New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/de/story-feed New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/de/story-feed https://image.architonic.com/arc_black.jpg en Fri, 27 Jan 2023 08:13:40 +0100 Eyes on the prize: The winners of the German Design Awards 2023 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tanja-pabelick-eyes-on-the-prize-the-winners-of-the-german-design-awards-2023/20704898 Tue, 24 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 The results of the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/german-design-award/5205928">German Design Awards</a> 2023 present a distillation of contemporary trends. With its broad, international scope, the GDA showcase the best in design from various different areas – from branding to packaging to digital products, from consumer goods to architecture. The awards, presented by the German Design Council, celebrate the designs that move us. In 2023, the overarching theme is represented by our confrontation with ecological and social issues. Additionally, the pandemic has also left a clear mark. Lutz Dietzold, Managing Director of the <a href="https://www.german-design-council.de/en/about-us" target="_blank" rel="noopener">German Design Council</a> explains: ‘The <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/german-design-award/5205928">German Design Awards</a> make visible those companies, projects and products that move with and reflect the times, that drive sustainable solut…

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Fair share: Stefan Diez on the changing face of trade fairs | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-fair-share-stefan-diez-on-the-changing-face-of-trade-fairs/20704863 Wed, 25 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/stefan-diez/5208796">Stefan Diez</a> had a bellyful. Like many, the explosion of digital design events during the Covid pandemic left him feeling bloated. The unfettered stream of product presentations, webinars and other forms of online content was a clear case of quantity over quality. 'It was crazy and interesting in the first weeks, but then we had it up to here. The platform at this stage is so huge, it’s literally endless. So you can pack totally unfiltered shit on it, and that is, for the audience, really unpleasant.' The context of his comment? An, as it happens, unfiltered conversation I had with the AW Designer of the Year 2022 about the future of physical design fairs, those big-top, international events that have for so long determined the marketing, communications and, indeed, R&D rhythm of the industry. They act as a kind of quality filter, argues <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/stefan-diez/5208796">Die…

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‘Essentially, what a fair has to do is just create this momentum in the city’ | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-essentially-what-a-fair-has-to-do-is-just-create-this-momentum-in-the-city/20704862 Mon, 23 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/stefan-diez/5208796">Stefan Diez</a> had a bellyful. Like many, the explosion of digital design events during the Covid pandemic left him feeling bloated. The unfettered stream of product presentations, webinars and other forms of online content was a clear case of quantity over quality. 'It was crazy and interesting in the first weeks, but then we had it up to here. The platform at this stage is so huge, it’s literally endless. So you can pack totally unfiltered shit on it, and that is, for the audience, really unpleasant.' At the same time, the organisers of physical are facing new challenges right now. This we know. With design brands taking a good hard look at their marketing budgets, many fairs are struggling with securing their future. Adapt or die, goes the old motto. But, as <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/stefan-diez/5208796">Diez</a> is keen to point out, there’s opportunity to be snatched from the jaws…

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How to create a cosy winter-ready interior | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-how-to-create-a-cosy-winter-ready-interior/20704647 Wed, 25 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Lowering our body temperature and metabolism to preserve food and energy during a cold spell is not (yet) a skill humanity has learnt. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/feb/09/human-hibernation-the-restoring-effects-of-hiding-away-in-winter" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Human hibernation</a>, however, is still a very real and natural reaction to life in seasonal climates. As the winter months begin, we start to nap more, crave fattier foods, long for the company of others and, most of all, prepare cosy nests to snuggle into. In order to actively enjoy the cold, wet and long-time dark periods of the year instead of just waiting for the sun to return, here are some useful ways to ensure our homes stay cosy.</p> We’re imprisoned in darkness for most of the day in winter, so subtle indirect <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/interior-lighting/0/3221623/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic">lighting</a> from <a href="h…

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Will sustainability cause home fireplaces to burn out? | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-will-sustainability-cause-home-fireplaces-to-burn-out/20703854 Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Long, white-tipped woodland walks, choosing between snowball battles or snowperson construction, or taking skates down to the local lake. Those in Northern countries will appreciate the appeal of a cold winter’s day. But the best part of an outing surrounded by snow and ice, perhaps, is the part where you come home.</p> <p>Just the thought of returning to a <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/fireplaces/0/3221503/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic">roaring fire</a> and a hot (possibly chocolate-based) drink can warm up painfully frozen fingers and toes. But is there still room for this idyllic winter scene in our modern <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/sustainability/0/7031522/1">carbon-neutral world</a>? Or should we bravely give up on hundreds of millennia spent obsessing over fire, for the good of the planet? Thankfully, these environmentally-friendly fireplaces and fuel-efficient practices mean we don’t need to make that choi…

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Share your best work with the world! | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/azure-share-your-best-work-with-the-world/20703848 Mon, 23 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <p>If you are a reader or follower of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/azure/5205961">AZURE</a> you know that every new year AZURE presents a new edition of the AZ Awards, a unique opportunity for architecture and design professionals and students to showcase their work to the world and receive global recognition.</p> This year is no different and promises to be more exciting than ever, with the addition of a new category “Design, Tech Products” and the return of the AZ Awards Gala, the most anticipated live event of the summer, where all winners and shortlisted projects of the year are celebrated in the company of local and international industry professionals. The 2023 AZ Awards is accepting entries into its eight major categories <b>until February 24</b>. Projects, products and concepts can be submitted <a href="https://awards.azuremagazine.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>. Winners and finalists are published online and in the AZ Awards Annual (July/…

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Classic redefined: Metropole from Silent Gliss | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-classic-redefined-metropole-from-silent-gliss/20703151 Thu, 19 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 We can all name things that seem to us to have always existed in their current form. Some time ago, we told you how Swiss brand <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/silent-gliss/3100123">Silent Gliss</a> first came up with the original product of its kind, and later to develop into a range of diversity and perfection. Here, again, is the short version: As is so often the case, a supposedly banal – though for the company's founder Alexander Weber not insignificant – everyday problem provided the spark of inspiration for this business idea. At the time, the engineer became concerned about his young daughter's sleep owing to his neighbours' curtains which, night after night, made disturbing noises when they were drawn. He did not stay idle for long. Without further delay, he proceeded to invent the aluminium curtain track with plastic gliders, which from then on allowed for the quiet closing and opening of curtains, and would one day – as you know already – become an interior-…

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Curtain call: four flexible office spaces that use interior curtains | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-curtain-call-four-flexible-office-spaces-that-use-interior-curtains/20700924 Wed, 11 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Recently named as a looming <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/20700780">trend for 2023</a>, the use of track curtains within interior architecture adds functionality and comfort to large, multi-purpose spaces that need to stay flexible. Far lighter and easier to manoeuvre than solid walls, curtains make simple-to-install but effective partitions. While also providing more decorative options with contrasting colour and texture, soft fabric curtains can also improve both acoustic and thermal insulation, and perform a significant role in creating the new, more ‘homely’, office landscape.</p> <p>These four office interior projects show how track curtains, along with adaptable furniture and lighting arrangements, can create comfortable, flexible environments, more conducive to positive work outcomes in the modern age.</p> In a 23,800 sqm campus, <a href="https://www.berlinerunionfilm.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">BUFA</a> (Berliner Union Film Ateliers) has been providing the…

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Top architecture and design trends for 2023 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-top-architecture-and-design-trends-for-2023/20700780 Mon, 09 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <p>This time last year, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-top-architecture-and-design-trends-for-2022/20239159">predicted 2022 trends</a> included bold colours, divided spaces, time spent outdoors and a greater understanding of the then-little-known metaverse. While these trends are very much still at the forefront of architects’ and designers’ minds, of course, if I take another look into my carbon-neutral, ethically-sourced crystal ball, I can see a few subtle developments for the year ahead. There’s no need to cross my palm with silver first, however, so let’s take a look ahead at what the coming year will hold…</p> Colour alone is said to be the most important design element, the first aspect of an interior you notice, or don’t notice, perhaps. So it’s no surprise that the annual announcement of Pantone’s reported ‘<a href="https://www.pantone.com/uk/en/color-of-the-year/2023#:~:text=Welcome%20to&text=Pantone's%20Color%20of%20the%20Year,a%20new%20signal…

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‘Buildings are more than a statement of permanence’: circular-economy expert Marloes Fischer talks sustainability and design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-buildings-are-more-than-a-statement-of-permanence-circular-economy-expert-marloes-fischer-talks-sustainability-and-design/20700725 Fri, 16 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Marloes Fischer: Circular Economy is about designing a system in which resources and products are kept in use for as long as possible, at their highest possible value. A circular economy decouples economic activity from the consumption of finite resources. To achieve this, new business models are needed to support it, like sharing, repairing, and offering products as a service, instead of ownership. The Swiss economy is in a process of transformation. More and more players from business and politics recognise the circular economy as a viable solution to tackle the climate crisis and avoid looming resource bottlenecks. Meanwhile, according to the first representative study on the situation of Circular Economy in Switzerland (BFH/KOF), around 12% of companies have implemented circular business activities in the Swiss construction industry, with a focus on recycling. Technologies like BIM, digital products and material passports are available and circular products are entering the market.…

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Architonic video interviews of the year 2022 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-architonic-video-interviews-of-the-year-2022/20700522 Fri, 23 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Although physical fairs, talks and in-person seminars came back with a healthy bang in 2022, the Global Design Agenda’s series of personal insights and professional reflections from a veritable who’s who of architecture and design proved the worth of digital fair content, too. Here are the top five most popular video interviews from the Global Design Agenda series in 2022. <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/axel-schmid/8103599">Axel Schmid</a>’s illuminating discussion at <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/light-building/5206009">Light + Building</a> defends our use of artificial light as a material: ‘Light consumes energy, but you cannot live without it.’ _____________________________________________ <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/matteo-thun/10002604">Matteo Thun</a> discusses eliminating bathroom touch points: ‘The future of the bathroom is touch-free. You need clean, big surfaces.’ _______________________________ João Tiago Aguiar of <a…

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Architonic projects of the year 2022: Education | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-architonic-projects-of-the-year-2022-education/20700349 Mon, 19 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Schools will soon start turfing students out for the festive season. Before a screaming tidal wave of textbook-throwing treasures are released back to their anxious parents, however, we use what little peace we have left to reminisce about projects past. So quiet down at the back there please, as we look back through our lesson notes, at the most popular new education buildings and interiors to appear in the Architonic class timetable in 2022. And don’t worry, there’s no Double Maths in sight.</p> At over 800 years old, Cambridge University gives certain architectural expectations to student applicants. Although Homerton College is the largest of the lot by student number, it’s also the newest – only achieving full College status in 2010. To address this, architects <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/feilden-fowles/10001551">Feilden Fowles</a> were tasked with adding a new <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/project/feilden-fowles-homerton-college-dining-hall/202765…

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Architonic articles of the year 2022 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-architonic-articles-of-the-year-2022/20700347 Thu, 22 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>This list of the most-read articles from 2022 points to the emerging professional interests and personal passions of architects, designers and all fans of creative environments.</p> Whether in a <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/living-space/0/5920048/1">home</a>, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/office-facilities/0/5920006/1">workplace</a>, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/schools/0/5920021/1">school</a> or <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/restaurant-interiors/0/5920059/1">hospitality</a> setting, flexibility was, perhaps, the most important word of the year when it came to <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/interior-architecture/0/5910002/1">interiors</a>. This article on <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-five-room-dividers-that-separate-space-with-style/20237896">room division</a> looked at five separate examples of projects using different products and materials to organise their spa…

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International VELUX Award 2022: Light of Tomorrow | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-international-velux-award-2022-light-of-tomorrow/20700274 Fri, 16 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>It’s not something many of us spend much time contemplating, but ask an architect for an appraisal of daylight, and you start to realise just what a phenomenal resource it is. Not only an inexhaustible source of energy that feeds us light, it also props up our health and wellbeing, and plays an invaluable role culturally – in art and architecture. What’s more, it’s free. </p> <p>Why do I mention it? Well, there are a few students of architecture globally who have been thinking very deeply about daylight lately, investigating what it can give us, how it might evolve, and what role it can play in our future world. These are the entrants into <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/velux-group/10003012">VELUX</a>’s biennial competition – <a href="https://www.daylightandarchitecture.com/iva/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The International VELUX Award</a> – bearing the theme ‘Light of Tomorrow’ and they number over 500 in total. In July this year, a pre-eminent jury of archite…

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Time to talk: Ambiente 2023 along with some new friends | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-time-to-talk-ambiente-2023-along-with-some-new-friends/20700261 Tue, 20 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 It's not without reason that fair organisers like Messe Frankfurt operate with both a feeling of optimism as well as a spirit of adaptation. Yes, one could be forgiven for imagining that the internet holds all the answers to our shopping needs – particularly in light of our extensive use of online retail options during covid lockdowns – but there is a simple reason why this is not so: the online world lacks three- and, indeed, four-dimensionality. So, those who prefer to get hands-on with new products, who seek spontaneous personal exchange, will come away empty-handed in this digital space. The trade fair remains a reliably fine-tuned instrument of the market, seismographically detecting, analysing and serving our needs – and sometimes even awakening them. At the beginning of February 2023, Messe Frankfurt will once again be the place to be for the international consumer-goods sector – for the first time as a trio of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/ambiente/5205995">A…

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Architonic projects of the year 2022: Cultural | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-architonic-projects-of-the-year-2022-cultural/20700258 Wed, 21 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>With schools, workplaces and entire industries shutting down for the holidays, people have a lot of free time around the festive period, and are spoilt for choice on how to spend it. Whether we’re looking forward to a seasonal show, a Christmas market or planning a big get-together, there are multiple exciting cultural activities to experience. But what are some of the other things we’ve been getting up to during our time off over the rest of the year? Here, we look back at the five most popular newly completed cultural projects to read about on Architonic in 2022, and maybe even worth a visit in 2023.</p> <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/sou-fujimoto-architects/5203207">Sou Fujimoto Architects</a>’s <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/project/sou-fujimoto-architects-house-of-music/20247068">House of Music</a> opened in January in Budapest, Hungary, as a ‘brand-new cultural landmark for the city, dedicated to the creation of music and sound,’ describe the architec…

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Architonic projects of the year 2022: Retail | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-architonic-projects-of-the-year-2022-retail/20700257 Tue, 20 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>With only a handful more shopping days left until Christmas, online stores might be the safer, easier and generally more appealing option over the hustle and bustle of the Christmas-lights-lit high street. But by relying on quality surfaces and materials, open and relaxed environments and interactive or other-worldly experiences, these most-popular new retail spaces of the past year prove the physical presence store is not quite yet out of stock.</p> The first of a number of refurbished international flagship stores, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/project/david-chipperfield-architects-furla-store-concept/20274637">Furla’s Milan home</a> was redesigned by <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/david-chipperfield-architects/5201084">David Chipperfield Architects</a>, creating an engaging space that focuses on quality rather than quantity. The luxury, cross-gender leather accessory brand now lives in a large, 240-sqm space. By ensuring the large space is only sparsely…

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Tailor-made: Dentsu and furnishing partner König + Neurath | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-tailor-made-dentsu-and-furnishing-partner-konig-neurath/20700244 Thu, 15 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Brands formulate promises to which consumers can orient themselves and, of course, this also applies to the companies that breathe life into brands in the first place, like international marketing agency Dentsu, for example. Dentsu has found a reliable long-term partner for their office furnishing needs in German specialist <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/konig-neurath/3100889">König + Neurath</a> which not only promises, but also delivers highly adaptable and qualitatively convincing furniture for modern working environments, such as at Dentsu's three newest locations in Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich. For those who may not be familiar with Dentsu, here is a brief introduction: Behind the name is a group of companies with a total of 66,000 employees at locations worldwide. As an agency network, Dentsu is responsible for the strategic brand development of brands such as Volkswagen, Siemens, Grohe and Deutsche Bahn. Located at Schwabinger Tor in Munich since the end of 20…

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Editor's Letter – December 2022 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-editor-039s-letter-december-2022/20700020 Mon, 12 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 You would have laughed. I did myself, thinking what I must have looked like. You see, I spent a couple of hours last week at the studio of Zurich-based architect and designer <b><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/stephan-hurlemann/5207084">Stephan Hürlemann</a></b>, who, apart from his recent paradigm-shifting work on product typologies for what he describes as the 'dancing office' (think <b><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-eight-flexible-ways-to-change-the-office-landscape/20276668">agile, resilient workplaces</a></b>), is deeply committed to investigating the creative benefits of the <b><a href="https://www.archdaily.com/988639/the-architecture-of-the-metaverse-so-far?ad_source=search&ad_medium=projects_tab&ad_source=search&ad_medium=search_result_all"target="_blank" rel=“nofollow">metaverse</a></b>. With Meta Quest headset on and touch controllers in my hands (and a broad grin on my face), I stumbled around his office for half an hour, exp…

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Heimtextil 2023: The fabric made of resources | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tanja-pabelick-heimtextil-2023-the-fabric-made-of-resources/20700002 Mon, 12 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Particularly when it comes to textiles, direct experience with all the senses is a necessity. How does a fabric behave in the light, how does it fall and what are its haptic properties? After a number of pandemic-related postponements, a one-off Summer Special was held in June 2022, but in 2023, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/heimtextil/5206004">Heimtextil</a> will move back to its customary spot in January and, from 10 to 13 January, will once again open the Frankfurt fair year. The 'Textiles Matter' theme underlines the importance of textiles for the furnishing and contract furnishing sectors, and highlights the innovation spurt that has taken place in recent years. Precisely because textiles rely on a variety of raw materials in their manufacture, sustainable and future-oriented design and production methods, as well as the circular economy, are increasingly important. There are already signs of great interest in <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/hei…

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Architonic projects of the year 2022: Hospitality | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-architonic-projects-of-the-year-2022-hospitality/20291903 Wed, 14 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>It’s that time of year again, time to don the sparkles and sequins, hide the annual bonus spreadsheet print-out and structurally reinforce the photocopier, because it’s office party season. HR teams with more sense, however, may prefer to hold their festive ‘do’ on neutral ground. As thoughts turn to bars, restaurants and other suitable venues for office parties and other annual get-togethers, here’s a look back at some of the most popular new hospitality projects to arrive on the Architonic shores over the past year.</p> The Michelin-starred <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/project/norm-architects-ang/20275234">ÄNG Restaurant</a> is more than just a dining experience. It’s one that captures the entire body’s senses and takes them on a journey of discovery and wonder. ‘The experience of ÄNG starts even before you step inside,’ explains <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/norm-architects/5209622">Norm Architects</a> of the space. ‘Closing in on the glass house, a s…

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Heimtextil 2023 has it all covered | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/julia-hauch-heimtextil-2023-has-it-all-covered/20291874 Thu, 15 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>People and textiles have something essential in common: they love contact. So there is palpable anticipation that, after a two-year hiatus, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/heimtextil/5206004">Heimtextil</a> will return in full to Frankfurt again from 10 to 13 January 2023. Over 2,400 international exhibitors have registered for the event, including many well-known big names as well as an exciting array of newcomers.</p> <p>And a good thing too: After all, the future can best be shaped when we work together. Climate change is not just a current hot topic, but something that requires our urgent action. The textile industry in particular is facing major challenges when it comes to climate and sustainability, and are subjects too that the sector is proactively addressing.  At Heimtextil – the leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles – and under the banner ‘Textiles Matter’, <a href="https://heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/programme-even…

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Heimtextil: the right material for professionals | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/julia-hauch-heimtextil-the-right-material-for-professionals/20291873 Thu, 15 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Anyone who wants to start the new year informed and inspired will find numerous areas of interest at <a href="https://heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/programme-events/interior-architecture-hospitality.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Interior.Architecture.Hospitality</a>. The <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/heimtextil/5206004">Heimtextil</a> trade programme offers interior designers, architects and hospitality experts a comprehensive range of contract textiles as well as a wide variety of information.</p> <p>From flame-retardant to antimicrobial, from suitable-for-allergy-sufferers to sound-absorbing – the <a href="https://heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/programme-events/interior-architecture-hospitality.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Interior.Architecture.Hospitality</a> LIBRARY is a highlight that takes a deep dive into the functional properties of various different textiles. The products, selected by a panel of experts, will be ela…

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Green for go: Heimtextil and sustainability | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/julia-hauch-green-for-go-heimtextil-and-sustainability/20291872 Thu, 15 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>They warm and decorate our bodies, brighten and enliven our living spaces and improve our working environments – textiles and textile materials are inseparably connected to us and ensure a sense of well-being and comfort. But as diverse and vital as their uses are, their production is also problematic. </p> <p>One of the most important measures that the textile industry can take to stop the destruction of ecosystems and biodiversity is the transition to a circular economy. After all, if materials are returned to the use cycle again and again, this not only saves resources, it also reduces waste.</p> <p>‘As a nature-friendly framework of solutions, the circular economy offers answers to the interlinked problems of biodiversity and climate. Leading companies are beginning to take advantage of the opportunities available and the spread of circular innovations is now a priority,’ explains the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which is a thought leader on the circular economy.</p> <p>With the…

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Architonic projects of the year 2022: Offices | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-architonic-projects-of-the-year-2022-offices/20291868 Thu, 15 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Despite work from outside the office taking a stronger, long-term grip on the concept of ‘office space’ this year, both new office buildings and redeveloped ones were still able to make their mark on Architonic users. The most popular projects, however, were those with something to say on sustainability. </p> <p>From championing and exemplifying environmental and climatic architecture, reusing rather than rebuilding, and those with the strong physical, visual and economic connections to make lasting change in their environments, let’s take a look at the most popular newly completed office projects of the past year, and what they teach us about the changing office landscape.</p> The United Arab Emirates, although benefitting from the fossil-fuel industry, is one of the world’s leading economies striving for a world without it. BEEAH Group is a company that uses collated knowledge on sustainable practices and technologies to help global clients reach their own environmental goals, and…

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Architonic projects of the year 2022: Residential | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-architonic-projects-of-the-year-2022-residential/20291828 Tue, 13 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>2022 was a year like no other for residential redesign. More revolution than evolution, the changes we’ve seen to the places and the styles in which we live have come with prominence and at pace.</p> <p>This year, the housing crisis worsened and micro-living meant architects were asked to fit more into less; working from home became a long-term plan rather than a temporary practice and shared living spaces were squeezed further; outside became inside and inside became out in a biophilic flip, strengthening our reconnection to nature; and bolder surface combination concepts were tested and approved. </p> <p>Here are the most popular residential projects from the Architonic archive over the past year, and what they say about modern life.</p> The mixed-use <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/project/grzywinski-pons-buckle-street-studios/20246024">Buckle Street Studios</a> building in London saw over 100 apartments combined with co-working offices, hospitality and retail spaces acros…

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Imaginative bars that move us through time | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-imaginative-bars-that-move-us-through-time/20291823 Wed, 14 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>The strength of a child’s imagination can transport them to fascinating worlds, where they can explore the world and its meaning from the comfort, safety and simplicity of a cardboard box or a blanket hung over two chairs. The micro-environment instantly transforms into a dark, gloomy cave giving sanctuary from roaming dinosaurs in the kitchen, a rocket ship on course to explore distant dining room planets or a magic hideaway, safe from parents and homework.</p> <p>As an adult, the build-up of personal and professional pressures remain, but the hideouts we scramble to can be far less wholesome. Establishments like bars and pubs offer us an escape from the reality of our world but, for some, it can come at a cost. Our selection of bars below, however, offers fantastical transporting environments for us to get lost in, bringing with them comfort and security, without the need for overconsumption.</p> Descending the stairs to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/project/yod-group…

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Reflecting the architectural landscape with Mirage | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/nick-compton-reflecting-the-architectural-landscape-with-mirage/20291818 Wed, 07 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>For two years, the Italian porcelain and stoneware specialists <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/mirage/3103439">Mirage</a> and architect Andrea Boschetti, attacked a particular problem, fuelled by almost alchemic ambition. This was focused material research, testing and trialling, failing and iterating towards success. </p> <p>In 2021, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/mirage/3103439">Mirage</a> launched a stoneware slab in two (deliberately muted) metallic finishes. Miroir tiles could be used to create dramatic but never dazzling interior effects, silver screen glamour, fin de siècle decadence and more. The range opened up a world of possibility for interior designers and architects, especially those working in hospitality, though Miroir can create wonders on a domestic scale, too. </p> <p> With the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/mirage-soiree-rf-01/20290141">Reflet</a> collection, though, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsi…

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MUSSELS: New BOMMA Lighting Collection | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bomma-mussels-new-bomma-lighting-collection/20291743 Tue, 17 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Imagine sparkling water hiding fascinating, incredibly detailed mussels. This idea inspired designer Václav Mlynář, <a href="http://www.bomma.cz" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BOMMA</a> Art Director, to create a new collection. As he said, “Shells, and particularly mussels, always fascinated me with their simple, yet sophisticated, shape. Each is an original but together they form interesting compositions. They carry a sense of elegance and organic nature, as well as a bit of mystery.” </p> <p>Two crystal shells surround a light source nested in a precise mounting within either glossy anthracite or brushed gold tones. The glass shell carries a rippling patterned imprint. When lit, it creates the effect of light reflecting from a water surface. Its inspiration in organic shapes, natural colors and the natural environment is apparent at first glance.</p> <p>Its original design and variability, as well as perfect technical and craft execution of the collection, creates a unique object…

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Cabins that reconnect humanity to the planet | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-cabins-that-reconnect-humanity-to-the-planet/20291393 Wed, 07 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Humanity may have overdeveloped our homeworld beyond repair, and is now <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/05/stephen-hawking-human-extinction-colonize-planet.html"target="_blank" rel=“nofollow">seeking other worlds</a> on which to live – and possibly destroy in turn, but before we <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/23/elon-musk-aiming-for-mars-so-humanity-is-not-a-single-planet-species.html"target="_blank" rel=“nofollow">look elsewhere</a>, there’s plenty of this rock we call home remaining in its raw, untouched state, reminding us of what we once had. </p> <p>These small cabin structures use large <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/windows/0/3221661/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic">windows</a> and toned-down interiors to connect inhabitants with the world outside, transporting them back in time to the cradle of life. Set in natural environments to help us experience life in its truest form, they are categorised here by one of the f…

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Ambiente fair reveals the three key trends of contemporary design | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ambiente-ambiente-fair-reveals-the-three-key-trends-of-contemporary-design/20291240 Thu, 22 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 It only takes Ambiente five days to connect international buyers and customers to some of the biggest, most known brands of the design market. The leading international trade fair for consumer goods offers visitors efficient ways of ordering and finding inspiration, as well as networking with companies from Alessi to Georg Jensen. For 2023, trend bureau bora.herke.palmisano picks up on the latest design trends and demands in contemporary design on behalf of Messe Frankfurt, and on the basis of these, selects suitable products for the Ambiente 2023 exhibitors. On behalf of Messe Frankfurt, the three experts of bora.herke.palmisano identify and reflect on trending styles and demands in contemporary design and make them tangible. Titled ‘Ambiente Trends 23+‘, topics around sustainability, bold aesthetics, new materials, technology and craftsmanship are broken down into three main trends bound to be revealed to the visitors of the Ambiente Fair between February 3-7, 2023. Visitors can expe…

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Opening up the office with BoConcept's planning tools for professionals | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sisse-bro-opening-up-the-office-with-boconcept-039s-planning-tools-for-professionals/20290298 Fri, 02 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>For Danish furniture brand, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/boconcept/3105011">BoConcept</a>, actions speak just as loud as words. As one of the world’s most global furniture retailers, the company is making concerted efforts to spread the word about its flexible interior design service. Through international as well as more locally targeted campaigns, the company tells a story of how to customise interior spaces, both private and public, without having to compromise on design vision or aesthetics. it’s not only talk, however, BoConcept walks the walk, too. </p> <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/boconcept/3105011">BoConcept</a>’s headquarters is situated in the town of Herning, right in the middle of Denmark. Since 1962, the company has been run from this location – today an office of 85 people. Here, they have decided to implement a working environment which is as adaptable as their <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/families/boconcept/3105011/0/…

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Duravit's ceremonious bath collection Zencha, inspired by Japanese tea culture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-duravit-039s-ceremonious-bath-collection-zencha-inspired-by-japanese-tea-culture/20290209 Tue, 13 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Slowing down and finding some inner peace – the path to more mindfulness in everyday life begins nowhere better than in the morning bath. When the day is just awakening and we can decide whether we want to go about it hastily or rather let our daily routine become something of a ceremony. With <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/collection/duravit-zencha/3100395/4004895/1">Zencha</a>, a high-quality series of sanitary objects and matching storage furniture for <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/duravit/3100395">Duravit</a> that is inspired by traditional Japanese rituals and craftsmanship, designer <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/studio-sebastian-herkner/5203800">Sebastian Herkner</a> alludes precisely to this. </p> As the name of the collection suggests, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/collection/duravit-zencha/3100395/4004895/1">Herkner</a> alludes to the tea culture of Japan. To green tea, which is prepared and celebrated according to cent…

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‘In the best case, furniture becomes a lifelong companion’: the raumplus Intelligence Series | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-in-the-best-case-furniture-becomes-a-lifelong-companion-the-raumplus-intelligence-series/20290167 Wed, 30 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 I find it very difficult to work at home. As a designer, you are a team player, both in terms of your own team in the studio and in terms of your partners at the various manufacturers you work for. I can't identify with the concept of a home office. For many professions it may be very advantageous – but not for us.</p> <p>Here in our studio we have a workshop, a library of materials and a library of technical literature. I really don't want all that at home! I rarely take the work with me – and I practically never talk about design with my husband at home. Some colleagues are almost exclusively friends with creative people in their private lives, that's not the case for me.</p> I don't. For example, I always answer emails, even on Saturdays and Sundays. But maybe that's because I simply enjoy it. My design studio is my own company – and I consider it a privilege to run it. So if a picture request from a journalist comes in by email on a Sunday – and I might be sitting at home on the te…

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Ten tableware items for successful dinner parties | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-ten-tableware-items-for-successful-dinner-parties/20289805 Mon, 05 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>It’s dinner party season, and whether the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/dining-tables/0/3238227/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic">table</a>’s set for a seldom-seen friendship group’s catch-up, a seasonal family get-together or just a weekend lunch, a well-dressed table sets the scene for mealtime majesty, making special occasions feel relaxed, and relaxed occasions feel special. Here are the essential <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/dining-table-accessories/0/3220128/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic">products</a> successful dinner parties can’t do without.</p> The comfort one feels with drink in hand means <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/glasses/0/3238609/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic">glassware</a> is thrust towards guests as soon as they’re in the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/entrance-doors/0/32393…

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FritsJurgens Best Pivot Doors 2022 | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/fritsjurgens-fritsjurgens-best-pivot-doors-2022/20289766 Wed, 07 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 We are truly blown away by the submissions for FritsJurgens Best Pivot Doors 2022. An astonishing amount of high-end pivot doors was collected – both interior and exterior doors, movable walls, hidden passages, and more. The jury has made their decision: take a look at the winners of FritsJurgens Best Pivot Doors 2022. Exterior pivot doors are often heavy and large, making for a truly impressive entrance. The jury was amazed by the diversity of materials and applications of the submissions, varying from glass and wood to liquid metal. Discover the four nominees and the winner of this category. New Zealand – Designed by Hyndman Taylor Architects – Made by RBJ Construction & Sheetmetal Craft Top pivot: <a href="https://www.fritsjurgens.com/pivot-hinge/top-pivot-70-mm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">TP-70</a> Bottom pivot: <a href="https://www.fritsjurgens.com/pivot-hinge/system-m" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">System M</a> This design amazed the jury with its ingenuity and beautif…

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Mary Katrantzou combines tradition and modernity for Villeroy & Boch Fliesen | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-mary-katrantzou-combines-tradition-and-modernity-for-villeroy-amp-boch-fliesen/20289307 Wed, 30 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Nothing against minimalist bathrooms! When all the elements and functions are coordinated and white ceramics dominate, it can create a very aesthetic overall picture. In recent years, however, we can clearly observe that trends are increasingly moving towards more homely bathrooms, often resulting in very imaginative and characterful spaces. The same also applies to bars, restaurants and hotel lobbies: the unusual is booming. As far as tiles are concerned, decors and ornaments are back in vogue – you don't have to take too much of an excursion into the history of architecture and design to understand how strongly changing styles and motifs have shaped and continue to shape the appearance of rooms. Ornaments act as a mirror of their time and many things, both cultural and sociological, can be read from them. We are familiar with these developments from fashion design, where collages have always been made, quotations played with and new things ventured. In the same spirit, German tile sp…

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How to make outdoor spaces more usable this winter | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-how-to-make-outdoor-spaces-more-usable-this-winter/20289258 Mon, 28 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>The world has fallen back in love with the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/accounts/garden/3990002/1">outside</a>. Once-favoured stuffy interiors now hold no candle to the fresh natural surroundings of the exterior. Proving this, our <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/garden-accessories/0/3221627/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic">gardens</a>, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/advanced-search?term=&man=&year=&creator=&group=3221600&country=&usage=3271001&material=&und=3210026">patios</a>, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/balconies/0/3221446/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic">balconies</a> and every bit of available semi-outdoor space are now transformed into comfortable, relaxing environments we long to spend time in – when it’s warm.</p> <p>In warm air and sunshine, exteriors easily become extra <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/acco…

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Sustainable comfort: OWActive mineral climate ceiling | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-sustainable-comfort-owactive-mineral-climate-ceiling/20289253 Thu, 01 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-sustainable-comfort-owactive-mineral-climate-ceiling/20289253 Sustainable flooring with Drytile | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/agrob-buchtal-sustainable-flooring-with-drytile/20289252 Tue, 06 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Reusing products that have been used is not the romantic attitude of the younger generation. Today, the tradition of old builders is a paradigm if the climate revolution is to succeed. However, once demolished, most materials are only recycled as lower-quality building materials. So far, this has also been the case with ceramic tiles. Drytile represents a big step toward circularity.
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In defence of plastic: A'mare collection from Edra | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-in-defence-of-plastic-a-039mare-collection-from-edra/20289225 Mon, 28 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>In today’s climate, it goes without saying that all material consumption should be carefully considered. For any project, materials should be selected with longevity in mind – that can manifest in many ways, including investing in materials with durable properties or in iconic pieces that will be treasured for generations. Italian brand <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/edra-spa/3100040">Edra</a> combines both within its approach to design.</p> <p><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/edra-spa/3100040">Edra</a>’s very first outdoor collection designed by <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/jacopo-foggini/8107848">Jacopo Foggini</a> titled <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/edra-spa-a-mare-sedia/20262298">A’mare</a> represents these values. Made of turquoise recycled polycarbonate, the collection challenges contemporary notions of the material – suggesting how plastic might be better valued by our society; how its aesthetic qualities…

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The science of sitting: six rules for choosing a comfortable sofa | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-the-science-of-sitting-six-rules-for-choosing-a-comfortable-sofa/20289208 Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Falling in love is easy. When eyes meet tufting over a crowded showroom, the beauty of a <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/sofas/0/3238218/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic">sofa</a>’s slender <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/4-leg-base/0/3244987/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic">legs</a>, soft <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/seat-and-backrest-upholstered/0/3244976/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic">fabric skin</a> and inviting curves is like a siren song, blinding you from the truth. Then, six-eight weeks after the night before, the bubble bursts.</p> <p>There’s nothing better after a hard day than cosying up on a comfortable sofa. In fact, there’s nothing better after an easy day either. But what if that settee stunner you fell head over cushion for, isn’t as nice to live with when you get it home? In order to avoid relationship pain (and neck and ba…

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'You cannot consider space without light': Carmelo Zappulla of External Reference | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-039you-cannot-consider-space-without-light-039-carmelo-zappulla-of-external-reference/20289144 Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-039you-cannot-consider-space-without-light-039-carmelo-zappulla-of-external-reference/20289144 'Daylight for us is the most valuable light source': Andreas Schulz of Licht Kunst Licht | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-039daylight-for-us-is-the-most-valuable-light-source-039-andreas-schulz-of-licht-kunst-licht/20289143 Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-039daylight-for-us-is-the-most-valuable-light-source-039-andreas-schulz-of-licht-kunst-licht/20289143 'If light is a material, you should be able to touch it': Axel Schmid of Ingo Maurer | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-039if-light-is-a-material-you-should-be-able-to-touch-it-039-axel-schmid-of-ingo-maurer/20289142 Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-039if-light-is-a-material-you-should-be-able-to-touch-it-039-axel-schmid-of-ingo-maurer/20289142 KEUCO's IXMO fittings celebrate simplicity | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-keuco-039s-ixmo-fittings-celebrate-simplicity/20289141 Mon, 21 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Most people are familiar with Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous quote: ‘Simplicity is the highest level of perfection.’ But few have in mind exactly what is meant by this. In the field of design, for example, it embodies the combination of form and function into a perfect unit, resulting in an object that is universally inspiring in its clarity. <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/keuco/10002744">KEUCO</a> has achieved such a design coup with its IXMO line of fittings.  </p> <p>Designer Dominik Tesseraux and <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/keuco/10002744">KEUCO</a> have taken a minimalist approach to the development of shower and bath fittings, all while retaining a high level of seamless functionality. The result is impressive in every respect and has already won several awards – including the German Design Award, the Red Dot Award and the German Innovation Award. <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/action/pdf-download?attid=2631087&aid=10002744&re…

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Unidrain: understated elegance | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-unidrain-understated-elegance/20289140 Thu, 17 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-unidrain-understated-elegance/20289140 Sounds good: creating acoustic comfort at work | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alun-lennon-sounds-good-creating-acoustic-comfort-at-work/20289135 Wed, 30 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Our relationship with work – the what, the how and the where – continues to evolve. Ever-increasing competition from cosy home office environments means that now more than ever, traditional office spaces need to have user needs and comfort at the top of their agendas. And while things like beanbags and ping-pong tables may grab the headlines, in the background, other less-visible elements quietly play their own vital roles in creating the right working atmospheres – not least those related to sound management. Here we present a selection of projects which demonstrate some different approaches to workplace acoustic design… <b>01</b> baramundi Headquarters Augsburg, Germany Project by HENN In contrast to its sleek, minimal facade, the interior of software company baramundi's headquarters embraces raw, exposed and natural materials. All atrium-facing surfaces are clad in a white acoustic coating that dampens sound. The space's exposed concrete is also inlaid with layered acoustic pa…

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'Design is a social profession and we have very big challenges right now': Ulrike Brandi | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-039design-is-a-social-profession-and-we-have-very-big-challenges-right-now-039-ulrike-brandi/20289132 Mon, 21 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-039design-is-a-social-profession-and-we-have-very-big-challenges-right-now-039-ulrike-brandi/20289132 20 years of Slide&Hide®: How Neff rewrote the rules of kitchen design | | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-20-years-of-slide-amphide-how-neff-rewrote-the-rules-of-kitchen-design/20288715 Fri, 18 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Once marginalised as a secondary, purely functional space, kitchens have come to take centre stage in our homes. Our early, more affluent 20th-century forebears may have treasured formal dining rooms, but later generations sidelined these in favour of a multifunctional room where household members love to hang out or entertain guests in an inviting setting. Yet, affectionately referred to now as the heart of the home, kitchens depend on efficient, space-saving appliances to optimise this conviviality.</p> <p>Kitchen design greatly benefited from the advent of the first fitted version, dreamt up in 1926 by Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky for the New Frankfurt housing programme. German architect Ernst May brought her on board – along with such German starchitects as Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius – and her streamlined, space-saving kitchen with built-in units presaged the fitted kitchens we take for granted today. </p> Germany has also trailblazed innovative kitchen appl…

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The science of acoustic design making auditorium architecture worth listening to | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-the-science-of-acoustic-design-making-auditorium-architecture-worth-listening-to/20288714 Wed, 30 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>One of my earliest experiences of a large-scale auditorium was as a child, watching the <a href="https://www.halle.co.uk/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>Hallé Orchestra</strong></a> perform in the newly-opened Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, UK. I say ‘watching’ but, sat up on the warm, cosy third tier, seemingly miles above the stage or anywhere else, I closed my eyes and allowed the well-defined arrangements to take me over entirely.</p> <p>Carefully designed to increase both aural enjoyment and audience size, the Bridgewater Hall combines two common auditorium arrangement styles with its ‘shoebox’ shape and ‘vineyard’ seat positioning. To protect its acoustic design from surrounding noise and vibrations, meanwhile, the reinforced concrete structure is balanced atop nearly 300 giant springs.</p> <p>Rather than shield themselves away from public traffic (both architecturally like the Bridgewater Hall, and culturally as many traditional concert halls may have done), these c…

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Hansa 2.0: Reinventing fittings the sustainable way | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-hansa-2-0-reinventing-fittings-the-sustainable-way/20288713 Thu, 17 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Almost daily, we are reminded of how water is our greatest treasure. Preserving it is of the utmost importance, and thankfully, there are numerous ways to help achieve this goal. One is to use smart taps which allow us to better manage our daily water usage by drawing reduced amounts of it from a source that is at the same time elegantly designed – fully aware that we are dealing with something very precious.</p> Incentives that encourage the increased use of sustainability-supporting products include national and international certifications and green building rating systems such as LEED, BREEAM, DGNB or WELL, which are becoming an increasingly important part of the evaluation of a building. In this process, all recordable components and measures are used in the assessment, from planning to the project's complete life cycle. The higher the score, the greater the increase in the value of the entire property. So, it is essential to install products that can meet such high requirement…

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New Metal walls from Tecnografica | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-new-metal-walls-from-tecnografica/20288647 Thu, 17 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Bringing texture, depth and decadence to an interior doesn’t have to mean filling it with unnecessary objects purely to set a mood. A simple and refined route can be discovered through the walls. Wallpaper has long been used throughout history to create a rich domestic environment. Yet for the 21st century, Italian creator of high quality wallcoverings <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/tecnografica/3105074">Tecnografica</a> offers a contemporary take – working with artists and designers on trend-anticipating prints from biophilia to Japandi, and offering a wide range of crafted finishes to bring a three-dimensional effect to walls. Forging an atmosphere of luxury in record time, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/tecnografica/3105074">Tecnografica</a>’s new metallic finish wallpaper has been designed to bring a subtly iridescent effect to space. The <a href="https://www.tecnografica.net/en/products/wallpaper-metal" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">‘Metal’…

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Breaking down barriers: the Busch-Jaeger Intelligence Series | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-breaking-down-barriers-the-busch-jaeger-intelligence-series/20288458 Thu, 19 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 Frankfurt-based architect Ursula Fuss is very clear when it comes to the biggest pitfall of barrier-free building. 'There is a prejudice that is deeply rooted in our society: that people with a different way of life – I am deliberately talking about ways of life and not about disabilities – are basically in need of help.' This includes our ever increasing ageing population, but also those of us that solve different living challenges by themselves on a daily basis. The solution for Fuss: moving toward an inclusive approach to architecture and design on a basis of genuine interest and mutual dialogue. Where to start? By making sure planners consider their residents' needs from the outset of a project and invest in research, smart technology, and a creative interpretation of the existing guidelines. In the 30 years that I have been doing this, I have witnessed certain changes in equality. But the whole issue of accessibility has only really developed since the UN Convention on the Rights…

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Integrated lighting for intuitive spaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-integrated-lighting-for-intuitive-spaces/20287752 Mon, 21 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Better for sight, better for eyes, better for health and better for moods, natural light is understandably the majority’s favoured method of illumination, but it’s an uncontrollable resource. It can be increased with larger <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/windows/0/3221661/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic">windows</a>, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-how-to-rezone-the-open-plan/20249386">open-plan interiors</a> and <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/mirrors/0/3230226/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic">reflective</a> or light-hued surfaces, but ultimately, when those cold winter nights draw in, the majority of our time is spent fumbling around in the dark.</p> <p>It’s not all doom and gloom, however. Well-thought-out lighting concepts can entirely transform an interior environment. <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/project/apollo-architects-associates-wrap/5103043">…

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Successful mission at Dutch Design Week 2022 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-successful-mission-at-dutch-design-week-2022/20287751 Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>At the end of last month, Eindhoven hosted the 21st <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/dutch-design-week/5208318">Dutch Design Week</a> under the creative direction of veteran Dutch designer, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/miriam-van-der-lubbe/8102314">Miriam Van der Lubbe</a>. The no-nonsense theme of the event, ‘<a href="https://ddw.nl/en/video/329/ddw22-get-set" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Get Set: We’re on a mission</a>’, set the tone, and the response to this rallying cry appears to have been a strongly pragmatic approach to the designed world – less ‘we could, perhaps, if the stars aligned…’ and more ‘let’s make things happen now.’ From the show-stopping <a href="https://ddw.nl/en/programme/7597/solar-pavilion" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">solar installation</a> from <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/marjan-van-aubel/8112565">Marjan van Aubel</a> and symposium by <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/formafantasma/…

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Striking the right balance: new chairs by Wagner | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-striking-the-right-balance-new-chairs-by-wagner/20287656 Mon, 14 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Having a clear head at work for the things that are most important means that everything else, in turn, is right, too. This also very much includes how we feel physically. A healthy body, completely decoupled from stress, helps to stimulate our thoughts and allows creativity to bloom. And having a chair that works in sync with the natural movements of the body is one of the best ways to achieve this.</p> It is precisely this perspective that is the central focus of German office chair manufacturer <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/wagner/3102339">Wagner</a>, a renowned company that was founded by Moritz Wagner back in the 1950s and really took off in 1999 with Stephan Meyer as designer and inventor. As is so often the case, design here arises from a drive to turn a personal experience or solution into something from which many people can ultimately benefit. <p>The crucial factor for providing decisive relief to the back was the separation of the seat from the base. To…

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KALDEWEI whirl systems turn the bathroom into a private spa | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/kaldewei-kaldewei-whirl-systems-turn-the-bathroom-into-a-private-spa/20287643 Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p class="p1">The paths to real relaxation are very individual. With four new whirl systems, <a href="https://www.kaldewei.co.uk/products/spa-wellness/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">KALDEWEI</a> offers the right solution for every bathroom and every personal requirement. </p> <p class="p1">From a vigorous massage of the muscles after sport to the gentle caressing of the body by bubbling, pre-warmed air bubbles in illuminated water – the intensity and type of wellness treatment can be completely individualised. There are no limits to your relaxation with the various water and air systems. In silent mode, the systems work particularly quietly on request and ensure that the atmosphere of well-being is never disturbed. The flat nozzles fit perfectly into the elegant overall picture of the whirl bathtub. To ensure that the relaxation and wellness experience does not end when you leave the bath, a simple automatic cleaning system ensures perfect hygiene after the bath. Ordering is also ver…

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Combatting water scarcity in urban environments: the Bette Intelligence Series | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-combatting-water-scarcity-in-urban-environments-the-bette-intelligence-series/20287477 Wed, 16 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Designer and academic Brook Muller has authored a book called <a href="https://utpress.utexas.edu/9781477325100/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Blue Architecture: Water, Design, and Environmental Futures</em></a> that presents innovative approaches to water-centric urban design. We asked him how a “hydro-logical” approach to architecture could allow us to design cities that improve water sustainability as well as promoting more equitable distribution of our most vital resource.</p> Every city I visit these days has a water crisis. It varies from location to location, so it might be a consequence of sea levels rising, too much water, not enough water, or the wrong kind of water in the wrong place. I'm trying to develop a design process that addresses these issues and is translatable across contexts. <p>The prevailing attitude is that 'architects make space and engineers add water.' Accrediting professional programs in architecture in the US and Canada focus very narrowly on wate…

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Dutch Design Week presents the future of product design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-dutch-design-week-presents-the-future-of-product-design/20287459 Mon, 14 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>In the centre of Eindhoven, celebrating <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/dutch-design-week/5208318">Dutch Design Week</a>’s focus on how design and technology can prepare us for our changing world, the <a href="https://vanabbemuseum.nl/en/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Van Abbemuseum</a> of contemporary art invited design to take centre stage. Putting design up on a level footing with art, the museum acknowledges the influence and responsibility design and designers have on the future.</p> <p>The trouble, however, with presenting design in an art gallery, is that what makes design different from art, what makes it important and influential, is its context. So let’s take a tour across town to see what can be learned from the latest product, material and manufacturing news at <a href="https://ddw.nl/en/home" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dutch Design Week</a>.</p> <a href="https://www.four-leaves.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Four Leaves</a> was one of a numb…

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Moon mission: Design Composite fits out Swiss research facility | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-moon-mission-design-composite-fits-out-swiss-research-facility/20287457 Mon, 14 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 While actual weightlessness may not be a feature of a new, almost-seven-metre-high installation at the Institut auf dem Rosenberg in St. Gallen, those who close the airlock door behind them and find themselves in a narrow but pleasantly bright chamber may nevertheless feel a little removed from the ground. Translucent <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/design-composite-clear-pep-uv-pc-clear/1080172">clear-PEP®</a> panels made of high-strength thermoplastic polycarbonate with a honeycomb core from <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/design-composite/3102017">Design Composite</a> clad the walls which are backlit all around the floor and ceiling. The entrance space makes for an excellent setting for a speculative journey to the moon – in the future, after all, this habitat is intended to provide playful insights into everyday life in space. It was completed in the summer after nine months of planning and realisation by the Danish office <a href="https://saga.d…

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'A lot of people reflected on the value of a well-designed space': Robin Rizzini's workplace vision for Pedrali | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-039a-lot-of-people-reflected-on-the-value-of-a-well-designed-space-039-robin-rizzini-039s-workplace-vision-for-pedrali/20287454 Thu, 10 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Man of the moment and seasoned provocateur Elon Musk threw the cat among the pigeons over the summer by announcing that staffers who weren’t prepared to put in a minimum of 40 hours in the company office should expect to face dismissal. Just the kind of headline-grabbing self-PR we’ve come to expect from the Tesla and SpaceX founder, some would argue. There’s a growing sense, nonetheless, that we might have reached peak remote-working. International business magazine Fortune is reporting that, in the UK, the number of jobs advertised as remote has declined, with a shift in power back to employers as recruitment decelerates. </p> <p>One thing is clear: we need the environments where we choose to work to respond more flexibly and effectively, as well as sustainably, to the increased diversity of our activities and to our increased desire for comfort, well-being and, dare I say it, aesthetic performance. </p> <p>I was lucky enough to catch up with Italian-British industrial designer <a…

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Meet Living Places, a real life experiment to improve people and planet | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/velux-group-meet-living-places-a-real-life-experiment-to-improve-people-and-planet/20287430 Tue, 15 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 The urgency for healthy, sustainable and resilient buildings is rising. With the building industry accounting for up to 40% of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions and one out of three Europeans exposed to an indoor climate hazard negatively affecting health, well-being and productivity – the time for action is now. “We actually have all the knowledge and technology needed to get close to achieving our climate goals with relatively simple solutions. Right now, we are working on Living Places to lower CO2 emissions without compromising on architecture, indoor climate, daylight or fresh air,” says engineer Steffen Maagaard, Technical Director of Energy Design and Indoor Climate at MOE Engineers. As a pioneer target in VELUX sustainability strategy, the <a href="https://buildforlife.velux.com/livingplaces" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Living Places</a> concept was ideated and developed by <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/velux-group/10003012">VELUX</a>, MOE Engine…

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Our Editorial Team wants you! | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-our-editorial-team-wants-you/20287312 Tue, 08 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 We hope you love what you read on Architonic. We do, too – rather unsurprisingly. You see, our Editorial Team is made up of passionate and knowledgeable design lovers, who know what makes a good and relevant story. From the start, our motto was always ‘by architects for architects’. If you’re cut from the same cloth, then why not go from reading our content to managing its creation? We’re looking for a highly motivated, project-management-loving <a href="https://workwithus.architonic.com/?job=senior-content-editor-i-berlin"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Senior Content Editor</a> to join our editorial team in Berlin (or from a remote location in Germany) – working full-time on managing the creation and implementation of high-value commercial content on architecture and design across our various digital channels. Interested?

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Cersaie 2022 – Casalgrande Padana puts sustainability in focus | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-cersaie-2022-casalgrande-padana-puts-sustainability-in-focus/20287310 Fri, 11 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Sustainability was a hot topic at this year’s <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/cersaie/5205999">Cersaie</a> trade fair, the biggest international ceramic tile and surfacing event, held annually in Bologna, which exhibits the latest developments in ceramics industry trends. Dynamic discussions explored the environmental impact of the raw materials of ceramics, the thermal properties of ceramic tiles as insulators, the biophilic effect of ceramic tiles within urban interiors – and much more.</p> <p>The fair was an apt opportunity for exhibitor and surface designer <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/casalgrande-padana/3102193">Casalgrande Padana</a>, which has a strong focus on creating environmentally-friendly solutions for durable and responsible surfaces, to shine. The proudly Italian manufacturer has been in the industry for 60 years manufacturing ceramic tiles for indoors and outdoors. It specialises – contributing 80% of its output – in unglazed porc…

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The stage is set for Ambiente 2023 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ambiente-the-stage-is-set-for-ambiente-2023/20287286 Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Ready for the return? More information on visiting, exhibitors and awards can be found <a href="https://ambiente.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/planning-preparation/visitors.html?wt_mc=ambiente.worldwide.display.mailingwork.architonic-designboom-visitors" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p>After its enforced break, <a href="https://ambiente.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/planning-preparation/visitors.html?wt_mc=ambiente.worldwide.display.mailingwork.architonic-designboom-visitors" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ambiente</a> returns for 2023 with retailers, designers and professional buyers yearning, more than ever before, for a physical live experience. As a source for inspiration, the fair maps the changes in markets with an eye on the future. It is a meeting place for buyers and retailers; an opportunity for interior designers to scout for new features for hotel, restaurant and co-working spaces; and a chance to experience high-quality design, furnishing concepts an…

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Project solutions for planners and architects | | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alape-project-solutions-for-planners-and-architects/20286597 Tue, 29 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p class="p1">Pre-assembled washstand solutions with plenty of flexibility and freedom in planning – this is the basis of <a href="https://www.alape.com/en/new-products/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alape</a>’s <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/alape-work-frame100/20134757">Work.Frameˣ</a> for the high-end project business. The basic principle of a frame and a wide selection of different countertops and basins offers a wide range of design options. Adaptations in terms of colours, surfaces and even design allow individual solutions to be developed, which can be integrated into the design of the respective building projects. The basis of the programme is the sophisticated frame that is available in widths ranging from 600 to 1200mm. Work.Frameˣ offers a wide range of environmentally friendly Neolith countertops. The hygienic and sustainable natural stone is robust and impresses with its visual diversity. The programme is complemented by a wide range of sit-on basins made…

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Edra designer Francesco Binfaré on radical design values today | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-edra-designer-francesco-binfare-on-radical-design-values-today/20286594 Wed, 09 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 In the 1960s and 70s in post-war Italy, the Radical Design movement suggested that architecture and design must have a critical social and political voice in culture and space. Exploring ideas of urban utopias, pushing social taboos around gender and rebelling against consumer culture, design had a responsibility to speak. So what about today? Has design become too ‘quiet’, too willing to assimilate and uneasy to offend? <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/francesco-binfare/8100084">Francesco Binfaré</a>, lead designer at Italian seating specialist <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/edra-spa/3100040">Edra</a>, who won the prestigious Compasso d'Oro alla Carriera this year, suggests that perhaps it’s up to designers to challenge and educate their clients to patronise design that represents our era – just like the Radical Design movement did. 'Design is the most contemporary form of art. You shall look at it, it shall represent you, it serves as an inspiration…

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ViCare brings accessibility to public sanitation | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-vicare-brings-accessibility-to-public-sanitation/20286396 Thu, 03 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Designing bathrooms for public buildings presents a variety of challenges for architects and the operators of these facilities. In addition to looking great and being easy to maintain, these spaces must provide sanitary facilities suitable for barrier-free use. An increasing focus on equality and inclusivity in society means this requirement for accessibility is rightly more pronounced now than ever. Bathroom specialist <a href=https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/villeroy-boch/3100396>Villeroy & Boch</a> regularly assists architects with all aspects of designing and delivering restrooms that conform to the latest standards for accessibility. It can provide all necessary equipment for behind-the-wall and in-front-of-the-wall installations, ensuring they meet the building industry’s DIN 18040 regulations. A key consideration when creating barrier-free bathrooms for public buildings is the need to ensure sanitary facilities are suitable for wheelchair users. This means incorporating a…

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Building bathrooms better | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-building-bathrooms-better/20286395 Thu, 03 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 The best nursing homes and care facilities are designed to support both the physical and emotional needs of their residents, as well as making life easier for their staff. By providing pleasant and comfortable environments that seek to avoid the clinical aesthetic associated with conventional healthcare settings, these facilities are able to help residents relax and feel more at home. Bathrooms designed for use by care home residents are often equipped from the outset to meet barrier-free standards for accessibility. <a href=https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/villeroy-boch/3100396>Villeroy & Boch</a>’s ViCare collection includes ergonomic products such as support handles, wall-mounted shower seats and basins with gripping points that enable free and unassisted movement for elderly or disabled users. The collection merges attractive, ergonomic design with practical features that benefit care home staff as well as residents. To make cleaning quicker and more straightforward, for exa…

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Preparation is everything: Dutch Design Week asks us to ‘Get Set’ | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-preparation-is-everything-dutch-design-week-asks-us-to-get-set/20286394 Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>‘In Eindhoven, we do things together,’ reads a poster at the city’s airport, greeting international visitors to <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/dutch-design-week/5208318">Dutch Design Week</a> with friendly open arms. It’s a fitting message that portrays the festival’s optimistic theme, ‘<a href="https://ddw.nl/en/video/329/ddw22-get-set"target="_blank" rel=“nofollow">Get Set</a>’, a call to arms to the world’s technologists, creators and policymakers to tackle humanity’s massing global issues, by joining as one.</p> <p>While material and scientific research is always key for emerging tech to birth innovative solutions, the real drivers of change are the people themselves. Trust and acceptance of technology can be a far bigger stumbling block than anything as pliable as science. So if the latest environmental architecture and design solutions are to have an effect on the world as we know it, we need to talk, listen and work, together. Here are some of the most inspi…

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Design for the ages: Villeroy & Boch | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-design-for-the-ages-villeroy-amp-boch/20286385 Thu, 03 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 According to the World Health Organization, by 2050 the world’s population of people aged 60 years and older will double to 2.1 billion. An ageing population makes it more important than ever to consider ways in which we can improve everyday life for elderly people. To aid those wishing to continue living at home in their old age, German brand <a href=https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/villeroy-boch/3100396>Villeroy & Boch</a> offers a range of products that can be used to create barrier-free bathrooms in private houses and apartments. The innovative collection aims to optimise comfort and safety without compromising on the room’s aesthetics. The <a href=https://www.architonic.com/en/families/villeroy-boch/3100396/0/1>ViCare range</a> was developed to support the autonomy of users so they can move confidently around their bathroom without the need for assistance. Specified to conform with the DIN 18040 standard for accessibility, the products also feature ergonomic shapes and…

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'We are not Zaha Hadid': Sascha Rullkötter of SOP | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-039we-are-not-zaha-hadid-039-sascha-rullkotter-of-sop/20286295 Thu, 03 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-039we-are-not-zaha-hadid-039-sascha-rullkotter-of-sop/20286295 'Space is still prestigious, like a rare good in cities': David Marquardt of MACH Architektur | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-039space-is-still-prestigious-like-a-rare-good-in-cities-039-david-marquardt-of-mach-architektur/20286294 Wed, 02 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-039space-is-still-prestigious-like-a-rare-good-in-cities-039-david-marquardt-of-mach-architektur/20286294 Dataflex: working for an ergonomic and sustainable future | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-dataflex-working-for-an-ergonomic-and-sustainable-future/20286227 Tue, 15 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 The flexible, hybrid work revolution has brought an improved work-life balance for many. According to a survey conducted by video conferencing company Owl Labs, a third of workers across Europe would now turn down a job that did not include flexible working arrangements. But working remotely has its own challenges. As more and more of us can work some of our days from the sofa or at a local café, this also means that we are exposed to a workplace that has not been set up to take ergonomics into account. Indeed, in the UK alone, health insurance firm Bupa estimates that 11 million post-pandemic remote workers suffer from back pain as a result of a sub-optimal work set-up. The solution is to ensure that a home workstation should offer some of the same ergonomic support as those in an office. What is different, however, is that these solutions need to be more flexible and versatile or more compact and visually unobtrusive, such as a task chair that can double up as a dining chair, or a la…

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Freestanding bathtub for small and large bathrooms | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/kaldewei-freestanding-bathtub-for-small-and-large-bathrooms/20286213 Wed, 09 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>The MEISTERSTÜCK combines organic, natural design with uncompromisingly durable materials made from recyclable <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/kaldewei/3103039">KALDEWEI</a> steel enamel. The <a href="https://www.kaldewei.co.uk/products/baths/detail/product/meisterstueck-oyo-duo/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MEISTERSTÜCK OYO DUO</a> is the new highlight to emerge from KALDEWEI’s Luxstainability world. The family business combines form and design with sustainability and resource conservation with this concept. Stefan Diez has taken these aspects into account and has used them to create a graceful design sculpture with the MEISTERSTÜCK OYO DUO, which integrates harmoniously into any bathroom, flowing and almost floating – even in smaller rooms.</p> <p>As part of his design process, Diez has ensured that each of the components can at some future point be returned to the material cycle without any problems. With the <a href="https://www.kaldewei.co.uk/products/baths/…

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Why Swiss furniture? | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-why-swiss-furniture/20286209 Tue, 15 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>„Wer hat´s erfunden?“ lautete einst ein beliebter Werbeslogan. Vom multifunktionalen Taschenmesser über Uhrwerke in Perfektion bis zum schokoladigen Gebirgszug Toblerone hat die Schweiz zahlreiche Marken hervorgebracht, die weltweit beliebt sind. Auch im Möbeldesign punkten Schweizer Produkte mit ihren hochwertigen Eigenschaften – von der hohen Qualität über die technische Finesse bis zur handwerklichen Präzision. Keine neuen Erfindungen, aber doch verlässliche Stärken. Neben international agierenden Unternehmen gibt es auch zahlreiche Möbelhersteller, die sich vor allem auf den europäischen Markt konzentrieren. Ein Fokus, der sich im Zuge der Pandemie wie der aktuellen geopolitischen Verwerfungen noch weiter verstärkt hat – sowohl von Hersteller- wie auch von Kundenseite. Regionalität liegt im Trend. Zu Recht. Warum immer in die Ferne schweifen, wenn das Gute oft so nah liegt. Von der Verwendung heimischer Materialien bis zur Schaffung regionaler Arbeitsplätze entstehen hier viele…</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-why-swiss-furniture/20286209 ‘Thursday is the new Friday. If it wasn't already’: Russell Potter of Soda Studio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-thursday-is-the-new-friday-if-it-wasn-039t-already-russell-potter-of-soda-studio/20286189 Tue, 01 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-thursday-is-the-new-friday-if-it-wasn-039t-already-russell-potter-of-soda-studio/20286189 Humanscale: a new path for workplace design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-humanscale-a-new-path-for-workplace-design/20286188 Thu, 03 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>With the political, economic, social and ecological rollercoaster seemingly careering out of control, we are discovering what might be considered by some as the blooming obvious but by much of the business world who often like to box consumers, a hurdle: we humans are multifaceted and changeable. For Baiju Shah of Accenture Song, the creative arm of the consulting conglomerate, the term life-centric is replacing customer-centric, as people grapple to focus in on themselves, their health, happiness and survival, while panic planning for the future of the planet. </p> <p>‘With external forces exerting more pressure, and a list of practical and ethical considerations that keeps getting longer, people are facing more complex and more frequent decisions than ever before,’ writes Shah in a recent report. ‘To help make decisions, consumers are looking to the people they trust the most: themselves. Now, they are ready to act in their own best interests –  because if they won’t, who will?’</…

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The office as a USP: De Vorm makes it work | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/nick-compton-the-office-as-a-usp-de-vorm-makes-it-work/20286014 Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>We all understand that our relationship with work and the workplace has changed, and in fundamental ways. But beyond those shifts in how we work are larger shifts in why we work and for who. </p> <p>The best and brightest now expect a different relationship with their employer. They know they are a finite resource and they have power. They want to work for companies who share their values, who have a commitment to diversity and wellness in the workplace and social and environmental responsibility in the wider world, who have a purpose beyond pure profit. And they are prepared to move job to find exactly the right fit. </p> Most also want to be a part of a shared culture, to learn and develop skills. And they want to be in an office, at least some of the time. For companies looking to attract the best and brightest, the office is now a critical USP. Crucially though, that appeal is not about fridges full of beer, beanbags and pool tables. It's not the office as a hangout, the model o…

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'As designers, our job is to create reality': Yorgo Lykouria of Rainlight Studio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-039as-designers-our-job-is-to-create-reality-039-yorgo-lykouria-of-rainlight-studio/20285903 Mon, 31 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-039as-designers-our-job-is-to-create-reality-039-yorgo-lykouria-of-rainlight-studio/20285903 Dauphin's Indeed: the office chair inspired by sleeping comfort | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tanja-pabelick-dauphin-039s-indeed-the-office-chair-inspired-by-sleeping-comfort/20285885 Thu, 03 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 When it comes to choosing the right mattress, people's argumentation often references the many hours that we spend in bed. The office chair is no different. Here, also, we spend a similar amount of time without any really significant positional change. With this in mind, ergonomics specialist <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/dauphin/3102096">Dauphin</a> asked itself why the proven and comfortable technology found in the pocket spring core found in mattresses should not also be used in the office, and has therefore transferred it across from bed to chair. The new seat of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/dauphin/3102096">Dauphin</a>'s tried and tested <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/dauphin-indeed-white/20269674">Indeed</a> work chair is equipped with box spring suspension and impresses also with its green inner values. The environmental friendliness and good design encapsulated in the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/dauphin-i…

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Elevator Pitch: new headquarters for TKE in Düsseldorf | | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-elevator-pitch-new-headquarters-for-tke-in-dusseldorf/20285884 Wed, 02 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 Anyone involved in the design of working environments today would likely be thankful of a crystal ball among the tools at their disposal. Everyday office life is currently changing so fast that it is becoming increasingly necessary to have a suitable answer ready for every new situation, every new team constellation and every new individual need. It becomes particularly challenging when, on top of that, a completely new corporate identity and culture is being created – like in the case of <a href="https://www.koenig-neurath.com/en/magazine/references/reference-tke-duesseldorf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">TK Elevator</a> (TKE for short). Behind the name is one of the largest suppliers of lift technology, formerly known as ThyssenKrupp Elevator, which has been operating as an independent company since summer 2020. The sale of the lift division soon also brought with it a change of location. From Essen, <a href="https://www.koenig-neurath.com/en/magazine/references/reference-tke-duesse…

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Villeroy & Boch makes barrier-free building easy | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-villeroy-amp-boch-makes-barrier-free-building-easy/20285850 Fri, 04 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>For those of us fortunate enough to be living without any form of physical disability or mobility issues, it is hard to appreciate how difficult it can be for some people to perform seemingly simple everyday tasks. An increasingly ageing global population makes it more pressing than ever to improve safety and accessibility in our homes and public buildings. Design plays a key role in this scenario to ensure future solutions focus on users’ comfort, well-being and dignity above all else.</p> <p>Accessible planning and design is integral to German bathroom brand <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/villeroy-boch/3100396">Villeroy & Boch</a>’s research and product development. In response to the growing number of people living in assisted accommodation or requiring care at home and when out and about, the company has created an extensive range of design-led products that can be used to create attractive, barrier-free bathrooms in a wide range of contexts.</p> <p>Villero…

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Cosentino's surface beauty | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-cosentino-039s-surface-beauty/20285768 Wed, 09 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Opulence comes at a cost and it’s not just the sort that will leave your purse lighter. Exotic woods dent, gold tarnishes, marble stains and chips. But it doesn’t stop us hankering after the materials we perceive to be effortlessly elegant and replete with character. Okay, so we also like a bit of polish and precision in our building materials these days, alongside durability and ethical manufacture, ease of installation and maintenance alongside hygienic surfaces. But what’s often been missing from modern engineered materials is old-fashioned warmth and poetry. Is it too much to ask for both?</p> <p>Well, increasingly not so. It has become the holy grail of surface makers to imbue their highly technical and sustainable material compositions with personality and poetry so that we can enjoy all the bullet-proof benefits alongside the warmth that natural materials offer. Biophilic design – which answers our need for nature inside our interior environments – doesn’t stop at filling hom…

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Elmo: a leather library of colours | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-elmo-a-leather-library-of-colours/20285760 Fri, 28 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Colour plays an important role in how we perceive the spaces we use on a daily basis. Warm or natural colours can help us feel safe and relaxed, while bold, bright colours energise us and inspire creativity. The way we decorate different spaces should reflect the activities that will take place within these environments. To achieve this successfully, designers need to be able to choose from the widest possible range of materials and colours.</p> <p>Swedish leather specialist <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/elmo/3103624">Elmo</a> is dedicated to providing architects and interior designers with a broad range of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/families/elmo/3103624/0/1">leather</a> colours for use in their projects. The company works with British textile designer and colour consultant Georgina Wright to develop collections that reflect the latest directions in design, as well as offering versatility in their application. According to Wright, the resulting ‘libra…

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'Credibility is what counts above all': Mia Kepenek in the raumplus Intelligence Series | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-039credibility-is-what-counts-above-all-039-mia-kepenek-in-the-raumplus-intelligence-series/20285668 Mon, 31 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p><a href="http://www.kepenek.ch"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mia Kepenek</a>, a German interior designer with Uzbek roots, works very successfully for international clients from her Zurich studio. We asked her which countries and cultures have influenced her work and what can happen when different styles and trends meet.</p> <p>I think it simply requires a special flair to let different things, fabrics, colours and materials enter into an exciting dialogue. Furniture pieces can become cultural ambassadors, things and rooms can tell stories. But in all of this, it is important to create something that is coherent. For example, trends like 'hygge', which emphasise cosiness, and aesthetic approaches characterised by reduction and simplicity do not have to contradict each other. In the best case, places become reflections of a client's personality, history and culture.</p> <p>For example, when I was commissioned by a Swiss company to design, among other things, a lounge with a bar, din…

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Solarlux dissolves boundaries with cero | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-solarlux-dissolves-boundaries-with-cero/20285322 Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href=https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1>Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-solarlux-dissolves-boundaries-with-cero/20285322 You have to be there: retail spaces that buy into experience | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-you-have-to-be-there-retail-spaces-that-buy-into-experience/20285132 Wed, 02 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>When lockdowns first hit and retailers were forced to shut up shop, many took to the digital high street instead, with those investing hardest and quickest in their online personas invariably winning the battle for our bookmarks. As the world opened again, some kept both their physical and digital presence in a hybrid model, while others chose to remove themselves from bricks and mortar altogether.</p> <p>As we become more accustomed to using both models together, it’s clear that physical retail spaces can offer sensorial experiences that the digital simply can not – yet. These four projects buck the online retail trend and encourage consumers – and therefore other retailers, too – to move back into the physical, by turning the act of shopping into an exciting, invigorating or relaxing luxury pastime, rather than a chore.</p> Noticing the decline of consumer footfall in the city, the local municipal management of Olot in Northern Spain knew it needed to <a href="https://www.architon…

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ID AID: Products that promise new possibilities | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-id-aid-products-that-promise-new-possibilities/20284973 Tue, 25 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200 <p>There is no question that almost everyone who uses a computer as their main mode of work has taken a giant step into the future in the past three years. Now it's suddenly no longer just digital nomads trying to escape the rigid structures of an antiquated office age in coworking spaces and cafés. At least one day of home office per week is now the norm rather than the exception. Mobile or teleworking has become part of everyday life. This has become possible because we now have digital tools – as well as the will to use them – to perform tasks for which sitting together was once indispensable. So far, so clear. But what influence does digitalisation have on the design of the rooms, furniture and accessories that surround us? And who better to answer this than someone who has, to a certain extent, dedicated his work to the subject of the office: <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/sven-von-boetticher/8108685">Sven v. Boetticher</a> runs the Stuttgart-based industrial…

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Matteo Thun & Partners explain their approach to sustainable architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-matteo-thun-amp-partners-explain-their-approach-to-sustainable-architecture/20284972 Tue, 25 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200 If you’ll allow me a classic British understatement, we live in ‘interesting’ times. Now, more than ever, straight talking is needed. Honest and open dialogue. When I approached Milan- and Munich-based office <b><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/matteo-thun-partners/5202912">Matteo Thun & Partners</a></b> – founded by the eponymous and much-feted Italian design grandee – to ask if they’d be up for an interview, they agreed. And by ‘they’ I mean three of their team. When it comes to questions of climate insecurity and sustainability, there’s more power and meaning in collaborative thinking and joint responses. So, what follows are some straight-from-the-hip questions from me and some unvarnished answers from partners Elisa Vago and Matteo Beretta, and senior architect Luca Magagni. Everyone has their own responsibility in the current climate crisis, but as architects, we must give utmost attention to environmental impact. We must avoid projects that are built with a l…

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Strong and pure: Miniforms’ Bice chair is all ears | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-strong-and-pure-miniforms-bice-chair-is-all-ears/20284971 Tue, 25 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200 Pared-down, utilitarian and aesthetically pleasing chairs are always an asset for interior designers. Their neutrality allows them to harmonise with all styles of interior. When slender and stackable, too, they provide practical, space-saving seating. <p>History shows that functional, lightweight chairs can be very characterful. Italian designer Gio Ponti’s Superleggera chair of 1957 – intended to be portable and take up little space – was a hit in the modern but modestly sized new apartments that sprung up all over postwar Europe. Yet Superleggera took inspiration from traditional chairs hand-crafted in Italy’s coastal town, Chiavari. Danish architect Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7: No 3107 chair of 1955 is another example of a classic design combining simplicity and a distinctive character. It encapsulated the zeitgeist: its user-friendly, streamlined moulded plywood seat echoed other hourglass shapes of the 1950s, such as the wasp-waisted fashions pioneered by Christian Dior. </p> <p>A go…

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Forestier: putting poetry into pendants | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-forestier-putting-poetry-into-pendants/20284970 Mon, 31 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Our quest today for the natural, the hand-crafted and the original in our built environments is righting some of the wrongs we’ve inflicted on our land and seas with the mass production of products made from synthetic materials. It’s also exposing a contemporary yearning for warmth, comfort and poetry in our surroundings, not seen perhaps since the seventies slump – the last economic happening that opened design doors to bamboo and rattan, and cosseting ‘fat’ furniture. </p> <p>Today’s craft revolution is reaching lighting. Typically, lighting is seen by contemporary architects as an extension of the building, further developing a structure’s personality through synergistic materials and form. Decorative lighting tends to belong in a different universe, but our need for the natural and the crafted in everything from our light fittings to the floors beneath our feet is changing that. </p> <p>‘Every piece has been touched for many hours in its making,’ says the designer Jette Scheib,…

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The future of hospitality at EquipHotel in Paris | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sisse-bro-the-future-of-hospitality-at-equiphotel-in-paris/20284969 Wed, 26 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200 <p>It's a well-known fact that significant life changes often happen as a result of some sort of crisis or challenging situation; facing difficult-to-manage circumstances can help motivate and mobilise initiatives that lead to transformations and improvements. The consequences of the recent health crisis have had such an impact on individuals all over the world that many have chosen to re-evaluate their lifestyles and introduce serious changes; conscious choices have been made. </p> <p>The Paris-based hospitality tradeshow, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/equiphotel/5206151">EquipHotel</a>, has done its homework. Both the overall theme ‘Conscious Hospitality’ and the outlined ambitions for this year’s edition is a testament to this. By means of market reports, statistics, research and analysis concerning the hospitality sector’s situation over the last number of years, EquipHotel proposes that the industry needs to carefully consider before planning and investing for t…

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Sound absorption at the forefront of design with Rockfon | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-sound-absorption-at-the-forefront-of-design-with-rockfon/20284962 Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200 <p>When interior palettes were all white and grey, and every neutral nuance in between, the acoustic control of our buildings had nowhere to go except discreetly, without fuss or fanfare, into walls and ceilings. Now that we have exorcised the monotony of minimal and monochrome from our homes and public spaces, and colour, texture, pattern and relief are back, sound absorption is stepping out of the woodwork. Quite literally.</p> <p>The pieces in <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/rockfon/10002483">Rockfon</a>’s new design collection, long in development and now launched under the Sounds Beautiful banner, stand proud of wall and ceiling, and unapologetically introduce colour, texture and shape. <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/rockfon/10002483">Rockfon</a> <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/rockfon-dividers-rockfon-canva/20280284">Canva</a> consists of framed acoustic panels that can be customised in pattern or colour while hung like pictures t…

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Rockfon: Designing for people | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-rockfon-designing-for-people/20284955 Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200 Recently our other senses have been requesting the same sensitivity from interior design.  Biophilia – which is the integration of nature, natural materials or the colours, patterns, textures and forms of the natural world in our interiors – is understood to have a greater impact than previously understood on levels of stress and all-round well-being. Which is why <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/rockfon/10002483">Rockfon</a> has thrown focus on the visual and textural qualities of its latest products, expanding colour palettes to include shades of the great outdoors, while bringing wood and dried plant life into the material mix. <p>While the health of the planet deservedly commands most of the attention when it comes to ethical building, designing for human well-being is increasingly important. When it comes to looking after the physical and mental health of a building’s occupants, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/rockfon/10002483">Rockfon</a> has a he…

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The changing image of acoustic design by Rockfon | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-the-changing-image-of-acoustic-design-by-rockfon/20284954 Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Even if you have never engaged with the ins and outs of a building’s acoustics, you will, no doubt, have had many a meeting or passing conversation eased by <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/rockfon/10002483">Rockfon</a>’s sound-absorbing solutions. They may have invisibly clad a ceiling above you in tile form or seamlessly formed the white walls that surrounded you. <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/rockfon/10002483">Rockfon</a> – a part of Rockwool Group – specialises in banishing acoustic bounce with sound absorbing products made from organic stone wool. The products have been part of the fabric of our public spaces – offices, schools, restaurants and libraries – for more than 60 years.</p> <p>You might not know it because a few things have conspired to keep soundproofing out of the picture. One was the belief that the mechanics of sound control should simply be heard and not seen, especially in recent times when industrial trimmings have been the on…

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Full circle: highlighting Hungarian design at 360 Design Budapest | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-full-circle-highlighting-hungarian-design-at-360-design-budapest/20284945 Wed, 09 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Aki tagadja a múltat, az nem talál jövőt.</p> <p>This Hungarian proverb tells of the importance of using our past experiences to write our future, but balancing these two endless worlds – the traditions and culture of one, with the technology and innovation of the other – is often key to creating timeless design.</p> <p>At the annual <a href="https://360dbp.com/en/"target="_blank" rel=“nofollow">360 Design Budapest</a> event, Hungary’s most important cultural showcase of emerging and existing homegrown talent, the interconnectedness of both time and art inspired three key themes of storytelling (history and tradition), education (youthful talent and sustainability) and digitalisation (technology and innovation). Here are some of the standout designers, manufacturers and their products from the week:</p> Some of the best, most striking projects and pieces to emerge from <a href="https://360dbp.com/en/"target="_blank" rel=“nofollow">360 Design Budapest</a>, were from the Emerging Desi…

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Leolux LX: engineers of intimacy | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/nick-compton-leolux-lx-engineers-of-intimacy/20284808 Tue, 25 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200 Fittingly, one of fullest and finest showcases for the <a href=https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/leolux-lx/3105399>Leolux LX</a> collection is the new lobby and artist’s foyer of the De Maaspoort theatre in its hometown of Venlo. The project demanded creating a range of different seating arrangements in a large open space, the classic design challenge of engineering intimacy, composing spaces within space and answering a range of needs. The elegantly curved – almost theatrical – lines of the <a href=https://www.architonic.com/en/product/leolux-lx-lxr08/20137497>LXR08 sofa</a> by Italian designer Gino Carollo, invite pre- or post-performance lounging and are powerful enough to create a defined social space. The stricter lines and more upright position of Carollo’s <a href=https://www.architonic.com/de/product/leolux-lx-lxr02/20050214>LXR02 chair</a>, stationed around Hugo de Ruiter’s <a href=https://www.architonic.com/en/product/leolux-lx-lx627/20005756>LX627 table</a>, shape s…

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Shaping hospitality | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/nick-compton-shaping-hospitality/20284807 Tue, 25 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0200 <a href=https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/leolux-lx/3105399>Leolux LX</a> has become a trusted partner for the designers of hotels, restaurants, theatres and bars. The manufacturer's 2022 collection once again answers the demands of hospitality design with a range of pieces that offer impact, comfort and durability. The lobby is where a hotel defines itself, sets out a vision in terms of design and service. It is also a social space, a performance space, a meeting space and sometime office. It is a kind of stage and vibrant hub, alive with activity. Designing and engineering lobby spaces is high stakes and Leolux LX’s collection brings designers and architects everything they need, from sofas, modular sofas and armchairs, to rise to the challenge. The new <a href=https://www.architonic.com/en/product/leolux-lx-lxr16/20215443>LXR16 sofa</a> for example, designed by <a href=https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/studio-truly-truly/8113735>Studio Truly Truly</a>, is a striking…

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