New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/de/story-feed New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/de/story-feed https://image.architonic.com/arc_black.jpg en Sun, 20 Jun 2021 02:02:53 +0200 Architonic Story: Regent Lighting | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-regent-lighting/20201066 Wed, 16 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-regent-lighting/20201066">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-regent-lighting/20201066 Architonic Story: Mosa | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-mosa/20200852 Tue, 15 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-mosa/20200852">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-mosa/20200852 First base: corporate-headquarter design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/stefano-sabatino-first-base-corporate-headquarter-design/20200842 Wed, 16 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 At one time, corporate headquarters were austere, self-referential buildings, commissioned by companies to essentially celebrate themselves, with designs often based around a still formal and institutional conception of what the office environment was supposed to represent. Today, expressing brand identity is still important, whether in relation to facades or interiors, but many companies have abandoned the old paradigm and are aspiring to more appealing and welcoming architecture, whose spaces are increasingly tailored to employee’s needs and which enhance their sense of belonging. Located in central Copenhagen, The Carlsberg Headquarters designed by C.F. Møller Architects is conceived as the new gateway of the historic Carlsberg City District. Laid-out next to founder Carl Jacobsen's villa and gardens, it comprises three wings forming a multi-faceted volume that sensitively relates to the scale of the surrounding urban context. Outside, the building features a rhythm of recycled cop… continue

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Little wonder: Velopa | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-little-wonder-velopa/20199663 Tue, 15 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 No one can set benchmarks for safety, security and aesthetics like the Swiss – especially when it’s a bench backed by the experts for safety, protection and well-being at Velopa AG. Still quite new to the bench business, the Swiss company is now making trips to the mountains and urban excursions a pure delight with impeccable quality and universal appeal. Toya is not just a bench, it is a bench with timeless style that meets all the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act that will come into force in 2023. It is Swiss made and already quite at home throughout Switzerland – having delivered definitive proof of the latter as a ‘model experiment’ at the Swissminiatur open-air museum in Ticino. Whether in front of the Grossmünster Cathedral in Zurich, encircling the Piazza Grande in Locarno, at the Bundeshaus parliament building in Bern: even in miniature form, the bench is a maximum asset to any setting in Switzerland. Along with its ergonomic design, premium-grade materials… continue

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Enter Cleaf’s Shaping Surfaces 2021 competition | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sisse-bro-enter-cleafs-shaping-surfaces-2021-competition/20199446 Tue, 15 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Just 20 km from Bergamo – a city that was one of the first Covid-19 hotspots in Europe – lie the headquarters of Cleaf, a family business founded in 1975, which has, since then, gone from trading company to manufacturer in its own right. With the acquisition of a panel implantation facility in the early 1990s, Cleaf started experimenting with coating surfaces and the endless possibilities offered by these materials. Today, the company employs over 250 people and manages four production facilities in the area. Despite the company’s continuous growth and solid status in the panel surface industry, the people behind Cleaf insist on remaining open and responsive, both in their general approach and as a way of learning and evolving: ‘I have always looked up to those more talented and bigger than myself. I have done better than some people while others have risen far beyond my reach. Cleaf is a team that always aims for excellence, a place where people work well together and continue to drea… continue

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Architonic Story: BURRI | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-burri/20199443 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-burri/20199443">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-burri/20199443 Architonic Story: BoConcept | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-boconcept/20199441 Wed, 09 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-boconcept/20199441">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-boconcept/20199441 Correcting your homework: BoConcept | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-correcting-your-homework-boconcept/20199375 Mon, 14 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Noise around the future landscape of working life is deafening right now. In homes around the world, Zoom fatigue from multiple lockdowns has been countered by the joys of hanging out washing between meetings and getting ahead with evening meal prep while breaking for lunch. There are those clinging on to a new-found life-work balance, and those tugging the door off its hinges so they can real-life zoom to the nearest real-life water cooler. Some businesses have already committed to lasting change, swapping expensive real estate for minimally manned offices – and a reduced carbon footprint – or new locations, entirely. The New York Times recently reported that available office space in Manhattan has risen to 101 million sq feet, roughly 37 per cent higher than a year ago. It throws up so many questions and among them is how do we now shape our homes and offices to take us forward into this newly-nuanced working world? The post-Covid ideal when it comes to working practices seems to hav… continue

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Architonic Story: Rockfon | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-rockfon/20198830 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-rockfon/20198830">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-rockfon/20198830 The view from the office: Dataflex | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-the-view-from-the-office-dataflex/20198744 Wed, 16 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The world of work has changed much over the past few decades. When I first joined the office world, the extent of ergonomic support on offer was a ream of printer paper placed under a monitor, expertly hidden in case anyone wanted to actually print anything. Nowadays, of course, so much more emphasis is placed on both physical and mental wellbeing in the workplace – and rightly so, my neck still hurts. All types of companies, from the largest and oldest multinationals to the youngest, trendiest startups, understand that a contented, comfortable workforce is a productive one. One company to ride this wave of ergonomic revolution, is the Dutch workplace accessory manufacturer, Dataflex. Since 1982, the company has strived to create products that aid health and performance in the workplace, by improving employee comfort. ‘At Dataflex we want to help you get the most out of yourself. This is why we want the place where you work to be a place where you feel at home. We call it “Feeling at W… continue

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Trend Collection COLOR OPINIONS | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/object-carpet-trend-collection-color-opinions/20198743 Mon, 07 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The new trend collection was developed and implemented together with the two color designers Livia Baum and Jutta Werner, who deal with the creation of collections as well as color and design concepts for companies in the fields of interior, product, color, material and pattern. In an intensive trend scouting, monitoring and development process, a color and design world was created that deals with the themes of health & sustainability, comfort & luxury, and digitalization & deceleration. These flow into the three overarching trend worlds NATURAL CONTRAST, INTENSIVE GRACE and SOFT MINIMALISM. <b>TREND NATURAL CONTRAST</b> At the center of the NATURAL CONTRAST world are humanity and naturalness, in a mix of pastels and harmonious contrasting colors. INTENSIVE GRACE radiates confidence, individuality and luxury, in sophisticated, dark colors. SOFT MINIMALISM is characterized by digitalization and deceleration in veiled, calming nuances. The trends are reflected in five individual room continue

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A question of style: Christine Kröncke Interior Design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-a-question-of-style-christine-kroncke-interior-design/20198509 Fri, 04 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Only for a very lucky few does a job ever become more than just a profession. But such individuals do exist. For them, work is a matter of the heart, particularly if they can make others happy in the process. Christine Kröncke is one such person. Having first found a calling that would allow her to channel her passion into a career, she then founded a company in the mid-1970s, which would allow her to chart her own unconventional path. This grande dame of interiors has always held clearly defined principles, from which she has not deviated since launching her business over 40 years ago. And her success has proved her right. Taste is one of the few things that cannot be bought and style is everything, never a matter of sheer coincidence – this is Kröncke’s deep conviction. The company is today co-led by Frank Stohlmeyer and Jörg von Sichart who continue in a spirit of coherence and consistency, and with exceptional sensitivity to the needs and preferences of clients searching for som… continue

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Let’s stay home! | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-lets-stay-home/20198289 Tue, 01 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Cocooning… – schon allein beim Lesen möchte man es sich in diesen zwei runden, weichen, warmen Os gemütlich machen. Ein Wort wie ein Ort, das bereits phonetisch einzuhüllen scheint. Vielleicht liegt es aber auch an seiner biologischen Bedeutung, dem Kokon, in den sich die Insektenlarve spinnt, um dort geschützt heranwachsen zu können. Auch die amerikanische Trendforscherin Faith Popcorn bezog sich auf ebendieses Phänomen der Natur, als sie Anfang der 80er Jahre den Begriff des Cocoonings prägte – ein Lebensgefühl, das nach den feierwütigen 70ern und einer neuen Phase des Kalten Krieges zunehmend dem Impuls folgte, sich von der ungemütlichen oder bedrohlichen Aussenwelt in die geschützte Privatsphäre zurückzuziehen. Dabei lässt sich diese Rückbesinnung aufs eigene Heim nicht nur in Krisenzeiten beobachten, sondern gehört in nordischen Ländern seit jeher zur Alltagskultur. Ob als dänisches Hygge, schwedisches Lagom oder schottisches Coorie – was all diese nostalgisch anmutenden Astrid… continue

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For the sake of the environment: Get plastic out of the bathroom | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/kaldewei-for-the-sake-of-the-environment-get-plastic-out-of-the-bathroom/20198105 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 According to Germany’s Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), in the 1950s, 1.5 million tons of plastic were produced annually worldwide. Today that figure has already reached an incredible 400 million tons(1). Germany alone produces around 15 million tons of plastic waste per year, of which only 16 per cent is reused to make new products(2). Plastic products like toothpaste tubes and shampoo bottles that are used every day in the bathroom account for a large proportion of that waste. Every year, 2,075 million plastic containers of this kind are sold and thrown away in Germany(3). There are, however, vast quantities of synthetic material in the bathroom that we aren’t thinking about –such as bathtubs, showers and washbasins. Steel enamel offers an eco-friendly alternative because it is glazed steel made of natural raw materials and fully recyclable. According to the Heinze Bathroom Panel, in Germany almost 300,000 acrylic bathtubs and over 300,000 acrylic shower trays were… continue

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If you please: iF Design Award 2021 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-if-you-please-if-design-award-2021/20198094 Thu, 03 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 A little over a year ago, we may not have really thought it possible: that public life would be slowed down for months, that cultural activities would come to a standstill, and one's own home would come to serve as a place not only to live, but to study and work all at the same time. The design world, however, reacted creatively to this new set of circumstances and found new ways of improving our lives during this period of the pandemic. And this is also clearly reflected in the number of submissions to the iF Design Award 2021, which rose from just under 7,300 last year to over 9,500, proof of how valuable such an award is – especially against the background of so many cancelled trade fairs. At the end of March, the 98-member jury of experts met in purely digital form to decide on the submissions in the fields of product design, communication design, packaging design, architecture, interior design, user interface (UI), user experience (UX), professional concept and service design. Awa… continue

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Powder room: Casalgrande Padana | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-powder-room-casalgrande-padana/20198012 Fri, 04 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>It is a powerful, cross-cultural symbol of joy and happiness. We only need to think of the association of the rainbow palette to understand the role that a vibrant and varied colour spectrum plays in our collective consciousness, filling us with warmth, happiness, serenity and comfort. And we all have our favourite. When apart, the separate colours are said to have individual relationships with human emotions and spirit. Reds increase energy and overcome depression, blues are calming and harmonic, greens rebalance emotion and encourage empathy while natural earth tones ground us with purification and peace. While chromotherapy may not be used to treat serious illnesses, the pastel palette is, however, still prescribed to hospitals and medical settings to create calm, soothing environments for patients, staff and anxious visitors alike. ‘Colours are archetypes of primordial forms of thought that can transform any setting with their vibrations. A colour can be calming and relaxing, co… <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-powder-room-casalgrande-padana/20198012">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-powder-room-casalgrande-padana/20198012 KFF goes outdoors: The new pool collection | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/kff-kff-goes-outdoors-the-new-pool-collection/20198002 Thu, 03 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 POOL OUTDOOR with clear lines. The minimalist outdoor family by newcomer Daniel Schmidt is reminiscent of the director's chairs of past eras and is drawn in clear, curved lines. The shape of the entire stainless steel frame deliberately runs in straight lines and curves to create a unique symbiosis. The washable, UV-resistant and weatherproof synthetic fabric covering in the back and seat area offers maximum comfort. The collection includes a slender chair, a refreshingly young lounge chair and a convertible ottoman. When the occasion calls for it, the additional aluminium tray converts it into a side table in no time at all. Optional cushions and a small board for the armrest area may be added for even more cosiness and comfort. The choice of colours for the stainless steel powder coating and the upholstery fabric leaves plenty of scope for design. POOL OUTDOOR is refreshingly young. © Architonic continue

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Architonic Story: DEDON | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-dedon/20198001 Wed, 02 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-dedon/20198001">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-dedon/20198001 OWA merges climate with acoustics | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/owa-owa-merges-climate-with-acoustics/20197679 Thu, 03 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 OWActive mineral climate control ceilings create a ceiling system that links the function of climate control via radiant heat with the proven advantages of OWAcoustic mineral suspended ceilings. For this, the German ceiling specialist from Amorbach accommodates the complete climate control technology as a closed system in the bandraster. The water-transporting energy profiles offer decisive advantages, because the mineral tiles can thus bring their comprehensive strengths to bear and accommodate further technical installation elements. As usual with OWA, the new mineral climate control ceiling is characterised by cost-effectiveness, ease of installation and high variability in the visual and technical design. With its integrated climate control technology, the complete system offers all the prerequisites for sustainable and future-proof interior design in segments such as education, health, retail, administration, hotels and restaurants. © Architonic continue

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Newseum: cultural renovation projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-newseum-cultural-renovation-projects/20197654 Wed, 02 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 With sustainability firmly on everyone's agenda, it’s little wonder that architects' focus has been shifting to renewing, reusing and transforming the buildings that already exist around us. There are few places where this more evident than museums and galleries. Often seen as landmark projects both literally and metaphorically, museums often attract big budgets that allow architects to take a snapshot of the current state of architecture. In Antwerp, KAAN Architecten has renovated the neo-classical Royal Museum of Fine Arts. As well as restoring the existing architecture of the building to its former glory, the architects have chosen to clear the gallery's courtyards of auxiliary structures, recasting them as new exhibition spaces in their own right. Wholly white, monumental and with marble inlays, voids bring light deep down into these new galleries through two floors of smaller, more specialised exhibition spaces at the top of the building. In Berlin, David Chipperfield Architects h… continue

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Upwardly mobile: Freifrau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-upwardly-mobile-freifrau/20197381 Tue, 08 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 It is now almost ten years since a seating manufacturer from the small German town of Lemgo first set out to make its name in the world of furniture. In 2012, the Freifrau brand celebrated its debut. This autumn, the company celebrates the tenth anniversary of its founding – a decade that has produced numerous stylish, comfortable pieces, all full of individual character. Founder Hansjörg Helweg served previously as managing director of another large furniture company, but, in Freifrau, found not only his destiny but also a way of producing seating furniture that could combine ambitious craftsmanship with experimental design. He has been supported since the beginning by art director Birgit Hoffmann, who developed the first designs for the furniture brand together with Christoph Kahleyss, with whom she runs the Hoffmann Kahleyss Design studio in Hamburg. In the meantime, further creations have been added by other well-known designers such as Lucie Koldova, Neuland duo Eva Paster and Mic… continue

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The Nature of Design: Fast | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-the-nature-of-design-fast/20195836 Tue, 01 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Everyone loves nature; it’s quite unfashionable not to. But one Italian furniture-making company, in particular, seems to cherish it more than most. ‘Nature represents the context in which our furnishings are located, but also our daily life, being, as we are, immersed in nature and surrounded by woods between Lake Garda and Lake Idro,’ says Marco Levrangi, CEO of outdoor design brand Fast. ‘It is an integral part and source of inspiration for most of our products.’ This brand-defining embrace of the earth’s bounty also comes with a serious commitment to preserving it. ‘As an outdoor brand, safeguarding the environment is both a necessity and a raison d’être.’ says Levrangi. ‘We have always taken a concrete approach to sustainability.’ The ‘slow’ approach to manufacturing is, ironically, Fast’s way. For many businesses, sustainability concerns have become pressing of late, requiring serious material and operational analysis and overhaul in order to remain viable in a world that is shun… continue

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The Esperanto of design languages: HEWI universal design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norbert-philipp-the-esperanto-of-design-languages-hewi-universal-design/20195620 Tue, 01 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 People spend most of their time surrounded by architecture, in the presence of material objects. Most of them were invented and designed to help people in some way – to support, aid, assist, or simply just to make life more pleasant. Many products, spaces and built structures have indeed succeeded in this aim, but often only in special product segments, for very narrow target groups, or for a specific period of time. ‘Universal design’, on the other hand, stretches the demands on design much further, to the extent that ultimately ‘everyone’ could be considered part of the target group, and the demands which individual people place on good design in their lives are actually met with a creative response. For decades now, HEWI has been consistently distilling this design approach down to a few important principles, which all focus on one thing: people. This premise has made one thing very clear for HEWI when it comes to product development: design is diversity. Design concerns everyone. N… continue

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Architonic Story: Vola | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-vola/20195618 Mon, 31 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-vola/20195618">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-vola/20195618 A new frame of mind: Steelcase Flex Active Frames | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-a-new-frame-of-mind-steelcase-flex-active-frames/20195371 Wed, 26 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Empires fall and empires rise. Modern companies are no different, shrinking one moment, experiencing explosive growth, the next. To meet such shifting demands, modern office space has undergone a lot of change. Since the open-plan model came into existence, we’ve had standard personal desks with shared meeting rooms, and then, as shared space and home-working became hot-topics, hot-desks and breakout areas for informal meetings were created. This new age of open-plan was more flexible, more collaborative and more productive, yes, but it lacked the comfort and privacy of personal space, aspects of working life we now understand to be crucial to workplace wellbeing. Today, modern offices need to be communicative, collaborative and connected, but also quiet, private and calm. This flexible environment is more important now than ever before, to serve a workforce that, over the past 12 months, has also learnt to be more flexible. As a modern, data-driven manufacturer of workplace furnit… continue

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Outdoor Design Week: Overtime! | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-overtime/20195365 Fri, 04 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-overtime/20195365">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-overtime/20195365 Outdoor Design Week: CMP Design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-cmp-design/20195364 Thu, 03 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-cmp-design/20195364">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-cmp-design/20195364 Outdoor Design Week: Topotek 1 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-topotek-1/20195363 Wed, 02 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-topotek-1/20195363">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-topotek-1/20195363 Outdoor Design Week: Eugeni Quitllet | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-eugeni-quitllet/20195362 Tue, 01 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-eugeni-quitllet/20195362">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-eugeni-quitllet/20195362 Outdoor Design Week: Professional Insights | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-professional-insights/20195361 Mon, 31 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p><b>‘Public spaces are no longer just for leisure. They're becoming work spaces, productive spaces.’</b> Martin Rein-Cano, Topotek 1 Outdoor space has never been more covetable – or more contested – than it is now. But how is the shared, exterior realm changing? What does it and should it mean? How should it perform? And how should we design for the needs of its users? Joining the conversation for this Outdoor Design Week are Ibizan-born industrial designer Eugeni Quitllet, Topotek 1 founder Martin Rein-Cano, and Antonio Pagliarulo and Michele Cazzaniga from Italian studio CMP Design. © Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-professional-insights/20195361">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-outdoor-design-week-professional-insights/20195361 Chain reaction: Kriskadecor | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-chain-reaction-kriskadecor/20195338 Mon, 24 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The relative merits of open-plan or cellular spaces are hotly debated today. If open-plan spaces were once seen by many as the acme of cool, contemporary living, architects and interior designers today acknowledge the appeal of more compartmentalised layouts – separate rooms with distinct functions. The debate has been inadvertently fuelled by the pandemic. Working from home and adhering to social distancing in public venues have highlighted the benefits of cellular interiors where it’s possible to carry out different activities, from Zoom calls to yoga workouts, in quiet, private areas. Not that architects always face a starkly binary choice. Some projects call for flexible room partitions. Historical precedents include Japan’s sliding, wood and paper shinto doors and the storage-cum-display unit of mid-century interiors, still coveted today. An added advantage of these two examples is their transparency, allowing both light to penetrate them and adjoining spaces to feel interconnecte… continue

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Porcelain poetry: Ceramic District | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-porcelain-poetry-ceramic-district/20195208 Thu, 27 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 A poetically shot video created by Ceramic District features a sequence of scenes that present a peek behind the walls of a seemingly deserted production plant. Natural raw materials such as clay, feldspar, quartz and kaolin are shown going through various manufacturing steps: being scooped up by an excavator, trickling off conveyor belts, flowing through chutes, getting mixed in huge drums, before being fired and finally piled into neatly layered stacks of finished tiles. In reality, of course, the production of ceramic tiles involves a variety of different people. Ceramic District was launched in 2020 as part of the Steuler Tile Group – one of Germany’s largest manufacturers of stoneware and porcelain tiles, with its origins in Mühlacker in Baden-Württemberg and family-run for four generations. The know-how of the Steuler brands is backed by over 150 years of tradition. With a refined selection of authentic materials, Ceramic District directly serves the needs of architects and desig… continue

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Architonic Story: Dornbracht | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-dornbracht/20195193 Thu, 20 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-dornbracht/20195193">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-dornbracht/20195193 The lab of luxury: AXOR | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-the-lab-of-luxury-axor/20194487 Tue, 25 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Luxury has long been defined by the principle of generosity – in the use of space, resources and gestures. But now this is changing. More and more people of all income classes are discovering city life and it’s getting increasingly crowded in the world’s metropolises. Rents and purchase prices are on the rise. Those who can still afford lavishly expansive residential spaces have either been living in their urban domiciles forever, or are clinging to an outdated image of material excess. Somewhere in between, a new moderated understanding of luxury is emerging. ‘What can architects and interior designers do not just to optimise urban dwellings but to enhance them? To infuse them with character, meaning and soul?’ asks AXOR as part of its Compact Luxury project. The bathroom fixtures manufacturer from the Black Forest responds with a look into the future. In cooperation with London-based futures consultancy The Future Laboratory, a whitepaper entitled ‘Compact Luxury’ was created, provid… continue

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Light my fire: CTO Lighting | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-light-my-fire-cto-lighting/20194235 Tue, 25 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 ‘It is the closest thing that I have designed to fire,’ says Dan Yeffet of Pendulum, his latest lighting design. ‘And it’s not because of its warmth, or the fact that it gives a source of light, it’s because of the movement of the light from each angle that you are looking at it. From every angle, you get a different show.’ The Pendulum collection is the result of a collaboration between CTO Lighting and the AD100 designer. The family of lights consists of a pendant, wall, ceiling and floor lights, each with a brass core containing LEDs that diffuse light through a circular shade made from tinted mouth-blown glass. Like a pendulum, the forms have the language of balance and poise, while the hypnotic, oscillating character of the light it emanates, brings a sense of motion. ‘Designing lights is a kind of alchemy. You mix materials, you know what you are aiming for, but the result is always a surprise. The moment you put it on it gets its own life. This specific light gave us the smile… continue

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Love is blind: Kvadrat Shade | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sisse-bro-love-is-blind-kvadrat-shade/20194234 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Positive energy buildings (PEB) are a trending topic when it comes to environmentally friendly architecture, but what about architecture that has already been built? How can the carbon footprint of existing buildings be improved in a smart and sustainable way? In fashion, they say, the most sustainable type of wardrobe is the one you already own: use what you have. Denmark’s Kvadrat Shade brings the same kind of thinking to the field of architecture by proposing a simple, smart solution for improving upon what already exists. Kvadrat Shade manufactures roller blinds that are made up of various flexible systems, and which are customisable depending on individual client requirements. These are roller blinds as we know them, but at the same time, not. The meticulousness of their design, as well as the premium quality of the hardware and textiles used in their manufacture, provide a convincing answer to the high functional-, environmental- and aesthetic standards demanded by the building i… continue

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How to strengthen your brand presence and promote your products in the digital era | Insights for Members | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/pola-mora-how-to-strengthen-your-brand-presence-and-promote-your-products-in-the-digital-era/20194232 Fri, 14 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 It’s not controversial to say that COVID-19 has transformed the way we do business, perhaps forever. Without doubt, it has brought forward our adoption of certain digital technologies by a number of years. The architecture and design industry has not been an exception and for manufacturers and retailers, there has been an acceleration in digitisation in relation to their customer and supply-chain interactions, as well as internal operations. Above all, the cancellation of trade fairs and design events has forced companies away from traditional opportunities for coming into contact with prospective clients. That is why, now more than ever, it is important to review the main strategies and practices in order to stay competitive in this new business environment. Mark Mitchell, an expert in building materials sales and marketing, suggests reinvesting travel and trade show expenses into digital marketing, in order to boost the presence of brands online. Digital channels allow you to r… continue

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Architonic Story: ARPER | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-arper/20194194 Thu, 27 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-arper/20194194">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-arper/20194194 The gold standard: Foglie d'Oro | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jean-christophe-camuset-the-gold-standard-foglie-d-039oro/20194176 Tue, 18 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The Italian region of Veneto has been known for centuries for its cabinet-making tradition as well as its work ethic. Around 50 km north of Padua, in the town of Rosà, the Brotto family has been patiently perfecting its woodworking skills, generation after generation. Since 1966, they’ve built a company consisting of multiple parts. One, Arte Brotto, produces all typologies of furniture for both contract and private markets, while another arm of the company, Foglie d’Oro, manufactures high-end and bespoke wooden parquet flooring. This success relies heavily on wood sourcing. Cooperating with properly and responsibly managed forests, three sawmills in Hungary and Romania provide the raw materials – 100 per cent FSC labelled – to Foglie d’Oro. The proximity of those facilities plays a big role in helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the end product, but it also allows Foglie d’Oro’s team to precisely verify the efficiency of tree-felling and reforestation plans on a regular basis. T… continue

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Couture Club: Riflessi | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-couture-club-riflessi/20194164 Wed, 19 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The Essenzia sideboard has long been a staple of the Riflessi collection. Its unadulterated silhouette celebrates formal purity and geometry and it comes in a variety of arrangements, colours and finishes. So far, so Made in Italy; design pieces reduced to minimal forms, expertly balanced and finished with finesse. But Essenzia has also been transformed by Riflessi into a Pollockian-style canvas, with abstract trails and splatters of fine epoxy resin streaking across the front, applied by the hand of a skilled artisan. It’s the classic white T-shirt of the cabinetry world made into a unique, emblazoned statement piece. It’s a shift of gears, a turning up of the volume. And it has the feel of the runway, of couture, of individualisation. There is, in fact, nothing new in Riflessi’s embrace of decorative craft to embellish otherwise rigorous, industrial pieces; it’s not even the first time that Essenzia has found itself as an artist’s blank canvas. Riflessi – which began life when curren… continue

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Cover story: Morbern Europe | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-cover-story-morbern-europe/20194106 Thu, 27 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 As a leading manufacturer and innovator of decorative vinyl, Morbern has over 50 years of experience supplying upholstery fabrics to contract, hospitality, healthcare and many other sectors, and is a two-time recipient of a Best Managed Company (Canada) award from Deloitte. Morbern started its European sales operations in 2014, underpinned by a dedicated warehousing & logistics platform in Amsterdam. The hardwearing all-weather fabrics supplied by Morbern manage to retain their high performance and durability even in the harsh outdoor environments of the marine sector or the traffic-heavy transport industry. With palettes of soft and subtle but also strong and striking tones, there are colours and finish options in Morbern’s range of enduring fabrics to suit every project. But what if a boutique hotel requires something truly unique, a corporate office is interested in branding their reception seating, or a restaurant chain has a signature pattern they’d like to order al fresco? Wit… continue

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Clean sheet: Morbern Europe | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-clean-sheet-morbern-europe/20194105 Thu, 27 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The two biggest issues facing the world and our entire way of life, both today and tomorrow, are Covid and climate change. In the short-term, maintaining Covid-fighting environments means regularly sanitised surfaces. But like hands that become brittle and cracked when over-cleaned, fabrics can suffer the same fate under regular disinfection, losing their texture, cracking and colour fading. ‘We create upholstery solutions for the new normal,’ says Morbern’s Sales & Marketing Director, Carine Equeter. ‘Our coated fabrics – originally designed for healthcare – are suited to the increased demand for easy-to-disinfect surfaces.’ In combining style and performance, Morbern’s product range is suitable for further applications such as workplace and hospitality settings. The modern obsession with creating sterilised surfaces is a necessity, but it must do so without sacrificing aesthetics, function or the environment. The continued destruction of the environment has long been a concern,… continue

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Singing in the rain: Morbern Europe | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-singing-in-the-rain-morbern-europe/20194102 Thu, 27 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 As the days grow longer and warmer, there is a temptation to spend more of them outside, though sometimes open-air relaxation comes at a price. Outdoor cushions provide soft seating but, with many made from moisture-averse materials, spring afternoons often end the same way, with a frantic cushion-dash relay. Morbern produces durable, all-weather materials that stand up to the elements in a variety of the most extreme applications and sectors such as public transport, recreational vehicles and even boating. So when the Belgian high-end outdoor furniture manufacturer Extremis needed a more colourful base option for its Walrus seating range, they selected Morbern’s Sundance coated fabrics. ‘Thanks to Morbern’s Sundance, Walrus is water and weather resistant. Its robust, low-maintenance features go hand in hand with a soft, colourful design.’ states Extremis Marketing Manager, Lien Sinnesael. Walrus’ innovative design allows it to hide away a comfortable blanket cover along with a tri… continue

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Back to the source: new spa and bathing facilities | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-back-to-the-source-new-spa-and-bathing-facilities/20194100 Wed, 19 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Whether they're considered a rare extravagance or a small everyday luxury, spas and thermal baths have been undergoing something of a renaissance over the last few decades, with new facilities being built all across Europe – from the rolling countryside to urban quaysides, from volcanic beaches to established spa resorts. In the village of Hinterbrühl south-west of Vienna, architecture studio smartvoll has designed the Spa Pavilion. Reminiscent of Mies van der Rohe's seminal Barcelona Pavilion, this new spa consists of projecting horizontal and vertical surfaces covered in Rauris quartzite tiles. A shower, steam bath, jacuzzi, toilets and pools are all integrated within these stone planes, creating a dynamic sense of space. Connected to an existing villa through an underground passage, the new building appears to be standing on its own, like a modernist temple to wellness. In Norwegian coastal town Moss, Rintala Eggertsson Architects have designed FLYT Bathing Installations, combining… continue

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Flooring Design Week: Overtime! | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-overtime/20194099 Fri, 21 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-overtime/20194099">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-overtime/20194099 Flooring Design Week: MACH Architektur | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-mach-architektur/20194098 Thu, 20 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-mach-architektur/20194098">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-mach-architektur/20194098 Flooring Design Week: Ippolito Fleitz Group | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-ippolito-fleitz-group/20194097 Wed, 19 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-ippolito-fleitz-group/20194097">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-ippolito-fleitz-group/20194097 Flooring Design Week: David Chipperfield Architects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-david-chipperfield-architects/20194096 Tue, 18 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-david-chipperfield-architects/20194096">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-david-chipperfield-architects/20194096 Flooring Design Week: Professional Insights | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-professional-insights/20194095 Mon, 17 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p><b>‘The floor is the foundation of any design, in the end’</b> David Marquardt, MACH Architektur More floor? Why not? For many architects, a project's floor is the non plus ultra of surfaces, a testing ground, as it were, that enables the process of working out the organisation and shape of a space as a whole. Moreover, it can determine circulation, supporting and guiding users and visitors, as well as create a sense of well-being, manage sound, and actively engage in the narrative of a place. For our Flooring Design Week, we've spoken to Jan Parth from David Chipperfield Architects, Peter Ippolito of the eponymous Ippolito Fleitz Group, and MACH Architektur's David Marquardt for their thoughts and experiences on what lies beneath us. © Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-professional-insights/20194095">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-flooring-design-week-professional-insights/20194095 Architonic Story: BoConcept | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-boconcept/20193893 Wed, 26 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-boconcept/20193893">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-boconcept/20193893 Carpet Diem: Vorwerk flooring | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-carpet-diem-vorwerk-flooring/20193519 Mon, 17 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 In attempting to make sense of the world, it is a natural human tendency to recognise patterns and search for structure. For centuries, this has given rise to ever new formulas, norms and ideologies, which are used as the basis for developing fixed systems of order. In architecture, too, there are numerous examples of theories being used to guide creativity into systematic channels: from Vitruvius’ scheme of measurements to Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand’s rational modular grid to Ernst Neufert’s theory of building design. While every theory has its critics, nature remains unsurpassed as the consummate producer of patterns and forms. Despite the boundless diversity in flora and fauna, the principles of symmetry and mathematical logic dominate the design of flowers, animal skins and natural phenomena – without ever leading to boredom. Repetition and regularity provide a comforting familiarity and have a relaxing effect on us. To open up the possibilities of nature for the design of floor… continue

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Breaking the sound barrier: ROCKFON | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-breaking-the-sound-barrier-rockfon/20193507 Fri, 28 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The regenerative principles of circular design eliminate waste and pollution by keeping materials in use. In theory, it is the solution for our sustainable future, but how do we get there? To reach a truly circular economy, every collaborator in the supply chain has a responsibility. As an architect or designer, it is crucial to work with manufacturers who are employing circular thinking; not only making more sustainable products, but playing a more transparent and active role in the life-cycle of materials from extraction, to recycle, and reuse. Leading acoustics brand Rockfon is at the forefront of the much-needed shift to the circular economy. Making it as easy as possible for designers to meet their sustainability goals, Rockfon ensures each product performs on multiple levels, by engaging in green practices and safeguarding health. Rockfon communicates these benefits clearly through a variety of declarations and certifications, like their newly awarded Cradle to Cradle certificati… continue

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Freifrau at Hamburgs Elbufer | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/freifrau-manufaktur-freifrau-at-hamburgs-elbufer/20193504 Mon, 17 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Real estate developer Andreas Hanitsch has brought the loft – formerly the machine house of a disused waterworks – back to life and furnished it together with architect Giorgio Gullotta. His goal was to make the old machine house look as if nothing had changed in it. In fact, the builder invested a lot of time in the property and had to make some changes to make the house habitable. Shortly after moving in, the Freifrau manufactory visited the client with some models from the collection. The furniture manufacturer let its popular swing, the Leya Swing Seat, hang down from the large gallery. Paired with a sofa from the same model family. In front of the large fireplace from a Belgian hunting lodge, the Art Director Birgit Hoffmann, placed a seating group of the new Executive Chair from the Amelie model family. The resulting images and the relevant interview with the houseowner can be found on the Freifrau Homepage. © Architonic continue

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An interview with Helmut Jahn | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/archdaily-an-interview-with-helmut-jahn/20193492 Wed, 12 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 In the last few years, something has happened to architects’ willingness to strive for originality. The boldest visions now often come from the old guard of architecture – and frankly, I enjoy conversations with them much more. The current insistence on having common ground has pushed so many younger architects into a zombie-like copycat state of mind. But to me, common ground means not to think alike – then there is space for discourse. My most recent conversation with Helmut Jahn at his Chicago office is a case in point. ‘Architecture is all about going with your gut. I prefer when form follows force rather than function,’ he told me. His distinguished career has been one of twists and turns, and he is not planning to give up exploring new ideas any time soon. His 1985 quadrant-in-plan Thompson Center reinvented a mundane government typology into a soaring public place, with its curved coloured glass facade decisively welcoming a postmodernist period to Chicago (one we thought had… continue

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How to present your products to architects and designers in the Digital Era? | Insights for Members | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/pola-mora-how-to-present-your-products-to-architects-and-designers-in-the-digital-era/20193350 Tue, 11 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The majority of architecture professionals who design and develop projects are also the key decision-makers when choosing and specifying the materials and products to be used. Although architects’ relationship with these chosen products becomes more relevant on-site in the later phases of the building process, the initial design stages also require extensive office-based product- and technical research, using, in large part, online resources. The extensive growth of digital channels such as industry blogs and newsletters, along with increased online business, suggest a new hybrid relationship between architect and product, in which face-to-face meetings with representatives and showroom visits can be combined with online research in order to save time and optimise resources. Architects and designers tend to look for detailed product information on manufacturers’ and distributors’ websites – sometimes unsuccessfully as some may not always be designed to provide this level high of techn… continue

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Architect Helmut Jahn dies at 81 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-architect-helmut-jahn-dies-at-81/20193273 Tue, 11 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 A cycling accident near his long-adopted city of Chicago has tragically ended the life of award-winning, German-born architect Helmut Jahn, once described by the American Institute of Architects as 'one of the ten most influential living American architects'. A native of Nuremberg and a graduate of Munich's Technische Hochschule, Jahn pursued his postgraduate studies in architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, later joining CF Murphy Associates, where he was to become president, in 1983, of the renamed Murphy/Jahn practice. His first major high-rise project came in the form of the sleek, curtain-walled Xerox Center (now, 55 West Monroe) in 1980, an expression of a Miesian modernist inheritance, but one that Jahn never subscribed to fully, as witnessed in his subsequent, more overtly postmodernist, projects. Later works include the State of Illinois Building (now, the James R. Thompson Center), the Messeturm in Frankfurt and the place-making Sony Center in post-… continue

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A look back ahead: Dornbracht | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-a-look-back-ahead-dornbracht/20193268 Fri, 18 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Social changes require newly conceived living and furnishing concepts. People are searching for security and well-being, but also for clarity and authenticity. This affects all areas of everyday life in various ways, but especially the bathroom as a private, intimate and highly personal refuge. Dornbracht has been a pioneer in bathroom architecture for seventy years and once again underlines its design and architectural expertise with its new brand promise ‘Leading Designs for Architecture’. As the first new product under the newly launched programme, the CYO series of fittings aims to create lasting value with enduring iconic design. At the same time, it is a response to a longing for materiality, authenticity and long term value. ‘With CYO, we have deliberately drawn on a design from our archives and thus on Dornbracht's design DNA, consistently transforming it into the present. CYO tangibly embodies our attitude through the highest-quality materials, manufacture and craftsmanship… continue

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Some light tailoring: Regent Lighting | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-some-light-tailoring-regent-lighting/20193267 Mon, 17 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 A popularly held notion today asserts that the boundaries between art and design are dissolving. We only have to think of the light objects by Olafur Eliasson, for example. But a fundamental difference remains: works of art are usually one-off pieces for which completely different conditions apply than for serially manufactured products. What both fields have in common, however, is the relevance of innovative creative ideas at the beginning of the realisation process. In design, the path from the initial concept to serial production is often challenging. It is important to preserve the defining aesthetic properties, and at the same time to think of everything required to make a design a reality, such as with regard to technology, energy consumption, feasibility and safety. Special design ideas require special skills, and an attitude and perspective that sees possibility where others might be dismissive. Regent Lighting has created its own department precisely for such extraordinary ind… continue

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Island hopping: B&B Italia | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-island-hopping-b-ampb-italia/20193260 Tue, 11 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Organic shapes bring biophilic benefits to living space, such as harmony and wellbeing. But when it comes to designing modern interiors, function, comfort and flexibility must also be a priority. B&B Italia’s latest sofa system, Noonu, designed by architect Antonio Citterio, combines organic shapes with all of the above; bringing the progressive poetic vision of Citterio together with the elegance and quality of the historic Italian design brand. Citterio named the Noonu system after an island in the Maldives. Its organic shape, generously sized upholstery and modular inspiration draw from the concept of an archipelago. While the concept feels romantic, it is also grounded in functionality. As an ‘island,’ it forms a functional ‘base’ or ‘anchor’ within an interior – offering plenty of the practical modern attributes necessary for successful design today, such as modularity, flexibility, freedom and total comfort for relaxation. While today we are familiar with the principles of biophi… continue

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Natural light: Bover | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-natural-light-bover/20193259 Tue, 11 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Biophilic design is a powerful tool for enhancing wellbeing in space by ‘returning’ us closer to the natural habitats from where we have evolved. However, when it comes to bringing natural forms into interior space, Spanish lighting brand Bover has always been ‘forward’ thinking. While staying true to the biophilic values of evoking daylight, natural materials and organic shapes, Bover’s indoor and outdoor lights are at the forefront of lighting innovation. Bover’s latest lighting collections for 2021 prove how biophilic design can work alongside the latest technological developments to form durable, reliable and versatile lighting. Whether it is innovating weaving techniques, researching new natural materials or combining modern materials with organic shapes, Bover always finds a balance between wellbeing and modern-day requirements. For Joana Bover, who founded the brand in 1996, this is what makes it unique: ‘Quality is a fundamental part of a good design, and for us, combining arti… continue

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What is the future of trade fairs? | Insights for Members | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/pola-mora-what-is-the-future-of-trade-fairs/20193258 Fri, 07 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Before COVID-19, an important part of companies’ budgets for marketing was spent on trade shows and fairs. In 2020, when nearly all physical events were cancelled, some companies that were planning on exhibiting their products at shows faced significant losses, while others were agile enough to seize the opportunity and change strategy. If there are any lessons to be learnt from what we experienced last year, it’s that digitisation is no longer just an option, but rather the inevitable way to go. We are already changing our mindsets to a ‘new normal’ in which we study, work and socialise in a hybrid way that encompasses both virtual and face-to-face realities. Attending events will not be the exception. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for a new way of doing business in which, even if the Trade Fair Industry starts to reactivate, an important part of a company’s efforts and resources are going to be focused on the virtual world. Manufacturers and retailers must think of new way… continue

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Hell for leather: Studioart | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-hell-for-leather-studioart/20193244 Fri, 07 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 There’s something innately luxurious about leather walls; think padded karaoke booths, sumptuous hotel lifts, a studded nightclub door or a cosy office phone booth. As well as being comforting, atmospheric and decorative, leather walls have practical qualities too. This year, Italian leather brand Studioart brings flexibility and durability to leather with the new 2021 collection featuring more textures and colours than ever before, and a special range that can be wiped clean with disinfectant whilst still maintaining its luxurious look and feel. Founded by Nadia and Gianfranco Dalle Mese in 2006, interior leather experts Studioart combine traditional knowledge with technology at its family-owned tannery, which also counts luxury fashion brands as clients. Historic know-how has evolved with industrialised production processes that guarantee higher levels of sustainability. It is this technical innovation combined with the creativity, refinement and pioneering spirit that have been the… continue

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Authentic Furniture and Industrial Design | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/noodles-noodles-amp-noodles-authentic-furniture-and-industrial-design/20193178 Tue, 11 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 NOODLES NOODLES & NOODLES CORP. has been working with select retailers, trade show organizers, showroom operators, restaurateurs and hotel operators for over 25 years. The Noodles Authentic Furniture portfolio features a wide range of products fit for everything from creating customized retail displays to tastefully furnishing a vast variety of high-quality store concepts. Authentic Furniture desks, shelving units, sideboards, clothing racks, benches and stools are perfect for use in offices and showrooms. Noodles Authentic Furniture also offers beds, lamps, kitchens, wardrobes, tables, benches, bar stools, cabinets and accessories such as clothes hangers, hooks and racks for restaurants and hotels. But the relaxed industrial look of these pieces also make them great for use at home. They can be easily combined with a variety of different styles or used on their own to create a distinct and consistent look. © Architonic continue

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Architonic Story: Wagner | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-wagner/20193149 Tue, 11 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-wagner/20193149">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-wagner/20193149 Architonic Story: AXOR One | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-axor-one/20193113 Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-axor-one/20193113">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-axor-one/20193113 How can my brand stand out while architects and designers search for products online | Insights for Members | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/pola-mora-how-can-my-brand-stand-out-while-architects-and-designers-search-for-products-online/20193102 Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The shift to digital which we all experienced last year helped us to stay in touch with our friends and family and it also established new systems of productivity, allowing most companies to continue their operations with their teams working from home. In the same way, the shrinking of physical markets has led to an accelerated evolution in the world of online marketing. It is well known that digital mediums allow us to promote products and services to a larger audience, and in the year when we learned about social distancing, companies managed to find a way to keep in touch with their customers, building even better connections with them thanks to social media and other niche online platforms. It is very likely that these new habits will remain even when the pandemic is finally over. This is why establishing a solid online marketing approach will be one of the keys for every business in staying upright in the coming months. The option of using different online platforms makes drawing continue

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New age: Ritzwell | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-new-age-ritzwell/20193097 Fri, 07 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Creating timeless interiors is important to building a more sustainable future. That might mean ignoring the latest trends, patiently educating clients, and investing more into a project. But when furniture has been designed to stand the test of time, it overrides trends, it treasures our finite resources, and it develops a warm patina that appeals to our wellbeing. For Japanese furniture manufacturer Ritzwell timeless design is achieved by fusing the tradition of Japanese culture and design philosophy with the function of 20th century international modernism. Each piece is a precious object, made with high quality natural materials and artisanal production methods – skilfully crafted for the durability of decades of use. Yet it is also modern in design, which means being versatile, modular and offering a wide range of dimensions and finishes. Therefore, choosing a timeless piece of modern furniture for an interior doesn’t mean losing the agility and flexibility of contemporary design.… continue

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How to promote your brand through social media | Insights for Members | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/pola-mora-how-to-promote-your-brand-through-social-media/20192652 Tue, 04 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Without a doubt, the social distancing and self-isolation we have been forced to endure since last year has changed the role of social media dramatically. In order to keep us connected, informed and entertained, we have been drawn to social platforms in an unprecedented way. For that reason, companies also found connecting through different social media channels the best way to keep in touch with their customers, and even build better connections with them. They were also able to offer a better understanding of the mood of their brand thanks to the deeper interactions social networks can offer. Within the Architecture & Design field, as it is a very image-driven industry, the most popular social media channels are Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Professionals in this area spend an important part of their time on these platforms seeking inspiration, or with the objective of discovering new products and materials. But, what are the main differences between these three platforms? Shoul… continue

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Soft metal: Kymo | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-soft-metal-kymo/20192644 Wed, 05 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Denis Türker actually never planned to follow in his parents’ footsteps and devote his life to the carpet trade, his early enthusiasm being directed more towards the entertainment industry. In his hometown of Karlsruhe, he was involved in a collective that organised parties in offbeat locations. They recruited big-name DJs and made the city’s club scene known far beyond its borders. Then things went in a different direction. For many years, Türker’s parents had been importing classical oriental carpets to Germany, and one day they asked him and a few student friends to design their own carpet. The resulting design still needed a brand name and the idea for Kymo was born. More than 15 years ago now, this idea became a company for contemporary handmade carpets. Several designs and millions of metres of woven yarn later, Kymo is debuting its Melting Point carpet this spring. The design was conceived by the company’s in-house creative team, consisting of Eva Langhans and Katharina Tannous.… continue

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Some like it hot: SPA Deluxe | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-some-like-it-hot-spa-deluxe/20192589 Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 First, it was the whirlpool. Now it’s the sauna’s turn to claim its place in the garden and follow in the footsteps of its original Finnish forerunners. Today, this popular traditional source of revitalisation and energy from the far north is found the world over, and increasingly swapping its previous location tucked away in the cellar or attic for a place in the sun. SPA Deluxe from Senden in Germany, attends to the beautiful things in life – including the aesthetic liberation and upgrade of the sauna. In addition to saunas and whirlpools, the company offers just about everything that does the human spirit good when it comes to relaxation and quality design. In addition to premium swim spas and whirlpools, the company also supplies matching furniture and accessories from renowned outdoor manufacturers to comprehensively round off your personal wellness programme. A particular area of focus is the garden sauna, a trend that’s enjoying ever greater popularity. With the compact and s… continue

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It’s only natural: Flou | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-its-only-natural-flou/20192588 Tue, 04 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Studies have shown that in the past couple of centuries, human beings have become an indoor species, with the average person now spending approximately 90 per cent of their time inside. Being indoors so much means it is vital to create interior environments that support our mental wellbeing as much as possible. One way to do this is to bring the outdoors inside, using shapes, colours and materials that evoke aspects of nature. This can help to relieve stress, lower blood pressure and lift our mood – all things that many of us could use now more than ever. For its 2020 collection, Italian furniture brand Flou took inspiration directly from the natural world, creating products with a comfortingly familiar look and feel. The new Flou 2021 collection continues this exploration of nature’s nurturing properties. According to Flou President, Massimiliano Messina, the pieces are informed by the ‘need to create in our homes, situations of greater comfort and wellness; spaces where we can find h… continue

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LED it be!: the latest lighting projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-led-it-be-the-latest-lighting-projects/20192587 Wed, 05 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Ever since the advent of artificial lighting, designers and architects have used it to enhance buildings around us and spaces within them. Then LEDs changed everything – small, flexible and energy-efficient, they give architects and designers more opportunities than ever to deploy lighting as an architectural element in its own right. Naturally, the possibilities offered by these new advances in lighting are best explored in nightclubs, theatres, restaurants and bars – spaces that truly come alive and light up when darkness falls. Clavel Arquitectos explored these possibilities when refurbishing the lobby, restaurants and nightclub in the five-star Gran Hotel Casino Extremadura in the Spanish town of Badajoz. With a simple colour palette of black and gold, the architects have sought to emphasise the curvilinear space with custom-designed LED strips mounted on aluminium tubes. The large overlapping chandeliers mirror the curvature of the space and are reflected in several strategically… continue

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Second sight: GERA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-second-sight-gera/20192379 Mon, 10 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 What happens when two product worlds that are often seen as separate from one another, furniture and lighting, for instance, are brought together? Certain pieces of furniture, those used for storage, for example, ordinarily lead a shadowy, anonymous kind of existence, except in cases where a spotlight selectively picks out a section of a chest of drawers or a cabinet, perhaps. Or, take a room with all its furnishings illuminated by daylight. Light falls upon each object equally, but at the same time, the scene lacks individual accents, especially with furniture that is designed to store things in the darkness of their interiors, stowing clothing or kitchen utensils, out of sight. Nice and discreet, of course, but also somewhat boring. Logically, then, doing precisely the opposite should deliver the opposite effect. Namely, creating a more engaging scene by displaying the things we live with every day more openly to show them in their best light. And that, essentially, sums up German li… continue

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Going up the walls: Pandomo | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-going-up-the-walls-pandomo/20192025 Tue, 18 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 How exactly specific trends come to emerge in the first place can be as mysterious as their duration or the reason for their coming to an end. An example of this is the recent comeback of terrazzo flooring. Initiated by a number of designers around 2014, it then gained some momentum in 2015 with Wes Anderson’s use of the candy-coloured material for the floor of Bar Luce in Milan's Fondazione Prada museum, which the director designed in the highly stylised, retro look typical of his films. Barely three years later, and it seemed there was no way of avoiding terrazzo at the Salone del Mobile. Today, not only is it much sought after for floors, but wallpapers and home accessories featuring its speckled stone pattern design are also conquering our living spaces. But unlike other products that may be on-trend, terrazzo, with its durability and elegance, also proves its potential for permanence. Pandomo has long recognised the benefits of the material, manufacturing terrazzo to such a qualit… continue

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Architonic Story: Gaggenau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-gaggenau/20191568 Tue, 27 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-gaggenau/20191568">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-gaggenau/20191568 Textile Design Week: Overtime! | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-overtime/20191558 Fri, 07 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Archironic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-overtime/20191558">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-overtime/20191558 Textile Design Week: Cristian Zuzunaga | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-cristian-zuzunaga/20191557 Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-cristian-zuzunaga/20191557">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-cristian-zuzunaga/20191557 Textile Design Week: Sevil Peach | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-sevil-peach/20191556 Wed, 05 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-sevil-peach/20191556">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-sevil-peach/20191556 Two in One: AXOR | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-two-in-one-axor/20191555 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 There’s something paradoxical about bathroom fittings: they’re expected to ensure simple but precise regulation of water quantity and temperature, while also meeting our exacting aesthetic standards – from timelessly discreet to extravagant and eye-catching. New approaches rarely emerge that go beyond form. Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby decided it was time to change this when they focused on interactivity for AXOR. Launched in 2015, their AXOR One shower thermostat module is now being supplemented with mixers, showers and water inlets for bathtubs. Even if the control panel – with rounded corners and intuitive operation, courtesy of its rotary dial and large push buttons – can be easily combined with other AXOR collections, the newly introduced product family presents a holistic overall concept of visual purity. The AXOR One control element is now joined by matching hand showers and overhead showers for flush-mounted installation on walls and ceilings, along with the so-called showerpi… continue

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Pioneering perfection: AXOR | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-pioneering-perfection-axor/20191554 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Opening up new perspectives on the bathroom by establishing it as ‘a place of calm and reflection, of security and relaxation’: such was the declared aim when Hansgrohe first launched the AXOR brand. Sounds highly contemporary, but it was actually 28 years ago – and shows how people were already viewing their daily lives as hectic, even back then. The bathroom had previously been regarded as a purely functional space, but from then on, the bathroom faucet and shower manufacturer from Germany’s Black Forest devoted its attention to this space, backed by the tools of design. Bathrooms became miniature oases, designed entirely for the pleasure of body and mind. The first collection was designed by French designer Philippe Starck in 1994, as the prelude to a long collaboration. The following year, with the ‘salon d’eau’ concept, Starck proved that bathrooms can also function without the usual tiles, performing more as a feel-good space than a functional cell. With AXOR Starck, the designer… continue

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Compact Luxury: AXOR | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-compact-luxury-axor/20191546 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 What does the term ‘luxury’ mean in an increasingly urbanised world? Is luxury something tangible? Is it measured in the number of square metres or abstract financial equivalents? These questions form the basis of a whitepaper titled ‘Compact Luxury’, which was produced by AXOR in cooperation with London-based consultancy The Future Laboratory. With the approximately 30-page document, AXOR ventures a look into the future of urban life. Its relevance can be seen in the population forecast by the United Nations for the year 2050: in all likelihood, two-thirds of the world’s population will by then live in cities, many of them in megacities, and the currently observable trend towards more compact living spaces has been forecasted to increase even more dramatically. Making cities livable is just one important challenge facing us in the coming decades. Equally important for us to consider is the concept of the home as both a social space as well as an individual sanctuary that puts personal… continue

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Textile Design Week: Hella Jongerius | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-hella-jongerius/20191475 Tue, 04 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-hella-jongerius/20191475">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-hella-jongerius/20191475 Textile Design Week: Professional Insights | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-professional-insights/20191474 Mon, 03 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p><b>‘Textiles can be the primary tool in the creation of a space.’</b> – Sevil Peach As the production and performance of textiles become more intelligent, so does their usage by architectural and design practitioners. Long viewed as a two-dimensional skin or decorative device, their space-defining, visually and acoustically managing potential is slowly being given the consideration it deserves, attended by a recognition of their benefits in terms of user well-being, sustainability and storytelling. Discover what Hella Jongerius, Sevil Peach and Cristian Zuzunaga have to say about it. © Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-professional-insights/20191474">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-textile-design-week-professional-insights/20191474 Private-public partnership: Midj | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-private-public-partnership-midj/20191348 Wed, 28 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 If there is one piece of furniture that has been used the most during the last year, it must be the sofa. It has become home office, children’s playspace, movie theatre, Instagram backdrop and meeting place for conversations both virtual and non-virtual. Moving far beyond its typical relaxation function, the sofa has now become a ‘space’ in its own right, and many designers are recognising its potential beyond the living room. Seeking to question how design could challenge the sofa to embrace new activities and spaces, Italian brand Midj has released the new Area collection by Rome based Studio Pastina. Featuring a sofa, armchair, pouf and chaise longue, the innovative collection effortlessly balances modern style, comfort and sophisticated technical design. Both inviting yet minimal, durable and modular it has been designed with an open-minded approach to interiors of the future – just some of the reasons it won a 2021 Red Dot Award. Designed to feel at home in a range of settings fro… continue

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Keep your feet on the ground: Frescolori | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-keep-your-feet-on-the-ground-frescolori/20191189 Wed, 05 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 When it comes to floors and walls, architects and interior designers are obviously aware of how their decisions can fundamentally impact the overall atmosphere of a room. For both applications, it is important to make the right choice for the respective location with sensitivity and flair for materials, colours and textures. Such large surfaces can quickly become very dominant – and some things are not so easy to undo. But a successful wall and floor design can give definition to an architectural space, forging a unique character and identity. Take the Moxy Hamburg City Hotel, for example. Here, local studio Joi Design has created an interior with its own particular charm, demonstrating a great deal of feeling for the young hotel chain – and for the Hanseatic city. Can the floor of a hotel lobby make you want to explore a city? When creative ideas are implemented in unexpected ways, the answer is yes, it can. Like a zoomed-in city map or diagram, lines, place names and short texts, yel… continue

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The future is clear: Feco | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-the-future-is-clear-feco/20191167 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The world of work has been in a state of upheaval for years, with architects, designers and manufacturers clearly playing a central role in the development of new models and concepts in this area. How do we want to work? What measures support a team’s processes? And while a lot has already been achieved in recent years, in Spring 2020, the arrival of the corona pandemic returned these and other questions back to centre stage. Suddenly, most of us are working from home – and in many cases, it functions surprisingly well. You can skip the commute to work, leave your business attire in the wardrobe and finally receive incoming parcel deliveries in person, yourself. Perfect, right? If we’re honest though, many of us are already longing for the office. Working at home often clashes with home-schooling needs, and we miss the varied inputs and personal interactions of office life. A recent cartoon in the New Yorker shows a woman in an online meeting. Next to her on the table is an open box, a… continue

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The shape of things to come: Brunner | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-the-shape-of-things-to-come-brunner/20190928 Tue, 04 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Trust is one of the core foundations on which success in business is built, whether in relation to the market or within the company itself. This is borne out by numerous studies including the German Economic Institute’s recent IW Report ‘Trust in Companies’. As far as building trust amongst colleagues is concerned, there are various approaches that businesses can take. One of the simplest and best-known exercises used in trust coaching to demonstrate its importance is to have a person fall backwards and trust that their partner will catch them. In addition to building trust, strengthening team spirit by creating a positive atmosphere and promoting open communication are also central to an organisation’s success. With its pads collection, Brunner impressively demonstrates how these contemporary ideas can be translated into a versatile furniture series. pads’ beautifully shaped elements transform rooms into pleasant places full of possibilities. The series’ comfortable, upholstered modul… continue

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Getting high: Gaggenau x 130 William by Sir David Adjaye | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-getting-high-gaggenau-x-130-william-by-sir-david-adjaye/20190852 Fri, 23 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The undulations of Lower Manhattan’s skyline has a new peak. 130 William is the striking new residential development from New York-based real estate developers Lightstone. New from the ground up, both the exterior of the building and the interiors have been conceived by the visionary Ghanaian-British architect, Sir David Adjaye, and exhibit a bold hybrid of the city’s former mercantile vernacular and modern-day loft-living tastes. The 66-floor structure stretches to the skyline-defining height of 244 metres. Situated in the financial, cultural, retail and entertaining hub of Lower Manhattan, 130 William furnishes an affluent local residential market with comfort and community. It is accessed via an Adjaye-designed public plaza and the many amenities include a health club and spa, IMAX cinema, pet spa, children’s activity centre, a trampoline room, golf simulator and private rooftop. It’s remarkable not only for this phenomenal offering and the calibre of the exterior architecture but a… continue

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Garden state: Fast | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-garden-state-fast/20190832 Tue, 27 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Fresh air, nature and sunshine – all right at your doorstep. Now that we are spending so much more time at home, the importance of gardens has increased tremendously in the current corona situation. Gardens allow us to escape our own four walls and provide a natural refuge of calm and relaxation. Gardens have always played this role, but now, we suddenly appreciate them even more. This became apparent to me on a recent visit to a legendary house and garden: the writer Marcel Proust spent his childhood summers in the small French village of Illiers-Combray. He describes his memories in the famous novel In Search of Lost Time. The garden where the Proust family convened in the afternoon for tea and cakes has remained practically unchanged to this day – a splendid time capsule. How fortunate are those who have a garden of their own! But feeling completely at home there depends on a multitude of factors, including the way we furnish and equip these special spaces. The Italian company Fast… continue

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So superficial: ISKU’s antimicrobial solutions | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-so-superficial-iskus-antimicrobial-solutions/20190823 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Active hygiene is the latest tool to be added to the kit of the wellness-led interior architect. It joins lighting, air and sound quality control, the use of clean materials, a calming colour palette and biophilic design as considerations when integrating health-promoting functionality into a building. Its potential, in the form of antimicrobial technologies embedded in interior surfaces, has become the focus of 90-year-old Finnish furniture company ISKU, which has formed an alliance with other Finnish companies in the design and architecture sector, to promote their microbe minimising strategy for cleaning up our enclosed environments. The HygAlliance’s ambition is to bring Finnish antimicrobial solutions to interiors globally. Antimicrobial functionality is something ISKU has in fact incorporated into furniture since 2015, back when one of the biggest health threats was antibiotic resistance, and the major challenge to productivity was sick leave brought on by a common cold or flu. I… continue

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Rose-tinted glasses: 3M | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-rose-tinted-glasses-3m/20190822 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 In the 20th century, glass became the protagonist of modern architecture, wrapping tall structures and dividing office floor plans into boardrooms and cubicles. Today, post-pandemic design has seen the return of glass partitions with a new emphasis on social distancing. Beyond the office space, in 2021, glass partitions are set to play an important role in making people feel safe in public and commercial environments from spaces for retail and health, to restaurants and bars. While much has changed, glass still remains one of the best materials for dividing space. It offers hygienic benefits due to its nonporous properties and brings transparency that allows for better communication and enables the flow of light. in addition, it’s both a durable and sustainable choice. Yet while functional glass partitions may become a necessity, that doesn’t mean that they cannot be intelligently and elegantly designed into space – and even embrace trends such as maximalism, colour blocking and the cr… continue

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LUCTRA VITAWORK: Energy saving means environmental protection | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/luctra-luctra-vitawork-energy-saving-means-environmental-protection/20190818 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The consumption of electrical power for lighting in private households can be enormous - immeasurable in large office buildings. Depending on the company, the share for artificial lighting can account for up to 45 percent of the total expenditure for energy purchases. The electricity costs for lighting are correspondingly high. In addition to reducing electricity costs, energy-efficient lighting also helps to conserve resources and thus contributes to environmental and climate protection. With VITAWORK, LUCTRA offers an innovative and design-awarded floor lamp that brings the best lighting conditions to the workplace. The luminaire is equipped with the latest energy-saving LED technology and achieves a natural light impression on the ceiling and a high uniformity of light distribution in the room with the help of direct and indirect lighting. With an output of 130 lm/W, VITAWORK is the right solution for all users looking for energy-efficient lighting. Using automatic daylight and pres… continue

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By professionals, for professionals: Gaggenau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-by-professionals-for-professionals-gaggenau/20190815 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The Gaggenau difference is plain to see. Making professional kitchen technology available to the ambitious home cook, in designs that synchronise with each other and their setting, Gaggenau’s first talent undoubtedly lies in making appliances that ease and enhance day to day life in the kitchen. It’s Gaggenau’s ambition also, however, to make just as much difference to the buying, design and installation experience. With products that are entirely integral to the kitchen blueprint, choices concerning the aesthetic and functional variables, appliance placements, even the basic inventory of technology to be incorporated, can heavily impact the design process. One glance, for example, at the refrigeration appliances in the Vario cooling 400 series is enough to weaken the knees; they feature see-through doors and temperature zones adjustable to the optimal conditions for the storage of fresh produce and wine. But to combine the pieces effectively and make an architectural statement of your… continue

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Soul food: Gaggenau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-soul-food-gaggenau/20190814 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 It might come as a surprise from a company that wholeheartedly embraces the advancement of technology in kitchen design, but craft and hand-building are high on Gaggenau’s list of values. ‘Finished by hand, this is the only way to put soul into the products’ says Sven Baacke, Gaggenau’s Head of Design. One does not, in fact, negate the other. At the Gaggenau plant in Lipsheim, ovens and extractors are produced in small batches that highly skilled technicians assemble by hand using cutting-edge equipment. From the latest welding device, to a state-of-the-art cleanroom (where control panels are compiled manually in a sanitised, dust- and static-free environment to ensure no damage befalls the sensitive electrical components), the tools are advanced, but it’s the manual assembly of parts that ensures the necessary precision and quality control. Production consists of a lot of manual work and fine-tuning’ affirms Alexis Graff, Production Manager at Lipsheim ‘We apply very high quality stan… continue

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Mise en place: Gaggenau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-mise-en-place-gaggenau/20190650 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 A line drawn through the highlights of Gaggenau’s past to its present-day enterprise is as streamlined as the silhouette of one of its iconic ovens. It tells a smooth evolutionary tale of a brand that began life as an ironworks in the south of Germany in 1683, and now makes some of the world’s most technically advanced, operationally smooth and aesthetically joy-inducing kitchen appliances. Along the way, Gaggenau innovated a robust enamel in the 19th century that has evolved into the signature blue lining of its ovens today, introduced the concept of built-in appliances in the 1950s, and, in recent decades, turned to chef-driven design and the adaptation of professional functionality into domestic kitchens. It is a clear heritage of innovation, craftsmanship, high-quality materials and functionality to draw on and carry forward. Take the latest iteration of the combi-steam oven, which introduced steam cooking to domestic audiences in 1999, but continually updates to accommodate new co… continue

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Architonic Story: Gaggenau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-gaggenau/20190608 Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-gaggenau/20190608">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-gaggenau/20190608 Show me the ropes: Flos | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-show-me-the-ropes-flos/20190149 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Though no longer a new phenomenon, the integration of LED technology into lighting design is still inspiring new typologies – prompting illuminating solutions not previously dreamt of, and facilitating sculptural endeavours that would simply not have been possible before. Italian brand Flos has been at the forefront of developments in lighting design since its establishment in 1962 and continues to work with the world’s most accomplished and adventurous designers to push boundaries aesthetically and technically. A collaboration with the pioneering design duo, Formafantasma, has led to its most recent launch, Wireline, a striking, mould-breaking LED lighting piece. Formafantasma set the tone for Wireline with their first design for Flos, Wirering, launched in 2018. An LED ring attaches to the wall while the flattened power cable resembles a belt, anchoring the ring to the wall. Describing Wirering as ‘an exercise in reduction’, the duo have now brought this minimising approach to the pe… continue

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Learning by building | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-learning-by-building/20190142 Wed, 21 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 According to the higher education consultancy ICEF*, the number of students attending tertiary education globally is set to increase by 50% between 2020 and 2030 to nearly 380 million. With facilities becoming an increasingly important factor in students' choice of school, the architecture of college campuses and new university buildings is crucial to attracting the best and the brightest. But unlike the iconic architecture of the past decades, the latest crop of university buildings puts a renewed focus on functionality, collaboration and sustainability. In West London, the Pritzker-Prize winners Grafton Architects have recently completed TownHouse, a multi-purpose teaching building for Kingston University. A lecture theatre, library, assembly spaces, cafés and a mixture of collaborative and individual workspaces are clustered around a tall covered courtyard and connected visually by a series of voids. On the exterior, double and triple-height external terraces soften the large scale… continue

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Walk this way: Atlas Concorde | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-walk-this-way-atlas-concorde/20188913 Wed, 21 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 A wave of open-plan architecture saw adjoining rooms opened up into single multi-functioning spaces, but the latest extension to the trend is to invite the outside in to play too, or should that be to invite the inside out? By continuing an interior style into the neighbouring exterior environment, living space can be significantly expanded with little serious building work required. With innovative sliding or folding exterior glass walls, sophisticated exterior lighting and heating systems and durable yet comfortable seating, the boundaries between interiors and exteriors are becoming blurred. As the first component we see and touch when entering a space, flooring is a central part of any project and holds a unique power to control these first sensory impressions. As something of an art-forger in ceramics, the international tile brand Atlas Concorde creates large-scale tiles for floors, walls and any other flat surface for that matter, that mimic the look and texture of natural mat… continue

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Report: How Do Architects and Industry Professionals Specify Materials and Products? | Insights for Members | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/pola-mora-report-how-do-architects-and-industry-professionals-specify-materials-and-products/20188794 Sat, 17 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Last year we published a survey called "How do Architects and Industry Professionals Specify Materials and Products”. The objective was to better understand architects’ behaviors and needs during the specification stage of their design processes. The following report is structured into 5 parts: • Summary • Who Took the Survey • How do Architects and Designers Interact with Products and Materials in their Creative Process? • Specifying Materials and Products in the Different Construction Stages • Conclusions <b>Summary</b> The majority of architecture professionals who are designing and developing projects are also the key decision-makers when choosing and specifying the materials and products for their construction and interior design projects. Although architects’ relationships with materials become more relevant during the construction phase; the initial design stages require research on referential material and technical queries that take place from the office, using what is… continue

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