Architonic Newsletter 01.2013

Dear Readers,

In this issue of the Architonic Newsletter, we look back at January's two major fairs: BAU Munich and imm cologne. Among the many innovations shown at both were a number of developments in the textiles sector. Have a read of our report.

The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is the next big event in the fair calendar, where we'll be scouting, as ever, for the best new Nordic products. For those of you who are going to be there too, we've put together our indispensable Architonic Guide Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2013. We'd be delighted, of course, to see you at our Architonic Concept Space (EH:02)!

Here's a brief overview of the contents of our January Newsletter:

  • Agenda February - March 2013
  • Looming Large: innovation in new textile design
  • Architonic Photo Tours January 2013: imm cologne, BAU Munich
  • Architonic Guide Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2013
  • Architonic Products & Materials: Inspiring Search Results N° 13
  • Architonic Architecture & Design: Inspiring Spaces N° 6
  • The Most Recent Projects From Our 'Architecture & Design' Library

Get inspired!

Your Architonic Team

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Water Cathedral | Santiago de Chile | Chile | Completed 2011-2012
Image by Guy Wenborne, courtesy of Constructo


Agenda February - March 2013


Looming Large: innovation in new textile design

If you think textile design is, well, a little two-dimensional, think again. Contemporary producers of high-quality woven materials for interiors are busy exploring all sorts of innovative directions in terms of materials, processes and applications. And that’s no flannel.


The rules of geometry: 'Dragon' from Danish textiles manufacturer Kinnasand's new 'Unfold' collection


Long before there was industrial design or what we would now more often refer to as product design, there was the design and production of textiles. The activity of producing fabrics through the weaving together of yarns has been around for millennia, across a diversity of cultural contexts. It’s one long, continuous thread, as it were, in the history of human making.


Apply yourself: 'Amos' from Christian Fischbacher's 'Urban Nomad' collection, which prints designs derived from traditional Japanese dyeing techniques onto Trevira CS


Given the ubiquity of, and enduring need for, textiles – for warmth, comfort, privacy, the display of social standing and wealth – it’s little surprise that their production was a key driver in the phenomenon that was the Industrial Revolution. 1764 saw English carpenter James Hargreaves invent the ‘Spinning Jenny’, a multi-spool, mechanical spinning frame, transforming textile production from cottage industry to factory-located, high-volume manufacturing.


Walk the line: Nya Nordiska's highly geometric, line-driven new 'Creative Concept' collection of textiles


But that was then. And is this now. A number of contemporary manufacturers of textiles are embracing innovation once more, adopting a range of clever approaches to creating fabrics through an exploration of new materials or material combinations, new technologies and processes, and new applications. They may be for the most part flat, but the latest high-end textiles for interior use aren’t taking things lying down.


Architonic Photo Tours January 2013: imm cologne, BAU Munich

Architonic Bar at imm cologne

If it's imm cologne it must the now legendary Architonic Bar at über-cool Cologne nightspot, the King Georg Klubbar. This January's two-evening party (yes, two evenings) was packed to the gills as usual with Architonic's long-standing and newly made friends – manufacturers, retailers, architects, designers and journalists – all helping the Architonic team celebrate our tenth anniversary. The gin and tonics (courtesy of Monkey 47 Gin and Gents Tonic Water) were flowing and were the sounds by Animal Trainer (Hive Audio, Zürich). Here's a pictorial record for your enjoyment.


imm cologne 2013

Given that the German market is one of the few causes for optimism in an uncertain European context, it's no wonder that, for the first time in a long while, so many high-end exhibitors came together at this year's imm cologne. What's more, next to the usual Hall 11, a new premium Hall 3 – which came across as fresh and much more spacious in terms of its overall design – was successfully delivered, in which a good range of exhibitors, from many different sectors, took up residence. All of this made imm cologne a well-rounded and positive start to the business year.

A good indicator is also the fact that many manufacturers are bucking the trend for presenting all of their new products for the year at the Milan Salone del Mobile in April. This is a wise move, as even the most striking of pearls can get lost in a Milan that's already bursting at the seams.

We've also taken a look, as ever, at the prototypes and work of the design stars of tomorrow at the D3 Design Talents competition exhibition.

Here's our comprehensive photo tour, which brings you our highlights from imm cologne 2013. 


BAU 2013 in Munich

Ever the products scout, Architonic was on the ground at this year's edition of BAU Munich, making sure we remain experts in the latest materials and systems that manufacturing has to offer. The leading materials trade fair internationally, BAU is extremely well organised – concrete, wood, glass – and, while comprehensive in terms of exhibitors, isn't exhaustive. What's more, it's supported by a very good programme of talks and events. You weren't there? Fear not. It's all be captured in our detailed Architonic photo tour...


Trainee Sales Program

CAARDO stands for Carpet Concept, Artemide and Dornbracht. The three leading brands in the sector of architecture, design and interiors are cooperating for the very first time on a program for training sales specialists.

Professional, proficient and appealing: CAARDO is a trainee program for future sales experts (f/m) who will work alongside and advise architects, planners and project leaders. Theory and practice go hand in hand in this multi-faceted program focusing on communication, sales and customer relations. The twenty weeks of intense training are conducted by professionals from the three companies. Find out more at

Please submit your application for the interviews on March 1, 2013, to: Carpet Concept Objektteppichboden GmbH, CAARDO-Akademie, Thorsten Allert, Bunzlauer Straße 7, 33719 Bielefeld, Germany, Tel. +49 521 92459-40,



Architonic Guide Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2013

In the 10 years since the founding of Architonic, the Architonic Guide has established itself as an indispensable trade-fair companion.

This anniversary year too, the Architonic Guide allows you to find the best exhibitors quickly. Architonic’s selection is purely an editorial one and is limited to high-end manufacturers whose products are visually relevant to the design of buildings and spaces. It’s a guide by architects for architects.

To help you prepare your visit to Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2013, our Architonic guide is now available for you to download as a PDF file using the link below.

Printed copies will be available free of charge at the stands of selected exhibitors at the fair and from the Architonic Concept Space (EH:02).


Architonic Products & Materials: Inspiring Search Results N° 13

Architonic Architecture & Design: Inspiring Spaces N° 6

The Most Recent Projects From Our 'Architecture & Design' Library

FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects


House of Silence | Shiga | Japan | Completed 2012
photographer: Takumi Ota Kei Nakajima

GUN Architects


Water Cathedral | Santiago de Chile | Chile | Completed 2011-2012
Image by Guy Wenborne, courtesy of Constructo

Gabriela Chicherio Product Design


WOOD COUTURE | Switzerland | Prototype 2012

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