Flexible living: LEMA’s latest upholstered seating systems
Having introduced its first upholstered collection at last year’s Salone del Mobile, Brianza-based furniture brand LEMA returned this year with three new sofas that evoke classic designs but bring them up-to-date with contemporary details and
The Firestarters: Harrie Leenders
What do you do if you love fire? Why, head up a fireplace manufacturer, of course. Bart Leenders, son of Harrie Leenders – founder of the eponymous Dutch woodburning-stove producer – knows a thing or two about combustion, heading off regularly
Inside Out: Tribu shapes the exterior landscape
It’s no mean feat producing timeless design that’s also innovative and future-facing. One of the few brands to pull this off is Tribù, the leading outdoor-furniture label that invites its users to sit back and relax, while itself doing anything
Matt-Collection by In-es.artdesign
Bright rays and contrasts of matter: A line of lamps that brings back to memories, feelings, art works. Handcraft manufacture, Italian taste, fine materials. These are the traits of Matt, the new collection of design lamps by In-es.artdesign.
Milan via Athens: Interiors from Greece
Introversion isn’t something the Greeks have much time for. Particularly when it comes to design. Informed by a culture of sociability and dialogue, a cohort of export-focused Greek design manufacturers will be showing their quality products to a
Tokujin Yoshioka crystallises dreams
Infuse, bake, crystallise. These verbs aren’t used to describe the work of a cook but rather the work of Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, whose fabulous exhibition at the Contemporary Museum of Art Tokyo, vividly illustrates the creative scope
Lean On Me: wall-supported furniture and lighting
We all need a little support sometimes. Behind the growing trend in furniture and lighting for wall-leaning or wall-mounted designs is a diversity of factors, among them the practical, the social and the aesthetic. Architonic gets up close and
Ron Arad – Deconstructed / reconstructed
*Report by Jean-Philippe Peynot* For over thirty years, Ron Arad has been producing unique objects that define a practise that falls somewhere between architecture, sculpture and design. If, in these creative fields, the longstanding question about
IMM Cologne 2014: Architonic’s comprehensive photo tours
No sooner has that Christmas tree been taken down then the spring season of the annual design calendar kicks off with that grandee of the international-trade-fair circuit, imm cologne. Your faithful scout Architonic presents, as ever, its detailed
The Only Way is Up: Downtown Design Dubai 2013
The first-ever design show in the Middle East to unite on a single platform some of the best global design brands with award-winning design from the region, Dubai's new Downtown Design fair, like the soaring Burj Khalifa, has its sights set high.
Making/Do: designer-makers exhibit in London
The annual London Design Festival, now with over 300 city-wide events, reflects the British capital's status as an international creative hub. But it also provides a platform for scores of indigenous designer-makers – both individuals and brands
The Heat is On: Latin American Design hits New York
As the world's busiest revolving door, New York is no stranger to new cultural sights and influences. This year's New York Design Week saw a raft of Latin American designers and design collectives exhibit their highly polished and conceptually
Yes We Can: debating the future of American design
A recent panel discussion at Washington DC’s International Design Festival got to grips with the somewhat provocative question, “What Happened to American Design?”, the implication being it doesn't enjoy the singular, coherent identity of other
Werner Aisslinger – Home of the Future
Haus am Waldsee
In the spring of 2013 Werner Aisslinger will transform Haus am Waldsee into a “Home of the Future.” In doing so the multiple award-winning product designer and co-founder of the Berlin Design Festival DMY will present his central theme of
Easily LED: the charms (and challenges) of a developing ...
Many hands make light work, goes the old saying. Many new LED producers also make the creative possibilities of working with such a fast-changing technology exciting, thanks to the proliferation of products they bring to the market. But, for lighting
The Gold Standard: iF International Forum Design celebrates ...
Three score old and in rude health: the iF design gold awards, handed out to a painstakingly selected, international cohort of companies at the recent Munich Creative Business Week for their outstanding products, is looking to the future.
Non Plus Ultra: the Interior Innovation Award 2013's ...
The biggest, the fastest, the smartest. When it comes to marketing-speak, there's nothing like a superlative to liven things up. Best of Best – the annual exhibition held at imm cologne of the category winners from the Interior Innovation Award
Size Doesn’t Matter: contemporary Nordic architects who ...
Head north and you'll find a thriving design culture where the level of consideration given to the way things look, feel and work isn't determined by their scale. Be they housing projects, chairs or taps, the Scandinavian approach to design continues
Systematic: furniture that grows on you
System furniture did what it's wont to do at this year's imm cologne: expand. A number of new and innovative furniture programmes, modular in nature, were shown alongside augmented and reworked old favourites. It's all about joined-up thinking.
Coming Up: [D3] Design Talents at imm cologne is 10
More than 500 young and emerging designers have taken to the [D3] Design Talents stage at the Cologne Furniture Fair over the past ten years, presenting their ideas in prototype form to both an industry and a general audience. Architonic takes a look
stilhaus: 'Bringing together what belongs ...
stilhaus – the new design destination in Switzerland – doesn't do things by halves. 20,000 square metres of retail and exhibition space next to one of the country's busiest motorway intersections offers architects, planners and end consumers an
Same but Different: classic design and the design of change
Everything changes, so they say. But should it? What about decades-old, often iconic designs? Should they be preserved, as it were, their contemporary production remaining ‘true’ in every respect to the ‘original’? Or ought manufacturers be
The In-Betweeners: the rise of a new office-furniture ...
In the grand, teleological narrative of design, things are developed to make our lives increasingly better. New forms, materials and technological innovations are introduced, self-justifying, attended by a clarity of function and value. But what
Ventura - the avant-garde brand of Swiss watches
Ventura, the avant-garde brand of Swiss watches, is back. The first "manufacture électronique" for high quality digital watches has recently presented, in the shape of the SPARC MGS, a timepiece which once more sets a new benchmark in chronometer
Clear Vision: Zumtobel sheds light on the OperAlp/SALEWA ...
More often than not, office architecture can be, well, a little inward-looking. Shut out the outside world and focus staffers' attention on their building's interior spaces and you'll keep them focused on their work. Right? Wrong. The OperAlp/SALEWA
Going Underground: Zumtobel sheds light on the Städel ...
Lighting always has to work harder when it's deployed in underground spaces. But when the space in question is a museum one, where the considered illumination of its exhibits is key – not to mention their protection against the potentially damaging
Still Waters: Laufen's newly extended Palomba range ...
When it came to launching their latest family of products, high-end Swiss bathroom manufacturer decided to buck the trend for the ultra-rational and focus on building on the softer, timeless design language of its earlier Palomba collection. The
Urushi - Japanese Lacquer in modern Design
An important component of the Japanese art of lacquerwork is the special technique known as "urushi", which uses many layers of wafer-thin, semi-transparent lacquer to create a surface of almost mystical radiance and sensual depth. Today the urushi
Celebrating a Scandinavian icon: 100 years Finn Juhl
On 30 January 2012, the internationally recognised Danish furniture designer and architect Finn Juhl who died in 1989 would have turned 100. Events all over the world – from Tokyo via Cologne to Milan as well as in his native Copenhagen –
Picture Perfect: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec at Weil am ...
While the fifteen years of their prolific careers are being celebrated across 1000 square meters in Parisian Centre Pompidou-Metz, the recently-opened 'Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec – Album' exhibition gives a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse into
Plastic - the mouldable material of modern chairs
In the visual arts the term 'plastic' is used for any form of creation involving a medium that can be sculpted or moulded, but it is also the term for a type of material that revolutionised the twentieth century. The name of no other material
Cooking with taste: well designed household appliances
During the age of the economic miracle electrical household appliances became an integral part of every home as kitchen aids to the modern housewife. There were only a handful of manufacturers and the head designers and engineers of the market
So PoMo! – 'Postmodernism: Style and Subversion ...
It's forty years since the love-it-or-hate-it, style-driven phenomenon that was postmodernism first emerged in architectural practice, soon manifesting itself in design, art, fashion and music. The V&A's major new show, 'Postmodernism: Style and
Furnishing the Future: Le Corbusier and Pierre ...
Having received the brief to plan and design a new state capital for the Punjab, Le Corbusier, true to form, delivered a striking urban entity that's a veritable 'Gesamtkunstwerk'. A forthcoming exhibition at the Galerie Anton Meier in Geneva of the
How Many Designers Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?: ...
When young British designer Samuel Wilkinson set out to redesign the standard low-energy light bulb, with the aim of making it work just as hard aesthetically as it does environmentally, he was in for a long trek. Journeying beyond the safe and
When We Were Modern: Kenneth Grange at the Design Museum
A retrospective of the work of industrial-design master Kenneth Grange at London's Design Museum celebrates the prolific designer's contribution to shaping British material culture, while encouraging us to think about the purpose and responsibilities
Keeping It Real: Claus Mølgaard
Behind every great design there's a great designer. But, more often than not, there are a number players involved. Meet Claus Mølgaard, the go-to Danish design engineer whose work on products for the likes of Ron Arad and the Bouroullec Brothers
The Milan Four: Lorenza Luti from Kartell
In the third of our series of interviews from this year's Milan Furniture Fair with some of the creative industries' leading figures, we meet Lorenza Luti, marketing and retail director of established Italian brand Kartell, which, after 50 years in
People Will Talk: Dornbracht Conversations 3
Put a group of designers, curators and design writers in a room and what do you get? The Dornbracht Conversations. The third annual platform for intelligent dialogue on the state of design, past, present and future, hosted by German design
Love in a Cold Climate: Architonic meets Artek chief Mirkku ...
Few design brands evoke as much warmth on the part of consumers as the heritage-steeped Finnish company Artek, currently celebrating 75 years in business. Co-founded in 1935 by the hero of Scandinavian modernism Alvar Aalto, Artek has certainly
Wanderlust: Architonic goes walkabout in Cologne for ...
With thermal under-apparel in place, Architonic ventured forth from the exhibition halls of the Koelnmesse during this January's imm cologne to visit Passagen – the ever-growing programme of off-fair exhibitions and events in showrooms, galleries,
Je ne regrette rien (most of the time, that is): Ronan ...
'Regrets, I've had a few,' sang Sinatra in his classic ballad 'My Way', while Piaf famously insisted that she regretted absolutely nothing. Somewhere between these two lies Ronan Bouroullec, one half of the distinguished French go-to design duo, the
When We Were Young: [D3] Design Contest at imm cologne
Punching well above their weight this year at imm cologne were the young guns exhibiting in the sixth edition of the [D3] Design Contest, the platform for emerging international design talent. Here, we talk to one of the two joint-winners, Harry
Helvetian Heroes: enduring Swiss design
It's fair to say that certain countries have, over the years, been more successful than others in terms of marketing a distinctive and compelling national design identity abroad. The very human kind of modernism expressed in the furniture of postwar
Furniture with growth potential: extendable tables
Which piece of furniture plays a more dominant role in your life? Your table or your bed? Most of us have both, but whereas a new phase of life or a new relationship often tends to make us exchange a narrow bed for a wider one, without expecting to
Déjà Vu All Over Again: two design shows look back
Another year over. But don't get all misty-eyed. Apply that retrospection to some engaging design instead. Two exhibitions currently running, one at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the other at the offices of MariniPandolfi/Comet in Florence, look
This Product Can Change Your Life: the d.light story
Imagine, as a manufacturer, that your potential market is two billion consumers worldwide. This almost inconceivable figure is the ultimate scale of d.light's ambition, a consumer-products company set up by a pair of social entrepreneurs in 2007 to
Same But Different: furniture that repeats on you
In his analysis of how pleasure works, Freud argued that repetition – the act of doing or experiencing something over and over again – can, in its compulsiveness, be highly enjoyable. The grandaddy of psychoanalysis might, in that case, have
'It's all about surprising yourself': Matthew ...
British furniture designer Matthew Hilton's work manages to walk that very fine line between restraint and expressiveness. It's probably why his designs, offering as they do a kind of reassurance, are so respected by so many. But the path hasn't
DIY Design: the art and value of creative self-promotion
As the academic wheels of design creak into a new term, thoughts of the most recent graduates striving to avoid a professional-scrap-heap scenario fall to the back of the mind as the hunt for the latest bright young creatives begins again. But, with
Fair Preview: Design Biennale INTERIEUR 2010, Kortrijk, ...
If any fair is going to give Milan a run for its money in terms of a passion for high-end design and downright coolness, it's Belgian Design Biennale INTERIEUR. Since its first edition in 1968, the Kortrijk-based show has consistently upped the ante
We Can Work It Out: design and mobile working
October sees the 2010 installment of Orgatec in Cologne, the leading international design fair for office and work environments. In spite of the death knell being sounded some time ago for the traditional, fixed-location office, it's still with us.
California Calls You!: Californian Design
California, and in particular Los Angeles, has been home to numerous Hollywood stars and other glamorous figures of the burgeoning jet-set since the 1930s. The City of Angels was the ideal place for many architects to develop their ideas. The
'It's hard, hard, hard work': One Year On at ...
Left brain. Right brain. If we're to believe all that pop-neurology, you're either a creative type or someone who just loves solving maths problems. Design manufacturer and retailer Thorsten van Elten, curator of One Year On, the show for
Medium Rare: Architonic at Design Miami Basel 2010
Described by its organisers as 'the pre-eminent global forum for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating design', Design Miami Basel, the annual European get-together for those who like their design a touch on the exclusive side, put on a
From Start to Finnish: Architonic surveys Scandinavian ...
With leading Finnish design brand Artek reissuing two of its fellow countryman Tapio Wirkkala's striking designs from the late 1960s and early 70s, as well as first-time-round, 'vintage' pieces of his being shown at international design fairs such as
Rezension: 'Andrée Putman – Ihr Gesamtwerk' von ...
„Der Künstler blickt immer in die Vergangenheit zurück, während er über die Zukunft nachdenkt,“ sagt Andrée Putman. Anlässlich ihres 85 Geburtstages erscheint eine Monografie, die Einblick in das immense Werk der Künstlerin und ihr
The Milan Conversations: Part IV – Ferruccio Laviani and ...
In this final installment of the Milan Conversations, we catch up with renowned product designer, architect and artistic director of Italian manufacturer Kartell Ferruccio Laviani at the Barovier&Toso showroom in Milan, and talk to him about
Tropical Modernism: The masters of Brazilian Modernism
As part of this year's 'Fuori Salone' in Milan, the 'relics' of the Brazilian Modernism were displayed in a church near the city's Porta Romana: rare pieces by the so-called 'Tropical Modernists' of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The construction of
The Milan Conversations: Part III – Ilse Crawford and Omer ...
The Milan Conversations – a series of discussions held at this year's Salone del Mobile with some of the most celebrated designers working internationally – continues with thought-provoking exchange with Ilse Crawford and Omer Arbel.
Rezension: 'Prada' von Miuccia Prada
Der Teufel trägt Prada: Die cineastische Liaison Pradas mit der diabolischen Meryl Streep hat die italienische Traditionsmarke zum stehenden Begriff gemacht. Seit der Papst nun ebenfalls Schuhwerk von Prada trägt, wird es also höchste Zeit für
The Milan Conversations: Part II – James Irvine and Naoto ...
In this second installment of the Milan Conversations – a series of discussions held at this year's Salone del Mobile with some of the most celebrated designers working internationally – Architonic talks to British designer and long-time Milanese