overlapping each other and
partnering with a round or square tabletop.
Alo chair designed by Gabriel Teixidó for Ondarreta works wonders in
hospitality spaces, offering flexible use and stackability.
Belloch chair and Belloch table designed by La Granja for Santa &
Cole earned an IIDA Award of Excellence in 2009.
Palet chair designed by Emiliana Design for UNO Design takes its cue
from the visual appearance and structure of timber transportation pallets.
Alfin table designed by Josep Turell for Arlex enables interesting
contrasts to be created when the tabletop and legs are specified in different
Lula chair and Lolo table designed by La Granja Design for UNO Design
make a joyful and fun addition to any space.