If you’re a tennis fan you will be well aware of the Mutua Madrid Open, which took place last week. The Rethink Interiors team was extremely lucky to be invited to attend, courtesy of leading stone and surfaces supplier, Cosentino. The tennis game we attended – “Nadal / Kyrgios”- was one we will never forget, seeing Nadal play on his home ground, and win, was incredible.
The trip started with a typical Spanish lunch at the Tatel! As soon as we arrived, we couldn’t help but notice the 1920s styling, mixing together dark grey and the luxury details of copper. At the back of the restaurant there are Oxford style banquette seats in burgundy, which together with dark green furniture immediately catches your attention. The space planning was well thought through, with the bar and drinks area at the front, mixing high furniture with low, and an open dining area at the back amongst different floor levels. They also had private dining areas, each with their own unique design and a curtain wall providing the option of an intimate, private space.
Following lunch we headed to the recently opened Cosentino show room, the first store to open in Madrid. The showroom offered a vast amount of natural stone, wood and metal affects, with the added ability of being able to access the latest in technology in order to choose exactly the right product. By using an iPad to select varying filters, you can narrow down the selection on offer and find the perfect finish for a project.
On our way to “La Caja Magica” where the tournament was taking place, we went through one of the most important streets in the city “El Paseo del Prado”, where we saw “El Museo del Prado”, and other striking buildings like “Caixa Forum” and ” Museo Reina Sofia”. Unfortunately, the weather in Madrid was not as expected, and as we queued to enter the tournament the skies opened. Once inside we headed to the Cosentino box where we enjoyed drinks and nibbles with the Cosentino team and were entertained by a chef demonstrating how to make steak tartar.
The view we had of the tennis courts from our seat was unbelievable and it was an amazing experience being inside the “concrete giant” building, the work of architect Dominic Perrault. Once the game was over we ended the evening celebrating with dinner and some drinks in the VIP area, unfortunately there was no sign of Nadal wondering around, but still a day we will never forget! Thanks so much Chris and Cosentino for a fantastic trip to Madrid.
To find out more about Cosentino visit their website www.cosentino.com