UNO Essential is born of the vision with which UNO Contract changes the rules of luxury hospitality, by bringing a new commercial offer to the Contract market: the ﬁrst Italian design contract collection that can be customised and purchased online. The collection responds to the needs of professionals, architects and interior designers working on interiors projects for commercial premises like hotels, restaurants and bars.
UNO Essential is more than a new collection, it is a solution and starting point for an inﬁnite number of customisation options, which professionals, designers and architects can take inspiration from for their projects. We offer our extensive experience and track record in the contract sector to make project work easier. Every item can be amended very easily, in accordance with the requirements and tastes of our customers. Dimensions, ﬁnishes and fabrics can be adapted on the basis of the type of location and use, while fully respecting the materials and technical characteristics the contract sector requires.
The idea took shape from the fruitful encounter between UNO Contract, that was working on a high- end and extremely versatile contract collection, and Artemest, that was looking for a partner to create new services for its customers.
The successful combination of UNO Contract’s productive leadership and Artemest’s commercial aptitude, the artistic direction and design of Simone Ciarmoli and Miguel Queda, the personality of fabrics by Métaphores — the French brand that belongs to Hermes’ textile division — brought to life a radically new project and commercial intuition for this sector.
The collection comprises 29 pieces that are available in a variety of diﬀerent ﬁnishes and fabrics, with proﬁles inspired by natural forms and the strength of the elements. The essential lines of these pieces create a delicate minimalism: the chairs are seductive velvet stones, the chaises-longues combine simplicity and solidity, the mirrors with textile frames give a realistic three-dimensional sense of a carving or erosion.
Naturalness, minimalism and a careful balance also characterise the colour palette. Warm and cold hues intertwine unexpectedly but never randomly: strong shades that call to mind nature’s most intense countenance — the warmest earthy colours, brown, full yellows… — contrast with the pale nuances of linens that are reminiscent of stone or sand; but also, at the other end of the spectrum, dark velvets announcing the colour of the depths, somewhere between blue and brown.
UNO Essential represents a turning point in the contract world and is just the ﬁrst collection UNO Contract will be presenting in this market. Future partnerships with other leading designers and architects are in the making, for the development of new contract solutions that will further add to the company’s range of offers for its customers.
Matteo Lavazza Seranto