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    Lux Redux: Euroluce 2013 – Part I

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    23.04.2013

    We may live in somewhat gloomy times, but this year’s confident edition of Euroluce – the biennial international lighting showcase at the Milan Salone del Mobile – shone brighter than an old-fashioned 100-Watt light bulb.

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    Milan 2013: The Ultimate Photo Tours

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    17.04.2013

    No one provides you with as an exhaustive and detailed photographic coverage of the annual Milan Furniture Fair as Architonic. On this we pride ourselves. If you weren't able to make it to the 2013 edition of the mother of all design trade fairs,

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    The Park of Parks: Copenhagen's Superkilen

    Valentina Ciuffi

    05.04.2013

    A collage of stories and urban situations from around the world: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, Topotek1 and Superflex’s response to Copenhagen’s most multi-cultural district.

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    Milan 2013: Design Hones its Craft at Brera Design District

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    26.03.2013

    Looking, now more than ever, for ways of adding value to its products, there’s a renaissance of craft-based thinking within design manufacturing taking place. Where better to see this trend presented and discussed than in Milan’s leading design

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    Easily LED: the charms (and challenges) of a developing ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    20.03.2013

    Many hands make light work, goes the old saying. Many new LED producers also make the creative possibilities of working with such a fast-changing technology exciting, thanks to the proliferation of products they bring to the market. But, for lighting

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    The Gold Standard: iF International Forum Design celebrates ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    12.03.2013

    Three score old and in rude health: the iF design gold awards, handed out to a painstakingly selected, international cohort of companies at the recent Munich Creative Business Week for their outstanding products, is looking to the future.

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    Taking the Waters: born-again spa and wellness architecture

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    05.03.2013

    The spring of architectural creativity is in full flow, with a number of offices internationally adding value to the age-old practice of therapeutic bathing. Here's our selection of the best of the latest spa and wellness architecture. Go ahead. The

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    Non Plus Ultra: the Interior Innovation Award 2013's ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    27.02.2013

    The biggest, the fastest, the smartest. When it comes to marketing-speak, there's nothing like a superlative to liven things up. Best of Best – the annual exhibition held at imm cologne of the category winners from the Interior Innovation Award

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    Size Doesn’t Matter: contemporary Nordic architects who ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    12.02.2013

    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

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    Systematic: furniture that grows on you

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    08.02.2013

    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.

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    Looming Large: innovation in new textile design

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    29.01.2013

    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.

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    Coming Up: [D3] Design Talents at imm cologne is 10

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    20.12.2012

    More than 500 young and emerging designers have taken to the [D3] Design Talents stage at the Cologne Furniture Fair over the past ten years, presenting their ideas in prototype form to both an industry and a general audience. Architonic takes a look

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    ARCHITEKTUR 0.12: the first exhibition on popular Swiss ...

    ARCHITEKTUR 0.12

    18.12.2012

    ‘Are Swiss architects unable to create interesting buildings?’, asked Felix E Müller, editor-in-chief of Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag, in a recent article. ‘Unfortunately, all new buildings look the same.’ With this provocative statement,

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    stilhaus: 'Bringing together what belongs ...

    stilhaus

    18.12.2012

    stilhaus – the new design destination in Switzerland – doesn't do things by halves. 20,000 square metres of retail and exhibition space next to one of the country's busiest motorway intersections offers architects, planners and end consumers an

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    Same but Different: classic design and the design of change

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    12.12.2012

    Everything changes, so they say. But should it? What about decades-old, often iconic designs? Should they be preserved, as it were, their contemporary production remaining ‘true’ in every respect to the ‘original’? Or ought manufacturers be

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    Selling Spaces: new directions in retail design

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    12.12.2012

    In spite of the rise of e-commerce, the physical point of sale is still with us. That said, the traditional store is having to up its game in terms of the experience and brand relevance it offers consumers – not only to compete with online shopping

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    Architonic and Designboom launch strategic alliance

    Architonic

    20.11.2012

    "It is our aim to provide readers and the market with an efficient and high-quality environment for research, inspiration and communication. To this end, Architonic and Designboom are a perfect match because they complement each other both in terms

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    The In-Betweeners: the rise of a new office-furniture ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    19.11.2012

    In the grand, teleological narrative of design, things are developed to make our lives increasingly better. New forms, materials and technological innovations are introduced, self-justifying, attended by a clarity of function and value. But what

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    Ventura - the avant-garde brand of Swiss watches

    Susanne Fritz

    18.11.2012

    Ventura, the avant-garde brand of Swiss watches, is back. The first "manufacture électronique" for high quality digital watches has recently presented, in the shape of the SPARC MGS, a timepiece which once more sets a new benchmark in chronometer

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    Clear Vision: Zumtobel sheds light on the OperAlp/SALEWA ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    12.11.2012

    More often than not, office architecture can be, well, a little inward-looking. Shut out the outside world and focus staffers' attention on their building's interior spaces and you'll keep them focused on their work. Right? Wrong. The OperAlp/SALEWA

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    Soul Man: Ask Emil Skovgaard

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    26.10.2012

    If the Slow Design movement were looking for a poster boy, Ask Emil Skovgaard would undoubtedly be on the shortlist. Treading a fine and virtuosic line between design, craft and art, the Copenhagen-based creative’s work is, among other things, an

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    At Your Convenience: contemporary public-toilet architecture

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    25.10.2012

    We'd like to talk to you about a delicate matter. The toilet. The WC. The lavatory. However you choose to refer to it, we all require regular access to this most prosaic of environments. Which is why it's refreshing to see a number of recent public

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    Going Underground: Zumtobel sheds light on the Städel ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    23.10.2012

    Lighting always has to work harder when it's deployed in underground spaces. But when the space in question is a museum one, where the considered illumination of its exhibits is key – not to mention their protection against the potentially damaging

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    Still Waters: Laufen's newly extended Palomba range ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    22.10.2012

    When it came to launching their latest family of products, high-end Swiss bathroom manufacturer decided to buck the trend for the ultra-rational and focus on building on the softer, timeless design language of its earlier Palomba collection. The

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    Architonic Concept Space IV presents FluidSolids® - the ...

    Architonic

    09.10.2012

    FluidSolids® is a composite material consisting of renewable natural raw materials. It is made up of fibre, filling materials and a binding agent. All of these materials are generated as industrial waste in the processing of renewable raw materials.

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    Whiter Shade of Pale: Materials Council's 'Whiter ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    28.09.2012

    White. But not as you know it. Newly launched creative materials consultancy Materials Council's inaugural show at this year's Super Brands London neatly demonstrated that there's more than meets the eye when it comes to that most pure of colours.

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    Internal Culture: design history revisited at London design ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    27.09.2012

    While the London Design Festival's big-top design destinations, such as Super Brands London, Tent, designjunction and 100% Design pulled large crowds, a number of design brands used their city showrooms as spaces for serving up fascinating slices of

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    Zbyněk Hřivnáč - One of Them

    Adam Štěch

    20.08.2012

    From a global view of history of design, the Czech design scene still remains at the edge of historical periods and styles. Despite that fact, some great Czech designers have found themselves in an international context in the past.

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    Living in an Open Floor Plan

    Susanne Fritz

    19.06.2012

    At a former industrial site in the West of Zurich, young people show the potential of an open floor plan, how to build sustainably using recycled materials, how to be resource conscious, and demonstrate that food from Aldi – a discounter – can

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    Olympic Landscapes

    Alyn Griffiths

    05.06.2012

    Among and around the buildings that will house hockey players and hurdlers, cyclists and swimmers throughout the duration of this summer’s Olympic Games in London are public spaces that strive to meet the exacting Olympic standards of excellence

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    Park life: the evolving approach to designing urban public ...

    Alyn Griffiths

    10.05.2012

    It could be argued that the pinnacle of urban landscape architecture was reached in seventeenth century France and the French formal gardens or in Britain's philantrophic Victorian public parks in the ninenteenth century. Contemporary urban

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    The Making of Architonic Concept Space IV

    Susanne Fritz

    10.04.2012

    The Milan fair provides the ideal setting for the premiere of Architonic Concept Space IV. And this will be a global first because never before has the FluidSolids® material, developed over many years and patented by the prestigious Swiss designer

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    Urushi - Japanese Lacquer in modern Design

    Susanne Fritz

    30.03.2012

    An important component of the Japanese art of lacquerwork is the special technique known as "urushi", which uses many layers of wafer-thin, semi-transparent lacquer to create a surface of almost mystical radiance and sensual depth.

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    Mind the Gap: architects fitting extraordinary buildings ...

    Alyn Griffiths

    26.03.2012

    Every city evolves differently, according to fluctuations in population and wealth, changes in industry and other social and economic factors. As old buildings are replaced, or new ones constructed, spaces between these buildings appear or alter;

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    Exhibition: GRAFT Architects – Distinct Ambiguity

    Susanne Fritz

    24.09.2011

    To graft is a way of rethinking the seemingly irreconcilable. On this basis, Gregor Hoheisel, Christoph Körner, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit have developed complex fusion methods and reinvigorated the contemporary discourse

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    So PoMo! – 'Postmodernism: Style and Subversion ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    23.09.2011

    It's forty years since the love-it-or-hate-it, style-driven phenomenon that was postmodernism first emerged in architectural practice, soon manifesting itself in design, art, fashion and music. The V&A's major new show, 'Postmodernism: Style and

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    Exhibition: «Hannes Wettstein, 1958–2008»

    Susanne Fritz

    20.09.2011

    Hannes Wettstein is considered one of the most significant and innovative designers of our times. His most important works will now be displayed in an exhibition - put together by Studio Hannes Wettstein, presented by Institut gta.

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    Fair Preview: CERSAIE 2011 Bologna – the leading ...

    Susanne Fritz

    16.09.2011

    Cersaie offers not just a comprehensive overview of the variety of ceramic surfaces available on the market but also of the latest developments in the bathroom field. In Bologna at the end of September visitors will be able to discover the latest

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    Kindergarten Design Grows Up: contemporary nursery-school ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    01.09.2011

    A number of recently completed kindergarten projects have proved that designing user-centred environments for the more diminutive among us shouldn't be at odds with creating highly expressive structures. Architonic takes a look at a selection of

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    Exhibition: Now. Perceptions of Time and Contemporary Design

    Architonic

    31.08.2011

    Welche Form hat der Gegenstand, der uns das JETZT zeigt? Wie sind die Dinge beschaffen, die uns in diesem Moment umgeben? Welche Schlüsse lassen die uns umgebenden gestalteten Dinge auf unsere Zeit, unseren sozialen Status zu? Und wieweit werden

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    High Performance Spaces: concert halls and opera houses that ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    29.08.2011

    If music be the food of love, then where better to dine out than a world-class concert hall or opera house? Here, Architonic examines a number of recently completed architectural projects that perform as hard as the artists who take to their stages.

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    Hole Lot of Sense: smart uses for perforated façades and ...

    Alyn Griffiths

    20.08.2011

    Perforated walls, panels and screens have been used for centuries as a way to control the level of light entering a building or to offer privacy to the occupants. The functions of perforations have remained largely the same, but the materials and

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    How Many Designers Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?: ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    20.08.2011

    When young British designer Samuel Wilkinson set out to redesign the standard low-energy light bulb, with the aim of making it work just as hard aesthetically as it does environmentally, he was in for a long trek. Journeying beyond the safe and

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    When We Were Modern: Kenneth Grange at the Design Museum

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    20.08.2011

    A retrospective of the work of industrial-design master Kenneth Grange at London's Design Museum celebrates the prolific designer's contribution to shaping British material culture, while encouraging us to think about the purpose and responsibilities

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    The Very Fabric of Architecture: textile use in construction

    Susanne Fritz

    20.08.2011

    Most people have at one time or another spent the night in a tent and have benefited from the protection provided by its fabric, while at the same time enjoying the sensation of being separated from nature by nothing more than a thin shell. Textile

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    Bricking It: innovative applications of man’s most trusted ...

    Alyn Griffiths

    15.07.2011

    Brick is one of the most ancient and familiar building materials known to man, and its strength, character and flexibility of use continue to attract architects working on innovative contemporary buildings. Architonic examines some key projects that

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    Sporting Chance?: the challenge of legacy-building in ...

    Alyn Griffiths

    04.07.2011

    As the cost of hosting major sporting events continues to rise, the need for something positive to be left behind once the fun and games are over becomes ever more vital. Architonic examines past and future events and the differing approaches to

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    Keeping It Real: Claus Mølgaard

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    01.07.2011

    Behind every great design there's a great designer. But, more often than not, there are a number players involved. Meet Claus Mølgaard, the go-to Danish design engineer whose work on products for the likes of Ron Arad and the Bouroullec Brothers

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    48th IFLA World Landscape Architecture Congress 2011

    Susanne Fritz

    29.06.2011

    Professor Kongjian Yu, founder of Turenscape Landscape Architects, is one of the world's leading landscape designers. He gave a revolutionary lecture at the IFLA congress in Zurich, entitled 'Reinventing the good earth'.

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    Designer Portrait: Rich, Brilliant, Willing

    Susanne Fritz

    27.06.2011

    Rich Brilliant Willing – even if the name of the design studio run by Theo Richardson, Charles Brill and Alexander Williams has a slightly ironic touch, it is an accurate characterisation of the trio – they are rich in ideas, their designs are

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    The In-Betweener: matali crasset

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    24.06.2011

    She may elect to spell her name all lower case, but matali crasset's work is big on concept and ambition. Yet, the Paris-based designer, who's collaborated with the likes of Established & Sons and Pallucco, insists she's not that interested in

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    Designer Portrait: Studio IVANKA Concrete Works

    Susanne Fritz

    20.06.2011

    Concrete has in recent times become a highly popular material for product and furniture design. One of the founders of this trend is Studio IVANKA, which was established in Budapest by Katalin and Andras Ivanka in 2003.

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    Design Miami/ Basel 2011

    Susanne Fritz

    16.06.2011

    For the first time since it was founded in 2005, Design Miami/ Basel was this year under the new direction of Marianne Goebl, who curated the trade fair with an expert eye. In February 2011 she followed in the footsteps of Ambra Medda who, after

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    The Milan Four: Lorenza Luti from Kartell

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    08.06.2011

    In the third of our series of interviews from this year's Milan Furniture Fair with some of the creative industries' leading figures, we meet Lorenza Luti, marketing and retail director of established Italian brand Kartell, which, after 50 years in

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    New New New: New York Design News

    Susanne Fritz

    31.05.2011

    As every spring, Architonic travelled to New York on your behalf in order to investigate the latest trends on the North American market for you. Here we report on what we discovered in the city's showrooms and at the ICFF.

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    Spectacular Vernacular: contemporary applications of ...

    Alyn Griffiths

    23.05.2011

    There was a time when context was everything in construction. Local materials were transformed by the ambition and skill of the builder into a functional, stylistically appropriate structure. In the face of an, at times seemingly inexorable, movement

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    The Milan Four: Alessandro Mendini

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    17.05.2011

    In the second of our series of four interviews with four leading design figures from this year's Milan Furniture Fair, Architonic meets Alessandro Mendini – designer, architect, writer, theorist and all-round provocateur. Mendini, who turns 80 this

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    Quiet Musings: Michael Govan

    David Sokol

    12.05.2011

    A series of new architecture commissions and exhibitions suggests that museums might no longer be in the business of pageantry. In this third, and final, part of a series examining the notion of the post-spectacle museum, Architonic meets Michael

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    Designer Portrait: Miljana Nikolic, Dimitrios Stamatakis and ...

    Susanne Fritz

    01.05.2011

    Miljana Nikolic and Dimitrios Stamatakis are two of the 14 winners of the 'Young Balkan Designers' competition initiated by the Mikser organisation who exhibited their work under the same name at Salone Satellite 2011.

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    The Milan Four: Jean Nouvel

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    19.04.2011

    In the first of four interviews from the 2011 Milan Salone Internazionale del Mobile with four very different figures from the creative world – an internationally celebrated architect, a grand master of Italian design, a strongly concept-led

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    Switched On: Benjamin Hubert

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    07.04.2011

    'Awards come and go,' says Benjamin Hubert. 'They're not a mark of good design, that's for sure.' You'd be forgiven for thinking that there's more than a touch of false modesty or disingenuity at work here, given the celebratory press coverage the

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    Precision Casting from the Witch’s Kitchen

    Nora Schmidt

    01.04.2011

    When designers and leading industrial enterprises put their heads together, it usually gets exciting. While such a collaboration allows industry the possibility of demonstrating its special capabilities in a completely new context, its manufacturing

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    Yorgo Lykouria: Industrial Poet

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    01.04.2011

    It's somewhat fitting, given the almost lyric quality of his name, that Canadian-born designer Yorgo Lykouria should be interested in reintroducing the poetic into everyday life. His latest product for premium bathroom brand Alape is a wash basin

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    A look back at ISH Frankfurt 2011 – Living in a spa

    Susanne Fritz

    30.03.2011

    The bathroom is an environment which doesn't only adapt constantly to the changes dictated by design and fashion, but has also been revolutionised in a technical sense.At ISH 2011 in Frankfurt Architonic went on the track of the latest developments

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    Trade Fair Review: Euroshop Duesseldorf, The Global Retail ...

    Susanne Fritz

    15.03.2011

    More and more prestigious manufacturers of up-market design products participated in this year's EuroShop, a clear indication of the significant international role of this Düsseldorf trade fair. As a result this successful trade fair is a model of

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    People Will Talk: Dornbracht Conversations 3

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    11.03.2011

    Put a group of designers, curators and design writers in a room and what do you get? The Dornbracht Conversations. The third annual platform for intelligent dialogue on the state of design, past, present and future, hosted by German design

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    Ausstellung „Wir sind alle Astronauten“ - Universum ...

    Susanne Fritz

    10.03.2011

    In Kürze eröffnet eine Ausstellung über Buckminster Fuller im Marta Herford Museum. Gestaltet wurde sie von Sir Norman Foster, der mit Richard Buckminster Fuller zwischen 1968 bis 1983 an verschiedenen Projekten zusammenarbeitete.

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    Neo Geo: geodesic construction in contemporary architecture

    Alyn Griffiths

    09.03.2011

    The principles of geodesic construction were developed by the pioneering American architect and engineer R Buckminster Fuller in the middle of the last century as part of his efforts to use science and technology to address universal issues. His

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    Death by Architecture

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    04.03.2011

    Shuffling off this mortal coil is something we all, sadly, have to do. There's no opting out. But while mortality might be a great leveller, a number of architects have shown recently how designing environments that process death – be it in

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    Water, Water Everywhere: ISH Frankfurt 2011 preview

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    26.02.2011

    With ISH Frankfurt 2011 – the leading international trade fair for all things bathroom – about to open its doors, Architonic takes a look at just some of the new products that will be on show. We've kept it clean.

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    Quiet Musings: Brad Cloepfil

    David Sokol

    25.02.2011

    A series of new architecture commissions and exhibitions suggests that museums are no longer in the business of pageantry. In this second part of a series examining post-spectacle museums, architect Brad Cloepfil talks about the phenomenon of

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    Trade fair retrospective: BAU Munich 2011 - Section 3

    Susanne Fritz

    13.02.2011

    In January one of the world's major trade fairs for architecture, materials and systems took place in the halls of the new Munich trade fair site. We now round off our collection of reports with this third part of our look back at the exhibition, in

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    Love in a Cold Climate: Architonic meets Artek chief Mirkku ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    11.02.2011

    Few design brands evoke as much warmth on the part of consumers as the heritage-steeped Finnish company Artek, currently celebrating 75 years in business. Co-founded in 1935 by the hero of Scandinavian modernism Alvar Aalto, Artek has certainly

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    Wanderlust: Architonic goes walkabout in Cologne for ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    09.02.2011

    With thermal under-apparel in place, Architonic ventured forth from the exhibition halls of the Koelnmesse during this January's imm cologne to visit Passagen – the ever-growing programme of off-fair exhibitions and events in showrooms, galleries,

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    Trade fair retrospective: BAU Munich 2011 - Section 2

    Susanne Fritz

    04.02.2011

    The impression we got during our visit to BAU 2011, which took place in Munich from 17 to 22 January, has been confirmed by the published visitor numbers. The fair was a resounding success and is therefore fully justified in describing itself as "The

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    Je ne regrette rien (most of the time, that is): Ronan ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    04.02.2011

    'Regrets, I've had a few,' sang Sinatra in his classic ballad 'My Way', while Piaf famously insisted that she regretted absolutely nothing. Somewhere between these two lies Ronan Bouroullec, one half of the distinguished French go-to design duo, the

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    Trade fair retrospective: BAU Munich 2011 - Section 1

    Susanne Fritz

    28.01.2011

    At Bau 2011 the principal focus was very much on sustainability. For a long time now a large number of manufacturers have been responding to this trend and to the new ecological benchmarks, and at the fair environmentally certified products were

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    Support Structures: architecture's role in the healing ...

    Alyn Griffiths

    28.01.2011

    Good architecture creates environments that are, among other things, enjoyable to spend time in and practical to use, and in no scenario is this more important than the provision of treatment or support for those dealing with illness or trauma.

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    When We Were Young: [D3] Design Contest at imm cologne

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    27.01.2011

    Punching well above their weight this year at imm cologne were the young guns exhibiting in the sixth edition of the [D3] Design Contest, the platform for emerging international design talent. Here, we talk to one of the two joint-winners, Harry

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    The Bearable Lightness of Being: Architonic meets Tokujin ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    25.01.2011

    'Maybe I don't like objects.' It's not every day you hear such a statement from a designer, particularly one as celebrated as Tokujin Yoshioka, who was recognised as A&W Designer of the Year 2011 during this year's imm cologne, But, then again,

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    New Éire: Ireland's modernist self-fashioning ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    14.01.2011

    Ireland is in a reflective mood these days. With the island nation on the edge of Europe facing up to the reality of a severely damaged economy and a decimated construction industry, nostalgia is doing what it's wont to do.

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    Helvetian Heroes: enduring Swiss design

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    08.01.2011

    It's fair to say that certain countries have, over the years, been more successful than others in terms of marketing a distinctive and compelling national design identity abroad. The very human kind of modernism expressed in the furniture of postwar

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    Robin Day: 1915–2010

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    21.12.2010

    Robin Day, one of Britain's greatest designers, whose illustrious career spanned seven decades, dies at the age of 95

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    Help the Aged: innovative adaptive reuse in architecture

    Alyn Griffiths

    18.12.2010

    'Waste not, want not' is an expression that has become increasingly pertinent in recent years as economic conditions have forced many of us to tighten our belts and make the most of what we have, rather than constantly replacing old with new. This

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    Furniture with growth potential: extendable tables

    Susanne Fritz

    18.12.2010

    Accommodating one or two people only or a group, extendable tables can be adapted to a romantic tète-a-tète, a family with children or even a large festive gathering. Here we present the various types and systems which are available.

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    Bucharest: The 2010 Mix

    Alexander Horne

    16.12.2010

    In the world of design, China's rapid-manufacturing prowess and the oil-fuelled 'tabula rasa' urban developments of countries such as the UAE and Kazakhstan have given cause for thought in a typically Western-dominated field. But what of the

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    Who? Me?: the multiple identities of Jephson Robb

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    15.12.2010

    His very first furniture design – for established American brand Bernhardt Design – is an exercise in form follows comfort. Once you're sitting on Jephson Robb's new 'Amri' chair, it's seriously hard to get up again. This invitation to stay put

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    Real Terms: the authentic approach of architects Carmody ...

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    10.12.2010

    'Emerging', 'the ones to watch' and 'the stars of tomorrow' are just some of the labels that have been applied of late to young London-based architectural practice Carmody Groarke. Founded just four years ago, the studio has more than proved its

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    Déjà Vu All Over Again: two design shows look back

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    09.12.2010

    Another year over. But don't get all misty-eyed. Apply that retrospection to some engaging design instead. Two exhibitions currently running, one at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the other at the offices of MariniPandolfi/Comet in Florence, look

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    This Product Can Change Your Life: the d.light story

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    05.12.2010

    Imagine, as a manufacturer, that your potential market is two billion consumers worldwide. This almost inconceivable figure is the ultimate scale of d.light's ambition, a consumer-products company set up by a pair of social entrepreneurs in 2007 to

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    Design Week in Jerusalem: Israeli creative talent on show

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    04.12.2010

    Ancient city. Contemporary design practice. Jerusalem's inaugural week-long design festival foregrounds once more Israel's conceptually confident and steadily growing design scene.

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    Quiet Musings: Andres Lepik

    David Sokol

    30.11.2010

    A series of new architecture commissions and exhibitions suggests that museums might no longer be in the business of pageantry. In this first part of a short series examining post-spectacle museums, Museum of Modern Art contemporary architecture

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    Same But Different: furniture that repeats on you

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    27.11.2010

    In his analysis of how pleasure works, Freud argued that repetition – the act of doing or experiencing something over and over again – can, in its compulsiveness, be highly enjoyable. The grandaddy of psychoanalysis might, in that case, have

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    Man of the Cloth: Cristian Zuzunaga talks textile and more

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    25.11.2010

    In the (unfortunate) hierarchy of design disciplines – just ask any architect and they'll confirm this – textile design has traditionally occupied a less-than-superior position. Spanish-born Londoner Cristian Zuzunaga has been troubling the

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    Concrete in Architecture (3): Furniture & Objects

    Susanne Fritz

    18.11.2010

    In what for the moment will be the last part of our "Concrete in Architecture" series the focus will be on the use of concrete in interior architecture, in particular for creating objects and furniture. .The attraction of concrete as a material is

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    A Life More Ordinary: Architonic meets Jasper Morrison

    Simon Keane-Cowell

    11.11.2010

    Respected British designer Jasper Morrison has learnt many things in the course of his career. For example, how to design products that create 'atmosphere', as he describes it, yet have longevity, and how to ignore the marketing machine that would

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