New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story-feed New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story-feed https://image.architonic.com/arc_black.jpg en Sun, 22 Apr 2018 22:12:46 +0200 U-Turn: GROHE Atrio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-u-turn-grohe-atrio/7001902 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Ever since the establishment of the idea of wellness within one's own four walls, the present-day bathroom has represented much more than simply a useful functional room for personal hygiene. It has become an individual retreat and oasis of calm, and accordingly the market now offers a versatile assortment of products for its design. However, the bathroom is also a place that we don’t furnish anew every year. The design of the products which are selected should not therefore follow short-lived fashion trends, but should have a certain timelessness - an approach that GROHE has also adopted for the redesign of its Atrio series. The new edition of the series will be presented at Fuorisalone during the Milan Furniture Fair in April. How to show respect for its predecessor line while at the same time creating something unique and developing an iconic, timeless design - the new Atrio collection presented the GROHE design team around Michael Seum, Vice President Design, with a massive challen… continue

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A Family Affair: Minotti | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-a-family-affair-minotti/7001901 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Milan Design Week is the world’s biggest annual celebration of design, and during this year’s event Italian furniture brand Minotti is launching a collection celebrating a particularly significant milestone. It is now 70 years since Alberto Minotti founded the company, which remains in the family and has grown into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of design furniture. The anniversary products encapsulate the company’s unwavering commitment to quality and design innovation, and will be among the highlights of the 2018 Salone del Mobile.Milano. Like many firms operating in the Brianza region, to the north of Milan, Minotti began as a craft-based workshop producing upholstered furniture. Over subsequent decades, it embraced the evolution of new manufacturing technologies whilst retaining a focus on artisanal expertise. The combination of mechanised precision and hand-finishing results in exquisitely detailed products with a sensitivity and emotion that only comes from the input of… continue

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The ultimate in flexible lighting design: Plug & Light featured by JUNG | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-the-ultimate-in-flexible-lighting-design-plug-amp-light-featured-by-jung/7001900 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 For the hospitality industry, JUNG offers a broad range of modern building systems technology specially designed to meet the needs of guests, operators and personnel. The latest addition to the portfolio is the Plug & Light socket, which was introduced along with other products on the occasion of the trade fair Light & Building 2018 in March. This product brings light right out of the socket. Plug & Light fits any European switch box and distinguishes itself through its flexibility in planning and application. This makes it well-suited to both the hotel segment and to private residences. The switch and light design both come from the same source and can be coordinated with the respective interior design. The dimmable luminaires can be turned through 360°. Because they are connected with the light socket by a magnet, the luminaires can also be easily exchanged, allowing a quick change of lighting scenarios: Plug & Light can alternately serve as a ceiling downlight or a reading lamp, a p… continue

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Timeless and handmade in Germany: JUNG | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-timeless-and-handmade-in-germany-jung/7001899 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The switch is but a small detail in a room – yet a particularly significant one, tactilely, visually and acoustically. Over the years, the rotary switch evolved into the rocker switch, and this in turn into the flat switch. What began as an object of pure utility thus developed into a design object. Today, there are almost no bounds when it comes to form, colour and function, as attested by the JUNG company’s new switch series LS 1912 and its classic model from 1968, the LS 990. The LS 1912 is a modern reinterpretation of the traditional flip switch. This recently launched series pays homage to the year of the company’s founding. Only the rocker lever – in cylindrical, conic or rectilinear form – is set apart as a style-defining element from the flat cover, which lies flush with the frame. The series offers five premium surface options: chrome, classic brass, stainless steel, aluminium and dark. In addition, the flip switch is modularly developed and can therefore be combined with all… continue

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Play with us: JUNG in Milan | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-play-with-us-jung-in-milan/7001898 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 It is impossible to imagine everyday life without them – the little helpers that we rely on to adjust the temperature or turn the lights on and off. They are at our fingertips daily, though we may barely be aware of them: switches. But the technology behind these often inconspicuous objects remains hidden. With the presentation PLAY TO THE GALLERY at Milan Design Week 2018, JUNG makes their underlying technology visible in a playful way, while at the same time highlighting its own iconic switch, the LS 990. Visitors are invited to experience – and take control of – the interplay of switch, circuit, light and sound in the temporary JUNG showroom. The square LS 990 flat switch assumes the role of actuator here. This model, with its timeless design, has become a classic and is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. In the installation, when the switch is pressed, it triggers a bird’s-eye-view photo using a time exposure to capture the interaction between the visitor and the technolog… continue

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So cool it's hot: Gaggenau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-so-cool-it-039s-hot-gaggenau/7001897 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Once again Germany’s leading brand of professional-grade domestic appliances has found the balance between clean-lined design and advanced technology. Inspired by imposing architecture, this beautifully pared-down range offers fully integrated, built-in and modular fridges, freezers, fridge-freezers and wine climate cabinets. For Gaggenau, the range represents a significant step forward. ‘Our new range is more sophisticated yet subtly warmer, with elements that speak the visual language of the home,’ says Lars Dinter, one of the range’s designers. ‘We also continue to build on our reputation for functionality, offering the private chef all the advantages of a professional kitchen, for example, the improved freshness systems.’ With handleless doors furniture fronted or made of stainless steel or glass (for wine climate cabinets), these appliances look their most impressive as an expansive cooling wall. Their assisted opening mechanism means a gentle push is all it takes to open them. ‘T… continue

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Suite dreams: New hotel projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-suite-dreams-new-hotel-projects/7001895 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In China's eastern Jiangsu province, design and architecture duo Neri&Hu have designed The Walled - Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat, which incorporates older traditional buildings and unites them within a larger superstructure composed of numerous walled courtyards. The dark brick, strong emphasis on the horizontal plane and carefully orchestrated views of the lakes outside lend this hotel a contemplative atmosphere, while the communal and individual facilities are designed to cater even to the most demanding of guests. Kettner's Townhouse, a newly opened hotel in London's Soho, also takes cues from tradition, albeit in a much more urban context. Here, one of the city's first French restaurants, established in the 19th century, has been turned into a veritable catalogue of British design classics. The Soho House & Co In-House Design Team have chosen rosewood and mahogany furniture with art-deco touches and William Morris prints, Georgian wallpaper and Edwardian panelling, creating a sense of continue

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Anything but superficial: Inkiostro Bianco | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-anything-but-superficial-inkiostro-bianco/7001893 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Surface specialists Inkiostro Bianco are anything but superficial. Having established themselves in the market as go-to brand for expressive, space-defining flooring and wall decoration, this Italian-based company goes deep – both creatively and materially – offering interior architects and other specifiers a far more expansive, continuous and individual effect than traditional wallpaper. Marrying collaborations with talented artists and designers with innovative production techniques, they’ve managed to create a unique collection of Made-in-Italy products that transform a room’s surfaces, its margins, into something altogether more centre-stage. Call it aesthetic necessity, or maybe even philosophy (as they choose to refer to it), for Inkiostro Bianco a space isn’t fully dressed without some decorative surface expression. Operating like an atelier, the company is continually engaged in experimentation: how to implement graphically distinctive schemes into interior spaces via a researc… continue

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Smart and simple: Grohe SmartControl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-smart-and-simple-grohe-smartcontrol/7001892 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 It’s often difficult to know what you’ll get with most showers, so they’re kept permanently secured to a precise point in the dial with users too scared to adjust them. Nudge one way or the other and they become - gradually - unbearable, with only an illusive middle ground. Innovative and tech-savvy sanitaryware manufacturer Grohe, however, has developed its exclusive SmartControl system with the ability to control three separate spray functions in one simple and intuitive device. The Grohtherm SmartControl thermostat unit features three simple buttons - popping out when pressed to become ergonomic dials. With textured edges for optimal grip, once pressed the buttons make it possible for users to precisely turn up or down water volume, for the right feature, at the right time. By controlling the volume of water in three separate functions, PureRain - a soft, refreshing shower, ActiveRain - an intense, focused spray and the Euphoria handshower - featuring additional volume control on th… continue

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Check in, switch on: GROHE SmartControl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-check-in-switch-on-grohe-smartcontrol/7001891 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 An integral part of any holiday or business trip, the hotel has a lot of responsibility to provide the perfect experience to its guests. A place where any request, from the banal to the extravagant, is met with the same cheerful optimism and compliance. So why does this wonderful experience often stop where the sound-proof bathroom door begins? Too often we’re met with pithy, low water pressure, an unfathomable range of options or controls strangely contrary to temperature requests. A simple, reliable and no-thought-required shower puts the user in the right frame-of-mind for that important meeting, or cleanses the body from last night’s excursions, ready to go again. This is what makes Grohe’s SmartControl Concealed system ideal for use in the hospitality sector. The clean, minimalist design of the shower head and control unit, along with the concealed rail make it suitable for the most modern of hotel chains. While its innovative yet simple, three-button ‘Push - Turn - Shower’ sy… continue

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Trust is good, control is better: GROHE SmartControl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-trust-is-good-control-is-better-grohe-smartcontrol/7001890 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Mornings can be difficult to navigate. Waking bleary eyed, our first destination is invariably, the bathroom. It needs to be a calm, soothing environment; purging out all the stress and tension of the previous 24-hours and easing us into the day with little drama or complication. As Europe’s biggest sanitaryware manufacturer, Grohe has been creating simple, yet stunningly stylish design solutions for over a century. With innovative and refreshing product lines helping customers unwind or revitalise, and hitting the right spot with consumers looking to create a spa-like atmosphere in their own home. It is with this quest for a relaxed, effortless and intuitive cleansing experience, which Grohe present the SmartControl shower system. The majority of showers come with their own flow-chart of instructions, learnt only by trial and error throughout the first few uncomfortable weeks of use. With years of experience in my own shower, I know there is only one usable setting, and it can only be… continue

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Innovation spotlight: ARCHITECT@WORK COPENHAGEN 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-innovation-spotlight-architectwork-copenhagen-2018/7001889 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Black. Why is it the de rigueur colour for so many architects when it comes to their professional dress? Architect and journalist Cordula Rau attempted a few years ago – with her tongue planted somewhat in her cheek – to explore this perennial question in a little book entitled, rather functionally, “Why Do Architects Wear Black?”. (The publication sports a black cover, naturally.) It’s a collection of ironic musings from various well-known architects on the colour black’s personal and rhetorical meaning, in the context of how these creatives choose to present themselves. It’s perhaps no surprise then that ARCHITECT@WORK – the long-established, highly curated exhibition for professionals, with its host of editions internationally – should deploy black as its space-defining language, given that it was designed by architects for architects. With exhibitors showing the latest, innovative products, materials, applications and services (all jury-approved) within a super-rational, monoch… continue

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The pleasure of choice: Longhi | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-pleasure-of-choice-longhi/7001888 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Italy is renowned for its history of hand craftsmanship, which has seen generations of artisans cultivate an unrivalled level of expertise in manipulating materials such as marble, glass, wood and leather. Today, there are a number of companies helping to sustain and further the global reputation of the prestigious ‘Made in Italy’ mark. One of the most respected and progressive among them is Longhi – a second generation furniture manufacturer focused on producing a coordinated collection of items for contemporary living. Longhi is based in the city of Meda, to the north of Milan, which is known as the heartland of the Italian furniture industry. The company was founded in the 1950s as a producer of wooden tables, and has remained resolutely committed to the pursuit of craftsmanship to ensure the highest quality standards. Today, Longhi works with leading designers to develop pieces that make optimal use of the skills and expertise provided by its team of highly skilled technicians. “Ou… continue

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All roads lead to: FAP Ceramiche's Roma Diamond collection | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-all-roads-lead-to-fap-ceramiche-039s-roma-diamond-collection/7001887 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Classical in inspiration yet undeniably cutting-edge, FAP Ceramiche’s new collection Roma Diamond, unveiled at the fair Cersaie last year, pays homage to the timeless appeal of high-gloss marble. A noble material with a noble past — beloved of ancient Roman society as much as by architects of 1920s Art Deco villas — marble is also one of the most desirable, on-trend materials today. This new range of flooring in porcelain stoneware and wallcoverings made of white body is a natural development of the company’s Roma collection, characterised by matt finishes enriched with different kinds of ceramic marble enlivened by a glistening sheen. This contemporary reinvention of a traditional material doubtless looks stunning in bathrooms but needn’t be confined to them: ceramic marble suits kitchens and living rooms equally well, its lustrous finish animating every space it graces. Used not just in one but several rooms in the same home, it inevitably has a unifying effect. Incidentally, the co… continue

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ISOLA DESIGN DISTRICT: Milan Design Week 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/isola-design-district-isola-design-district-milan-design-week-2018/7001886 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 There are many new features for the second time of the district, starting from the new visual identity system designed by Zup Design, under the art direction of its founder, the award-winning designer Marco Williams Fagioli. Playing on the meaning of Isola, the studio was inspired by the iconographic tradition of pirates, creating a strong and recognizable identity, represented in the brand by a crossed flag. The new image wants to communicate the spirit of a young and rebel district, which stands out for its strong experimental character and for the choice of welcoming young designers and innovative projects, not necessarily linked to market logics. Compared to last year, local activities and symbolic places of the neighborhood involved will increase, expanding the district perimeter. Stecca 3.0 will be the Headquarter, with the main info point and the press lounge dedicated to journalists, set up by RivaViva. But not only that, it will also host Latinoamerican Contemporary Design,… continue

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Snakes on a Plan: Medusagroup | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-snakes-on-a-plan-medusagroup/7001885 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Founded by Łukasz Zagała and Przemo Łukasik in 1997, Medusagroup is regarded as one of Poland’s most successful architecture firms. Originally based in Bytom, Silesia, Medusagroup now operates offices in Warsaw and in London. The studio’s international break came in 2004, when two of their projects both earned a nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Of these, their House in Żernica, a simple, long rectangle clad in wood, with two small patios, features a sober interior that combines wood, concrete and white plaster, with areas of glazing and translucent U-sections, whilst the Bolko Loft lifted a home up on stilts using an existing mining tower. Now, as then, bold formal language and a certain reverence for materials remain key to the the firm’s buildings, both large and small. The tiny roadside shrine in Bronowice, which combines a table-like structure of hollow, weathered steel bars with a laminated glass cross in the middle, is a prime example of this. The studio now tackles… continue

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We are family: The Maris line from Franke | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-we-are-family-the-maris-line-from-franke/7001884 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 ‘Make love like you‘re on camera’, I read recently on a dating site. We’re living in super-digital, high-definition times, where, it seems, we’re expected to look the part constantly – even when engaged in the most intimate of activities that should just be about ourselves and how we feel. As if life weren’t hard enough. Cooking is certainly one of those daily rituals that also has that potential feel-good factor. It delivers on two fronts: it’s a practical necessity, of course, but it also serves a social function, reinforcing bonds between family members and friends. In spite of the increasingly spectacular nature of food in the 21st century – think celebrity chefs and competitive Instagram images of boundary-pushing gastronomic creations – the joy of cooking, of togetherness, of taking pleasure in the here and now is, well, still here and now. And, thankfully, requires no cameras. Leading kitchen manufacturer Franke’s user-friendly and intuitive Maris product line has been developed… continue

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That Sinking Feeling: Moss by COR | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norman-kietzmann-that-sinking-feeling-moss-by-cor/7001883 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 People tend to be divided about details. Some regard them as heaven sent, for others they're the work of the devil. But no matter which attitude you support: it's the refinements that give something true character and make it stand out from the crowd. The Moss upholstered seating range from Cor shows that visual qualities are are by no means the 'only' important features here. With a seat depth of 110 centimetres the design by Jehs + Laub is extremely spacious - an effect that is all the more accentuated in large rooms. Compared to Conseta - since the 1960s the best-selling seating range of the manufacturer from Rheda-Wiedenbrück in East Westphalia - this represents a noticeable increase of 25 centimetres. However, increasing seating comfort is by no means just a question of proportions. "Anyone who sits down on Moss should be able to relax immediately and almost float," is how Leo Lübke, Managing Partner of Cor, defines the goal. To achieve this, the range of seating features real dow… continue

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Eastern Promise: Polish architecture and design go large | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-eastern-promise-polish-architecture-and-design-go-large/7001882 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Thirty years since the fall of the Iron Curtain, and few of the former Eastern bloc countries have fared better, economically or culturally, than Poland. It's the biggest and most populous of the countries that joined the European Union in 2004, and the only European country to have avoided the recent recession. With economic growth comes development and new commissions for architects, alongside new clientele for designers. Warsaw, the country’s capital, is seeing a new skyscraper district rise by the Soviet-style Palace of Culture and Science, and some of the world’s most respected architects – including Polish-born Daniel Libeskind, as well as Sir Norman Foster – have gotten in on the action. In fact, Foster’s 310-metre Varso Tower is set to be the EU’s tallest when it completes in 2020. Other cities have seen spectacular structures designed by international architects, too. Dutch practice MVRDV completed the staggered Bałtyk offices in Poznań last year, to much local fanfare, while… continue

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Pole Apart: Oskar Zięta | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-pole-apart-oskar-zieta/7001881 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Making furniture by welding together sheets of steel and blowing them up sounds like an unlikely production process. Then again, it is also the reason Oskar Zięta is one of most celebrated, and certainly one of the most idiosyncratic, Polish designers working today. Born in 1976 in Łódź, Zięta studied architecture in Szczecin before becoming a researcher at the department of Computer Aided Architectural Design at ETH Zürich in 2003. The collaborative, process-oriented nature of the institution influenced him significantly and he quickly developed a novel method of creating objects from steel, called "free inner pressure forming". Realising the technique's potential, Zięta created his first stool, Plopp, in 2007. Plopp's appeal – whimsical, sturdy, mass-produced and each one uniquely undulating – was universal. Over time, it found its way into the permanent collections of Paris’s Centre Pompidou, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, and the Zurich Design Museum. In 2006, Zięta opened h… continue

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BRERA DESIGN DISTRICT: The best of design all year round | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/brera-brera-design-district-the-best-of-design-all-year-round/7001880 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Brera Design District is Italy’s most important district for the promotion of design, an international point of reference and a centre of Milan’s creative, commercial and cultural development. The initiatives that animate Brera Design District derive from an organised system of territorial marketing strategies managed by Studiolabo. The aim is to bring together and promote businesses in the furnishing sector and professionals in contemporary industrial design, while benefitting from the area’s historical and artistic resources. On the occasion of the week of Fuorisalone 2018 , on stage in Milan from April 17 - 22, Brera Design District presents the 9th edition of its Design Week . In these years Brera Design District has been establishing its role as first and most important district promoting design in Italy gaining a precise identity and interacting with brands and professionals present in the territory as well as investors, sponsors and temporary exhibitors. The whole operation w… continue

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The Architecture of Learning: CF Møller | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-architecture-of-learning-cf-mller/7001879 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Your new Copenhagen International School occupies a very particular site – the working port of Nordhavn. How did the project’s immediate context inform its design?</b> <b>Julian Weyer:</b> The site, on the former container piers, is part of Copenhagen’s largest urban redevelopment area, and the school is designed to play a major part in the coming new community – both as a public recreational zone offering sports facilities and leisure, as well as acting as a community centre for the future residents of Nordhavn. Located on an extension of the former quay, the school’s location is not only on the water but literally in the water, creating unique views and relations to the port basins and the potential for a completely new relationship between a school and the surrounding cityscape. The design of the school building itself echoes the container ships that used to dominate the site – the stacking and layering of the school’s volumes on the shared base is directly inspired by the… continue

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Building our future: new school architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-building-our-future-new-school-architecture/7001878 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 As learning becomes increasingly child-focused and nuanced in its approach, so too new school buildings are changing. Architects can no longer assume a row of classrooms along a corridor will do; instead, innovative social spaces, both inside and outside, play an increasingly prominent role in a recent crop of educational facilities. The Morphogenesis-designed British School in New Delhi offers "international education with an Indian soul", and combines state-of-the-art facilities with generous communal spaces inspired by traditional Indian courtyards. These aren't just places to hang out; many act as extended learning environments, incorporating landscaping, break-out areas and even an outdoor swimming pool. This porosity also enables natural ventilation and passive climate control. In fact, approximately 50% of the school building is naturally cooled. In the New School for Bradesco near São Paulo, Brazil, Shieh Arquitetos Associados were faced with similar climatic conditions, but a… continue

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50 Shades of Green: Pedrali | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-50-shades-of-green-pedrali/7001877 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 “Any colour as long as it’s black” goes the infamous Henry Ford quote. Speaking of his pioneering Model T automobile, perhaps with his tongue somewhat in his cheek, the godfather of rationalised industrial production was always keen to champion the merits of standardisation. Equally pioneering furniture and lighting manufacturer Pedrali could be said to offer its products in any colour as long as it’s green. Not literally, you understand. But such is the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability throughout the manufacturing process, the metaphor is an apt one. Unlike some brands who pay mere marketing lip-service to the must-be-seen-as-eco-friendly imperative, Pedrali has consistently invested significant time and money over a number of years in developing its green credentials. <b>Nose to tail</b> The brand was one of the first chair manufacturers in Italy to use water-based finishes for its furniture, for example, as well as installing LED lighting throughout its of… continue

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Ventura Future Presents: The Future Landscape of Design | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-projects-ventura-future-presents-the-future-landscape-of-design/7001876 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The fact that our world is changing rapidly, and that we find ourselves facing environmental, social, political and technical challenges, should come as no surprise. We have hit exciting times in design history, wherein the world is increasingly embracing the ability of designers to think outside of conventional structures and produce radical solutions. Distinctions between the traditional disciplines are becoming less clear, demonstrating that cross- practice between designers, technologists, engineers and analytics is shaping better outcomes. From big data to complex networks, from resource management to health care issues - Ventura Future presents... <b>Ventura Future | It’s All in the Data</b> Complex networks of data are getting more and more intertwined in our daily lives. We often look at it with a legitimate concern and sense of alienation, but some Ventura Future’s exhibitors are showing the upside of these technological advancements. One such exhibitor unfolding the transi… continue

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Asian Architecture Now: Shigeru Ban's Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-asian-architecture-now-shigeru-ban-039s-garage-centre-for-contemporary-culture/7001875 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Ban has used paper to design unexpected and innovative buildings, from emergency housing to temporary schools. One of the structures that best demonstrates the potential of playing with paper is the temporary pavilion he made for the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture built a few years ago in Moscow. Though not his most recent project, the pavilion still stands out for its thick cardboard columns along the entire perimeter. “The temporary pavilion is both efficient to construct and affordable by using local materials produced in St. Petersburg”, explains Mr Ban. Designed to temporarily house the Garage Centre collection, the provisional building became a site for prolific experimentation. A six-metre tall wall was made of locally produced paper tubes, enclosing an oval interior that covers 2,400 square metres. Text by Eleonora Usseglio Prinsi continue

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Brussels Loft with minimal windows® | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-brussels-loft-with-minimal-windows-/7001874 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The apartment is equipped all round with large, individually fitted windows that provide the residents with a spectacular view over the rooftops of Brussels as well as the famous palace of justice in the distance. The minimal windows® design sliding windows developed by KELLER AG also enable the maximum penetration of natural daylight. <b>Breathtaking view</b> The open design concept dazzles with its stylishly furnished living areas. The very spacious living area with bar and billiard table guarantees convivial get-togethers. Daily stress is best escaped by relaxing in the spacious indoor swimming pool including whirlpool. The bedroom impresses with a breathtaking view, although privacy is not forgotten either, thanks to long curtains and sun protection. Light colours and elegant interior furnishings characterise the atmosphere and harmony of the luxurious loft in the heart of the city. <b>Luxurious and stylish</b> The fabulous balcony, which extends along the full length of the… continue

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Sound and Vision: BuzziSpace | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-sound-and-vision-buzzispace/7001873 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 These Belgians are on a mission. Founded over ten years ago with the aim of delivering smart solutions for work environments, making them more pleasant places to be, BuzziSpace has established itself internationally as the pioneering go-to brand for high-end acoustics products for contract environments. Their latest innovation takes the form of a new family of acoustic suspended-lighting products – space-saving designs that free up valuable floor space (often at a premium in open-plan offices) by combining optimised LED illumination with sound-absorbing fabric surfaces. For BuzziSpace, a healthy workplace is a happy and productive one, with managed acoustics and considered lighting playing a vital role in this. Architonic caught up with Daniel Verlooven, BuzziSpace’s Global Acoustics Ambassador, to talk sound, light, well-being and chatty colleagues. <b>Why did BuzziSpace develop this new collection of acoustic lighting?</b> We felt the urgency and necessity to combine two of the mo… continue

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The light fantastic: Perspex® Light | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-light-fantastic-perspex-light/7001871 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The lighting industry has evolved at breakneck speed over the past decade, with LED technology in particular emerging as the dominant light source on the market. As the performance of LEDs improves, the materials used to diffuse these direct light sources must keep pace. This has prompted the Perspex® brand team to develop a collection of innovative acrylic products that enhance the performance of LED luminaires used to illuminate rooms or spaces in either commercial, industrial or decorative areas. At Frankfurt’s upcoming Light + Building trade fair, Lucite International will present its Perspex® Light range of cell-cast acrylic sheet products optimised for LED lighting applications. Lucite International is part of the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, and is the global leader in the design, development and manufacture of acrylic-based products. By applying its expert knowledge of acrylic to the field of lighting design, it has developed a solution that surpasses all existing products… continue

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Luminale | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/light-building-luminale/7001870 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The ninth Luminale in Frankfurt and Offenbach will be light intensive – <b>in parallel to Light + Building from 18 to 23 March 2018</b>. Dozens of light installations will confront the discourse on the city and the future, including social, ecological, technological and artistic perspectives. 140 projects are on the programme, in the five festival categories of ART, COMMUNITY, STUDY, SOLUTIONS and BETTER CITY. The category of ART alone, in which a seven-member board of experts is supporting the programme team, brings together 30 outstanding projects of lighting art and artistic work poised excitingly between lighting and the city. Moreover, Luminale will also provide major incentives for a modern and sustainable urban design. All will take place under the aegis of the Mayor of the City of Frankfurt am Main, Peter Feldmann, who has no doubt: “The optimised concept has given the festival a new quality. Luminale 2018 will permanently link artistic displays, technological development and… continue

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Back to the Vaults: The 2nd Edition of Ventura Centrale | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-projects-back-to-the-vaults-the-2nd-edition-of-ventura-centrale/7001869 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Walking through the vaults of Ventura Centrale, visitors will discover different elements of contemporary design. From the rigorous technique applied by Far East leading manufactures to the tasty American design culture. From the craftsmanship of Italian and Swiss artisans to the merge between industry and design talent. From pushing the boundaries of materials to the critical and responsible role of the design world. We are proud to offer you a glimpse of the design spectacle that is waiting for you! <b>horgenglarus and Stephan Hürlemann</b> What happens when the oldest Swiss chair and table manufacturer and one of Switzerland’s most established designers team up? Wooden giants! The seven figures, up to three metres tall, in the installation ‘Riesen mit Zwerg’, or Giants with Dwarf, were built by architect and designer Stephan Hürlemann by using chair and table parts from the more than 100 years old component archive at manufacturer horgenglarus. Hürlemann left all the parts in the… continue

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Office furniture with a system | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-office-furniture-with-a-system/7001868 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 In recent years, office culture has changed significantly. While in the past everyone was proud of their own individualized offices and desks, nowadays chill-out areas and Starbucks-like cafeterias are considered more important. The idea behind the latter: only those who enjoy being at the workplace work well. The altered working atmosphere is also leading to changing requirements with respect to office furniture. WINI is one of Germany’s top office-equipment suppliers. The medium-sized family business offers a wide range of products, tailor-made furnishing solutions and customer-oriented reliable services. Its portfolio includes ergonomic desks, high-quality storage-space systems, mobile cupboard elements, highly-absorbent acoustic systems as well as representative reception and seating furniture systems. The product design is timeless, clear and functional, and has been certified by numerous national and international quality and design labels. All WINI product series are modular… continue

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Moving people | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-moving-people/7001867 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The family-owned company was founded in 1907 as a chair factory in Bad Münder in Lower Saxony. After the Second World War, it developed into a pioneering company for modern furniture design in cooperation with architects and designers from the German Werkbund and the Ulm University of Design. The combination of ground-breaking innovations with durable quality in a timeless form became the basis for the typical Wilkhahn design. As a specialist for office chairs and conference furnishings, the company focuses on furnishing solutions for conference and seminar rooms, workshop and project offices that promote cooperation and communication. Its trend-setting product ranges and furnishing solutions are characterised by their high practical value, long-lasting reliability and durability, design class and environmentally-friendly design. Milestones such as the office-chair classics FS-Linie and Modus continue to impress with their ease of movement, design class and sustainability. The fact tha… continue

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The architect will see you now: new health centres | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-the-architect-will-see-you-now-new-health-centres/7001866 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Visiting a hospital is rarely a pleasant experience, and many older facilities are rather tired-looking institutional buildings where glaring fluorescent lights and plastic surfaces set the tone. Thankfully, a new generation of clinics is designed not just to heal the body, but to lift the soul, too. In Arkansas, the Harvey Pediatric Clinic by Marlon Blackwell Architects acts as a true landmark in the sprawling American landscape. The hospital’s strong horizontal form and custom cayenne colour set it off against its more prosaic surroundings. Inside, an air of calm prevails, created in part by roof lights and high windows offering views of the sky. In a very different context, fitting in with its neighbours was imperative to the design of Maggie’s Barts, a modest cancer care centre adjacent to the neoclassical St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in Central London. Conceived by Steven Holl, the building’s proportions match those of its older neighbours, albeit with splashes of colour dotted over… continue

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Say Cheese: 5 dental practices with bite | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-say-cheese-5-dental-practices-with-bite/7001865 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 <b>01 Studio Dental 2 San Francisco, 2017 Montalba Architects</b> Natural materials and considered lighting create a spa-like atmosphere at Montalba Architects’ Studio Dental 2 in San Francisco, helping soothe potential patient jitters. <b>02 Vericat Implantology Valencia, 2016 Vitale</b> Spanish studio Vitale’s deployment of rich materials like marble, brass and bamboo for their implantology client in Valencia displaces the sterile language of the traditional dental practice, communicating an altogether more premium value proposition. <b>03 Dental Office Vallès & Vallès Barcelona, 2016 YLAB Arquitectos</b> Dental Office Vallès & Vallès in Barcelona – designed by YLAB Arquitectos – is organised as a continuous, organically formed space, with undulating glazing, converted from two former, adjacent first-floor apartments. <b>04 Zuhause Beim Zahnarzt Bruges, 2015 Declerck-Daels Architecten</b> It’s somehow fitting that a former garage be repurposed as a dental pra… continue

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Effective light | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-effective-light/7001864 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Artificial lighting with biological effectiveness, like natural daylight, changes illuminance and light colour during the course of the day. Especially in rooms with little daylight or in the winter months, this biologically-effective light can sustainably enhance well-being at the workplace. Many people spend most of their working days indoors, which means that they are excluded from the dynamic and biological effect of daylight. It makes sense, therefore, to make use of the findings on the biological effectiveness of light when designing office environments. With PULSE VTL, Waldmann has developed a lighting management system that generates a natural lighting experience and its positive effect on the workplace. Depending on the time of day, the natural impulses are set via a fixed control curve. In addition, the light colour varies between daylight-like light in the morning for stimulation, and warm white light for a cosier atmosphere in the evening. The system works autonomously, and… continue

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That Ceiling Feeling: OWA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jasmin-jouhar-that-ceiling-feeling-owa/7001863 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The rough industrial charm of bare concrete ceilings with exposed pipes, ventilation systems and cable trays is very much en vogue. This can be seen not just in cafés, restaurants and hotels, but also in shops, cultural buildings and open-space offices, where architects are forgoing the hung ceilings that otherwise hide mechanical installations. In addition to creating the desired raw, unfinished atmosphere, this approach opens up valuable extra headroom, giving spaces a much more generous feel. But the trend also has a disadvantage. "This kind of architecture has an aesthetic appeal," says Ralf Hansen. "But people also have to be able to use it – so acoustics mustn't be forgotten." Many such projects entirely lack absorption surfaces for sound, resulting in spaces that can be unpleasant for dining or doing business. Hansen is product manager at OWA Odenwald Faserplattenwerk, specialists in acoustically effective ceiling systems. While OWA's core business lies in classic suspended ceil… continue

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A new way of working in the Studio Office | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-a-new-way-of-working-in-the-studio-office/7001862 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Good design sustainably improves the quality of living spaces, offices and public facilities. Swiss company Vitra therefore aims to combine its technical and conceptual know-how with the creativity of contemporary designers in order to explore and constantly expand the limits of design. Inside the Vitra Center at its headquarters in Birsfelden, the company is testing a new office concept with its Studio Office, developed together with London-based Sevil Peach. The founder of the architecture and design studio Sevil Peach has been working with Vitra for over 15 years, designing office environments for international companies. In the Studio Office, design and everyday demands are reconciled, creating an open space in which communication and flexibility are both condition and purpose. The Studio Office consists of five studios in which a total of 120 people work. There are no permanent workplaces, with employees choosing a new one each day. The project aims to create a studio atmosphere t… continue

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Futures Past: Emilgroup | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anna-winston-futures-past-emilgroup/7001861 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Innovation and tradition might not always seem like obvious bedfellows, but both are at the core of Italian architectural ceramics company Emilgroup and its four industry leading brands, Emilceramica, Ergon, Provenza and Viva. “Research has always been at the heart of what we do,” explains Giancarlo Macchioni, director of Marketing and R&D at Emilgroup – a department known as “the creative workshop” within the company – and the man behind the most successful collections. “The Emilgroup research center is a test-bed of encounters and cultural experiences out of which are born the collections of the four brands,” says Macchioni. “It is a synthesis of experimentation, creativity and performance.” Emilgroup’s oldest and perhaps best-known brand is Emilceramica. Founded in 1961, its name has kept the company connected to its Italian heritage – the original plan was to become the leading distributor of ceramic tiles through Italy’s Emilia region by creating stylish, luxurious and tech… continue

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Flexible working | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-flexible-working/7001860 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Supporting research in this segment is an important focus for the company. Cooperations with innovative partners are of great importance and bring advantages for all parties involved. In 2017, VARIO planned high-quality office furniture for the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT in St. Augustin near Bonn. At Schloss Birlinghoven, several double workplaces, a multifunctional middle zone and a so-called “marketplace” were created for the scientists of the Fraunhofer FIT. The Icon four-legged table range enables the straightforward creation of large double and group workplaces as well as larger conference facilities. The workplace system, designed by Klaus Michel as far back as 2003, was a milestone in the company’s product development and won the Red Dot Design Award. The stacking box systems M1 and M1.1 offer flexible storage space in the office environment. In addition, they enable the clear structuring of open spaces. The Versa H MiniCaddy not only serves as a… continue

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Use protection: Light + Building 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-use-protection-light-building-2018/7001859 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Light + Building, the leading international trade fair for lighting, design and intelligent building technology, will open its doors in Frankfurt once again on 18 March 2018. Visitors will be offered a multifaceted program covering a broad spectrum, ranging from highly technical to design-related topics. One of the focal points of this year’s presentation is security technology, which plays an increasingly important role in the construction of modern, smart buildings today. Less technically oriented, but all the more creative is the Trendforum, at which home design trends for the 2018/2019 season will be featured. People have grown much more security-conscious when it comes to their living and working environments in recent years, and the demand for electronic security technology has risen accordingly. Featuring presentations by suppliers from the security technology and building automation segments, the Intersec Forum and the new special show entitled “Secure – Connected Security in B… continue

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A perfect Match: GROHE | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-a-perfect-match-grohe/7001858 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The bathroom ought to be a place of calm – a zone of tranquility offering an escape from the bustle and stress of everyday life. To achieve a sense of true relaxation, the design of this room should be consistent and balanced, with the various functional elements uniting to create a harmonious whole. Sanitary manufacturer GROHE has made this process more straightforward by introducing a range of ceramic products that complements its premium faucets, showers and sanitary systems. GROHE’s move into ceramic items was prompted by the company’s desire to offer customers a complete bathroom service, which ensures a consistent quality of design and detailing. The strategic decision was aided by the takeover in 2014 of GROHE by Japan’s Lixil Group Corporation – the sanitary ware industry’s global market leader. GROHE is now able to call on decades of experience in sanitary ceramics as it creates products designed for 21st-century living. GROHE’s ceramic items are specifically developed to inte… continue

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Contemporary classic | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-contemporary-classic/7001857 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 String® system is a complex shelf system that can be assembled individually according to personal needs. In addition to the shelves made of oak, walnut, ash and metal, wall cabinets with drawers or sliding doors, showcases, worktops, storage shelves and shoe racks as well as storage inserts can be integrated into the shelf. After the Swedish classic disappeared from the market for several decades, Peter ­Erlandsson and Pär Josefsson founded String Furniture in 2005 with the aim of reviving and preserving the cultural heritage of Nils Strinning. Ten years later, the company developed a range of ergonomic furniture specifically for the office sector, which makes the workplace a functional, flexible, and at the same time friendly and visually appealing place. The designs for string® works are the work of Swedish ­designers Anna von Schewen and Björn Dahlström, who based their product development on Nisse Strinning’s minimalist design principle. The core of the series consists of a free-s… continue

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The Sculpture of Seating: Studio Benkert | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-the-sculpture-of-seating-studio-benkert/7001856 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Benkert, a Bavaria-based family enterprise, has built its reputation primarily as a producer of outdoor furniture – furniture which is designed for the general public and must meet exacting demands. Company founder and owner Gerhard Benkert has now launched a new project, Studio Benkert, and is designing individual indoor seating sculptures that appeal to a very particular taste. Studio Benkert’s idiosyncratic design isn’t for everybody. Benkert himself calls the furniture “chairs for the brave”. And yes, it takes some courage to place one of these chairs in one’s own living room. They aren’t mainstream furniture, but bold objects that grab one’s attention. Benkert designs all of the pieces himself – as he does for Benkert Bänke as well – and aims to create unique, authentic products for people with a strong sense of quality and an affinity for the extraordinary. The new company currently offers three different series. The seating sculptures in the SW series suggest curved bands, with… continue

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The future of work is creative | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-the-future-of-work-is-creative/7001855 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Creative Spaces is the name of the five office-space solutions that Steelcase has developed together with Microsoft. In these five working environments, space and technology merge with each other and help people to generate new ideas, develop them further, and turn them into innovations. Creative work has a rhythm in which people and ideas converge and diverge. We need creative tools, technologies and spaces, that support the different stages of creative work and which are designed to allow everyone to participate. In reality, most offices are designed to support traditional process work rather than creative processes. Companies invest in technology and work environments, but think both separately. The five new workplace concepts consist of the Focus Studio for concentrated, individual work, the Duo Studio for productive collaboration and the development of ideas in groups of two, the Ideation Hub, a Meeting Room, the Maker Commons, an open space for brainstorming and the exchange of i… continue

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Focus on health | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-focus-on-health/7001854 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 New forms of work and organisational structures require flexible, aesthetic furnishings and tailor-made solutions that promote movement and communication. As one of the leading full-range suppliers, Sedus Stoll AG, based in Waldshut, develops, produces and sells office equipment and workplace concepts. Its focus is always on employees’ health. Three examples: The se:works lounge furniture system combines aesthetic cosiness with ergonomic seating comfort. For laptop work, Sedus has developed, in addition to several table variants, a swivelling writing tablet which can be docked onto the frame structure. A power supply system supplies electricity, and smartphones and laptops can be charged wirelessly through the veneered shelf area. The linear frame elements are available in any desired length, and upholstery and shelf dimensions can be adjusted accordingly. In combination with round elements, seat landscapes in any size can be created. More than 200 breathable fabrics or fine aniline le… continue

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World Design Capital Mexico City 2018 Program Presentation | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-design-week-mexico-world-design-capital-mexico-city-2018-program-presentation/7001853 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 After a selection process in 2015, Mexico City was designated as World Design Capital 2018. This initiative, driven by Design Week Mexico along with the City Government, makes CDMX the sixth city, and the first in the American continent to obtain this title given every two years by the World Design Organization (WDO). Under the theme ‘Socially Responsible Design’, the WDC Mexico City 2018’s program will promote design and creativity as engines of social and cultural change in an urban context, as well as to offer proposals to solve the challenges of megacities around the world such as public space, mobility and sustainability. All the creative community will be able to rethink the concept of a megacity, and exhibit the continuous efforts to build a more liveable city. “World Design Capital Mexico City 2018 has focused on a socially responsible design approach, in order to encourage conversations about design as a configurator of material life and ideas towards the benefit of urban life… continue

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State of the Art: museums that show off | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-state-of-the-art-museums-that-show-off/7001852 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The internet may have revolutionised our access to information, but the best new museums are actually attracting growing crowds, as much for their exhibits as for their stunning architecture. Zeitz MOCAA – short for Museum of Contemporary African Art – is a case in point. Situated in a former grain silo in Cape Town's port, this concrete colossus was once the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa. Leaving the commanding exterior almost intact, British designer Thomas Heatherwick has carved out a large elliptical void from among the densely packed concrete tubes, creating a captivating, unique space – not just for the public, but also for large-scale art installations. The newly opened Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech resembles an abstracted kasbah with richly patterned brick facade. It celebrates the work of the eponymous French fashion-design legend, who spent long periods of his professional life in the city and was enamoured with it. The bold volumes and occasional curving… continue

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The sound of teamwork: acousticpearls | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-the-sound-of-teamwork-acousticpearls/7001851 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 There are companies, and then there are companies that mean what they say. Not only in terms of the quality of their products, their manufacturing and their ecological footprint, but in terms of everything that makes the individual product what it is. For Bremen-based acousticpearls, that means, above all, the people involved. “For years, acousticpearls has been giving physical expression to a certain aesthetic perception,” says Clemens Lünig, CEO of the successful company. “We closely combine skilled craftsmanship and industrial know-how. The result is acoustically effective products of extraordinary creativity. Our passion for good design and our conscious dealing with the materials give rise to timeless collections of the highest quality. This can only be achieved by a team in which employees and suppliers work hand in hand responsibly and cooperatively. Our products are created by people working with great passion.” <b>People first </b> Jan Stubbmann, who started at acousticpear… continue

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Furniture with style and character | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-furniture-with-style-and-character/7001850 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The range extends from modern design-classics to new, imaginative designs by international designers. Furniture is offered for different areas of application and users beyond the mass market: Furniture for adults and children, for indoor and outdoor use, and for residential and commercial applications. Richard Lampert has been producing furniture and furnishings since 1993. Talking to Richard Lampert, his passion for furniture – timeless designs without frills, but with that certain something – quickly becomes evident. The members of his team – complemented by the designer Alexander Seifried – are important sparring partners for him. A design must convince – with a clear and possibly unconventional idea. Only then does he ask himself whether the design is strong enough to be produced in high quality and in large numbers. “The product must have a soul,” says Lampert. One of the absolute classics in the collection is the original Egon Eiermann table from 1953 with inclined diagonals in a… continue

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Are you being served?: C-star 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-are-you-being-served-c-star-2018/7001849 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Shopping has long been much more than a matter of goods simply crossing a store counter. In recent years and decades, it has increasingly become a lifestyle, an immersive leisure experience that many people extensively indulge in. Accordingly, the attractive presentation of products in an inviting, uncompromising atmosphere has taken on ever greater importance. As customer demands rise, so too do those placed on architects and interior designers, window dressers, product manufacturers and shop owners. This fascinating dynamic is reflected in the portfolio of EuroShop, whose major triannual trade fair in Düsseldorf hosts some 2,400 exhibitors and highlights pioneering innovations, future trends and outstanding products. This spring, the annual EuroShop subsidiary C-star will once again be held in Shanghai <b>From West to East</b> “Shape the Future of Retail”, reads the large type. Final preparations for C-star, Shanghai’s International Trade Fair for Solutions and Trends, are proceed… continue

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Tokujin Yoshioka: Light Material | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-tokujin-yoshioka-light-material/7001848 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Tokujin Yoshioka transcends the limitations of materials. Some of his furniture pieces act as clouds and others are baked in an oven like bread, while still others seem to melt into thin air. We spoke with Tokujin Yoshioka about his influences, including Japan and Henri Matisse. <b>Lightness and transparency play an important role in your work. Why is that?</b> I am fascinated by transparency because it is never static. When light encounters transparent objects, they automatically start to change and to react to their environment. Light is a very important part of my work. I almost use it as a material that can be deformed and manipulated. <b> Why do materials in particular play such a key role in many of your products? </b> Design is above all a mental process, one which is also strongly influenced by feelings. This makes design very personal. When I work on an object, aesthetics come first. It is the result of the materials and the processing I have already decided upon. If yo… continue

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One giant step: Domotex 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-one-giant-step-domotex-2018/7001847 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 DOMOTEX, the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floorcoverings, held in Hanover and organised by Deutsche Messe, returned last January in a fresh, new guise that attracted a record-breaking 1,615 exhibitors as well as more than 45,000 visitors. This year, DOMOTEX boasted a new, more user-friendly exhibition layout, and presented immersive displays exploring its keynote theme, ‘Unique Youniverse’. This centred on a major, contemporary trend for individualisation, which reflects a desire among designers and consumers to create unique products in our increasingly globalised world of homogeneous design. The trend makes commercial sense, too, says Hossein Rezvani, carpet designer and owner of Hossein Rezvani Design: ‘Customised carpets are popular everywhere. As evidenced by statistics, they account for one half of all global sales… Against a background of growing uniformity, they will become increasingly important.’ The overarching Unique Youniverse theme reinforced the fair’s repu… continue

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The clever furniture developer | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-the-clever-furniture-developer/7001846 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Niels Kastrup and Lars Andersen have been creating and selling tables and chairs for 20 years – initially mainly in the Scandinavian market and the USA, but now worldwide, with a strong focus also on Germany and Switzerland. “The acquisition of the traditional family-owned company Randers a few years ago allowed us to make good progress in these countries”, explains Niels Kastrup in an interview. “Randers already had a good market presence in the region, as well as a number of products that ideally complement our portfolio. The Flex table range for conference, seminar and meeting rooms, canteens and halls in particular was a perfect match for us. But the designs for Grip, which we then developed further, were also promising.” Interesting and also slightly unusual is the development process that Randers + Radius’ new products undergo. Since the company focuses strongly on the contract sector, visiting architectural offices and entering into ­dialogue with planners is very important.… continue

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Get smart: Light + Building 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/light-building-get-smart-light-building-2018/7001845 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Current and future challenges posed by the growing demand for energy and climate-protection objectives can only be met with intelligent solutions for the infrastructure and buildings. In this connection, the focus is on the reduction of CO2 emissions and greater efficiency. Especially in the case of buildings, increasing digitalisation offers an outstanding basis for achieving these objectives whereby the planning, construction and use of smart buildings will change fundamentally. Forward-looking planning is essential to ensure that the technology of a smart building will function in the future, too, i.e., that modern, rapidly and constantly changing building-services technology can be integrated at any time during the building’s lifetime. This is not possible with traditional planning and construction processes. Building Information Modelling (BIM) methods, which bring together architecture and engineering, house and building-services technology and facility management in computer mod… continue

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A statement in furniture design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-a-statement-in-furniture-design/7001844 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 As illustrated by the clear line of the upholstered furniture series Avignon, designed by French designer and former member of the Memphis Group Christophe Pillet, or the playful, filigree contours of the Dune seating island, designed by the Swedish design-studio Front, when it comes to creative work, Offecct’s furniture manufacturers have access to talented, top-class designers and architects, who skilfully implement the spirit of the brand. Among the many world-famous designers who work for the company are Jasper Morrison, Neri & Hu, Alfredo Häberli, Nendo and Karim Rashid. A new entrant to the sector, Japanese designer Jin Kuramoto recently designed the Jin chair collection comprising stable and lightweight chairs made of either carbon fibres or 100 % organic flax fibres, for the company. The ­Offecct Lab always tries to exploit the ­potential of design, technology and sustainability aspects and to cast them in charismatic shapes. The company is therefore on a journey that it will b… continue

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Architecture Festival TURN ON 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/turn-on-festival-architecture-festival-turn-on-2018/7001843 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 In our rapidly developing time, the framework conditions and thus the goals of building are also changing. Today, the world of architecture presents itself diverse and moves like a kaleidoscope. The selected program is a snapshot of their most interesting particles. Anna Ramos, the director of Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona, ​​opens the festival. This year's keynote speaker, Kristiaan Borret, was the municipal architect of Antwerp before assuming this role for the greater region of Brussels. <b>TURN ON PARTNER – The Dialogues</b> Today the world is no longer uniform, and this applies in particular to building. The building process differentiates itself, the individual facets of this process are highly different and intrinsically complex. This is documented by the program track TURN ON PARTNER. The lectures at the interface of business and architecture span a wide range and also focus on classical topics of architecture, such as the facade, materials and light. The lecturers… continue

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So transparent!: Vanceva | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-so-transparent-vanceva/7001842 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Why be limited to monochrome glass on a building’s facade or on a large-scale surface? It’s a question many architects and designers ask themselves today, given that it’s possible to opt for complex, polychrome glazing in a multitude of joyous hues. This innovation has its origins in 1937 when Saflex first introduced its high quality, state-of-the-art laminated glass as well as its reliable service and expert advice to customers. Saflex® polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayers for glass lamination, to be precise, are now one of US company Eastman’s key architectural glazing products, along with Vanceva® Colors PVB interlayers. Eastman is a global advanced materials and speciality additives company, which manufactures a broad range of products found in items people use on an everyday basis. It delivers its customers — in markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables — innovative products and solutions while being committed to safety and sustainability. Eastman’s… continue

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Harri Koskinen: Simplicity is a Sylvan Sauna | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-harri-koskinen-simplicity-is-a-sylvan-sauna/7001841 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 For nearly two decades, Harri Koskinen has been deeply connected with Japan, developing ongoing, creative collaborations with Japanese designers such as Issey Miyake and Muji. He is the curator and scenographer for STILL/LIFE, an in-depth exhibition about the life and work of legendary Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala that first opened in 2015 to mark the hundredth anniversary of Wirkkala’s birth. In November 2017, STILL/LIFE will be at EMMA, the Espoo Museum of Modern Art in Finland, which will coincide with the inauguration of Aukio, meaning “open” in Finnish, a new and innovative exhibition space that will be dedicated to Wirkkala and his wife and collaborator, Rut Bryk. This open archive and visible storage at EMMA will include over five thousand items arranged chronologically. In the centre, there will be an exhibition space where STILL/LIFE will be installed, giving visitors the opportunity to walk directly into Wirkkala’s and Bryk’s creative universe. EMMA curator Henna Paunu say… continue

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The AZ Awards 2018: Meet the Jury | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/az-awards-the-az-awards-2018-meet-the-jury/7001840 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Azure has brought together an extraordinary jury of renowned practitioners in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, product design and interiors to evaluate the entries of the 2018 AZ Awards. Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of our awards program, as well as the boundary-breaking nature of great design, the illustrious five will meet in March to judge every award category, and select the winners and finalists of our eighth annual awards program. Claire Weisz Claire Weisz is a founding partner of WXY, a New York firm globally recognized for its community-centred approach to architecture, urban design and planning. Its most recent projects include the resilient and welcoming Rockaway Boardwalks Reconstruction, commissioned in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; and the Spring Street Salt Shed and Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage, in collaboration with Dattner Architects, a project that proves even the most utilitarian buildings – in this case, sanitation facilities… continue

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An explosion of textile innovations | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-an-explosion-of-textile-innovations/7001839 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Object Carpet from Denkendorf near Stuttgart is responding to the growing trend ­towards the individualisation and zoning of newly-designed working environments with a future-oriented collection. “Facts & Inspirations” comprises 22 innovations in 88 qualities and a total of 1214 colour options. The new floor-generation for the contract sector can be rolled out or laid in the form of self-lying tiles. This carpet innovation, like all other Object Carpet qualities, is also free of bitumen, PVC, latex and harmful emissions. Thanks to the environmentally-friendly material properties, the products bear the German Federal Environment Agency’s “Blue Angel” seal of approval. In addition, there are healthy-living aspects such as fine-dust reduction, impact sound insulation and the improvement of room acoustics. The sound-absorbing properties can even be enhanced by using the optional BlackThermo®Felt backing material. And the TÜV-approved quality of the products also ensures that the floor cove… continue

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In good company: office architecture works it | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-in-good-company-office-architecture-works-it/7001838 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Gone are the days of drab business parks and soulless cubicles. Today's offices are all about creating an attractive and uplifting work environment, inside and out. A great example is the newly-opened Headquarters of Metropole Rouen Normandie in Amfreville-La-Mi-Voie, France, by Jacques Ferrier Architecture. Here, two inclined prisms create a strong silhouette against the flat landscape of the building's port location. To counteract the often demure weather, the building is wrapped in a shimmering coat of coloured glass fins, recalling Claude Monet's paintings of Rouen Cathedral. The pale wood and light grey concrete interiors work together to create a bright and calm working environment. Dutch practice Mecanoo opted for a different strategy for its Namdeamun Office Building in Seoul. To counteract the sensory overload of the Asian metropolis, the office's facade is a minimalist composition of overlapping black lattices. The effect, calm yet lively, creates a uniquely elegant exter… continue

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Lightness of Touch: Light + Building Frankfurt 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-lightness-of-touch-light-building-frankfurt-2018/7001837 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 “Connected – Secure – Convenient” is the motto of this year’s Light + Building. Every two years, the world’s leading trade fair for lighting, design and intelligent building technology presents product innovations and industry trends in the fields of lighting, electrical engineering and home and building automation. As the title reveals, this year’s fair will spotlight the networked building and our heightened need for convenience and security. These areas of current interest will be dealt with intensively in the framework of the fair’s two “top themes”: “The smartification of everyday life” and “Aesthetics and well-being in harmony”. In the lighting product segment under “Aesthetics and well-being in harmony”, the fair will exhibit current design trends in the lighting market. Above all, the featured innovations put people and their personal needs at centre stage – as reflected in the currently relevant topic Human Centric Lighting. Modelled on the changes in natural light conditions… continue

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Light+Building: Human Centric Lighting | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/light-building-light-building-human-centric-lighting/7001836 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 At the end of 2017, the Nobel Prize for medicine went to three US American researchers Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young. By isolating and investigating the ‘period’ gene of the fruit fly, they were able to prove the existence of the ‘inner clock’, which controls the circadian rhythm of humans, animals and plants. The lighting industry, architects and planners, are interested in this, too, and are developing lighting solutions and concepts for a wide range of applications, based on these scientific findings. <b>Circadian rhythms – the foundation of human-centric lighting</b> The biological rhythm of the human being is crucially influenced by the progress of sunlight. And it is, first and foremost, the proportion of blue light that is responsible for blocking or stimulating the production of the sleep hormone, melatonin. The relatively blue sunlight in the morning blocks the melatonin hormone and stimulates the activity of the stress hormone cortisol. This leads t… continue

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Do these experts ever sleep?: DUX | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-do-these-experts-ever-sleep-dux/7001835 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Many of the world’s top companies launched with a single revolutionary product, before applying their successful concept to a portfolio of designs that share a core idea. Take Apple, for example, which grew from its humble beginnings as the producer of the Macintosh computer into the world’s most valuable brand by diversifying into tablets, smartphones, watches and all of the accompanying software. For Swedish firm DUX, being the manufacturer of one of the world’s most comfortable and intelligently designed beds was a launchpad to explore new opportunities in the world of furniture. The innovative system of metal springs it uses to give its mattresses supreme flexibility and longevity is also applied to sofas and armchairs, seats for Volvo cars and for the London underground, as well as beds for the Swedish navy’s submarines. “The spring technology is what we do and we’re able to make lots of things using that,” explains the company’s Nordic CEO, Charlotte Ljung. “We try to utilise wha… continue

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A light reduction: mawa design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-a-light-reduction-mawa-design/7001834 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 With a thorough understanding of design and how things work, mawa Design of Brandenburg, Germany, develops and produces high-quality luminaires which in terms of both their technology and construction are always in step with the times. Company founder Martin Wallroth began 40 years ago with residential objects, before cooperating with external designers in the 1980s and, from that point forward, increasingly concentrating on the manufacture of luminaires. It was through his early encounter with two very different classic luminaires of the 1950s – “schliephacke” and “ssymmank” – that Wallroth saw the light, as it were. Originally developed by designer Fridtjof Schliephacke as a luminaire for a student residence hall, “schliephacke” unites a table and floor lamp and is conceived for industrial production in the spirit of the Bauhaus. For students, it was ultimately too expensive, but in the 1960s it found its way into the homes of numerous consumers with an affinity for design and in thi… continue

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Me and You Forever: Ambiente 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jasmin-jouhar-me-and-you-forever-ambiente-2018/7001833 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Ambiente in Frankfurt am Main isn’t just the world’s largest trade fair for consumer goods, but also a reliable trend barometer. What’s new, and what’s going to remain in fashion? The trend presentation by Stilbüro Bora.Herke.Palmisano during the fair will offer answers to these two central questions – with a coffee mug playing an important role. Whether in fashion, art or design, “anything goes” is the attitude of our time. Everyone seeks out a niche that appeals to them. Yet, again and again, phenomena that just about everybody can agree on continue to arise – be it a brand, a colour, a technology or a travel destination. Trends remain “in”. They show the interest of a broad public and point to that which will soon be part of our everyday life. It is only logical, then, that Ambiente at Messe Frankfurt has been presenting the latest trends to its visitors for ten years now. With 4,460 exhibitors from 94 nations, the world’s leading consumer goods trade fair reliably reflects all rele… continue

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Switched on: digital-first retail spaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-switched-on-digital-first-retail-spaces/7001832 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 More than just a few days each February, ISE – reflecting its thematic focus – is itself integrated into the complete year-long industry calendar. The fair’s organisers, Industry Systems Events, regularly develop and deliver B2B events for the professional AV and electronic-systems industry. Their recent round-table event at premium furniture brand Vitra’s London showroom – where a number of top-flight opinion-formers from the fields of architecture, design and retail were invited to talk shop by discussing the impact of digital on retail spaces – articulated just how critical new technology has become in ensuring the continued relevance of traditional physical stores. As sales continue to migrate online, shops are increasingly becoming marketing channels, places to experience brands through clever, content-filled storytelling, delivered via fully integrated AV and other digital systems. Anyone planning a retail space without first devising a digital strategy is, in effect, adopting a… continue

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The revolution is now: Smart Building Conference at ISE 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-revolution-is-now-smart-building-conference-at-ise-2018/7001831 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The Smart Building Conference at ISE 2018 in Amsterdam offers unparalleled insights into the rapidly developing dynamic between digital technologies, the built environment and urban space. A host of leading-edge thinkers and practitioners, experts in the fields of IT, AV, architecture and beyond, are set to provide an internationally drawn, professional audience with diverse, challenging and inspiring perspectives on the smart landscape – via not only the latest technologies, but also business strategies, market research and real-life case studies. With increasing talk of the role big data will play in shaping our cities – “allowing us to make real what urbanists in the past could only dream of,” as architect and thought-leader Carlo Ratti puts it – delegates should ready themselves for a big download of razor-sharp thinking. Ratti (who’ll be delivering the opening address at ISE 2018) along with representatives from such organisations as Philips, OSRAM and OVG Real Estate, will explor… continue

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This man is seeing things: Carlo Ratti | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-this-man-is-seeing-things-carlo-ratti/7001830 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 It's perhaps no surprise that a man who's established himself as one of the world's leading experts in the relation between new technologies and the built environment – and their increasing integration – should himself be so supremely networked and embedded when it comes to his professional life. We’re talking about Italian architect Carlo Ratti, whose CV would leave only the most churlish unimpressed. Director of MIT’s Senseable City Lab and founding partner of the Turin-, New York- and London-based office Carlo Ratti Associati – whose innovation-led, total approach to shaping our material world sees interventions across the board and scale, from furniture design to urban planning – Ratti sharpened his academic teeth at such august institutions as the University of Cambridge and the Politecnico di Torino. He’s the ultimate example of how paradigm-shifting change happens when research and praxis engage in a fluent dialogue. Ratti takes to the stage at this year’s ISE fair in Amsterdam,… continue

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Exclusive surfaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-exclusive-surfaces/7001829 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The expressive, large-format decors interpret classic wallpaper in a new way. All the designs are developed by a pool of artists and designers whose creations are inspired by architecture, art and fashion, as well as natural materials and textiles. The EQ•dekor fibre glass collection originated from a cooperation between Inkiostro Bianco and Mapei. Originally used for earthquake-proof structures, the material opens up completely new possibilities for interior design through digital printing. The fibre glass fabric is scratch- and abrasion-resistant, odourless, and also UV-­resistant. This means that even surfaces subject to heavy wear and tear in public areas, kitchens and sanitary rooms can be designed in a visually appealing way. With EQ•dekor, individual wall coverings and floors can also be realized according to customer requirements. Custom-made wallpapers are possible, as is the special production of pictures, samples and graphics. Via Emilia Romagna 166/168 41049 Sassuolo (MO)… continue

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Architecture of Sleep | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-architecture-of-sleep/7001828 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 With its fine details and unmistakable design, the Hästens 2000T is one of the manufacturer’s most exclusive models. The special multi-layer system consists of horsehair, fine cotton and wool. The natural layers move independently of each other, which ensures a very comfortable lying position. The model, which is completely handcrafted and equipped with a double pocket-spring system, offers hotel-guests maximum sleeping pleasure. For the first time in the company’s 165-year history, Hästens has now reinterpreted its iconic blue-and-white check design. The design studio Bernadotte & Kylberg designed two continental beds based on the 2000T model. In the case of Appaloosa, the designers were inspired by Cubism. With an ingenious interweaving of dark-blue and white, the pattern appears vivid and fluid. Clearly recognisable as a Hästens design, it simultaneously radiates an innovative, fresh look. The model is named after the American breeding horses of the same name with their different-co… continue

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Know-how and that certain something | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-know-how-and-that-certain-something/7001827 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Since 2003, the fortunes of Gärsnäs have been in the hands of Anna and Dag Klockby. Together with chief designer Åke Axelsson, who designed the first chair for Gärsnäs in the early 1960s, they have taken possession of a special heritage. The focus is on wood as a material, technical know-how, design and sustainability – traditional and yet modern, attention to detail, and always with a certain something. The products are inextricably linked to the company’s history. As its location is surrounded by beech forests, production still takes place in the south-east of Sweden, where the company’s unique technical and detailed knowledge in woodworking and joining was gained and developed further. The possibilities of industrial production and the ongoing cooperation with successful ­designers mean that fresh new designs are repeatedly realised in high-quality. “It is very important to us that people feel comfortable with our furniture and want to keep it for the rest of their lives,” says Dag… continue

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Design for Health | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-design-for-health/7001826 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 It all began with the idea that the design of a chair forms the basis for physical well-being. The Norwegian Peter Opsvik believed that long periods of sitting should not hinder the natural need for exercise. Instead, a chair could promote a healthy upright posture and at the same time motivate dynamic processes. Opsvik was inspired by the position adopted by horse riders, who are able to keep their upper body in balance even after hours of riding, thanks to the shape of the saddle. This shape has given rise to the HÅG Capisco with its eye-catching design and ergonomic function. The shape of the HÅG Capisco’s backrest and seat supports the body in many sitting positions. It also reacts to shifts in weight. Numerous colour variations and contrasts as well as various surfaces and materials provide a wide spectrum for a personal HÅG Capisco. Flokk manufactures the chair without using any harmful chemicals or adhesives. The low weight, small number of selected components and high-quality m… continue

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Asian Architecture Now: Tadao Ando Architect & Associates and Chichu Art Museum | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-asian-architecture-now-tadao-ando-architect-amp-associates-and-chichu-art-museum/7001825 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Within the last thirty years, the island of Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan has moved away from its industrial roots to become a Mecca for art. It hosts an outstanding collection of artwork and architectural structures, including the Chichu Art Museum, designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates. The aim of the museum is to harmoniously blend art and architecture; it was built to permanently exhibit works by Claude Monet, Walter de Maria and James Turrell. Mr Ando, a Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize winner explains, “I had been consistent in the policy to bury structures in order not to damage the landscape. As for Chichu Art Museum, I advanced the policy by leaving the salt terrace unaltered and planning the whole structure to be built underground.” The building is invisible, hidden away underground, but perfectly designed to play with light and darkness. The concrete structure and its sharp geometry generate a series of voids that are the only elements visible from th… continue

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A new balance between living and working | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-a-new-balance-between-living-and-working/7001824 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 COR Lab is the programmatic title of an innovation project by German seating-furniture manufacturer COR, in which four design teams developed ideas for future workplaces. The aim of the collaboration between young and experienced designers was to develop comfortable furniture for homely areas in which communication, work and relaxation is possible – whether in open-plan or home offices. The six furniture designs can be seen at the COR Haus in Rheda-Wiedenbrück and at the imm in Cologne from 15 to 21 January 2018. In March 2016, four design teams started work on the project: Uwe Fischer from Frankfurt/Main, Studio Aust & Amelung from Kassel, RelvãoKellermann from Munich and Pauline Deltour from Paris. They developed the new furniture models independently of each other. Uwe Fischer ­designed the height-adjustable Level ­table and the Bridge upholstered bench; Miriam Aust and Sebastian Amelung the Bond model family, with stationary and mobile occasional furniture and side ­tables; Ana Rel… continue

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Top 10 Sofas at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018 | Architonic Trend Analysis | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-top-10-sofas-at-stockholm-furniture-amp-light-fair-2018/7001823 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 This ranking is based on the number of page views on architonic.com, which depends on different traffic sources linking to the respective product, such as navigation on architonic.com, direct links via Google and advertising campaigns linking to the product among others. The rankings are limited to Architonic Member brands and their products. All information was collected in the period July to December 2017. continue

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New rooms in open spaces | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-strahle-new-rooms-in-open-spaces/7001822 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Thinking retreat, conference room, quiet zone: Kubus I and Kubus II from Strähle create new rooms in open spaces. Our room-in-room solutions enrich modern, open office concepts with high-grade retreat areas. As they can be freely positioned in the space, they enable efficient use of space without detracting from the transparency. The Kubus models do not need to be connected to any part of the building such as the façade, the wall or the ceiling. They can be flexibly configured, are highly sound-insulated and extremely functional. As an option, the room systems can also be equipped with a self-contained electrical cooling unit as a plug & play solution, independent of the existing technology used in the building. Kubus I - Room-in-room-system with single glazing The all-glass Kubus imports transparent retreat areas into large office spaces. The elegant aluminium structure of Kubus I with its all-glass design flush to the outside fits smoothly into the existing architecture. In a… continue

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Tomorrowland: Light + Building 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/light-building-tomorrowland-light-building-2018/7001821 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Once again, all next season’s trends for our homes will be on display exclusively at Light + Building from 18 to 23rd March in Frankfurt am Main. Alongside the presentation of new design trends in the lighting market and the high levels of designer expertise demonstrated by the exhibitors, the Trend Forum will once again be an inspirational beacon and rallying point for the specialist retail trade, interior architects, designers and architects alike. Forming the centrepiece of the Trend Forum, the trends in homes for the 2018 / 2019 season will be staged in four fascinating scenarios at Light + Building. The focus will be on various different styles, which integrate the latest designs for the home with selected products to create unusual and original scenarios for living spaces. New product developments, well-loved classics and innovative technology will all find themselves in the limelight, alongside one another. The identification of the trends and the realisation of the Trend Forum… continue

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I've got the power: new energy plants | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-i-039ve-got-the-power-new-energy-plants/7001820 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 In the past, power stations were often conceived as mighty industrial cathedrals burning coal, but the result of this was often that the area around them was unpleasant, clogged with smoke and soot. With cleaner technologies, a new generation of the power plants have become better neighbours and are once again welcome additions to the city. Take the Greenwich Peninsula in East London on which the Danish Practice C. F. Møller collaborated with artist Conrad Shawcross. The power plant – a long black volume – contains the latest in low-exhaust boilers that are set to heat the neighbouring residential development, while the adjoining 49-metre smokestack is given a faceted sculptural cloak made from perforated metal panels. Stanford University prides itself for producing some of the world's finest engineering and information technology graduates. Now, it can also boast that it has eliminated all dependence on fossil fuels; instead, its new power plant combines 150,000 photovoltaic panels wi… continue

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Answer the call: 5 new public toilets | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-answer-the-call-5-new-public-toilets/7001819 Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Banal in function, public toilets are charged sites; their presence or often lack thereof can be cause for discomfort and disruption, and even jeopardise health. But the potential of this, at times avoided and often overlooked, infrastructure is great. In their design lies the opportunity to promote not only sustainable waste management but also public health and social justice. Toilets could be the next posterboys for change – they just need some vision. With eco-conscious designs and recontextualised materials, the architects behind this survey of recently completed projects help this pragmatic typology answer a higher calling. <b>Skjervet</b> Granvin, Norway 2016 Fortunen AS Clad in local stone, the cold exterior of this service building bares little resemblance to its restrooms’ warm, timber-lined interiors. The materials and colour scheme were carefully adapted to the Storelvi river and forest, which one can view through the glass floor-panels and full-height windows whi… continue

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Scholten & Baijings: Arita – Amsterdam | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-scholten-amp-baijings-arita-amsterdam/7001818 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 After a successful collaboration with 1616/Arita Japan in 2012 with their 1616 collection, they were asked to serve as creative directors alongside Teruhiro Yanagihara to develop the ground-breaking project 2016/Arita to celebrate four centuries of porcelain making in this village. Along with their other projects, Scholten & Baijings are currently creative directors for Maharam Accessories. <b>In your role as creative directors for 2016/Arita, and as designers of the 1616 collection, what are a couple of things you have discovered about Japanese design or about the Japanese ceramics industry that have influenced or inspired your work going forward? </b> Arita is the region of Japan specialized in the most refined porcelain and they have found a way to create beautiful porcelain ceramics using mass production, keeping good price points, while maintaining handmade qualities and details such as painting. You have two worlds colliding which is very interesting and which we had not reall… continue

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Global phenomenon: NEO/CRAFT's Iris pendant light | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-global-phenomenon-neo-craft-039s-iris-pendant-light/7001817 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 It all began with Iris. When the young Berlin designer Sebastian Scherer won the 2014 Lexus Design Award for this lamp – which he had designed in 2013 and presented just a year later as a ten-piece collection at the imm cologne – it was time to found his own label: NEO/CRAFT. As the name suggests, this ambitious young design laboratory combines traditional craft with modern technology. Eigentlich hat mit ihr alles begonnen. Als der junge Berliner Designer Sebastian Scherer 2014 den Lexus Design Award für die Leuchte Iris erhielt, die er im Jahr zuvor entworfen hatte und ein Jahr danach bereits als zehnteilige Kollektion auf der imm cologne präsentierte, war der richtige Zeitpunkt, das eigene Label zu gründen: NEO/CRAFT. Wie der Name bereits verrät, verbindet sich in diesem aufstrebenden jungen Designlabor traditionelles Handwerk mit moderner Technologie. <b>Joy of experimentation</b> Sebastian Scherer and his team are open to everything having to do with living and dwelling. From a… continue

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Asian Architecture Now: Kengo Kuma & Associates and Wuxi Vanke | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-asian-architecture-now-kengo-kuma-amp-associates-and-wuxi-vanke/7001816 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Immersing architecture in the cultural environment is the key element of Kengo Kuma’s architecture. However, what is truly innovative is the way he reinterprets traditional elements through his pioneering use of materials. This is the case of Wuxi Vanke, a red-brick cotton mill designed during the 1960s and now converted into a complex dedicated to art and retail. Located close to Taihu Lake (near Shanghai), the space includes a new curved extension clad with perforated metallic panels. Mr Kuma says, "We got an idea from the shape of Taihu stone that was at the heart of Taihu culture, made porous panels with aluminium casting, combined them to create an amoeba-shaped space, and inserted it to the rigid structure of brick." The many holes in the curved aluminium facade allow sunlight to fill the room and gently illuminate the interior gallery. Text by Eleonora Usseglio Prinsi continue

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Light works: SFF 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/stockholm-furniture-amp-light-fair-light-works-sff-2018/7001815 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Every year, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair draws approximately 40,000 visitors of which around 10,000 are foreign buyers, architects, designers and journalists from more than 60 countries. About 700 companies, including 300 international, set up exhibitions in Stockholmsmässan’s 70,000 sqm. Around 80 percent of the exhibiting companies come from Scandinavia. <b>Here are some highlights for 2018:</b> <b>Guest of Honour 2018 – Paola Navone.</b> Every year, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair invites a highly acclaimed international designer or design studio to create an installation in the entrance hall. This time the assignment has gone to the Italian architect, product designer, decorator and artistic director Paola Navone. <b>Design Bar 2018: Ratatouille Arena</b> New for this year is that Design Bar, which combines an exhibition with a top-class restaurant, has been moved to Victoria Hall and integrated with Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks. Together, they will form a completel… continue

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A New Layer II: Design stories from Taiwan | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-a-new-layer-ii-design-stories-from-taiwan/7001814 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Led by NTCRI (National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute), the ongoing A New Layer project and platform aims to foster new partnerships between Taiwanese and international designers and craftspeople. In 2017, the project moved into its second phase, with research and development wrapping up this month on "A New Layer II: Crafting Identities / Design Stories from Taiwan". The Taiwanese craftspeople, who specialize in Koji pottery, bamboo bending, lacquerware, ceramics, and indigo dying, were partnered with a designer or design team, to develop their cutting-edge design concepts. As part of the research phase of A New Layer, the designers traveled throughout Taiwan for numerous weeks, visiting not just the craftspeople's workshops, but also sites of cultural or historical significance in Taiwan. "The overseas designers and Taiwanese craftspeople worked together to conceive, materialize, and finalize their design, with the craftspeople revealing in the numerous challenges an… continue

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Creating space for creativity and innovation | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-creating-space-for-creativity-and-innovation/7001813 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The boundaries between fixed workstations and communal areas are becoming more and more blurred. Focused work and communicative exchange are increasingly blending seamlessly into one another. This means that office furnishings need to be more multifunctional than ever before, creating open space for dialogue on the one hand, and concentrated, individual work on the other. Founded more than 225 years ago, Bene is now a byword in over 40 countries for the successful symbiosis of office furniture, space and architecture, with design, quality, and innovation. This strong connection between design and architecture, between form and function, is a major component of Bene’s corporate philosophy. With its products and services, Bene combines a long tradition of quality with innovation and ­design and has recently presented such exciting product lines as FRAME_S, NOOXS Think Tank, SETTLE, as well as DELTA, T-PANEL and its newest creation – PIXEL. Currently, Bene is focusing intensely on trends… continue

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Division of workspaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-division-of-workspaces/7001812 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Demountable partitions are a practical and flexible solution for dividing interiors into specific functional areas. Italian company ADOTTA specialises in the design, production and installation of partition walls and has a great deal of experience in equipping offices with soundproofed spaces. ADOTTA’s first product was the Metafora system, whose metal profiles are just 25 mm high and 100 mm wide. These profiles fix the glass walls. Since 2016, Wallen, a wall system with wood-veneered aluminium profiles that brings the warm atmosphere of wood into the work area, has also been available. The Wallen series was developed in cooperation with the architects Gri e Zucchi Associates from Udine. Wallen won the Audience Award in the “Glazing Systems & Product” category at the Architizer A+Awards 2017. Wallen’s doors, panels and wood-veneered modules can be combined with fixed glass panels to create a flexible system with customisable configurations. Via dell Artigianato, 1 36034 Malo - ZI Moli… continue

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Design im Kunstverein: ICONIC AWARDS | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/rat-fur-formgebung-design-im-kunstverein-iconic-awards/7001811 Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The jury of the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior have spoken: On Sunday, 14 January 2018, on the eve of the opening of imm Cologne, the winners of the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior will be honoured at the Kölnischer Kunstverein at 6:00 p.m. Out of more than 500 submissions from the furniture, interior design and interior architecture sectors, 30 projects will be awarded the title ‘Best of Best’. ‘Winner’ and ‘Selection’ prizes were also awarded in the categories Furniture, Outdoor Products, Bath & Wellness, Office & Workplace, Building Equipment, Wall, Floor, Ceiling, Kitchen & Household, Lighting, and Textiles. Each year, at the kick-off of the furniture season, the competition’s prize-winners set new standards for the interior design sector and serve as a trend barometer for both professionals and the general public. The four most important developments this year are ‘Traditionals’, ‘Colour Boost’, ‘Geometrics & Structure’ and ‘Modern Simplicity’. The official opening of the w… continue

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Influences: MAISON&OBJET PARIS 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/maison-ampobjet-paris-january-influences-maison-ampobjet-paris-2018/7001810 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 NOW! DESIGN À VIVRE THE SOUL OF DESIGN Hall 7 Innovation and experimentation: beautiful objects and bold, functional pieces of furniture showcase the latest ideas from the world of design. SCÈNES D’INTÉRIEUR GALLERY EXCEPTIONAL CREATIONS Hall 7 At the crossroads of craftsmanship, art and design, this space is dedicated to creative expression. SCÈNES D’INTÉRIEUR PARIS THE STAMP OF EXCELLENCE Hall 8 When the most beautiful names in décor come together for a high-end event featuring unique pieces and truly exceptional objects. -- continue

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World of more craft: Jess Design | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jess-design-world-of-more-craft-jess-design/7001809 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Welcome to the intriguing world of Jess Design. Different, seductive and pure. Those are our core values, which we apply into every single product. Different - because of our unique manufacturing process. Seductive - because of our authentic and distinctive materials and idiosyncratic shapes. Pure - because of our level-headed Dutch nature. Immerse yourself in the informal ambience our furniture creates and discover how a whole range of striking individual pieces come together to form one big family. We know what we’re talking about. We have 20 years’ experience, and you can tell. You can see it in the appearance and feel it in the materials and extreme comfort. We stick to our word. So come and see, feel and experience for yourself! Director and owner Maarten van de Goor, is proud of what Jess Design achieved in recent years: “It was a sense of aesthetics, pure perseverance and sheer guts that enabled us to take Jess Design to the next level. True passion is what drives us. We can fal… continue

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Second nature: Fast | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-second-nature-fast/7001808 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Fresh air, sunshine, the scents and sounds of nature – these are some of the many things that make the outdoors great. The health and lifestyle benefits of spending more time outside are encouraging an increasing number of homeowners and businesses to extend their spaces out onto balconies, gardens and patios, resulting in a booming outdoor furniture market. At the forefront of this revolution is Italian company Fast, which has doubled its turnover in the past four years thanks to a portfolio of products designed to make outdoor living more stylish and comfortable than ever. Fast is based in the Valle Sabbia area of Brescia, close to Lake Garda, where the water, mountains and forests provide plenty of inspiration for outdoor living. The company was founded in 1995 by the Levrangi family that, after 30 years of experience, enriched its know-how in the manufacture of industrial items using die-cast aluminium. The move into furniture allowed the family to create their own products, and se… continue

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Reaching out: 4 homes with a view | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-reaching-out-4-homes-with-a-view/7001807 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 If minimising environmental impact begins with a heightened awareness of our surroundings, then, given the urgency of climate change, we might start where we spend most of our time – at home. These recently completed residences prioritise living spaces with views of the surrounding landscape, reminders of not only the connection but also the responsibility we have to where we live. <b>La Colombière</b> Sutton, Canada 2017 YH2 Architecture Repurposed from a lumberman’s shed, this forest retreat retains the former structure’s footprint and finds space in a vertical design. A large pentagonal perch on the third floor provides a loggia, from which one can gaze across the treetops. <b>Michigan Lake House</b> Leelanau County, USA 2016 Desai Chia Looking out across Lake Michigan, the living space of this eco-home features panelling and custom furniture made from the dying ash trees that were reclaimed on site. <b>House in Ohue</b> Kure, Japan 2017 Daisaku Hanamoto Architect & Associa… continue

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Perceptions of space | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-perceptions-of-space/7001806 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Room acoustics play an essential role in the fitting-out of workplaces even in the early planning stages. Good and balanced room acoustics contribute to an increase in employee performance and can reduce error rates and sick-leave levels. acousticpearls therefore wants to raise awareness among architects of the importance of good room acoustics. To this end, it provides planners with extensive know-how and acoustic solutions that are not only effective but also aesthetically sophisticated. With its timeless, classic design systems, acousticpearls combines the highest-possible effectiveness with maximum design diversity. Finely crafted materials, selected manufacturing companies, and sustainable product design guarantee first-class quality and the “Made in Germany“ seal of approval. Each product is flexibly and individually integrated into spatial and workplace concepts. The product range extends from modular wall-panel systems and room dividers, to ceiling systems and room-in-room solu… continue

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Be boulder: new mountain homes | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-be-boulder-new-mountain-homes/7001805 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The popular image of mountain homes is of modest, remote, even romantic cabins dusted with snow. But instead of rough-hewn logs, architects and their clients increasingly opt for more sophisticated materials and a lighter touch. The linear form of this Canadian mountain home designed by Atelier Pierre Thibault traces the line of a mountain path that criss-crosses through the surrounding forest. Named La Louve - French for she-wolf - the living spaces seem to leap over a small ridge, opening the inside to panoramic views of the surrounding nature. The bedrooms, in the meantime, lie low on the bedrock, located at the back of the house. The horizontal wooden planks that clad this mountain home echo the wooded landscape. Taking a more literal approach to form, Claudio Beltrame's two Pigna cabins are shaped like giant pine cones, and covered in wooden shingles to complete the illusion. Surrounded by a thick spruce forest of the Italian Alps, these self contained mountain homes are even clam… continue

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At ease: Jori's new Longueville Landscape Sofa | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-at-ease-jori-039s-new-longueville-landscape-sofa/7001804 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The name Jori derives from its dynamic founder, Juan Jorion, who established his innovative, contemporary furniture company in Wervik in Belgium in 1963. Jori specialises in high-end, ultra-modern leather and fabric seating, and its chief innovation has been to fuse sophisticated, stylish design with maximum seating comfort. One of its most iconic designs is the highly flexible Longueville sofa of 1998, which has recently been remodelled as the Longueville Landscape sofa by Belgian design studio Verhaert New Products and Services. This is about to be unveiled at furniture fair imm cologne (from January 15-21), alongside Jori’s two other new products — its sofa, Oryx, and table collection, Ellise. Comprising a coffee table with an elliptical top and a side table with a circular top, the latter has been created by Italian design duo Marco Pocci and Claudio Dondoli. In the 70s, Jori’s collaborations with such respected creatives as French interior designer Jean-Pierre Audebert and Belgian… continue

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Top 20 Armchairs at imm cologne 2018 | Architonic Trend Analysis | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-top-20-armchairs-at-imm-cologne-2018/7001803 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 This ranking is based on the number of page views on architonic.com, which depends on different traffic sources linking to the respective product, such as navigation on architonic.com, direct links via Google and advertising campaigns linking to the product among others. The rankings are limited to Architonic Member brands and their products. All information was collected in the period July to November 2017. continue

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Cristalplant® Design Contest 2018: The Jury | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/falper-cristalplant-design-contest-2018-the-jury/7001802 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The <b>Cristalplant® Design Contest</b> comes to its X edition, with the aim of identifying - in collaboration with Falper - innovative projects with Cristalplant® as a constructive basis and which are inspired by Falper's style. The two brands, <b>Icons of design</b>, represent a Made in Italy excellence: two extremely close-knit realities endowed with a strongly distinctive style, capable of narrating their identity and values. <b>FALPER: THE BRAND</b> Founded in 1962 by the Fallavena family, Falper produces in its own factory with <b>craftsmanship combined with a unique technology</b>, which allows the production of furniture, sinks, tubs and accessories designed and built one by one, lacquered, sized and configured according to the specific needs of the customer in standard and special sizes, automatically and parametrically. An Italian company where sartorial care is combined with the latest material-processing technology, production methods and attention to the environment. <… continue

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On Trend: Heimtextil 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-on-trend-heimtextil-2018/7001800 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 With the elaborate installation in hall 6.0, Messe Frankfurt will convey the megatrend of urbanisation to the textile industry in a targeted manner and make the practical aspects tangible. ‘Our trend area has long since become the showpiece of Heimtextil. It presents the colour and material trends of the coming season and shows real future prospects for our industry: from textile innovations for interior design to progressive production processes’, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. In addition to the impressive trend show, the trade fair special also offers interactive room situations and current projects by international first movers. The London-based design studio FranklinTill is responsible for the concept of the Theme Park and the accompanying trend book. The basis for this was drawn up by the Heimtextil Trendtable during which international design studios from seven countries developed a common vision for the interior design. <b>… continue

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The Air Apparent: TON's new Chips lounge chair | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-air-apparent-ton-039s-new-chips-lounge-chair/7001799 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 It’s all back to front. When young Czech design talent Lucie Koldova was invited – as imm cologne 2018 guest of honour – to author the fair’s much-coveted Das Haus installation, she turned to bentwood-furniture specialists TON to help her develop an ambitious new lounge chair. Taking the manufacturer’s signature form – the elegant, instantly recognisable curved silhouette of a bentwood classic – she ran with it. Or, rather, did an entire lap. For the latest addition to the Czech-based brand’s collection, called Chips, makes the humble backrest the guest of honour at the party. Placed front and centre-stage, as it were, it takes the form of an emphatically expressed, outsized ovoid, its continuous, 360-degree curve lending the chair both its visual drama and a compelling architecture. “A solitary piece with a distinctive character and story” is how Koldova describes the design, which joins the ranks of TON’s characterful family of hand-crafted, materially authentic wood furniture,… continue

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