Architonic Newsletter 02.2014

Dear Readers

During recent years more and more products and concepts have been appearing which interact with walls and accordingly permit a more flexible and efficient approach to the distribution of space. We've taken a closer look at these products and concepts, and now report on a range of ideas for merging furniture with walls and their sources of inspiration.

Here's what you'll find in our February Newsletter:

  • Lean On Me: wall-supported furniture and lighting
  • Architonic Photo Tours: Maison&Objet Paris and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2014
  • More Articles from Architonic 'News &Trends'
  • Inspiring Search Results N° 26: Freestanding wardrobes
  • Inspiring Spaces N° 18: Drawings
  • Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic

 

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Mareel | Cinema and Music Venue by Gareth Hoskins Architects | Lerwick, Shetland | United Kingdom | Completed 2012
photographer: ©Mark Sinclair

Headline Formal and Functional Innovations: the A-Chair made by Brunner

The A-Chair, designed by jehs+laub, a chair for large venues and events, is convincing at first sight. Its smooth junction from seat shell to frame makes it appear all of a piece, and as a modular all-purpose chair, it sets new benchmarks in terms of design, material and handling. In professional event operation, the A-Chair fulfils all requirements, with a winning combination of high seating comfort and discreet elegance. To accommodate individual design purposes, it is available in a variety of versions, with a great number of possible material, colour and fabric combinations, suitable for any room. From puristic and monochrome plastic all the way to the noble looks of a polished die-cast aluminium frame equipped with stained oak plywood shell featuring a leather through liner as upholstery: possible combinations abound.

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Lean On Me: wall-supported furniture and lighting

We all need a little support sometimes. Behind the growing trend in furniture and lighting for wall-leaning or wall-mounted designs is a diversity of factors, among them the practical, the social and the aesthetic. Architonic gets up close and personal.

Taipei-based Kenyon Yeh’s powder-coated steel ‘Yeh’ console for manufacturer Menu. ‘It’s perfect to rest books, flowerpots, lamps or your afternoon coffee on,’ he says. ‘Use it in your hall or as a bedside table’

Designers today are fascinated with furniture that interacts with walls. One conceit in particular captures their imagination: two-legged or even one-legged furniture and lighting that leans nonchalantly against walls. These pieces might look insouciantly casual, but there’s more to them than meets the eye.

Designers are in thrall to them partly because they’re generally pared-down and skeletal and so space-saving. What’s more, they’re flexible as they can be easily moved about. Their informality also appeals for its modernity. And these pieces are often dual-functional or multifunctional, making them even more space-saving. Some are even wall-hung.

Christoph Goechnahts’s prize-winning, multifunctional ‘Ordnungshalber’ storage system pays homage to the 19th-century Shaker custom of wall-mounted peg rails

There’s nothing new, of course, about wall-hung furniture: in the 19th-century homes of the Shakers in the United States, chairs and mirrors were hung, when not in use, on peg rails fixed to walls to maximise space and make it easier to sweep floors. The Shakers also favoured built-in furniture for being space-saving. More recently, designers Tom Loeser (in the 1980s) and Michael de Forest and Christy Oates (in the Noughties) have created wall-hung, 2D, abstract artworks which convert into furniture. These save space, and, significantly, blur the boundaries between design and fine art.

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Architonic Photo Tours: Maison&Objet Paris and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2014

Maison&Objet Paris January 2014

 

'April in Paris' goes the the old Broadway song. But for a number of years now, the smart crowd head to the French capital in January for the spring edition of the now firmly established Maison&Objet design fair. With visitor numbers high, and creative and business conversation in full flow, this January's installment of the twice-yearly Paris design trade fair Maison&Objet didn't disappoint. If you didn't manage to be there, now's your chance to make your way through the fairground halls virtually, thanks to our extensive photo tours. Bon voyage!

 

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2014

 

Last year's edition of the always highly polished and well-organised Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, SFF, saw in excess of 35,000 visitors pass through its doors. This year's equally well-attended event presented across its various halls over 500 confident exhibitors – ranging from the best Scandi brands, through leading manufacturers internationally, to a raft of eager young designers, all keen to engage with their fair-going public and all sharing a deep-seated passion for good design.

The relatively compact size of the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair means that chance (and scheduled, of course) encounters with other visitors are common, allowing for meaningful creative and business conversations to develop over the course of the fair. The young design talent on show, meanwhile, had a less experimental, more production-oriented feel to it this time round.

Didn't manage to make it to Swedish capital week before last? Fear not. Architonic brings you the best from the fair in the form of our detailed photo tours.

For the very first time Architonic also hosted an Architonic Disco at the renowned Berns Gallery, where an astonishing crowd made up of the who is who of the Nordic and international design scenes celebrated on the first night of SFF.  Varsågod!

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More Articles from Architonic 'News &Trends'

Go Your Own Way: Tobia Scarpa

A chip of the old block Tobia Scarpa certainly isn’t. Son of acclaimed architectural maestro Carlo Scarpa, the innovative designer, who turns 80 next year, was determined from the outset to plough his own creative furrow, in spite of his architectural training…

Ron Arad – Deconstructed / reconstructed

For over thirty years, Ron Arad has been producing unique objects that define a practise that falls somewhere between architecture, sculpture and design. If, in these creative fields, the longstanding question about whether form should follow function is…

The Printed Environment: 3D printing goes architectural

3D-printed architecture might seem like the stuff of the future, but a number of architects are experimenting to try to turn tomorrow's fantasy builds into today's innovative projects. Architonic investigates…

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Inspiring Search Results N° 26

Freestanding wardrobes

 

Inspiring Spaces N° 18

Drawings

Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic

Marco Guazzini

Gru | Italy | Completed 2012
photographer: Beppe Brancato

Wittfoht Architects

WTO-Extension | Genève | Switzerland | Completed 2013
photographer: Brigida González

Gareth Hoskins Architects

Mareel | Cinema and Music Venue | Lerwick, Shetland | United Kingdom | Completed 2012
photographer: ©Mark Sinclair