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 Thu, 24 May 2018 19:52:42 +0200 Bring your A Game: Brunner | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-bring-your-a-game-brunner/7001934 Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The multi-functional requirements of contract furniture make it one of the most difficult design disciplines to master. Of course it needs to look slick and impressive in a business setting, especially when employed by high-profile clients or those with a design pedigree. But the contract-furniture game is much more subtle than putting a great looking-table and chairs in a corner by reception. The most important factor for designers to consider is also the most hidden – functionality. Brunner’s brief to A-Chair designers Jehs+Laub was deliciously simple: “Think as you like. Only make us a stacking chair for the 21st century.” This gifted the designers the kind of freedom they thrive on, the kind of freedom that’s won them renowned international status, and the kind of freedom to create something spectacular. Spectacular is exactly what the A-Chair does best, blending a slick silhouetted frame with enough 21st-century design nous to ensure it’s functional and, above all, suitable for th… continue

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The Enlightenment 2.0: #Pedraligoodideas at Salone del Mobile 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-enlightenment-2-0-pedraligoodideas-at-salone-del-mobile-2018/7001933 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The lightbulb moment. That flash of inspiration where suddenly out of an epistemological darkness clarity emerges. A solution. An innovation. A new way of thinking. Pedrali, the Bergamo-based furniture and lighting brand that’s long been known for its commitment to technology-driven, sustainability-embracing industrial production has had its fair share of lightbulb moments (all LED, of course), its enviable catalogue of award-winning products testifying to this. This is in no small part thanks to the culture of innovation, of research and development that it has fostered over decades, both in-house and via a raft of collaborations with designers and architects, be they established names or emerging talent. So when it came to selecting a single visual metaphor to capture the essence of Pedrali’s innovative design approach, architects Calvi Brambilla – who’ve become the go-to designers for those discerning brands looking for stands more akin to total, architecturally considered envir… continue

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Parking for the people: new car parks | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-parking-for-the-people-new-car-parks/7001932 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Whether the car is a symbol of personal liberation, or merely a necessary evil, is open to debate. However, car parks have recently become urban and architectural landmarks, and in some cases even existentially essential for nearby communities. Take Benthem Crouwel’s RAI Car Park, which serves Amsterdam’s main convention centre. The building is comprised of a simple cube with two sculptural, monumental helical ramps – one for going up, the other for going down. Locals can park their cars in the facility on days without events, and the building’s double-height ground floor can be used as additional exhibition and convention space if needed. For Miami’s Faena Forum, a cultural complex spanning multiple city blocks, OMA also designed a new car park. Partly underground, the automated car park reveals itself as a crystalline prism clad in white perforated concrete panels. The ground floor of Faena Park consists of retail space, while the upper floor can be used for cultural events. The c… continue

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Taking it to the next level: Groosman's P+R Driebergen-Zeist | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-taking-it-to-the-next-level-groosman-039s-p-r-driebergen-zeist/7001931 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Located between the towns of Driebergen-Rijsenburg and Zeist, Groosman's new P+R structure challenges the existing utility-driven car-park typology, with its emphasis on place-making, energy-efficiency, a dialogue with its natural surroundings, and providing a pleasant environment for people – not just cars. Architonic caught up with Groosman director Mark Siebers to discuss the project. <b>What would you consider to be the particular constraints or creative opportunities for architects when designing a car park?</b> Creating a special identity within the very rigid, function-orientedorientated design commission. In particular there are opportunities in the creation of the ‘welcome feeling’ at the entrances. For P+R Driebergen-Zeist an image-defining entrance was chosen for both the pedestrian and vehicle entrances. By deviating away from the rigid car structure, you now get the feeling: I’m entering something special. <b>How does Groosman's P+R Driebergen-Zeist project advance o… continue

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Winglet Wireless Wall Luminaire: Ready for takeoff? | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/nimbus-group-winglet-wireless-wall-luminaire-ready-for-takeoff/7001929 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Nimbus CEO Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl is convinced that "the Winglet marks the beginning of a new era in room lighting". To the entrepreneur, cableless, battery-powered lighting means the "light of the future" – and for good reason: the integrated battery allows installation without having to rely on electrical connection points. Non-existent or inconveniently positioned cable outlets no longer present a problem with this innovative lighting concept. Planning is more straightforward and allows you more freedom than ever before. <b>New era in room lighting</b> The Winglet is fastened to the wall in a simple operation using the self-adhesive or screw-on magnetic bracket. A simple manual operation is all it takes to remove it from the wall, place it in the Basket Charger and replace it following charging: simple and straightforward. Up to five luminaires can be charged at one time in the multiple charging station developed by Nimbus along with further devices plugged into the three inte… continue

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: SBID AWARDS 2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sbid-international-design-awards-call-for-entries-sbid-awards-2018/7001928 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The 2018 edition of the SBID International Design Awards is now open. As ever, this year’s edition promises to bring together the world’s finest interior design schemes, from the ostentatious to the minimal, the innovative and the functional. Consistent in its quest to recognise, reward and celebrate global interior design excellence from all over the world, the Awards will culminate with another glittering ceremony at its permanent residence; The Dorchester hotel, London. Considered as one of the most prestigious accolades in interior design by the very best in the industry, the Awards represents over 43 countries worldwide. Last year saw a 40% increase of entries and over 100,000 public votes. This year brings brand new additions to the revered panel of judges including Carlo Chiulli, Design Director at Christian Louboutin Beaute, Stefan Sielaff, Design Director at Bentley and Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole, to mention a few. Each entry undergoes an exclusive two-tier judging p… continue

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A sit-down affair: Flexform | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-a-sit-down-affair-flexform/7001927 Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 “Every sofa is a constellation of different functions,” according to Antonio Citterio, whose designs for leading Italian brand Flexform have helped to redefine the role of the sofa in contemporary living environments. Flexform’s philosophy places the sofa at the heart of the home, with other products such as armchairs, tables and ottomans performing supporting roles in the creation of spaces dedicated to ultimate comfort and relaxation. For Flexform, a sofa is not just for sitting. In the modern home it performs multiple roles, as a space for reading, watching television, working on a laptop, or even eating. Under the creative direction of globally renowned architect and designer Antonio Citterio, the company pioneered the concept of multi-sectional sofas, which can be configured in a wide variety of formats to meet the specific needs of their users. Modular elements combine to create seating landscapes that can be augmented by the inclusion of storage units, table surfaces or chaise l… continue

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Murals Fuse | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-murals-fuse/7001926 Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Part of the award winning Murals line, Fuse is lively and interactive, transforming architectural surfaces into vibrant works of art and bringing the user to the centre of the spatial experience. Murals Fuse surfaces are dynamic, yet subtle and playful. The secret is in the series’ innovative colour arrangement. Playing with our visual perception and making the most of the use of tone variations, Fuse encourages the eye to merge different colour gradations. When translated onto a surface, this produces a fluid and animated effect, almost imperceptibly creating the illusion of movement. This means that each piece can integrate smoothly and flexibly into its surroundings. Murals Fuse is a series of wall products that spans eight colours and three tile sizes, ready to adapt to any design through countless configurations. By working with Fuse, you can create the atmosphere of your choice, be it highly expressive or quiet and calm. Fuse tiles feel exquisitely handmade, featuring a luxur… continue

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An Englishman in New York: Original BTC | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-an-englishman-in-new-york-original-btc/7001925 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Original BTC scored a considerable coup when Firmdale Hotels, co-founded by Kit and Tim Kemp, sought a bespoke version of its Pillar Light for the hotel group’s Whitby Hotel in New York and some of its other boutique hotels. This glamorous Art Deco-inspired light now graces The Whitby’s bathrooms. ‘We customised it so that it’s in proportion with the rooms’ mirrors and ceiling height,’ says Original BTC director Charlie Bowles. The streamlined Pillar Lights complement the pared-down yet luxurious style of the bathrooms featuring walls and floors lined in granite or marble. The Whitby is in upper midtown Manhattan, has 86 bedrooms and suites, a bar, restaurant, drawing room and outdoor terrace. As with all of Firmdale’s 10 hotels — there are eight in London and two in New York — The Whitby’s interiors were masterminded by Kit, the group’s award-winning creative director renowned for her audaciously flamboyant style. Firmdale’s hotels are known for their eclectic, colourful interiors, bo… continue

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In the spotlight: Original BTC at ICFF | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-in-the-spotlight-original-btc-at-icff/7001924 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Original BTC has recently launched a plethora of new products at its Paris and London showrooms. On May 19, these will be unveiled at its New York showroom and at the same city’s design fair ICFF (from May 20 to 23). In general, these new products fuse classical forms with modern functionality, as is the case with the Banker’s and Oxford Double desk lights. The first has an old-world look — with its gracefully curved satin brass stem and milky white shade — yet features an integral LED light. Both practical and romantic, this lamp casts an ambient glow and a more focused beam. The second is a variation on Original BTC’s existing Oxford Lights and boasts two natural bone-china shades with subtly textured, quilted surfaces. These emit a gentle glow, while also casting a stronger pool of light below. A versatile design, the Oxford Double light comes as a pendant, floor or table light. Like the Oxford Double Lights, the new Sopra Ceiling Light’s white shade has a quilted pattern (as well a… continue

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Keeping the light on: Original BTC | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-keeping-the-light-on-original-btc/7001923 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Founded in 1990 by Peter Bowles, British manufacturer Original BTC now has six factories producing its bespoke lights. Each one specialises in fabricating different materials, such as hand-blown glass, moulded bone china and finely crafted metal. Peter is not only a pioneering entrepreneur — he was one of the first designers to recognise the appeal of modern industrial-style lighting — but over the years has saved established but struggling British factories from closure. A champion of British-made design, Peter has ensured these factories can continue to manufacture in the UK and has helped to protect many traditional crafts from extinction. In some cases, it was Peter’s ingenuity and creative flair that led him to discover and consequently save factories. As the first designer to use bone china for lighting, he discovered a struggling tableware factory in Stoke-on-Trent that could make these light fittings, and so provided it with a new stream of income that ensured its survival. In… continue

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Cableless light by Nimbus: The new mobility | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/nimbus-group-cableless-light-by-nimbus-the-new-mobility/7001922 Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 "In a few years' time there will be battery-powered luminaires in many offices and apartments, and they will be just as commonplace as smartphones, laptops and tablets are today," reflects Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl. As only company in the sector the Stuttgart-based Nimbus Group has already developed several ranges of high-performance, cableless luminaires. Its statement: "The future is cableless!" The idea of cableless, battery-powered and thus mobile luminaires has driven Nimbus boss Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl for a number of years now. For example, whenever he needed light on his terrace on a summer evening. Or when he wanted to move a floor-standing lamp in his living room to exactly where he wanted it – and then had to move it back again so nobody tripped over the cable. For a long time now, he has been asking himself whether there might not be a better solution to such problems. It took a tree house to answer this question. Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl was building it with his children a… continue

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The sum of the parts: Mosaico+ | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-sum-of-the-parts-mosaico-/7001921 Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The ancient Greeks and Romans had a sense of style and grandeur that has barely been matched in the subsequent millennia. Their temples, tombs and villas were often adorned with elaborate mosaics depicting figurative scenes or intricate abstract patterns. This iconic decorative technique has endured and thrived ever since, and has found a new champion in Italian firm Mosaico+, which pioneers innovative mosaic techniques and designs from its headquarters in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Mosaic today is a popular option for architects, interior designers and homeowners looking to inject some classical style and ornamentation into key spaces. Suitable for use everywhere from domestic bathrooms to the lobbies of high-end hotels, its durability and timeless beauty make mosaic an extremely versatile wall-covering option. Mosaico+ expands upon the heritage of mosaic by producing a variety of chip sizes that can be used to create intricate mosaics with an impressive scale. Its exploration of… continue

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Keller: Villa Schilde | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-keller-villa-schilde/7001920 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Villa Schilde is basically constructed of glass and concrete. The rooms have a spacious feel to them and the minimal windows® frameless fixed and sliding elements conjure up a pleasant brightness throughout the entire interior of the house. The glass facade allows breathtaking views of the surrounding untouched nature, which can be observed from every aspect. The garden fascinates with its wonderful geometric shapes. <b>Seamless, extensive vista</b> With the natural incidence of light, the plants bloom and so too do the residents. The large floor-to-ceiling glass facades with highly integrated sliding glass walls of the type minimal windows® from KELLER AG enable a sense of wellbeing in every room. The transparent material gives the villa a pronounced modern air, whilst at the same time providing the possibility to enjoy the splendid landscape panorama – the surroundings and the lovingly tendered garden – from the interior. <b>Modern atmosphere</b> The flooring in most of the rooms… continue

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When Tribù meets St. Regis Maldives | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tribu-when-tribu-meets-st-regis-maldives/7001919 Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Guests arriving at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort by private seaplane might be struck first by the lush green of the tropical island, then by what could be the silhouette of a giant lobster and a whale shark. Singapore-based architects WOW | Warner Wong Design have blended natural forms and traditional materials in their striking design for this five-star resort. WOW is known for its culturally sensitive designs based on in-depth research into local building materials, designs and customs. The roofline of Beach and Garden Villas references the local dhoni fishing boats, the St. Regis Boutique mimics a conch shell’s twists and the lobster pods house the Iridium Spa. WOW’s inspired take on local tradition is partnered seamlessly by Tribù’s subtly luxurious outdoor furniture, mixing collections and key pieces in the villas and exclusive estate residences on land and overwater. The terraces of the Villas on land and overwater are immaculately furnished with a plush Mood Daybed an… continue

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Meditating on the modern: Minotti at the Salone 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-meditating-on-the-modern-minotti-at-the-salone-2018/7001918 Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In the year of its 70th anniversary, Minotti presented an outstanding new collection at the Salone del Mobile.Milano that encapsulated its infinite commitment to quality and creativity. The collection represents the latest evolution of Minotti’s open and universal design strategy, with contributions from a cadre of international designers. The products developed by Rodolfo Dordoni – also coordinator of the whole collection – Nendo, Marcio Kogan, Christophe Delcourt each interpreted Minotti’s core philosophy in a different way, and together created a unified vision with an international outlook. Minotti’s presentation at the 2018 Salone del Mobile.Milano was defined by a modern, bright and graphic aesthetic. Influences from Japan and Scandinavia combined with more decorative and rationalist architectural elements to create a scenography with a pared-back yet comfortable and refined feel. A paved entrance courtyard provided the setting for Marcio Kogan’s modular outdoor furniture system… continue

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High-end hospitality with a holistic twist: Minotti | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-high-end-hospitality-with-a-holistic-twist-minotti/7001917 Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The world’s best hotels require suitably high-quality furniture to ensure guests enjoy a stay that is as luxurious and comfortable as their own home. Minotti’s 2018 Collection was designed with just such hospitality environments in mind, and provides a complete range of furniture solutions that would enhance any 5-star resort. To celebrate the collection’s launch, the Italian furniture manufacturer imagined a series of zen-like architectural spaces that showcase the new products in an aspirational setting. The images offer a glimpse of a glamorous lifestyle defined by quality, comfort and relaxation, with the sort of rooms that most people would love to have in their own home or favourite hotel. New pieces designed for Minotti by Rodolfo Dordoni, as well as Nendo, Christophe Delcourt and Marcio Kogan, populate the spaces of an idealised lobby area, lounge, bar, restaurant and penthouse. Drawing inspiration from Japanese and Scandinavian design philosophies, the elegant and minimal arch… continue

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The Experimenters: Antoniolupi | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-the-experimenters-antoniolupi/7001916 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 A determination to foster creativity and stretch the limits of technology underpin the success of Italian company Antoniolupi, manufacturer of bathroom fittings and furniture for the entire home. Founded over 60 years ago in Stabbia, near Florence, the proudly Tuscan brand — which makes all its high quality products in Italy — constantly invests in state-of-the-art technology and research and development to realise its uncompromisingly innovative ideas. One of its core strengths is to challenge our preconceptions of bathroom fittings and other homeware by introducing surprising alternatives to conventional forms. Over the years, Antoniolupi has created many designs that testify to its restlessly experimental approach. One of its key hallmarks is creating intriguing illusions. Witness its arresting, wall-mounted Silenzio washbasin in Corian, designed by Domenico de Palo. This almost ghostly design emerges surreally from the wall, culminating in a lip-shaped basin illuminated by a blue l… continue

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WantedDesign 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/wanteddesign-wanteddesign-2018/7001915 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 <b>WantedDesign 2018 highlights include</b> At WantedDesign Manhattan: New programs such as Look Book, a program dedicated to North Americans independent design studios, the unveiling of the Rado Star Prize US for the third year in a row, a series of talks presented with Design Milk + Modenus, the awaited 4th American Design Honors awarding Brooklyn based designer Oliver Haslegrave and his new collection called Homework,the Launch Pad program and a selection of exhibits coming from all over the world to launch their products on the US market. WantedDesign Brooklyn-At Industry City will have a graphic mural commissioned by [French-born], London-based artist Camille Walala for one of its facades.This is an initiative of WantedDesign in conjunction with OUI Design, a program created three years ago with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to foster French–American collaborations in the field of design. A larger presence of Design Schools through exhibitions and the Design Schoo… continue

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Ventura Centrale 2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-projects-ventura-centrale-2018/7001914 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 After the overwhelming success of the first edition of Ventura Centrale, Ventura Projects will yet again open the beautiful abandoned warehouses underneath Milan’s Central Station in 2018. We will present an eclectic mix of contemporary design by showcasing both emerging as well as established brands, such as: Stephen Hürlemann with horgenglarus, Surface in collaboration with David Rockwell and 2x4, Baars & Bloemhoff, Editamateria with Antonio Aricò, Nitto, AGC Asahi Glass, a project by Fabrica with Pierre Frey, Denis Guidone and Tomoko Fuse, Franco Mazzucchelli and EILEEN FISHER presents DesignWork, curated by Li Edelkoort. continue

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Retail Reimagined: new store projects  | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-retail-reimagined-new-store-projects-/7001913 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The high street may no longer rule retail, but stores have been quick to adapt to the age of Instagram. No longer just endless stacks of shelves, bricks and mortar shopping has become experiential, colourful, and oh-so-shareable on social media. In Japan, Issey Miyake enlisted the minimalist master Naoto Fukasawa to design the brand’s Kyoto store. Housed in an historic, 132 year old machiya townhouse, Fukasawa created a clean, charcoal-grey interior with matching displays of Japanese lacquer, allowing the colourful, bold fabrics to stand out. To top it all off, the backyard of the house contains a white cube gallery for rotating exhibitions. A more experiential approach is taken by architecture bureau BIRO, who reimagined the idea of a wardrobe in their Garderoba Concept Store in Zagreb. Three distinctly coloured spaces – bright yellow, dusty pink and sea green – separated by curtains and furnished in matching shades by Grupa, create different moods and atmospheres for shoppers tryi… continue

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BROOKLYN DESIGNS Kicks Off NYCxDESIGN May 11-13 at the Historic Brooklyn Museum | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bklyn-designs-brooklyn-designs-kicks-off-nycxdesign-may-11-13-at-the-historic-brooklyn-museum/7001912 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 From May 11-13, BROOKLYN DESIGNS will exhibit over 50 design brands at the heart of the borough’s creative community, the Brooklyn Museum, during the first weekend of NYCxDESIGN. With a freshly curated lens and a new home at a prominent art institution, BROOKLYN DESIGNS will showcase emerging designers and established brands that span a range of design objects including furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles, technology and jewelry, many of which have received Brooklyn-Made certification. Beginning with a VIP preview on May 11 and opening to the public from May 12-13, the show is an annual celebration of Brooklyn’s creative history presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Brooklyn is an important hub for both innovation and craftsmanship, bridging the gap between old masterful techniques and contemporary aesthetics. This can be seen in the work of TOKEN, who draws on the European Arts and Crafts movement, Chinese landscape painting and Abstract Expressionism to produce un… continue

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Come on let's work: PALMBERG | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-come-on-let-039s-work-palmberg/7001911 Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Some have compared it to a ship, others to a diamond - however, it could also be a UFO which has landed in the port of Antwerp. We are talking here about the new port building, which has been extended on the basis of the design of Zaha Hadid. At first sight it is the spectacular architecture and striking facade of the building which make an impact, but this impact is continued in the interior. At the request of the developer, the character of the external structure was reflected in the interior, while at the same time creating an open working atmosphere for employees there. This is an impressive example of the aspects which are currently the main factors preoccupying office planners: on the one hand these are the requirements of those working there, and on the other the specific corporate profiles which are to be expressed in the design of the office. Planners are therefore working at the interface between architecture, design and corporate culture. For the manufacturers of office furn… continue

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THE FUTURE OF DESIGN | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/falper-the-future-of-design/7001910 Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The young designers who participated in the tenth edition of the <b>Cristalplant® Design Contest</b> confronted the design of bathroom furniture components referable to three categories: Top-mounted, wall-hung and free-standing washbasins; Wall-hung and top-mounted hand washbasins; Bath tubs. The internationally renowned competition, organized by the Treviso-based Cristalplant® company and which this year boasts a truly prestigious partner as Falper, emblem of the "Made in Italy" design in the world, takes the name of <b>Icons Design Contest</b>. The aim was to involve the creative spirit of young talents to create innovative products, using Cristalplant® as a base material for products inspired to the unmistakable style of Falper. Over 500 projects were presented, distinguished by creativity and innovation but only three selected winners, one for each category of the competition: <b>Lucia CARLOMAGNO</b>, with the project <b>LANCETTA</b> - winner of the category Bath tubs; <b>… continue

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RESCLITE PRO – smart emergency lighting | Product Innovations | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/zumtobel-lighting-resclite-pro-smart-emergency-lighting/7001909 Mon, 07 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Modern emergency lighting has to guide people quickly, logically and reliably in the event of an emergency. RESCLITE PRO from Zumtobel continues the outstanding success story of the RESCLITE emergency portfolio. The small, energy-efficient LED spot with finely optimised optics is now even more flexible, even more powerful and even more intelligent. This emergency solution can be perfectly adapted to suit the requirements of different spatial environments and trusted to maintain maximum safety in a long list of applications – from offices and art and culture to industry. The new compact RESCLITE mini broadens the scope of the range even further. Thanks to its unobtrusive design, the mini version blends seamlessly into the structure of the building, making it the ideal choice for architectural projects. <b>The ideal light distribution for every application</b> A series of precisely optimised lenses ensures the best possible solution for a diverse range of locations. While the escape l… continue

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The AZ Awards 2018: Meet the Finalists | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/az-awards-the-az-awards-2018-meet-the-finalists/7001908 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In 2018, the AZ Awards received 997 international entries – the greatest number of submissions in the program’s eight years. We are thrilled to present the 64 finalists that wowed our esteemed jury, comprised of Claire Weisz, founding partner at New York architecture, urban design and planning firm WXY; Megan Torza, partner at Toronto architecture, landscape architecture and urban design firm DTAH; London-based lighting and furniture designer Michael Anastassiades; Michel Rojkind, founder of Mexico City architecture firm Rojkind Arquitectos; and Allen Chan, co-founder of Toronto-headquartered multidisciplinary studio DesignAgency. View the 2018 finalists and vote online for your favourite in each of the 19 categories. Voting will be open until May 4. The People’s Choice and the jury-selected winners will be announced at the AZ Awards Gala at Toronto’s historic Evergreen Brick Works on Friday, June 22, with Guest of Honour Winy Maas. Vote for your favourites now and increase their ch… continue

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You’ve changed: adaptive reuse in new architectural projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-youve-changed-adaptive-reuse-in-new-architectural-projects/7001907 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Turning something old into something new is no longer just the preserve of the traditionalist few; and it’s become so much more exciting than painstakingly dutiful renovations of crumbling monuments. Adaptive reuse demands a creative approach, and can result in characterful spaces, unexpected details and high levels of sustainability. So it is with The Department Store – a 111-year-old retail palace turned creative workspace, designed by Squire and Partners to house their own spectacular headquarters in Brixton, South London. Instead of scrubbing the former squat completely clean, the architects have adopted a selective approach, stripping the place down to its bare essentials, but preserving the patina and discolourations that come with age. Collaborating with local craftspeople, the contemporary furniture and fittings add flair to the grand spaces, while newly created voids and rooflights create the necessary spatial drama. Also in London, architectural practice WilkinsonEyre has des… continue

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Squaring the circle: WilkinsonEyre’s Gasholders London project | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-squaring-the-circle-wilkinsoneyres-gasholders-london-project/7001906 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 It’s not an undertaking for the faint-hearted, adapting a well-known and much-loved landmark structure – at once an exercise in restoration and in delivering new purpose and meaning. Chris Wilkinson, director at respected British architectural practice WilkinsonEyre – which recently completed the transformation of a group of 19th-century, cast-iron gasholders in London’s King’s Cross into the framing device for a luxury-apartment development – explains the challenges and opportunities. <b>How constraining – or, conversely, liberating – is an adaptive-reuse project creatively, given the need to balance the demands of a structure's new functionality with the desire to preserve the legibility and spirit of its original fabric?</b> Working on adaptive-reuse projects is challenging but immensely worthwhile. There are many redundant historic buildings that need to be retained. Once one has decided to embark on such a project, it is worth doing it properly and to work with the features of… continue

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Design flow: 50 years of VOLA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-design-flow-50-years-of-vola/7001905 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 VOLA, the Danish brand synonymous with its iconic HV1 tap and 111 mixer, both designed in 1968, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. But its famously minimalist aesthetic didn’t spring from nowhere. Indeed, back in 1961, VOLA’s founder Verner Overgaard showed his proposal for a modular wall-mounted mixer tap that concealed its unsightly mechanical parts, leaving only the handles and spout visible, to legendary Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen after he won the competition to design the National Bank of Denmark. Although a totally new concept at the time, the idea for a simple industrially produced and finely hand-crafted mixer-tap appealed to Jacobsen since it accorded with his functionalist vision of good design. Initially created for the bank, it was put into production for general consumption soon after, and proved a resounding success. The resulting product, whose essential, economical form comprised one circle framed by another, was satisfyingly geometric and pared… continue

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Copenhagen Architecture Festival x 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/copenhagen-architecture-festival-cafx-copenhagen-architecture-festival-x-2018/7001904 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Experience, among other things, the world premiere of Human Shelter - a poetic odyssey on film about what constitutes a home, or take your pick from 56 other film titles to be shown around the cities; come to open air screenings in Mjølnerparken, Gellerup and Vollsmose or to open houses to see studios and the inner workings of otherwise closed-to-the-public institutions; take a bike tour of the city’s newest buildings guided by Copenhagen’s city architect; vote for the Copenhagen Building Awards; watch a film about Lene Tranberg in her latest building project, the Axeltowers; participate in lectures, exhibitions and workshops on collective living in Space10 or come to a biodynamic, long-table dinner in Frederiksberg, among many other events offered this year. <b>About CAFx PROGRAM x 2018</b> This year’s festival features a variety of more than 200 public events on home, housing and belonging in the cities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg. Experience the wide breadth of the… continue

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U-Turn: GROHE Atrio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-u-turn-grohe-atrio/7001902 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Ever since the establishment of the idea of wellness within one's own four walls, the present-day bathroom has represented much more than simply a useful functional room for personal hygiene. It has become an individual retreat and oasis of calm, and accordingly the market now offers a versatile assortment of products for its design. However, the bathroom is also a place that we don’t furnish anew every year. The design of the products which are selected should not therefore follow short-lived fashion trends, but should have a certain timelessness - an approach that GROHE has also adopted for the redesign of its Atrio series. The new edition of the series will be presented at Fuorisalone during the Milan Furniture Fair in April. How to show respect for its predecessor line while at the same time creating something unique and developing an iconic, timeless design - the new Atrio collection presented the GROHE design team around Michael Seum, Vice President Design, with a massive challen… continue

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A Family Affair: Minotti | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-a-family-affair-minotti/7001901 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Milan Design Week is the world’s biggest annual celebration of design, and during this year’s event Italian furniture brand Minotti is launching a collection celebrating a particularly significant milestone. It is now 70 years since Alberto Minotti founded the company, which remains in the family and has grown into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of design furniture. The anniversary products encapsulate the company’s unwavering commitment to quality and design innovation, and will be among the highlights of the 2018 Salone del Mobile.Milano. Like many firms operating in the Brianza region, to the north of Milan, Minotti began as a craft-based workshop producing upholstered furniture. Over subsequent decades, it embraced the evolution of new manufacturing technologies whilst retaining a focus on artisanal expertise. The combination of mechanised precision and hand-finishing results in exquisitely detailed products with a sensitivity and emotion that only comes from the input of… continue

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The ultimate in flexible lighting design: Plug & Light featured by JUNG | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-the-ultimate-in-flexible-lighting-design-plug-amp-light-featured-by-jung/7001900 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 For the hospitality industry, JUNG offers a broad range of modern building systems technology specially designed to meet the needs of guests, operators and personnel. The latest addition to the portfolio is the Plug & Light socket, which was introduced along with other products on the occasion of the trade fair Light & Building 2018 in March. This product brings light right out of the socket. Plug & Light fits any European switch box and distinguishes itself through its flexibility in planning and application. This makes it well-suited to both the hotel segment and to private residences. The switch and light design both come from the same source and can be coordinated with the respective interior design. The dimmable luminaires can be turned through 360°. Because they are connected with the light socket by a magnet, the luminaires can also be easily exchanged, allowing a quick change of lighting scenarios: Plug & Light can alternately serve as a ceiling downlight or a reading lamp, a p… continue

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Timeless and handmade in Germany: JUNG | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-timeless-and-handmade-in-germany-jung/7001899 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The switch is but a small detail in a room – yet a particularly significant one, tactilely, visually and acoustically. Over the years, the rotary switch evolved into the rocker switch, and this in turn into the flat switch. What began as an object of pure utility thus developed into a design object. Today, there are almost no bounds when it comes to form, colour and function, as attested by the JUNG company’s new switch series LS 1912 and its classic model from 1968, the LS 990. The LS 1912 is a modern reinterpretation of the traditional flip switch. This recently launched series pays homage to the year of the company’s founding. Only the rocker lever – in cylindrical, conic or rectilinear form – is set apart as a style-defining element from the flat cover, which lies flush with the frame. The series offers five premium surface options: chrome, classic brass, stainless steel, aluminium and dark. In addition, the flip switch is modularly developed and can therefore be combined with all… continue

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Play with us: JUNG in Milan | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-play-with-us-jung-in-milan/7001898 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 It is impossible to imagine everyday life without them – the little helpers that we rely on to adjust the temperature or turn the lights on and off. They are at our fingertips daily, though we may barely be aware of them: switches. But the technology behind these often inconspicuous objects remains hidden. With the presentation PLAY TO THE GALLERY at Milan Design Week 2018, JUNG makes their underlying technology visible in a playful way, while at the same time highlighting its own iconic switch, the LS 990. Visitors are invited to experience – and take control of – the interplay of switch, circuit, light and sound in the temporary JUNG showroom. The square LS 990 flat switch assumes the role of actuator here. This model, with its timeless design, has become a classic and is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. In the installation, when the switch is pressed, it triggers a bird’s-eye-view photo using a time exposure to capture the interaction between the visitor and the technolog… continue

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So cool it's hot: Gaggenau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-so-cool-it-039s-hot-gaggenau/7001897 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Once again Germany’s leading brand of professional-grade domestic appliances has found the balance between clean-lined design and advanced technology. Inspired by imposing architecture, this beautifully pared-down range offers fully integrated, built-in and modular fridges, freezers, fridge-freezers and wine climate cabinets. For Gaggenau, the range represents a significant step forward. ‘Our new range is more sophisticated yet subtly warmer, with elements that speak the visual language of the home,’ says Lars Dinter, one of the range’s designers. ‘We also continue to build on our reputation for functionality, offering the private chef all the advantages of a professional kitchen, for example, the improved freshness systems.’ With handleless doors furniture fronted or made of stainless steel or glass (for wine climate cabinets), these appliances look their most impressive as an expansive cooling wall. Their assisted opening mechanism means a gentle push is all it takes to open them. ‘T… continue

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Suite dreams: New hotel projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-suite-dreams-new-hotel-projects/7001895 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In China's eastern Jiangsu province, design and architecture duo Neri&Hu have designed The Walled - Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat, which incorporates older traditional buildings and unites them within a larger superstructure composed of numerous walled courtyards. The dark brick, strong emphasis on the horizontal plane and carefully orchestrated views of the lakes outside lend this hotel a contemplative atmosphere, while the communal and individual facilities are designed to cater even to the most demanding of guests. Kettner's Townhouse, a newly opened hotel in London's Soho, also takes cues from tradition, albeit in a much more urban context. Here, one of the city's first French restaurants, established in the 19th century, has been turned into a veritable catalogue of British design classics. The Soho House & Co In-House Design Team have chosen rosewood and mahogany furniture with art-deco touches and William Morris prints, Georgian wallpaper and Edwardian panelling, creating a sense of continue

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Anything but superficial: Inkiostro Bianco | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-anything-but-superficial-inkiostro-bianco/7001893 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Surface specialists Inkiostro Bianco are anything but superficial. Having established themselves in the market as go-to brand for expressive, space-defining flooring and wall decoration, this Italian-based company goes deep – both creatively and materially – offering interior architects and other specifiers a far more expansive, continuous and individual effect than traditional wallpaper. Marrying collaborations with talented artists and designers with innovative production techniques, they’ve managed to create a unique collection of Made-in-Italy products that transform a room’s surfaces, its margins, into something altogether more centre-stage. Call it aesthetic necessity, or maybe even philosophy (as they choose to refer to it), for Inkiostro Bianco a space isn’t fully dressed without some decorative surface expression. Operating like an atelier, the company is continually engaged in experimentation: how to implement graphically distinctive schemes into interior spaces via a researc… continue

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Smart and simple: Grohe SmartControl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-smart-and-simple-grohe-smartcontrol/7001892 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 It’s often difficult to know what you’ll get with most showers, so they’re kept permanently secured to a precise point in the dial with users too scared to adjust them. Nudge one way or the other and they become - gradually - unbearable, with only an illusive middle ground. Innovative and tech-savvy sanitaryware manufacturer Grohe, however, has developed its exclusive SmartControl system with the ability to control three separate spray functions in one simple and intuitive device. The Grohtherm SmartControl thermostat unit features three simple buttons - popping out when pressed to become ergonomic dials. With textured edges for optimal grip, once pressed the buttons make it possible for users to precisely turn up or down water volume, for the right feature, at the right time. By controlling the volume of water in three separate functions, PureRain - a soft, refreshing shower, ActiveRain - an intense, focused spray and the Euphoria handshower - featuring additional volume control on th… continue

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Check in, switch on: GROHE SmartControl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-check-in-switch-on-grohe-smartcontrol/7001891 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 An integral part of any holiday or business trip, the hotel has a lot of responsibility to provide the perfect experience to its guests. A place where any request, from the banal to the extravagant, is met with the same cheerful optimism and compliance. So why does this wonderful experience often stop where the sound-proof bathroom door begins? Too often we’re met with pithy, low water pressure, an unfathomable range of options or controls strangely contrary to temperature requests. A simple, reliable and no-thought-required shower puts the user in the right frame-of-mind for that important meeting, or cleanses the body from last night’s excursions, ready to go again. This is what makes Grohe’s SmartControl Concealed system ideal for use in the hospitality sector. The clean, minimalist design of the shower head and control unit, along with the concealed rail make it suitable for the most modern of hotel chains. While its innovative yet simple, three-button ‘Push - Turn - Shower’ sy… continue

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Trust is good, control is better: GROHE SmartControl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-trust-is-good-control-is-better-grohe-smartcontrol/7001890 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Mornings can be difficult to navigate. Waking bleary eyed, our first destination is invariably, the bathroom. It needs to be a calm, soothing environment; purging out all the stress and tension of the previous 24-hours and easing us into the day with little drama or complication. As Europe’s biggest sanitaryware manufacturer, Grohe has been creating simple, yet stunningly stylish design solutions for over a century. With innovative and refreshing product lines helping customers unwind or revitalise, and hitting the right spot with consumers looking to create a spa-like atmosphere in their own home. It is with this quest for a relaxed, effortless and intuitive cleansing experience, which Grohe present the SmartControl shower system. The majority of showers come with their own flow-chart of instructions, learnt only by trial and error throughout the first few uncomfortable weeks of use. With years of experience in my own shower, I know there is only one usable setting, and it can only be… continue

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Innovation spotlight: ARCHITECT@WORK COPENHAGEN 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-innovation-spotlight-architectwork-copenhagen-2018/7001889 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Black. Why is it the de rigueur colour for so many architects when it comes to their professional dress? Architect and journalist Cordula Rau attempted a few years ago – with her tongue planted somewhat in her cheek – to explore this perennial question in a little book entitled, rather functionally, “Why Do Architects Wear Black?”. (The publication sports a black cover, naturally.) It’s a collection of ironic musings from various well-known architects on the colour black’s personal and rhetorical meaning, in the context of how these creatives choose to present themselves. It’s perhaps no surprise then that ARCHITECT@WORK – the long-established, highly curated exhibition for professionals, with its host of editions internationally – should deploy black as its space-defining language, given that it was designed by architects for architects. With exhibitors showing the latest, innovative products, materials, applications and services (all jury-approved) within a super-rational, monoch… continue

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The pleasure of choice: Longhi | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-pleasure-of-choice-longhi/7001888 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Italy is renowned for its history of hand craftsmanship, which has seen generations of artisans cultivate an unrivalled level of expertise in manipulating materials such as marble, glass, wood and leather. Today, there are a number of companies helping to sustain and further the global reputation of the prestigious ‘Made in Italy’ mark. One of the most respected and progressive among them is Longhi – a second generation furniture manufacturer focused on producing a coordinated collection of items for contemporary living. Longhi is based in the city of Meda, to the north of Milan, which is known as the heartland of the Italian furniture industry. The company was founded in the 1950s as a producer of wooden tables, and has remained resolutely committed to the pursuit of craftsmanship to ensure the highest quality standards. Today, Longhi works with leading designers to develop pieces that make optimal use of the skills and expertise provided by its team of highly skilled technicians. “Ou… continue

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All roads lead to: FAP Ceramiche's Roma Diamond collection | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-all-roads-lead-to-fap-ceramiche-039s-roma-diamond-collection/7001887 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Classical in inspiration yet undeniably cutting-edge, FAP Ceramiche’s new collection Roma Diamond, unveiled at the fair Cersaie last year, pays homage to the timeless appeal of high-gloss marble. A noble material with a noble past — beloved of ancient Roman society as much as by architects of 1920s Art Deco villas — marble is also one of the most desirable, on-trend materials today. This new range of flooring in porcelain stoneware and wallcoverings made of white body is a natural development of the company’s Roma collection, characterised by matt finishes enriched with different kinds of ceramic marble enlivened by a glistening sheen. This contemporary reinvention of a traditional material doubtless looks stunning in bathrooms but needn’t be confined to them: ceramic marble suits kitchens and living rooms equally well, its lustrous finish animating every space it graces. Used not just in one but several rooms in the same home, it inevitably has a unifying effect. Incidentally, the co… continue

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ISOLA DESIGN DISTRICT: Milan Design Week 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/isola-design-district-isola-design-district-milan-design-week-2018/7001886 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 There are many new features for the second time of the district, starting from the new visual identity system designed by Zup Design, under the art direction of its founder, the award-winning designer Marco Williams Fagioli. Playing on the meaning of Isola, the studio was inspired by the iconographic tradition of pirates, creating a strong and recognizable identity, represented in the brand by a crossed flag. The new image wants to communicate the spirit of a young and rebel district, which stands out for its strong experimental character and for the choice of welcoming young designers and innovative projects, not necessarily linked to market logics. Compared to last year, local activities and symbolic places of the neighborhood involved will increase, expanding the district perimeter. Stecca 3.0 will be the Headquarter, with the main info point and the press lounge dedicated to journalists, set up by RivaViva. But not only that, it will also host Latinoamerican Contemporary Design,… continue

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Snakes on a Plan: Medusagroup | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-snakes-on-a-plan-medusagroup/7001885 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Founded by Łukasz Zagała and Przemo Łukasik in 1997, Medusagroup is regarded as one of Poland’s most successful architecture firms. Originally based in Bytom, Silesia, Medusagroup now operates offices in Warsaw and in London. The studio’s international break came in 2004, when two of their projects both earned a nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Of these, their House in Żernica, a simple, long rectangle clad in wood, with two small patios, features a sober interior that combines wood, concrete and white plaster, with areas of glazing and translucent U-sections, whilst the Bolko Loft lifted a home up on stilts using an existing mining tower. Now, as then, bold formal language and a certain reverence for materials remain key to the the firm’s buildings, both large and small. The tiny roadside shrine in Bronowice, which combines a table-like structure of hollow, weathered steel bars with a laminated glass cross in the middle, is a prime example of this. The studio now tackles… continue

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We are family: The Maris line from Franke | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-we-are-family-the-maris-line-from-franke/7001884 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 ‘Make love like you‘re on camera’, I read recently on a dating site. We’re living in super-digital, high-definition times, where, it seems, we’re expected to look the part constantly – even when engaged in the most intimate of activities that should just be about ourselves and how we feel. As if life weren’t hard enough. Cooking is certainly one of those daily rituals that also has that potential feel-good factor. It delivers on two fronts: it’s a practical necessity, of course, but it also serves a social function, reinforcing bonds between family members and friends. In spite of the increasingly spectacular nature of food in the 21st century – think celebrity chefs and competitive Instagram images of boundary-pushing gastronomic creations – the joy of cooking, of togetherness, of taking pleasure in the here and now is, well, still here and now. And, thankfully, requires no cameras. Leading kitchen manufacturer Franke’s user-friendly and intuitive Maris product line has been developed… continue

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That Sinking Feeling: Moss by COR | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norman-kietzmann-that-sinking-feeling-moss-by-cor/7001883 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 People tend to be divided about details. Some regard them as heaven sent, for others they're the work of the devil. But no matter which attitude you support: it's the refinements that give something true character and make it stand out from the crowd. The Moss upholstered seating range from Cor shows that visual qualities are are by no means the 'only' important features here. With a seat depth of 110 centimetres the design by Jehs + Laub is extremely spacious - an effect that is all the more accentuated in large rooms. Compared to Conseta - since the 1960s the best-selling seating range of the manufacturer from Rheda-Wiedenbrück in East Westphalia - this represents a noticeable increase of 25 centimetres. However, increasing seating comfort is by no means just a question of proportions. "Anyone who sits down on Moss should be able to relax immediately and almost float," is how Leo Lübke, Managing Partner of Cor, defines the goal. To achieve this, the range of seating features real dow… continue

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Eastern Promise: Polish architecture and design go large | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-eastern-promise-polish-architecture-and-design-go-large/7001882 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Thirty years since the fall of the Iron Curtain, and few of the former Eastern bloc countries have fared better, economically or culturally, than Poland. It's the biggest and most populous of the countries that joined the European Union in 2004, and the only European country to have avoided the recent recession. With economic growth comes development and new commissions for architects, alongside new clientele for designers. Warsaw, the country’s capital, is seeing a new skyscraper district rise by the Soviet-style Palace of Culture and Science, and some of the world’s most respected architects – including Polish-born Daniel Libeskind, as well as Sir Norman Foster – have gotten in on the action. In fact, Foster’s 310-metre Varso Tower is set to be the EU’s tallest when it completes in 2020. Other cities have seen spectacular structures designed by international architects, too. Dutch practice MVRDV completed the staggered Bałtyk offices in Poznań last year, to much local fanfare, while… continue

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Pole Apart: Oskar Zięta | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-pole-apart-oskar-zieta/7001881 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Making furniture by welding together sheets of steel and blowing them up sounds like an unlikely production process. Then again, it is also the reason Oskar Zięta is one of most celebrated, and certainly one of the most idiosyncratic, Polish designers working today. Born in 1976 in Łódź, Zięta studied architecture in Szczecin before becoming a researcher at the department of Computer Aided Architectural Design at ETH Zürich in 2003. The collaborative, process-oriented nature of the institution influenced him significantly and he quickly developed a novel method of creating objects from steel, called "free inner pressure forming". Realising the technique's potential, Zięta created his first stool, Plopp, in 2007. Plopp's appeal – whimsical, sturdy, mass-produced and each one uniquely undulating – was universal. Over time, it found its way into the permanent collections of Paris’s Centre Pompidou, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, and the Zurich Design Museum. In 2006, Zięta opened h… continue

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BRERA DESIGN DISTRICT: The best of design all year round | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/brera-brera-design-district-the-best-of-design-all-year-round/7001880 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Brera Design District is Italy’s most important district for the promotion of design, an international point of reference and a centre of Milan’s creative, commercial and cultural development. The initiatives that animate Brera Design District derive from an organised system of territorial marketing strategies managed by Studiolabo. The aim is to bring together and promote businesses in the furnishing sector and professionals in contemporary industrial design, while benefitting from the area’s historical and artistic resources. On the occasion of the week of Fuorisalone 2018 , on stage in Milan from April 17 - 22, Brera Design District presents the 9th edition of its Design Week . In these years Brera Design District has been establishing its role as first and most important district promoting design in Italy gaining a precise identity and interacting with brands and professionals present in the territory as well as investors, sponsors and temporary exhibitors. The whole operation w… continue

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The Architecture of Learning: CF Møller | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-architecture-of-learning-cf-mller/7001879 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Your new Copenhagen International School occupies a very particular site – the working port of Nordhavn. How did the project’s immediate context inform its design?</b> <b>Julian Weyer:</b> The site, on the former container piers, is part of Copenhagen’s largest urban redevelopment area, and the school is designed to play a major part in the coming new community – both as a public recreational zone offering sports facilities and leisure, as well as acting as a community centre for the future residents of Nordhavn. Located on an extension of the former quay, the school’s location is not only on the water but literally in the water, creating unique views and relations to the port basins and the potential for a completely new relationship between a school and the surrounding cityscape. The design of the school building itself echoes the container ships that used to dominate the site – the stacking and layering of the school’s volumes on the shared base is directly inspired by the… continue

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Building our future: new school architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-building-our-future-new-school-architecture/7001878 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 As learning becomes increasingly child-focused and nuanced in its approach, so too new school buildings are changing. Architects can no longer assume a row of classrooms along a corridor will do; instead, innovative social spaces, both inside and outside, play an increasingly prominent role in a recent crop of educational facilities. The Morphogenesis-designed British School in New Delhi offers "international education with an Indian soul", and combines state-of-the-art facilities with generous communal spaces inspired by traditional Indian courtyards. These aren't just places to hang out; many act as extended learning environments, incorporating landscaping, break-out areas and even an outdoor swimming pool. This porosity also enables natural ventilation and passive climate control. In fact, approximately 50% of the school building is naturally cooled. In the New School for Bradesco near São Paulo, Brazil, Shieh Arquitetos Associados were faced with similar climatic conditions, but a… continue

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50 Shades of Green: Pedrali | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-50-shades-of-green-pedrali/7001877 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 “Any colour as long as it’s black” goes the infamous Henry Ford quote. Speaking of his pioneering Model T automobile, perhaps with his tongue somewhat in his cheek, the godfather of rationalised industrial production was always keen to champion the merits of standardisation. Equally pioneering furniture and lighting manufacturer Pedrali could be said to offer its products in any colour as long as it’s green. Not literally, you understand. But such is the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability throughout the manufacturing process, the metaphor is an apt one. Unlike some brands who pay mere marketing lip-service to the must-be-seen-as-eco-friendly imperative, Pedrali has consistently invested significant time and money over a number of years in developing its green credentials. <b>Nose to tail</b> The brand was one of the first chair manufacturers in Italy to use water-based finishes for its furniture, for example, as well as installing LED lighting throughout its of… continue

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Ventura Future Presents: The Future Landscape of Design | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-projects-ventura-future-presents-the-future-landscape-of-design/7001876 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The fact that our world is changing rapidly, and that we find ourselves facing environmental, social, political and technical challenges, should come as no surprise. We have hit exciting times in design history, wherein the world is increasingly embracing the ability of designers to think outside of conventional structures and produce radical solutions. Distinctions between the traditional disciplines are becoming less clear, demonstrating that cross- practice between designers, technologists, engineers and analytics is shaping better outcomes. From big data to complex networks, from resource management to health care issues - Ventura Future presents... <b>Ventura Future | It’s All in the Data</b> Complex networks of data are getting more and more intertwined in our daily lives. We often look at it with a legitimate concern and sense of alienation, but some Ventura Future’s exhibitors are showing the upside of these technological advancements. One such exhibitor unfolding the transi… continue

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Asian Architecture Now: Shigeru Ban's Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-asian-architecture-now-shigeru-ban-039s-garage-centre-for-contemporary-culture/7001875 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Ban has used paper to design unexpected and innovative buildings, from emergency housing to temporary schools. One of the structures that best demonstrates the potential of playing with paper is the temporary pavilion he made for the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture built a few years ago in Moscow. Though not his most recent project, the pavilion still stands out for its thick cardboard columns along the entire perimeter. “The temporary pavilion is both efficient to construct and affordable by using local materials produced in St. Petersburg”, explains Mr Ban. Designed to temporarily house the Garage Centre collection, the provisional building became a site for prolific experimentation. A six-metre tall wall was made of locally produced paper tubes, enclosing an oval interior that covers 2,400 square metres. Text by Eleonora Usseglio Prinsi continue

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Brussels Loft with minimal windows® | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-brussels-loft-with-minimal-windows-/7001874 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The apartment is equipped all round with large, individually fitted windows that provide the residents with a spectacular view over the rooftops of Brussels as well as the famous palace of justice in the distance. The minimal windows® design sliding windows developed by KELLER AG also enable the maximum penetration of natural daylight. <b>Breathtaking view</b> The open design concept dazzles with its stylishly furnished living areas. The very spacious living area with bar and billiard table guarantees convivial get-togethers. Daily stress is best escaped by relaxing in the spacious indoor swimming pool including whirlpool. The bedroom impresses with a breathtaking view, although privacy is not forgotten either, thanks to long curtains and sun protection. Light colours and elegant interior furnishings characterise the atmosphere and harmony of the luxurious loft in the heart of the city. <b>Luxurious and stylish</b> The fabulous balcony, which extends along the full length of the… continue

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Sound and Vision: BuzziSpace | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-sound-and-vision-buzzispace/7001873 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 These Belgians are on a mission. Founded over ten years ago with the aim of delivering smart solutions for work environments, making them more pleasant places to be, BuzziSpace has established itself internationally as the pioneering go-to brand for high-end acoustics products for contract environments. Their latest innovation takes the form of a new family of acoustic suspended-lighting products – space-saving designs that free up valuable floor space (often at a premium in open-plan offices) by combining optimised LED illumination with sound-absorbing fabric surfaces. For BuzziSpace, a healthy workplace is a happy and productive one, with managed acoustics and considered lighting playing a vital role in this. Architonic caught up with Daniel Verlooven, BuzziSpace’s Global Acoustics Ambassador, to talk sound, light, well-being and chatty colleagues. <b>Why did BuzziSpace develop this new collection of acoustic lighting?</b> We felt the urgency and necessity to combine two of the mo… continue

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The light fantastic: Perspex® Light | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-light-fantastic-perspex-light/7001871 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The lighting industry has evolved at breakneck speed over the past decade, with LED technology in particular emerging as the dominant light source on the market. As the performance of LEDs improves, the materials used to diffuse these direct light sources must keep pace. This has prompted the Perspex® brand team to develop a collection of innovative acrylic products that enhance the performance of LED luminaires used to illuminate rooms or spaces in either commercial, industrial or decorative areas. At Frankfurt’s upcoming Light + Building trade fair, Lucite International will present its Perspex® Light range of cell-cast acrylic sheet products optimised for LED lighting applications. Lucite International is part of the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, and is the global leader in the design, development and manufacture of acrylic-based products. By applying its expert knowledge of acrylic to the field of lighting design, it has developed a solution that surpasses all existing products… continue

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Luminale | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/light-building-luminale/7001870 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The ninth Luminale in Frankfurt and Offenbach will be light intensive – <b>in parallel to Light + Building from 18 to 23 March 2018</b>. Dozens of light installations will confront the discourse on the city and the future, including social, ecological, technological and artistic perspectives. 140 projects are on the programme, in the five festival categories of ART, COMMUNITY, STUDY, SOLUTIONS and BETTER CITY. The category of ART alone, in which a seven-member board of experts is supporting the programme team, brings together 30 outstanding projects of lighting art and artistic work poised excitingly between lighting and the city. Moreover, Luminale will also provide major incentives for a modern and sustainable urban design. All will take place under the aegis of the Mayor of the City of Frankfurt am Main, Peter Feldmann, who has no doubt: “The optimised concept has given the festival a new quality. Luminale 2018 will permanently link artistic displays, technological development and… continue

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Back to the Vaults: The 2nd Edition of Ventura Centrale | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-projects-back-to-the-vaults-the-2nd-edition-of-ventura-centrale/7001869 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Walking through the vaults of Ventura Centrale, visitors will discover different elements of contemporary design. From the rigorous technique applied by Far East leading manufactures to the tasty American design culture. From the craftsmanship of Italian and Swiss artisans to the merge between industry and design talent. From pushing the boundaries of materials to the critical and responsible role of the design world. We are proud to offer you a glimpse of the design spectacle that is waiting for you! <b>horgenglarus and Stephan Hürlemann</b> What happens when the oldest Swiss chair and table manufacturer and one of Switzerland’s most established designers team up? Wooden giants! The seven figures, up to three metres tall, in the installation ‘Riesen mit Zwerg’, or Giants with Dwarf, were built by architect and designer Stephan Hürlemann by using chair and table parts from the more than 100 years old component archive at manufacturer horgenglarus. Hürlemann left all the parts in the… continue

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Office furniture with a system | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-office-furniture-with-a-system/7001868 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 In recent years, office culture has changed significantly. While in the past everyone was proud of their own individualized offices and desks, nowadays chill-out areas and Starbucks-like cafeterias are considered more important. The idea behind the latter: only those who enjoy being at the workplace work well. The altered working atmosphere is also leading to changing requirements with respect to office furniture. WINI is one of Germany’s top office-equipment suppliers. The medium-sized family business offers a wide range of products, tailor-made furnishing solutions and customer-oriented reliable services. Its portfolio includes ergonomic desks, high-quality storage-space systems, mobile cupboard elements, highly-absorbent acoustic systems as well as representative reception and seating furniture systems. The product design is timeless, clear and functional, and has been certified by numerous national and international quality and design labels. All WINI product series are modular… continue

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Moving people | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-moving-people/7001867 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The family-owned company was founded in 1907 as a chair factory in Bad Münder in Lower Saxony. After the Second World War, it developed into a pioneering company for modern furniture design in cooperation with architects and designers from the German Werkbund and the Ulm University of Design. The combination of ground-breaking innovations with durable quality in a timeless form became the basis for the typical Wilkhahn design. As a specialist for office chairs and conference furnishings, the company focuses on furnishing solutions for conference and seminar rooms, workshop and project offices that promote cooperation and communication. Its trend-setting product ranges and furnishing solutions are characterised by their high practical value, long-lasting reliability and durability, design class and environmentally-friendly design. Milestones such as the office-chair classics FS-Linie and Modus continue to impress with their ease of movement, design class and sustainability. The fact tha… continue

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The architect will see you now: new health centres | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-the-architect-will-see-you-now-new-health-centres/7001866 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Visiting a hospital is rarely a pleasant experience, and many older facilities are rather tired-looking institutional buildings where glaring fluorescent lights and plastic surfaces set the tone. Thankfully, a new generation of clinics is designed not just to heal the body, but to lift the soul, too. In Arkansas, the Harvey Pediatric Clinic by Marlon Blackwell Architects acts as a true landmark in the sprawling American landscape. The hospital’s strong horizontal form and custom cayenne colour set it off against its more prosaic surroundings. Inside, an air of calm prevails, created in part by roof lights and high windows offering views of the sky. In a very different context, fitting in with its neighbours was imperative to the design of Maggie’s Barts, a modest cancer care centre adjacent to the neoclassical St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in Central London. Conceived by Steven Holl, the building’s proportions match those of its older neighbours, albeit with splashes of colour dotted over… continue

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Say Cheese: 5 dental practices with bite | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-say-cheese-5-dental-practices-with-bite/7001865 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 <b>01 Studio Dental 2 San Francisco, 2017 Montalba Architects</b> Natural materials and considered lighting create a spa-like atmosphere at Montalba Architects’ Studio Dental 2 in San Francisco, helping soothe potential patient jitters. <b>02 Vericat Implantology Valencia, 2016 Vitale</b> Spanish studio Vitale’s deployment of rich materials like marble, brass and bamboo for their implantology client in Valencia displaces the sterile language of the traditional dental practice, communicating an altogether more premium value proposition. <b>03 Dental Office Vallès & Vallès Barcelona, 2016 YLAB Arquitectos</b> Dental Office Vallès & Vallès in Barcelona – designed by YLAB Arquitectos – is organised as a continuous, organically formed space, with undulating glazing, converted from two former, adjacent first-floor apartments. <b>04 Zuhause Beim Zahnarzt Bruges, 2015 Declerck-Daels Architecten</b> It’s somehow fitting that a former garage be repurposed as a dental pra… continue

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Effective light | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-effective-light/7001864 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Artificial lighting with biological effectiveness, like natural daylight, changes illuminance and light colour during the course of the day. Especially in rooms with little daylight or in the winter months, this biologically-effective light can sustainably enhance well-being at the workplace. Many people spend most of their working days indoors, which means that they are excluded from the dynamic and biological effect of daylight. It makes sense, therefore, to make use of the findings on the biological effectiveness of light when designing office environments. With PULSE VTL, Waldmann has developed a lighting management system that generates a natural lighting experience and its positive effect on the workplace. Depending on the time of day, the natural impulses are set via a fixed control curve. In addition, the light colour varies between daylight-like light in the morning for stimulation, and warm white light for a cosier atmosphere in the evening. The system works autonomously, and… continue

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That Ceiling Feeling: OWA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jasmin-jouhar-that-ceiling-feeling-owa/7001863 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The rough industrial charm of bare concrete ceilings with exposed pipes, ventilation systems and cable trays is very much en vogue. This can be seen not just in cafés, restaurants and hotels, but also in shops, cultural buildings and open-space offices, where architects are forgoing the hung ceilings that otherwise hide mechanical installations. In addition to creating the desired raw, unfinished atmosphere, this approach opens up valuable extra headroom, giving spaces a much more generous feel. But the trend also has a disadvantage. "This kind of architecture has an aesthetic appeal," says Ralf Hansen. "But people also have to be able to use it – so acoustics mustn't be forgotten." Many such projects entirely lack absorption surfaces for sound, resulting in spaces that can be unpleasant for dining or doing business. Hansen is product manager at OWA Odenwald Faserplattenwerk, specialists in acoustically effective ceiling systems. While OWA's core business lies in classic suspended ceil… continue

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A new way of working in the Studio Office | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-a-new-way-of-working-in-the-studio-office/7001862 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Good design sustainably improves the quality of living spaces, offices and public facilities. Swiss company Vitra therefore aims to combine its technical and conceptual know-how with the creativity of contemporary designers in order to explore and constantly expand the limits of design. Inside the Vitra Center at its headquarters in Birsfelden, the company is testing a new office concept with its Studio Office, developed together with London-based Sevil Peach. The founder of the architecture and design studio Sevil Peach has been working with Vitra for over 15 years, designing office environments for international companies. In the Studio Office, design and everyday demands are reconciled, creating an open space in which communication and flexibility are both condition and purpose. The Studio Office consists of five studios in which a total of 120 people work. There are no permanent workplaces, with employees choosing a new one each day. The project aims to create a studio atmosphere t… continue

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Futures Past: Emilgroup | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anna-winston-futures-past-emilgroup/7001861 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Innovation and tradition might not always seem like obvious bedfellows, but both are at the core of Italian architectural ceramics company Emilgroup and its four industry leading brands, Emilceramica, Ergon, Provenza and Viva. “Research has always been at the heart of what we do,” explains Giancarlo Macchioni, director of Marketing and R&D at Emilgroup – a department known as “the creative workshop” within the company – and the man behind the most successful collections. “The Emilgroup research center is a test-bed of encounters and cultural experiences out of which are born the collections of the four brands,” says Macchioni. “It is a synthesis of experimentation, creativity and performance.” Emilgroup’s oldest and perhaps best-known brand is Emilceramica. Founded in 1961, its name has kept the company connected to its Italian heritage – the original plan was to become the leading distributor of ceramic tiles through Italy’s Emilia region by creating stylish, luxurious and tech… continue

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Flexible working | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-flexible-working/7001860 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Supporting research in this segment is an important focus for the company. Cooperations with innovative partners are of great importance and bring advantages for all parties involved. In 2017, VARIO planned high-quality office furniture for the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT in St. Augustin near Bonn. At Schloss Birlinghoven, several double workplaces, a multifunctional middle zone and a so-called “marketplace” were created for the scientists of the Fraunhofer FIT. The Icon four-legged table range enables the straightforward creation of large double and group workplaces as well as larger conference facilities. The workplace system, designed by Klaus Michel as far back as 2003, was a milestone in the company’s product development and won the Red Dot Design Award. The stacking box systems M1 and M1.1 offer flexible storage space in the office environment. In addition, they enable the clear structuring of open spaces. The Versa H MiniCaddy not only serves as a… continue

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Use protection: Light + Building 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-use-protection-light-building-2018/7001859 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Light + Building, the leading international trade fair for lighting, design and intelligent building technology, will open its doors in Frankfurt once again on 18 March 2018. Visitors will be offered a multifaceted program covering a broad spectrum, ranging from highly technical to design-related topics. One of the focal points of this year’s presentation is security technology, which plays an increasingly important role in the construction of modern, smart buildings today. Less technically oriented, but all the more creative is the Trendforum, at which home design trends for the 2018/2019 season will be featured. People have grown much more security-conscious when it comes to their living and working environments in recent years, and the demand for electronic security technology has risen accordingly. Featuring presentations by suppliers from the security technology and building automation segments, the Intersec Forum and the new special show entitled “Secure – Connected Security in B… continue

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A perfect Match: GROHE | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-a-perfect-match-grohe/7001858 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The bathroom ought to be a place of calm – a zone of tranquility offering an escape from the bustle and stress of everyday life. To achieve a sense of true relaxation, the design of this room should be consistent and balanced, with the various functional elements uniting to create a harmonious whole. Sanitary manufacturer GROHE has made this process more straightforward by introducing a range of ceramic products that complements its premium faucets, showers and sanitary systems. GROHE’s move into ceramic items was prompted by the company’s desire to offer customers a complete bathroom service, which ensures a consistent quality of design and detailing. The strategic decision was aided by the takeover in 2014 of GROHE by Japan’s Lixil Group Corporation – the sanitary ware industry’s global market leader. GROHE is now able to call on decades of experience in sanitary ceramics as it creates products designed for 21st-century living. GROHE’s ceramic items are specifically developed to inte… continue

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Contemporary classic | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-contemporary-classic/7001857 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 String® system is a complex shelf system that can be assembled individually according to personal needs. In addition to the shelves made of oak, walnut, ash and metal, wall cabinets with drawers or sliding doors, showcases, worktops, storage shelves and shoe racks as well as storage inserts can be integrated into the shelf. After the Swedish classic disappeared from the market for several decades, Peter ­Erlandsson and Pär Josefsson founded String Furniture in 2005 with the aim of reviving and preserving the cultural heritage of Nils Strinning. Ten years later, the company developed a range of ergonomic furniture specifically for the office sector, which makes the workplace a functional, flexible, and at the same time friendly and visually appealing place. The designs for string® works are the work of Swedish ­designers Anna von Schewen and Björn Dahlström, who based their product development on Nisse Strinning’s minimalist design principle. The core of the series consists of a free-s… continue

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The Sculpture of Seating: Studio Benkert | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-the-sculpture-of-seating-studio-benkert/7001856 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Benkert, a Bavaria-based family enterprise, has built its reputation primarily as a producer of outdoor furniture – furniture which is designed for the general public and must meet exacting demands. Company founder and owner Gerhard Benkert has now launched a new project, Studio Benkert, and is designing individual indoor seating sculptures that appeal to a very particular taste. Studio Benkert’s idiosyncratic design isn’t for everybody. Benkert himself calls the furniture “chairs for the brave”. And yes, it takes some courage to place one of these chairs in one’s own living room. They aren’t mainstream furniture, but bold objects that grab one’s attention. Benkert designs all of the pieces himself – as he does for Benkert Bänke as well – and aims to create unique, authentic products for people with a strong sense of quality and an affinity for the extraordinary. The new company currently offers three different series. The seating sculptures in the SW series suggest curved bands, with… continue

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The future of work is creative | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-the-future-of-work-is-creative/7001855 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Creative Spaces is the name of the five office-space solutions that Steelcase has developed together with Microsoft. In these five working environments, space and technology merge with each other and help people to generate new ideas, develop them further, and turn them into innovations. Creative work has a rhythm in which people and ideas converge and diverge. We need creative tools, technologies and spaces, that support the different stages of creative work and which are designed to allow everyone to participate. In reality, most offices are designed to support traditional process work rather than creative processes. Companies invest in technology and work environments, but think both separately. The five new workplace concepts consist of the Focus Studio for concentrated, individual work, the Duo Studio for productive collaboration and the development of ideas in groups of two, the Ideation Hub, a Meeting Room, the Maker Commons, an open space for brainstorming and the exchange of i… continue

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Focus on health | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-focus-on-health/7001854 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 New forms of work and organisational structures require flexible, aesthetic furnishings and tailor-made solutions that promote movement and communication. As one of the leading full-range suppliers, Sedus Stoll AG, based in Waldshut, develops, produces and sells office equipment and workplace concepts. Its focus is always on employees’ health. Three examples: The se:works lounge furniture system combines aesthetic cosiness with ergonomic seating comfort. For laptop work, Sedus has developed, in addition to several table variants, a swivelling writing tablet which can be docked onto the frame structure. A power supply system supplies electricity, and smartphones and laptops can be charged wirelessly through the veneered shelf area. The linear frame elements are available in any desired length, and upholstery and shelf dimensions can be adjusted accordingly. In combination with round elements, seat landscapes in any size can be created. More than 200 breathable fabrics or fine aniline le… continue

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World Design Capital Mexico City 2018 Program Presentation | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-design-week-mexico-world-design-capital-mexico-city-2018-program-presentation/7001853 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 After a selection process in 2015, Mexico City was designated as World Design Capital 2018. This initiative, driven by Design Week Mexico along with the City Government, makes CDMX the sixth city, and the first in the American continent to obtain this title given every two years by the World Design Organization (WDO). Under the theme ‘Socially Responsible Design’, the WDC Mexico City 2018’s program will promote design and creativity as engines of social and cultural change in an urban context, as well as to offer proposals to solve the challenges of megacities around the world such as public space, mobility and sustainability. All the creative community will be able to rethink the concept of a megacity, and exhibit the continuous efforts to build a more liveable city. “World Design Capital Mexico City 2018 has focused on a socially responsible design approach, in order to encourage conversations about design as a configurator of material life and ideas towards the benefit of urban life… continue

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State of the Art: museums that show off | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-state-of-the-art-museums-that-show-off/7001852 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The internet may have revolutionised our access to information, but the best new museums are actually attracting growing crowds, as much for their exhibits as for their stunning architecture. Zeitz MOCAA – short for Museum of Contemporary African Art – is a case in point. Situated in a former grain silo in Cape Town's port, this concrete colossus was once the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa. Leaving the commanding exterior almost intact, British designer Thomas Heatherwick has carved out a large elliptical void from among the densely packed concrete tubes, creating a captivating, unique space – not just for the public, but also for large-scale art installations. The newly opened Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech resembles an abstracted kasbah with richly patterned brick facade. It celebrates the work of the eponymous French fashion-design legend, who spent long periods of his professional life in the city and was enamoured with it. The bold volumes and occasional curving… continue

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The sound of teamwork: acousticpearls | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-the-sound-of-teamwork-acousticpearls/7001851 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 There are companies, and then there are companies that mean what they say. Not only in terms of the quality of their products, their manufacturing and their ecological footprint, but in terms of everything that makes the individual product what it is. For Bremen-based acousticpearls, that means, above all, the people involved. “For years, acousticpearls has been giving physical expression to a certain aesthetic perception,” says Clemens Lünig, CEO of the successful company. “We closely combine skilled craftsmanship and industrial know-how. The result is acoustically effective products of extraordinary creativity. Our passion for good design and our conscious dealing with the materials give rise to timeless collections of the highest quality. This can only be achieved by a team in which employees and suppliers work hand in hand responsibly and cooperatively. Our products are created by people working with great passion.” <b>People first </b> Jan Stubbmann, who started at acousticpear… continue

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

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Are you being served?: C-star 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-are-you-being-served-c-star-2018/7001849 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Shopping has long been much more than a matter of goods simply crossing a store counter. In recent years and decades, it has increasingly become a lifestyle, an immersive leisure experience that many people extensively indulge in. Accordingly, the attractive presentation of products in an inviting, uncompromising atmosphere has taken on ever greater importance. As customer demands rise, so too do those placed on architects and interior designers, window dressers, product manufacturers and shop owners. This fascinating dynamic is reflected in the portfolio of EuroShop, whose major triannual trade fair in Düsseldorf hosts some 2,400 exhibitors and highlights pioneering innovations, future trends and outstanding products. This spring, the annual EuroShop subsidiary C-star will once again be held in Shanghai <b>From West to East</b> “Shape the Future of Retail”, reads the large type. Final preparations for C-star, Shanghai’s International Trade Fair for Solutions and Trends, are proceed… continue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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