In this issue of your Architonic Newsletter, we take a comprehensive look at Nordic design and review the recent Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. We also look to the (very near) future: The World’s Leading Trade Fair for The Bathroom Experience, Building Services, Energy, Air Conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies ISH 2013 runs in Frankfurt from the 12 to 16 March and, as usual, we have free tickets to give away and put together an indispensable Architonic Guide to the fair.
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Size Doesn’t Matter: contemporary Nordic architects who cross boundaries
Head north and you'll find a thriving design culture where the level of consideration given to the way things look, feel and work isn't determined by their scale. Be they housing projects, chairs or taps, the Scandinavian approach to design continues to be a more democratic one, driven in no small part by the number of Nordic architects who design beyond buildings.
Designed as seating for visitors to BIG's Danish Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the 'Expo Chair', designed by KiBiSi and produced by HAY, is fast becoming a contemporary classic
In the beginning there was Alvar Aalto.
When it comes to the narrative of 20th-century Scandinavian modernism, no individual plays an as celebrated and influential a role as the Finnish architect, responsible for such landmark buildings as the Gesamtkunstwerk-like Paimio Sanatorium, completed in 1929, the Finnish Pavilion for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, and Helskini’s ice-cool Finlandia Hall, which opened in 1971.
Claesson Koivisto Rune bring their architectural thinking to bear on the product landscape: 'Hillside' sideboard for Arflex
Informed by the social and political impetus of early modernism, articulated most clearly in the activities of the Bauhaus, Aalto went on to develop a formal and material language that was less austere and machine-like than that of his counterparts, but one which shared their commitment to improving the quality of people’s lives. Yes to rationalism for Aalto, but also yes to an understanding of the human response to (and, perhaps, need for) the organic in the shaping of our material environment.
System furniture did what it's wont to do at this year's imm cologne: expand. A number of new and innovative furniture programmes, modular in nature, were shown alongside augmented and reworked old favourites. It's all about joined-up thinking.
Extruded form is the name of the game with Konstantin Grcic’s new ‘kit of parts’ ‘Bench B’ for BD Barcelona Design. Extendable to six metres, its profile is also an homage to Mies van der Rohe’s iconic ‘Barcelona Chair’
In these economically uncertain times, planners and end consumers are thinking even more than ever about the longevity of furniture, as a long-term investment – which is, of course, no bad thing. Beyond their ability to respond to the needs of their users in a tailored way, such furniture systems are, at least in theory, always a work in progress, the option of adding to them or reconfiguring them at a later stage built into their design.
Like a programme of our own, here are some product highlights from the Cologne fair.
Product designer Werner Aisslinger has collaborated with German manufacturer Interlübke on the expansion of their ‘Cube’ cabinet programme. Four new modules mean an even greater configurability
Pastoe has marked its (first) 100 years in business with a ‘Vision Elements Jubilee Cabinet’, designed by Pierre Mazairac and Karel Boonzaaijer. It speaks the same architectural, rational language of the Dutch manufacturer’s entire programme
Scandinavians do it better. More than any other fair, it would seem, the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair manages time and time again to pull off that rare mix of top-drawer, highly polished design and a cool, laid-back atmosphere. 2013 was no exception.
Big enough to keep even the most design viracious of visitors happy, yet small enough to allow for more generous meetings and conversations, the SFF’s size means that a more meaningful dialogue develops over the five days in the Swedish capital through repeat encounters with manufacturers, architects, designers, retailers and journalists.
If any fair is the young designer’s fair, it’s Stockholm. Beyond its always intriguing Greenhouse show, which acts as a platform for independent designers and design school, there’s a greater presence across the board of fresh talent, with manufacturers more willing in this part of the world to forge alliances with young designers in the nascent stages of their careers.
Here's our comprehensive photo tour, which brings you our highlights from Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2013.
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New app: Best Nordic Design Brands
At Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair we introduced the Best Nordic Design Brands app, which presents more than 30'000 design products made in Scandinavia, from furnishings via lamps, flooring and fabrics across to office furniture and contract furnishing. The app only displays products from premium segment brands, including Artek, Carl Hansen, Erik Jørgensen, Fritz Hansen, Kasthall, Kvadrat, Lammhults, Louis Poulsen, Montana, Offecct, Swedese, Vola and many more.
For each product you will find images of product variants and typical applications, as well as the possibility of sending direct enquiries about catalogues, prices and stockists. Many products are also presented within the framework of projects by international architects. The intuitive navigation by product group, manufacturer, designer or free text search provides you with fast search results anywhere and at any time. As a result you can use the app either as a private design enthusiast, or for business purposes as a planner or architect.
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