imm Special 01.2009

Dear Readers

Your Architonic team wishes you inspiring ideas, great projects and lots of success in meeting the challenges which 2009 will bring! We're looking forward to the coming year, in which we will be available to you at a number of exhibitions with our new Concept Space II.

In this Special Letter on the occasion of the imm cologne we want to inform you about the special events which will be happening in Cologne and to invite you to our traditional gin and tonic aperitif at the exhibition.

You can download your Architonic Guide to the imm cologne with the most important manufacturers here. We are also happy to present the box designed by Konstantin Grcic which will be used to display the Guide at the fair.

Be inspired!

Your Architonic team
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The Making of Architonic Concept Space II
At the ETH Zurich's department of architecture and digital production the various modules of the Architonic's Concept Space II 'grow' under the elegant motions of robotic arms

The vision behind the Architonic Concept Spaces is to bring together innovative designers on the one hand with the latest technologies, materials and producers on the other. This year the series is being continued by the Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler, in cooperation with Swisspor (materials sponsor) and AGF AG for liquid sealing (processing partner - PU coating).

  The Making of Architonic Concept Space II

The department of architecture and digital production at the ETH Zurich, which has been led by Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler since 2005, specialises in the concept of 'digital materiality', the linking of digital data with material and the resulting findings for design and production processes in architecture. The aim is to design digitally generated structural sections in original size using computer-controlled tools and robots in an application-specific way. This doesn't just improve efficiency but also creates greater design freedom, going well beyond the usual standards.

Most recently Gramazio & Kohler used this technology to design the Swiss pavilion at the last Architectural Biennale in Venice, presenting an impressive, threefold curvilinear new interpretation of a traditional brick building.


With Architonic's Concept Space II Gramazio & Kohler are now providing a further example of this special focal point of their research - additive production. In comparison to the more widely spread subtractive process which is connected with digitally controlled milling, this technology avoids serious wear and tear on the part of the material.

In the design of the Architonic Concept Space II design methods and production process run counter to each other in that they are at the same time subtractive and additive. The forms are digitally »eroded« from simple cubes using subtractive logic, with the necessary parameters such as statics and functional spaces being integrated in the calculations. A conventional industrial robot then additively assembles and glues variously sized full-scale segments to form the shell of the structure. The result is a fascinating, three-dimensional »pixel landscape« which does not try to conceal its digital origins.
Special Events imm cologne

[d3] design talents Hall 3.1
For the fourth time, young and creative designers present fresh ideas and new concepts within the framework of [d3] design talents. In Hall 3.1 young and independent people give new impetus and show inspiring concepts for tomorrow's design. This event consisting of the three sections [d3] contest, [d3] professionals and [d3] schools has over the years established itself as an inspiring and important segment of the imm cologne.

Stephen Burks' Composite Lounge Hall 11.1
One of the highlights is New York based designer Stephen Burks' Composite Lounge in hall 11.1 His latest Project raises the question if the enormous abundance of industrially produced mass furniture is compatible with the demands of sustainable economic activities.

  Special Events imm cologne  
Stephen Burks' Composite Lounge

interior innovation award - the best novelties Hall 3.1
For the seventh time, the imm cologne in cooperation with the German Design Council awards the most outstanding innovations in five categories: Best Item, Best System, Best Detail, Material Innovation and Classic Innovation. The weekend before the fair begins, an international jury composed of the design experts Julie Lasky, Johanna Grawunder, Jörg Boner, Edward Barber, Dieter Pesch and Andrej Kupetz nominates the winners. Then, on January 19th, the evening of the first day of the fair, the awards ceremony is held in hall 3.1. In the further course of the imm cologne, all award-winning products are presented at a special exhibition dedicated to novelties, in hall 3.1.

informed by cologne Messeboulevard
Stephen Burks, architect Eero Koivisto from Stockholm, Paris based Israeli designer Arik Levy, design journalist Marcus Fairs from London and the Italian designer and textile expert Giulio Rodolfo from Udine classified numerous novelties and discussed their observations as well as striking developments, predominating colors and materials. In the end, they worked out four key trends: »Extra Much«, »Near and Far«, »Tepee Culture« and »Re-run Time«. These megatrends for 2009 will be introduced in an elaborate installation at the fair's Boulevard.
Gin and tonic aperitif on Tuesday 20.1.09
From 17 hrs in the Architonic Concept Space located in the corridor between Halls 10 and 11

Just like last year we take pleasure in inviting you to the annual gin and tonic aperitif in our Concept Space at this year's imm cologne, where we look forward to thanking all our customers and friends and drinking a toast with you to a successful past year!

  Gin and tonic aperitif on Tuesday 20.1.09
Grcic's smallest piece of furniture
The new Architonic Guide Box, created by Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design

For six years now Architonic has been regularly publishing its Architonic Guides to the major exhibitions in Cologne, Frankfurt, Milan and London. The Guides feature especially interesting premium exhibitors, selected on an independent basis by the Architonic jury, and enable architects, interior designers and retailers to find their way through the exhibition jungle to what they really want to see. The Guides are available from the stands of the selected exhibitors, which means they quickly find their way into the hands of the right target groups, creating a community which benefits all those are part of it. The presentation of the Guides plays an important role in the process, and in the past two years this has been effected by a laser-cut, single-section aluminium stand developed by the Zurich designer Beat Karrer.

  Grcic's smallest piece of furniture

Architonic has now commissioned Konstantin Grcic to develop the next generation of this miniature furniture. Who better to engage for a project which involves the design of functional and stylish folding objects? Konstantin Grcic has, with examples such as the Diana series for ClassiCon or the Teepee chair for Cassina, demonstrated that he is a master of exploiting surfaces as the starting point of his design. Even the conceptional basis for the famous Chair_One for Magis can be regarded as a composition consisting of triangular surfaces.

In the Architonic Guide Box Grcic has succeeded in creating a folding object which meets all the facets of the complex requirements made of it. The challenge was to create a box which can be filled with Architonic Guides at the printer's, will serve as transport packaging and can without further processing be folded into a stylish display for the Guides. The object also has to be immediately recognisable while at the same time blending in with the individual design of the exhibition stand where it is placed. This is precisely what Grcic has succeeded in achieving with his reflecting laminated cardboard. Just like a chameleon the box reflects the colours and lighting of its surroundings and becomes part of these.


For the exterior of the box the Zurich graphic artist Trix Barmettler designed an ingenious composition involving elements of the Architonic logo, which is highlighted by the folds and reflections of the surface. The glittering result made its first highly successful appearance at last year's Orgatec and will this year accompany Architonic at the imm cologne, in Milan and at ish in Frankfurt, among other major exhibitions.

We are very pleased by the success of our cooperation with Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design and by the fact that we can now present our Architonic Guides to you in such a stylish manner.
Architonic Guide imm cologne 09
Let us guide you

For the imm cologne we have, as every year, selected for you the most interesting exhibitors and displayed these in our practical Architonic Guide complete with a layout plan and stand number. The Architonic Guide is available at the stands of all the listed manufacturers, or as a download here.

  Architonic Guide imm cologne 09
Designspotter invites to the Cologne Design Week 2009
International, young Design at the imm cologne

This year too Designspotter, the online portal for young design, will once more be presenting the work of more than 50 international designers on an impressive area of over 500 square metres in Hall 3.1. In addition, every day throughout the entire week of the exhibition the Designspotter HQ in Cologne's Sixpack will be putting on a new audio-visual DJ and VJ programme. We're looking forward to it!

  Designspotter invites to the Cologne Design Week 2009
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Louis XIV Extruded
Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents Sebastian Brajkovic's furniture series 'Lathe'.

His works are morphings - re-interpretations of antique items of furniture with a cultural origin which can be clearly identified, generally chairs in the style of the 17th century.

Ideas and Solutions for the Interior

In the form of a script Kristina Raderschad has put together a collection of annotated illustrations which deal with those aspects of our homes which do not normally form the highlights of books and magazines on home furnishing.

Unknown »Bauhaus« by Gropius and Breuer discovered
HÄUSER shows an exclusive photo report on the villa in Pittsburgh

HÄUSER, the magazine for international architecture, design and lifestyle, has come across a so-far unknown house by Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. In its 1/2009 issue the magazine presents the villa in an exclusive photo feature.