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 Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:13:14 +0100 Furniture with style and character | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-furniture-with-style-and-character/7001850 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The range extends from modern design-classics to new, imaginative designs by international designers. Furniture is offered for different areas of application and users beyond the mass market: Furniture for adults and children, for indoor and outdoor use, and for residential and commercial applications. Richard Lampert has been producing furniture and furnishings since 1993. Talking to Richard Lampert, his passion for furniture – timeless designs without frills, but with that certain something – quickly becomes evident. The members of his team – complemented by the designer Alexander Seifried – are important sparring partners for him. A design must convince – with a clear and possibly unconventional idea. Only then does he ask himself whether the design is strong enough to be produced in high quality and in large numbers. “The product must have a soul,” says Lampert. One of the absolute classics in the collection is the original Egon Eiermann table from 1953 with inclined diagonals in a… continue

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Tokujin Yoshioka: Light Material | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-tokujin-yoshioka-light-material/7001848 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Tokujin Yoshioka transcends the limitations of materials. Some of his furniture pieces act as clouds and others are baked in an oven like bread, while still others seem to melt into thin air. We spoke with Tokujin Yoshioka about his influences, including Japan and Henri Matisse. <b>Lightness and transparency play an important role in your work. Why is that?</b> I am fascinated by transparency because it is never static. When light encounters transparent objects, they automatically start to change and to react to their environment. Light is a very important part of my work. I almost use it as a material that can be deformed and manipulated. <b> Why do materials in particular play such a key role in many of your products? </b> Design is above all a mental process, one which is also strongly influenced by feelings. This makes design very personal. When I work on an object, aesthetics come first. It is the result of the materials and the processing I have already decided upon. If yo… continue

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One giant step: Domotex 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-one-giant-step-domotex-2018/7001847 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 DOMOTEX, the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floorcoverings, held in Hanover and organised by Deutsche Messe, returned last January in a fresh, new guise that attracted a record-breaking 1,615 exhibitors as well as more than 45,000 visitors. This year, DOMOTEX boasted a new, more user-friendly exhibition layout, and presented immersive displays exploring its keynote theme, ‘Unique Youniverse’. This centred on a major, contemporary trend for individualisation, which reflects a desire among designers and consumers to create unique products in our increasingly globalised world of homogeneous design. The trend makes commercial sense, too, says Hossein Rezvani, carpet designer and owner of Hossein Rezvani Design: ‘Customised carpets are popular everywhere. As evidenced by statistics, they account for one half of all global sales… Against a background of growing uniformity, they will become increasingly important.’ The overarching Unique Youniverse theme reinforced the fair’s repu… continue

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The clever furniture developer | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-the-clever-furniture-developer/7001846 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Niels Kastrup and Lars Andersen have been creating and selling tables and chairs for 20 years – initially mainly in the Scandinavian market and the USA, but now worldwide, with a strong focus also on Germany and Switzerland. “The acquisition of the traditional family-owned company Randers a few years ago allowed us to make good progress in these countries”, explains Niels Kastrup in an interview. “Randers already had a good market presence in the region, as well as a number of products that ideally complement our portfolio. The Flex table range for conference, seminar and meeting rooms, canteens and halls in particular was a perfect match for us. But the designs for Grip, which we then developed further, were also promising.” Interesting and also slightly unusual is the development process that Randers + Radius’ new products undergo. Since the company focuses strongly on the contract sector, visiting architectural offices and entering into ­dialogue with planners is very important.… continue

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Get smart: Light + Building 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/light-building-get-smart-light-building-2018/7001845 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Current and future challenges posed by the growing demand for energy and climate-protection objectives can only be met with intelligent solutions for the infrastructure and buildings. In this connection, the focus is on the reduction of CO2 emissions and greater efficiency. Especially in the case of buildings, increasing digitalisation offers an outstanding basis for achieving these objectives whereby the planning, construction and use of smart buildings will change fundamentally. Forward-looking planning is essential to ensure that the technology of a smart building will function in the future, too, i.e., that modern, rapidly and constantly changing building-services technology can be integrated at any time during the building’s lifetime. This is not possible with traditional planning and construction processes. Building Information Modelling (BIM) methods, which bring together architecture and engineering, house and building-services technology and facility management in computer mod… continue

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A statement in furniture design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-a-statement-in-furniture-design/7001844 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 As illustrated by the clear line of the upholstered furniture series Avignon, designed by French designer and former member of the Memphis Group Christophe Pillet, or the playful, filigree contours of the Dune seating island, designed by the Swedish design-studio Front, when it comes to creative work, Offecct’s furniture manufacturers have access to talented, top-class designers and architects, who skilfully implement the spirit of the brand. Among the many world-famous designers who work for the company are Jasper Morrison, Neri & Hu, Alfredo Häberli, Nendo and Karim Rashid. A new entrant to the sector, Japanese designer Jin Kuramoto recently designed the Jin chair collection comprising stable and lightweight chairs made of either carbon fibres or 100 % organic flax fibres, for the company. The ­Offecct Lab always tries to exploit the ­potential of design, technology and sustainability aspects and to cast them in charismatic shapes. The company is therefore on a journey that it will b… continue

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Architecture Festival TURN ON 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/turn-on-festival-architecture-festival-turn-on-2018/7001843 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 In our rapidly developing time, the framework conditions and thus the goals of building are also changing. Today, the world of architecture presents itself diverse and moves like a kaleidoscope. The selected program is a snapshot of their most interesting particles. Anna Ramos, the director of Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona, ​​opens the festival. This year's keynote speaker, Kristiaan Borret, was the municipal architect of Antwerp before assuming this role for the greater region of Brussels. <b>TURN ON PARTNER – The Dialogues</b> Today the world is no longer uniform, and this applies in particular to building. The building process differentiates itself, the individual facets of this process are highly different and intrinsically complex. This is documented by the program track TURN ON PARTNER. The lectures at the interface of business and architecture span a wide range and also focus on classical topics of architecture, such as the facade, materials and light. The lecturers… continue

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So transparent!: Vanceva | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-so-transparent-vanceva/7001842 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Why be limited to monochrome glass on a building’s facade or on a large-scale surface? It’s a question many architects and designers ask themselves today, given that it’s possible to opt for complex, polychrome glazing in a multitude of joyous hues. This innovation has its origins in 1937 when Saflex first introduced its high quality, state-of-the-art laminated glass as well as its reliable service and expert advice to customers. Saflex® polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayers for glass lamination, to be precise, are now one of US company Eastman’s key architectural glazing products, along with Vanceva® Colors PVB interlayers. Eastman is a global advanced materials and speciality additives company, which manufactures a broad range of products found in items people use on an everyday basis. It delivers its customers — in markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables — innovative products and solutions while being committed to safety and sustainability. Eastman’s… continue

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Harri Koskinen: Simplicity is a Sylvan Sauna | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-harri-koskinen-simplicity-is-a-sylvan-sauna/7001841 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 For nearly two decades, Harri Koskinen has been deeply connected with Japan, developing ongoing, creative collaborations with Japanese designers such as Issey Miyake and Muji. He is the curator and scenographer for STILL/LIFE, an in-depth exhibition about the life and work of legendary Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala that first opened in 2015 to mark the hundredth anniversary of Wirkkala’s birth. In November 2017, STILL/LIFE will be at EMMA, the Espoo Museum of Modern Art in Finland, which will coincide with the inauguration of Aukio, meaning “open” in Finnish, a new and innovative exhibition space that will be dedicated to Wirkkala and his wife and collaborator, Rut Bryk. This open archive and visible storage at EMMA will include over five thousand items arranged chronologically. In the centre, there will be an exhibition space where STILL/LIFE will be installed, giving visitors the opportunity to walk directly into Wirkkala’s and Bryk’s creative universe. EMMA curator Henna Paunu say… continue

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The AZ Awards 2018: Meet the Jury | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/az-awards-the-az-awards-2018-meet-the-jury/7001840 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Azure has brought together an extraordinary jury of renowned practitioners in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, product design and interiors to evaluate the entries of the 2018 AZ Awards. Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of our awards program, as well as the boundary-breaking nature of great design, the illustrious five will meet in March to judge every award category, and select the winners and finalists of our eighth annual awards program. Claire Weisz Claire Weisz is a founding partner of WXY, a New York firm globally recognized for its community-centred approach to architecture, urban design and planning. Its most recent projects include the resilient and welcoming Rockaway Boardwalks Reconstruction, commissioned in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; and the Spring Street Salt Shed and Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage, in collaboration with Dattner Architects, a project that proves even the most utilitarian buildings – in this case, sanitation facilities… continue

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An explosion of textile innovations | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-an-explosion-of-textile-innovations/7001839 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Object Carpet from Denkendorf near Stuttgart is responding to the growing trend ­towards the individualisation and zoning of newly-designed working environments with a future-oriented collection. “Facts & Inspirations” comprises 22 innovations in 88 qualities and a total of 1214 colour options. The new floor-generation for the contract sector can be rolled out or laid in the form of self-lying tiles. This carpet innovation, like all other Object Carpet qualities, is also free of bitumen, PVC, latex and harmful emissions. Thanks to the environmentally-friendly material properties, the products bear the German Federal Environment Agency’s “Blue Angel” seal of approval. In addition, there are healthy-living aspects such as fine-dust reduction, impact sound insulation and the improvement of room acoustics. The sound-absorbing properties can even be enhanced by using the optional BlackThermo®Felt backing material. And the TÜV-approved quality of the products also ensures that the floor cove… continue

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In good company: office architecture works it | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-in-good-company-office-architecture-works-it/7001838 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Gone are the days of drab business parks and soulless cubicles. Today's offices are all about creating an attractive and uplifting work environment, inside and out. A great example is the newly-opened Headquarters of Metropole Rouen Normandie in Amfreville-La-Mi-Voie, France, by Jacques Ferrier Architecture. Here, two inclined prisms create a strong silhouette against the flat landscape of the building's port location. To counteract the often demure weather, the building is wrapped in a shimmering coat of coloured glass fins, recalling Claude Monet's paintings of Rouen Cathedral. The pale wood and light grey concrete interiors work together to create a bright and calm working environment. Dutch practice Mecanoo opted for a different strategy for its Namdeamun Office Building in Seoul. To counteract the sensory overload of the Asian metropolis, the office's facade is a minimalist composition of overlapping black lattices. The effect, calm yet lively, creates a uniquely elegant exter… continue

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Lightness of Touch: Light + Building Frankfurt 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-lightness-of-touch-light-building-frankfurt-2018/7001837 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 “Connected – Secure – Convenient” is the motto of this year’s Light + Building. Every two years, the world’s leading trade fair for lighting, design and intelligent building technology presents product innovations and industry trends in the fields of lighting, electrical engineering and home and building automation. As the title reveals, this year’s fair will spotlight the networked building and our heightened need for convenience and security. These areas of current interest will be dealt with intensively in the framework of the fair’s two “top themes”: “The smartification of everyday life” and “Aesthetics and well-being in harmony”. In the lighting product segment under “Aesthetics and well-being in harmony”, the fair will exhibit current design trends in the lighting market. Above all, the featured innovations put people and their personal needs at centre stage – as reflected in the currently relevant topic Human Centric Lighting. Modelled on the changes in natural light conditions… continue

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Light+Building: Human Centric Lighting | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/light-building-light-building-human-centric-lighting/7001836 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 At the end of 2017, the Nobel Prize for medicine went to three US American researchers Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young. By isolating and investigating the ‘period’ gene of the fruit fly, they were able to prove the existence of the ‘inner clock’, which controls the circadian rhythm of humans, animals and plants. The lighting industry, architects and planners, are interested in this, too, and are developing lighting solutions and concepts for a wide range of applications, based on these scientific findings. <b>Circadian rhythms – the foundation of human-centric lighting</b> The biological rhythm of the human being is crucially influenced by the progress of sunlight. And it is, first and foremost, the proportion of blue light that is responsible for blocking or stimulating the production of the sleep hormone, melatonin. The relatively blue sunlight in the morning blocks the melatonin hormone and stimulates the activity of the stress hormone cortisol. This leads t… continue

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Do these experts ever sleep?: DUX | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-do-these-experts-ever-sleep-dux/7001835 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Many of the world’s top companies launched with a single revolutionary product, before applying their successful concept to a portfolio of designs that share a core idea. Take Apple, for example, which grew from its humble beginnings as the producer of the Macintosh computer into the world’s most valuable brand by diversifying into tablets, smartphones, watches and all of the accompanying software. For Swedish firm DUX, being the manufacturer of one of the world’s most comfortable and intelligently designed beds was a launchpad to explore new opportunities in the world of furniture. The innovative system of metal springs it uses to give its mattresses supreme flexibility and longevity is also applied to sofas and armchairs, seats for Volvo cars and for the London underground, as well as beds for the Swedish navy’s submarines. “The spring technology is what we do and we’re able to make lots of things using that,” explains the company’s Nordic CEO, Charlotte Ljung. “We try to utilise wha… continue

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A light reduction: mawa design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-a-light-reduction-mawa-design/7001834 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 With a thorough understanding of design and how things work, mawa Design of Brandenburg, Germany, develops and produces high-quality luminaires which in terms of both their technology and construction are always in step with the times. Company founder Martin Wallroth began 40 years ago with residential objects, before cooperating with external designers in the 1980s and, from that point forward, increasingly concentrating on the manufacture of luminaires. It was through his early encounter with two very different classic luminaires of the 1950s – “schliephacke” and “ssymmank” – that Wallroth saw the light, as it were. Originally developed by designer Fridtjof Schliephacke as a luminaire for a student residence hall, “schliephacke” unites a table and floor lamp and is conceived for industrial production in the spirit of the Bauhaus. For students, it was ultimately too expensive, but in the 1960s it found its way into the homes of numerous consumers with an affinity for design and in thi… continue

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Me and You Forever: Ambiente 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jasmin-jouhar-me-and-you-forever-ambiente-2018/7001833 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Ambiente in Frankfurt am Main isn’t just the world’s largest trade fair for consumer goods, but also a reliable trend barometer. What’s new, and what’s going to remain in fashion? The trend presentation by Stilbüro Bora.Herke.Palmisano during the fair will offer answers to these two central questions – with a coffee mug playing an important role. Whether in fashion, art or design, “anything goes” is the attitude of our time. Everyone seeks out a niche that appeals to them. Yet, again and again, phenomena that just about everybody can agree on continue to arise – be it a brand, a colour, a technology or a travel destination. Trends remain “in”. They show the interest of a broad public and point to that which will soon be part of our everyday life. It is only logical, then, that Ambiente at Messe Frankfurt has been presenting the latest trends to its visitors for ten years now. With 4,460 exhibitors from 94 nations, the world’s leading consumer goods trade fair reliably reflects all rele… continue

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Switched on: digital-first retail spaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-switched-on-digital-first-retail-spaces/7001832 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 More than just a few days each February, ISE – reflecting its thematic focus – is itself integrated into the complete year-long industry calendar. The fair’s organisers, Industry Systems Events, regularly develop and deliver B2B events for the professional AV and electronic-systems industry. Their recent round-table event at premium furniture brand Vitra’s London showroom – where a number of top-flight opinion-formers from the fields of architecture, design and retail were invited to talk shop by discussing the impact of digital on retail spaces – articulated just how critical new technology has become in ensuring the continued relevance of traditional physical stores. As sales continue to migrate online, shops are increasingly becoming marketing channels, places to experience brands through clever, content-filled storytelling, delivered via fully integrated AV and other digital systems. Anyone planning a retail space without first devising a digital strategy is, in effect, adopting a… continue

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The revolution is now: Smart Building Conference at ISE 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-revolution-is-now-smart-building-conference-at-ise-2018/7001831 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The Smart Building Conference at ISE 2018 in Amsterdam offers unparalleled insights into the rapidly developing dynamic between digital technologies, the built environment and urban space. A host of leading-edge thinkers and practitioners, experts in the fields of IT, AV, architecture and beyond, are set to provide an internationally drawn, professional audience with diverse, challenging and inspiring perspectives on the smart landscape – via not only the latest technologies, but also business strategies, market research and real-life case studies. With increasing talk of the role big data will play in shaping our cities – “allowing us to make real what urbanists in the past could only dream of,” as architect and thought-leader Carlo Ratti puts it – delegates should ready themselves for a big download of razor-sharp thinking. Ratti (who’ll be delivering the opening address at ISE 2018) along with representatives from such organisations as Philips, OSRAM and OVG Real Estate, will explor… continue

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This man is seeing things: Carlo Ratti | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-this-man-is-seeing-things-carlo-ratti/7001830 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 It's perhaps no surprise that a man who's established himself as one of the world's leading experts in the relation between new technologies and the built environment – and their increasing integration – should himself be so supremely networked and embedded when it comes to his professional life. We’re talking about Italian architect Carlo Ratti, whose CV would leave only the most churlish unimpressed. Director of MIT’s Senseable City Lab and founding partner of the Turin-, New York- and London-based office Carlo Ratti Associati – whose innovation-led, total approach to shaping our material world sees interventions across the board and scale, from furniture design to urban planning – Ratti sharpened his academic teeth at such august institutions as the University of Cambridge and the Politecnico di Torino. He’s the ultimate example of how paradigm-shifting change happens when research and praxis engage in a fluent dialogue. Ratti takes to the stage at this year’s ISE fair in Amsterdam,… continue

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Exclusive surfaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-exclusive-surfaces/7001829 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The expressive, large-format decors interpret classic wallpaper in a new way. All the designs are developed by a pool of artists and designers whose creations are inspired by architecture, art and fashion, as well as natural materials and textiles. The EQ•dekor fibre glass collection originated from a cooperation between Inkiostro Bianco and Mapei. Originally used for earthquake-proof structures, the material opens up completely new possibilities for interior design through digital printing. The fibre glass fabric is scratch- and abrasion-resistant, odourless, and also UV-­resistant. This means that even surfaces subject to heavy wear and tear in public areas, kitchens and sanitary rooms can be designed in a visually appealing way. With EQ•dekor, individual wall coverings and floors can also be realized according to customer requirements. Custom-made wallpapers are possible, as is the special production of pictures, samples and graphics. Via Emilia Romagna 166/168 41049 Sassuolo (MO)… continue

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Architecture of Sleep | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-architecture-of-sleep/7001828 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 With its fine details and unmistakable design, the Hästens 2000T is one of the manufacturer’s most exclusive models. The special multi-layer system consists of horsehair, fine cotton and wool. The natural layers move independently of each other, which ensures a very comfortable lying position. The model, which is completely handcrafted and equipped with a double pocket-spring system, offers hotel-guests maximum sleeping pleasure. For the first time in the company’s 165-year history, Hästens has now reinterpreted its iconic blue-and-white check design. The design studio Bernadotte & Kylberg designed two continental beds based on the 2000T model. In the case of Appaloosa, the designers were inspired by Cubism. With an ingenious interweaving of dark-blue and white, the pattern appears vivid and fluid. Clearly recognisable as a Hästens design, it simultaneously radiates an innovative, fresh look. The model is named after the American breeding horses of the same name with their different-co… continue

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Know-how and that certain something | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-know-how-and-that-certain-something/7001827 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Since 2003, the fortunes of Gärsnäs have been in the hands of Anna and Dag Klockby. Together with chief designer Åke Axelsson, who designed the first chair for Gärsnäs in the early 1960s, they have taken possession of a special heritage. The focus is on wood as a material, technical know-how, design and sustainability – traditional and yet modern, attention to detail, and always with a certain something. The products are inextricably linked to the company’s history. As its location is surrounded by beech forests, production still takes place in the south-east of Sweden, where the company’s unique technical and detailed knowledge in woodworking and joining was gained and developed further. The possibilities of industrial production and the ongoing cooperation with successful ­designers mean that fresh new designs are repeatedly realised in high-quality. “It is very important to us that people feel comfortable with our furniture and want to keep it for the rest of their lives,” says Dag… continue

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Design for Health | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-design-for-health/7001826 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 It all began with the idea that the design of a chair forms the basis for physical well-being. The Norwegian Peter Opsvik believed that long periods of sitting should not hinder the natural need for exercise. Instead, a chair could promote a healthy upright posture and at the same time motivate dynamic processes. Opsvik was inspired by the position adopted by horse riders, who are able to keep their upper body in balance even after hours of riding, thanks to the shape of the saddle. This shape has given rise to the HÅG Capisco with its eye-catching design and ergonomic function. The shape of the HÅG Capisco’s backrest and seat supports the body in many sitting positions. It also reacts to shifts in weight. Numerous colour variations and contrasts as well as various surfaces and materials provide a wide spectrum for a personal HÅG Capisco. Flokk manufactures the chair without using any harmful chemicals or adhesives. The low weight, small number of selected components and high-quality m… continue

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Asian Architecture Now: Tadao Ando Architect & Associates and Chichu Art Museum | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-asian-architecture-now-tadao-ando-architect-amp-associates-and-chichu-art-museum/7001825 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Within the last thirty years, the island of Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan has moved away from its industrial roots to become a Mecca for art. It hosts an outstanding collection of artwork and architectural structures, including the Chichu Art Museum, designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates. The aim of the museum is to harmoniously blend art and architecture; it was built to permanently exhibit works by Claude Monet, Walter de Maria and James Turrell. Mr Ando, a Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize winner explains, “I had been consistent in the policy to bury structures in order not to damage the landscape. As for Chichu Art Museum, I advanced the policy by leaving the salt terrace unaltered and planning the whole structure to be built underground.” The building is invisible, hidden away underground, but perfectly designed to play with light and darkness. The concrete structure and its sharp geometry generate a series of voids that are the only elements visible from th… continue

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A new balance between living and working | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-a-new-balance-between-living-and-working/7001824 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 COR Lab is the programmatic title of an innovation project by German seating-furniture manufacturer COR, in which four design teams developed ideas for future workplaces. The aim of the collaboration between young and experienced designers was to develop comfortable furniture for homely areas in which communication, work and relaxation is possible – whether in open-plan or home offices. The six furniture designs can be seen at the COR Haus in Rheda-Wiedenbrück and at the imm in Cologne from 15 to 21 January 2018. In March 2016, four design teams started work on the project: Uwe Fischer from Frankfurt/Main, Studio Aust & Amelung from Kassel, RelvãoKellermann from Munich and Pauline Deltour from Paris. They developed the new furniture models independently of each other. Uwe Fischer ­designed the height-adjustable Level ­table and the Bridge upholstered bench; Miriam Aust and Sebastian Amelung the Bond model family, with stationary and mobile occasional furniture and side ­tables; Ana Rel… continue

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Top 10 Sofas at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018 | Architonic Trend Analysis | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-top-10-sofas-at-stockholm-furniture-amp-light-fair-2018/7001823 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 This ranking is based on the number of page views on architonic.com, which depends on different traffic sources linking to the respective product, such as navigation on architonic.com, direct links via Google and advertising campaigns linking to the product among others. The rankings are limited to Architonic Member brands and their products. All information was collected in the period July to December 2017. continue

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New rooms in open spaces | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-strahle-new-rooms-in-open-spaces/7001822 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Thinking retreat, conference room, quiet zone: Kubus I and Kubus II from Strähle create new rooms in open spaces. Our room-in-room solutions enrich modern, open office concepts with high-grade retreat areas. As they can be freely positioned in the space, they enable efficient use of space without detracting from the transparency. The Kubus models do not need to be connected to any part of the building such as the façade, the wall or the ceiling. They can be flexibly configured, are highly sound-insulated and extremely functional. As an option, the room systems can also be equipped with a self-contained electrical cooling unit as a plug & play solution, independent of the existing technology used in the building. Kubus I - Room-in-room-system with single glazing The all-glass Kubus imports transparent retreat areas into large office spaces. The elegant aluminium structure of Kubus I with its all-glass design flush to the outside fits smoothly into the existing architecture. In a… continue

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Tomorrowland: Light + Building 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/light-building-tomorrowland-light-building-2018/7001821 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Once again, all next season’s trends for our homes will be on display exclusively at Light + Building from 18 to 23rd March in Frankfurt am Main. Alongside the presentation of new design trends in the lighting market and the high levels of designer expertise demonstrated by the exhibitors, the Trend Forum will once again be an inspirational beacon and rallying point for the specialist retail trade, interior architects, designers and architects alike. Forming the centrepiece of the Trend Forum, the trends in homes for the 2018 / 2019 season will be staged in four fascinating scenarios at Light + Building. The focus will be on various different styles, which integrate the latest designs for the home with selected products to create unusual and original scenarios for living spaces. New product developments, well-loved classics and innovative technology will all find themselves in the limelight, alongside one another. The identification of the trends and the realisation of the Trend Forum… continue

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I've got the power: new energy plants | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-i-039ve-got-the-power-new-energy-plants/7001820 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 In the past, power stations were often conceived as mighty industrial cathedrals burning coal, but the result of this was often that the area around them was unpleasant, clogged with smoke and soot. With cleaner technologies, a new generation of the power plants have become better neighbours and are once again welcome additions to the city. Take the Greenwich Peninsula in East London on which the Danish Practice C. F. Møller collaborated with artist Conrad Shawcross. The power plant – a long black volume – contains the latest in low-exhaust boilers that are set to heat the neighbouring residential development, while the adjoining 49-metre smokestack is given a faceted sculptural cloak made from perforated metal panels. Stanford University prides itself for producing some of the world's finest engineering and information technology graduates. Now, it can also boast that it has eliminated all dependence on fossil fuels; instead, its new power plant combines 150,000 photovoltaic panels wi… continue

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Answer the call: 5 new public toilets | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-answer-the-call-5-new-public-toilets/7001819 Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Banal in function, public toilets are charged sites; their presence or often lack thereof can be cause for discomfort and disruption, and even jeopardise health. But the potential of this, at times avoided and often overlooked, infrastructure is great. In their design lies the opportunity to promote not only sustainable waste management but also public health and social justice. Toilets could be the next posterboys for change – they just need some vision. With eco-conscious designs and recontextualised materials, the architects behind this survey of recently completed projects help this pragmatic typology answer a higher calling. <b>Skjervet</b> Granvin, Norway 2016 Fortunen AS Clad in local stone, the cold exterior of this service building bares little resemblance to its restrooms’ warm, timber-lined interiors. The materials and colour scheme were carefully adapted to the Storelvi river and forest, which one can view through the glass floor-panels and full-height windows whi… continue

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Scholten & Baijings: Arita – Amsterdam | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-scholten-amp-baijings-arita-amsterdam/7001818 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 After a successful collaboration with 1616/Arita Japan in 2012 with their 1616 collection, they were asked to serve as creative directors alongside Teruhiro Yanagihara to develop the ground-breaking project 2016/Arita to celebrate four centuries of porcelain making in this village. Along with their other projects, Scholten & Baijings are currently creative directors for Maharam Accessories. <b>In your role as creative directors for 2016/Arita, and as designers of the 1616 collection, what are a couple of things you have discovered about Japanese design or about the Japanese ceramics industry that have influenced or inspired your work going forward? </b> Arita is the region of Japan specialized in the most refined porcelain and they have found a way to create beautiful porcelain ceramics using mass production, keeping good price points, while maintaining handmade qualities and details such as painting. You have two worlds colliding which is very interesting and which we had not reall… continue

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Global phenomenon: NEO/CRAFT's Iris pendant light | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-global-phenomenon-neo-craft-039s-iris-pendant-light/7001817 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 It all began with Iris. When the young Berlin designer Sebastian Scherer won the 2014 Lexus Design Award for this lamp – which he had designed in 2013 and presented just a year later as a ten-piece collection at the imm cologne – it was time to found his own label: NEO/CRAFT. As the name suggests, this ambitious young design laboratory combines traditional craft with modern technology. Eigentlich hat mit ihr alles begonnen. Als der junge Berliner Designer Sebastian Scherer 2014 den Lexus Design Award für die Leuchte Iris erhielt, die er im Jahr zuvor entworfen hatte und ein Jahr danach bereits als zehnteilige Kollektion auf der imm cologne präsentierte, war der richtige Zeitpunkt, das eigene Label zu gründen: NEO/CRAFT. Wie der Name bereits verrät, verbindet sich in diesem aufstrebenden jungen Designlabor traditionelles Handwerk mit moderner Technologie. <b>Joy of experimentation</b> Sebastian Scherer and his team are open to everything having to do with living and dwelling. From a… continue

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Asian Architecture Now: Kengo Kuma & Associates and Wuxi Vanke | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-asian-architecture-now-kengo-kuma-amp-associates-and-wuxi-vanke/7001816 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Immersing architecture in the cultural environment is the key element of Kengo Kuma’s architecture. However, what is truly innovative is the way he reinterprets traditional elements through his pioneering use of materials. This is the case of Wuxi Vanke, a red-brick cotton mill designed during the 1960s and now converted into a complex dedicated to art and retail. Located close to Taihu Lake (near Shanghai), the space includes a new curved extension clad with perforated metallic panels. Mr Kuma says, "We got an idea from the shape of Taihu stone that was at the heart of Taihu culture, made porous panels with aluminium casting, combined them to create an amoeba-shaped space, and inserted it to the rigid structure of brick." The many holes in the curved aluminium facade allow sunlight to fill the room and gently illuminate the interior gallery. Text by Eleonora Usseglio Prinsi continue

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Light works: SFF 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/stockholm-furniture-amp-light-fair-light-works-sff-2018/7001815 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Every year, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair draws approximately 40,000 visitors of which around 10,000 are foreign buyers, architects, designers and journalists from more than 60 countries. About 700 companies, including 300 international, set up exhibitions in Stockholmsmässan’s 70,000 sqm. Around 80 percent of the exhibiting companies come from Scandinavia. <b>Here are some highlights for 2018:</b> <b>Guest of Honour 2018 – Paola Navone.</b> Every year, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair invites a highly acclaimed international designer or design studio to create an installation in the entrance hall. This time the assignment has gone to the Italian architect, product designer, decorator and artistic director Paola Navone. <b>Design Bar 2018: Ratatouille Arena</b> New for this year is that Design Bar, which combines an exhibition with a top-class restaurant, has been moved to Victoria Hall and integrated with Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks. Together, they will form a completel… continue

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A New Layer II: Design stories from Taiwan | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-a-new-layer-ii-design-stories-from-taiwan/7001814 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Led by NTCRI (National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute), the ongoing A New Layer project and platform aims to foster new partnerships between Taiwanese and international designers and craftspeople. In 2017, the project moved into its second phase, with research and development wrapping up this month on "A New Layer II: Crafting Identities / Design Stories from Taiwan". The Taiwanese craftspeople, who specialize in Koji pottery, bamboo bending, lacquerware, ceramics, and indigo dying, were partnered with a designer or design team, to develop their cutting-edge design concepts. As part of the research phase of A New Layer, the designers traveled throughout Taiwan for numerous weeks, visiting not just the craftspeople's workshops, but also sites of cultural or historical significance in Taiwan. "The overseas designers and Taiwanese craftspeople worked together to conceive, materialize, and finalize their design, with the craftspeople revealing in the numerous challenges an… continue

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Creating space for creativity and innovation | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-creating-space-for-creativity-and-innovation/7001813 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The boundaries between fixed workstations and communal areas are becoming more and more blurred. Focused work and communicative exchange are increasingly blending seamlessly into one another. This means that office furnishings need to be more multifunctional than ever before, creating open space for dialogue on the one hand, and concentrated, individual work on the other. Founded more than 225 years ago, Bene is now a byword in over 40 countries for the successful symbiosis of office furniture, space and architecture, with design, quality, and innovation. This strong connection between design and architecture, between form and function, is a major component of Bene’s corporate philosophy. With its products and services, Bene combines a long tradition of quality with innovation and ­design and has recently presented such exciting product lines as FRAME_S, NOOXS Think Tank, SETTLE, as well as DELTA, T-PANEL and its newest creation – PIXEL. Currently, Bene is focusing intensely on trends… continue

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Division of workspaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-division-of-workspaces/7001812 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Demountable partitions are a practical and flexible solution for dividing interiors into specific functional areas. Italian company ADOTTA specialises in the design, production and installation of partition walls and has a great deal of experience in equipping offices with soundproofed spaces. ADOTTA’s first product was the Metafora system, whose metal profiles are just 25 mm high and 100 mm wide. These profiles fix the glass walls. Since 2016, Wallen, a wall system with wood-veneered aluminium profiles that brings the warm atmosphere of wood into the work area, has also been available. The Wallen series was developed in cooperation with the architects Gri e Zucchi Associates from Udine. Wallen won the Audience Award in the “Glazing Systems & Product” category at the Architizer A+Awards 2017. Wallen’s doors, panels and wood-veneered modules can be combined with fixed glass panels to create a flexible system with customisable configurations. Via dell Artigianato, 1 36034 Malo - ZI Moli… continue

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Design im Kunstverein: ICONIC AWARDS | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/rat-fur-formgebung-design-im-kunstverein-iconic-awards/7001811 Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The jury of the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior have spoken: On Sunday, 14 January 2018, on the eve of the opening of imm Cologne, the winners of the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior will be honoured at the Kölnischer Kunstverein at 6:00 p.m. Out of more than 500 submissions from the furniture, interior design and interior architecture sectors, 30 projects will be awarded the title ‘Best of Best’. ‘Winner’ and ‘Selection’ prizes were also awarded in the categories Furniture, Outdoor Products, Bath & Wellness, Office & Workplace, Building Equipment, Wall, Floor, Ceiling, Kitchen & Household, Lighting, and Textiles. Each year, at the kick-off of the furniture season, the competition’s prize-winners set new standards for the interior design sector and serve as a trend barometer for both professionals and the general public. The four most important developments this year are ‘Traditionals’, ‘Colour Boost’, ‘Geometrics & Structure’ and ‘Modern Simplicity’. The official opening of the w… continue

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Influences: MAISON&OBJET PARIS 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/maison-ampobjet-paris-january-influences-maison-ampobjet-paris-2018/7001810 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 NOW! DESIGN À VIVRE THE SOUL OF DESIGN Hall 7 Innovation and experimentation: beautiful objects and bold, functional pieces of furniture showcase the latest ideas from the world of design. SCÈNES D’INTÉRIEUR GALLERY EXCEPTIONAL CREATIONS Hall 7 At the crossroads of craftsmanship, art and design, this space is dedicated to creative expression. SCÈNES D’INTÉRIEUR PARIS THE STAMP OF EXCELLENCE Hall 8 When the most beautiful names in décor come together for a high-end event featuring unique pieces and truly exceptional objects. -- continue

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World of more craft: Jess Design | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jess-design-world-of-more-craft-jess-design/7001809 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Welcome to the intriguing world of Jess Design. Different, seductive and pure. Those are our core values, which we apply into every single product. Different - because of our unique manufacturing process. Seductive - because of our authentic and distinctive materials and idiosyncratic shapes. Pure - because of our level-headed Dutch nature. Immerse yourself in the informal ambience our furniture creates and discover how a whole range of striking individual pieces come together to form one big family. We know what we’re talking about. We have 20 years’ experience, and you can tell. You can see it in the appearance and feel it in the materials and extreme comfort. We stick to our word. So come and see, feel and experience for yourself! Director and owner Maarten van de Goor, is proud of what Jess Design achieved in recent years: “It was a sense of aesthetics, pure perseverance and sheer guts that enabled us to take Jess Design to the next level. True passion is what drives us. We can fal… continue

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Second nature: Fast | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-second-nature-fast/7001808 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Fresh air, sunshine, the scents and sounds of nature – these are some of the many things that make the outdoors great. The health and lifestyle benefits of spending more time outside are encouraging an increasing number of homeowners and businesses to extend their spaces out onto balconies, gardens and patios, resulting in a booming outdoor furniture market. At the forefront of this revolution is Italian company Fast, which has doubled its turnover in the past four years thanks to a portfolio of products designed to make outdoor living more stylish and comfortable than ever. Fast is based in the Valle Sabbia area of Brescia, close to Lake Garda, where the water, mountains and forests provide plenty of inspiration for outdoor living. The company was founded in 1995 by the Levrangi family that, after 30 years of experience, enriched its know-how in the manufacture of industrial items using die-cast aluminium. The move into furniture allowed the family to create their own products, and se… continue

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Reaching out: 4 homes with a view | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-reaching-out-4-homes-with-a-view/7001807 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 If minimising environmental impact begins with a heightened awareness of our surroundings, then, given the urgency of climate change, we might start where we spend most of our time – at home. These recently completed residences prioritise living spaces with views of the surrounding landscape, reminders of not only the connection but also the responsibility we have to where we live. <b>La Colombière</b> Sutton, Canada 2017 YH2 Architecture Repurposed from a lumberman’s shed, this forest retreat retains the former structure’s footprint and finds space in a vertical design. A large pentagonal perch on the third floor provides a loggia, from which one can gaze across the treetops. <b>Michigan Lake House</b> Leelanau County, USA 2016 Desai Chia Looking out across Lake Michigan, the living space of this eco-home features panelling and custom furniture made from the dying ash trees that were reclaimed on site. <b>House in Ohue</b> Kure, Japan 2017 Daisaku Hanamoto Architect & Associa… continue

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Perceptions of space | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-perceptions-of-space/7001806 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Room acoustics play an essential role in the fitting-out of workplaces even in the early planning stages. Good and balanced room acoustics contribute to an increase in employee performance and can reduce error rates and sick-leave levels. acousticpearls therefore wants to raise awareness among architects of the importance of good room acoustics. To this end, it provides planners with extensive know-how and acoustic solutions that are not only effective but also aesthetically sophisticated. With its timeless, classic design systems, acousticpearls combines the highest-possible effectiveness with maximum design diversity. Finely crafted materials, selected manufacturing companies, and sustainable product design guarantee first-class quality and the “Made in Germany“ seal of approval. Each product is flexibly and individually integrated into spatial and workplace concepts. The product range extends from modular wall-panel systems and room dividers, to ceiling systems and room-in-room solu… continue

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Be boulder: new mountain homes | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-be-boulder-new-mountain-homes/7001805 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The popular image of mountain homes is of modest, remote, even romantic cabins dusted with snow. But instead of rough-hewn logs, architects and their clients increasingly opt for more sophisticated materials and a lighter touch. The linear form of this Canadian mountain home designed by Atelier Pierre Thibault traces the line of a mountain path that criss-crosses through the surrounding forest. Named La Louve - French for she-wolf - the living spaces seem to leap over a small ridge, opening the inside to panoramic views of the surrounding nature. The bedrooms, in the meantime, lie low on the bedrock, located at the back of the house. The horizontal wooden planks that clad this mountain home echo the wooded landscape. Taking a more literal approach to form, Claudio Beltrame's two Pigna cabins are shaped like giant pine cones, and covered in wooden shingles to complete the illusion. Surrounded by a thick spruce forest of the Italian Alps, these self contained mountain homes are even clam… continue

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At ease: Jori's new Longueville Landscape Sofa | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-at-ease-jori-039s-new-longueville-landscape-sofa/7001804 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The name Jori derives from its dynamic founder, Juan Jorion, who established his innovative, contemporary furniture company in Wervik in Belgium in 1963. Jori specialises in high-end, ultra-modern leather and fabric seating, and its chief innovation has been to fuse sophisticated, stylish design with maximum seating comfort. One of its most iconic designs is the highly flexible Longueville sofa of 1998, which has recently been remodelled as the Longueville Landscape sofa by Belgian design studio Verhaert New Products and Services. This is about to be unveiled at furniture fair imm cologne (from January 15-21), alongside Jori’s two other new products — its sofa, Oryx, and table collection, Ellise. Comprising a coffee table with an elliptical top and a side table with a circular top, the latter has been created by Italian design duo Marco Pocci and Claudio Dondoli. In the 70s, Jori’s collaborations with such respected creatives as French interior designer Jean-Pierre Audebert and Belgian… continue

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Top 20 Armchairs at imm cologne 2018 | Architonic Trend Analysis | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-top-20-armchairs-at-imm-cologne-2018/7001803 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 This ranking is based on the number of page views on architonic.com, which depends on different traffic sources linking to the respective product, such as navigation on architonic.com, direct links via Google and advertising campaigns linking to the product among others. The rankings are limited to Architonic Member brands and their products. All information was collected in the period July to November 2017. continue

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On Trend: Heimtextil 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-on-trend-heimtextil-2018/7001800 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 With the elaborate installation in hall 6.0, Messe Frankfurt will convey the megatrend of urbanisation to the textile industry in a targeted manner and make the practical aspects tangible. ‘Our trend area has long since become the showpiece of Heimtextil. It presents the colour and material trends of the coming season and shows real future prospects for our industry: from textile innovations for interior design to progressive production processes’, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. In addition to the impressive trend show, the trade fair special also offers interactive room situations and current projects by international first movers. The London-based design studio FranklinTill is responsible for the concept of the Theme Park and the accompanying trend book. The basis for this was drawn up by the Heimtextil Trendtable during which international design studios from seven countries developed a common vision for the interior design. <b>… continue

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The Air Apparent: TON's new Chips lounge chair | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-air-apparent-ton-039s-new-chips-lounge-chair/7001799 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 It’s all back to front. When young Czech design talent Lucie Koldova was invited – as imm cologne 2018 guest of honour – to author the fair’s much-coveted Das Haus installation, she turned to bentwood-furniture specialists TON to help her develop an ambitious new lounge chair. Taking the manufacturer’s signature form – the elegant, instantly recognisable curved silhouette of a bentwood classic – she ran with it. Or, rather, did an entire lap. For the latest addition to the Czech-based brand’s collection, called Chips, makes the humble backrest the guest of honour at the party. Placed front and centre-stage, as it were, it takes the form of an emphatically expressed, outsized ovoid, its continuous, 360-degree curve lending the chair both its visual drama and a compelling architecture. “A solitary piece with a distinctive character and story” is how Koldova describes the design, which joins the ranks of TON’s characterful family of hand-crafted, materially authentic wood furniture,… continue

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Better Together: COR Lab | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-better-together-cor-lab/7001798 Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Sometimes a nice bit of unintended wordplay can go a long way. Take long-established premium furniture manufacturer COR, for example, whose name, in English at least, speaks to the long-standing, central position it enjoys in the European market and beyond. Renowned for the quality and innovation of its products, in particular its sofas, the brand is one of those big hitters that’s helped shaped seating culture in the home for over half a century. But while COR’s uber-comfortable furniture may invite users to put their feet up, the company itself never does, constantly striving to respond to the ever-evolving landscape of how we live. And now, for the first time, how we work. For the manufacturer’s latest venture, which sees the strategic transfer of its deep know-how in producing residential furniture to products for the workspace, aims both to answer the increasing need for flexible seating and surfaces that facilitate the growing culture of flexible, collaborative working and… continue

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Material Tendencies: Sir Peter Cook | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-sir-peter-cook/7001797 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Would you say there is a building material for the 21st century?</b> The tendency of the 21st century is the controllability of the wall. Walls can be much more sophisticated than before. We can make a wall do and look like anything. We can really control its porosity and its density and its efficiency in a way that formally we couldn’t. <b>If you could create a super-material, what characteristics should it have?</b> It would have responsive characteristics. I am imagining this magical material that can come towards you and that could melt away. It would have a malleability and mobility. <b>What was the first thing you ever built?</b> I was fascinated by town-planning already at a young age. So I would go down the beach and make canals – not sandcastles, but towns – I described roads and canals and organization. <b>What do you feel when you move through one of your finished buildings?</b> I’ve been very interested in the effect of light and materiality in the presence of… continue

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Run for cover: Trends at Domotex 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/domotex-run-for-cover-trends-at-domotex-2018/7001796 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 So Flooring can be as unique as the individual user. That’s why, for 2018, DOMOTEX has chosen UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE as the exhibition’s keynote theme: it’s all about products and services that can be customised. In architecture, one can find many current examples where floor covering plays the main role. For example, in collaboration with Argentinian artist Alexandra Kehayoglou, the Dutch architectural studio MVRDV has covered the surfaces of a presentation room at the headquarters of a Taipei-based company with moss-green carpet. Featuring a camouflage pattern and different pile heights, the bespoke carpet is reminiscent of a meadow and not only covers the floor, but also the walls and the ceiling. <b>The future will be individual</b> At DOMOTEX, too, visitors will be able to experience such a gesamtkunstwerk in Hall 9: for Classen, Munich-based designer Konstantin Landuris will project Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s famous Barcelona Pavilion into the future. The project will not only feat… continue

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Warm Welcomes: MAISON&OBJET | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/maison-ampobjet-paris-january-warm-welcomes-maison-ampobjet/7001795 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 So, how can this sophisticated universe be achieved? How to be innovative but choose items to last for the next 10 years? How not to be a slave to fashion, which needs constant refreshment? M&O lays out a palette of interior design, materials and objects; sometimes utilitarian, sometimes ornamental. Tell your own story, one that your customer will appreciate because the style belongs only to you. From 19 to 23 January find in our paths a wide range of products and materials for cafes, bars, hotels and restaurants. continue

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Future times past: DIMORESTUDIO | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-future-times-past-dimorestudio/7001794 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Through a deft layering of colour, texture and history, Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci of DIMORESTUDIO weave a sense of timelessness and narrative into their interiors. Architonic caught up with increasingly sought-after creative duo to talk hospitality. <b>You've recently delivered a number of striking and original hotel and restaurant projects. Was this a conscious decision – to develop this type of work in your portfolio?</b> We try to infuse every environment with a unique flavour through unusual and unexpected colours, different materials, and mixing past with present, tradition with contemporaneity. Based on the location, the time of a building, we create a story and feel for the space. Then we research our story and add layers from there. This appeals to our clients and has led us to working on commercial and residential projects. <b>Was a more minimal approach never your thing?</b> DIMORESTUDIO’s trademark style is constantly moving between design, art, architectu… continue

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Off-menu: exemplary restaurant and bar interiors | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-off-menu-exemplary-restaurant-and-bar-interiors/7001793 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 We may be living in an increasingly atomised world – with record levels, in the West at least, of single-occupancy habitation (and record levels of loneliness) – and yet we fundamentally remain social animals. The way we come together with others to reinforce social bonds and underpin social identities continues to take place very often via the daily rituals of eating and drinking. You are what you eat, it’s sometimes said. But one might equally say: you eat so that you are. It makes sense therefore that, in spite of unprecedented levels of geopolitical uncertainty in the past few years, the global hospitality industry has shown itself to be rather resilient, with the restaurants and bars sector, in particular, proving buoyant – and providing excellent creative opportunities for interior architects and designers. The more troubling the times we live in, it seems, the greater the need to comfort ourselves through company. Factor in the forthcoming festive season, the apex of the… continue

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Material world: Heimtextil 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-material-world-heimtextil-2018/7001792 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 From 9 to 12 January 2018, Heimtextil, the largest international trade fair for home and contract textiles, once again opens its doors. The upcoming fair will include the debut of the Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Expo, taking place in Hall 4.2. Along with an extensive Heimtextil exhibition focusing on the theme “customised”, the new format offers a diverse accompanying programme with guided tours, expert talks and events in the areas of architecture, interior design and hotel furnishings. The accompanying programme is organised by the Expo partners: the Association of German Interior Architects/Designers (BDIA), the architecture and interior design journal “AIT”, World Architects, the hotel and catering industry journal “Allgemeine Hotel und Gastronomie-Zeitung” (AHGZ) and the Munich hotelforum. A broad spectrum of topics will thus be covered, from interior trends to technical focuses like fire prevention, to societal questions about new forms of habitation. The meeting point for… continue

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Give the gift of great design with Frame | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/frame-publishers-give-the-gift-of-great-design-with-frame/7001791 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 You can never go wrong with the gift of inspiration for the creative person in your life – especially if that person is you. Ditch the socks and throw away the receipts, when you put these Frame offerings under the Christmas tree. All the following items are available via the online Frame Store in the Holiday Sale, with new titles added each week until Christmas. So skip the crowds and beat the queues with these five great presents for creatives, personally recommended by the Frame team. <b>For the Renaissance (wo)man</b> Although we are all inescapably influenced by the digital world, there is a movement of postdigital artisans advocating a return to craft while rejecting total reliance on computer design or automated production. ‘Postdigital Artisans is a beautiful snapshot of the zeitgeist, both in terms of its theme – handcraft meets digital – and its scope,’ says Tracey Ingram, managing editor of Frame magazine. ‘Covering fashion, art, design and architecture, it’s a sign o… continue

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Cardan evolution: new cardanic accent lighting | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/zumtobel-lighting-cardan-evolution-new-cardanic-accent-lighting/7001790 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Modern shopping centres and stores are increasingly becoming spaces that offer genuine retail experiences. Light is now being used more and more to stimulate emotions and create brand identities. Intelligently planned light has the potential to set the focus and therefore influence purchasing behaviour. Authenticity, energy efficiency, individualisation, miniaturisation of the luminaires and precise accentuation therefore play a central role when planners look to design effective lighting solutions for retail and presentation applications. The turnable and tiltable CARDAN evolution luminaire from Zumtobel fuses outstanding flexibility with a timelessly simple design, enabling both sizes of this recessed downlight (M and L) to blend harmoniously into a wide variety of architectural settings. An extensive range of accessories adds even further creative scope by fulfilling a wide range of precise accent-lighting tasks. In this way, CARDAN evolution stands out as a multifunctional light… continue

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Do Dutch: the Netherlands’ special exhibition at Ambiente 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-do-dutch-the-netherlands-special-exhibition-at-ambiente-2018/7001789 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 As the political map of Europe hots up, with a raft of regions across the continent pushing for greater autonomy, there’s a little part of Frankfurt that’ll be going distinctly Dutch for a few days next February. The 2018 edition of Ambiente, the leading international consumer-goods trade fair, sees the turn of the Netherlands to set up its stall as partner country, the latest in a series of national showcases inviting fair-goers to engage with a particular design culture via a carefully curated product presentation – adding value to their visit, as well as perhaps questioning their preconceptions. Architonic caught up with award-winning Amsterdam-based product designer Robert Bronwasser, curator of the ‘Do Dutch’ exhibition at Ambiente, to discuss its concept, as well as the contours of Dutch design culture and identity more generally. <b>What's the concept, in brief, for the Netherlands' partner-country presentation at next February's Ambiente?</b> A geometric and architectu… continue

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Roll out the red carpet: Domotex 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-roll-out-the-red-carpet-domotex-2018/7001788 Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Diminishing resources, a growing world population, lack of space – we need to face these developments and tackle them head on instead of airbrushing them out of the picture. It will take a massive effort from those involved – designers, manufacturers, consumers. In the future, it seems, all three will be equal partners. Migration to the city – by 2050, two thirds of humanity will be living in an urban environment – is leading to a changed awareness of the space in which we live and make our home. There will be less of this space for all of us. However, at the same time, this restriction in terms of quantity provides a major opportunity for applying greater quality to the design of space which is actually available to us. As a matter of fact, people’s growing sensitivity to their material environments is reflected in the increasing demand for more individualised products, tailor-made to the tastes and lifestyles of consumers. <b>Fertile ground</b> In line with its principal theme 'Un… continue

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Putting design in motion: Frame Views | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/frame-publishers-putting-design-in-motion-frame-views/7001787 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Frame Views brings you design in motion</b> Continuing its mission to empower spatial excellence beyond print alone, multi-platform brand Frame launches a video channel that literally puts design in motion. Called Frame Views, the channel sets out to define the developments and showcase the people, products, and places that are pushing design forward. In Frame’s 20th anniversary year, the leading media brand continues to adapt and expand in the world of digital media. Beyond publishing print magazines, Frame recognizes the importance of video in connecting the public to talented designers, visionary clients, and the best makers. In three video series, Frame Views will be exploring future trends in spatial design, portraying visionary creatives and their work processes, and presenting spatial design case studies. <b>Launching the exclusive video series with German Ermičs</b> Kicking-off Frame Views is a video about Latvian designer Germans Ermičs, who aims to dissolve the myths ar… continue

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Luce yourself: Das Haus 2018 at imm cologne | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-luce-yourself-das-haus-2018-at-imm-cologne/7001786 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The thousands of visitors flooding through the doors of imm cologne from 15-21 January will doubtless be on the lookout for innovation and fresh ideas that will shape the future direction of interior design. Since 2012, the event’s Das Haus installation has provided just this sort of inspiration, with designers including Doshi Levien, Luca Nichetto, Neri+Hu and Todd Bracher presenting their own personal visions of future living in the form of a simulated domestic environment. For the upcoming Das Haus 2018, the creative team at imm cologne invited Czech designer Lucie Koldova to create an installation that represents “a poetic study of light”. Koldova is known for her elegant and characterful lighting designs, particularly in collaboration with Czech firm Brokis, and will apply all of her knowledge and expertise to a 180-square-metre concept house located in the Pure Editions area of Hall 2.2. “In 2018, we are focussing on the subject of light and emphasising its importance as a creati… continue

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Inside Track: Heimtextil 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-inside-track-heimtextil-2018/7001785 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 It is chiefly through their flexibility, functionality and sustainability that the textile solutions for interior design, architecture and hotel furnishings create their appeal. At the Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Expo, there is a whole new exhibition format dedicated to this particular topic. From 9 to 12 January 2018, the Expo will take place in Frankfurt, as part of Heimtextil, the leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles. Selected suppliers will be exhibiting their textile products and materials solutions within the exclusive framework of the new Expo in Hall 4.2. It is aimed specifically at interior architects, hoteliers and contract / commercial furnishings planners. The range of products on offer at the Expo provides both aesthetic and functional answers to questions of modern, sustainable design, as well as meeting the requirements imposed by fire-protection legislation and the physical constraints of the building. Under the heading ‘Interior.A… continue

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Watching the Radio | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-usm-watching-the-radio/7001784 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 This begins at the café bar “The studio” located on the ground floor. The station's employees get to meet their audience here, and musicians are invited to hang out too. The café's real magic lies in its integrated radio studio, where shows can be seen live. There are 80 employees at the Zurich headquarters. Recently, they've been working in freshly renovated facilities – a design challenge because the building and floor plan are from the 1970s, while the world of Energy Group is young and dynamic. The objectives of the redesign are to project the company's identity clearly, to position Radio Energy as an attractive employer and, most importantly, to facilitate better and more efficient work. Energy Group didn’t just incorporate state-of-the-art equipment into the redesign; it took a holistic approach to the health of its employees, offering them opportunities to keep fit while at work. Height-adjustable work surfaces are just the beginning. Fruit and water are available at all times,… continue

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Time to see the colour: Linea Light, Emmanuel Clair and Les Arts Decoratifs | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-linea-light-group-time-to-see-the-colour-linea-light-emmanuel-clair-and-les-arts-decoratifs/7001783 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 With the collaboration of lighting designer <b>Emmanuel Clair</b>, we have had the pleasure of participating in the lighting system restoration of the museum <b>Les Arts Decoratifs</b> (Museum of Decorative Arts) in Paris, medieval and Renaissance wing. A challenge made particularly interesting by the type of works present and by a very specific goal: to increase the perception of colour in works of art. The previous lighting system dates back to the 1970s and mainly comprised halogen sources Our intervention was based on replacing obsolete lamp bodies with new LED solutions, achieving a significant energy-saving benefit. Only in the Galerie des Retables, were 29 18W spotlights used versus the previous 60 100W spotlights. All installed products are equipped with special ultra HD diodes, developed in partnership with Cree. These diodes are characterised by a high colour performance index, which is of crucial importance for ensuring the full colour range. A visible and significant… continue

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A year’s worth of inspiration with Frame | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/frame-publishers-a-years-worth-of-inspiration-with-frame/7001782 Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 In a world of digital media, print publications need to adapt by – amongst other things – becoming a form of art. For 20 years, Frame has celebrated meaningful interiors and spatial design excellence through a sleek and beautifully designed magazine, which offers innovative content for professionals and enthusiasts in bimonthly issues that are proudly displayed on the tables and shelves of top architecture and interior design studios around the world. Now, you have an exclusive opportunity to share in the next step of that journey. For the Black Friday weekend, Frame magazine subscriptions are going on never-before discounts as low as €69 per year. No longer just a print magazine, Frame has evolved to become a leading media brand for interior design professionals; organizing talks, events, and exhibitions around the world. Having recently launched the Frame Awards to honour the world’s best interiors and the people behind them, Frame is on an exciting trajectory. At the same time, th… continue

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Looking forward: Susanne Schmidhuber on Domotex 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/domotex-looking-forward-susanne-schmidhuber-on-domotex-2018/7001781 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE is the keynote theme of Domotex 2018, mirroring the desire for individuality that has led to products and services being increasingly personalised. In collaboration with Munich-based brand experience agency Schmidhuber, Domotex has conceived the multi-facetted Framing Trends experience realm located in Hall 9: exhibitors, students and artists have designed special displays playing with the theme of individualisation. The aim is to offer visitors an emotionally appealing and inspiring environment. Susanne Schmidhuber, founder and partner of Schmidhuber who have developed the new concept, answers questions and talks about contemporary trade exhibition design: <b>Why is it more important than ever for trade exhibitions to take a curatorial approach?</b> You have to offer additional value for visitors. These days, there are more and more events covering similar themes, but we only have a limited amount of time and therefore we have to make a choice. That’s why a tra… continue

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Auch Umwege führen nach Rom: Zu Besuch bei der Familie Colombo | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-colombo-la-famiglia-auch-umwege-fuhren-nach-rom-zu-besuch-bei-der-familie-colombo/7001780 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 50 + Karin + Peter = 120 Ivano Colombo | Karin Bollinger | Peter Kern - 3 Nomaden, Köpfe und Menschen, die Colombo la Famiglia auszeichnen. Viele gemeinsame Jahre und ein Ziel - ‘Auf unkonventionellem Weg’. Von den Anfängen 1967 bei Neumarkt über die Mühle Tiefenbrunnen (1987-2003) - und das Ankommen an der Seestrasse 9 in Zollikon. Ein kleiner Schritt für die Kunden, aber ein langer Weg für das Einrichtungshaus. «Mobili» stand einst beim Brand Colombo, und das gilt noch heute. Zwar nicht für die Gegenstände, die ihr Leben bedeuten, sondern für die Charaktere der drei Besitzer: Sie sind immer in Bewegung, physisch und intellektuell, sie sind im positivsten Sinn des Wortes «mobile», launenhaft, agil. Reisen, in Bewegung sein, immer dort sein, wo die Menschen, die Umstände, die Bedingungen, die Entdeckungen sind. Das gilt für das Geschäft, das einst in der Mühle Tiefenbrunnen gegründet wurde und über das Hürlimann-Areal nun zurück an der Goldküste seinen Hafen gefunden hat. Das gilt au… continue

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Joint ventures: NEXT architects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-joint-ventures-next-architects/7001779 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Architonic caught up with Michel Schreinemachers, partner at Dutch architectural office NEXT, at this year's of the World Architecture Festival in Berlin to talk about the engineering challenges and creative opportunities of designing bridges. <b>Congratulations on making the WAF shortlist with Lucky Knot bridge! How did you square the structure's engineering requirements with its expressive form? Which did you consider first – the utilitarian or the rhetorical?</b> We knew the bridge had to cross the water and connect at three points – at the riverbank, the street level, and the ring road. To these multiple spans, we added cross connections, which ultimately informed the bridge’s shape and won us the brief. The mayor chose the design because it refers to a Chinese knot, a symbol of safety, prosperity and fortune. It registers immediately as something positive. <b>NEXT has realised a number of bridges, both in the Netherlands and around the world. Was it conscious decision to pursue… continue

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The Future is Urban: Heimtextil 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-the-future-is-urban-heimtextil-2018/7001778 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Seven international trend agencies collacted results from market research with the latest global design developments. Trend researchers from Denmark, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands and the USA have made it their aim to analyse developments in materials and textures, colours and patterns from all four corners of the world and determine the stylistic design themes. At the end of the process, a mutual, globally applicable trend prognosis for the coming 18 months will be agreed upon and presented in the Heimtextil Trendbook and also the "Theme Park" during Heimtextil itself. The „Theme Park“ is an elaborately designed presentation in hall 6.0. It will incorporate market-defining themes and present solutions for the textile interior of tomorrow. For Heimtextil 2018, the British design studio FranklinTill will take on the leading role in implementing the book and the “Theme Park”. Under the title „The future is urban“ the new book and the showcase at the trade… continue

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Sofa so good: B&B Italia | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bethan-ryder-sofa-so-good-b-ampb-italia/7001777 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 As one of the most prolific, successful and in-demand designers of the last 30 years, the list of companies that Piero Lissoni has worked with is extensive. From furniture to cars to hotel brands and beyond, the award-winning, Milan-based architect and designer’s collaborations read like a roll call of design excellence. Until recently however, it wouldn’t have taken too long to spot that one company in particular was missing from this stellar line up: B&B Italia. Undoubtedly one of the world’s most innovative and creative furniture companies, B&B Italia’s stellar collaborators include world-class design talent such as Antonio Citterio, Patricia Urquiola, Naoto Fukasawa, Gaetano Pesce, Mario Bellini, Marcel Wanders, Jean-Marie Massaud, David Chipperfield, Jasper Morrison, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Doshi Levien, the late Zaha Hadid and more. Unsurprising then, that the manufacturer has produced over 1,000 designs (including prototypes), since it’s launch in 1966, and now has seven fl… continue

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On your side: new bridge projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-on-your-side-new-bridge-projects/7001776 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Most bridges are purely functional structures, built to provide a fast and direct route from one point to another. Sometimes, however, the location and elevation of a bridge makes it worth slowing down a bit to enjoy the view. Architects today are creating crossings in both urban and rural contexts that apply innovative forms and engineering to enhance this benefit of bridges. In Switzerland, the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge provides jaw-dropping vistas of the Matterhorn as it traverses a deep valley between the towns of Grächen and Zermatt. The 494-metre-long Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge cuts around three hours off the time required to hike between the two towns, but its popularity is all to do with the exhilarating experience of gazing down at the valley below through the grated-metal floor. Anyone afraid of heights might want to avoid a couple of recently completed bridges designed to optimise vertiginous views of their surroundings. Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glas… continue

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On the slide: Hawa Suono | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-on-the-slide-hawa-suono/7001775 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 If you have a moment you could do worse than watch international sound consultant Julian Treasure’s TED talk entitled “Why architects need to use their ears”. “We’re designing environments that make us crazy,” he argues. In our pursuit of creating highly photogenic spaces that engage and delight us on a visual level – in other words which look great, and which serve to elevate the profile of their architects via their dissemination in the form of beautiful, carefully staged images – we’ve neglected the other senses. In particular, the aural. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that unchecked, unmanaged sound levels are having a negative impact on us. “Sound affects us physiologically, psychologically, cognitively and behaviourally,” explains Treasure, “even if we’re not conscious of it.” Open-plan offices are, rather unsurprisingly, the number-one culprit here, but also smaller-scale environments are often sites whose acoustics are less than optimal. But how to square the circle? On th… continue

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Office Space: Yabu Pushelberg's New Toronto Headquarters | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-usm-office-space-yabu-pushelberg-039s-new-toronto-headquarters/7001774 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Now the entire staff is more accessible and plugged into the day-to-day activities of a studio whose design credits include the Park Hyatt New York, Lane Crawford Shanghai, and the Miami Beach EDITION. In place of traditional offices, the principals designed a variety of meeting spaces, from formal to casual. Boardrooms accommodate up to 16 people and are equipped with videoconferencing to connect easily with both clients and Yabu Pushelberg’s New York studio. Each team also has a dedicated meeting area, allowing them to leave in-progress materials in place and pick up the creative process where they left off. The open-plan office is a new concept for the established firm. For 23 years, Yabu Pushelberg had been comfortably housed in an unassuming, low-slung building in downtown Toronto. But when its neighbor move to another location nearby, the studio seized the opportunity to expand and redesign. Not only was the space in need of a makeover — the last comprehensive design was done in… continue

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Dress the Parc: Monsieur Christian Lacroix and ege | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ege-carpets-dress-the-parc-monsieur-christian-lacroix-and-ege/7001773 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The story of Dutch hotel Parc Broekhuizen goes back to the 15th century. However, today’s decoration is inspired from the Louis XVI style especially popular in the late 17th century and carefully rebuild from well-preserved old photographs of ceilings, panelling, ornaments, sculptures and impressive murals painted on the walls in the grand lounge. The scene is set for a sensuous hotel stay as interior architect Judith Van Mourik has incorporated the historical feeling in every single detail of the décor, always keeping in mind the estate’s history, its monumental buildings and the gorgeous play of light inside. Classic oak and brass elements are combined with modern designer furniture and decorations as well as natural materials like marble. The décor elements are matched to reinforce each other and create a certain tension between classic and contemporary design expressions. For the third floor suites, Judith Van Mourik specified the Papillons and Nuages carpet designs from th… continue

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Urban wellbeing: rethinking interior design | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/villeroy-amp-boch-urban-wellbeing-rethinking-interior-design/7001772 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Following on from East meets West in Mettlach (2015) and The Future of Wellbeing in London (2016), Hamburg was the venue for the latest in the successful event series, this year with the title Urban Wellbeing. There couldn’t be a more appropriate place to discuss the design of urban living concepts than the Elbphilharmonie, the city’s new symbol of urban quality of life. More than 250 planners, architects and interior designers agreed and responded to the joint invitation by Villeroy & Boch and Heinze to exchange ideas within Europe’s largest inner-city urban development project. Architectural stimulus was provided by internationally renowned planners, whose projects set standards for the design of a new urban lifestyle: Martin Murphy (Störmer, Murphy and Partners, Hamburg), Julia B. Bolles-Wilson (BOLLES+WILSON, Münster), Matthias Sauerbruch (Sauerbruch Hutton, Berlin) and Kees van Casteren (OMA, Rotterdam). The conference also included an exclusive guided tour of the Elbphilharmon… continue

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Celebrating 10 years of the World Architecture Festival | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/world-architecture-festival-celebrating-10-years-of-the-world-architecture-festival/7001771 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <b>WAF Awards 2017 </b> Floating student accommodation in Copenhagen, a futuristic pharmacy in Japan and an automotive museum in Los Angeles are among the projects that have been shortlisted for the WAF awards 2017. This year’s awards programme received more entries than ever before – 924, increasing by 18% from the 2016 awards. The awards shortlist is a truly international collection, extending to include architectural practices from 51 different nations and projects based across 68 countries. All types and sizes of architectural projects are represented on the 434-strong shortlist, ranging from small family homes, to schools, stations, museums, large infrastructure and landscape projects. The architectural practices behind each project will battle it out in live judging sessions to be held at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin, 15-17 November. Each will be hoping to win their category and go on to compete for the ultimate accolades of World Building of the Year, Future… continue

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Die neue blickfang Zürich | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/blickfang-germany-die-neue-blickfang-zurich/7001770 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Im November an die blickfang ins Kongresshaus, das ist eine Zürcher Tradition. Doch nun wird das Kongresshaus renoviert. Und die blickfang Zürich? Erfindet sich neu! „Nach 20 Jahren im Kongresshaus haben wir ein weisses Blatt geschenkt bekommen“, sagt blickfang-Geschäftsführerin Jennifer Reaves. „Hier und heute haben wir die einmalige Gelegenheit, unsere Flaggschiff-Messe zu sezieren und auf links zu drehen. Wir brennen darauf, die Pfade zu verlassen, die wir uns in 20 Jahren geebnet haben.“ Wenn die blickfang Zürich vom 10. bis 12. November erstmals im Stage One in Oerlikon gastiert, ist sie also nicht dasselbe Event an neuem Ort, sondern befreit sich von Althergebrachtem und schüttelt das Kongresshaus- Flair gründlich ab. Reaves verspricht: „Wenn wir am 10. November das Stage One öffnen, erwartet die Besucher keine weitere Messe-Edition, sie erwartet eine neue blickfang! Ohne Rücksicht auf Gewohnheiten inszenieren wir das Designhighlight des Jahres, wie wir es heute sehen – spitz, pr… continue

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Coming Soon: Framing Trends | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/domotex-coming-soon-framing-trends/7001769 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 From 2018 onwards, Domotex, the world’s leading trade fair for floor coverings (12-15 January 2018), will be focusing on an annual keynote theme. Exhibitors and other players in the field can present themselves with creative installations. For this purpose, an inspiring environment entitled Framing Trends will be set up in Hall 9. At Domotex 2018, the growing desire to be able to customise products and services will be mirrored in the Unique Youniverse theme. Designed by students and artists, NuThinkers and Art & Interaction are two of a total of four different zones presented in the special Framing Trends display. Using innovative installations, the Unique Youniverse core theme can be experienced in a sensory way. <b>NuThinkers present innovative design ideas</b> Students from the universities of Hanover and Mainz, as well as from Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar (HBKsaar) have been doing a lot of research, experimentation and work in order to sniff out new trends in custo… continue

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Be our guest: Heimtextil Interior Architecture and Hospitality Expo | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-be-our-guest-heimtextil-interior-architecture-and-hospitality-expo/7001768 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Textile solutions for interior design, architecture and hotel furnishing convince above all in terms of their flexibility, functionality and sustainability. With the Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Expo, there is now a new exhibition format dedicated to this issue. The Expo will take place in Frankfurt from 9 to 12 January 2018 within Heimtextil, the world's leading trade fair for home and contract textiles. Selected suppliers will present their textile products and material solutions in the exclusive surroundings of the new Expo in hall 4.2. In this way, they can position themselves to specifically target interior designers, hoteliers and project planners. The Expo's offer encompasses both aesthetic and functional answers to questions regarding modern, sustainable design, as well as fire protection regulations and structural requirements. Exhibitors at the Expo will present their products relating to the “customised” theme in the form of individual customer-oriented solutions. Ne… continue

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Designers’ Talk at neue räume 17: Swiss Design Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/neue-raume-designers-talk-at-neue-raume-17-swiss-design-yesterday-today-and-tomorrow/7001766 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The Landi chair by Hans Coray, the wooden chairs from Horgenglarus, the Rex peeler and the Swiss Army Knife from Victorinox: all these products represent Swiss design tradition. But, which qualities are common to Swiss design today? According to both stereotype and the critics, Swiss design is rational, reduced and economical in its use of materials. Is this still true for contemporary Swiss design? And where does the principle of good form come from? Eight designers tackled these questions and had a look at the current state of the Swiss design scene: Aurel Aebi (atelier oï.), Jörg Boner, Alfredo Häberli, Stephan Hürlemann, Charles O. Job, Moritz Schmid, This Weber and Stefan Zwicky all discussed both the DNA and versatility of Swiss design, as well as the possibilities afforded by digitisation and the meaning of analogue events such as trade fairs and exhibitions. Taking place at the end of August and hosted by journalist HG Hildebrandt, the discussion focused on current and futu… continue

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Home lighting, lighting for day-to-day living | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-linea-light-group-home-lighting-lighting-for-day-to-day-living/7001765 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Home sweet home. Solutions designed to emphasize modern and elegant daytime spaces, or to accompany us as we fall asleep and when we wake up. Spotlight equipment for precise lighting of architectural details and décor; lights in corridors, stairwells, passageways; modern designs for the bathroom and fun for the exterior. For every environment, the best lighting solution. Home Lighting employs LED sources with CRI 90 that allow for the most accurate colour reproduction, as close as possible to the way the human eye perceives them in natural sunlight. The choice of a colour temperature tending towards a warm white is intended to create relaxing and proper lighting in any environment. The combination of CRI 90 colour rendering and colour temperature 3000K aids in the psychophysical well-being of a person without inhibiting melatonin production, which is fundamental to the balance between sleep and wakefulness. The collection is enriched through new shapes and the latest finishes. Th… continue

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À TABLE!: hospitality focus at Ambiente 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-a-table-hospitality-focus-at-ambiente-2018/7001764 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 God is in the detail, as architectural godfather Mies van der Rohe famously once said. Or maybe the devil is? At any rate, details matter when it comes to the built and material world we inhabit. While the tradition of architectural photography may promote a visual cult of unadulterated, depopulated interiors, we as users, when encountering and experiencing space, connect on an almost visceral level with the props that fill and animate it. Nowhere more so, perhaps, than in the hospitality arena, where hotels, restaurants and cafés (or Horeca for short) become carefully considered stage sets for consumer pleasure – both of the food and drink served up and the spaces themselves. Beyond their utilitarian purpose, they also trade in conviviality, so their material detail – tableware, cutlery, etc. – becomes particularly critical to their overall mise-en-scène. With this in mind, the leading international trade fair for consumer goods, Ambiente, has successfully positioned itself as the go-… continue

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The Time For Sleep Draws Near | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sleep-the-time-for-sleep-draws-near/7001763 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 This year, the two-day trade show will comprise the Sleep Set concept rooms, a Conference, roundtables with industry leaders and an Exhibition featuring over 150 brands. An event which is globally acknowledged for ideas, installations and experiences that tap into the pulse of the hotel design industry, Sleep’s theme for 2017, <b>Loyalty: Lessons in Love</b> will explore the complex subject of consumer loyalty and the role of design in creating long-term advocates. <b>The Sleep Set: Visualising The Concept</b> The Sleep Set competition will bring this theme to life, providing the opportunity for four design practices to translate the issue into concept hotel room installations. Selected for their diverse portfolios and cultures, the participants are: Italian firm, Il Prisma, whose work extends across workplace, retail and hospitality; luxury residential design studio, 1508 London; Stonehill Taylor, the hospitality-focused New York architecture and design studio; and London-based MKV… continue

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Let's get physical: new sports centres | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-let-039s-get-physical-new-sports-centres/7001762 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100 No longer just places to work up a sweat in, sports and leisure amenities are increasingly becoming an integral part of the communities they serve. The sports and leisure complex for Madrid's Francisco de Vitoria University is an exercise in considered composition. Designed by Alberto Campo Baeza, it features a brilliant white slab floating on a glazed ribbon, lying parallel to a vast, frosted-glass glass hall containing two indoor courts with auditorium seating. There’s a swimming pool as well, and although it’s in the basement, natural light floods in through a long lightwell. A an air of calm pervades the interior – courtesy of the white walls and exposed roof trusses. But make no mistake, this building is made for active use. Chiangmai Life Construction bills itself as "Earth and Bamboo architects," so it's no surprise that their elegant, elliptical sports hall for Panyaden International School in Thailand uses their trademark material. Airy, light, and intricate, the large roof pr… continue

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Design Week Mexico 2017 draws record attendance and awards Inédito prize to Estudio äCo | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-design-week-mexico-design-week-mexico-2017-draws-record-attendance-and-awards-inedito-prize-to-estudio-aco/7001761 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Hosting Switzerland as guest country — coinciding with 70 years of diplomatic relations — and Puebla as guest region, Design Week Mexico 2017 launched a series of exhibitions and installations that will remain on display until next year. Conveying more than <b>200 design studios and brands</b> from across the country, Design Week Mexico drew over <b>85,000 visitors</b> from around the world across its key venues, from October 11th —15th. The event reinforced its role as one of the most influential Design Weeks in the world, boosting the local economy and enabling a meaningful dialogue between design practitioners and the general public. The Design Week Mexico Inédito prize 2017 was awarded to <b>Studio äCo.</b>, who received $100,000MXN ($5,200USD) for their project “Calefactores”. The Mexico City-based studio, led by Lucila Torres and Max Almeida collaborated with Fernando González to produce ceramic nest heaters. Both prototypes, ECN02 (fire ceramic nest 02) and ECN03 (electric c… continue

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Get Spun: Heimtextil 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-get-spun-heimtextil-2018/7001760 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 It has always been the ambition of Heimtextil in Frankfurt, the world’s leading trade fair for home and contract textiles, to seek out international trends and bring them to life on location. Its focus lies clearly on innovation and the ideal range of services to make it a special source of information and inspiration for visitors and exhibitors. In future, several exciting new facets will yet further enrich the offerings. For many years, Heimtextil has dedicated itself to field of contract furnishings. Since 2016, programming aimed specifically at architects and interior architects has been consolidated under the expressed title “Interior.Architecture.Hospitality”. “Heimtextil offers an incredible wealth of products, ideas and networking opportunities for architects, interior designers and hoteliers,” emphasises Heimtextil Director Sabine Scharrer. “We’re working to give these an even more distinct profile within the overall Heimtextil portfolio, and to present them in keeping with th… continue

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All's Fair: imm cologne goes digital | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-all-039s-fair-imm-cologne-goes-digital/7001759 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Question. Why bother with going to trade fairs? I mean, we live in the digital age where images and information are endlessly proliferated. So, what’s the point? You can see everything online, right? Well, online product platforms certainly serve a valuable business purpose. Especially if they’re carefully curated and professionally oriented. (Mentioning no names here.) But while our world has gone digital, we’re still analogue beings. Flesh and blood that likes to press the flesh of our peers at real-time events. Here is where relationships are founded, maintained, cultivated. And, out of this, business is done. Moreover, while you can view the latest products these days via a host of digital channels, if their primary function is ultimately a physical, utilitarian one – furniture, lighting, flooring – which, in turn, helps shape the physical interior-architectural spaces where they’re deployed, then it certainly helps to get to grips with the real thing. That said, only the most fool… continue

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Bowled over: Alape | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-bowled-over-alape/7001758 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Twenty years ago, Alape introduced onto the market the first dish basin made of 3mm glazed steel. It was an artistic reinterpretation of the classic washbowl. This development involved testing and perfecting the form and resilience of the steel over a considerable period of time. The result was an enamelled steel basin with a material thickness of just 3mm – a design of almost delicate elegance, distinctive for both its minimalist form language and high functionality. Over the years, many further designs have been created on the basis of this original. We are taking this anniversary as an occasion to look back at the history of the dish basin and introduce our current products. The starting point for the conception of the dish basin was a study by the industrial designer Gerhard Busalt, who has collaborated with Alape since the early 1990s and now heads the renowned office busalt design. In his investigation, Busalt dealt intensively with the enamel bowls and pitchers that were used fo… continue

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Same same but different: Unique Youniverse at Domotex 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-same-same-but-different-unique-youniverse-at-domotex-2018/7001757 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The good people at DOMOTEX certainly practice what they preach. Having made the indomitable, cross-sector trend in individualisation and customisation in products the overarching theme of next January’s edition of the world’s leading trade fair for flooring coverings – which goes by the pleasing pun of Unique Youniverse – they’ve set out to disrupt the traditional organisation of the trade exhibition itself, too. With consumers the world over, of everything from FMCG to luxury brands, embracing the possibility of co-creating the goods they purchase thanks to fast-developing technology – and, indeed, coming to expect the bespoke as standard, as it were – the global flooring trade has responded emphatically with products and services that allow you to Do Your Own Thing. Domotex’s organisers have, accordingly, refashioned the form of the fair, tailoring it to reflect the theme of its content. Moving beyond the familiar concept of the trade exhibition as a mere aggregation of brand… continue

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Divide and conquer: Adotta | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-divide-and-conquer-adotta/7001756 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 In any workplace, there can be a need to escape somewhere quiet for an important call or a moment of reflection, away from the distractions of colleagues and coffee breaks. For architects working on the design of these spaces, demountable partitions offer a practical and flexible solution that enables an interior to be easily divided into specific functional areas. The Italian firm, Adotta, is a specialist in the design, production and supply of office walls and partitions, with experience helping all sorts of businesses introduce sound-proof rooms to the workplace. “We’ve worked on spaces for law firms, advertising agencies, financial companies, car dealers, dentists and many other businesses,” says Adotta CEO Luigi Zannier, who took control of the company in 2007. “The key is to work closely with the architects to provide solutions to the problems they are trying to solve.” Adotta’s core product is Metafora, a system that was developed before Zannier joined the firm as a US sales rep… continue

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SWAROVSKI & TORD BOONTJE Lighting Innovations | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/d-swarovski-kg-swarovski-amp-tord-boontje-lighting-innovations/7001755 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Inspired by the reflection of sunlight on water, Tord Boontje collaborated with Swarovski to produce Luminous Reflections, under the newly revived Swarovski Crystal Palace – an ongoing collaborative project to reimagine the chandelier. The Luminous Reflections range comprises large crystal components with fluid, organic forms. The highly innovative, unfaceted components are the first of their kind to be launched in Swarovski’s 122-year history. A new interpretation of crystal, the rippled surfaces are designed to produce soft and organic light effects. The crystal components were developed specifically for the interior lighting industry and will be available for designers to buy and use in their creations. Boontje worked closely with Swarovski’s product development team in Wattens, Austria, to develop curved crystals with either polished or frosted surfaces and with integrated LED technology. The range includes circular and oval shapes with various twists and curves, giving a variet… continue

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DOMOTEX 2018: Many New Features | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/domotex-domotex-2018-many-new-features/7001754 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>2018 Keynote Theme: UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE</b> With UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE, DOMOTEX will be picking up on the constantly growing demand for customisable products and services. Hall 9 will be home to the multi-facetted Framing Trends experience realm, consisting of four main zones serving as a source of inspiration: in the Flooring Spaces zone, exhibitors from the floor coverings industry will be staging highly creative product showcases that play with the theme of individualisation. In the Living Spaces zone, companies from the interior design sector will be presenting inspiring spaces and lifestyle worlds. The NuThinkers zone will be featuring innovative students’ projects focusing on the trend towards individualisation, including a vegan carpet made from cork lozenges whose appearance changes when you step on it, an innovative floor guidance system for the visually impaired, and new materials such as leaves, spruce and fir needles, and beeswax. At Art & Interaction, the theme of UNIQUE YO… continue

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Turn it up: GROHE SmartControl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-turn-it-up-grohe-smartcontrol/7001753 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The team at GROHE are anything but superficial. You see, when it comes to design, they’ve always married aesthetics with technology-led innovation inside their products. With over 100 years in business under its belt, the premium sanitary manufacturer has successfully positioned itself in a highly competitive market as the brand that not only meets consumer expectation, it shapes it. For GROHE, intelligent design is something to be experienced – and enjoyed – not just looked at. I’ll be honest with you. I’m more of a bath than a shower man. But that’s just me. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I grew up in a house where showering was akin to Russian Roulette – a tap turned on momentarily in the kitchen would result in the immediate nose-dive in water temperature in the bathroom to Siberian levels. No such bone-chilling adventures await users of GROHE’s award-winning SmartControl dynamic shower system, which, iceberg-like (no pun intended), conceals a wealth of innova… continue

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Spare space: new minimalist interiors | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-spare-space-new-minimalist-interiors/7001752 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 STURLASGADE | jac studios Materials like glazed tile and polished white terrazzo reflect light and transmit a sense of openness at this former factory complex, now a 200-square-metre apartment, in Copenhagen. KEW HOUSE | mclaren excell Oak panelling frames the shared living space of this renovated Victorian house in West London. The use of dark, patinated concrete on the floor and for the kitchen island brings attention to the home’s centre. STAJNHAUS | ora To revive this 16-century Czech home, ORA recycled wooden beams into furniture and restored the brick-walled wine cellar, adding warmth and historical continuity to the otherwise unadorned interior. TAMARIT APARTMENT | ras arquitectura Without hallways or doors, a quasi-enfilade connects spaces in this Barcelona apartment, permitting light to flow straight through the interior. Materials like micro-cement and patterned tile delineate separate zones, rather than rooms with predetermined functions. © Architonic continue

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If it ain't broke: B&B Italia's Charles sofa | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-if-it-ain-039t-broke-b-ampb-italia-039s-charles-sofa/7001751 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Priding itself on its motto ‘Timeless and treasured’, B&B Italia strikes a finely tuned balance between cutting-edge design and a timeless aesthetic which renders many of its past creations covetable today. Look no further than Antonio Citterio’s Charles seating system of 1997, which is capacious and comfortable yet elegant for seeming to hover on its slender but robust, die-cast aluminium legs. This year is the 20th birthday of Charles, and when B&B Italia asked Citterio if he would like to update it, his answer was to the point: ‘No, because Charles still looks contemporary’. In fact, 20 years on, Charles is still the company’s bestselling product worldwide. An iconic, timeless design embodying a contemporary lifestyle, Charles owes its immense success to the research and innovation that went into its creation and to its resulting aesthetic — values integral to B&B Italia’s DNA and all of its projects. Another reason for Charles’s longevity is its versatile, modular design: its 16 el… continue

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Elegance in repose: Flexform MOOD | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-elegance-in-repose-flexform-mood/7001749 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Flexform MOOD, Flexform’s furniture collection launched by this family-run firm in 2001 and produced annually, is aptly summed up as ‘classic contemporary’. This season’s collection echoes this description: it recalls a bygone era of old-world elegance – part Art Deco, part retro – yet is thoroughly modern. The theme of this year’s collection has an intriguing slogan – ‘An Intimate Look’. Stefano Gaggero, artistic director of the new Flexform MOOD project, has been responsible for the overall concept behind it, including the design of its stand at the Salone del Mobile this year, the choice of fabrics for the furniture and the accompanying catalogue and ad campaign. This year’s collection has been designed by Roberto Lazzeroni, a longstanding Flexform collaborator: he is currently celebrating 10 years of working with the company, which was co-founded by brothers Agostino, Pietro and Romeo Galimberti in 1959 and originally called Flexform di Galimberti. Flexform MOOD’s 2017 collection,… continue

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Taking it to the next level: new residential towers | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-taking-it-to-the-next-level-new-residential-towers/7001748 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Associated with the notorious Pruitt-Igoe housing complex in St Louis, Missouri, demolished in 1972, or JG Ballard’s dystopian 1970s novel High-Rise, residential towers have acquired a bad name. The fire at Grenfell Tower compounded this. Yet new-build towers are less likely to require retrofitting to avert this catastrophe. And they’re an important high-density housing solution in cities. While 20th-century residential towers were routinely denounced as dehumanising, today they increasingly encourage social interaction, mesh with the urban fabric and street life and boast myriad amenities. And swanky residential towers are no longer the preserve of the super-rich. Architectural firm Concrete’s Jersey City Urby project comprises three 69-storey towers containing 762 rental apartments. Overlooking the Hudson River, the New Jersey skyscrapers will have unimpeded views of Manhattan. Two of the towers are scheduled for construction next year, while one has been completed. On entering, resi… continue

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Carpets help to tell the story | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ege-carpets-carpets-help-to-tell-the-story/7001747 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 From the very start, Brønnums Hus has framed the lives of creatives and intellectuals having a big influence on Danish cultural history. H.C. Andersen is a perfect example of a member from the cultural elite frequently visiting families living in the building being so rich on picturesque elements drawn by architect Ferdinand Vilhelm Jensen that it was listed in 1995. <b>Old school and neoclassic designs</b> Britt Christiansen and Mikkel Küster, the two designers behind the prestigious project that took more than a year to complete, explain: “Brønnums Hus was an old, distinctive lady in need of a facelift. It offered so many unique, historic details that we wanted to bring to life. At the same time, it was important for us to bring them into a modern up-to-date context that would complement a dynamic, contemporary office environment. It would have been obvious to continue the historic interior of the house, but instead we set out to create a fine balance between the old-school traditio… continue

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SWISS DESIGN MEXICO: 11 - 15 October at Design Week Mexico | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-design-week-mexico-swiss-design-mexico-11-15-october-at-design-week-mexico/7001746 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 My country has a long tradition of design which enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide, probably because of the way it ignores temporary trends and its concepts go beyond the formal presence in addition to having a very high degree of precision in production. Designers such as Le Corbusier with its pioneering designs, Max Bill’s pragmatism, the long tradition of watchmaking, the USM Haller modular system that forms part of the permanent collection of the MoMa in New York, the bags made from recycled tarpaulins by Freitag or the Helvetica typography with its neutral trace and readable qualities are some examples of the timelessness in Swiss design and clarifies to us the reason of its relevance. Switzerland has shared great ties in the field of design with Mexico for more than 70 years; such as the Swiss Hannes Meyer, who after being director of the Bauhaus school in Dessau, arrived in Mexico in 1938 where he lived for 10 years during which he was director of the Institute of U… continue

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