Wild and wet: the new bathrooms getting in touch with nature

Wild and wet: the new bathrooms getting in touch with nature

It’s a long time since bathrooms were regarded as purely functionalist, private spaces for performing perfunctory, daily ablutions. For the past 20 years or so, they’ve been elevated to a potentially communal space people choose to linger in. Take clean-lined, open-plan wet rooms — redolent of hammams and, free of clunky shower screens and trays, appealingly spacious —which are still in vogue today. Or the freestanding bath positioned mid-bedroom, though this looks dated now. Read
The Intelligence: Architonic’s new Trend Analysis series

The Intelligence: Architonic’s new Trend Analysis series

It’s natural to compare. We all do it. Call it human nature. When such sizing-up is motivated by dissatisfaction or inadequacy, it’s probably not such a healthy activity. But if it’s underpinned by a desire to take stock, to see where you stand amongst your peers and how you can improve, it can reap reward. And when it has a clear business benefit, so much the better.
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STARON® Hotel Room Doors for the Smart Hotel of the Future

STARON® Hotel Room Doors for the Smart Hotel of the Future

Just as over the past decade online booking systems have simplified the search for the right accommodation for the next holiday or an upcoming business trip, new communication technology combined with innovative materials will in future extend and improve the quality of hotel facilities.
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Textile Facades: State of the Art at Techtextil 2015

Textile Facades: State of the Art at Techtextil 2015

Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, will open its doors in Frankfurt, Germany, from 4 to 7 May 2015. Besides countless other applications of these products in the context of industrial manufacturing processes, applications for architectural use are only one aspect – but an obviously very attractive one. Some exhibitors’ exemplary reference projects already indicate the sector's enormous range and capability. And it’s in the nature of things that, when it comes to textile architecture, it’s almost invariably a matter of highly customised solutions – sometimes the material itself, but always its specific application. Here at least, architects and manufacturers sing from the same hymn sheet, so to speak.
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Same But Different: Pfleiderer's DST System

Same But Different: Pfleiderer's DST System

The DST system from Pfleiderer will raise designers’ creative freedom to a whole new level, because, with the DST range, interiors can be decked out with different surfaces, textures and core materials and can thus be used to satisfy many technical requirements. The system allows for a single overall impression to be made, despite the use of different core materials.
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