Archiproducts Milano, Italy, by Serena Confalonieri

Ten installations by Kriskadecor that use chain curtains to dramatic effect

Promotion: from space dividers to ceiling features, Kriskadecor creates bespoke hanging installations from colourful aluminium chains. Here, we've rounded up ten of the Spanish brand's most prominent projects.

Each of Kriskadecor's chain-link fixtures can be customised with different colours, shapes and sizes that can be tailored to different environments, whether interior or exterior.

Since it was founded in 1926, the brand has refined its production process, integrating 20 per cent recycled content and anodising the metal for durability and colourfastness.

"We have developed a unique manufacturing process which has been fine-tuned over the years by relying on an essential cornerstone, the human component," said Kriskadecor.

"The chain links spring from a perfect balance between an industrial process and the oversight of our technicians, whose expert hands check each project in detail."

Read on for ten of the brand's seminal installations.


MiQ New York office, USA, by Sydness Architects, Design Republic and Emma Louise Ingham
Photo is by Jon Nissenbaum

MiQ office, USA, by Sydness Architects, Design Republic and Emma Louise Ingham

A gradient curtain of sunset-coloured chains offers a contrast against the neutral interiors of this office in New York by marketing company MiQ.

The divider is designed to help separate the space into a series of open, spacious work areas to encourage collaboration without blocking natural light from streaming into the interior.


Linder Cycling Hotel, Italy, by Perathoner Architects
Photo is by Tiberio Sorvillo

Linder Cycling Hotel, Italy, by Perathoner Architects

High up in the Dolomite Alps, guests of this bike-friendly hotel can unwind in a dedicated spa where privacy is provided courtesy of the Nieva de Noche curtains by Barcelona-based designer Claire Davies.

Chainlinks of various colours including deep blue, black and pale silver create intricate patterns that resemble raindrops while blending in with the moody palette of the surrounding interior.


Nando's Altrincham, UK, by Stac Architecture

Instead of being anodised to create different colours, the aluminium links used in this particular installation are lacquered in a saturated yellow hue from Kriskadecor's new Luxe Edition palette, which provides a more matte finish while improving durability.

While this version was custom made to suit a restaurant interior by English practice Stac Architecture, the collection also includes an extensive range of other Pantone and RAL colours from Capri Blue to Raspberry Red.


Aldgate Tower, UK, by Basha Franklin
Photo is by Philip Durrant

Aldgate Tower, UK, by Basha Franklin

Suspended in an east London office tower, this feature helps to close the distance between the atrium's floor and its towering ceilings in a bid to make the room feel more welcoming.

Here, the chains are arranged into three cylindrical segments of different sizes and ombre colours that complement the seating nooks below.


Westfield Mall of the Netherlands by MVSA Architects
Photo is by Joni Isreali

Westfield Mall of the Netherlands by MVSA Architects

More than 230 kilometres worth of chains in shades of gold and brown hang from the ceiling in the cafeteria of Holland's largest shopping centre.

Organised into 30 curved panels, the installation meanders its way through the interior, imitating the organic flow of air while helping to create a sense of intimacy within the vast commercial space.


Kohakinho restaurant, Switzerland, by Bruno Huber

Kohakinho restaurant, Switzerland, by Bruno Huber Architetti

In this sushi restaurant in Lugano, the decor is matched to the menu with a sculptural fish-shaped lamp dangling from the ceiling while a Kriskadecor feature wall creates the impression of being underwater.

The installation's colour gradient starts on the ceiling with shades of orange, brown and gold that tie into the rest of the interior, before going on to incorporate various hues of blue towards the bottom.


KI20 Business Centre, Hungary, by MadiLancos Studio
Photo is by Palkó György

KI20 Business Centre, Hungary, by MadiLancos Studio

Lengths of aluminium in a delicate champagne colour run along the length of three entire floors in the interior courtyard of this renovated Neo-Renaissance-style office in Budapest.

Beyond adding a sense of understated elegance, they also help to conceal the building's unsightly plumbing and electrics.


Archiproducts Milano, Italy, by Serena Confalonieri
Photo is by Marcela Grassi

Archiproducts Milano, Italy, by Serena Confalonieri

Thanks to the natural durability of the anodised aluminium, Kriskadecor's wall hangings can also be applied to the exterior of a building like cladding, as seen on the Archiproducts shop in Milan.

Here, the custom installation is mounted using a special fixing system, customised to fit the shape of the facade and imbued with a vibrant geometric pattern.


Cafe Karavaevi, Russia, by Marina Bagrova
Photo is by Denis Vasiliev

Cafe Karavaevi, Russia, by Marina Bagrova

Winding strips of apricot-coloured aluminium are arranged around the overhead lamps in this Moscow cafe in order to diffuse their cold, functional light.

With their gentle shape and colouring, the dangling fixtures help to bring a sense of softness to an otherwise industrial space.


IPG Mediabrands, Netherlands, by Tétris Netherlands
Photo is by Niels Kramer

IPG Mediabrands, Netherlands, by Tétris

Instead of walls, this rest area in the Dutch office of IPG Mediabrands is bounded by transparent aluminium-chain curtains on two sides in order to allow light to permeate into the rest of the interior.

An undulating frame creates a doorway on one side, which can be customised in any number of organic and geometric shapes.

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This article was written by Dezeen for Kriskadecor as part of a partnership. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.