New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story-feed New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story-feed https://image.architonic.com/arc_black.jpg en Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:01:24 +0200 Work the room: ORGATEC 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-work-the-room-orgatec-2018/7002028 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Under the title ‘culture@work’, human beings and their needs will take centre stage at this year’s Orgatec, the leading international trade fair for work environments of the future. Promoting health in the workplace and fostering communication are among the fair’s major themes. However, Orgatec 2018 will address not just how, but also where we will work in the future. In the following, we introduce three areas of the diverse fair offerings: the Health Care Knowledge Forum, the special event Inspired Collaborations and the special exhibition WORK TO GO. In our office work lives, we do one thing above all else: we sit. Average office workers spend 80 to 85 per cent of their work time in their chairs. This isn’t good, either for one’s back or for one’s life expectancy. In our private life, health awareness is a well-established trend that has had considerable impact. But what can we do to extend this to the workplace? Fortunately, a lot – for example, by creating office infrastructure th… continue

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Different, seductive, pure: Jess Design | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jess-design-different-seductive-pure-jess-design/7002027 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Jess Design creates and produces design furniture with a unique character. Every piece of furniture has their own story, and with its natural materials the result is simply stunning. It’s for a reason that ‘different, seductive and pure’ are their core values. Based in the Netherlands, but with dealers all across the world, Jess Design is a brand that is expanding every year. And so does their collection, with seating comfort, as well as tables and lights. Last year, Jess Design presented the newest item of the Earl-family our towards the rest of the world: The Earl 3-seater. Formerly, they already had the Earl 1-seater and Earl 2-seater in their collection, and this newest product in the Earl family is a great new addition. The Earl 3-seater gets an elegant appearance with its thin frame and massive steel. The frame has been treated ‘Old Glory’, which results in the classical look & feel of the Earl. Furthermore, the couch can be ordered in various types of leather. All the leather… continue

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Light where you need it: LUCTRA VITAWORK | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-light-where-you-need-it-luctra-vitawork/7002023 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Renowned for introducing state-of-the-art LED technology to offices and homes, German lighting brand LUCTRA has significantly upped the ante with its latest design – its new floor lamp, VITAWORK. LUCTRA, which was founded by parent company DURABLE Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co KG in 2015, presents VITAWORK at this year's Orgatec, the biennial Cologne fair for the modern working world. Available in silver or black, VITAWORK augments and complements LUCTRA’s existing range of floor, table and portable lamps, the key difference being that VITAWORK can illuminate larger areas. The rectangular lamp head projecting from its elegantly pared-down, slender base can light up an entire office either with direct and indirect light. VITAWORK’s simplicity is perhaps deceptive: in fact, it’s a highly considered design that unites functionality, energy-efficiency and streamlined good looks. It’s no accident that its appearance is understated and unobtrusive. Its clean lines simultaneously fulfil aestheti… continue

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A city full of design: Vienna Design Week 28.9 –7.10.2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/vienna-design-week-a-city-full-of-design-vienna-design-week-28-9-7-10-2018/7002021 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Numerous presentations, exhibitions and workshops will be offered again this year, here is an excerpt of them: FLOODING OFFICES WITH BEAUTY Blaha Büromöbel The current show at the Blaha Büro Ideen Zentrum (BIZ) shows the workplace as a hothouse for creativity and innovation. The new locations of value added enable the development of potential and call attention to cooperation and inspiration. Factory tours provide interesting looks at the on- site production. In an evening talk on 4.10., the company whisperer Jan Teunen will present his new book, “BURRA,” which details the history of the office. FIRED TRACES Karak After the past two years’ widely popular ornament laboratory and fashion smithy, the Vorarlberg manufactory will offer an opportunity this year to observe tile making. With an oven in tow, Karak will set up shop at Schiffamtsgasse 11, where famous and infamous illustrators, architects, street artists, and masters of concept art will make an impression on raku ti… continue

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Effortlessly versatile: Brühl | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bruhl-effortlessly-versatile-bruhl/7002017 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Furniture for the global village</b> Kati Meyer-Brühl is something of a specialist when it comes to people's needs. It's in her DNA to constantly analyse these needs as she goes about her everyday life, during an evening at the cinema or whilst she is out jogging, for example, or during her travels all over the world. Keen powers of observation are a vital ingredient. Kati Meyer-Brühl studied at the world's leading design schools in Dessau, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, London and also New York. She now lives in Berlin but grew up in the countryside in a quiet, densely forested area in the middle of nowhere close to where the border between West Germany and the GDR once divided Bavaria and Thuringia. Her pieces of furniture are the quintessence of her experiences. She reworks established design approaches in a daring and courageous way and also produces original and innovative creations. Kati Meyer-Brühl became extremely sensitive to nature at a very early stage of her career and her des… continue

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Designed spaces as canvases: Mosa | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-designed-spaces-as-canvases-mosa/7002016 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 “We put a lot of thought into our projects, focusing on a sense of space instead of individual taste. Because we come from architectural backgrounds, this influences our methodology and provides us with the technical ability to realise our design. We try to create synergy between exterior and interior. Working closely with the architects on this project, we designed the apartments from inside out, with functional and spatial needs influencing the external form of the building. This is how you get coherent designs that stand the test of time.” Speaking is Vesna Aksentijevic of interior design company FLINT, which is based in London, UK. She talks about FLINT’s work as interior designers for the apartments and entrance of Alto in Wembley Park. “Historically architects designed everything.” Vesna continues. “They were responsible for the exterior and the interior. They even designed furniture and accessories. By doing so, they turned spaces into long-lasting, sustainable objects. A lot ha… continue

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The Perfectionists: Horgenglarus | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-perfectionists-horgenglarus/7002014 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 “Good choice” remarks Horgenglarus MD Marco Wenger, having invited me to pull up a chair for our meeting at the premium Swiss furniture manufacturer’s impressive showroom – a long, gallery-like space on the top floor of a converted factory building dating back to the turn of the 20th century. The chair in question is modernist architect Werner Max Moser’s Select chair, first produced in 1931 and every bit as contemporary now as it was then. With its reduced form and its lines so elegant it almost hurts, it speaks of a deep design consideration, a respect for materials, and an enviable handcraft tradition. The world is full of chair manufacturers, but this is different territory altogether. For when it comes to Horgenglarus, each of their designs is, quite frankly, A Good Choice. Eschewing the vagaries of trend and speaking a design language that somehow seems to escape the bonds of time, Horgenglarus has ploughed a very singular furrow since it was founded in 1880 – the constant pursui… continue

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CeramicPlus: Villeroy & Boch | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/villeroy-amp-boch-ceramicplus-villeroy-amp-boch/7002013 Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 We mainly notice architecture with our eyes and maybe even with our hands. Only in the bathroom, probably the most intimate place in the building, do people get up close to architecture. The surface of the ceramics sends a decisive message. PERCEPTION OF ARCHITECTURE Apart from taste, we perceive architecture with all of our senses. Certainly vision plays a prominent role as our first impression is determined by seeing what the architecture looks like. The acoustics and smell also give us important information about the nature of the materials. But we perceive architecture most intensively with our sense of touch. When we walk through a building and our feet feel the nature of the floor, or our hands the quality of the handrail of a staircase when we hold on to it. We perceive architecture intensively when we feel the smooth, seemingly perfect surface of a ceramic object. Then the conscious and unconscious perception of a building with our sense of touch has a decisive influence on ou… continue

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The thrilling link: Jess Design | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jess-design-the-thrilling-link-jess-design/7002012 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Immerse yourself in the informal ambiance our the designer furniture that Jess Design creates and discover how their broad range of striking pieces cohesively come together. The unique character of their furniture is evident in their comfort and premium materials. For over 20 years Jess Design has been utilising their combination of aesthetic sense, perseverance, and sheer determination as the driving force behind their success. Their furniture accentuates the individuality of each interior and offers a stylish range of natural materials, comfortable shapes, and seductive colours to choose from. You can find Jess Design's furniture from distributors all over the world with the store locator tab on their website. And thanks to their involvement with hotels, restaurants, and bars worldwide, there is a great chance you have already enjoyed a piece of Jess Design before! continue

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Superfoods: Restaurants serving up a side of nature | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-superfoods-restaurants-serving-up-a-side-of-nature/7002011 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Judging by a spate of recently designed restaurants, architects are besotted with nature. There is a logic to this: food is derived from nature, so plant-filled restaurants or ones with garden views reinforce that link. Other reasons for the trend could be the skyrocketing demand for organic food and the current vogue for jungle-like interiors brimming with plants or terrariums. Perhaps California’s clement climes are particularly conducive to this approach. Take the recently expanded Michelin three-starred The French Laundry in Yountville, California, bought by its chef Thomas Keller in 1994. Architects Snøhetta, along with Keller and San Francisco-based architects Envelope A+D, which researched the staff’s needs, have created a new kitchen and renovated its courtyard. The existing, rustic-looking building dates from 1900 and is surrounded by gardens and a lawn. Like the old building, the new kitchen is clad in natural materials, including charred wood and has a traditional pitche… continue

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Strong brew: 6 buzzworthy coffee shops | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jaime-heather-schwartz-strong-brew-6-buzzworthy-coffee-shops/7002010 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 With creative designs that range from stark to sugary sweet, a slew of recently completed coffee shops are pulling an extra shot of personality. So how do you take yours? 01 Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe Kyoto, Japan 2018 Schemata Architects Schemata Architects’ Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe injects the brand’s West Coast roots into a machiya, a traditional Japanese townhouse. Characteristics of traditional Japanese architecture and the site’s 100-year-old history are made visible with its pebbled terrazzo, clay walls and an exposed roof that reveals its original structure. 02 Antilope Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico 2018 Mass Operations Mass Operations’ 80-square-metre Antilope Café in Monterrey, Mexico, is the coffee brand’s first physical location. The Wes Anderson-inspired ‘chapel for coffee’ has two designated drinking spaces – pink for fast uptake and green for lingering over a latte. Awash in ritual references, orders are placed at a large, floating marble ‘altar’, w… continue

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Smart move: Interstuhl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-smart-move-interstuhl/7002009 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 One of the greatest workplace challenges is finding the right chair for the job. Many experts even recommend assuming various positions over the course of the workday – that is, walking, standing and sometimes even lying down, depending on the activity. But the JOYCEis3 from Interstuhl makes sitting a great experience – thanks to a cleverly conceived modular system designed to respond to every individual wish. <b>Sitting at ease</b> The first step to this harmony between sitter and chair is the easy adaptability of the JOYCEis3. One of the secrets of this sense of well-being lies in the new FlexGrid, which adjusts to the user’s natural, healthy sitting posture at their desk, supporting and relieving their body by dynamically responding to their every movement. This flexibility increases the user’s capacity to concentrate on what is essential – their work. The benefits are further enhanced by the fact that the FlexGrid is adjustable in both its height and its depth, allowing optimal… continue

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The JOYCEis3 is yours: Interstuhl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-the-joyceis3-is-yours-interstuhl/7002008 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The workplace lives from diversity, multifunctionality and flexibility. Creativity requires a solid basis – which begins with the right workstation. The centrepiece is clearly the office chair, which for a range of reasons is an important investment. With the JOYCEis3, Interstuhl has the fitting solution, because, in every respect, this office chair is as individual as each person who sits in it. <b>One chair, many options</b> Its sophisticated modular design makes the JOYCEis3 fit for the everyday business world. All of its elements – from the frame to the backrest and seat heights, and right through to the coverings – can be freely chosen. A bicolour combination can be selected, or, as a new option, a single colour for both the knit seat cover and the backrest mesh. Along with appearance, comfort is of course of the highest priority. The FlexGrid, with its adjustable height settings, actively supports and relieves the user’s back during all activities. Additional support is offere… continue

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In good company: Interstuhl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-in-good-company-interstuhl/7002007 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 There is a name for sitting well: Interstuhl. Located in Messstetten-Tieringen in the region of Swabia in southwestern Germany, this family company has been firmly in the saddle for over half a century. What started as a small village farriery has grown to become a leading European manufacturer of furniture for workplace seating. Interstuhl combines tradition with quality consciousness and innovative strength. <b>Solutions, living, passion</b> The firm’s strategy for success rests on two pillars: Interstuhl itself, with its focus on the office environment; and Bimos, which concentrates on industry and labour. The two brands thus have different, clearly defined target groups and fields of activity. Whereas Interstuhl connects locations and activities of all kinds with the right respective seating, Bimos specialises in unique, high-performance furniture solutions for workplace needs ranging from sitting to standing. Interstuhl sees itself as a bridge builder, creating attractive setti… continue

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Wash and Stay: ANTONIOLUPI | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-wash-and-stay-antoniolupi/7002006 Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Italian sanitaryware brand antoniolupi has positioned itself, out on its own, on the experimental and imaginative edge of the high-end bathroom design market. Offering truly striking statement pieces to give any size and style of bathroom that gallery feel. The Tuscan company is constantly developing new materials and manufacturing techniques, combining specific individual production techniques with collaborations with established designers to offer enviable new product lines with customisation options. Customers and market specialists have come to expect not only precision quality but product designs quite unique to the market. antoniolupi’s latest 2018 collections meet these expectations without disappointment. The petite and delicate Indigo tap sits with quiet, serene confidence. Like a small bird primed for flight, Indigo keeps its energy hidden within a slight frame, ready to release its coiled energy in a concentrated water stream, contrary to an unassuming aesthetic. A… continue

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Sense of taste: Christine Kröncke Interior Design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-sense-of-taste-christine-kroncke-interior-design/7002005 Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 It isn’t easy to make a name for yourself in the furniture industry today. It is better if you already have one. Christine Kröncke, who in 1974 founded the company that bears her name, is a calm, steady presence in the interior design scene. Consistency, single-mindedness and a keen affinity for people who place importance on beautiful, customised dwellings are just three of the secrets to her more than 45 years of success. <b>With love and passion</b> Taste can’t be bought – either you have it or you don’t. And it is open to debate. One of the unalterable credos of Christine Kröncke Interior Design is that when it comes to furnishing, nothing should be left to chance. It is also clear that there are as many styles as there are people – each unique and distinct and deserving of expression. The grande dame of interiors, born in 1943, always placed the focus on one’s personality. With her sure touch and her know-how, she made people’s wishes, preferences, aspirations and dreams a realit… continue

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The 2018 ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/rat-fur-formgebung-the-2018-iconic-awards-innovative-architecture/7002004 Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Sixty-one Best of Best awards in the categories Architecture, Interior, Product, Communication and Concept showcase the latest trends and developments in contemporary architecture and design concepts. The lucrative special prizes »Architects of the Year« and »Interior Designers of the Year« are regarded as prestigious international awards in these disciplines. The »Architects of the Year« award for 2018 went to Asif Khan’s London-based firm, which recently caused a sensation with its filigree, open spatial structures such as the Tempietto nel Bosco (2018) in Milan or the Serpentine Summer House (2016). The design collective WGNB Wallga Associates from Seoul was named »Interior Designer of the Year« for its manifold spatial presentations ranging from exhibition architecture to retail stores. The increasing importance of architecture as a sign of identity worldwide is underscored by the growing internationality of the winners. China ranked second after Germany, with seven architectur… continue

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ArchichefNight London | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/towant-archichefnight-london/7002003 Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Five London-based architectural practices compete against each other at the Barbican Centre's Osteria Restaurant. The 'archichefs' from each practice will develop a recipe that represents their practice's work, projects, history or brand. At the end of the evening, the Diners will vote for the Best Dish of the Night and the winning firm will compete with Chris Dyson Architects, the winner of the 7 March ArchichefNight. The final competition is planned for 4 December, and the winner will be rewarded with a full profile featuring its projects on Architonic. If you are an architect and wish to subscribe your practice for the event, please email a link to your website or a presentation of your office to: mail@towant.it. ArchichefNight is also taking place in Copenhagen on 3 October 2018. continue

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Pumped: gyms that flex their design muscle | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-pumped-gyms-that-flex-their-design-muscle/7002002 Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Deciding where to position cardiovascular and weight-training equipment in rooms with mandatory mirrored walls, TVs and air-conditioning has, conventionally, been the most taxing aspect of designing gyms. But the design of high-end gyms especially is becoming more imaginative, perhaps in response to fitness-crazy millennials: a study by branding consultancy Brightmark showed that 81 per cent of millennials are regular exercisers compared with 61 per cent of babyboomers. Moreover, gyms’ crossover with the wellness world and their growing roster of activities and amenities – pilates, kickboxing, yoga, spas – necessitate different environments. Enticing lobbies and luxurious locker rooms complete the package. Many gyms are no longer identikit spaces but range in style from the industrial to the surprisingly opulent. Co-working company WeWork’s gym Rise by We in New York comprises various zones – one, called Fight, is devoted to kickboxing and martial arts, another, Flight, to cardiova… continue

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Poles like Italian design, especially when it's premium | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/warsaw-home-poles-like-italian-design-especially-when-it-039s-premium/7002001 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Everything indicates that Poles like Italian furniture, especially that of the highest quality. This is confirmed by the unprecedented accumulation of premium brands at this year's Warsaw Home trade fair, attended by such giants as Moroso, Edra, Cappelini, Kartell, Magis and B&B Italia. Despite the fact that Scandinavian style is getting higher popularity, Poles have an appetite for Italian design, same as the rest of the world. The Poles are better educated in respect of an aware interior creation in their flats and houses, they learn how to recognise good brands and simply appreciate good design. <b>Italians in Poland</b> There has to be stated that such large scale exhibitions in Poland occur rarely. Italian brands, also those of the highest quality, can be seen in prime interior furnishing showrooms specialising in design. Such kind of stores are mostly to be found in big cities. They attract design lovers, architects, interior designers and customers who will pay for the hi… continue

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A towel for all times: fouta | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-a-towel-for-all-times-fouta/7002000 Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Swiss luxury towel brand fouta offer a simple and confident range including the fouta Classique – a traditionally designed and handcrafted oriental bath towel – and fouta Sablé – incredibly soft, traditionally Swiss granular towels and cloths. Both products offer enough versatility to serve the multitude of drying solutions home life demands. Sustainability is rooted at the heart of the fouta brand. It is their belief that for any product to be truly sustainable, it needs not only to be long lasting, but also well loved and used every day, with no loss of quality. <b>fouta Classique – traditional towels with a twist</b> An integral part of everyday life and Tunisian bathing culture, the fouta towel's centuries-old production techniques are faithfully upheld in the manufacture of the finely woven 100% cotton fouta Classique. As the production of the fouta Classique in Tunisia has come to an end, the firm would like to give back to the country and is actively looking to support an educa… continue

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Daan Roosegaarde keynote speaker at MoOD+Indigo! | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mood-daan-roosegaarde-keynote-speaker-at-mood-indigo/7001999 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 It's all happening again after the summer. This year, MoOD+Indigo will be opening its doors for the 10th time, so this will definitely be a party edition! The international trade show gathering producers of upholstery, window & wall coverings for the residential and contract market, and surface and pattern designers bringing a European collection will be taking place at the usual location – Tour & Taxis, Brussels – on the usual days from Tuesday, 11 September until Thursday, 13 September. Only Indigo has slightly different opening hours and will open doors on Monday afternoon for an exclusive pre-opening on 10 September at 1 p.m. For this 10th edition of MoOD+Indigo, the organisation set-up an exclusive night with keynote speaker Daan Roosegaarde, including nice food and drinks on Tuesday, 11 September. Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde presents ‘Landscapes of the Future', highlighting his innovative practice which merges people, technology and space to create a better wor… continue

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There's an app for that: new smart homes | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-there-039s-an-app-for-that-new-smart-homes/7001998 Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Smart homes are the latest innovation in residential architecture. In their broadest sense, smart homes offer the seamless integration of new technology within the domestic sphere in order to produce a more pleasant and efficient way of life. However, the concept allows a lot of space for architects and designers to reimagine ways in which this can happen. The central feature of Marchi Architects’ Renault Symbioz House33 for example, is its integration of a family car into the domestic sphere of the house itself. No longer just a vehicle to be parked in a dark garage, the car – which the architects have placed on a moving platform in the middle of the house so that it can be wheeled out onto the house’s roof – becomes an extra room in which family members can enjoy their peace and quiet. Others take a more connected approach to smart living. Kasita, a US-based modular homes builder, combined smart home principles with understated modern design to create a series of modular, stackab… continue

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Design Indaba | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-design-indaba/7001997 Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Design Indaba is more than the world’s biggest creative conference. Held annually in Cape Town and now in its 23rd year, it may bring together inspiring minds from around the world to talk and share, but the real magic happens when the conscious spirit of the event transforms from a think tank into a ‘do tank’. The Design Indaba motto – a better world through creativity – calls for everyone involved, from the starchitect to the young graduate, to effect social change. And for founder Ravi Niadoo, action speaks loudest at home. “The Design Indaba has been at ground zero in growing the creative industries in the new democratic South Africa,” he says. “We want to be relevant to our city, and its challenges and needs. And we want our platform to be an exemplar in presenting the best of our city and country to the world. We are cultural, creative and business envoys – and feel privileged to represent the city.”
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Hit the hot spot: GROHE Red | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-hit-the-hot-spot-grohe-red/7001996 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Waiting for the kettle to boil always seems to take such long time time when you really just want a cup of tea, or to get the pasta cooking quickly. GROHE Watersystems offers a solution in the form of GROHE Red, a faucet connected to a concealed boiler that supplies kettle-hot water on demand. The real beauty of the GROHE Red system is that it looks just like a regular faucet, with its innovative technology largely hidden from sight. One of two differently sized boiler options can be tucked under the sink to free up countertop space. There’s no need for a kettle when the faucet can do the same job. A simple touch-activated LED display on one side of the mixer offers the only clue as to the technological wizardry GROHE Red exploits. For peace of mind, the controller features a two-step child-safe activation sequence, which unlocks the system before delivering boiling-hot water straight into a pot, pan, mug, teapot or cafetiere. The GROHE Red Duo tap provides both kettle-hot water and… continue

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Cool and clever: GROHE Blue | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-cool-and-clever-grohe-blue/7001995 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 When the summer heat really starts to wear you down, there’s nothing like a glass of pure, chilled water to refresh and recharge you for the rest of the day. What if that great-tasting water could come direct from the tap – still or sparkling, and freshly chilled – at the touch of a button? As part of the new Watersystems range, the clever folk at GROHE have created GROHE Blue – an intelligent solution that delivers pure, filtered drinking water straight from the tap. Tucked away under the sink is a cooler that filters the water, chills it and carbonates it to the user’s preference, for a refreshing glass of water without the need for bottles. Bottled water can be expensive and results in lots of waste that typically ends up in landfill. It’s also an unwanted chore to stock up the fridge with bottles, and an unnecessary annoyance to try to ensure you finish the sparkling water off before it goes flat. GROHE Blue passes water through a five-stage filtration process that produces crys… continue

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GROHE Blue & GROHE Red: GROHE Watersystems | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-grohe-blue-amp-grohe-red-grohe-watersystems/7001994 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In our modern world of convenience and choice, so many of the things we take for granted are available at the push of a button or the tap of a screen. You can hail a taxi, order your supper, and even find a date without leaving your sofa. Yet for top-quality drinking water, we typically have to venture to the shops and cart back heavy bottles that then fill up our fridge, whilst obtaining hot water for preparing food or beverages still means filling a kettle and waiting for the water to boil. What if there was another way? A more modern way. The latest innovation from GROHE is its Watersystems – GROHE Blue that delivers chilled drinking water and GROHE Red, which offers kettle-hot water on demand. The convenience of having these everyday staples available at the touch of a button is a step forward for kitchen design, while being able to choose exactly how the water comes out of the tap saves time and means no more empty water bottles heading for landfill. Homeowners interested i… continue

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Exclusive surface: HEWI Matt edition | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/hewi-exclusive-surface-hewi-matt-edition/7001993 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Modern, soft und refined: The trend towards matte surfaces is catching on. Away from high-gloss towards velvety surfaces – matte is becoming the symbol of exclusiveness. The choice of materials has a decisive influence on spatial effect and style. Matte surfaces add sensual accentuations. You can emphasise the style or, in combination with high-gloss surfaces, create interesting counterparts. They have a convincingly unusual look and a particularly warm feel. <b>Matt edition</b> For HEWI, the choice of surface is an independent dimension of product design. With the Matt edition, HEWI offers a unique surface, which appeals to the senses and at the same time creates space for individuality. The comprehensive product range, consisting of two exclusive door lever handle designs in the bicolor and mini variants, furniture hardware, coat hangers and hooks, provides even more design leeway. The door lever handle designs 250 and 162 emphasise the characteristic look and feel of the Matt… continue

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Finalists Announced for SBID International Design Awards 2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sbid-international-design-awards-finalists-announced-for-sbid-international-design-awards-2018/7001992 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Amongst the impressive number of contenders this year, finalists include world renowned practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Dexter Moren Associates, NBBJ and Ron Arad Architects. Notable projects include Claridge’s Suite at Claridge’s Hotel, Walmart HQ in Mexico, The Room of the Emirates at the United Nations in Switzerland and Nobu Downtown in New York. Entries were received from over 42 countries including Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Ukraine, Dubai, China, Russia, Egypt and more. Finalists were selected by a Technical Panel of judges in the first stage of the process. The public are now invited to vote for their favourite projects at <b>www.sbidawards.com</b> which will account for 30% of the final results. Last year the awards received over 100,000 unique voters during the voting period. SBID Award categories cover all aspects of interior design including Retail, Public Space, Healthcare Design, Residential, Visualisation, Clubs & Bars and Restaurants, Office Spaces and Hotel De… continue

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Facing the future: innovative facades | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jaime-heather-schwartz-facing-the-future-innovative-facades/7001991 Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 An international survey of recently completed facades demonstrates how architects are deploying the latest advances in materials and digital technology to step up their designs and take major steps towards the future. 01 Bulgari Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 2018 MVRDV MVRDV’s facade design for Bulgari’s flagship store in Kuala Lumpur is an homage to the luxury brand’s iconic Via Condotti storefront in Rome. Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) was pattern-cut and filled with resin, illuminated by amber LED lights to achieve a marble-veined look, which day and night, emanates a golden glow. 02 Shipyard 1862 Shanghai, China 2017 Kengo Kuma As a way to retain this Chinese shipyard’s character and material essence, Kengo Kuma has designed a permeable brick wall for its west-facing, main facade. Four different shades of red clay bricks, suspended by stainless-steel-wire fixtures, form a gradient pattern that changes in density, and fades towards the exposed south elevation, a visual remi… continue

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African Design Now | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-african-design-now/7001990 Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 When Cape-Town based creative platform Design Indaba asked Li Edelkoort to curate an exhibition of African design, the global forecaster already had a strong vision. Her idea was to fuse the work of South African artists with the aesthetics from a popular, 1980s design movement. This was back in 2013 when Edelkoort – renowned for her insights into the evolution of socio-cultural trends – had previously noted the ‘kinship’ between Milan’s Memphis design movement and Africa’s traditional craft motifs. The cultural clash of zebra prints, disco colours and totemic structures of what had previously come out of Milan had an obvious African influence, so what emerged from Edelkoort’s thinking was Totemism: Memphis meets Africa - a showcase that ultimately created an updated moment of playful Afro-Italian thinking. Undoubtedly a provocative and celebratory cultural fusion, but definitely not a new one. Totemism had been preceded four years earlier by M’Afrique, both an exhibition and a coll… continue

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ArchichefNight Copenhagen: Wednesday, 3 October 2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/towant-archichefnight-copenhagen-wednesday-3-october-2018/7001989 Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Five Copenhagen-based architectural practices put their food-design skills to the ultimate test –competing against each others at a restaurant in the city centre coordinated and supervised by the Head Chef and his staff. Creativity and culinary flair meet architectural design: the 'archichefs' from each practice are called to develop their own recipe, representing their practice's work, projects, history or brand. At the end of the evening, the diners will vote for the Best Dish of the Night and the winning firm will compete in an online race with the winner of the London edition of ArchichefNight. The final winner is entitled to a full profile featuring its projects on Architonic. Architects: If you wish to subscribe your practice for the event, please email us a link to your website or a presentation of your office at <b>mail@towant.it</b>. We will carefully take in consideration every application received. Event partners: TOWANT works with some of the main Italian and Interna… continue

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New Museum Africa / YSL Museum | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-new-museum-africa-ysl-museum/7001988 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 House museums provide rare insight into the life and work of their famous inhabitants. In many cases, these buildings are themselves immortal testaments to the ideals put forward by their historic residents. But many also stagnate as frozen vestiges of the past. Mirroring a sister institution in Paris, the new Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (MYSLM) has taken on a far more dynamic mandate. Rather than freeze-frame the Jardin Majorelle–Yves Saint Laurent’s urban oasis–the museum–located in proximity–operates as an exhibition hall, cultural centre, and research library. Exhibitions on the seminal French fashion designer’s work are placed in dialogue with a series of shows highlighting likeminded–international and local–talents, including Leila Alaoui and Robert Wilson; MYSLM Chief Curator Björn Dahlström talks to TLmag. <b>TLmag: Building on Yves Saint Laurent's legacy and his ties to Marrakesh, what inspired the idea of establishing a museum in this context?</b> Björn Dahlström:… continue

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New Museum Africa / Zeitz MOCAA | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-new-museum-africa-zeitz-mocaa/7001987 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Many would say that Mark Coetzee has the best job in the world. For nearly a decade, the chief curator and executive director of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) has been travelling around Africa and its diaspora countries, “doing studio visits and buying art like crazy”. And now his impressive haul of 21st century works finally lives and breathes in the institution it was intended for. The world’s largest not-for-profit museum of contemporary African art, and the first of its kind to be established on African soil, opened in September 2017. Thanks to a collaboration between philanthropist Jochen Zeitz, owner and donor of The Zeitz Collection, and David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, a long-derelict grain silo has now been transformed by acclaimed designer Thomas Heatherwick into a truly inspiring and much needed public art museum. The unique concrete building came filled with 116 gigantic vertical tubes, so repurposing and restoring it was no mean… continue

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Perfect taste on tap: GROHE Watersystems | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-perfect-taste-on-tap-grohe-watersystems/7001986 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Wouldn't it be nice if our drinking water came freshly filtered directly from the tap in the kitchen? And wouldn't it be even more convenient if we could carbonate it, cool it or heat it up to 100 °C at the push of a button? This is now made possible by GROHE, the German manufacturer of sanitary fittings, with its two Blue Home and Red Watersystems. Until now it has only been possible to avoid having to schlep water bottles from the supermarket to the home with special devices for filtering and carbonating tap water. If you add a kettle to boil the water, it all takes up a lot of space on the kitchen worktop. However, everything can now be done in a much more elegant and space-saving style with the GROHE Blue Home Watersystem, which filters, cools and, if desired, adds CO2 to the tap water, as well as the GROHE Red Watersystem, which supplies boiling water at 100 °C without any waiting time. With Blue Home, innovative push buttons with LED display enable you to choose between still,… continue

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MERIDIANI NEW FLAGSHIP STORE IN LONDON | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/meridiani-meridiani-new-flagship-store-in-london/7001985 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In a smart location in South Kensington, in front of the Victoria and Albert Museum at 10 Thurloe Place, Meridiani officially opened its doors on the 1st of June this year. With the showroom and the furnishings designed by Andrea Parisio, Meridiani showcases the latest collections, classic pieces and Meridiani Editions. The London store places Meridiani at the center of international business and the United Kingdom. Meridiani is distributed nowadays in approximately fifty Countries all over the world; London joins the other mono-brand spaces in Milan, Rome, Paris, Miami and Singapore, as well as the recently opened Meridiani Studio in Munich and Amsterdam, and one in Moscow due to open soon. ... Meridiani Store 10 Thurloe Place | South Kensington London SW72RZ tel +44 (0)20 7581 2811 london@meridiani.store continue

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High five: 5 residential towers with lofty ideals | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jaime-heather-schwartz-high-five-5-residential-towers-with-lofty-ideals/7001984 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 These days there is a demand for residential projects to reach higher goals, such as energy-efficiency standards and urban-space regeneration. But, fear not: the latest developments have not given up on some of the best of what a residential tower can offer. Sweeping vistas, stand-out features and eye-catching facades remain a top priority. 01 Anaha Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 2018 Solomon Cordwell Buenz Numerous sustainable design strategies are employed in the 40-storey Anaha tower, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz in partnership with Honolulu-based Benjamin Woo Architects. Its solar-efficient, radiused-glass facade reflects light like water, underscoring the wave-inspired design of the building’s curved and interlocking structure. Other nods to nature include a ‘living wall’ made of 8,000 indigenous tropical plants and a cantilevered, glass-bottomed, saltwater swimming pool. 02 DUO Twin Towers Singapore 2018 Buro Ole Scheeren The slender forms of Buro Ole Sheeren’s DUO Tw… continue

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Deceptively simple: GROHE Atrio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-deceptively-simple-grohe-atrio/7001983 Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 When you think of German engineering, the sorts of adjectives that spring readily to mind include 'precision', 'efficiency', 'quality' and 'longevity'. Many of the world’s leading producers of automobiles, hi-fi equipment and domestic appliances have their roots in this country, which is why it’s hardly surprising that the products of sanitary fittings manufacturer GROHE also bear the “Made in Germany” mark. Each of GROHE’s products is designed from the inside, meaning engineering is factored in throughout the creative process. This is also the case for updated classic designs, such as the recently redesigned Atrio faucet, which incorporates GROHE’s state-of-the-art water-flow technology. Atrio’s pared-back design manages to combine aesthetic refinement with performance thanks to its application of timeless forms and elegant detailing. This exceptional level of visual simplicity is extremely difficult to achieve as it requires precisely crafted components, joints and finishes. Fort… continue

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The new all-arounder: GROHE Atrio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-new-all-arounder-grohe-atrio/7001982 Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 As tastes change and lifestyles evolve, even classic designs need to be updated to remain relevant. The decision to give GROHE’s popular Atrio faucet a contemporary makeover was not taken lightly, but the result is a more aesthetically precise and elegant product that is perfectly suited to a wide range of modern bathroom schemes. The redesign focused on reducing Atrio’s form to its fundamental elements. GROHE’s established design DNA informed this process of simplification, with the circle providing the basis for the faucet’s overall form, while the round spout angled precisely at seven degrees is a classic GROHE reference. The result is an immensely versatile product with a timeless simplicity. The clean lines and familiar shapes of Atrio’s updated design ensure it enhances both minimal bathroom schemes as well as more cosmopolitan or eclectic spaces. The comprehensive brassware collection includes a range of different sizes and mounting options to allow it to be used in combination… continue

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Circle of life: GROHE Atrio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-circle-of-life-grohe-atrio/7001981 Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Michael Seum is Vice President Design at GROHE and oversaw the redesign of the Atrio faucet. Here, he explains the challenges involved in updating a classic design. <b>How does Atrio fit in with the latest future design styles?</b> Michael Seum: This relaunched Atrio series is firmly rooted in our contemporary design segmentation, which is one of the most timeless styles within the GROHE SPA portfolio. I think as you look at the design elements, it is purely constructed from a single geometry – a circle yet with subtle classical design details. The result is an icon of pure elegance and precision. <b>What was the main idea behind the redesign of Atrio?</b> 
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Size isn't everything: new micro architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-size-isn-039t-everything-new-micro-architecture/7001980 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Micro homes are true microcosms of human activity, and as with other domestic spaces, architects are always looking for ways to redefine the relationships between inside and outside, public and private, and people and the natural environment. Tiny contemporary houses also reflect the need to reduce our carbon footprint by providing highly engineered, compact living spaces both in the countryside and in the city. Architects have experimented with off-grid living for decades – think log cabins, geodesic domes, Earthships – but these experiments always had a distinctly DIY flavour. Not anymore. Today, designers such as Nice Architects, create sleek micro homes like the ovoid Ecocapsule – a pod-like compact living space with PV cells on the roof, a small wind turbine on its side, rainwater tank and an integrated water purification unit. While the comfort level is somewhat on the basic side, it allows, in theory at least, users to settle down anywhere that takes their fancy. A similar, if m… continue

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Work it: Orgatec 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-work-it-orgatec-2018/7001978 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Modern work environments must be experienced – and what better place for a full immersion in today’s workplace design currents than the biannual Orgatec in Cologne? Tailor-made for architects, planners and engineers, the leading international trade fair of its kind is holistically conceived as a source not just of expert information, but also a large dose of Inspiration – which along with Intuition, Imagination, Improvisation and Interaction is one of the of the five big “I’s” to which the fair is dedicated. These comprise the key ingredients of the future workplace. <b>Seeing the bigger picture</b> For the 2018 fair, Orgatec takes a broad perspective. Visitors will be offered a comprehensive global market overview in the spheres of interior design, furnishings, lighting, acoustics and media technology. But that is just part of the whole – because the focus will once again be placed on the human being. Workplace attractiveness, teamwork and communication, balance and well-being, as… continue

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Stephen Burks: Man Made | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-stephen-burks-man-made/7001976 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Stephen Burks’s design practice — its formal name is Stephen Burks Man Made — often involves a connection between tribal traditions and a contemporary aesthetic, fusing together age-old artisanal craft techniques with the designer’s point of view. Growing up as an African American in Chicago, Burks always felt a connection to Africa, but it wasn’t until his first visit to the continent in 2005 that it had such a profound effect on Burks that he decided to start imbuing his work with African influences. In 2007 Burks worked with South African artisans to produce vessels from painted wire in the shape of Tatu tables for Artecnica and Senegalese basket weavers to make lamp shades and light fixtures from sweetgrass and vibrant recycled plastic. <b>TLmag: You were born and raised in Chicago. Do you know about your African roots, where your family is from?</b> Stephen Burks: Like most African-Americans that have not done their DNA testing, my African ancestry is unknown due to the ravages… continue

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Architecture/New Models: Diébédo Francis Kéré | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-architecture-new-models-diebedo-francis-kere/7001973 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The work of Diébédo Francis Kéré goes beyond the accumulation of glass, steel and bricks. The Burkina-Faso-born architect conceives buildings with local materials and open structures that correspond to the climate conditions of the African continent. That his design principles also apply to moderate climate zones, was revealed his 2017 pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London. Architecture centres around boundaries. Inside and outside spaces are divided by walls, windows and roofs. Floors are separated from each other by ceilings and fragmented into smaller units by inner walls and doors. Like a counterpart to that approach seems the work of Diébédo Francis Kéré. He favours openness and connectivity instead of spatial isolation. “Coming from a continent like Africa, I am accustomed to being confronted with climate and natural landscape as a harsh reality," says the architect. He was the first child in his native village Gando to attend school. At the age of seven he moved to th… continue

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Big thing now: Warsaw Home | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/warsaw-home-big-thing-now-warsaw-home/7001969 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Warsaw Home is a unique event on a global scale. No other interior design and furnishing event in the world is developing as quickly and spectacularly as Warsaw Home. It can already be called the most important industry event in Central and Eastern Europe. The statistics show that such a strong trade fair will attract more and more important exhibitors and visitors from year to year. Warsaw Home is a relatively new event in the world of interior decoration and design. The trade fair premiered in 2016 and will be held in October 2018 for the third time. However, in this short period of time it has become the most important business platform in the country, and in Central and Eastern Europe. The fair has been a great success, far beyond the borders of the country and the region. No other trade fair event in this sector in the world is developing so intensively and is using this good time for design as efficiently. Exhibition space has grown five-fold, from 24,000-square-metres in 2016 to… continue

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Well-rounded: GROHE Atrio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-well-rounded-grohe-atrio/7001968 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Visitors to GROHE’s Fuorisalone exhibition during the Milan Furniture Fair last April would have encountered two surprises. The first of these was discovering the company’s recently renovated showroom. Here, in its courtyard, this world-renowned German bathroom fittings manufacturer presented a multimedia, multisensory installation that fused film, music and a water installation. Curious visitors entered a black cube that immersed them in the full experience. Yet central to this dynamic presentation was another surprising, contrasting element: the brand’s redesigned Atrio collection, which, in its elegant simplicity and rigorous precision, embodies stillness and timelessness. Here the many interior designers, architects and design fans who congregated at Milan’s prestigious design week were able to admire GROHE’s pared-down yet versatile product range at first hand. But as Michael Seum, Vice President Design at GROHE, eloquently puts it, Atrio represents a continuity with rather than a… continue

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A change of tune: 6 concert halls with perfect pitch | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jaime-heather-schwartz-a-change-of-tune-6-concert-halls-with-perfect-pitch/7001967 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Music is an art form often credited with bringing people together, so it’s no surprise that a number of recently completed concert halls internationally should harness this potential in their design. Multi-purpose sites with accessible plazas and platforms are just some of the ways new projects are creating resonance with the public, extending the invitation that culture really can be found everywhere. 01 Rhike Park Music Theatre and Exhibition Hall Tbilisi, Georgia 2018 Studio Fuksas Two separate tubular elements connected by a 13-metre-high retaining wall make up Studio Fuksas’s Rhike Park Music Theatre and Exhibition Hall, which frames the historic core of Old Tbilisi, Georgia. Capable of seating almost 600, the music venue is elevated, offering panoramic views of the river and skyline from the foyer and cafeteria. 02 La Seine Musicale Boulogne-Billancourt, France 2017 Shigeru Ban Architects Shigeru Ban Architects’ multi-purpose, 36,000-square-metre La Seine Musicale c… continue

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Azure announces the winners of the 2018 AZ Awards | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/az-awards-azure-announces-the-winners-of-the-2018-az-awards/7001966 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 During the celebration at Toronto’s iconic Evergreen Brick Works, attended by winners and finalists who flew in from as far away as Austria, Mexico and Japan, the 20 winners were unveiled – and applauded by top talents from the local and international architecture and design communities. On June 22 Azure revealed the winners of the 2018 AZ Awards – the 20 exceptional projects that represent the very best work being created in global architecture and design today. They include a silo-turned-high rise on the Copenhagen waterfront, a Mexico City taqueria inspired by the tortilla’s iconic form and a 12-square-kilometre landscape regeneration on the eastern coast of New Zealand. Arriving from as far away as Austria, Mexico and Japan, the winners took home a one-of-a-kind AZ Awards trophy designed by London-based lighting and furniture designer Michael Anastassiades and produced in Carrara marble by the Italian company Salvatori. This year, the AZ Awards received 997 submissions from 46 coun… continue

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Falling into place: Interstuhl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/claudia-simone-hoff-falling-into-place-interstuhl/7001965 Mon, 02 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 He has designed quite a few office chairs and likes to try out his ideas, constructions and prototypes in his own studio, Daniel Figueroa says. The designer, based in Bad Münder, Lower Saxony, knows how to create a broad range of possible configurations with a limited number of components – as his new office swivel chair JOYCEis3 for Interstuhl demonstrates. The idea: a modular kit out of which anyone can assemble the office chair that best suits them. <b>Sit better, work ergonomically</b> JOYCEis3 is a true all-rounder: flexible, adaptable, usable anywhere. An amazing number of possible combinations yields a high degree of individualisation, while the distinctive design ensures product recognition. The office swivel chair is available in three different versions: upholstered, mesh and Softback. Further variety comes from the palette of colours, fabrics and leathers, the optional headrest, different medium-height or high armrests, various backrest versions and the base in black, light… continue

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Green Total Look: Fir Italia | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ghenos-green-total-look-fir-italia/7001964 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 For over 60 years, Fir Italia has been a leading company in the field of design taps and mixers for bathrooms and kitchens. The brand offers collections inspired by natural elements, architecture and the world of fashion. The corporate DNA is characterised by the continuous search for innovation and superior quality and is well expressed in the new payoff "Obsessive Design Engineering", which emphasises perfectionism and the obsessive approach behind the creation of products. Among the big news of the company, the Green Total Look, the new totally 'green' stainless steel tap and mixer programme, characterised by the use of environmentally friendly materials and 'energy saving' solutions, water-saving taps and mixers and an ultra-minimalist design. Every Fir Italia mixer of the 'green' line is a 100% Made in Italy product, the result of production processes based on absolute and extreme quality. The collections are made up of mixers, shower heads and bathroom accessories, entirely made continue

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Playtime!: pavilions that push the boundaries | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-playtime-pavilions-that-push-the-boundaries/7001963 Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Pavilions are small structures not to be confused with their more whimsical counterpart, follies. While performing a basic function, they afford designers the freedom to experiment with spatial sequences, materials and ideas. Architects have always been happy to try their hand at these small buildings, developing concepts they can apply in their other projects, and often showcasing their approach to a wider audience. One such experimental structure is the Pine Park Pavilion in Lishui, China. Designed by DnA Design and Architecture, this linear building sits on the bank of the Songyin River. Made from prefabricated timber elements, the Pine Park Pavilion accommodates toilets and a visitor centre, and features an installation about traditional resin production in the region. Large panes of glass offer panoramic views of the surrounding pine trees and countryside, while the pavilion's position on a tourist path serves both cyclists and hikers visiting the region. Asif Khan's Hyundai P… continue

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Poland plays to its strengths: Warsaw Home Fair 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-poland-plays-to-its-strengths-warsaw-home-fair-2018/7001962 Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 With almost 800 exhibitors stretched out across 120,000 sq m of inspirational space, 2018’s Warsaw Home Fair, easily the biggest trade fair in Polish history, is just the latest mark on the ever-rising trajectory of the event. In this, the event’s third year, Warsaw Home is five times bigger and will have six times as many exhibitors as two years ago (including names such as Vitra, Kartell and Magis). Growing from strength to strength, the event mimics the state of Poland’s design industry as a whole, with international exports reaching EUR 10 billion for 2017. Continued growth is thanks to a 6% export increase year on year, and is reflected by the Warsaw Home Fair’s 2018 theme, 'Strength!' The strength of the Polish design industry is epitomised by exhibitors at the Poland Design Festival, an accompanying event taking place during Warsaw Home. This is the place to meet inspiring young and talented Polish furniture and interior designers, setting the international stage alight with… continue

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Speaking out on design: Warsaw Home Fair 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-speaking-out-on-design-warsaw-home-fair-2018/7001961 Mon, 23 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The Warsaw Home Fair 2018 will take place between 4-7 October, welcoming thousands of attendees including international designers and architects, all coming to see the latest tech and trends in the world of interior design. The international event will be open just to business representatives and members of the media on the Thursday and Friday (4-5 October), before opening to the general public across the weekend. Special guest speakers include design superstars such as: <b>Nika Zupanc</b> Slovenian designer of the Lolita lamp for Moooi, Nika Zupanc has become one of the most closely-watched designers at Milan Design Week, her work Love Me More, curated by Rossana Orlandi, was one of the standout installations of 2017. <b>Stefano Giovannoni</b> The iconic Italian designer has been the hand behind the pencil behind some of the most recognisable designs in product history including the Bambo stool (Magis), First chair (Magis) and the Mami kitchenware product family (Alessi). Mor… continue

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Good design is heading East: Warsaw Home Fair 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-good-design-is-heading-east-warsaw-home-fair-2018/7001960 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Taking place between 4-7 October 2018 with just its third instalment, the Warsaw Home Fair will showcase almost 800 exhibitors across 120,000 sq m. Organiser and CEO, Kasia Ptak,tells us how she managed to put Poland on the international interior design market map within such a short time. <b>In less than three years, the Warsaw Home Fair has become the biggest interior design event in Poland. At just 25 years old, you’re now founder and director of a huge, successful event! How did you manage to achieve that?</b> Once I graduated from high school, my father almost literally threw me into the business world. So, it was learning from him and his team, that gave me the crucial expertise. And then, one day, I decided to create a thing of my own. I knew that Poland was number four furniture exporter globally - compared this data with the fact that there was no event for Polish producers to show their products to the wider, international clientele. So, this was the beginning. Since our… continue

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The Skin Trade: Cleaf | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-skin-trade-cleaf/7001959 Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 At a one-day conference a few years ago, architect Matteo Thun delivered a somewhat eyebrow-raising indictment of the legendary Memphis design collective, of which he was, of course, one of its illustrious co-founders. Claiming that it had all just been a bit of a lark, he went on to explain how they had no money at the time and so used whatever they could lay their hands on to make objects. And the prevalence of all those now iconic decorative surfaces, often interpreted as part of a postmodern, antagonistic discourse? According to Thun, the group only had one sponsor – a company that made decorative laminates – so it was a case of necessity being the mother of creative gesture. Memphis may (or may not) have treated surfaces superficially, but in no way could the same be said of family-owned, Italian manufacturer Cleaf, which has been specialising since 1975 in innovative surfaces for both the furniture and interior-design industries. The go-to experts for architects and designers… continue

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Hidden agenda: VOLA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-hidden-agenda-vola/7001958 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 VOLA has commissioned seven short films to celebrate its anniversary and its unique heritage and culture. Collectively, these highlight the brand’s key achievements, include interviews with its designers and shed light on its superb craftsmanship and enduringly popular products, notably its HV1 tap and 111 mixer, designed in 1968 by Arne Jacobsen for VOLA’s founder Verner Overgaard. This iconic Danish brand’s products continue to be made to an outstandingly high quality at VOLA’s factory at Horsens in Denmark. The fascinating films are bound to enchant a new generation of architects and interior designers. The second of these, entitled Infinite Possibilities, zeroes in on the fundamental, modular aspect of VOLA’s designs and manufacturing principles — also a key concern of modernism. This modular approach also ensures that VOLA’s range is infinitely flexible. The foundation for this was laid by Jacobsen’s decision to conceal the mechanical parts of his designs — a prime example bein… continue

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Fathers of invention: VOLA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-fathers-of-invention-vola/7001957 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 To mark its 50th anniversary, VOLA has commissioned seven short films celebrating this iconic Danish design brand’s core values and unique culture. Each film focuses on a different facet of VOLA’s history; together they paint a vivid, comprehensive picture of the company’s past and present, while casting an inquisitive eye to its future. Reaching a new generation of architects and interior designers, not just the many architects who visit the company’s factory in Horsens in Denmark, they draw attention to the brand’s heritage and affirm its longevity. The first film, called Form and Function, was released on January 15. This emphasises the important role clean-lined design has played in Denmark’s design heritage, a seminal example being Arne Jacobsen’s uncompromisingly simple wall-mounted mixer taps, created at the behest of VOLA’s founder Verner Overgaard in 1968. VOLA has barely modified these in the past 50 years. What’s more, an interview with Torben Madsen of Link Arkitektur, the… continue

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SBID International Design Award – Entry Deadline Extended! | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sbid-international-design-awards-sbid-international-design-award-entry-deadline-extended/7001955 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Considered as one of the most prestigious accolades in interior design by the very best in the industry, the Awards represents over 40 countries worldwide. Last year saw a 40% increase of entries and over 100,000 public votes. This year’s edition promises to bring together the world’s finest interior design schemes, from the ostentatious to the minimal, the innovative and the functional. Consistent in its quest to recognise, reward and celebrate global interior design excellence from all over the world, the Awards will culminate with another glittering ceremony at its permanent residence; The Dorchester Hotel, London. This year also brings brand new additions to the revered panel of judges including Carlo Chiulli, Design Director at Christian Louboutin Beauté, Stefan Sielaff, Design Director at Bentley and Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole, to mention a few. Each entry undergoes an exclusive three-tier judging process by panels of leading industry experts for both technical cont… continue

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The new naturists: cities go greener | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-the-new-naturists-cities-go-greener/7001954 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The regeneration of New York's Highline seems to have kickstarted a renaissance in urban greening; cities all over the world are looking to open up formerly vacant, underused land into green public space for the benefit of their citizens. Zaryadye Park in Moscow was designed by American practice Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Hargreaves Associates and Citymakers. It occupies the former site of Europe's largest hotel, demolished in 2007, on the banks of the Moskva River. Providing an informal counterweight to the monumentality of the adjacent Red Square and the Kremlin, the park celebrates Russia's four famous natural landscapes – tundra, steppe, wetlands and forests – while providing a number of integrated urban facilities and a dramatic, V-shaped path suspended out over the river. Similarly, many cities in China are also constructing urban greening projects of their own. In Fuzhou, Singapore-based LOOK Architects have completed the Jin Niu Shan Trans-Urban Connecto… continue

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Chest out, head high: the COR ways of sitting | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norman-kietzmann-chest-out-head-high-the-cor-ways-of-sitting/7001953 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Body language is no small matter. It says a lot about us – especially when we are sitting. ‘Whether couch, lawn or armchair, every seating accommodation allows a range of different postures – and these reveal a great deal about our deeper mindset,’ explains psychologist Prof. Dr. Alfred Gebert. For the furniture producer Cor, based in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Westphalia, Germany, he has analysed a number of sitting types which reflect both momentary emotional states as well as deep-seated character traits. The ‘pseudo casual’ category demonstrates the importance of nuance. People who are intent on making a casual impression often do just the opposite. ‘Your counterpart quickly senses that you want to appear easy-going but actually aren’t,’ Gebert says. ‘This is especially obvious when a person stands with their legs so close together that their knees touch – which can come across as uptight.’ Yet, he elaborates, this interpretation doesn’t fit every context. ‘It may be that that’s just how y… continue

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Orientation and space: VILLEROY & BOCH | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/villeroy-amp-boch-orientation-and-space-villeroy-amp-boch/7001952 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Today, nursery school education means much more than simply looking after children and keeping them busy. It is part of the education system. This also has an impact on the architecture. Children should enjoy taking part in activities, creating and trying things out so that they can use their imagination and develop their personality. It is therefore important for architects to create inspiring learning environments which help children to become familiar with day-to-day tasks – such as using a door handle or turning on a bathroom tap. This requires a change in perspective. <b>Learning together</b> O.novo Kids offers more than good ceramics and matching ergonomics. The experts from Villeroy & Boch took children's perspectives into account during intensive workshops with the young users. <b>With children for children</b> A high-quality bathroom collection for children that combines fun with functionality. That was the brief that the product developers at Villeroy & Boch were giv… continue

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Tradition and dynamics: MOSA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-tradition-and-dynamics-mosa/7001951 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In its search for a new location and building, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management successfully created a bridge between a traditional building and a dynamic look into the future. The close cooperation between client, architect, and the team at Mosa led to a unique solution. <b>Complex task for architects</b> The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management features a long tradition: Having started out as the ‘Bankakademie’ (Banking Academy) seventy years ago, the Business School is now one of the most renowned universities for Banking, Finance, and Management in Germany. The Business School has been steadily growing over recent years, and the campus was becoming too small for the dynamic development. The new location was found on Adickesallee, a central location in the northern part of Frankfurt which formerly housed the Oberfinanzdirektion, the main regional financial government body. This old building featured a facade made of split tiles in different shades of red. The col… continue

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The elegant lightness of large formats: OPTIMA | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-villeroy-amp-boch-fliesen-the-elegant-lightness-of-large-formats-optima/7001950 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Big, bigger, OPTIMA - The new tile concept from Villeroy & Boch Tiles exploits the elegant lightness of large formats to the full. The imposing mega-formats create large and attractive ceramic surfaces with few joints to produce a puristic living space. They can be laid to form exclusive designs that are both attractive and functional. In the bathroom, for example, a shower without any joints whatsoever can be installed using just one single wall and floor tile. In the living room as well, the gigantic wall tiles in one piece, from floor to ceiling, create an impressive minimalistic sense of space. The OPTIMA range comes in three sizes: 60 x 120 cm, 120 x 120 cm and the new 120 x 260 cm XXL format, adapted ideally to standard ceiling heights. The porcelain stoneware tiles are just 6 mm thick and therefore relatively light for ease of transport and handling. OPTIMA tiles can be laid on walls and floors. The thin ceramic has good thermal conductivity and is thus ideal for underfloor heat… continue

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The shape of water: Swarovski | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-the-shape-of-water-swarovski/7001949 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Soft light tentatively penetrating the morning mist, reflected sunlight dancing on the surface of a lake, a stream rippling over smooth pebbles... With these images in mind, the Dutch designer Tord Boontje went to work reinterpreting the classic crystal chandelier. The occasion was the 15th anniversary of his successful collaboration with Swarovski, which reached a new pinnacle with this project – in crystals that seem to suspend the movement of water drops in time. “For the first time, I had the opportunity to change the form of the crystals,” Boontje says of the project. “I was aiming for a soft light, as in a foggy, snow-covered landscape. In contrast to traditional, sparkling crystal chandeliers, I imagined reflections dancing on water.” <b>Dream and reality</b> Tord Boontje’s work with Swarovski dates back to 2002. For Swarovski Crystal Palace, the London-based designer previously created Blossom, among other pieces, a chandelier formed out of sinuous, crystal-studded branche… continue

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Welcome to our world: Jess Design | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jess-design-welcome-to-our-world-jess-design/7001948 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Different – because of our unique manufacturing process. Seductive – because of our authentic and distinctive materials and idiosyncratic shapes. Pure – because of our level-headed Dutch nature. Welcome to the intriguing world of Jess Design. Immerse yourself in the informal ambience our furniture creates and discover how a whole range of striking individual pieces come together to form one big family. It was a sense of aesthetics, pure perseverance and sheer guts that enabled us to take Jess Design to the next level. True passion is what drives us. We can fall back on 20 years of experience, but always have our sights set firmly on the future. Our designer furniture accentuates the individuality of your interior – an interior so carefully selected by you. Natural materials, comfortable shapes and seductive colours form the basis for our stylish range, the strength of which lies in its simplicity. I invite you to go on a voyage of discovery - feel, experience and enjoy Jess Design!… continue

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Overarching inspiration: Antoniolupi | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-overarching-inspiration-antoniolupi/7001947 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Antoniolupi, the Italian manufacturer of bathroom fittings and furniture for the home, has redesigned its Milan showroom in a way that mirrors its adventurous spirit. The new interior has been enlarged, too, reflecting the growth of the company and its desire to maximise its impact in Milan, an increasingly international city. The striking 500 square metre space occupies a unique site in the Porta Tenaglia neighbourhood — the ground floor of an elegant 1950s high-rise building designed by distinguished architects Piero Portaluppi, who collaborated frequently with Gio Ponti, and Guido Baselli. While deliberating on how to redesign the showroom, Andrea Lupi, son of the brand’s founder Antonio Lupi, faced a tough dilemma. Should he call on the company’s able creative and planning teams to undertake the task — or hire external professionals? Andrea ultimately plumped for option two, entrusting the job to Fabio Calvi and Paolo Brambilla of Calvi Brambilla, a practice with extensive experien… continue

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Laying the foundation: Villeroy & Boch | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norman-kietzmann-laying-the-foundation-villeroy-amp-boch/7001946 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Kindergartens are no ordinary places. They need to inspire and animate as well as being healthy and sustainable – all at the same time. Two examples from Saarland and North Rhine-Westphalia show how these aspects can creatively interact. <b>Architectura: Christkönig parish, Saarbrücken, Germany</b> Exposed concrete in a kindergarten? What at first sounds like an architectural monstrosity in fact turns out to be an entirely harmonious feature. It can be seen and admired in Saarlouis in Saarland, where a kindergarten has been constructed partly within the interior and partly as an extension to a listed church building from the 1960s. The brutalist building of the 'Christkönig' parish was closed down in 2008 due to a leaking roof. FLOSUNDK, the Saarbrücken firm of architects who included the church building in a competition for a new day-care centre, found it a pity that the building should suffer such neglect. Their design combines a two-storey cube at the back of the church with a wo… continue

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Curiosity is next to cleanliness: O.novo Kids from Villeroy & Boch | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norman-kietzmann-curiosity-is-next-to-cleanliness-o-novo-kids-from-villeroy-amp-boch/7001945 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Not simply doing things by the rulebook: why architects and planners are pushing bathrooms suitable for children, and in so doing are transforming the rituals involved in staying clean into a conscious learning process. <b>Saarlouis day-care centre made child-friendly with O.novo Kids furnishings</b> "Bathrooms should provide space for children to try things out and give their curiosity free rein. After all, this is where they develop their own relationship with hygiene. It's good to know that because of their shape these toilets are particularly easy to clean and, thanks to their special surface finish, hardly give bacteria a chance," says Simone Speicher, head of eight day-care facilities in Saarland. She accompanied the construction and conversion of a day-care centre in a listed concrete church in Saarlouis, which was created by the Saarbrücken architectural firm of FLOSUNDK. "Ms Speicher came up with an idea that really took us by surprise. She wanted different taps on all wash… continue

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The flush of youth: O.novo Kids from Villeroy & Boch | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norman-kietzmann-the-flush-of-youth-o-novo-kids-from-villeroy-amp-boch/7001944 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Something revolutionary is happening in the bathroom. Instead of leaving children to adapt to adult wash basins and toilets as in the past, Villeroy & Boch's O.novo Kids series takes the opposite approach: it adapts itself to the proportions of the smallest members of the family and even grows with them. Kids don't stay the same size. This sounds like a statement of the obvious, but it poses a number of challenges in everyday matters – especially in the bathroom. In response Villeroy & Boch have developed the O.novo Kids series – and not just for children but together with them. The wash basin is staggered in three heights, ranging from 550 to 600 and 650 mm, while the respective depths vary between 220, 245 and 275 mm. This gives children the opportunity to decide intuitively for themselves which dimensions are best suited to them. It makes use of the facilities easier and encourages independence of action at an early stage. Colour also plays an important role in the use of the fittin… continue

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In the swim of things: new swimming pools | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-in-the-swim-of-things-new-swimming-pools/7001943 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 To many architects, public swimming pools represent a utopian ideal: a building type which dissolves the social hierarchies that exist in everyday life. But swimming pools can also offer moments of drama and theatre; for example Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre for London’s 2012 Olympics encouraged architects to create more spectacular facilities than ever before. Recent swimming pool architecture goes beyond just daring forms however. Norway’s Holmen Aquatics Center by ARKÍS consists of a folded, timber-clad volume and a green roof that slopes slowly to the ground, creating extra recreational space with a view of a nearby beach and fjord. The architects have applied the Passive House methodology to their design – which include 650 square metres of solar panels and 15 geothermal wells – resulting in a highly energy-efficient pool. More pared-down, Hawkins\Brown’s Freemen’s School Swimming Pool is a discreet facility for a prestigious school, located just beyond London’s leafy outskirts… continue

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Italian elegance: B&B Italia and Luigi Caccia Dominioni | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-italian-elegance-b-ampb-italia-and-luigi-caccia-dominioni/7001942 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Among the pantheon of great Italian postwar architects and designers, Luigi Caccia Dominioni may not be the most well known, but he was nevertheless an important figure in the evolution of 20th-century Italian design. In celebration of the architect’s significant and wide-ranging legacy, B&B Italia is returning several of his key furniture designs into production, which will enable a new audience to discover and enjoy his inventive and expressive style. At the beginning of April, B&B Italia announced that it has signed a licence agreement to exclusively produce and distribute a selection of Caccia Dominioni’s iconic designs, including the classic Catilina armchair; the ABCD and Toro armchairs and sofas, the Chinotto armchair; the Cilindro ottoman; the new outdoor seating system Nonaro; the tables and small tables Cavalletto, Fasce Cromate and Fascia spectate; and the lamps Poltrona, Base Ghisa, Monachella and Imbuto. And, on the occasion of the Milan design week, the company presented… continue

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Warsaw Home 2018 - new strength on the map of interior design fairs | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/warsaw-home-warsaw-home-2018-new-strength-on-the-map-of-interior-design-fairs/7001939 Mon, 04 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 For many, the Warsaw Home Fair, in place since 2016, is still a relatively new point in the calendar of the most important interior design events in Europe. The two sessions organized so far have proven, however, that manufacturers, architects, designers and enthusiasts of good design can meet not only in Milan, Cologne, Paris or Stockholm, but also in Warsaw. The capital of Poland connects the east and west of Europe, and it has become a perfect place to present new products and establish business relationships for all who want to exist within these markets. Last year, this opportunity was used by the over 400 interior design companies that had exhibited at the Warsaw fair, which attracted a total of 64 thousand visitors. Among them, there were as many as 20 thousand company representatives and 9 thousand architects and designers who were looking for inspiration and new contacts. The event's turnout success demonstrated that in this region, a fresh idea was needed for an internati… continue

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Atlas Concorde offers personalised styles for the home | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anna-winston-atlas-concorde-offers-personalised-styles-for-the-home/7001938 Tue, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Our relationship with our homes is changing. Spending patterns are shifting, with individuals investing less in their clothes and more in the decoration of their homes as an expression of personal style and aspiration.  “It is not easy to find a design that mirrors us in all our individuality,” says Fabrizio Storchi, Marketing Director at Atlas Concorde which has developed a series of innovative products for domestic interiors. “We don’t just offer a series of products but complete furnishing projects that can be fully customised to design each room in our homes.”  Ceramic tiles offer not only versatility, with textured finishes that can mimic natural materials or create unique patterns, but also convenience, being easy to install, clean and maintain.  Living rooms are among the most public spaces in the home, used for welcoming and entertaining guests. For these areas, Atlas Concorde suggests Marvel, which emulates the elegant finish of marble. For a tonal effect, Marvel can be… continue

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Atlas Concorde for the hospitality and retail sector | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anna-winston-atlas-concorde-for-the-hospitality-and-retail-sector/7001937 Tue, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In today’s luxury shops, hotels and restaurants, ambience is everything. The aim of the designer is to generate an instinctive, emotive response to the space by considering every single detail from the ceiling to the floor. “In hospitality areas, more than anywhere else, walls, and how they are decorated, are particularly important,” says Fabrizio Storchi, Atlas Concorde’s Marketing Director. “Guests, often without knowing, seek out boundaries that can give them a sense of the familiar and of security, and their gaze glances over the furnishing to settle on the walls.” But these environments also experience heavier wear and tear and higher footfall than most. Atlas Concorde’s versatile and innovative collections can help interior designers create a truly unique, holistic experiences without compromising on durability. Among these is the three-dimensional 3D Wall Stars wall tile, which transforms a flat surface with geometric textures and clean lines. Ideally suited to contemporar… continue

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Atlas Concorde: feel-good ambience for wellness environments | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anna-winston-atlas-concorde-feel-good-ambience-for-wellness-environments/7001936 Tue, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 An increasing number of studies are proving what designers have long known: that the design of a space can affect both the mood and health of its occupants. This idea is explicitly expressed in spas and wellness centres, where a relaxing environment is crucial. But these interiors also present designers with significant challenges as materials must offer aesthetic value and be able to withstand heavy use, humidity and oil without compromising on safety.  Italian ceramics brand Atlas Concorde has developed a range of flexible wall and flooring solutions that rise to this challenge, combining contemporary style with high-performance, hygienic surfaces and a non-slip finish.   To recreate the look and feel of natural materials without the associated maintenance issues, Atlas Concorde has developed a variety of ranges that are ideal for use in these scenarios. Among them are the Etic Pro range, which offers a wood effect that introduces tactility, mimicking the irregularities of the mat… continue

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Ventura Future 2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-projects-ventura-future-2018/7001935 Tue, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 We have hit exciting times in design history, wherein the world is increasingly embracing the ability of designers to think outside of conventional structures and produce radical solutions. Distinctions between the traditional disciplines are becoming less clear, demonstrating that cross-practice between designers, technologists, engineers and analytics is shaping better outcomes. From big data to complex networks, from resource management to health care issues - Ventura Future accommodated it all! continue

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Bring your A Game: Brunner | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-bring-your-a-game-brunner/7001934 Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The multi-functional requirements of contract furniture make it one of the most difficult design disciplines to master. Of course it needs to look slick and impressive in a business setting, especially when employed by high-profile clients or those with a design pedigree. But the contract-furniture game is much more subtle than putting a great looking-table and chairs in a corner by reception. The most important factor for designers to consider is also the most hidden – functionality. Brunner’s brief to A-Chair designers Jehs+Laub was deliciously simple: “Think as you like. Only make us a stacking chair for the 21st century.” This gifted the designers the kind of freedom they thrive on, the kind of freedom that’s won them renowned international status, and the kind of freedom to create something spectacular. Spectacular is exactly what the A-Chair does best, blending a slick silhouetted frame with enough 21st-century design nous to ensure it’s functional and, above all, suitable for th… continue

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The Enlightenment 2.0: #Pedraligoodideas at Salone del Mobile 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-enlightenment-2-0-pedraligoodideas-at-salone-del-mobile-2018/7001933 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The lightbulb moment. That flash of inspiration where suddenly out of an epistemological darkness clarity emerges. A solution. An innovation. A new way of thinking. Pedrali, the Bergamo-based furniture and lighting brand that’s long been known for its commitment to technology-driven, sustainability-embracing industrial production has had its fair share of lightbulb moments (all LED, of course), its enviable catalogue of award-winning products testifying to this. This is in no small part thanks to the culture of innovation, of research and development that it has fostered over decades, both in-house and via a raft of collaborations with designers and architects, be they established names or emerging talent. So when it came to selecting a single visual metaphor to capture the essence of Pedrali’s innovative design approach, architects Calvi Brambilla – who’ve become the go-to designers for those discerning brands looking for stands more akin to total, architecturally considered envir… continue

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Parking for the people: new car parks | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-parking-for-the-people-new-car-parks/7001932 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Whether the car is a symbol of personal liberation, or merely a necessary evil, is open to debate. However, car parks have recently become urban and architectural landmarks, and in some cases even existentially essential for nearby communities. Take Benthem Crouwel’s RAI Car Park, which serves Amsterdam’s main convention centre. The building is comprised of a simple cube with two sculptural, monumental helical ramps – one for going up, the other for going down. Locals can park their cars in the facility on days without events, and the building’s double-height ground floor can be used as additional exhibition and convention space if needed. For Miami’s Faena Forum, a cultural complex spanning multiple city blocks, OMA also designed a new car park. Partly underground, the automated car park reveals itself as a crystalline prism clad in white perforated concrete panels. The ground floor of Faena Park consists of retail space, while the upper floor can be used for cultural events. The c… continue

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Taking it to the next level: Groosman's P+R Driebergen-Zeist | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-taking-it-to-the-next-level-groosman-039s-p-r-driebergen-zeist/7001931 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Located between the towns of Driebergen-Rijsenburg and Zeist, Groosman's new P+R structure challenges the existing utility-driven car-park typology, with its emphasis on place-making, energy-efficiency, a dialogue with its natural surroundings, and providing a pleasant environment for people – not just cars. Architonic caught up with Groosman director Mark Siebers to discuss the project. <b>What would you consider to be the particular constraints or creative opportunities for architects when designing a car park?</b> Creating a special identity within the very rigid, function-orientedorientated design commission. In particular there are opportunities in the creation of the ‘welcome feeling’ at the entrances. For P+R Driebergen-Zeist an image-defining entrance was chosen for both the pedestrian and vehicle entrances. By deviating away from the rigid car structure, you now get the feeling: I’m entering something special. <b>How does Groosman's P+R Driebergen-Zeist project advance o… continue

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Love in a small Swedish town: Kinnarps | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-love-in-a-small-swedish-town-kinnarps/7001930 Mon, 28 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 There’s a, perhaps somewhat lazy, line of argument that goes: as a brand, you’ve got to be small or niche to be authentic, for your social, ethical values to dovetail with your business model. Scale things up and you’re just another corporate entity where the bottom line is top priority, right? Well, sometimes. The market is certainly populated with a not insignificant number of former startups that once held bold visions, but who’ve, in the meantime, seemingly sold out – companies which nonetheless attempt to continue trading off their original intentions as progressive businesses engaged in the business of Doing Something Good. But here’s a different story. Kinnarps, the premium Swedish furniture manufacturer is certainly no startup. Founded in 1942 by husband and wife Jarl and Evy Andersson, the company, still family-run, has established itself as Europe’s leading supplier of workspace solutions for offices, schools and public spaces. Operating in over 40 countries, Kinnarps ma… continue

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Winglet Wireless Wall Luminaire: Ready for takeoff? | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/nimbus-group-winglet-wireless-wall-luminaire-ready-for-takeoff/7001929 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Nimbus CEO Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl is convinced that "the Winglet marks the beginning of a new era in room lighting". To the entrepreneur, cableless, battery-powered lighting means the "light of the future" – and for good reason: the integrated battery allows installation without having to rely on electrical connection points. Non-existent or inconveniently positioned cable outlets no longer present a problem with this innovative lighting concept. Planning is more straightforward and allows you more freedom than ever before. <b>New era in room lighting</b> The Winglet is fastened to the wall in a simple operation using the self-adhesive or screw-on magnetic bracket. A simple manual operation is all it takes to remove it from the wall, place it in the Basket Charger and replace it following charging: simple and straightforward. Up to five luminaires can be charged at one time in the multiple charging station developed by Nimbus along with further devices plugged into the three inte… continue

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: SBID AWARDS 2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sbid-international-design-awards-call-for-entries-sbid-awards-2018/7001928 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The 2018 edition of the SBID International Design Awards is now open. As ever, this year’s edition promises to bring together the world’s finest interior design schemes, from the ostentatious to the minimal, the innovative and the functional. Consistent in its quest to recognise, reward and celebrate global interior design excellence from all over the world, the Awards will culminate with another glittering ceremony at its permanent residence; The Dorchester hotel, London. Considered as one of the most prestigious accolades in interior design by the very best in the industry, the Awards represents over 43 countries worldwide. Last year saw a 40% increase of entries and over 100,000 public votes. This year brings brand new additions to the revered panel of judges including Carlo Chiulli, Design Director at Christian Louboutin Beaute, Stefan Sielaff, Design Director at Bentley and Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole, to mention a few. Each entry undergoes an exclusive two-tier judging p… continue

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A sit-down affair: Flexform | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-a-sit-down-affair-flexform/7001927 Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 “Every sofa is a constellation of different functions,” according to Antonio Citterio, whose designs for leading Italian brand Flexform have helped to redefine the role of the sofa in contemporary living environments. Flexform’s philosophy places the sofa at the heart of the home, with other products such as armchairs, tables and ottomans performing supporting roles in the creation of spaces dedicated to ultimate comfort and relaxation. For Flexform, a sofa is not just for sitting. In the modern home it performs multiple roles, as a space for reading, watching television, working on a laptop, or even eating. Under the creative direction of globally renowned architect and designer Antonio Citterio, the company pioneered the concept of multi-sectional sofas, which can be configured in a wide variety of formats to meet the specific needs of their users. Modular elements combine to create seating landscapes that can be augmented by the inclusion of storage units, table surfaces or chaise l… continue

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Murals Fuse | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-murals-fuse/7001926 Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Part of the award winning Murals line, Fuse is lively and interactive, transforming architectural surfaces into vibrant works of art and bringing the user to the centre of the spatial experience. Murals Fuse surfaces are dynamic, yet subtle and playful. The secret is in the series’ innovative colour arrangement. Playing with our visual perception and making the most of the use of tone variations, Fuse encourages the eye to merge different colour gradations. When translated onto a surface, this produces a fluid and animated effect, almost imperceptibly creating the illusion of movement. This means that each piece can integrate smoothly and flexibly into its surroundings. Murals Fuse is a series of wall products that spans eight colours and three tile sizes, ready to adapt to any design through countless configurations. By working with Fuse, you can create the atmosphere of your choice, be it highly expressive or quiet and calm. Fuse tiles feel exquisitely handmade, featuring a luxur… continue

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An Englishman in New York: Original BTC | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-an-englishman-in-new-york-original-btc/7001925 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Original BTC scored a considerable coup when Firmdale Hotels, co-founded by Kit and Tim Kemp, sought a bespoke version of its Pillar Light for the hotel group’s Whitby Hotel in New York and some of its other boutique hotels. This glamorous Art Deco-inspired light now graces The Whitby’s bathrooms. ‘We customised it so that it’s in proportion with the rooms’ mirrors and ceiling height,’ says Original BTC director Charlie Bowles. The streamlined Pillar Lights complement the pared-down yet luxurious style of the bathrooms featuring walls and floors lined in granite or marble. The Whitby is in upper midtown Manhattan, has 86 bedrooms and suites, a bar, restaurant, drawing room and outdoor terrace. As with all of Firmdale’s 10 hotels — there are eight in London and two in New York — The Whitby’s interiors were masterminded by Kit, the group’s award-winning creative director renowned for her audaciously flamboyant style. Firmdale’s hotels are known for their eclectic, colourful interiors, bo… continue

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In the spotlight: Original BTC at ICFF | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-in-the-spotlight-original-btc-at-icff/7001924 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Original BTC has recently launched a plethora of new products at its Paris and London showrooms. On May 19, these will be unveiled at its New York showroom and at the same city’s design fair ICFF (from May 20 to 23). In general, these new products fuse classical forms with modern functionality, as is the case with the Banker’s and Oxford Double desk lights. The first has an old-world look — with its gracefully curved satin brass stem and milky white shade — yet features an integral LED light. Both practical and romantic, this lamp casts an ambient glow and a more focused beam. The second is a variation on Original BTC’s existing Oxford Lights and boasts two natural bone-china shades with subtly textured, quilted surfaces. These emit a gentle glow, while also casting a stronger pool of light below. A versatile design, the Oxford Double light comes as a pendant, floor or table light. Like the Oxford Double Lights, the new Sopra Ceiling Light’s white shade has a quilted pattern (as well a… continue

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Keeping the light on: Original BTC | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-keeping-the-light-on-original-btc/7001923 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Founded in 1990 by Peter Bowles, British manufacturer Original BTC now has six factories producing its bespoke lights. Each one specialises in fabricating different materials, such as hand-blown glass, moulded bone china and finely crafted metal. Peter is not only a pioneering entrepreneur — he was one of the first designers to recognise the appeal of modern industrial-style lighting — but over the years has saved established but struggling British factories from closure. A champion of British-made design, Peter has ensured these factories can continue to manufacture in the UK and has helped to protect many traditional crafts from extinction. In some cases, it was Peter’s ingenuity and creative flair that led him to discover and consequently save factories. As the first designer to use bone china for lighting, he discovered a struggling tableware factory in Stoke-on-Trent that could make these light fittings, and so provided it with a new stream of income that ensured its survival. In… continue

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Cableless light by Nimbus: The new mobility | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/nimbus-group-cableless-light-by-nimbus-the-new-mobility/7001922 Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 "In a few years' time there will be battery-powered luminaires in many offices and apartments, and they will be just as commonplace as smartphones, laptops and tablets are today," reflects Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl. As only company in the sector the Stuttgart-based Nimbus Group has already developed several ranges of high-performance, cableless luminaires. Its statement: "The future is cableless!" The idea of cableless, battery-powered and thus mobile luminaires has driven Nimbus boss Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl for a number of years now. For example, whenever he needed light on his terrace on a summer evening. Or when he wanted to move a floor-standing lamp in his living room to exactly where he wanted it – and then had to move it back again so nobody tripped over the cable. For a long time now, he has been asking himself whether there might not be a better solution to such problems. It took a tree house to answer this question. Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl was building it with his children a… continue

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The sum of the parts: Mosaico+ | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-sum-of-the-parts-mosaico-/7001921 Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The ancient Greeks and Romans had a sense of style and grandeur that has barely been matched in the subsequent millennia. Their temples, tombs and villas were often adorned with elaborate mosaics depicting figurative scenes or intricate abstract patterns. This iconic decorative technique has endured and thrived ever since, and has found a new champion in Italian firm Mosaico+, which pioneers innovative mosaic techniques and designs from its headquarters in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Mosaic today is a popular option for architects, interior designers and homeowners looking to inject some classical style and ornamentation into key spaces. Suitable for use everywhere from domestic bathrooms to the lobbies of high-end hotels, its durability and timeless beauty make mosaic an extremely versatile wall-covering option. Mosaico+ expands upon the heritage of mosaic by producing a variety of chip sizes that can be used to create intricate mosaics with an impressive scale. Its exploration of… continue

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Keller: Villa Schilde | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-keller-villa-schilde/7001920 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Villa Schilde is basically constructed of glass and concrete. The rooms have a spacious feel to them and the minimal windows® frameless fixed and sliding elements conjure up a pleasant brightness throughout the entire interior of the house. The glass facade allows breathtaking views of the surrounding untouched nature, which can be observed from every aspect. The garden fascinates with its wonderful geometric shapes. <b>Seamless, extensive vista</b> With the natural incidence of light, the plants bloom and so too do the residents. The large floor-to-ceiling glass facades with highly integrated sliding glass walls of the type minimal windows® from KELLER AG enable a sense of wellbeing in every room. The transparent material gives the villa a pronounced modern air, whilst at the same time providing the possibility to enjoy the splendid landscape panorama – the surroundings and the lovingly tendered garden – from the interior. <b>Modern atmosphere</b> The flooring in most of the rooms… continue

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When Tribù meets St. Regis Maldives | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tribu-when-tribu-meets-st-regis-maldives/7001919 Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Guests arriving at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort by private seaplane might be struck first by the lush green of the tropical island, then by what could be the silhouette of a giant lobster and a whale shark. Singapore-based architects WOW | Warner Wong Design have blended natural forms and traditional materials in their striking design for this five-star resort. WOW is known for its culturally sensitive designs based on in-depth research into local building materials, designs and customs. The roofline of Beach and Garden Villas references the local dhoni fishing boats, the St. Regis Boutique mimics a conch shell’s twists and the lobster pods house the Iridium Spa. WOW’s inspired take on local tradition is partnered seamlessly by Tribù’s subtly luxurious outdoor furniture, mixing collections and key pieces in the villas and exclusive estate residences on land and overwater. The terraces of the Villas on land and overwater are immaculately furnished with a plush Mood Daybed an… continue

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Meditating on the modern: Minotti at the Salone 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-meditating-on-the-modern-minotti-at-the-salone-2018/7001918 Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In the year of its 70th anniversary, Minotti presented an outstanding new collection at the Salone del Mobile.Milano that encapsulated its infinite commitment to quality and creativity. The collection represents the latest evolution of Minotti’s open and universal design strategy, with contributions from a cadre of international designers. The products developed by Rodolfo Dordoni – also coordinator of the whole collection – Nendo, Marcio Kogan, Christophe Delcourt each interpreted Minotti’s core philosophy in a different way, and together created a unified vision with an international outlook. Minotti’s presentation at the 2018 Salone del Mobile.Milano was defined by a modern, bright and graphic aesthetic. Influences from Japan and Scandinavia combined with more decorative and rationalist architectural elements to create a scenography with a pared-back yet comfortable and refined feel. A paved entrance courtyard provided the setting for Marcio Kogan’s modular outdoor furniture system… continue

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High-end hospitality with a holistic twist: Minotti | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-high-end-hospitality-with-a-holistic-twist-minotti/7001917 Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The world’s best hotels require suitably high-quality furniture to ensure guests enjoy a stay that is as luxurious and comfortable as their own home. Minotti’s 2018 Collection was designed with just such hospitality environments in mind, and provides a complete range of furniture solutions that would enhance any 5-star resort. To celebrate the collection’s launch, the Italian furniture manufacturer imagined a series of zen-like architectural spaces that showcase the new products in an aspirational setting. The images offer a glimpse of a glamorous lifestyle defined by quality, comfort and relaxation, with the sort of rooms that most people would love to have in their own home or favourite hotel. New pieces designed for Minotti by Rodolfo Dordoni, as well as Nendo, Christophe Delcourt and Marcio Kogan, populate the spaces of an idealised lobby area, lounge, bar, restaurant and penthouse. Drawing inspiration from Japanese and Scandinavian design philosophies, the elegant and minimal arch… continue

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The Experimenters: Antoniolupi | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-the-experimenters-antoniolupi/7001916 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 A determination to foster creativity and stretch the limits of technology underpin the success of Italian company Antoniolupi, manufacturer of bathroom fittings and furniture for the entire home. Founded over 60 years ago in Stabbia, near Florence, the proudly Tuscan brand — which makes all its high quality products in Italy — constantly invests in state-of-the-art technology and research and development to realise its uncompromisingly innovative ideas. One of its core strengths is to challenge our preconceptions of bathroom fittings and other homeware by introducing surprising alternatives to conventional forms. Over the years, Antoniolupi has created many designs that testify to its restlessly experimental approach. One of its key hallmarks is creating intriguing illusions. Witness its arresting, wall-mounted Silenzio washbasin in Corian, designed by Domenico de Palo. This almost ghostly design emerges surreally from the wall, culminating in a lip-shaped basin illuminated by a blue l… continue

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WantedDesign 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/wanteddesign-wanteddesign-2018/7001915 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 <b>WantedDesign 2018 highlights include</b> At WantedDesign Manhattan: New programs such as Look Book, a program dedicated to North Americans independent design studios, the unveiling of the Rado Star Prize US for the third year in a row, a series of talks presented with Design Milk + Modenus, the awaited 4th American Design Honors awarding Brooklyn based designer Oliver Haslegrave and his new collection called Homework,the Launch Pad program and a selection of exhibits coming from all over the world to launch their products on the US market. WantedDesign Brooklyn-At Industry City will have a graphic mural commissioned by [French-born], London-based artist Camille Walala for one of its facades.This is an initiative of WantedDesign in conjunction with OUI Design, a program created three years ago with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to foster French–American collaborations in the field of design. A larger presence of Design Schools through exhibitions and the Design Schoo… continue

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Ventura Centrale 2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-projects-ventura-centrale-2018/7001914 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 After the overwhelming success of the first edition of Ventura Centrale, Ventura Projects will yet again open the beautiful abandoned warehouses underneath Milan’s Central Station in 2018. We will present an eclectic mix of contemporary design by showcasing both emerging as well as established brands, such as: Stephen Hürlemann with horgenglarus, Surface in collaboration with David Rockwell and 2x4, Baars & Bloemhoff, Editamateria with Antonio Aricò, Nitto, AGC Asahi Glass, a project by Fabrica with Pierre Frey, Denis Guidone and Tomoko Fuse, Franco Mazzucchelli and EILEEN FISHER presents DesignWork, curated by Li Edelkoort. continue

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Retail Reimagined: new store projects  | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-retail-reimagined-new-store-projects-/7001913 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The high street may no longer rule retail, but stores have been quick to adapt to the age of Instagram. No longer just endless stacks of shelves, bricks and mortar shopping has become experiential, colourful, and oh-so-shareable on social media. In Japan, Issey Miyake enlisted the minimalist master Naoto Fukasawa to design the brand’s Kyoto store. Housed in an historic, 132 year old machiya townhouse, Fukasawa created a clean, charcoal-grey interior with matching displays of Japanese lacquer, allowing the colourful, bold fabrics to stand out. To top it all off, the backyard of the house contains a white cube gallery for rotating exhibitions. A more experiential approach is taken by architecture bureau BIRO, who reimagined the idea of a wardrobe in their Garderoba Concept Store in Zagreb. Three distinctly coloured spaces – bright yellow, dusty pink and sea green – separated by curtains and furnished in matching shades by Grupa, create different moods and atmospheres for shoppers tryi… continue

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BROOKLYN DESIGNS Kicks Off NYCxDESIGN May 11-13 at the Historic Brooklyn Museum | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bklyn-designs-brooklyn-designs-kicks-off-nycxdesign-may-11-13-at-the-historic-brooklyn-museum/7001912 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 From May 11-13, BROOKLYN DESIGNS will exhibit over 50 design brands at the heart of the borough’s creative community, the Brooklyn Museum, during the first weekend of NYCxDESIGN. With a freshly curated lens and a new home at a prominent art institution, BROOKLYN DESIGNS will showcase emerging designers and established brands that span a range of design objects including furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles, technology and jewelry, many of which have received Brooklyn-Made certification. Beginning with a VIP preview on May 11 and opening to the public from May 12-13, the show is an annual celebration of Brooklyn’s creative history presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Brooklyn is an important hub for both innovation and craftsmanship, bridging the gap between old masterful techniques and contemporary aesthetics. This can be seen in the work of TOKEN, who draws on the European Arts and Crafts movement, Chinese landscape painting and Abstract Expressionism to produce un… continue

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Come on let's work: PALMBERG | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-come-on-let-039s-work-palmberg/7001911 Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Some have compared it to a ship, others to a diamond - however, it could also be a UFO which has landed in the port of Antwerp. We are talking here about the new port building, which has been extended on the basis of the design of Zaha Hadid. At first sight it is the spectacular architecture and striking facade of the building which make an impact, but this impact is continued in the interior. At the request of the developer, the character of the external structure was reflected in the interior, while at the same time creating an open working atmosphere for employees there. This is an impressive example of the aspects which are currently the main factors preoccupying office planners: on the one hand these are the requirements of those working there, and on the other the specific corporate profiles which are to be expressed in the design of the office. Planners are therefore working at the interface between architecture, design and corporate culture. For the manufacturers of office furn… continue

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