Newsletter 11.2010

Liebe Leserinnen und Leser,

Ein ereignisreicher Herbst mit vielen interessanten Messen und Ausstellungen geht zu Ende. Wie immer waren wir viel für Sie unterwegs und haben die besten Produkte und Hersteller zusammengetragen.

Hier die Inhalte dieses Newsletters in Kürze:
- Im Gespräch mit dem britischen Designer Jasper Morrison
- Videos über ausgesuchte Neuheiten der Orgatec 2010
- Der Textildesigner Cristian Zuzunaga im Interview
- Die spannendsten Neuheiten der Cersaie 2010, Messe für Baukeramik und Badausstattung
- Eindrücke des 13. Designers' Saturday auf Architonic@Facebook. Werden Sie unser Fan und wir halten Sie auf dem Laufenden!

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A Life More Ordinary
Architonic meets Jasper Morrison
    A Life More Ordinary  
'I don't go out there wearing white suits and shooting my mouth off about things unnecessarily': Paris- and London-based British designer Jasper Morrison; photo 2007, Suki Dhanda

Respected British designer Jasper Morrison has learnt many things in the course of his career. For example, how to design products that create 'atmosphere', as he describes it, yet have longevity, and how to ignore the marketing machine that would turn design professionals into superstars. And how a violent pink can sometimes be, well, a bit too violent. Architonic spent some time at the recent Orgatec fair in Cologne with the thinking designer's designer.

Epistolary. What a nice word, I thought. Waiting for Jasper Morrison to arrive for an interview I'd arranged with him at this year's Orgatec fair in Cologne, I started to wonder whether talking to the respected British designer might not be such a good idea after all, and that perhaps I should have suggested a dialogue by exchange of email. Morrison is known, it's fair to say, as not being the most loquacious of people - something which sits in stark contrast to his trenchant and insightful writing on design, published over the last two decades in the form of numerous books and essays.

   
Jasper Morrison's new 'HAL' range for Vitra, 2010: 'We've spent three years working out what shape it should be. You'd be amazed how many one-piece shells aren't worked out at all, which are not comfortable'; photo Marc Eggimann ©Vitra

Morrison's often restrained approach to conversation dovetails, however, with his design approach, one which eschews spectacle, excess and uselessness for rationalism, longevity and usefulness. In a world increasingly 'polluted' by design, by products whose sole purpose appears to serve a marketing-driven consumer need for the new, 'the leaving out the design seemed more and more the way to go,' as the designer wrote in his 2007 book 'Super Normal', which he co-authored with Naoto Fukasawa. Obsolescence, for Morrison, is itself an outdated notion.

But when it came to our particular conversation, Morrison spoke fluently and at surprising length about just what is at stake for him in this activity called design, about what it should mean, as opposed to what it has, sadly, come to mean to a lot of us. Yet in spite of his work functioning in part as a corrective (and a welcome one at that) to the surfeit of ill-conceived, or, even worse, unconsidered, products that fill our lives, he maintains that being a designer is 'just a job. The best thing you can do is stay in your studio and do it as well as you can,' he says. Jasper Morrison is just normal. Or maybe that's super normal.
 
 
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Orgatec 2010
Ausgesuchte Neuheiten im bewegten Bild
 
Wie immer waren wir auch auf der diesjährigen Oragtec in Köln mit unserem Video Team unterwegs, um Ihnen einige der besten Neuheiten etwas ausführlicher vorstellen zu können. Im Gespräch mit den Designern und leitenden Mitarbeitern konnten wir einige spannende Hintergrundinformationen zu den Produkten herausbekommen.
Viel Vergnügen!

















 
 
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Man of the Cloth
Cristian Zuzunaga talks textile and more
    Man of the Cloth  
'A life without pattern would be like a life without identity': London-based Spanish designer Cristian Zuzunaga

In the (unfortunate) hierarchy of design disciplines - just ask any architect and they'll confirm this - textile design has traditionally occupied a less-than-superior position. Spanish-born Londoner Cristian Zuzunaga has been troubling the creative order of things recently, however, with his conceptually and technically innovative work for such leading textile manfuacturers as Kvadrat and Nanimarquina. The interesting thing, though, is that he's not a textile designer, at least in terms of training. Architonic met up with Zuzunaga at the Design Post in Cologne during this year's Orgatec fair to pick at some threads.

   
Cristian Zuzunaga's new urban-landscape-inspired collection for Danish design-textile brand Kvadrat, shown at their London showroom during the 2010 London Design Festival

Like the material construction of his concept-led designs for high-end Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat, the young Spanish-born creative's work weaves together a multiplicity of visual and theoretical references. It's fair to say that Zuzunaga, perhaps best-known to date for his digital-meets-analogue pixel design conceit, articulated in its bold application to upholstered furniture (such as Ligne Roset's somewhat iconic Michel Ducaroy-designed 'Togo' sofa) and in its use in fashion, makes his work work as hard as he does. Beyond its function as a strong aesthetic, somewhat ironic, statement, this type of work also sets out to examine the relation between the two- and three-dimensional, the micro- and the macroscopic, the static and kinetic. Not bad for a bit of fabric.
 
 
Messe-Rückblick
Architonics Best of Cersaie 2010
    Messe-Rückblick  
'Mogul' von Inax erinnert an einen geknüpften Teppich

Die Cersaie 2010 - eine der grössten Fliesen- und Bad-Messen der Welt - findet jährlich in Bologna im Norden Italiens statt. Dies ist sicherlich kein Zufall. Während in Deutschland im 18. Jahrhundert das Fliesenleger-Handwerk noch kaum verbreitet war, gab es in Italien eine lange Tradition, da glasierte und bemalte Fliessen in vielen Kirchen z.B. zur Illustration von Bibelszenen verwendet wurden, aber auch als Bodenbelag oder Wandverkleidung eingesetzt wurden. Und noch heute gibt es in Italien viele Keramik- und Fliesenhersteller, die auf dieser Tradition aufbauen.
Wie bereits im Vorfeld der Cersaie angekündigt, präsentiert Ihnen Architonic nun die besten Neuheiten, die wir für Sie auf dieser beeindruckenden Messe recherchiert haben.

   
'Folded' ist das Resultat einer Kollaboration von Mutina mit dem Londoner Design-Studio Raw Edges
 
 
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Eindrücke des Designers' Saturday 2010
Regelmässig informiert mit Architonic@Facebook
 
Anfang November fand im schweizerischen Langenthal zum 13. Mal der Designers' Saturday statt - die beliebte Ausstellung für deren bemerkenswerte Installationen sich die teilnehmenden Hersteller besonders viel Mühe geben. Für alle, die nicht dabei sein konnten, haben wir auf Architonic@Facebook in fünf Teilen die besten Produkt- und Rauminszenierungen dokumentiert.

  Eindrücke des Designers' Saturday 2010
 
 
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Neue Projekte aus 'Architektur & Gestaltung'
 
ZGF Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP
  Neue Projekte aus 'Architektur & Gestaltung'  
John E.Jaqua Center for Student Athletes an der University of Oregon, Foto von Eckert & Eckert
Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture
   
Hariri Memorial Garden, Foto von Matteo Piazza
JSWD Architekten
   
Q1, ThyssenKrupp Quartier Essen, Foto von Christian Richters
Guilherme Machado Vaz
   
Stadium Matosinhos, Foto von Leonardo Finotti
GSarchitects
   
MP09 - Headquarters der Uniopt Pachleitner Group, Foto von Gerald Liebminger
za bor architects
   
Yandex internet company office in Ekaterinburg
 
 
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Weitere Artikel aus 'Aktuelles & Trends'
 
Valencia Disseny Week
  Weitere Artikel aus 'Aktuelles & Trends'

Die Sonne, der Wein, eine bezaubernde Innenstadt - in Valencia ist es nicht schwer, den Messeaufenthalt in vollen Zügen zu genießen. Dank der Einladung zu FEED, dem ersten Treffen internationaler Blogger und digitaler Medien, durch die Valencia Disseny Week und den ADCV, der Gesellschaft Valencianischer Designer, war es Architonic vergönnt, neben der Habitat Valencia auch Einblicke in die Produktionsstätten einiger spanischer Hersteller zu gewinnen.

Beton in der Architektur (3): Möbel & Objekte
 
In unserem vorläufig letzten Teil unserer Serie 'Beton in der Architektur' liegt der Fokus auf Verwendung von Beton in der Innenarchitektur, insbesondere für Objekte und Möbel.
'Life is important. Design is not important': Architonic goes for a walk with Alain Berteau at Interieur 2010
 

Alain Berteau is often told by journalists that he is representative of Belgian design. He's not so sure. Architonic caught up with architect-designer Berteau at the Interieur 2010 design biennale to discuss his latest work, the trouble with defining design in national terms, and why designers aren't as important as perhaps they (or, rather, we) think they are.
'There shouldn't be one rule about how to make furniture': in conversation with Interieur 2010 Designer of the Year Bram Boo
 

He's big in Belgium. And increasingly elsewhere, thanks to him being named Designer of the Year by prestigious design biennale Interieur 2010. Bram Boo's furniture designs delight and challenge in equal measure with their chaotic, often ironic, forms, which belie their resolutely practical functionality. Architonic made a date with the Belgian designer in Kortrijk to discuss his typology-troubling work.