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Client:

ASM Global

Credits:

In-house design

Our VIP lounge and restaurant furniture was six years old and beginning to look tired and dated. We looked at a lot of products online but found Andy Thornton to be the best, as they have a physical showroom where you can try and test the products. Andy Thornton worked with us on layout, budget and practicalities of what we needed. We couldn't be happier with our new furniture; the lounge looks great. Lisa Turton, Head of Sales & Hospitality, first direct arena.

THE BLACK & WHITE LOUNGE

The Black & White Lounge is the luxury hospitality facility within first direct arena, Leeds, with space for up to 300 guests. The high-profile venue, with its own entrance and reception, is ideal for conferences, meetings, networking events, presentations, breakfast events, dinners and drinks receptions, as well as being popular pre-show.

The lounge has just received a major interior makeover, with all the bar and restaurant furniture sourced from Andy Thornton. Tables and chairs have been carefully selected for their flexibility as much as for their contract quality and style. All areas can be partitioned into separate zones, so the furniture needed to be lightweight and robust, as layouts are changed on a daily basis.

FLEXIBLE FURNITURE LAYOUT

For the main seating area, we supplied our popular Glow side chair, most upholstered in dark grey faux leather, with others in a striking blue velvet to add a splash of colour. Lunar table bases in black steel rod are strong and easy to manoeuvre and with square and rectangular walnut-finished timber tops, any layout configuration is possible.

ELEGANT BAR STOOLS

Alongside the bar counter, drink shelves and partitions, elegant Brunswick bar stools were supplied, some with poseur tables to create different eye-level viewing. Polished dark walnut with seat and back upholstered in the matching dark grey faux leather, they feature button-back detailing to the chair back.

LOUVRE SIDE CHAIRS IN MATT BLUE VELVET

Overlooking the arena plaza, the floor-to-ceiling windows provide welcome natural light. Here we supplied a run of tables between the columns. This time the Lunar table bases are fitted with circular walnut-stained tops to create a comfortable, relaxing feel, combined with elegant brass-framed Louvre side chairs, upholstered in Designers Guild matt blue velvet.

ICONIC ROCK ALBUMS

The raised area adjacent to the bar features back-lit photo-walls of iconic rock and pop album covers and this area is furnished with more Glow side chairs, exclusively upholstered in dark grey faux leather and Lunar tables.

PRIVATE FINE DINING AREA

To the rear of the Black & White Lounge is the private fine-dining area, with 40 covers. This is located in a quiet corner of the venue and can be left open, or curtained off for total privacy. Here the same versatile combination of Glow side chairs with Lunar bases with square walnut tops are the perfect foil for the black-painted walls and white-framed graphics.

WORLD-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT VENUE

first direct arena is the major 13,000 capacity, world-class entertainment venue located in Leeds city centre. Operated by ASM Global, the world’s leading venue management and services company, it hosts live music, comedy, entertainment shows and sporting events. Opened in 2013, it was voted Best New Venue in the World 2014 at the Stadium Business Awards.

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