STARON® – Inspired by Wildlife – Combines Biomorphic Forms with Material Innovation at 100% Design

STARON® – Inspired by Wildlife – Combines Biomorphic Forms with Material Innovation at 100% Design

A killer whale, an owl and an armadillo were among the creatures that inspired a collection of furniture and products presented by Samsung SDI Chemical at the recent London Design Festival to demonstrate the versatility of its STARON® solid-surface material. Architonic went along to discuss the new species of products enabled by these innovative surfaces. Read
Fascinating precision – glazed steel

Fascinating precision – glazed steel

What began with enamelled water cans and bowls in 1896 has today culminated in A˘form – an impressive and extensive collection of basins and washstands for the personalised design of high-quality and aesthetic washplace solutions. As before, glazed steel is at the heart of product and design development at Alape, the Goslar-based manufacturer. Competence and innovative capacity make the company an ideal partner for planners and architects designing sophisticated sanitary rooms in private and semi-public areas. Custom-made products and special solutions are challenges that the company approaches with confidence and increasingly often. This is exactly the type of situation in which the flexibility of a manufacturer comes into its own.
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Zumtobel and Fraunhofer Institute Study Brings User Preferences to Light

Zumtobel and Fraunhofer Institute Study Brings User Preferences to Light

With a global user study on perceived lighting quality in offices, which the Austrian luminaire manufacturer Zumtobel is conducting together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) in Stuttgart, the company is making an important contribution to basic research.
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The Fabrics of Moroso:Textile Completes Italian Craftsmanship

The Fabrics of Moroso:Textile Completes Italian Craftsmanship

Given that Patrizia Moroso has a history of mingling with artists and cartoonists, it’s not surprising that the objects produced by the brand founded by her father, Agostino are visually compelling. Thanks to the art director’s eye for organic shapes and her feel for materials the Italian company rose to the main stage in the 1980s and has been a powerhouse ever since.
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Flooring: Spaces, Signs and Senses

Flooring: Spaces, Signs and Senses

India is one of the most stimulating environments I have ever been in. It was in Viluppuram, a small town in the far south-east of India, 40 km west of the Bay of Bengal, that I discovered Rangoli, a symbolic floor art, outside many people’s homes. Rangoli’s ancient symbols are thought to bring good luck and have been passed down through the ages, from one generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive and, fortunately for all who visit, creating entrance areas that are both beautiful and meaningful.
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