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      Glocal Hero: BoConcept

      Brand story

      Dominic Lutyens

      05.05.2020

      Long before the term ‘glocal’ had even been coined, Danish manufacturer BoConcept was already tailoring its designs to a wide variety of markets – supplying furniture worldwide while staying true to local sensibilities.

      When is a chair not a chair?: Ilse Crawford x Conde House

      Brand story

      Simon Keane-Cowell

      30.04.2020

      Or not just a chair? The punchline: when it's deployed by pioneering, London-based designer Ilse Crawford, whose enviable portfolio of projects is driving a reevaluation of the very role of interior design.

      Mr Goodbar: Jacu Strauss

      Alun Lennon

      22.04.2020

      Creative Director of hospitality company Lore Group Jacu Strauss’s latest project has taken him to Washington DC. We spoke to him about the role, how travel broadens the mind and the future of hospitality design.

      Future forward: meet Architonic’s new management team

      Architonic

      19.03.2020

      Stephan Bachmann becomes Architonic’s new CEO, heading up a new, talent-filled management team.

      Book smart: Kinzo

      Alun Lennon

      05.02.2020

      Interior-architecture office Kinzo discuss their latest project in Berlin for publisher Suhrkamp, and how instagrammability is not how they gauge success

      Woman of the cloth: Stijlinstituut Amsterdam’s Anne Marie ...

      Alun Lennon

      29.11.2019

      Anne Marie Commandeur of Stijlinstituut Amsterdam shares her thoughts on future trends in textiles, as well as Heimtextil’s role in guiding the future of the industry.

      PILE ‘EM HIGH: KENGO KUMA'S NEW ODUNPAZARI MODERN ...

      Alun Lennon

      23.10.2019

      Project lead Yuki Ikeguchi from Kengo Kuma & Associates discusses the go-to Japanese architectural office’s new place-making Odunpazari Modern Museum in Turkey.

      Wood Polish: Adam Wysocki from Studio De.Materia shines

      Alun Lennon

      20.09.2019

      Studio De.Materia’s founder opens up on success, beauty, conservation, influences… and his favourite building material.

      Kitchen stories: in conversation with YLAB Arquitectos

      Alun Lennon

      04.09.2019

      The Barcelona-based office talks kitchens as architectural reflections of our individual lifestyles – and the joys of Central Asian cuisine.

      Pole Apart: Oskar Zięta

      Peter Smisek

      28.03.2018

      With innovation his watchword, Polish designer Oskar Zięta takes the road less-travelled.

      Japan Stories: Tree to Green

      25portraits

      25.07.2017

      The last installment of Japan Stories looks at Tree to Green, a company based in Tokyo and Kiso that designs modern lifestyle products made from the famous Kiso hinoki cypress trees.

      Japan Stories: Chiyozuru Sadahide

      25portraits

      17.07.2017

      In the fourth installment of Japan Stories, Japanese bladesmith Chiyozuru Sadahide II and his apprentice Naohide challenge traditional techniques to create works that express the inherent beauty of iron and steel.

      Japan Stories: Junko Yashiro

      25portraits

      10.07.2017

      Junko Yashiro talks about her career and the unique process she uses to create urushi lacquerware for the third installment of Japan Stories.

      Japan Stories: Kazuto Yoshikawa

      25portraits

      03.07.2017

      For the second installment of Japan Stories, Kazuto Yoshikawa explains why, after a twelve-year career at Italian furniture company Cassina IXC in Japan, he chose to devote himself to the study of Japanese woodcraft and furniture design.

      Japan Stories: Suzuki Morihisa Studio

      25portraits

      26.06.2017

      In the first installment of Japan Stories, a new independent series on craftspeople working in Japan, Suzuki Morihisa Studio, one of the oldest and most famous family workshops for Nanbu Tekki (or ironworks), opens its doors.

      WantedDesign: Steven Haulenbeek

      Wanted Design

      14.03.2016

      WantedDesign announces Steven Haulenbeek as the 2016 recipient of the American Design Honors Program.

      Catch Her If You Can: Deidi von Schaewen

      Simon Keane-Cowell

      13.05.2014

      Respected architectural photographer Deidi von Schaewen isn't one for letting the grass grow under her feet. Active since the 1960s and with no sign of hanging up her camera any time soon, Architonic caught up with the peripatetic image-maker to talk

      Zurück in die Zukunft

      Sophie Loschert

      25.04.2014

      Im Vitra Design Museum wirft einer der derzeit wichtigsten Industriedesigner, Konstantin Grcic, einen multiperspektivischen Blick auf sein bisheriges Schaffen. „Panorama“ ist Rück- und Ausblick gleichermassen, denn neben der Bestandsaufnahme

      Ingo Maurer: Angel’s light

      TLmag

      03.03.2014

      TLmag had the privilege to speak with Ingo Maurer about his amazing creative adventure with light, that today has led him to create real architectural structures. The angel refers of course to Lucellino, his famous lightbulb with white feathered

      Go Your Own Way: Tobia Scarpa

      Simon Keane-Cowell

      09.02.2014

      A chip of the old block Tobia Scarpa certainly isn’t. Son of acclaimed architectural maestro Carlo Scarpa, the innovative designer, who turns 80 next year, was determined from the outset to plough his own creative furrow, in spite of his

      Ilse Acke & Jeffrey Vanhille: Dream Weavers

      TLmag

      17.10.2013

      “Home” is an installation by Belgian artists and makers, Ilse Acke and Jeffrey Vanhille, created at the invitation of Concertgebouw, Brugge. It accompanies the performance of “Superposition” by Ryoji Ikeda, Japan’s pre-eminent electronic

      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

      Kortrijk Remembered: in conversation with Interieur ...

      Simon Keane-Cowell

      22.07.2011

      Punching above its weight, the respected Belgian design biennale Interieur, held in the small town of Kortrijk since 1968, has always thought big. What it lacks in scale, it makes up for in discernment and ambition. 'We saw how international and

      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

      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

      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.

      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

      Designer Portrait: RENDS Design by Masanao Furukawa

      Susanne Fritz

      03.05.2011

      Following his training at the DOMUS Academy in Italy and at Central St Martins College of Art & Design in the UK, Masanao Furukawa returned to Tokyo and set up RENDS Design Studio.At this year's Salone Satellite, RENDS presented for the second

      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.

      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

      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

      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,

      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

      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

      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

      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

      'Life is important. Design is not important': ...

      Simon Keane-Cowell

      09.11.2010

      Alain Berteau is often told by journalists that he is representative of Belgian design. He's not so sure. Architonic caught up with architect-designer Berteau at the Interieur 2010 design biennale to discuss his latest work, the trouble with defining

      'There shouldn't be one rule about how to make ...

      Simon Keane-Cowell

      03.11.2010

      He's big in Belgium. And increasingly elsewhere, thanks to him being named Designer of the Year by prestigious design biennale Interieur 2010. Bram Boo's furniture designs delight and challenge in equal measure with their chaotic, often ironic,

      Détente Cordiale: when Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance met ...

      Simon Keane-Cowell

      09.10.2010

      Already a contemporary classic, French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance's 'Corvo' chair for US manufacturer Bernhardt Design is certainly no flash-in-the-pan object to be consumed briefly and then forgotten. Highly considered in terms of its design

      When in London...: In conversation with Giulio Cappellini

      Simon Keane-Cowell

      05.10.2010

      This year's London Design Festival, now in its eighth year, was not only bigger than ever, it was also more international in complexion, with a significant number of non-British brands exhibiting in their permanent showrooms, in pop-up spaces and at

      "...with the level of quality our grandparents ...

      Nora Schmidt

      06.05.2010

      "Cecilie is just like her furniture," a friend of mine who works as a designer told me when I mentioned I was going to be interviewing the Copenhagen-based designer Cecilie Manz. And, indeed, Manz exudes a calmness and composure much like her

      "Passion is the most important thing"

      Line Numme

      08.04.2010

      Jörg Boner gibt viel Preis über seine Produkte – er haucht ihnen Leben ein. So beleuchtet er im Gespräch gerne den Werdegang eines Produktes, seine Hochs und Tiefs sowie seinen Neuanfang. Die Parallelen zu ihm als Person lassen sich wie von

      "It's all about the performance"

      Nora Schmidt

      23.09.2009

      As with many other architects the design is being strongly influenced. You literally speak of architects' design.

      Pedestal Placement: Design PR

      David Sokol

      18.09.2009

      This column features public-relations agents who work with the design industries

      "We prefer it the other way round!"

      NoéMie Schwaller

      17.09.2009

      Fabrice Aeberhard and Christian Kaegi are two young industrial designers who have incorporated Swiss values in their work, producing design which is solid, unadorned and attractive.

      "Reduction is the key word"

      Nora Schmidt

      28.08.2009

      Meanwhile osko+deichman have impressed a number of prestigious manufacturers with their reduced and minimalist designs. We met them at their studio in Berlin.

      "You will remember the experience"

      NoéMie Schwaller

      12.08.2009

      Last Monday, 3 August 2009, Charles Gwathmey, the American architect and co-founder of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (1969), died at the age of 71.

      Bildflächen werden zu Räumen

      Susanne Junker

      08.07.2009

      Die Malerin Gisela Krohn lebt und arbeitet in Berlin-Kreuzberg - doch die Bilder ihrer neuesten Werkgruppe zeigen keine städtischen Szenerien, sondern Bäume, Bäume und nochmals Bäume.

      Garth Roberts: On His Own Terms

      David Sokol

      09.06.2009

      Garth Roberts runs his product design studio, garth, from Milan, Berlin, and (sometimes) New York

      "Design as a second life"

      NoéMie Schwaller

      24.05.2009

      With his playful design Alain Gilles creates entire worlds which are conspicuous for their colour. As the product of a conscious exploration of the possible multiple personalities of an individual object, Gilles has now created a piece of furniture

      "Designers become unlimited"

      Nora Schmidt

      18.03.2009

      The Danes Poul Christiansen and Boris Berlin have been working together as Komplot Design for more than twenty years now. With their many and varied designs, which are characterised by cutting-edge and in many cases experimental production processes,

      Blow up sheet metal

      Nora Schmidt

      15.12.2008

      An interview with Oskar Zieta, architect at the CAAD-professorship at ETH Zurich

      "I have created a sculpture"

      Nora Schmidt

      03.12.2008

      Jørn Utzon, one of the greatest architects of the past century, died last Saturday, 29.11.2008.

      Understanding Architects´ criteria

      Nora Schmidt

      04.11.2008

      Until the end of last year Marc Krusin had spent ten years as head of the design department at Lissoni Associati. Now he concentrates on the work in his own studio.

      "Anything but nostalgic"

      Nora Schmidt

      08.09.2008

      An interview with Marianne Panton and Rina Troxler, Verner Pantons longtime assistant

      "The style has always been the problem"

      Nora Schmidt

      28.07.2008

      An interview with the Italian architect and designer Michele De Lucchi

      Success by design

      Line Numme

      28.07.2008

      'HansandFranz' is a name which couldn't be more German (apart from the 'and' instead of 'und'), and perhaps it's an omen of the fact that they would head in the direction of America – known of course as the land of unlimited possibilities.

      Investigating the nature of things

      Caspar Schärer

      08.07.2008

      On the death of Hannes Wettstein (1958-2008) by Caspar Schärer

      Almost 'No Design'

      Nora Schmidt

      25.06.2008

      The Belgian designer Xavier Lust has won international recognition with his ingeniously crafted designs. Since achieving his big breakthrough with 'le banc' ten years ago he has produced designs for well-known manufacturers such as MDF Italia,

      Master of Transparency

      Architonic

      31.03.2008

      Besides its great architectural projects, the Ateliers Jean Nouvel created various furniture designs for several renowned international manufacturers.

      More Colour!

      Nora Schmidt

      20.02.2008

      A few kilometres to the north of Swedens capital Stockholm, in a picturesque house which lies on the former hunting grounds of the kings of Sweden.

      Architecture in small scale

      Nora Schmidt

      25.01.2008

      A few furniture parts, half done prototypes in the middle of the room – the studio of designer Eric Degenhardt seems like a well sorted working space.

      The logical thought to create useful things

      Nora Schmidt

      05.01.2008

      For more than ten years the very successful design studio of Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd has been located in one of Shoreditch's typical small alleys.

      Nosigner

      Nora Schmidt

      03.01.2008

      The 26-year old, who does not wish to reveal his real name, presented his poetic furniture and object designs at 100%Design under his 'Nosigner' label.