As on other occasions, the most recent Milan Furniture Fair (Salone Internazionale del Mobile Milano) was attended by numerous companies, studios and professionals who hail from Valencia, representing the sector of design, furniture and lighting. Below we will introduce just a few of the designs on display in Milan, by acclaimed Valencian-based companies from the home furnishings’ sector.
From 24th to 28th April, Valencias marina will once again roll out the red carpet to host the latest edition of the Valencia Boat Show, a boat exhibition that aims to surpass last year’s numbers, both in terms of visitors, as well as exhibitors. These aspirations would see more than 50,000 attendees visit the iconic Veles e Vents building.
Since last week the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the square in front of the town hall of Valencia, has been adorned with sculptures by British artist Henry Moore. Moore’s work, which comprises seven imposing bronze sculptures, will be on display for admiring onlookers until the first week of May as part of the traveling exhibition entitled ‘Arte en la Calle’, meaning ‘Art on the Street’, sponsored by La Caixa Foundation.
Nestled in the heart of El Barrio del Carmen, the old town centre of Valencia, stands a beautiful gothic building which was once the residence of the Marquis de Malferit and is one of the best preserved buildings on the Calle Caballeros in Valencia. Towards the end of the 19th century, a series of renovations was carried out, radically transforming the interior as well as the façade to resemble the architectural style of the Italian Renaissance.
The 1999 Final of La Copa del ReyThe 80s were undoubtedly a decade of disappointment for Valencia CF fans. Although during the first half of the decade the team was on top of European football, earning the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup title and the UEFA Super Cup (the first Spanish team to win), finally in 1986, after a brush with disaster, they were pushed down to the Second Division.
Valencia CF is celebrating an important birthday this year as one of Spain’s, and even Europe’s most important football clubs for 95 years. The football club’s historical trajectory began in March 1919 in the now long-gone Bar Torino, when a group of friends and football aficionados decided to establish a team in Valencia, under the name Valencia Foot-ball Club.
Bioparc, the next generation of zoo situated in the city of Valencia, recently celebrated its 6th birthday. Centred about the philosophy of zoo immersion, Bioparc Valencia enables visitors to integrate into wild habitats such as the African savannah, the wetlands, Madagascar and equatorial forests, all the while avoiding the use of physical and visual barriers usually present in other zoos around the world. This unique setup creates a feeling of seamless continuity between the various habitats as well as the space shared between the animals and the visiting public.
The Valencian company Mariner, which last year celebrated its 120th anniversary, was present again this year at the collaborative initiative for interior décor and furniture design ‘Nos vemos en Valencia’, or ‘See you in Valencia’. Held in Feria Valencia from 11 to 14 February, the event combined under one roof the fairs Hábitat, Cevisama and Fimma-Maderalia which displayed the latest bathroom fixtures, light pieces and furniture designs.
The Centro del Carmen museum in Valencia will display from the 30 March a retrospective spanning the trajectory of Valencian-born designer José Martínez-Medina (1919-2006). The exhibition entitled ‘Martínez-Medina, diseñando una vida’, commissioned by professor Manuel Martínez Torán from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, brings together pieces created by the Valencian designer in the 50s all the way through to the 90s, including both interior design and furniture pieces, some of which have been recently reissued.
On 3 February, the 21st International Architecture Exhibition was launched by globally-renowned Valencian company Porcelanosa Group, in their hometown of Villareal. The exhibition will be held until the 7th, allowing visitors to gain insight into the latest designs by eight of the companies which make up the group (Porcelanosa, Venis, L’Antic Colonial, Urbatek, Gamadecor, Noken, Systempool and Butech) by walking the impressive exhibition space which covers a vast 13,500m2.
According to recent data released by the Spanish government, last year the Valencian Community saw the largest increase in the numbers of tourist in Spain. Almost 6 million visitors (5.9 according to exact figures released by the Ministry of Industry) arrived in the provinces of Alicante, Valencia and Castellón over the course of 2013, which resulted in an increase of 11.4% compared to last year’s figures. The Valencian Community landed more than 18% of the total of foreign tourists who came to Spain last year, taking fifth place in the country for the number of visitors, beaten only by Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and Andalucía, and even overtaking the Madrid Community.
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