Newsletter 08.2008

Dear Readers,

Exclusively on Architonic: The Top 400 ranking of the most popular designers! As the world's leading data base for quality design, Architonic is also a barometer for trends on the international scene. With a user proportion of almost 70% consisting of professionals from the worlds of design and architecture, we asked ourselves the question of which designers are the most searched for at We're sure you will be interested in our Top 400 rankings.

Cork - an underestimated product is being rediscovered as an advanced raw material for furniture and product design: thanks to innovative production methods cork is now not just suitable for novel product applications - as a natural material it is also biodegradable and renewable. In our special topic we have put together for you a selection of first-class cork products.

In addition Architonic is offering you the opportunity to win one of 500 tickets to Orgatec in Cologne, the internationally renowned trade fair for the planning, furnishing and design of offices, hotels and public buildings.

Be inspired!

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Tactile Legerity
Cork: New appliances of a manifold natural material
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Cortica by Daniel Michalik, 2004

We've all experienced it at one time or another: we've been invited to dinner in a nice atmosphere and are looking forward to a promising wine. However, we wait in vain for the hoped-for 'plop' of the cork - instead the bottle is opened by the host with an unaesthetic twist of the screw top (which of course doesn't necessarily mean that the wine isn't as good as it promised to be).

Ondawallpanel by Daniel Michalik, 2005

In bottles of wine, the best-known use of natural cork as a material, it is increasingly being replaced by plastic corks, crown corks, screw tops or glass stoppers.
However, almost imperceptibly this natural material is undergoing a massive expansion in other areas of product design and seizes a trend of the 1960s.

Wash-Basin by Simpleformsdesign, 2008

Cork enables innovative production methods and new ways of interaction with the environment. Widely praised as a pioneering force in green trends, this tactile and unconventional material provides natural solutions to a number of product design requirements: cork is resilient and springy, sound absorbing, shock and fire resistant. Among aware designers and consumers cork is valued as a combinable and environmentally friendly material which is both sustainable and reusable. This natural material is 100% watertight, resistant to rotting and is therefore ideally suited to both inside and outside use. It's a popular material for children's products, too, because it is low in weight, tactile, easy to maintain and is soft and warm to the touch. In other words, cork has a wide range of applications. Special coatings which keep thin cork strong and flexible are applied in addition to processes such as casting and bending. As a result cork comes not just in the form of flooring but more and more also as bowls, stools, lamps, vases, sideboards, floating pool chairs and even as cast cork with Swarovski crystals. Or as a chaise longue which is ideal for relaxing with a bottle of good wine - opened with a corkscrew, of course.

Win free entrance tickets to Orgatec 2008 in Cologne
With more than 700 international exhibitors from 40 countries Orgatec is known worldwide as the leading trade fair for planning, furnishing and designing office facilities and buildings. The thematic focal point of the fair is the synthesis of furnishing - light - flooring - acoustics - media and conference technology in the workplace. There is great interest in particular in the "Architects' Offices" exhibition, the contents of which have been curated by Architonic. The Swiss photgrapher GeeLy caught impressions of architect´s offices, such as M. Fuksas, Graft, Kengo Kuma, Delugan Meissl, Henning Larsen amongst others.

All those who register by 30.9.2008 will have the opportunity to win one of 500 free tickets to Orgatec. The participation is exclusively possible for planners, architects and interior designers.

The winners will be informed by email. We look forward to welcoming you in Cologne at our Architonic-stand A70-B71 in Hall 9.

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Architonic´s Top 400
The 400 most accessed designers on
Which designers are accessed most frequently at To find out we have extracted the statistics for all the direct accessing of designers who are listed in the Architonic Product Library, the world's largest data base for high quality design. 'Direct accessing' means that the access was not via a link from a product or a manufacturer, but specifically via the 'Designer' sub-menu. In this way our designer ranking indicates which designers are actively researched as a 'brand' by our users, and ensures that the results are not distorted by the number of products a designer may have.

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BaObab by Philippe Starck, 2006 and Ad One by Antonio Citterio, 2004, both for Vitra

The leading places share, not particularly surprising, the usual suspects - with the eccentric French designer Philippe Starck ahead of them all. When he announced to the German weekly "Die Zeit" that he would be putting an end to his work as a designer in the near future because he is 'ashamed' of everything which he has so far designed and now regards design itself as 'vulgar elitism', reactions were divided. While some commented that "in his place I'd be ashamed, too", others regretted the impending departure of a designer who has had such a strong influence on the design world since the Eighties with his capricious creations. Philippe Starck is probably indifferent to all these reactions, and he enjoys the confusion and media attenation he caused.

Ranked young designers: Slide Shelf by Lutz Hüning and Linnea, prototype by Yuniic 2006

Apart from Starck the top places are shared between contemporary designers like Patricia Urquiola, Antonio Citterio or Piero Lissoni, and long-established figures such as Arne Jacobsen, Alvar Aalto and Achille Castiglioni.
Outside of the very top rankings one factor which has a strong influence on the results is that as part of Architonic Membership for Designers, those active members with their own portrait and product photos are highlighted in the alphabetical search lists. These are accessed proportionately more frequently, which turns this list into a ranking which is specific to Architonic.
If you are interested in our Designer Membership, which gives you the special possibility of presenting your prototypes to potential manufacturers, we look forward to receiving your registration.

Direct accesses from January until June 2008
100% Well Directed through the Fair
The Architonic Guide to 100%Design in London
100%Design, the design and materials trade fair in London, has grown into an important forum for manufacturers, dealers, designers and design enthusiasts from all round the world. Thanks to the division of the exhibition into 100%Detail, 100%Materials etc., the fair is becoming an increasingly interesting event, in particular for architects. And as the Design Festival takes place at the same time, a visit to London becomes an absolute must for lovers of good design.
To help you prepare for the increasing volume of what is on offer at the U.K.'s major design event, we have selected the best manufacturers and put them together in a clearly organised structure in our Architonic Guide, together with a hall layout plan and the relevant stand numbers.

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Architonic Guide for 100%Design
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