Architonic Newsletter 06.2013

Dear Readers

In the short nine months since Ian Hunter and Brad Turner founded Materials Council in partnership with Architonic, they've succeeded in making a name for themselves in the architecture and design scenes. We look back over an eventful post-launch period and report, too, on what's coming up for them. In addition, the two materials experts discuss the innovative field of 'engineered nature' – where technically modified natural materials can replace synthetic ones. 

Here's what you'll find in our June Newsletter:

  • Engineered Nature: materials made to perform
  • Materials Council: activity update
  • Inspiring Search Results N° 18: Sun Loungers
  • Inspiring Spaces N° 10: Courtyards
  • Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic


Get inspired!

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A rapidly renewable natural material, bamboo can, once modified, challenge the use of timber; photo © Moso

Leadchair. Design: EOOS

The art of leadership needs excellent tools – tools for convincing management. The new Leadchair makes a clear statement: modern understatement.

Its appearance is all about flowing forms and clean lines. Every component, every line is precisely defined to create a harmonious whole. Soft leather modulates the elegant upholstery – a true sign of a long tradition in upholstery making. Base, rotating column, seat and back fork, and the armrests seem all of a piece. Take a seat, lean back, feel good. The synchronised mechanism ensures healthy sitting. The Leadchair comes as an executive chair, a conference chair or a visitor chair.


Engineered Nature: materials made to perform

Nature does a pretty good job of shaping our environment. But what happens when innovation and creative thinking are applied to the more sustainable natural materials out there? Leading materials consultancy Materials Council investigates the increasing number of high-performance, high-aesthetic natural products on the market that have, in different ways, been engineered to work harder and to allow new design possibilities.


Cosentino's Silestone Prexury product family uses semi-precious stones, fossils and other natural materials to create a robust, durable material for bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, as well as for cladding


Man's ability to engineer the natural materials of our environment into usable tools has come to define us throughout the ages. But while we have become increasingly skilled at creating utilitarian products from raw materials, we've also become more aware of the potential destructive ability of these processes and our actions on the environment.


Kebony, used here to create a sculptural pavilion in London, represents a new generation of engineered woods: timber is impregnated with liquid 'biowastes' to modify its cellular structure, resulting in a durable, stable, maintenance-free material


We have now reached an age when this burden of responsibility and our advanced abilities to control and shape the materials around us have come together to create new products and manufacturing processes that are less synthetic creations, and more super-natural.

Here, Materials Council explores various examples of engineered nature that demonstrate the incredible level of control we can now exercise over our environment and how we can benefit from using products that are less synthetic in more ways than simply being more sustainable...


The Show for All Creative Energies

- 3,000 exhibitors including 45% international brands
- More than 130,000 m² (net) of stand space
- 85,000 visitors, including 50% from outside France

A leading event in home styles, MAISON&OBJET offers an international, 360° panorama of the market. Decorative items, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, children's world, tableware, etc.

This lifestyle platform merging business and creativity is THE meeting place for buyers and specifiers the world over. A facilitator of encounters, business booster and strategy scout all rolled into one, this must-see trade exhibition draws its inspiration from Paris.
Luxury, know-how, design, avant-garde…
MAISON&OBJET and the City of Lights: a unique DNA!


Materials Council: activity update

Materials Council has been busy. Founded in partnership with Architonic in 2012, the leading London-based consultancy has proved in a mere nine months its expertise and relevance to architects, manufacturers and business, providing indispensable consulting in the application of environmentally responsible and cost-effective materials. High-profile clients, such as Abstracta, Clayworks, Glock and Architonic, have all recognised the competitive edge Materials Council's specialist knowledge can bring.



If anyone knows that we’re living in a material world, it’s Materials Council, the London-based consultancy, which, partnered with Architonic, was founded last autumn by ex-Foster & Partners materials researchers Ian Hunter and Brad Turner. In the a mere nine months, the duo have made their mark on architecture and design scenes, delivering their materials expertise to creatives and manufacturers in the form of consulting, exhibitions, talks and journalism.

Here’s an update from Materials Council themselves on their recent activities and some information on their next exhibition 'In the Scale of Carbon'...



Inspiring Search Results N° 18


Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic


Duggan Morris Architects


Old Bearhurst | United Kingdom | Completed 2009
photographer: ©James Brittain

RO&AD architecten


Moses Bridge | Halsteren | Netherlands | Completed 2011

Atelier Rubin Weber


Stone Donkey | Switzerland | Prototype 2013

Juhana Myllykoski


Kursk light | Finland | Prototype 2012

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The Heat is On: Latin American Design hits New York

As the world's busiest revolving door, New York is no stranger to new cultural sights and influences. This year's New York Design Week saw a raft of Latin American designers and design collectives exhibit their highly polished and conceptually impressive work...

Points in Space: (Contemporary) exercises in inscribing the landscape

Small works of architecture – from Canada, US and Mexico, to Norway, Chile and Sicily – are appearing across the planet on the basis of new design practices and attitudes. Journalist Valentina Ciuffi explores...

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