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 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:58:48 +0100 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/press-office-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/press-office-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/press-office-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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Recessed ceiling luminaire with biodynamic light | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/waldmann-recessed-ceiling-luminaire-with-biodynamic-light/7001745 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The IDOO.fit designed by Burkhard Schlee, despite being recessed or surface-mounted, seems to float below the ceiling. This impression is created because the ceiling and the walls are brightened horizontally with soft indirect light by means of specially designed optics. The offset installation of the optical system ensures a pleasant backlit ceiling element. This gives a harmonious corona effect, connecting luminaire and light with the surrounding architecture. The homogeneous light impression at the ceiling, in combination with the PULSE VTL light management system, plays an important role for biodynamic lighting. Since for human centric lighting the lighting surface is crucial along with the illuminance and light colour, the biodynamic mode of action is supported even more by allowing the high indirect light component to illuminate the room over a large area from above. Thus, the dual illuminance distribution of IDOO.fit in its PULSE VTL version creates a multifaceted lighting lev… continue

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The Transformers: kymo | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-transformers-kymo/7001744 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Who are you? Or, who am I, for that matter? This may not be the time and place for deep, soul-searching questions of an existentialist nature. But it is interesting to think about how we construct our social identities – not only through what we say and how we behave, but increasingly through how we consume, how we fashion our material world around us. The current, burgeoning trend for customisation and personalisation in products and services seems to know no category or price-segment limits. From FMCG types like sport shoes (think Nike), through custom-finished, luxury-segment cars, such as Lamborghini, to furniture and sanitary brands, like Switzerland’s Laufen, whose innovative materials and production expertise allow the creation of unique projects – we’re living increasingly in a world that we’ve had a hand in shaping. kymo, the German-based high-end carpet and rug brand, has now joined the ranks of those who offer their customers the opportunity to co-create. Responding to a… continue

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Designers' Top 10 Materials 2017 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-designers-039-top-10-materials-2017/7001743 Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Material advancements, trends and tendencies, on the other hand, define a design’s cultural currency. Architects’ and designers’ material choices, in this regard, can have long-lasting ramifications, and understanding the rationales behind these choices is often challenging. Qualitative analysis is essential to identifying what materials are next and which will stand the test of time. Our series Material Tendencies aims to do just that. Conducting qualitative surveys and interviews, the series is part of our ongoing effort to map the contemporary landscape of architecture and design. Starting in early 2015 until present, we have gathered exclusive insights from industry leaders who shared their opinions and experience when it comes to material choices, helping us all gain a more complete picture of the current material scene and better predict what lays ahead. Moreover, we have fought our way through thousands of numbers and collected tracking information, with a steady focus on mat… continue

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A favourite piece to sink into: Lounge chair 808 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/thonet-gmbh-a-favourite-piece-to-sink-into-lounge-chair-808/7001742 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 With the range 808, Munich based design studio Formstelle has created a lounge chair that combines maximum comfort with numerous possibilities for individualisation. The lounge chair 808 plays with the contrast between a protective shell and an inviting openness, creating a place of retreat and calm. Its distinctive appearance is created through a contemporary reinterpretation of the classic wing chair – the shape suggests an elegant cocoon that embraces the person sitting in the chair and communicates a feeling of security. Another striking characteristic is the comfortable upholstery with its welcoming soft wave effect. This inner cushioned core establishes an intriguing contrast with the angularity of the outer shell. A clever mechanism allows users to individually adjust the position of the chair, while a footstool enhances the range. The swivel frame of the lounge chair 808 is available in a number of different versions (wood with bentwood elements, stainless steel, tubular steel… continue

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Sleep Well! | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sleep-sleep-well/7001741 Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Over recent years, the event has proved its ability for tapping into emerging hospitality design themes and exploring them in ways that combine the disruptive and the mainstream. 2017 promises to achieve this balancing act once again. The theme is “Loyalty: Lessons in Love”, which will be explored through concept room installations, dissected in the Sleep Conference and has given pause for thought to a number of the exhibitors. In 2016, some 4,700 visitors attended the event from across Europe, the States and further afield. This year, with the exhibition at capacity, conference speakers at the top of their game and designer participants who command headlines, the expectation is for an even buzzier and more insightful experience. <b>Sleep Walking: The Exhibition</b> The year’s Exhibition is more international than ever before, with companies coming from across Europe and the USA, as well as the UK, to showcase their collections. The concept of loyalty is reflected in this mix with a… continue

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Bo Bedre x Architonic | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-bo-bedre-x-architonic/7001740 Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Bo Bedre, Denmark's number-one interiors magazine for the B2C market, is in a league of its own when it comes to circulation and readership figures. Bo Bedre sets the interiors agenda in Denmark, with its selection of news, shopping and homes features. Communicating a sense of exclusivity, it inspires readers to adopt and adapt styles for their own homes. Its focus is Scandinavian living at its best! Now Bo Bedre has teamed up with architonic.com, the world’s leading online, B2B resource for products and materials for the international A&D community. Architonic promotes products and brands from the best premium manufacturers only. When it comes to product research, architects, interior designers and specialist retailers have been relying on Architonic for over 13 years. It’s become their top-of-mind, default online research tool. Central to the partnership is adding value to Bo Bedre’s exclusive online editorial content by integrating selected brands and products from Architonic’s prod… continue

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Sell out: retail spaces that show off | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-sell-out-retail-spaces-that-show-off/7001739 Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Not long ago, competition from online shopping threatened bricks-and-mortar stores with extinction. Yet, ironically, tech and e-commerce titans Amazon and Apple are helping them to survive by opening physical shops. And today, new flagship stores in existing buildings frequently make a feature of their architecture, which reinforces the fact that they are physical shops, not e-commerce sites. What’s more, designers of cutting-edge stores often embrace these buildings’ historical characters, while ensuring the shops’ interiors look contemporary. Tokujin Yoshioka’s design of Issey Miyake’s new Milan store in the 19th-century Palazzo Reina celebrates its architecture, which has been recently renovated. Indeed, the shop’s contemporary elements — including orange and green ceiling-suspended aluminium discs and apple green and kingfisher blue plinths for the clothes rails — are overshadowed by the space’s original arches and painted ceilings. Yet the shop feels contemporary thanks to its on-… continue

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Step change: Ruckstuhl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-step-change-ruckstuhl/7001738 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 We walk across the floor of our office almost daily, perceive colour and pattern, feel how the carpet yields underfoot. While we do all of this unconsciously, the material qualities of an interior influence its overall effect on us, and thus how we feel in it. A natural and high-quality floor covering produces a comfortable indoor climate and stands up to heavy wear over a long time. The Swiss manufacturer Ruckstuhl has firmly established itself as an expert in this area and makes products that are striking for both their design and their sustainability. Its new Rollerwool Collection and the associated Rollerwool Trigon carpet tile offer a current demonstration of this. The company began in 1881 in Langenthal, Switzerland, originally producing doormats out of coco yarn. Founder Moritz Ruckstuhl had discovered the material just a few years previously on a sailing ship while travelling in South America, and recognised the potential of the natural fibre. The firm still uses coco, and over… continue

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Talking Shop: Nendo on retail design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-talking-shop-nendo-on-retail-design/7001737 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Far from e-commerce proving to be the nail in the coffin for the traditional physical store, the retail industry has successfully managed to slip the bonds of binary, either/or thinking in favour of an ‘omni-channel’ business model, where brands offer customers a joined-up experience, whether they’re shopping online or in-store. Beyond the fact that we’re physical beings – who, in spite of the digital universe we’ve created, still have a fundamental need for the analogue, the immediate, the tactile – the real-time shopping space has an important marketing role to perform for any retailer. It’s where brand awareness is consolidated, where brands come alive, generating a significant increase in traffic to their counterpart online stores. If there’s one design studio that has bucked creative trends and consistently innovated when it comes to the shape and experience of the physical retail landscape, it’s Nendo. The Japanese office, headed up by Oki Sato, has built up an impressive list of… continue

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Xavier Lust at Ralph Pucci New York: The New Baroque | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-xavier-lust-at-ralph-pucci-new-york-the-new-baroque/7001736 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 In which direction is furniture design moving at the moment? I think that design is a political act, like art. In the nineties, there was a clear humanist discourse about quality for everybody and all those things. Designers were committed to minimalism. Then we talked about essentialism. Now we are moving toward a new baroque period with sure values like gold. I think this notion of opulence typically surfaces during uncertain times. You can accept minimalism when everything is fine, but right now people want something hotter, tastier, more luxurious. What is your reaction to this development? My work has always been on the border between industrial design and art design. I am currently focusing a bit more on limited editions to maintain the freedom to create pieces with fewer restrictions. I am also using brass, bronze and special finishings that look like gold. I have opened the door to a slightly more decorative approach to do something exceptional and emotional. How importan… continue

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Not thinking straight: Wehlers | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-not-thinking-straight-wehlers/7001735 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Henrik Holm and Maria Fryd Wehler are on a mission to change the furniture industry for the better. Wehlers – the company the pair launched in Copenhagen earlier this year – combines sustainability and quality design to create products that minimise their negative impact on the environment. The firm takes a holistic approach to sustainability, reusing existing materials and ensuring products can be either repaired or dismantled and recycled. “Our ambition is to offer furniture that is not only built sustainably,” says Holm, “but also so well designed, it sells even without the sustainable aspect.” Holm had the idea to establish Wehlers after working in the design industry for two decades with companies including Fritz Hansen and Kvadrat. Determined to establish a business that adds value for both customers and the planet, he combined his industry experience with knowledge gained from an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability to re-evaluate how furniture is produced and consumed. The comp… continue

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New Talks Programme at designjunction | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/designjunction-milan-new-talks-programme-at-designjunction/7001734 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 With only a few days to go, the anticipated designjunction not only presents hundreds of product launches, immersive installations, pop-up shops, plus the many food and drink options to choose from, the show also welcomes an exciting new talks programme. Designed to inspire, engage and provoke, the talks will take place at the nearby co-working space The Office Group (TOG) in King’s Cross. The two-day programme (Thursday 21 - Friday 22 September) offers a series of lively discussions and debates with high profile designers and creative brands including Sir Kenneth Grange; Julio Terra (Kickstarter); Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead (2LG Studio); Deyan Sudjic (Design Museum) and Tina Norden (Conran and Partners). Encompassing 14 sessions, each talk aims to engage on topical issues around the show’s theme of ‘Where Design Meets’, exploring how design encounters different sub-topics including Where Design Meets… Home, Workspace, Materials, King’s Cross, Architecture and many more. T… continue

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Guiding light: Artemide | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-guiding-light-artemide/7001733 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 A classic product is one that still looks fresh and functions as well as it did the day it was launched. Think of the Swiss army knife, the BIC ballpoint pen or the Gibson Les Paul guitar. The Tolomeo lamp from leading worldwide manufacturer of design and architectural lighting, Artemide, is another such product; an elegant and timeless object that is as popular with design lovers now as it was when it was first produced 30 years ago. Italian designer Michele De Lucchi was on holiday at the seaside, watching fishermen manoeuvring nets attached to a system of poles and ropes, when he came up with the idea for an adjustable task lamp featuring a mechanism based around steel tension cables. “It seemed smart to me that you can suspend a rod with something attached to it using a small lever arm and a cable,” the designer explains. “That was the frame of reference I had in mind when I designed the Tolomeo.” Artemide’s founder Ernesto Gismondi was impressed when he first encountered Tolomeo i… continue

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Sacred Stuff: 5 materially expressive churches | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-sacred-stuff-5-materially-expressive-churches/7001732 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 PARISH CHURCH OF SANTA MONICA | vicens + ramos This church, just 15 km outside Madrid, takes on a curving, arrow-like form in order to maximally occupy its long, narrow plot. At the south end, its vertical edge widens into the main altar room at the north, lit by a mosaic of skylights. On the church’s exterior, these skylights appear as an explosion of graphic lines, rectangles and trapezoids, which the architects sheathed in weathering steel. CHURCH OF ST. WENCESLAS | atelier štĕpán Based on Romanesque rotundas, this concrete church in Sazovice, Czech Republic finds inspiration in its endless form. “When you observe the volume, you feel the lightness made by the design principle of tapering the walls into tiny lines. It’s like cutting a paper cylinder and exploring its possibilities,” explains architect Marek Jan Štěpán. “I created the windows by pushing and pulling the cuts and letting the light glide softly on the walls.” SAINT JOSEPH IN THE WOODS | messner architects Messner Archit… continue

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Versatile Delicacy | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-schonbuch-gmbh-versatile-delicacy/7001731 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The LEFT coat stand complies with the “reduce to a maximum” design principle. From a functional standpoint this means no wasted space. A small permanently attached hook with a black powder-coated finish can be used to hang up clothing directly or on a hanger. The baseplate ensures ample stability. This product is available in all-over black or with a combined decor (base and rod powder-coated, colour granite). Timeless in every way. Minimalism, design and function. Made from fine, square-section metal tubing, the RACK range consists of a rectangular wall-mounted coat rack, round or rectangular floor-standing coat stands, umbrella stands, side and console tables. The tubing is finished in a choice of smoked chrome or black or white powder coating. The coat holders can be complemented with small hooks in a matching finish, available to order in sets of four. The umbrella stands can be upturned and used as side tables or shelves. Purist, practical and ideal for entrance areas, offices and… continue

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The classic in a new light – USM Haller E | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-usm-the-classic-in-a-new-light-usm-haller-e/7001730 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Whether it is at the reception, on the sales floor, or at home in the living room: the new USM Haller E lighting solution creates the perfect light to highlight different objects, creating atmosphere and orientation. In a spectacular innovation, the Swiss furniture manufacturer has integrated the power supply into the structure of its modular components. Dimmable lighting elements can be discreetly retracted into the metal rods to serve a wide variety of purposes: they can light shelves and display cases from the inside or effectively cover a room wall with light to set the scene – choosing from a daylight glow or a warm white ambiance. Open a drawer for an immediate and clear overview with sensor-controlled interior lights. If mounted at the bases of furniture, the lighting elements can also be used for orientation and guidance. Light is not the only integral aspect of USM Modular Furniture – mobile devices can also be charged directly from the structure. Just like the light sources,… continue

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Design Week Mexico unveils program for its 9th edition | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-design-week-mexico-design-week-mexico-unveils-program-for-its-9th-edition/7001729 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Design Week Mexico, the country’s leading platform for Design and Architecture, has unveiled its program and first confirmed participants for its 9th edition, which takes place from October 4th - 8th. The event will celebrate creativity and design with a range of activities, from exhibitions and temporary installations to interventions and talks, turning the capital into an international platform for innovation. Last year, Mexico and Switzerland celebrated their 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Building on that relationship, Design Week Mexico will host Switzerland as its Guest Country. Meanwhile, the East-Central state of Puebla - known for its rich tradition of handcraft and folk art, such as the mayolica style pottery, glass and indigenous textiles - will be this edition’s Guest State, enabling bilateral collaboration between contemporary designers and traditional craftsmen. As the city gears up to become <b>World Design Capital Mexico City 2018 </b>- responding to th… continue

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Universal Appeal: new religious projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-universal-appeal-new-religious-projects/7001728 Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 While religious affiliation is plummeting among younger generations living in western countries, the mindfulness movement, closely tied with meditation and the desire to unplug, continues to grow. Architects designing sacred spaces around the world are expressing these contrasts – and it’s all in the details. Pairing expansive volumes with heavy masses, warm wooden interiors with metal facades, and earthly elements with man-made finishes, the globe’s newest sacred spaces evoke transcendence, while still offering room for contemplation. On the outskirts of Chile’s capital Santiago up to 600 visitors can sit on the leather and walnut benches of the Bahálí Temple of South America. Designed by the Canadian practice Hariri Pontarini Architects, the temple, situated at the foot of the Andes, features a light-filled interior of translucent marble. The facade consists of nine, identical petal-like wings made from 1129 individually manufactured glass elements. Between sunrise and sunset, the te… continue

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What’s art got to do with it?: Laufen | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-whats-art-got-to-do-with-it-laufen/7001727 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 What is art? Well, how long have you got? To be honest, this isn’t really the forum for an in-depth discussion of art’s motivations and meanings. But let’s agree that it can (or should?), with its calling into question of social, political and economic structures, be a means of affecting a conversation, and through this, the possibility of change. Given the turbulent times we live in (or at the very least the way in which we perceive them as turbulent), it could be argued that we need art now more than ever. Art speaks, encouraging us to speak to each other and speak out. If you’ve been to Venice already this summer for the Art Biennale, you may have entered into a conversation with a complete stranger. And without words. As part of the main exhibition – this year curated by Christine Macel and whose theme is “Viva Arte Viva”, a clarion call to the humanity of art and the art of humanity – German artist Franz Erhard Walther has, Carl-Andre-like, placed flat, elongated steel forms on… continue

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Reinvented Architecture: The New City Studio (Part II) | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-reinvented-architecture-the-new-city-studio-part-ii/7001726 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Ultramoderne</b> Aaron Forrest’s and Yasmin Vobis’s studio, Ultramoderne, shows its design capabilities through its explorations of architectural representation and work on multiple scales. Transitioning from pavilions and installations to urban-scale planning, Ultramoderne deploys traditional modes of architectural representation in design and dissemination, eschewing the culture of highly mediated renderings in favor of photographic stills and stop motion animation. The studio’s finalist entry for MoMA PS1 Warm Up, Recess, explores the ideas of boundary and tectonic play through the typology of a schoolyard and its enclosing boundary. The clear form of the proposed circle inscribes and demarcates the recreational space for play, and the competition video documents the field work of full-scale mock-ups and the liveliness of detailed scale models. Without utilizing a single wall, Ultramoderne’s Table’s Clear installation for the Architectural League’s 2016 Beaux Arts Ball created di… continue

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VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2017: 29.9. – 8.10.2017 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/vienna-design-week-vienna-design-week-2017-29-9-8-10-2017/7001725 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 STAGE FOR ART AND DESIGN Wiener Stadthalle With Halle D, opened in 1958, Roland Rainer created one of the most important buildings of Austrian architecture, and today it appears just as impressive, untouched in its substance and contemporary in architecture. The Austrian star architect moreover designed a major part of the furnishings and interior – for instance, the stackable Stadthalle chairs and the Rainer cloakroom have in the meantime become legendary. Moreover, Wiener Stadthalle still harbors artworks of inestimable value, some conspicuous, some integrated into the everyday routine. Wiener Stadthalle gives visitors the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes and view the numerous objects of contemporary art in back-stage guided tours throughout the year – 2017 also as part of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK. COMMUNCIATION SPACES OF THE FUTURE VEECH X VEECH For nearly 25 years, the internationally renowned architecture and design bureau Veech X Veech have been producing innovativ… continue

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Radisson RED Brussels | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/villeroy-amp-boch-radisson-red-brussels/7001724 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Opened in the Spring of 2016 in Brussels as the world’s first Radisson RED – the new hotel line of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – this hotel concept does away with traditional standards. Designed by the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Edinburgh based design studio Graven, conventional spaces and divisions are replaced with multi-purpose floating spaces and plentiful opportunities for digital interaction. Located in the city’s European Quarter, the hotel is only a 13 minute walk away from the Royal Palace of Brussels and 12 km from the airport. Upon arrival, a boldly framed red entrance draws visitors into an open lobby that immediately sets the tone of the space. Loosely organized with modular furniture and screens, the hotel’s multifunctional ground floor can be easily rearranged for any occasion. The modern and bold design creates a lively and informal atmosphere where combining business and pleasure is more than welcome. The open space is surrounded with Events & Games Studios wher… continue

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The Futurists: Pedrali | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-futurists-pedrali/7001723 Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Monica Pedrali means business. Having invited me and fellow Architonic colleague from Zurich down to Bergamo for the day to witness at first hand the eponymous Italian furniture brand in action, so to speak, at their high-tech production plant, the company’s ebullient sales and marketing chief – and daughter of founder Mario Pedrali – wastes no time in putting us in the extremely well-drawn picture. “Pedrali is situated in very rich territory,” she explains. “On the one hand, we draw on this part of Lombardy’s traditional know-how in industrial production – formerly textiles, now steel production and injected plastic for the car industry and for furniture components. On the other, we are influenced by nearby Milan as a creative hub, with its iconic design practice, the polytechnic, the Triennale, the Salone and so on. It’s this context, and our commitment from the start, when my father founded the business in 1963, to investing in the latest technology – to save energy, optimise pe… continue

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Reinvented Architecture: The New City Studio (Part I) | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-reinvented-architecture-the-new-city-studio-part-i/7001722 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Drawing upon rich traditions of architectural representation, these featured studios strike at the heart of architectural production while broadening the boundaries of professional identity. They resist the contemporary values of specialization, efficiency and compartmentalization and champion depth over shallowness; they represent the architect as skilled at defying the classic anxiety over the slowness of building. How does architecture communicate with the public? What is the essence of architectural training and contribution? TLmag’s investigation into today’s design studios in New York City reveals that the work of these new establishments reflects their values: it is inventive and resourceful, thorough and exacting, dreamy and lofty yet grounded and stable. These qualities evoke Vitruvius’s ideal architecture—today’s iterations of firmness, commodity and delight. <b>Young & Ayata</b> Young & Ayata is an architectural and design partnership working through objects, buildings and d… continue

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Alma matters: new university buildings | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-alma-matters-new-university-buildings/7001721 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Parents are typically told that education should be seen as an investment in their child’s future, and likewise the best universities view investing in architecture as a good way to ensure their own ongoing success. High-quality buildings designed by leading architects help these institutions stand out from their competitors, and provide the sort of inspirational and engaging environments expected by Millennial students. When New York-based Studio Libeskind was asked to create a more inspirational environment for the sort of blue-sky science explored at the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at England’s Durham University, it responded with a mathematically influenced design featuring two interlocking stacked volumes. The building’s 72 offices are arranged in a ring around a central atrium, with bands of windows ensuring they each receive natural light and outward views. The atrium and meeting areas are topped with skylights that frame views of the night sky, while the building's pre… continue

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VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2017: 29.9. – 8.10.2017 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/vienna-design-week-vienna-design-week-2017-29-9-8-10-2017/7001720 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 WORK IN PROGRESS: EVOLUTION MONDAY Bene Evolution – the organic transformation of our everyday work environment: experts from the fields of furniture production, design and architecture discuss the effects of social change, digitization, mobility, big data and co. on the different facets of our working lives. On show is the new Evolution Office concept by Bene as well as a major Muuto special exhibition. In addition, chief designer Christian Grossen and sales director Christian Ernemenn emphasise how design functions in the Danish firm. Finally, Bene awards the winners of the design competition PIXEL ART. BE YOUR OWN DESIGNER AND MAKE IT YOURS! USM Take something you like and turn it into something you love! The new online configurator of the Swiss furniture manufacturer USM makes it possible for you to assemble sideboard, shelves or other pieces of furniture with a few clicks and entirely according to your individual wishes. The first step defines structure and size. Then you co… continue

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minimal windows®4+ in a spacious country villa | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-minimal-windows-4-in-a-spacious-country-villa/7001719 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 By means of the purposeful use of material and light it was possible through the geometrical language of forms to give the entire residential building, including outdoor swimming pool, an air of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Large floor-to-ceiling minimal windows® glazing was expertly combined with floating concrete facades on the outside. According to the owner's wishes, the architect designed the home in two main wings to be as flexible as possible. <b>Between the horizontal and vertical</b> The living/dining area is the family's declared "box seat". The individual areas fade openly into living room, kitchen and galleries. Only the private rooms are separated from this. The spacious country villa is an aesthetic experience wherever one looks. Without seeming overloaded, the house is fitted out with a great deal of original art and chic designer furniture. Architectural lighting and furniture installations are integrated in walls and ceilings. <b>Clear building volume</b> Width, ligh… continue

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Home-grown: 4 new Japanese kindergartens | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-home-grown-4-new-japanese-kindergartens/7001718 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 01 Hakusui Nursery School Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Sakuri-shi, Chiba Prefecture, Japan Completed: 2015 Articulated as a set of giant stairs, this nursery school in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, takes its form from the gentle slope on which it's situated. With elevations comprised of picture windows and sliding glass doors, organised across seven stepped platforms, the architects created an expansive space, in keeping with one guiding principle – that a kindergarten should feel like a home. 02 Clover House MAD architects Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan Completed: 2016 MAD architects followed the same principle in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, wrapping this nursery’s wooden frame, formerly a family home, in a convex structure with a waterproof skin. “It was important to create a kindergarten that felt like a home, and give the kids the best possible house to grow up in, one that promotes their learning and creativity,” explains Ma Yansong, founder and principal partner of the f… continue

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HELLO FUTURE – The future is coming | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-design-biennale-zurich-hello-future-the-future-is-coming/7001717 Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The first Design Biennale Zurich is almost here and the detailed supporting program can be found at www.designbiennalezurich.ch. The Design Biennale is not an ordinary exhibition: visitors can participate, discover and explore the numerous exhibitions, guided tours, talks and workshops. The occasion is not just for professionals, but for all who are interested in design. Even for children, there are different possibilities to playfully explore the world of design at the Biennale. The following is an insight into the supporting program of the Design Biennale Zurich 2017 – have fun exploring. On the Thursday of the Biennale, in the Werkstadt, raw materials, tests and life cycle assessments can be discussed at the BioabbauBAR, during the special presentation "Materials from Tomorrow: Bioplastics". In addition, radio and TV original Hannes Hug, in his special guided tour "Return to Forever" at the Landesmuseum Zürich, is looking at the actual inner life of selected exhibits discusse… continue

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Lindsey Adelman: Capturing beauty | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-lindsey-adelman-capturing-beauty/7001716 Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 With a degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design, Adelman began specializing in lighting in 1996, eventually launching her own studio in downtown New York City in 2006. Mixing natural materials and organic forms with machine parts and an industrial edge, Adelman seeks to capture the ephemeral beauty of nature. Metal elements like shiny brass and oil-rubbed bronze contrast with tinted glass or milky white porcelain, creating a new kind of luxury object. The Branching Bubbles collection, designed in 2006, includes works that are like suspended sculptures with meandering metal armature supporting hand-blown glass globes. Collections such as Burst, with its pointed daggers and curved glass literally bursting from its core, Cherry Bomb, with its jewel-like, foiled glass spheres and delicate chain metal and Knotty Bubbles, which uses thick, nautical rope to support glass globes, show that Adelman’s work can be both sensual and empowering. Throughout her career as a d… continue

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The Audiophiles: acousticpearls | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-audiophiles-acousticpearls/7001715 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The clue is the name. acousticpearls. When the German-based acoustic-products specialists went into business over a decade ago, their mission was not only to be become the leading manufacturer of premium sound-managing architectural elements for interiors, but also to become the go-to consulting partner for architects and planners – to turn grit into pearls, by helping their clients transform troubling, noisy spaces into acoustically and optically pleasing environments. “Most spaces suffer from less-than-optimal acoustics,” explains acousticpearls CEO Clemens Lünig. “Our role is a transformative one – to improve the quality of experience for users of spaces by tackling badly managed sound in an effective way that also has an added visual benefit. It’s ultimately about people.” <b>Hear clear</b> Every project acousticpearls undertakes is strongly underpinned by robust research. The process starts with an in-depth analysis of the architect’s plans and photographs. Special softwar… continue

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Fluid Intelligence: Grohe | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-fluid-intelligence-grohe/7001714 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 It’s seven years since the UN formally acknowledged water as a fundamental human right. Access to clean water and sanitation, it’s fair to say, is something we take for granted in the developed world, however. And yet we know we’re almost certainly facing a future where water, due to such inescapable factors as population growth and shifting weather patterns, moves from natural resource to precious commodity – one that, in the coming decades, some experts predict might even come to be traded on the markets in the way that oil, grain or gold is today. If good design is as much about how things function – how they effectively address a particular need or solve a particular problem – as it is about how they deliver on an aesthetic level, then Grohe is arguably the design leader when it comes to the sanitary sector. With its technology-first approach, the German-based manufacturer has been innovating products for over a century, where the user experience is as considered as the objects… continue

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Todd Bracher: “Trump will not affect our creativity” | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-todd-bracher-trump-will-not-affect-our-creativity/7001713 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 “It is not about me and my personality, it is completely about the end user,” says the New Yorker, born in 1974, who studied at Pratt Institute in New York and at Designskolen in Copenhagen. Todd Bracher founded his own studio in 1999, working for clients such as 3M, Georg Jensen, Herman Miller, Humanscale and Cappellini. In January 2017, Todd Bracher implemented the home study “Das Haus” at the imm Cologne furniture fair. We spoke with the designer about new responsibility, public interest and the current creative climate in the Big Apple. <b>You have spent ten years in Europe studying and working between Copenhagen, Milan, Paris and London. What was your first thought as you were moving back to New York in 2007? </b> What am I doing here?” was my first thought. In January 2007, there were no iPhones. I didn’t exist for the public. When I was talking about design, people didn’t know about it. There was a language barrier between Europe and America in terms of design. But when the i… continue

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Discover what will happen at Mood / Indigo Brussels 2017 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mood-discover-what-will-happen-at-mood-indigo-brussels-2017/7001712 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>5 extra reasons to visit MoOD.</b> <b>1) Reliance launches Recron FS (Fire Safe) worldwide at MoOD.</b> Reliance Industries from Mumbai is convinced that MoOD 2017 is the perfect platform to launch its Flame Retardant brand Recron FS. Reliance is the largest integrated producer of polyester fibres and yarns worldwide. Their environment friendly brand Recron FS is the perfect product to be used in home textiles, hospitality, entertainment and transport industries. <b>2) ZWoven Europe, a totally new collection for the European market</b> An eye-catching return is made by the Chinese Zhong Wang, one of the biggest weavers in China. The ZWoven collection, designed by Mark Geysen (BE), is marketed and commercialised by Guy Parmentier (BE). In other words: it is supported by ‘connaisseurs’ of the European market, choosing MoOD to 'attack' this market. The fashionable collection based on textile know-how from both Belgium and China is a unique project, aimed at importers and the… continue

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HELLO FUTURE – The future starts in four weeks | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-design-biennale-zurich-hello-future-the-future-starts-in-four-weeks/7001710 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The varied program of the Design Biennale Zurich is now available on www.designbiennalezurich.ch. Tickets for this unique event are also available on the website. In the following, some program highlights will be presented - a small taste for the future, that will soon begin. Bad Vibrations Crystals to counter annoying vibrations and noise? This might sound esoteric,
but is in fact a design- and engineering feat on the highest level. Phononic crystals absorb oscillations – without electronics or electricity. Christian Lauchenauer, our designer in residence at the Empa, sketches the future of the new material. Biennale Zentrum, Hochhaus zur Bastei, Bärengasse 29, 8001 Zurich Thu - Sat 11 - 19h, Sun 11 - 17h The Utopia of the Neutral On the occasion of the Design Biennale London 2016, seven designers have translated their utopias into objects in collaboration with highly specialized Swiss industrial enterprises. The award-winning exhibition will debut in Switzerland in revised… continue

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Going Loco: station projects steam ahead | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-going-loco-station-projects-steam-ahead/7001709 Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Trains might have been invented before more technologically advanced jet aircraft, but train travel could soon come to overtake air travel in terms of its appeal. Trains require, more often than not, neither check-in nor security – reducing travel times, especially for shorter distances – no schlepping to out-of-town airports for city-dwellers, and often boast more comfortable interiors. Add to this the rise of high-speed rail, which has seen the creation of glittering new stations or the upgrade of existing ones by high-profile architects. Take the newly opened Napoli Afragola station near Naples, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, which serves four high-speed intercity lines and connects southern Italian cities Bari and Reggio Calabria to northern Italy and the rest of Europe; 32,700 passengers are expected to use it daily. Ease of movement is key to its design, which links the communities on either side of the railway and minimises walking distances to and from the trains. A concour… continue

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Taking route: 5 bus stations going places | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-taking-route-5-bus-stations-going-places/7001708 Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b> STUTTGART AIRPORT BUSTERMINAL WITH PARKING GARAGE | wulf architekten </b> Anodised and perforated metal plates constitute the shimmering, platinum-coloured façade of wulf architekten’s parking garage and 18-platform bus station, adjacent to the Stuttgart Airport in Germany. <b>BUS STATION IN SANTA POLA | Emilio Vicedo and Manuel Lillo</b> A dramatic, tapering metal canopy sets Emilio Vicedo and Manuel Lillo’s bus station apart from the immediate industrial landscape in Santa Pola, Spain. <b>CEBU BUS RAPID TRANSIT | CAZA (Carlos Arnaiz Architects) </b> Designed for the new BRT transport system in Cebu, Philippines, the ziggurat-like roofs of CAZA’s bus stops provide shade and catch rainwater, while sharp green and blue diagonals reference ancient, local basket-weaving traditions. <b>BUS STATION OF TRUJILLO | Ismo Arquitectura </b> Situated between the city and the countryside, Ismo Arquitectura’s monolithic, concrete bus station in Trujillo, Spain, finds material inspiration in it… continue

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Never Built New York | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-never-built-new-york/7001707 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 In the summer of 1833, painter Thomas Cole sent Luman Reed, one of New York’s wealthiest merchants, a detailed prospectus for a series of canvases he wanted to display in Reed’s no. 13 Greenwich Street mansion. Cole told his patron that the paintings would chart man’s “progress from Barbarism to Civilization, to Luxury . . . to the state of Ruin & Desolation.” The artist struggled for some time before he devised a suitable title, hitting upon The Course of Empire. The oils, which proved to be a hit, were more than an allegory of a great nation’s or city-state’s rise and fall. In a sense, Cole inaugurated the essential idea of New York City: He self-consciously aligned the fate of his adopted city with that of the Roman Empire. What lay very much on the surface of Cole’s paintings was a teeming mercantile city always edging the brink of collapse. The engine of New York’s economic prowess, he suggested, would invariably outrun the brake of its cultural and social compact. Between these t… continue

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Reduction to the essentials | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-reduction-to-the-essentials/7001706 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Tobias Grau’s design language is characterized both by very organic shapes and a reduced design. The FALLING LEAF and FALLING WATER suspension lamps captivate with their unusual, nature-inspired organic design. The FALLING LEAF suspension lamp consists of a fascinating combination of polished aluminium and matt premium-quality plastic in various colours, as well as an optical lens. FALLING WATER allows the light to fall down like drops of water, and provides glare-free, intensive lighting. State-of-the-art LEDs are integrated into every luminaire head, and these are powerful, dimmable, offering brilliant light and optimal colour reproduction. For the office, the Tobias Grau portfolio includes JOHN and the XT-S series. The minimized design language and the restrained design give JOHN a modern and timeless character. Its design means that it has a discreet appearance on the desk while still providing enough light for the workplace. Two spring joints mean that the lamp can easily be adjus… continue

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The past with a future | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-the-past-with-a-future/7001705 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 For more than 35 years, the name TECNO-LUMEN has stood for timeless and characteristic design. Its lamps based on original designs from the Bauhaus era are globally unique. Contemporary lamps that follow the same functional design principle round off the range. In addition to the lamps, the Bremen factory also produces other items and accessories. Naturally a strong emphasis is placed on craftsmanship and high-quality materials. In the case of the retro lamps, the emphasis is on originality, and with the current collections on individuality with a high standard of design. The portfolio is being carefully expanded without losing sight of the timeless classics. The most prominent of these is the legendary Wagenfeld lamp – the lamp that led to art collector and businessman Walter Schnepel founding TECNOLUMEN in 1980. He was personally granted the only licence in the world to manufacture the original re-edition by Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Another classic from the year 1927 is the Buquet EB27 des… continue

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Keep your seats | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-keep-your-seats/7001704 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Mario Palmisano has been with Züco for 37 years and is head of the sewing workshop. When he cuts out the leather for an office swivel chair, he uses an entire cowhide – but only after carefully checking it for natural markings and flaws before placing the pattern pieces on it. When customers buy a high-end chair, they expect perfection. Every piece that leaves the premises is the result of a long production chain. Take the DucaRe swivel chair, for instance: it contains components from 14 different suppliers and is made up of more than 100 individual parts. The metal legs, star base, castors, foams, upholstery fabrics, mechanism, wooden core, tiny plastic parts, straps and screws are combined to create a conglomerate of ingredients and materials destined for the sole purpose of providing ultimate comfort. After all, office workers often spend more time at their desk than they do in bed – regardless of whether they’re a CEO or a secretary. “As a small manufacturer, we depend on a well-fu… continue

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Adaptable | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-adaptable/7001703 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Anybody who has moved house a few times and struggled up narrow stairs carrying heavy cabinets knows what a crucial difference furniture that adapts to new living circumstances can make. And that is the starting point that inspires designer Mario Bissegger. His xilobis shelving system can be reconfigured, extended and conveniently transported as often as its owner likes. And all without tools, because the furniture is put together without any screws or fittings. The individual modules are held together by an ingenious system of cables and balls. Even so, the result is the only straightforward thing about the system. It took years to develop xilobis, and its production calls for the utmost precision. Besides two carpentry firms from eastern Switzerland, various social institutions are involved as well: the small components are made in the sheltered workshops of the Stöckenweid Foundation, while employees of the Züriwerk Foundation run the central warehouse. “It took a lot of persuasion… continue

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Future-oriented lighting solutions | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-future-oriented-lighting-solutions/7001702 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Fascinated by the simple aesthetics of the neon tube, Heinrich Richner developed the world’s first design lighting range with fluorescent technology in 1995 and thereby founded RIBAG. Since then, the lamps and lights have been developed and manufactured with a special passion for future-oriented technologies and with a focus on high design quality. Inspiration comes from architecture, nature, or is simply based on intuition, with no idea merely following some passing trend but instead always being carefully thought out. In the company’s own design studio, its design and lighting-technology experts are continually working on the lighting tools of the future. Numerous awards and distinctions testify to the success of the company and its operation. Alongside the premium “Made in Switzerland” quality, the service concept also plays a central role. In this way, RIBAG supports architects and builders with all lighting-related matters, and offers tailor-made lighting solutions with respect to… continue

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designjunction Announces Stellar Brand Line-up and New Launches | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/designjunction-milan-designjunction-announces-stellar-brand-line-up-and-new-launches/7001701 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Now in its seventh year, designjunction returns to Kings Cross this September (21-24) as part of the annual London Design Festival. The 2017 edition of the show will present more than 200 international design brands, hundreds of product launches, 70 tempting pop-up shops and bespoke installations, in addition to the schedule of lively talks and debates. The show will take place across five key sites – all within a stone’s throw of each other, including the centrally located Granary Square (registration and installations), Cubitt House (lighting and furniture), Cubitt Park (emerging designers and materials), The Crossing (installations and partnership projects) and The Canopy (retail). <b>Cubitt House & Cubitt Park – The Trade Destinations </b> Due to popular demand, designjunction expands its trade destination. Cubitt House remains a focused furniture and lighting destination, whilst Cubitt Park, a new pavilion located opposite, will house luxury accessories and materials, in add… continue

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Hello Future - First Design Biennale Zurich | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-design-biennale-zurich-hello-future-first-design-biennale-zurich/7001700 Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b> Short interview with the initiators of the Design Biennale Zurich 2017 </b> <b>What is the origin and motivation of the Design Biennale Zurich?</b> <b>Gabriela Chicherio:</b> The association Freundeskreis Design nds it astonishing that there are so many individual events take place in Zurich, but there is no larger, coordinated event for design. <b>What does the Zurich Design Biennale Zurich do? </b> <b>Gabriela Chicherio:</b> The Design Biennale Zurich wants to prove that design 
is not only an important economic factor, but also an important cultural area. <b>Andreas Saxer:</b> Our program wants to convey design and the research about design. The focus lies on the substantive discussion about the performance and effect of design and the perspectives that design can open up in a cultural context. <b>Fabienne Barras:</b> The Design Biennale is intended to show design as a thinking discipline that moves between industry and production. <b>Why does Zurich need a… continue

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Hightech made in Brandenburg | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-hightech-made-in-brandenburg/7001699 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The main feature of the latest generation of the wittenberg spotlight system is flexibility. In addition to the LEDs that are also compatible with future systems and which can be replaced with a constant spotlight head volume and increased light emission, the light output has been improved by more than 50%. The series is characterised by technical details as well as excellent design. fbl is Mawa’s new track-mounted, surface-mounted and recessed luminaire. The one-piece milled and folded cuboid linearly arranges the LEDs, and is a patented, technical innovation. Cooling fins have also been dispensed with. The seventies track-mounted, surface-mounted and recessed luminaire offers high-tech in a retro design. All three series have been designed with no visible screws. Text: Dorothea Gehringer Neu-Langerwisch 36 14552 Michendorf Germany Your contact for projects: Tina Krauss t.krauss@mawa-design.de +49 33205 228822 continue

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Finalists Announced! SBID Awards 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sbid-international-design-awards-finalists-announced-sbid-awards-2017/7001698 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Amongst the world’s finest, other power houses include stylish interiors from London’s luxury department store, Harvey Nichols as well as industry leaders, TATA Motors, Microsoft and General Electric. The range of finalists across all 14 categories displays a true reflection of the scope of this creative and global industry, depicting an international portfolio of projects from over 40 countries worldwide. Entries were received from countries such Latvia, Taiwan, the Maldives, Armenia, Rwanda, Sweden, Mexico, UAE and more, from renowned practices such as HBA, March & White, II BY IV DESIGN, Rockwell Group and David Chang Design Associates International. The public are now invited to vote for their favourite projects at sbidawards.com which will account for 30% of the final results. All categories cover all aspects of interior design including Retail, Public Space, Healthcare Design and Visualisation amongst others. The SBID Awards is regarded as one of the most prestigious acco… continue

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Lightening the mood | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-lightening-the-mood/7001697 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Show somebody who knows Wogg hundreds of pieces of furniture and they’ll be able to pick out the company’s products straight away,” says Mark Werder, head of division at Wogg. A look at the product range reveals a diverse spectrum of furniture. But there’s one thing all the individual pieces have in common: a delicate, clear design language with striking details. Or as Werder puts it: “It’s the unique combination of aesthetics, lightness and cleverness in our products that sets Wogg apart.” And it’s true: the furniture cannot be compared with other products and has a highly distinctive character that undoubtedly plays no small part in the company’s success. Wogg also has a keen instinct for joining forces with the right designers at the right time. There are few influential Swiss designers who do not feature in Wogg’s directory. Famous names like Hans Eichenberger, Gerd Lange or Trix and Robert Haussmann were among those whose creative designs helped the company make its mark back in t… continue

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Italian craftsmanship | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-italian-craftsmanship/7001696 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 At the Italian company, architects and planners are supported right from the start with the realisation of their desired lighting. This approach guarantees comprehensive support and original solutions for every architectural environment. The offer ranges from integrated systems for large residential buildings and public buildings to outdoor-area and underwater lighting. The Linea Light Group focuses on the use of LED technologies, as its in-house specialists consider LED to be a perfect light source. LED lighting concepts are unbeatable in terms of energy efficiency, effective lighting, versatility in every situation, upgrading of materials in the retail area and in fixtures and furnishings, as well as with respect to optical colour consistency and psychological well-being. When it comes to design and concept, the company relies on the philosophy of “less is more“. This creates puristic but striking lighting situations that are precisely tailored to the needs of the surroundings. Award… continue

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MoOD & Indigo Brussels 2017 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mood-mood-amp-indigo-brussels-2017/7001695 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 MoOD & Indigo Brussels give your exhibition experience a real boost. Besides numerous warm contacts at the stands, you can get oxygen and energy for all your new plans and enjoy a nice break. Have a look at the map and discover the extended offer at MoOD / Indigo Brussels. <b>Launch Pads</b> The Launch Pad now in its third year running, curated by Jennifer Castoldi and her team Trendease International, is an area in MoOD you do not want to miss! Featuring talent from all corners of the globe, these startup businesses and designers have been in the industry for five years or less and MoOD is their platform to shine. Discover what you have never before seen. The Launch Pad is the place where you can find new talent for your team, fresh approaches to production, new materials, freelancers for special projects or one-off commissions, print innovations, novel concepts ripe for developing into production, and even new suppliers you didn’t know you were looking for—no trip to MoOD & Ind… continue

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Change Management: adapted office spaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bethan-ryder-change-management-adapted-office-spaces/7001694 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Architects are reimagining the office by inventively adapting industrial environments into enticing, uplifting, light-filled spaces designed to support the flexible, informal and collaborative behaviour of today's working professionals. <b>MullenLowe, TPG Architecture, North Carolina (US)</b> The raw industrial bones of this former tobacco factory have been retained and celebrated in this office renovation of a 1930s warehouse in North Carolina for advertising agency MullenLowe. Maintaining the walls and ceiling, TPG Architecture subdivided the space by installing plywood-clad boxes and screen partitions between columns to create a variety of specific and communal working spaces. These range from photo studios and screening rooms to small meeting booths, conference rooms and larger co-working areas. Character comes from the colourful distressed concrete walls and columns, the layers of paint dictating the interior palette in some areas. <b>WeWork Weihai Lu, Linehouse, Shanghai (Chin… continue

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Down to earth: Interface | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-down-to-earth-interface/7001693 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The grounds of the former silk-weaving company Vereinigte Seidenwebereien in Krefeld rank among Germany’s important industrial monuments. With its redesign as the Mies van der Rohe Business Park, the notable architectural ensemble takes on a new use which will ensure its continued existence. Last autumn, Interface, the manufacturer of modular textile floor coverings, moved into the former gatehouse there and set up its new German headquarters. In the conversion of this protected historic landmark, special attention was paid to the integration of biophilic design, which has a positive influence on the employees’ well-being. Krefeld once made a name for itself as a centre of textile production. Hermann Lange and Josef Esters, the directors of VerSeidAG, formerly based in the city, left it not just two villas designed by Mies van der Rohe, but also the factory he built in north Krefeld in the early 1930s. Van der Rohe himself was responsible for the HE Building and for the dye-works, with… continue

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In Flux: Dornbracht | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-in-flux-dornbracht/7001692 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Dornbracht’s recent collaboration with the renowned architects Rafael de Cárdenas and Neri & Hu shows just how harmoniously one thing can flow into another, especially from the large scale to the detail. The independent, New York-based de Cárdenas and Neri & Hu of Shanghai were invited to contemplate architecture, the bathroom and the direct relationship between the two. <b>Catchword: Transitional Style</b> Taking as its starting point the new fittings series Vaia, conceived by Sieger Design in the spirit of the Transitional Style, the project set out to interpret and further this interior design trend. The premise: “Create a new balance – between traditional elegance and contemporary cool.” The ideas and inspiration provided by the two offices formed the basis of the actual bathroom designs developed by Mike Meiré, Creative Director of Dornbracht, and his agency Meiré und Meiré. Two inspiring new bathroom environments arose from numerous sketches, material collages and mood boards… continue

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