Working It, Living It: Arper's new 'soft-tech' furniture

Working It, Living It: Arper's new 'soft-tech' furniture

Premium Italian design brand Arper has made it its job to look at our jobs – the ongoing changes in the where and the how we work – responding with a collection of high-performance furniture designs that don't slack off in the aesthetics department. Lire
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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Hélène Binet — À l’origine de nouvelles pratiques

Hélène Binet — À l’origine de nouvelles pratiques

Reconnue comme l’une des plus grandes photographes d’architecture actuelles, Hélène Binet travaille exclusivement en argentique. Dans un style qui n’appartient qu’à elle, cette artiste franco-suisse a immortalisé certains des projets les plus monumentaux du dernier quart de siècle et collaboré avec de grands noms de l’architecture tels que David Chipperfield, Peter Eisenmann, Peter Zumthor et bon nombre d’autres grands maîtres contemporains. Elle a également offert de nouvelles perspectives sur certains des plus grands joyaux des temps modernes, comme la maison de la Culture d’Helsinki (Aalto Kulttuuritalo) ou encore l’église Saint-Pierre de Firminy, conçue par Le Corbusier.
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Parking Systems by Wöhr Make the Most of Every Last Inch of Space

Parking Systems by Wöhr Make the Most of Every Last Inch of Space

When the first ‘modern automobile’ was introduced to the world, it was the year 1886. The ultramodern horseless vehicle would remain the exception for a number of years, and parking problems were unknown, and still a long way off. Wöhr was founded in 1902, just 16 years later – albeit as an ordinary metalworking shop and not as an originator or planner of parking systems.
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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 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.
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