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New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) Jul 16, 2012
Airport Lounge Simulates An Urban Park To Soothe Harried Flyers On the few occasions IOve had the pleasure of sitting in a business-class airport lounge, I wasnOt struck so much by the dcor (which must have been inoffensive albeit unremarkable) as much as by the amenities: free food and beverage, and more electrical outlets than you could count. Air FranceOs new lounge at the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport is designed for harried travelers to take notice of their surroundings, and even be lulled into a relaxing state by the park-inspired motif. Designed by the French rising star No Duchaufour-Lawrance in conjunction with Brandimage, the sprawling 32,000-square-foot interior is delineated by pathways that cut across the expanse to create distinctive spaces. The paths are organized like the branches of a plant bending toward the light, and divide the room into discrete functions without the use of partitions. Other touches borrowed from nature: Side tables that sprout light fixtures with leaf-patterned shades and tree-shaped candelabras, both custom-made for Air France. The challenge, Duchaufour-Lawrance tells Co.Design, was to create a pleasant, bright space that performs multiple functions--from dining and working to relaxing and sleeping--and communicates the Air France brand without obvious signage. Conjuring up the sensation of walking through an urban park, the designer says, OThe feeling of freedom in a structured, designed envelope was the goal.O Jul 16, 2012 1544-3760
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