On the eve of its winning tenure as World Design Capital 2022, Valencia’s City Hall has unveiled an inaugural design project within its historic Fireplace Hall reception room.
Created by Cosín Estudio, works by five Valencian companies who have each received Spain’s prestigious National Design Award—Actiu, Andreu World, LZF, Point, and Punt Mobles—sit alongside examples of Valencia’s design heritage, such as the reception room’s remarkable Mosaico Nolla floor. Pepe Cosín, Cosín Estudio’s CEO, explains: ‘We have updated the space with iconic pieces of furniture and lighting with Valencian DNA; at the same time, we have liberated it to highlight its virtues, such as the spectacular Nolla floor, an example of our heritage.’
In designing the Fireplace Hall interior for Valencia World Design Capital 2022, Cosín Estudio imagined the space as a ‘business card’, highlighting Valencia’s status as a design capital. The reception room features work, meeting, and rest areas—with furniture from Actiu, Andreu World, Point, and Punt Mobles—and lighting from LZF. Graphic posters from six National Design Prize winners (all Valencian) adorn the walls, together with four graphic works from Valencia’s Municipal Historical Archive. Ibán Ramón’s poster depicting Valencia’s candidature for World Design Capital 2022 is included in the selection.
For this special project, Cosín Estudio chose two lights in collaboration with LZF: the Black Note Triplet floor lamp and the life-size Birdy. Modern, elegant, and serene, the Black Note Triplet was designed by Spanish architect Ramón Esteve. Four of these lamps have been placed within the Fireplace Hall reception room. In one corner of the room, Birdy, the new and smaller sister of Big Bird, hangs gracefully above an office setting. This is the first Birdy fixture made and presented by LZF. Birdy was designed by the artist Isidro Ferrer and is made in collaboration with master artisan Manolo Martin (meet Manolo and Isidro here). An exquisite lamp, it is built with a traditional craft technique used by Fallas artisans, known as vareta. Birdy is doubtless an accomplished feat of wood craftsmanship, one that clearly delights the eye.