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Picture of health: new medical-facility design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-picture-of-health-new-medical-facility-design/20177288 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Small-scale, local and sustainable might not be words that we immediately associate with healthcare and medical centres. But with climate breakdown on the horizon and the pandemic barely behind us, now is the time to reevaluate our current practices – both medical and architectural. Increasingly, designers aim to create a positive and accessible environment for patients and medical professionals alike. Take Maggie's Leeds Centre, designed by Heatherwick Studio for cancer charity Maggie's. Designed as a place for contemplation, counselling and respite, this small medical centre consists of three overlapping, mushroom-like timber canopies that create a fluid, multi-level space between them. Tactile materials, such as lime plaster, timber and cork, are used on the inside, while the outside features a lush garden that even extends onto the staggered roof terraces, inviting patients to rest in a natural setting after their exhausting treatments. In the Dutch city of Dordrecht, RoosRos Archi… continue

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Inner values: PEKA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/das-ideale-heim-magazin-fur-architektur-design-und-wohnkultur-inner-values-peka/20175873 Tue, 23 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 A modern kitchen should be individual and make an impression – after all, the days when it was just a place to cook are long gone. Nowadays it’s a space for living. So it’s only logical that materials and surfaces are playing an increasingly important role. But as Peka-Metall AG knows, good design doesn’t stop at the cabinet fronts: it’s a quality that continues behind closed doors, so to speak. For more than 50 years, the family company has been ensuring that storage space and cabinet interiors can be made the most of. Over the years, what began as a small firm that made drawer runners has evolved into a sizeable business that currently employs 130 people. But despite its expansion, the company’s fundamental values have remained unchanged. At Peka, ‘Swiss made’ is more than just a label, it’s a philosophy. Everything takes place at the company’s site in Mosen near Lucerne – from the ideas stage and development all the way to production and marketing. Inspiration comes from major kitch… continue

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TURN ON 2021 Architecture Festival | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/turn-on-festival-turn-on-2021-architecture-festival/20175217 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 The TURN ON architecture festival focuses on new and innovative aspects of building in the lectures. Fundamental architectural topics should be based on the claim to ‘building culture’ be reconsidered. But how can the latter arise? What circumstances enable building to develop at the highest level? All of this is summarised in two program lines with numerous lectures. Selected projects are presented, meta-levels of architecture are touched and practical, pragmatic and political issues of building are discussed. The keynote speech on Friday morning will be held by Anna Popelka from the Vienna office PPAG architects. ‘Who builds architecture?’ This is the question asked by the TURN ON TALK discussion panel on Saturday. The importance of the architecture competition is discussed using a case study in Innsbruck: ‘The MCI case – architecture competition vs. total contractor’. <b>TURN ON PARTNER</b> As always, the range of topics in this program is broad; the cooperation of potent pr… continue

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Meet the Jury for the 2021 AZ Awards! | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/az-awards-meet-the-jury-for-the-2021-az-awards/20175216 Tue, 16 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 We’re breaking with tradition – in a good way. In 2021, the AZ Awards will be juried by 10 design world luminaries rather than five. As we venture into this new decade, embracing an awards season that will play out digitally and IRL, we decided to bring together a larger jury of professionals from around the world to select the finalists and winners. To enter, visit: Without further ado, here are the spectacular members of our 2021 AZ Awards jury: <b>Patricia Urquiola</b> One of the world’s pre-eminent designers, Patricia Urquiola works with a variety of leading Italian and international design companies, including Kvadrat, Driade, Moroso, Flos, GAN, Andreu World, Glas Italia, Kettal, and global groups such as Haworth, BMW, Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Four Seasons, Ferrari and Swarovski; she has also been the creative director of Cassina since 2015. Creating links between craftsmanship and industrial research and between heritage and technology, Urquiola drive… continue

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PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN WEEK: ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-zaha-hadid-architects/20175162 Fri, 12 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-zaha-hadid-architects/20175162">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-zaha-hadid-architects/20175162 Soul power: AL2 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-soul-power-al2/20175161 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 ‘Soul’ is an essence that is immaterial and often hard to define. We can feel it in the rhythm of music, in the void of a beautiful building or in the grain of a treasured object. Deeply connected to our humanity, we experience soul through culture and design. Greek design brand al2 has been materialising ‘soul’ in their high-end contemporary furniture products since its founding eight years ago. Present at every stage of the design process, it is a quality characterised by uniqueness, personality, art and storytelling – all concepts integral to being human. There are certain skills and concepts that technology just can’t grasp. That’s why people are at the heart of everything al2 does and their products are examples of human-centred design – from the artisans who combine their expertise with modern industrial production processes to the unique international designers who bring their individuality to collaborative designs. For al2, soul is an ingredient present at every stage of the de… continue

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The all-clear: Orama Minimal Frames | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-the-all-clear-orama-minimal-frames/20174667 Tue, 23 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 The services of Orama Minimal Frames were called upon in 2018 to invisibly frame the windows and doors of one of Dubai’s most visible building projects, The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences. The development was completed in 2020, and in terms of architectural prominence and prestige, it lines up locally behind the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab. Looking for all the world like the precariously stacked bricks of a game of jenga in its final throes, the 43-story building, comprising six-star hotel accommodation and 231 residential homes, is the work of New York-based architectural firm KPF. The waterfront structure is made largely from steel, marble and reinforced concrete, but there is nevertheless 90,000sqm of glass in its facade. Despite the challenging environment and uniqueness of the aesthetic and performance demands, the scale of the glazing project attracted pitches from aluminium frame specialists world-wide. Innovation in design and implementation was essential to meet the a… continue

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The ins and outs: Orama Minimal Frames | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-the-ins-and-outs-orama-minimal-frames/20174666 Tue, 23 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 No one product in the portfolio of Orama Minimal Frames blends the outside and inside so seamlessly as the latest window and door frame series called Zero. As the name suggests, the aluminium fixture is barely there. The frame’s presence is made all but imperceptible by the inclusion of the room’s flooring (ceiling and wall) material in the (1cm) space between the tracks so that there is a suggestion of continuous space. Dubbed the ‘invisible frame’ it appears as a wall of glass. Suited to rigorously minimal architecture where surfaces are devoid of interruption or ornamentation, Zero is the modern architect’s dream, but in its desire to please aesthetically, it offers no compromise to the end-user’s convenience. Its technical assets include good water drainage, easy cleaning of the bottom tracks, security features and high energy efficiency (that makes it suitable for both hot and colder climates). Add to this high wind and moisture resistance and the ability (of each panel) to bear l… continue

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Heavyweight champ: Orama Minimal Frames | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-heavyweight-champ-orama-minimal-frames/20174663 Tue, 23 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 The art of making windows doesn’t always get the attention it perhaps deserves. But large-scale windows and glass doors are playing a significant role in modern architecture, and it is only set to grow with our need to connect our interiors more fully with the great outdoors and nature. ‘Climate change and the call for environmental sensibility makes windows the most important and demanding parts of a building,’ says George Tsimpikos, founder of the greek company Orama Minimal Frames. ‘Concurrently, contemporary architecture requires more and more open, large and luminous spaces, bringing humans and nature closer to each other than ever.’ Tsimpikos launched Orama Minimal Frames in 2014 to meet this demand by making glass window and door panels with all the architectural integrity required by the world’s most exacting architects, developers and private grand designers. It was formed from the merger of a window dealership and a major aluminium extrusion business, Exalco, and amalgama… continue

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How to make friends and influence people: DE SEDE | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-how-to-make-friends-and-influence-people-de-sede/20174635 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Designing a sofa or an armchair should seem like a relatively straightforward task, on the one hand, while on the other, a highly complex one – Bertolt Brecht himself, after all, posited that the simplest things are the hardest to achieve. Seating should combine both elegance and comfort, but that is not all. Ideally, the design should also complement the existing products of the brand for which it was created. But that is still not quite the whole story. Beyond that, the seat’s appearance as a whole, its formal language, should feel contemporary – and still manage to look good for decades to come, if possible, without looking stylistically outdated. So, one realises that the demands placed on seating design are quite considerable. Perhaps this is why there are so many unconvincing designs for armchairs and sofas. Either they lack character and follow traditional typological paths – or they are driven by the desire to display their sheer inventiveness or serve exalted ideas. It is best… continue

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PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN WEEK: OMA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-oma/20174633 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-oma/20174633">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-oma/20174633 PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN WEEK: MVRDV | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-mvrdv/20174311 Wed, 10 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-mvrdv/20174311">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-mvrdv/20174311 Architonic Story: ASTRO | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-astro/20174305 Tue, 16 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-astro/20174305">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-astro/20174305 Architonic Story: MENU | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-menu/20174015 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-menu/20174015">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-menu/20174015 PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN WEEK: GRIMSHAW ARCHITECTS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-grimshaw-architects/20173982 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-grimshaw-architects/20173982">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-grimshaw-architects/20173982 Nurture nature: MUSOLA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jean-christophe-camuset-nurture-nature-musola/20173981 Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Close to Alicante in the south of Spain, lies a magical place. Salinas de Santa Pola is a nature reserve where the sea and the mountains merge in a very Mediterranean way. This is the environment from which the designer Santiago Sevillano drew inspiration for the Salinas collection, a range of outdoor furniture (two sofas and an armchair) created for Musola, a manufacturer located only a few miles away from this location. ‘The shapes of the Salinas system are an obvious reference to the landscape of this natural, protected space. I wanted to mimic the way the mountains reflect into the sea’, says the designer. With their round and organic shapes, the chairs echo the voice of the sea and its soothing movements. Backrests rise like the salt hills scattered in the reserve. But the analogy goes further than simple topography. The zigzag of the armrests captures the silhouette of the numerous pink flamingos who inhabit this area. And the removable cover fabrics – from the well-known Sunbrel… continue

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Go long: MUSOLA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jean-christophe-camuset-go-long-musola/20173980 Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Chairs, stools, armchairs, sofas, coffee tables, extending and fixed tables, loungers, cushions… Musola products are made in a region where people live in an environment of sun, wind and salt. Put another way, they fully respect the technical requirements of the outdoor contract market. Though Musola was only founded in 2018, the company can rely on all expertise of its parent company, Mobililiario Auxiliar de Diseño (which also owns the brands Mobliberica and Dressy). The corporation is constantly researching new ways of making its products more sustainable, more durable and lighter. Starting in the late seventies, the company became specialised in welding techniques, working with both 6063 aluminium and 304 stainless steel – two metals especially appropriate for building long-lasting outdoor furniture. And obviously, all paints used by Musola have been tested to resist adverse weather conditions. In addition, the company can lean on the region’s very innovative ceramic industry. The… continue

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The in-crowd: MUSOLA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jean-christophe-camuset-the-in-crowd-musola/20173979 Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Despite all the design and industrial processes that go into making Musola’s furniture suitable for outdoor use, it also perfectly fits into any indoor environment, thanks to the style team working together with designers to provide all products with characteristics that make them suitable for indoor spaces too. Take the Yonoh Studio-designed Canasta, for example, and its cushion covered with a vibrant fabric; it makes a perfect dining chair and no one would ever think that it was initially made for outdoor use. To attain this level of versatility, Musola likes to establish long term collaborations with local designers who have international experience – the likes of Santiago Sevillano, Javier Herrero or Yonoh Studio. Being established in the area, these designers can utilise the best of Musola’s industrial facilities to create high-quality products with a Mediterranean twist – the real-DNA of the company. For Valencia-based Santiago Sevillano who works with Musola on a regular basis,… continue

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LIGHT WORK: REGENT LIGHTING | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-light-work-regent-lighting/20173977 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 The level of comfort we experience in the office, as well as how efficiently we can work there, depends on many different factors. The layout of workstations is certainly decisive, as is the furniture and the technical infrastructure. Of course, the right lighting also plays an important role, especially since it has a decisive effect on many hours of a working day. As a journalist, I've become used to all kinds of working spaces over the years – from open-plan areas to individual rooms to working from home. When I was editor of the design magazine form, I spent many evenings alone or with colleagues, especially in the early years, finishing the ongoing production of the magazine. During such times, good lighting can do a lot to ensure that people are happy to continue working after dark. If the workplace is optimally illuminated, i.e. neither too bright nor too dark and also glare-free, then, ideally, you don't even think about lighting. You simply concentrate on the tasks at hand. An… continue

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The social network: workspaces as meeting hubs | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-the-social-network-workspaces-as-meeting-hubs/20173976 Wed, 10 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 For many, working from home has become the new normal during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some have come to appreciate the renewed work-life balance, but others miss the sociability and buzz of the office, suggesting that it is unlikely we'll see a definitive preference towards one or the other in the coming years. Instead, once the world emerges from the current raft of lockdowns, a more hybrid model will emerge, with the office serving as an analogue meeting hub and a collaborative workspace, with employees splitting time between going to work and working from home. Of course, these meeting hubs don't necessarily need to be located in office districts. In Amsterdam, WOW Lieven Cultural Hub is a large, shared workspace built in the middle of a new district for students, first-time buyers and artists. Designed by Atelier Carloalberto, the double-height space contains a communal bar and zoned seating areas that can be used for informal meetings and individual or collaborative work and a small… continue

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Amazing Grace: FREIFRAU | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-amazing-grace-freifrau/20173975 Mon, 22 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 For decades, rumours have continued to persist that Monaco’s Prince Rainier asked for the hand of the beautiful and successful Hollywood star Grace Kelly partly for economic reasons. The principality, which was not significant and in debt at the time, would go on to become a hot spot for high society, a millionaire’s playground on the Côte d'Azur, and this is attributed by some to its association with the American actress’s glamour, fortune and grace. One thing is certain: few could escape her spell, and so the name ‘Grace’ is still very much associated with the princess. Only Grace Jones, artist and Warhol muse, with her iconic strength, coolness and extroversion, comes close when it comes to ownership of the name in the public consciousness. So, it is no coincidence that ‘Grace’, with its contrasting connotations, was chosen as the name for Freifrau Manufaktur exciting new chair model. ‘For us, Grace Kelly and Grace Jones are two extraordinary and very sensual women,’ says the desig… continue

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Public service: BURRI | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-public-service-burri/20173974 Fri, 12 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Amanda Burden, the former city planner of New York, once said: ‘Public spaces are more important than buildings. They bring a city to life.’ And there can be little doubt about it: urban design has become much more important in recent decades, playing a significant role in how comfortable and safe people feel in a city. This development is recognised by Swiss manufacturer BURRI public elements and can be seen in a range of products that are not only flexible, durable and versatile, but also possess the understated elegance of the practical. Founded in 1903, the company is today run by a fifth generation of the Burri family and its expertise in the development, manufacture, planning and maintenance of small-scale architectural projects in public spaces is known far beyond the borders of Switzerland. In addition to street furniture, BURRI offers a wide range of products – from information and wayfinding systems to lighting solutions, bus stop infrastructures and traffic technology. Where… continue

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Moving on up: Green Furniture Concept | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-moving-on-up-green-furniture-concept/20173973 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Placemaking is the art of bringing identity and well-being to public spaces. International transport hubs like airports and train stations, for example, are responsible for hundreds of thousands of visitor experiences each day, all moving in different directions at the same time. Without good placemaking design to control and direct the flow of traffic, passengers just get in each other’s way, and the space becomes an echoing cacophony of aggravation. A busy public space is one of contrasting forces. It needs to be large and open to cater for all its visitors’ needs, but also provide a peaceful sense of belonging and confidence; each seat needs to feel like an individual private space, while remaining securely visible; and it often needs to present specific directional information, but still be simple and quick to navigate, in any language. Combining all of these factors is the role of placemaking design. ‘Furniture is a vital aspect of placemaking and can help to elevate a “space” int… continue

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PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN WEEK: PROFESSIONAL INSIGHTS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-professional-insights/20173924 Mon, 08 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p><b>'The spaces between buildings are more important to a city than the buildings themselves,' argues Grimshaw Architects partner Neill McClements.</b> How is urban design changing? What will public space in the post-pandemic age look like? And what tendencies can be identified in the design and specification of the public elements that serve to animate the places and spaces where we intersect? For some valuable insights on this, we've spoken to Neill McClements from Grimshaw Architects, Gideon Maasland of MVRDV, Jason Long from OMA and, last but not least, Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects... <b>What are the themes of the focus weeks and when are they?</b> 25.01. – 31.01.2021 | Furniture Design Week 08.02. – 14.02.2021 | Public Space Design Week 01.03. – 07.03.2021 | Technology Design Week 15.03. – 21.03.2021 | Lighting Design Week 29.03. – 04.04.2021 | Bathroom Design Week 19.04. – 25.04.2021 | Kitchen Design Week 03.05. – 09.05.2021 | Textiles… <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-professional-insights/20173924">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-public-space-design-week-professional-insights/20173924 11 Rules for Creating Vibrant Public Spaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/archdaily-11-rules-for-creating-vibrant-public-spaces/20173895 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 The International Placemaking Week, presented by Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is an inspiring and engaging event designed as a global gathering of placemakers from different sectors to discuss thoughts and share strategies in order to push forward the concept of placemaking in the host city and on an international level. Previous editions took place in Vancouver in 2016, Amsterdam in 2017, and Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2019. PPS, the nonprofit organisation behind the Placemaking Week, helps people create and sustain public spaces that build strong communities. In 1999, they elaborated 'How to turn a place around', a book that defined the placemaking movement, creating a guideline of 11 principles to follow in order to create vibrant community spaces. Read on to discover the 11 rules with relevant existing examples to illustrate every principle. <b>1 – The Community is the Expert</b> The important starting point in developing a concept for any public space is to identify t… continue

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15-minute city | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/archdaily-15-minute-city/20173719 Mon, 08 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Think about the city or town where you live. How long does it take you to get to the grocery store on foot? Is your school or work close enough to walk to? What about a public park, a doctor’s office, a daycare, or any other places that you visit on a daily basis? While some cities have already considered what it means to live near all of these necessities, others are revamping their urban planning strategies and designing their neighbourhoods to be more pedestrian-friendly with the concept of a ‘15-Minute City’. Partially inspired by the work of Jane Jacobs, who viewed neighbourhoods as social connectors, the idea behind 15-minute cities was developed by Carlos Moreno, a Sorbonne professor who aimed to improve the urban quality of life. With ‘hyper-proximity’ to amenities, jobs, government services, public parks, shopping, and a variety of entertainment only by bike or foot, the concept reconsiders how cities can be better designed to support the basic needs of residents. Within this… continue

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Perfectly imperfect: MANUFAKT | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/das-ideale-heim-magazin-fur-architektur-design-und-wohnkultur-perfectly-imperfect-manufakt/20173572 Tue, 16 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Rainer Hesselbarth releases the catch, takes hold of the backrest and seat and pushes both into a lower position: in an instant, the klikklak is transformed from a chair into a lounge chair with armrests. The two-in-one function seems entirely logical – and the design of this latest piece of seating furniture, created in collaboration with designers Gabriela Vetsch and André Riemens, looks perfectly at home among the Bättig classics that manufakt has continued to produce since it took over Bättig Stahlrohr AG in 2006. Like all of the 15 new models developed so far – which range from a rocking chair to sledges and a child’s chair – klikklak looks as if it could have been created by Josef Bättig, the founder of the firm whose garden furniture products went on to become icons of Swiss furniture design. Preserving the Bättig legacy is a responsibility that Rainer Hesselbarth approaches with a great deal of respect – and just as much vision. Like the Bättigs, who produced not just tubul… continue

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Architonic Story: ZERO | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-zero/20173168 Wed, 03 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-zero/20173168">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-zero/20173168 Lounging: BoConcept | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-lounging-boconcept/20172810 Wed, 10 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 When it comes to the shaping of public spaces, an airport lounge provides glorious scope for the flexing of design muscles. When a space serves a broad spectrum of tastes and types, what guides the aesthetic? When hundreds of people tread its floors daily, what materials will withstand the wear and tear? And what furnishing and effects does the space require in the first place? Are people using it to fuel up on food before a flight, or as a temporary office? Are they making a library of the space or a crêche; are they catching 40 winks or drinking towards an airborne stupor? Early last year, Danish design house BoConcept found themselves seeking answers to these questions when they were tasked to fit out Hamburg Airport’s VIP lounge. ‘The lounge at Hamburg airport has always been considered a best kept secret and the airport wanted to change this with new looks and new services,’ says Christian Hiller, BoConcept’s head of Contract. ‘Everyone can use it by paying an entry fee and so it… continue

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The fine line between respect and innovation | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/randers-tegl-the-fine-line-between-respect-and-innovation/20172238 Mon, 08 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 There is a fine line between respect for tradition and necessary innovation. And on rare occasions, this line is challenged. In a historic part of the old Danish capital, a new project uses classic craftsmanship and traditional bricks to accommodate a state-of-the art subway station while harmonising with its neighbourhood. Frederiksberg Allé was laid in the 1700s and was inspired by Paris’ Champs Élysée. It was intended as a private boulevard for the royal family but was later opened up for the public. This day, it is still staggered with prominent mansions, and the area around the avenue has a special historic feel. An area like this requires something special. Not all architectural ideas nor material will make the cut. But the traditions of bricks combined with innovative construction did. At Randers Tegl, we are striving for solutions that respect the traditions of brickwork and embrace the need for innovation. As such, the look, feel and function of the bricks are suitable… continue

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How elevating: Aritco | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-how-elevating-aritco/20171841 Fri, 26 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Platform lifts for homes often seem like an architectural afterthought, used to bring modern homes into line with modern accessibility- or safety standards. Hastily added with little or no communication with the rest of the home, their clunky and stubborn form often interrupts an otherwise peaceful interior. Aritco, though, is a Swedish company that builds lifts to be different – starting with the motivation to bring out the full potential of a home by making them more accessible and more comfortable, in typical Scandinavian style. Whether they give an ageing couple the comfort and reassurance to choose to stay in their home for longer, provide access for all in a multi-generational household, or help a young family transport children and baggage vertically, Aritco’s range of home lifts boasts a heavy emphasis on design, function and innovation that everyone can appreciate. Unlike the traditional home lift, however – hidden away in a corner where its banality can’t infect the rest of t… continue

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Sky-Frame launches Plain option for Sky-Frame 3 | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sky-frame-sky-frame-launches-plain-option-for-sky-frame-3/20171832 Thu, 04 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Sky-Frame expands its range and introduces the new Plain option for Sky-Frame 3. The system completely dissolves the boundaries between inside and outside thanks to the hidden transition that is flush-fitted with the floor. Consistent thermal insulation is ensured by triple-glazed elements and state-of-the-art insulation materials. As a result, Sky-Frame Plain – a huge expanse of glass – can also be used in regions that experience extreme cold across the world from Northern Europe to Russia and the USA without compromising thermal insulation. The sliding window glides over a narrow opening in the floor. The space between these tracks is covered by the same flooring as the interior of the room, which reinforces the feeling of a free-flowing transition between indoors and outdoors. As soon as the windows are open, this seamless transition becomes a pleasing experience. A single, 13-millimetre narrow floor gap per track meets the highest standards in design for builders and architects. <b… continue

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FURNITURE DESIGN WEEK: ADAM NATHANIEL FURMAN | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-adam-nathaniel-furman/20171707 Fri, 29 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-adam-nathaniel-furman/20171707">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-adam-nathaniel-furman/20171707 FURNITURE DESIGN WEEK: CLAESSON KOIVISTO RUNE | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-claesson-koivisto-rune/20171678 Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-claesson-koivisto-rune/20171678">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-claesson-koivisto-rune/20171678 Architonic Story: FDB Møbler | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-fdb-mobler/20170986 Tue, 26 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-fdb-mobler/20170986">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-fdb-mobler/20170986 FURNITURE DESIGN WEEK: KONSTANTIN GRCIC | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-konstantin-grcic/20170985 Tue, 26 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-konstantin-grcic/20170985">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-konstantin-grcic/20170985 FURNITURE DESIGN WEEK: STUDIO MK27 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-studio-mk27/20170984 Tue, 26 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-studio-mk27/20170984">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-studio-mk27/20170984 Take me out: FERMOB | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-take-me-out-fermob/20170790 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 The global pandemic has challenged how we use outdoor space. Public spaces are in high demand; terraces and gardens are a new lifeblood for restaurants and bars; while offices are innovating with open-air meeting rooms. Consequently, as outdoor spaces evolve, our demands on outdoor design have only increased. French outdoor furniture and accessories specialist Fermob is experienced at combining comfort with the much-needed function of today. Behind uplifting colours and shapes, each design has been carefully engineered, historically in iron, then in aluminium – both metals chosen for their recyclable properties and high resistance to outdoor environments. Certain Fermob collections offer a broad spectrum of options, catering well for large outdoor spaces. Bellevie offers infinite configurations for lounge and dining areas with plenty of modular options – particularly useful for professional environments. Proof of the Luxembourg chairs and armchairs’ versatility can be seen at civic… continue

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Oh, Opaline!: FERMOB | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-oh-opaline-fermob/20170789 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 A pop of colour has the power to inject character into space. It’s a form of expression that can create a lasting impression – be it one of warmth, happiness, calm or exhilaration. French outdoor design specialists Fermob are in the business of encouraging as much expression as possible. Balancing tradition and modernity, the palette features one to three new colours each year, while the classics continue to be refined. The 24 colours of the palette are exclusively developed by the in-house colour team. Though it is always evolving, the number of colours available always remains at an accessible 24 choices, with the option of crafting custom colours too. ‘Opaline green’ is Fermob’s latest addition. The pale, minty pastel shade is subtle and natural, yet also refreshing and punchy. Pastels hold particular appeal to Fermob. They respond to contemporary trends, yet are also guaranteed to be durable, timeless and always match up to the rest of the palette. Showing how colour can help desig… continue

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Joie de vivre: FERMOB | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-joie-de-vivre-fermob/20170788 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 The French concept of Joie de Vivre is all about appreciating the vitality of being alive, and radiating it out to others. When designers practice Joie de Vivre, the resulting objects not only allow the user to focus on living life, but aim to enhance life too – bringing happiness through colour, comfort through shape, and ease through function. This is central to the ethos of French outdoor furniture brand Fermob founded in 1890. After nearly a century of manufacturing iron gates and then garden furniture, it was bought by current CEO Bernard Reybier in 1989. From a metal workshop of 10 people, Bernard Reybier grew Fermob into a global brand of outdoor metal furniture, lighting, separators and, since 2013, when Vlaemynck was acquired, parasols. Proudly designed in France alongside three French manufacturers, Fermob’s range now features 400 products across 60 collections available in an evolving palette of 24 colours. Constantly innovating with new technology, Fermob releases up to 30… continue

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Focus Open 2021: DESIGN CENTER BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-focus-open-2021-design-center-baden-wurttemberg/20170784 Wed, 10 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 All of us who work in design are aware of the current situation: no trade fairs, no exhibitions and hardly any news from the creative industries. The pandemic has brought many things to a standstill. Nevertheless, as a long-time design journalist, I am sure that despite the current restrictions, many new things are emerging that are simply not on the radar at the moment. After all, designers don't suddenly stop having good ideas. In addition, many compelling projects have been completed in the recent past and innovative products have been brought to market – sometimes under difficult conditions. That is why it is perhaps more important than ever that the Focus Open, which is organised worldwide by the Design Center Baden-Württemberg, is taking place again this year. And its non-profit orientation fundamentally distinguishes the award from many other design prizes. Here, smaller companies and studios, in particular, benefit, as they have the opportunity to compete against international… continue

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Open-minded: FLEISCHER | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-open-minded-fleischer/20170758 Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 If the office was not a limited space but rather a spacious, landscaped garden, then the desk would probably correspond most closely to a park bench. Defined in its orientation, it determines the direction of the seated person's gaze. Benches are rarely grouped together opposite or next to each other. For the flâneur seeks isolation, inspiration and variety – or the occasional chance encounter along winding paths. For a long time, things were different in the office. Arranged row after row, the open-plan space with its fixed seating was considered the desired reflection of the hierarchy-free collective – and thus more like a plantation than a stimulating landscape. Currently, this is changing dramatically. Task-based workspaces are becoming established. In many cases, offices remain open spaces, but are becoming more versatile in design, and accompanied by versatile structuring solutions such as the Open Wall room partitioning system from Fleischer Büromöbelwerk. In order to optimally… continue

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Domestic bliss?: the future of home | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-domestic-bliss-the-future-of-home/20170757 Tue, 26 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Que sera sera. Whatever will be will be. Well, yes. And no. Trend-forecasting, the idea of companies and organisations being offered a purchase on the future and, in doing so, being helped to navigate and even shape it, is increasingly big business and there's no bigger industry player than WGSN. What will the home look like in ten years' time? Programmatically, functionally, aesthetically? And what role will furniture play here? Architonic spoke with WGSN Director of Lifestyle & Interiors for her take. <b>How do you see the home evolving programmatically over the next decade? What roles will it perform for its inhabitants/users?</b> The home will continue to be a major hub in the post-pandemic future. Now that we are living, working, playing, learning and exercising from home, lifestyle and interiors have become an entire ecosystem, connecting the behaviours that shape people's interactions with products and services in areas such as technology, decor, fashion, food and beauty… continue

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FURNITURE DESIGN WEEK: BARBER OSGERBY | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-barber-osgerby/20170669 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-barber-osgerby/20170669">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-barber-osgerby/20170669 Green light: ARTEMIDE | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-green-light-artemide/20170646 Mon, 22 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Situated in the countryside, yet by no means a classic country house, this new build near Lübeck in the north of Germany, lies on the edge of an estate. The client wanted a spacious home that would invite nature in, like the gently rolling meadows surrounding it. She found the right partner for her project in raumideen, an interior planner from Iserlohn, who also connected her with the architectural office who would realise the house. And, with the support of the lighting experts from Artemide, a well-thought-out lighting concept was developed. The client's ideas presented all those involved with challenging tasks: The architecture was to be emphatically clear, with the charm of a single-family house despite large windows and high, open rooms. The result was 280sqm of living space, distributed over two two-storey volumes, each of archetypal form, connected by a staircase. One of the two wings to be dedicated to more sociable activities, the other reserved for private living needs. Let… continue

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FURNITURE DESIGN WEEK: Professional Insights | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-professional-insights/20170644 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p><b>‘Architecture without interiors is just a sculpture,‘ says Studio MK27 Director Diana Radomysler.</b> That most essential, most expressive, most changeable category of products specifiable for the spaces we inhabit is itself seeing significant change as we experience major shifts in our societal-behavioural patterns – in how we live and how we work – in no small part driven by the ongoing global pandemic. What are the new priorities and considerations for architects and other specifiers when planning with furniture? And how are furniture typologies evolving? For some valuable insights on this, we've spoken to Jay Osgerby from Barber Osgerby, Marcio Kogan and Diana Radomysler from Studio MK27, Konstantin Grcic, Eero Koivisto from Claesson Koivisto Rune, and Adam Nathaniel Furman. <b>What are the themes of the focus weeks and when are they?</b> 25.01. – 31.01.2021 | Furniture Design Week 08.02. – 14.02.2021 | Public Space Design Week 01.03. – 07.03.2021 | Techno… <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-professional-insights/20170644">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-furniture-design-week-professional-insights/20170644 Poetic brickwork: RANDERS TEGL | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-poetic-brickwork-randers-tegl/20170639 Fri, 29 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Designers and architects might perceive the brick as a ‘traditional’ building material. It is certainly familiar and reliable. We have been using it to build our homes for centuries – the brick was an early indicator of human civilisation. Yet there’s one brick on the market that is challenging these established conceptions. Carrying tradition forwards in a new direction, this brick also meets the demands of forward-thinking, design-conscious aesthetes seeking something special and contemporary. The Ultima brick from Randers Tegl achieves an unexpected and hybrid mix of heritage, craft, modern design and technology. Its long, slim form – double the length of two ordinary bricks with a height of just 38mm – challenges what we might expect visually from a brick. While the natural surface texture, a product of the waterstruck technique, results in its handcrafted feel. It may come as a surprise that this modern brick is the product of a company founded in 1911. Yet perhaps this is exactly… continue

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SPACE INVADERS: RAUMPLUS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-space-invaders-raumplus/20170134 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 It's in the name with Raumplus, the go-to German room-solutions manufacturer and planning partner. Translating into English as 'room plus', or 'space plus', they're all about adding value to interiors via problem-solving, made-to-measure closet systems, sliding doors and room dividers. These guys love a tricky space. But their solutions-driven attitude doesn't stop with their stock-in-trade. Faced with the retreat of the international design-fair circuit for the next while, in its physical manifestation at least, the Bremen-based company has been quick to develop a meaningful response – one which allows dealers, as well as architects, planners and private customers, the opportunity to experience the wealth of discovery that the exhibition environment allows, but in a virtual, information-rich way. Raumplus have launched an immersive digital environment, where professionals can explore, on-demand, not only specially developed, 360-degree Raumplus virtual fair-stand, but also a comple… continue

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What will drive this furniture year?: ICONIC AWARDS 2021 | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/rat-fur-formgebung-what-will-drive-this-furniture-year-iconic-awards-2021/20169975 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <b>New Simplicity</b> The questioning of the logic of growth translates into a desire for reduction in the domestic living space. This increases the demand for timeless, purist pieces and multigenerational furniture. Clear lines and a timeless practicality characterise the furnishings; they should be flexible and still appeal in years to come. Formal reduction and functionality come to the fore without sacrificing atmospheric and sensual quality. Today, people prefer to save a little longer and opt for furnishings that promise to be a lifelong companion. It creates order and space. <b>‘In complex times, things have to become SIMPLER.’ - Barbara Friedrich, design journalist</b> Barbara Friedrich has been observing the home and design scene for many years. In the 2000s, her then magazine Architektur&Wohnen already described a ‘New Simplicity.’ The German Design Council asked her: What distinguishes the trend of 20 years ago from today's ‘New Simplicity’? Barbara Friedrich: ‘Back… continue

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The sky's the limit: MINOTTI | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-the-sky-039s-the-limit-minotti/20169878 Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Over the last year, outdoor life has played an increasingly important role. We have become more connected to nature, more sensitive to the path of the sun, and never felt more alive with every breath of fresh air. As we open up our bodies and minds to new ways of life, the silver lining is that the boundaries between indoor and outdoor are blurring like never before. Responding to this, Minotti’s 2020 Outdoor Collection for residential and hospitality extends the Minotti essence – rooted in artisanal Italian production, tradition and innovation – seamlessly outdoors. It generously declares that our open-air spaces should be just as atmospheric as our interiors, and the two should hold a fluid dialogue of elegance and comfort. Designing for the outdoors certainly comes with its own set of challenges – stepping outside today will be a unique experience for every reader; one may need a parasol, another a wood-burning stove. Yet Minotti, designing furnishing collections for the outdoors si… continue

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The tables are turning: MARA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-the-tables-are-turning-mara/20169850 Fri, 29 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 In 2020, the Italian design brand Mara, specialists in the production of high-functioning furniture for work, living, educational and public spaces, celebrated its 60th anniversary. To move it into the next decade, Rome-based illustrator Denny Saurio was commissioned to create an artwork to communicate how the brand, known for its innovative furniture systems, is straddling the increasingly fluid worlds of work and play, with ergonomic products and calm chromatics that are suitable for both home and office environments. Multifunctional tables from the Follow collection, whose heights can adjust and surfaces fold away to save space, are represented with simple lines and geometries, telling the story of a new every-day that brings office functionality to the home and home comfort to the office. The new framework for Mara’s collections is significant because Mara might not always have been taken for a brand that can readily furnish a home. Founded by Camillo Marchina in 1960, in the midd… continue

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Out of office: cabin architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-out-of-office-cabin-architecture/20169784 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Holidays in the great outdoors have been enjoying a revival, reflecting the ongoing trend towards more active travel, and their popularity will only increase as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The latest crop of holiday cabins are custom-designed by architects and combine compact carbon footprints, which create intimate, sheltered interiors, with sweeping vistas, as well as the latest environmental considerations. On Norway's rugged western coast, near the town of Sveio, a series of five cabins perch over the rocky shore. Designed by Holon Arkitektur for the local tourist association, the so-called Flokehyttene cabins are simple timber structures on stilts, meaning they can be disassembled without leaving any traces in the dramatic landscape – save for a few steel anchors in the rock. The sculptural huts consist of a mezzanine with an open sleeping space upstairs and an open-plan living area and kitchen downstairs with a large window framing the views. Each cabin has a fireplace,… continue

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The office manager: DATAFLEX | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-the-office-manager-dataflex/20169783 Fri, 19 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 With New Work and the significant changes which it has brought to the world of work – the ever-increasing relevance of the home office being a central one – employers and employees have become inclined to optimise their workspaces to fit these new circumstances. Practically speaking, this has involved bringing the home work area into harmony with living areas. And now represents an ideal time to do so, in order to make working environments better, more efficient and more beautiful. Admittedly, with the ongoing Covid situation, there has been little opportunity recently to present or be inspired in person by new innovations and designs for the office. But while physical trade fairs may have come to a temporary halt, nonetheless, new concepts, layouts and designs, of course, continue to be created. Due to new areas of focus and the resulting new challenges in relation to the office – namely when, how, and above all, where work is done – a fresh wind is blowing through the entire office s… continue

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Architonic Story: GROHE | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-grohe/20169735 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-grohe/20169735">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-grohe/20169735 A life less ordinary: BoConcept | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-a-life-less-ordinary-boconcept/20169706 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 if we ‘Just do it’ when choosing running shoes, and ‘Think Different’ when furnishing our digital lives, when installing hygge and high-function into our environment, we ‘Live Ekstraordinær’. BoConcept’s new motto consolidates the brand story, in the manner of the best marketing straplines, into two powerful, dynamic words. Don’t just be ordinary, be extraordinary it implores. And live in a way that honours that uniqueness, with great furniture that speaks of it. Even the brand’s quintessential Danishness is represented, in the use of the unmistakable ‘ekstraordinær’. Like all good slogans, it embodies a note of aspiration for those inside and outside the company. Experience the extraordinary and offer the extraordinary. ‘We demand a better experience of our living and working environment,’ says Paula McGuinness, BoConcept’s Chief Marketing Officer. ‘While others offer furniture, BoConcept brings extraordinary experience to your home/work with the endless possibilities of our coordina… continue

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Great Danes: BoConcept x Morten Georgsen | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-great-danes-boconcept-x-morten-georgsen/20169705 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Morten Georgsen, the Danish product designer who has made Valencia his home for the last 20 years, likes being his own boss. But it hasn’t stopped him having an extraordinarily enduring relationship with BoConcept, with whom he has fed the world’s hunger for Danish minimalism for over 30 years. Comparing the partnership to a marriage, he says it is successful because they share the same philosophy, and always ‘work together’. Georgsen’s taste for pared-back design took shape in childhood when he read interior design magazines and studied ads for Bang & Olufsen. In his 20s, he found himself working for the Danish tech company’s legendary designer, David Lewis, whom he credits with teaching him the importance of balancing beauty and consumer needs. ‘Function should support aesthetics and aesthetics should support function,’ he says. ‘A beautiful design is in danger of not getting out there if the value of marketing is not understood. It’s an attitude that has also driven BoConcept’s succ… continue

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Professional help: BoConcept | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-professional-help-boconcept/20169704 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Since launching itself into the realm of contract furnishing, BoConcept has put no stops on its ambition. With the on-going merging of home, hospitality and work environments, the brand we know for bringing Danish refinement to homes has found itself well-placed to meet the needs of commercial interiors across the board and around the world. 1. The dasMax Hotel in Tyrolean Seefeld, completed in December 2019, is the latest hospitality project delivered by BoConcept’s Innsbruck team. Following its success in bridging old and new design in the interior of nearby hotel Sonnenburg, they were approached by the architects of the Max Hotel to help inject some modernity into the somewhat faded winter resort of Seefeld. The interiors needed to be cool and contemporary, but also timeless so they don’t date too quickly. The team met the challenge with a plan for comfortable minimalism in a neutral palette. Ticking all the client’s boxes, the 23 rooms of the small aparthotel were installed within… continue

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Architonic Story: Astro | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-astro/20169508 Thu, 14 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-astro/20169508">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-astro/20169508 Museum piece: David Chipperfield Architects’ new Zurich Kunsthaus extension | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alun-lennon-museum-piece-david-chipperfield-architects-new-zurich-kunsthaus-extension/20167897 Wed, 13 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Zurich has a new actor on its cultural stage, in the form of David Chipperfield Architects’ non-contiguous extension to the city’s hallowed Kunsthaus, making it Switzerland’s largest art museum. If – as project architect Jan Parth, who oversaw the project’s realisation on the ground, suggests – ‘facades can create distance or extend an invitation,’ then the latter is writ large here. Predominantly constructed of Swiss limestone and with a rib-like expression in terms of its formal articulation, the structure’s outer skin does what Parth says facades do best. Communicate ideas and convey information, yes. But also generate emotions. <b>Is it fair to say that the new Kunsthaus 'extension' is, before even entering the building, recognisably Chipperfield?</b> Our motivation in the design process was to develop the best building not only for art, but for the city of Zurich and its residents and visitors. In designing the new building, we started from the place where it was to be buil… continue

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Skin in the game: geometric facades | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-skin-in-the-game-geometric-facades/20167896 Wed, 13 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Computer-aided design may have given architects and builders the tools to design unique facade geometries, but not all have been seduced by the ability to produce novel forms. The last decade has actually seen a return to simpler facade compositions that better showcase their materials and components, rather than the continuous, curving surfaces seen in the first years of the new millennium. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the new extension of Kunsthaus Zürich is a prime example of this more cautious, considered approach to facade geometry. A rectangular prism clad in local Jurassic limestone, it reflects the traditional cladding material of the city's grand civic buildings. Projecting bands and mullions in the facade break down the building's mass and create a screen for large, irregularly placed windows, preserving the building's formal purity, while allowing daylight to reach specific interiors. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Centre is a new arts and performance space designe… continue

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By dealers, for dealers: LIGALICHT | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/das-ideale-heim-magazin-fur-architektur-design-und-wohnkultur-by-dealers-for-dealers-ligalicht/20167895 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Lichtteam AG was created by the merger of the two long-established firms Sphinx Lichttechnik AG and Licht Galerie AG. Whether at its trendy city location in Lucerne’s Neustadt district or at its headquarters in Rothenburg, with one of the biggest showrooms for designer lighting in the whole of Switzerland, Lichtteam AG is a leading name in the designed light sector. And then there’s its own brand: LIGALICHT. Its own collection actually arose out of necessity. ‘About eight years ago, when LED technology was starting to find its way into decorative luminaires, we couldn’t always find the luminaires or the quality we would have liked on the market. Thanks to our many years of experience in the trade and because we could meet the necessary technical requirements, we decided to design and build luminaires ourselves. That was the birth of LIGALICHT,’ explains Martin Garn, lighting designer, interior architect and member of the management team. To begin with, the luminaries were only produced… continue

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Staying true to itself: LEHNI | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/das-ideale-heim-magazin-fur-architektur-design-und-wohnkultur-staying-true-to-itself-lehni/20167894 Tue, 02 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 The exterior of the Lehni AG building in Dübendorf, which was designed by Ernst Gisel, is a reflection of what happens inside its walls. It’s perfectly proportioned, the details are reduced to the essentials and it exudes a minimalist elegance in a class of its own. The furniture that leaves the building is no less perfect and well conceived. Although the design of the firm’s bestsellers, such as the table by Georg Gisel or the bed and shelving by Andreas Christen, originates from the 1970s and 1980s, the products are anything but out of date. On the contrary: especially in an age when, in the light of our throwaway society, people are beginning to wonder how much ownership actually still makes sense, the timeless classics are more in tune with the times than ever before. For Lehni AG, aluminium is more than just a material: it’s the company’s DNA. Ursula and Heinz Menet, the brother-and-sister team who have been guiding the company’s fortunes since 1998, are as fascinated by it as eve… continue

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All systems go: KETTNAKER | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-all-systems-go-kettnaker/20167883 Thu, 04 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Anyone attempting to describe typical virtues of the Swabian – inhabitants of a region in the south of Germany – will likely present a picture of someone that deals with difficult, tricky situations with a certain degree of rigour and patience; words such as meticulous and perseverance may be hard to avoid. That is precisely what ‘Swabian’ is, explains Wolfgang Kettnaker, managing partner of the eponymously named furniture manufacturer from Dürmentingen – to be inventive, to think in systems and to look for real unique selling points. In terms of the design lines of the company, this quality is reflected in the overlapping, unified traits that all its products share to some extent. The designs originate from a consistent system that is based on a uniform, 12 by 32mm grid – because this is the most divisible, Kettnaker reasons. It allows the manufacturer, which specialises in storage furniture, to respond to individual customer wishes with the greatest possible flexibility. The range in… continue

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Tree huggers: CWP | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-tree-huggers-cwp/20167882 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Sustainability is at the heart of Scandinavian design. With minimalist spirit, each material is chosen carefully, used to its full potential, and celebrated for its raw, natural qualities. More often than not, that design will last a lifetime and beyond. After all, if we are using up precious resources of the earth, they must be used with the utmost care – and then of course be replenished. This summarises the approach of CWP, Finnish manufacturer of wood surfaces. Their sustainable process starts with the sourcing of FSC-certified birch veneers. Then, the steps of laminating and ecological through-dying ensure the wood is strengthened and equipped with a durable finish ready for modern life. Choosing wood is an ecologically-sound act in itself. As wood grows, it binds with carbon dioxide from the air and safely stores carbon for its lifetime. Instead of opting for an endangered species from diminishing rainforests, CWP’s sustainable sourcing of readily accessible birch from regional f… continue

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A cunning plan: Christine Kröncke Interior Design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-a-cunning-plan-christine-kroncke-interior-design/20167879 Mon, 18 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 As a design journalist, I always like spending time in Munich. There’s simply so much to discover there – many exciting designers have based their studios in this great city on the river Isar, and a detour to the Ludwigpalais is always worthwhile, for example. It is also here in the heart of Munich, at No. 6 Ludwigstrasse, that you will find Christine Kröncke Interior Design’s 220sqm showroom. The brand, management of which has now passed into the capable hands of Frank Stohlmeyer und Jörg von Sichart who are continuing the designer’s work, ploughs its own very particular aesthetic furrow. The aim here is timelessness: What unites this furniture and lighting is simplicity with a certain twist, as it were – elegance and the formal canon of modernism need not be mutually exclusive. Inspecting a piece in its real-world context has always been the first choice when judging furniture and its proportions, fabrics, colours and details, but it is exciting to see how the analogue and digital wo… continue

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Architonic Story: FRITZ HANSEN | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-fritz-hansen/20167729 Mon, 11 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-fritz-hansen/20167729">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-fritz-hansen/20167729 Ahead of its time: HÜSLER NEST | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/das-ideale-heim-magazin-fur-architektur-design-und-wohnkultur-ahead-of-its-time-husler-nest/20167535 Tue, 26 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Keywords like natural materials and sustainability, which have meanwhile mutated into buzzwords, have been part of Hüsler Nest’s philosophy right from the start and are closely interwoven with the products. ‘Solid wood, new wool, natural latex and cotton are still our four main ingredients for this great recipe,’ explains Adrian Hüsler. Deep, healthy sleep is something most people only appreciate when they’ve lost it. Hüsler Nest has dedicated itself to making sure that doesn’t happen – because a Hüsler Nest is intended as an oasis of tranquillity, wellbeing and relaxation. The magic formula is a natural synergy between humans and nature. And they couldn’t be more in tune with the current times: the four-layer, natural sleeping system, consisting of a frame insert, Liforma spring unit, natural latex mattress and overlay, has remained virtually unchanged for almost 40 years. Thanks to a special slat system with what Hüsler calls Trimelle slats, it ensures unique comfort and orthopaedic… continue

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The Swiss kitchen maker: BRUNNER | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/das-ideale-heim-magazin-fur-architektur-design-und-wohnkultur-the-swiss-kitchen-maker-brunner/20167421 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 ‘As a boutique manufacturer, we’re driven by a passion for the craft of cabinet-making – and have been for generations. Our kitchens are a creative combination of innovative spirit and dedication to quality,’ says Ernst Brunner, who founded the company from Bettwil, Aargau. It all started in 1903 with the village joinery of his grandfather, Plazid. Eventually, in 1972, Ernst established the Brunner Küchenbau company. Today the Swiss kitchen producer is under the directorship of his daughters Corinne and Erika and his son-in-law Adrian Bernhard. Innovation is a tradition at Brunner Küchen. ‘The foundation of what we do is our openness to changing requirements and an understanding of quality that’s based on craftsmanship,’ say sales consultant Roland Vogt and production manager Markus Stutz. They are part of an experienced and highly skilled team – like a little ‘kitchen family’. That’s the only way to ensure a one-stop solution for the customer. ‘Every step required to build a Brunner k… continue

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Layer by layer: ARGOLITE | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/das-ideale-heim-magazin-fur-architektur-design-und-wohnkultur-layer-by-layer-argolite/20167234 Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 The warehouses of the Argolite company in Willisau are jam-packed with huge rolls of paper. Most of the material comes from Europe, from Finland for instance – and in your mind’s eye you can’t help but picture the endless forests of the taiga that provide the feedstock for a building material by the name of HPL (high pressure laminate). Based on thermosetting resins, it comes with an internationally recognised quality guarantee in the form of ISO certification. Argolite AG is the only firm in the whole of Switzerland that produces these sheets and is run by Markus Höchli, the third generation of his family to guide the company’s fortunes. It all started with his grandfather who, together with his brother, founded a plywood factory in Buchs in the canton of Aargau. In 1951, they bought a licence to produce plastic-coated particle boards from a West German company. Unfortunately, the fledgling process was still having teething problems because melamine resins were not yet available on th… continue

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Hold me tight: AIR-LUX | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-hold-me-tight-air-lux/20167227 Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Up until now, high-rise building experts have broadly held the opinion that sliding windows are not suitable for high-rise buildings due to high demands with regard to air- and water tightness as well as their limited ability for accommodating building movement. Conventional sliding-door sealing systems have proved unsuitable for this type of application, having not infrequently led to air- and water tightness problems in the past. In most cases, the installed systems failed in practice because building movement, subsidence and tolerances were not properly taken into account. In terms of air- and water tightness requirements for high-rise buildings, the United States is considered the country with the strictest requirements and the toughest standards and tests. To ensure that Air-Lux sliding windows meet the high requirements demanded of the US market, high-level air- and water tightness tests, as well as life cycle and earthquake tests, were carried out. In the latter, window elements… continue

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Computer as creator: Artificial intelligence in furniture design | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-computer-as-creator-artificial-intelligence-in-furniture-design/20166309 Tue, 15 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Im Oktober eröffnete die ETH Zürich ein neues Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz. Dieser Vorstoss zeigt die Relevanz der Technologie, die heute schon in vielen Bereichen unseres Lebens – wenn auch oft unbemerkt – Einfluss nimmt, sei es zum Beispiel im E-Commerce oder bei Anwendungen in der Spracherkennung. Doch welche Rolle spielt Künstliche Intelligenz im Designbereich, kann der Computer in der Zukunft den Designer ersetzen? Im industriellen Produktdesign findet Künstliche Intelligenz bereits vermehrt Anwendung, indem sie dabei hilft komplexe Produkte anpassungsfähig zu machen und Bauteile zu optimieren. Mit ihr lässt sich in relativ kurzer Zeit eine hohe Anzahl an Varianten generieren, um zum bestmöglichen Ergebnis zu gelangen. Im Vergleich zu herkömmlichen Entwurfs- und Entwicklungsprozessen bietet dies eine enorme Zeit- und Geldersparnis. Im Automobildesign helfen Algorithmen beispielsweise bei der Erzeugung komplexer geometrischer Formen. So konnte Mercedes-Benz die aero… continue

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MIDJ PRESENTS FOUR COLLECTIONS OF LAMPS | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/midj-midj-presents-four-collections-of-lamps/20165714 Tue, 15 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Midj enters the world of furnishing accessories with four collections of lamps</b> for the home and office, conceived and developed with the same versatility that characterizes the design of its chairs and tables, in particular. It is the first launch, in the face of a rich and articulated proposal of accessories, which <b>Midj</b> is preparing to present to complete its range of products. <b>Ghost and Suspense</b>, designed by the F + B design studio, are both available in three versions: floor, table and suspension lamp. Ethereal and discreet, the <b>Ghost</b> collection is a delicate tribute to the theme of transparency, created through a light and ideal naturalist shape. It consists of a black metal body and a transparent blown glass diffuser, with a satin top, to diffuse a soft light into the environment <b>Suspense</b> proposes a game of balance, combining classic and contemporary forms. White opal spheres slide along a steel band or inside a black rectangle, in an exercise of… continue

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Global Design Agenda 2021 – hosted by ARCHITONIC | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-global-design-agenda-2021-hosted-by-architonic/20165685 Sat, 20 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 2020 has been a challenging one. There’s no doubt about it. Which is why it’s all the more important to regain some focus in 2021. Architonic has spoken with architects, planners, design professionals and brands from its global community to understand their changing needs and priorities. As a result, we’re launching an exciting new programme of 15 design weeks – starting in January – each dedicated to a specific product category or branch. <b>Why a Global Design Agenda?</b> One of the major benefits of digitalisation for all of us has been the freedom to choose where and when we get our information. Indeed, this is Architonic’s very raison d’etre! Nonetheless, we’ve realised that – even for a 24/7 service like architonic.com – there’s a need for the industry year to have some kind of structure, to enable an even greater productive engagement with specific themes. The Global Design Agenda, hosted by Architonic, lends the annual A&D calendar an efficient and inspiring rhythm, and, in do… continue

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Architonic Story: Vorwerk Flooring | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-vorwerk-flooring/20165500 Wed, 09 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-vorwerk-flooring/20165500">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-vorwerk-flooring/20165500 Raising the bar: new hospitality design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-raising-the-bar-new-hospitality-design/20165161 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Bars across much of the world may not be buzzing at the moment, but with the end of the global pandemic in sight, these social spaces will undoubtedly attract crowds of patrons again soon. Coupled with the adaptive reuse trend, architects are increasingly turning to refurbishing existing spaces left empty by their previous users. In Sydney's stylish Surry Hills, YSG Studio has converted a 1930s retail and office space into Four Pillars Laboratory, a craft gin emporium comprising a shop, a bar, and an on-site gin distillery. Leaving the brick exterior intact, the architects have concentrated on creating a calm and slightly enigmatic ambience. Dark blue tiles, polished steel and Australian hardwood-joinery and copper and brass accents are used to create a coherent sense of space within this adaptive reuse scheme. At the same time, two separate entrances, one for the shop and one for the bar, create different ways in which patrons can access and interact with the brand. At the heart of th… continue

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Natural selection: König + Neurath | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-natural-selection-konig-neurath/20165132 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Much has changed since Charles Darwin published his theories of evolution in 1859 – and not only on the Galapagos Islands. Yet, while the darkling beetle of the Namib Desert developed a capillary system in its shell to harvest fog as a source of drinking water and the Fritillaria delavayi flower shed its colour to protect itself from medicinal plant collectors, humans seem to be less adaptable. This has been particularly clear this year. The pandemic has turned our lives upside down – at home, but above all, at work. Hygiene standards that, at the beginning of the year, were taken for granted, no longer comply with new regulations. Meetings are now only possible remotely or digitally, and working from home is part of everyday life for many people. Remote working is proving to be a successful alternative to working in front of a desk and social distancing, the norm. But old habits die hard and, despite modern communication tools, people continue to seek personal interaction and comfort.… continue

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Coming full circle | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-coming-full-circle/20165071 Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Durch das Engagement verschiedener Organisationen und Unternehmen nimmt das Thema Kreislaufwirtschaft in der Schweiz an Fahrt auf. Auch für die Möbelbranche bieten sich damit neue Herausforderungen sowie Chancen. Das Konzept der Kreislaufwirtschaft ist nicht neu, bereits seit Mitte der 1980er-Jahre verfolgt die Schweiz Ansätze in diese Richtung, jedoch ging die Entwicklung bisher nur in kleinen Schritten voran. Anschub erhält das Thema jüngst durch neue Organisationen sowie Unternehmen und deren Projekte. Zu nennen wären da z. B. ecos, YODEL, das Swiss Economic Forum, PUSCH, Impact Hub, Circular Hub und sanu durabilitas, die sich Anfang 2019 unter dem Namen „Circular Economy Switzerland“ zu einem Netzwerk zusammengeschlossen haben, das als Koordinations- und Austauschplattform fungiert und zentrale Akteure vernetzen möchte. Unterstützt werden sie dabei von der MAVA Foundation und dem Förderfonds Engagement Migros. Kreislaufwirtschaft ist der Gegenentwurf zur ressourcenfressenden Linear… continue

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Light, flexible, versatile: functionality in furniture design | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-light-flexible-versatile-functionality-in-furniture-design/20165070 Tue, 22 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Dieser Tage verbringen viele den besonderen aktuellen Umständen geschuldet mehr Zeit denn je zu Hause. Die eigenen vier Wände und die Einrichtung werden dadurch stärker wahrgenommen. Dabei zeigt sich auch, wie funktional und anpassbar diese sind, wenn etwa das Schlaf- oder Wohnzimmer temporär zum Home Office oder Schulzimmer umgewandelt werden müssen. Funktionales Mobiliar kann dann gerade in kleinen Wohnungen sein Potential besonders gut unter Beweis stellen. Kompakte, clevere Möbel, die sich klappen, ausziehen oder rollen lassen oder mehrere Funktionen übernehmen sind vermehrt gefragt, wie die Möbelmessen der letzten Jahre gezeigt haben. Zwar sind solche Ansätze nicht neu, das Schrankbett beispielsweise gab es schon vor über hundert Jahren, doch erleben funktionale Möbel gerade einen Aufschwung. Ein Grund dafür sind die steigenden Mietpreise und knapper werdenden Wohnflächen in Ballungsgebieten. Ende des Jahres 2018 lebten in der Schweiz 84,8 Prozent der Bevölkerung in Städten (Quell… continue

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Good furniture, bad furniture?: Criteria for a quality check | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-good-furniture-bad-furniture-criteria-for-a-quality-check/20165069 Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Möbel sollten von langer Dauer und guter Qualität sein. Für den Laien ist die Beurteilung allerdings teils schwierig. Gibt es doch mittlerweile viele günstige Produkte, die auf den ersten, flüchtigen Blick den hochpreisigen sehr ähnlich sehen. So stellt sich die Frage, ob teurer gleich besser ist? Pauschal lässt sich das nicht sagen. Jedoch sind hochwertige, gut verarbeitete Möbel, die unter fairen und umweltfreundlichen Bedingungen hergestellt wurden nicht zum Dumpingpreis erhältlich. Gutes Design zum guten Preis muss umgekehrt nicht für schlechte Qualität sprechen. Letztere sollte nicht nur nach dem äusseren Erscheinungsbild bemessen werden. Faktoren wie Stabilität, Langlebigkeit und Herkunft der Materialien spielen eine entscheidende Rolle in der Qualitätsbewertung. Auch gibt es Labels, die z. B. auf die Umweltverträglichkeit verweisen. Folgende Punkte sollten beim Möbelkauf berücksichtigt werden: <b>Der erste Blick</b> Sind Oberflächen und Kanten sauber verarbeitet, schliessen… continue

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Hierarchy thinking by the sea | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/randers-tegl-hierarchy-thinking-by-the-sea/20165068 Wed, 09 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Danish design is heavily influenced by simplicity, functionality and elegance. It has been for decades – for one, think of the renowned furniture designer Arne Jacobsen. Also when it comes to architecture, Danish design is quite characteristic. But what is typically Danish architecture? What does it mean to design homes and comfortable living spaces for the Scandinavian lifestyle? In this beach side villa north of Aarhus, the architect focused on local materials that match the northern climate as well as the Scandinavian mindset. Casa Sand is oriented towards the sea, not only in its location – but in every architectural decision. As you walk through the house, it is always possible to see the water – as such, the architects have succeeded in making room for the sea in every single room of the house. ‘In Casa Sand you can take in the view of the sea anywhere in the house. You literally wake up to it, brush your teeth to it, or shelter from the wind to it in the outdoor courtyard; and s… continue

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The numbers game: BoConcept | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-the-numbers-game-boconcept/20165067 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 BoConcept needs little introduction to an audience fluent in interior design. From its artisanal Jutland roots in 1952, the Danish furniture maker has scaled-up its production over the years, grown its collections and disseminated pared-back modernist Scandinavian design around the world, bringing hygge to houses from Manhattan to Melbourne. With uncompromised quality and design values that are timeless, it’s the brand young homeowners might aspire to and evolve into as incomes grow. A lesser-known fact, however, is that BoConcept’s fine-tuned global network is also set up to do contract furnishing. Since 2014, teams across 65 countries have been introducing the brand’s homely Danish style on a grander scale to residential complexes, offices and hospitality venues. The advantageous scale of BoConcept’s business, converging with a new world order that, even pre-pandemic, sees the blurring of the boundaries between where we work, eat and play, makes conditions ripe for BoConcept contract… continue

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Frozen music: Busch-Jaeger | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-frozen-music-busch-jaeger/20165053 Fri, 08 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 It’s fair to say that successful architecture usually has some kind of sculptural quality, one that makes it appear dynamic and full of movement despite its static anchoring. The best building designs appear different and extraordinary when viewed from a particular angle – just think of the Ronchamp Chapel, the Sydney Opera House or the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. This phenomenon is best documented through the medium of film. Quiet, careful tracking shots are the ideal means of showing different perspectives and capturing the movement of a building, the dialogue of forms and materials. This is precisely the aim of a new film series that Busch-Jaeger has recently launched. The Lüdenscheid-based company sees itself as a reliable partner for architects and has long been committed to building automation in so many of its aspects. Busch-Jaeger was founded in 1926, but its roots go back as far as 1879. The new film series, however, is entirely dedicated to contemporary architecture – hardly… continue

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Hold it together: PALMBERG | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-hold-it-together-palmberg/20165014 Wed, 09 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Who hasn't experienced this: you are faced with a complicated task, but find yourself getting distracted somehow instead of simply starting work. Thoughts drift, and what your colleagues are talking about seems so much more interesting than the task you are working on. For experienced Zen masters it’s easy to channel those thoughts in the right direction, but what about those sitting in open-plan offices who don’t have skills in the art of meditation? ‘Our environment has a great influence on our ability to concentrate, because the brain tends to constantly jump back and forth,’ neuroscientist Henning Beck explains in an interview in German newspaper Zeit, ‘it is not designed to concentrate for long periods of time. That is why distractions are so seductive.’ For classic black-and-white thinkers, Beck's analysis would mark the end of the concept of the open-plan office. The experts at Palmberg, however, see things a little differently, recognising that working together in one space inc… continue

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Get some backbone: AERIS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-get-some-backbone-aeris/20164427 Tue, 15 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The current health report from a large German health insurance company paints an optimistic picture when it comes to workplace health – at least as far as back problems are concerned – with the rate of work absenteeism resulting from back problems continuing to fall over the last five years. Nonetheless, this issue still accounts for the second-highest proportion of lost workdays. The most common causes of back injuries are well-known: one-sided strain due to seat-based work combined with too little movement. Add to this the pressure to perform along with stress, and you have the correct conditions for triggering back problems. On top of that – and how can we avoid mentioning it when discussing health at the moment – the ongoing Corona pandemic which we are still trying to manage, only aggravates the situation. With so much more work being done in home office settings than ever before – and compensatory activities also more restricted than usual – our intervertebral discs naturally s… continue

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The new Stone Age: DRAENERT | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-the-new-stone-age-draenert/20164422 Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 ‘So come! let us look afar, and seek what is our own, however distant it may be.’ You way ask, what these lines by Hölderlin have to do with design? Well, in 1968, designer Peter Draenert was also seeking out something of his ‘own’, and thus founded the still-family-owned furniture company which bears his name. What’s more, Draenert also wrote his PhD thesis on the subject of the eminent German poet while studying arts at university. A happy coincidence led him down a completely new path, however; while in the Swabian Jura mountains, he came across a slab of oil shale that had inclusions of fossilised mussels and sea snails. Immediately taken by its natural beauty, he designed chrome-plated skids for it which transformed his find into a table. Natural stones are part of the DNA of his furniture-manufactory, and working with stone slabs that are millions of years old is still one of the key elements of the DRAENERT business today. The company owns an impressive open-air ‘stone park’ wit… continue

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The eagle has landed: DRAENERT | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-the-eagle-has-landed-draenert/20164421 Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Is there anything more enjoyable than eating and drinking with friends? Gathering round a table, laughing, telling stories, enjoying food and the company of your loved ones – such special moments deserve a special table. Extendable dining tables are an important element of DRAENERT’s furniture range. Despite the great weight of their tabletops, which are made of wood or stone, extending the tables is simple thanks to ingenious technology that requires neither the strength of a weightlifter nor the skills of a mechanic. DRAENERT classics include the Adler ('Eagle') series, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020. The name speaks for itself – whether you opt for a tabletop of wood or stone, using the lifting mechanism to extend the 'wingspan' of the table – to no less than 370cm – is a process that is so easy, it could even be characterised as fun. The Adler series, a genuine design-original by company founder Peter Draenert, offers a choice of four different bases in addition… continue

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DRAENERT goes contract | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-draenert-goes-contract/20164420 Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100 There has been an unmistakably clear trend towards individualisation in the interior design of hotels and restaurants over the last few years; an approach more recognisable perhaps from private entertaining – of wishing to surprise and delight guests by creating a special atmosphere for them – is now being applied equally in up-market restaurants and hotels. DRAENERT Manufaktur, which is based in Immenstaad on Lake Constance, is well-established in the contracting sector. The exclusivity of its furniture is much admired, and many of its pieces can be customised to customers‘ specifications in order to perfectly fit into a particular space – whether lounge, dining room, bar or CEO’s office. DRAENERT furniture can be found in locations all over the world: in a number of German embassies, in an Amsterdam bistro, offices in New York, hotels in the Czech Republic, a conference room in Motel One’s Munich headquarters and the bar of the Motel One in Bad Cannstatt near Stuttgart, to name just… continue

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Spot on: Plug & Light | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-spot-on-plug-amp-light/20164056 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The lighting concepts from Ingo Maurer’s studio have always strived for a symbiosis of poetry and technology. The Munich lighting specialists were inspired by the Plug & Light light socket to create a product that translates the potential of this sophisticated technology into a particularly charming design. Plug & Light is a flexible and uncomplicated system for customisable interior lighting. It essentially consists of three components: a compatible LED light, a magnetic 12-volt low voltage socket and a flush-mounted power supply unit, which converts 230-volt mains voltage into safe, low voltage, and makes compatible lights dimmable without flickering. The revolutionary magnetic technology – which keeps the lamp in the light socket and lets you attach the lamp to the wall or ceiling in a single movement and without tools, – is not the only special feature of the system. Just as importantly, the light socket outlet has a form and surface compatible with the switch and socket outlet ran… continue

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Architonic Story: PEDRALI | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-pedrali/20163399 Fri, 04 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>@ Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-pedrali/20163399">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-pedrali/20163399 Architonic Story: JESS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-jess/20163397 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-jess/20163397">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-jess/20163397 Partners for life: Villeroy & Boch | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norbert-philipp-partners-for-life-villeroy-amp-boch/20163313 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Good design is faithful. It accompanies you throughout your life. When it comes to bathrooms, Villeroy & Boch places strong emphasis on ideas such as ‘whole’ and ‘holistic’. It does not think of hygiene and body care in terms of separate, individual products or different stages of life, but rather systematically and as a whole – whereby it is not necessary to separate different wishes and needs. For this reason, Villeroy & Boch’s comprehensive product portfolio for the bathroom ensures a broad range of solutions for planners and architects, including ones that speak to future requirements which bathroom users may sometimes not even have thought of at the time of planning. From shower toilets, fittings and furniture, to pre-wall installation systems, it’s possible to tick almost anything off the list of bathroom needs from Villeroy & Boch’s portfolio. It doesn't matter in which phase of life that they will be used, the bathroom can be future-proofed right from the planning stage – even… continue

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Ready. Set. Work!: PEDRALI | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-ready-set-work-pedrali/20162443 Fri, 27 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 How's it been for you? 2020, that is. For me, it's been a, let's say, interesting time. Not least emotionally. The mandated distance-keeping from loved-ones and friends is a bummer. And don't get me started on the disappearance of dating. In terms of work, it's been a different story, however. Of course, I recognise how privileged I am to work in an industry where working from home, or, indeed, anywhere, is a reality. It's been said many times that there are winners and losers in this disruptive epoch – as there are in any crisis. The two biggest challenges (or opportunities), as I see them, are how we adjust behaviorally to working from where you live (when should you call it a day and shut that laptop?) and how remote spaces perform in design terms to facilitate their new function as work spaces. As collaboration becomes increasingly effective via digital means, we go to the office – yes, it still exists – for something more. A sense of collegiality, of oneness that comes with phy… continue

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Architonic Story: Geberit | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-geberit/20162438 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-geberit/20162438">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-geberit/20162438 Rocking it!: BAUWERK | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-rocking-it-bauwerk/20162437 Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 How many men does it take to get a boulder into a top floor? No, this isn't the first half of a joke. It's a genuine question. Or at least it was for Zurich-based interior architect Mia Kepenek, whose creative vision for a recently completed top-floor corporate lounge could be described as displaying an enviable chutzpah and an unenviable set of logistics in equal measure. The space in question is the Sky Lounge at Swiss multinational Schindler's recently completed campus in Ebikon, just outside Lucerne, courtesy of architects Burckhardt+Partner; and the boulder a seven-tonne mass of granite, sourced from the Bernese Alps, and sunk into the floor to serve as a unique, texturally expressive bar. Rhetorically speaking, the message is clear: Swiss heft and stability. The rest of the project, meanwhile, materially rich yet never de trop, conveys through its design scheme two further Schindler values that neatly dovetail with those of its home nation – quality and precision. The brief K… continue

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Show your colours: TECNOGRAFICA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-show-your-colours-tecnografica/20162415 Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 One unforeseen consequence of the pandemic is that we have been able to see our homes with fresh eyes, especially during lockdown. We’ve rediscovered the joys of nesting, updating our homes and home offices with new furniture and, in some cases, radically redecorating them. What’s more, our need to communicate with others via Skype and Zoom has encouraged us to present our homes as stylish extensions of our personalities. It’s a development Tecnografica, Italian manufacturer of wallpapers and decorative panels, is all too aware of. Founded in 1992, and still a leading company in the design of ceramic tiles, it has since carved a niche fabricating digitally printed wallpapers and decorative panels.  Its huge, eclectic selection of super-definition (SD), richly colourful, textured wallcoverings offers its clients, many of them architects and designers, a wide spectrum of styles to choose from. These are created in-house or by freelance artists, designers and illustrators, whose personal… continue

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Smoothing the way: Atlas Concorde | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-smoothing-the-way-atlas-concorde/20162238 Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 In the early years of the 16th century, Michelangelo travelled to the Apuane Alps in Tuscany in search of the finest marble for his sculptures. Today, the Carrara region continues to produce some of the world’s most sought-after stone. When choosing the varieties on which to base its Marvel Shine tile collection, Atlas Concorde looked for qualities including purity and luminescence, as well as the pattern of natural veining that makes each type of marble unique. One of the options selected is the rare and exclusive Statuario marble. Its cool, bright-white background and bold veining make it a popular choice for use in luxury settings. Next is the elegant Calacatta Imperiale, which features gold and grey veins crisscrossing its crystal white surface. The Calacatta Delicato design is inspired by a type of Apuan white marble with subtle veining, while Calacatta Prestigio combines a warm, ivory-white background with grey-beige lines of varying widths. In a nod to traditional applicatio… continue

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Marble in the blood: Atlas Concorde | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-marble-in-the-blood-atlas-concorde/20162237 Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The best ideas are often the result of intense collaboration between people with a shared vision and passion. When Atlas Concorde decided it wanted to create a range of high-quality porcelain tiles inspired by the finest white Italian marbles, it went direct to Savema – one of the world’s leading suppliers of these precious stones. Savema is based in Pietrasanta in the heart of Italy’s marble-producing region, where it controls the production of three quarries and specialises in sourcing premium stone from local and international suppliers. Through conversations with Savema’s experts, Atlas Concorde was able to understand how the processes it developed to manufacture the popular Marvel collection could be used to accurately replicate white marbles in fine detail. ‘We asked ourselves, how can we improve a programme as successful as Marvel?’ recalls Atlas Concorde CEO, Maurizio Mazzotti. ‘The answer came naturally; by collaborating with those who have marble coursing through their vei… continue

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