New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/fr/story-feed New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/fr/story-feed https://image.architonic.com/arc_black.jpg en Tue, 23 May 2017 20:09:48 +0200 Ghostly Logic | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-ghostly-logic/7001633 Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 From an isolated plateau in Spain’s Matarraña forest to the fair floor at Kortrijk Xpo, Solo House demonstrates the best of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen’s holistic approach. The Brussels-based firm curated this year’s Biennale Interieur on the celebratory occasion of its 25th edition, which ran from 14 to 23 October. OFFICE created an installation for the event that drew on the firm’s Mondrian-inspired, city grid scenography and evoked the original residence in the Spanish countryside. With porous glass walls, integrated technology and a self-sufficient energy system, the 45-metre-wide circular house takes advantage of 360-degree vistas from its woodland perch. With this attempt at ‘invisible architecture,’ OFFICE has employed the highly Modernist approach of transcending distinctions between indoor and outdoor living. Nature is easily accessible as the modular rooms open up to suit different occasions. In a similar Modernist fashion, the house was built using only machines,… continue

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Material Tendencies: Maarten Baas | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-maarten-baas/7001631 Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Our team recently spoke with Baas about his intuitive way of creating. <b>If you had with one material for the next three years, which would you choose?</b> The whole handicap of my career is that I never work with the same material. I wish I had a specialism. One day I am creating a 12 hour movie, another, I am learning how to preserve burned wood and how to make clay furniture. I couldn’t choose one material. My way of working is never one way. I feel what keeps it fresh is the explosion that happens in your head when you don’t know what to do with the material. So if I was forced to work with only one material, I think I would quit my job. <b>In the design process, what comes first? The shape, idea or material?</b> The idea is always first and then I fill it in with the material and the technique. Though, sometimes I already have quite a clear idea of what kind of material would fit because it is part of the concept. Once I made a very superficial kind of piece in bronze − a gu… continue

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More in Store: New Retail Architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-more-in-store-new-retail-architecture/7001630 Sun, 21 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The retail revolution brought about by online shopping has had a profound effect on the architecture and design of the high street. Both established and emerging brands are seeking out new ways to encourage shoppers to visit their outlets in order to optimise this valuable real estate. Designers are increasingly being tasked with developing retail environments that reward those who do make it off the sofa and into stores. Their role is to provide experiences that are different to those available in the digital realm. The best examples use space, colour, texture and interactive elements to transform shopping into an event that stimulates the senses and immerses consumers in the world of the brand. Demonstrating how a brand’s identity can be translated directly into a store interior, local studio AN Design created a monochrome space above a furniture store in Hangzhou, China, for fashion label Heike. The company’s predominantly black clothing informed a dark material palette that helps t… continue

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The CDW countdown heats up! | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/clerkenwell-design-week-the-cdw-countdown-heats-up/7001629 Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Highlights this year include some of CDW’s most ambitious installations yet, such as The Beacon, a 7.5m tall structure located at the entrance to Design Fields and inspired by the Tower of Babel. The installation will give visitors the chance to climb up the internal staircase to a spectacular viewing platform in walking distance of the specially designed talks pavilion hosting this year’s Conversations at Clerkenwell sponsored by eporta, hosting speakers include Doshi Levien, Sadie Morgan and Jean Marie Massaud. Nearby will be Buzzijungle by Buzzispace, a playful elevated work-lounge space that visitors can climb, lounge and meet in. Meanwhile Hakwood will unveil Double Vision, a 4 meter high structural installation of recursive patterns nestled within the historic Clerkenwell Close creating an uplifting moment for visitors whilst walking the exhibition route. St John’s Square will be home to The Bolt: A Celebration of Craft, by Detroit-based manufacturer, Shinola and London materials… continue

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Independent | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-independent/7001628 Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The first thing you notice when you enter the furniture factory is the smell of freshly sawn wood. Stacked on trestles near the entrance, sheets of wood are waiting to be turned into furniture or interior fixtures. “We have a just-in-time production strategy,” says Jan Röthlisberger, who manages the family-run firm’s collection and its 70 staff. “Because we don’t have a lot of storage capacity, we only ever place orders with our Swiss suppliers for the materials we need for the day and the jobs in hand.” Take Torsio from the furniture collection, for instance: Röthlisberger’s wood engineers and designer Hanspeter Steiger spent two years perfecting it until the chair looked and felt just the way they had envisaged it. Torsio is made of thin layers of veneer that are glued together and pressed. Towards the seat and legs, more layers are used so as to give the chair the necessary flexibility and create an elegant look. The chair is extremely comfortable because the wood still has a certai… continue

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Biodynamic light – easily implemented | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/waldmann-biodynamic-light-easily-implemented/7001627 Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Plug & Light</b> Thanks to the external controller PULSE NET, the natural light effect of the Waldmann light management system PULSE VTL can be easily combined with room luminaires such as the IDOO family by Waldman for biodynamic lighting. During installation the autonomous DALI real-time controller PULSE NET is mounted in the building. It provides information on light level and light colour for several luminaires. This information is stored on an SD card. The intelligent controller guarantees that in the presence of several luminaires light colour and brightness work synchronously in the direct and indirect light components. No read-in of individual luminaires or storing of time schedules or groups is required. <b>Stimulating light effect</b> PULSE VTL provides motivating light in the office. All day. The innovative light management system brings the dynamics of natural daylight to the interior of the building and expands the emotional and ergonomic aspects of light quality. Bio… continue

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Brasília: Eine Stadt in Bewegung (Teil II) | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/modulr-brasilia-eine-stadt-in-bewegung-teil-ii/7001626 Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 21. 4. 2016: Die Stadt ist still, denn heute ist ein Nationalfeiertag in Brasilien. Gewürdigt wird der Dragonerleutnant genannt Triadentes, der als Anführer einer Gruppe von Freiheitskämpfern am 21. 4. 1792 hingerichtet wurde. Zugleich ist es der Jahrestag von Brasília, denn JK hatte die Einweihung genau auf diesen Termin gelegt, weil der revolutionäre Zusammenschluss 1789 erstmals die Forderung nach einer Hauptstadtverlegung in das Landesinnere erhob. Im nach JKs Frau benannten Parque da Cidade Dona Sa-rah Kubitschek, der mit 4,2 km² Fläche als Lateinamerikas grösster Stadtpark gilt und auch die Liste der lokalen Superlative bereichert, findet ein Megapicknick statt. Üblicherweise hält man sich im «grünen Herzen» Brasílias zum Spazieren, Joggen, Walken, Fahrradfahren oder Skaten auf. Heute wird indes in grossem Stil gegrillt, geplaudert, getanzt, geruht. Vor vier Jah-ren organisierte die Initiative «Picnik» zum ersten Mal ein Event, um die Bevölkerung und die Kreativwirtschaft Brasíli… continue

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Glenn Sestig: Architectural Lines | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-glenn-sestig-architectural-lines/7001625 Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 His interiors are urban, almost an extension of the outside world. They are rigid and precise like a city grid yet refined in their composition. With a limited selection of high-quality materials, Glenn Sestig is able to evoke visions of old-school grandeur and elegance but to call him a minimalist would be too easy. His is a muted kind of luxury, informed by modern life and the essentials of space and utility. The Ghent-based architect has put his stamp on shops, galleries, nightclubs, offices and private residences across his native Belgium. Yet in order to find the common denominator in his eclectic portfolio, one must look beneath the surface at the thought process that goes into each project he executes. Discussing his latest projects with TLmag, Sestig reveals an architecture that is specific to the place and the moment. <b>Your work is characterised by an architectural approach to volume and perspective. What inspired you to apply these principles to interior design? </b> To continue

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Elbphilharmonie Hotel Hamburg | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/villeroy-amp-boch-elbphilharmonie-hotel-hamburg/7001624 Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Landmark with "inner" qualities Where the Elbphilharmonie provides a silent retreat</b> The Elbphilharmonie is now open and the critical voices have quickly turned into a cheering orchestra. The world of architecture agrees – Herzog & de Meuron has created a masterpiece. But not only the quality of the building from the outside is what people notice. The transparent façade also caters for special moments inside. The floor-to-ceiling windows especially in the bathrooms in the Westin Hotel offer unparalleled views over the busy port life. The hotel designer Tassilo Bost with his compelling concept has laid the foundation for guests to have an unforgettable experience in the bathrooms. <b>The glass bathroom Extroverted privacy next to the façade </b> In a world that is getting ever louder, people are increasingly looking for more peaceful moments. Hotels especially have to combine the contrasting poles of “openness” and “privacy” to ensure guests feel comfortable. Bathrooms pla… continue

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Breathe the Light: Linea Light Group at Euroluce 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-linea-light-group-breathe-the-light-linea-light-group-at-euroluce-2017/7001623 Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Synecdoche. “Rhetorical figure of speech whereby one uses a word figuratively to mean more or part of its whole.” This is how Linea Light Group decided to interpret the technological design of the 6 top products in the stand at Euroluce. The theme was dealt with by extrapolating the main characteristic of each lighting fixture to describe its entirety. The products were installed in such a way as to enhance not only the design itself, but also the material component, highlighted by installations that suggested shapes without, however, translating them into meaning. In this way six environments were created with iconic forms, characterised by pure, almost dreamlike elements, which complemented and at the same time drew attention to the minimalist lines of the products on display. These environments featured 5 products from the Material & Design Lighting collection: Mongolfier, Monarque, Diphy, Oxygen and Flurry in brand new versions with new finishes, sizes and shapes. Adde… continue

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Young Pioneers | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-young-pioneers/7001622 Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 A good ten years ago, Reseda started out with the idea of making solid wood furniture to order in its local region. Today the concept is more in demand than ever: individual designer furniture that reflects its users’ personality and is made to last. A careful and thoughtful approach to materials is one of the company’s top priorities: the wood, for instance, is only ordered in the required measurements once an order has been placed – a sustainable idea that Reseda pursues at various levels. An example: the same three designers have been shaping Reseda’s product repertoire for five years. “We’re interested in long-term collaboration with people who are on the same wavelength and can help us move forward,” says managing director Andreas Niederer of the company’s philosophy. Any piece of furniture – whether it’s a dresser, shelving unit or cabinet – can be configured at the showroom, using a specially developed programme to select the size, colour and materials. That ensures there are no… continue

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WantedDesign Programming 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/wanteddesign-wanteddesign-programming-2017/7001621 Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>WantedDesign Brooklyn</b> will take place from May 17-23rd at Industry City in Brooklyn Terminal Stores – 238 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY 1123. <b>WantedDesign Manhattan</b> will take from May 20th- 23 at the Terminal Stores building in Chelsea/ Manhattan-11th Avenue between 27th and 28th Street, NY 10001. <b>Design Schools Workshop at WantedDesign Brooklyn</b> Conceived as a collaborative activity rather than a competitive one where teams in this activity are composed by students from different schools and backgrounds. <b>The program is an important part of WantedDesign, and has been very successful in promoting the schools, fostering the creation of an international network of young designers, as well as in initiating partnerships between schools and manufacturers. The International group of students will be asked to explore this year’s theme: “HyperHybrid”.</b> Conducted by the Pratt Institute with Constantin Boym, Industrial Design Chair, and Ignacio Urbina Polo, Associate… continue

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Alfredo Häberli: Special Guest at DOMOTEX | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-alfredo-haberli-special-guest-at-domotex/7001620 Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 DOMOTEX, the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, opened in the new year on 14 January in Hanover, Germany. This year’s special guest, Alfredo Häberli, takes a sensitive, straightforward approach to his work, constantly striving for a truly elegant twist. The art of floor coverings is not really about using techniques. It’s about the craft of carpeting a room, mixing together different media and sensory experiences to produce new textures, prints and patterns that enhance our quality of life. TLmag spoke with the designer about the fair. TLmag: You were chosen as the guest of honour by the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, DOMOTEX. What was your role there? A.H.: One of our first experiences as babies or young children is exploring the new world through touch, taste, smell, sound and sight. The feeling of our feet on different kinds of floors is an essential experience, whether we are walking on the beach, the grass, pebbles, carpetin… continue

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Villa Seaside | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-villa-seaside/7001619 Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Standing on the banks of a lovely canal near to the Belgian town of Lokeren, the very modern Villa SeaSide dazzles with its impressive design. The commissioned architect conjured up an innovative property in a wonderful location from a building in need of renovation. The proud concrete facade of the front side of the house completely shuts out the prying eyes of passers-by and protects the family's privacy. Visible is the angular construction, which is dominated by light-coloured building blocks. Only a large fixed window sits loftily above the notched gable and supports the plain appearance of the facade on this side. The adjoining building block on the right-hand side containing the garage sets itself apart stylishly in terms of colour thanks to the special choice of material. <b>Fabulous atmosphere</b> That is contrasted by the rear side, which gleams in a modern look thanks to its unreserved openness to the surrounding nature. A look at the rear side of the building shows: one… continue

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Sink Rethink: Franke's Innovative New Chef Center | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-sink-rethink-franke-039s-innovative-new-chef-center/7001618 Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 When is a sink not a sink? When it’s Franke’s new game-changing Chef Center. Never happy with the status quo of things, Franke – the leading kitchen-systems provider internationally as well as the world’s largest manufacturer of stainless-steel sinks – is always cooking up something innovative. Questions such as ‘How can we do this better?’ and ‘How can we improve people’s lives?’ are their constant bread and butter – and whatever else you can find in the creative cupboard. Take their popular Frames by Franke system, launched two years ago. Supremely modular and emphatically architectural, it’s the market’s first-ever total product line, allowing architects, planners and other specifiers to frame their kitchen projects according to their exacting professional expectations. The 2017 edition of ICFF, the New York high-end luxury fair, sees the launch into the North American market of the latest paradigm-shifting concepts from Franke’s in-house design team – with all the consideration… continue

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Brasília: Eine Stadt in Bewegung (Teil I) | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/modulr-brasilia-eine-stadt-in-bewegung-teil-i/7001616 Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Tatsächlich hat man mir nicht zu viel versprochen: Bei der Ankunft im April ist das Wetter strahlend, bilderbuchhafte Wolkengebilde zieren das Firmament. Es bietet sich an, als Erstes den von Lúcio Costa entworfenen Fernsehturm in der Mitte der Planstadt zu erklimmen. Aus luftiger Höhe betrachtet wird schnell klar: Weniger der Himmel ist hier anders, denn die konzeptionelle Stadtanlage. Die ungewöhnlich flache Ausdehnung und luftige Bebauung dürfte Einwohnern und Besuchern Anlass zur Wahrnehmung eines besonders himmlischen Flairs geben. 1957 gewann Lúcio Costa den Wettbewerb zur Gestaltung der neuen Hauptstadt Brasi-liens. In letzter Minute hatte er seinen Vorschlag mit Text und Skizzen abge-geben. Unter den 26 eingereichten Pro-jekten brasilianischer Architekten ver-mochte sein augenscheinlich schlichter, doch von deutlichem Gestus geprägter «Plano Piloto» (Leitplan) die internati-onal besetzte Jury zu überzeugen. Die Stadt müsse von Anfang an einen Haupt-stadtcharakter vorweisen, not… continue

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Design in a New Dress: Bette | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-design-in-a-new-dress-bette/7001615 Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 In 2017 it is, unexpectedly, not the Italians but the Danes who are telling us which way the trend is going. And the buzzword here is ‘hygge’, denoting warmth, comfort and security – qualities we all desire and seek out. We can find this primarily at home: in the kitchen, the living room, the bedroom and, yes, now also the bathroom. The bathroom industry, too, is attempting to serve the need for a new, decelerated lifestyle-rhythm. Some of the approaches it is taking are interesting and abstract – at first glance provoking grins of amazement, but mainly piquing our curiosity. When we consider a material like enamelled steel, after all, it isn’t the notion of domestic comfort that most immediately comes to mind. Yet this traditional material isn’t so far removed from cosiness as one might think, as the Delbrück-based enamelled steel specialist Bette demonstrates. In a new bathroom series, Bette has perfectly united the advantages of two contrasting components, showing that they indeed b… continue

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Material Tendencies: Jun Aizaki of Crème | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-jun-aizaki-of-creme/7001614 Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>If you had to restrict yourself to working with just one material for the next three years, which would you choose?</b> I must say wood is the material that comes close to me. I don’t think I could do anything without it, whether it is reclaimed wood or new. I like the organic nature. For me it is like coming back to the basics. Both wood and metal are globally pretty available. Any city with an industrial district has a metal- and a woodshop. It is kind of like the corner stone of making things. <b>What makes a space comfortable for you?</b> People feel comfortable in spaces that feel warm and inviting. Lighting is absolutely key and the choice of materials. In our studio we strive to design spaces that have a good balance. We don’t want to just ‘wow’ people. We’d rather have the ‘wow’ almost come naturally, when you visit that space multiple times. It does not have to be the first time. We like things that age and get worn out. We think about it in a longer lifespan.… continue

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BKLYN DESIGNS Kicks Off NYCxDESIGN May 5-7 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bklyn-designs-bklyn-designs-kicks-off-nycxdesign-may-5-7-at-the-brooklyn-expo-center-in-greenpoint/7001612 Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 This weekend from <b>May 5-7, BKLYN DESIGNS</b> kicks off the first weekend of the citywide <b>NYCxDESIGN</b> initiative at the spacious and light-filled <b>Brooklyn Expo Center</b> in the creative hub of <b>Greenpoint</b>. Interactive installations, design service providers, pop-up shops, live demos, workshops, panel discussions, local vendors, and kid-friendly programming makes the show a must-attend event for trade professionals and design lovers of all ages. Founded by the <b>Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce</b> in 2003, the show serves as an incubator for emerging designers as well as a platform for established brands producing a range of creative products across furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles, and jewelry. Brooklyn is world-renowned for its community of talented woodworkers, which can be seen in native New Yorkers such as <b>Mark Jupiter</b>, a fourth generation woodworker, as well as recent arrivals like <b>Christopher White</b> who studied woodworking in Bordeaux and… continue

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Conspicuously Unobtrusive | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-conspicuously-unobtrusive/7001611 Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Looking back, says Jürg Ammann, he was pretty audacious and naive when he took the plunge and set up his own business 18 years ago. Today the designer and interior designer produces bespoke one-offs and pieces for his own label Piuric: simple furniture reduced to the essentials. At his own workshop, Ammann carries out almost every step in the process himself. He works away at prototypes, welds, mills and shapes, sews and upholsters. The upholstered furniture is particularly challenging to make: sofas and chairs with seats so slender they almost seem to defy the laws of statics. In order to achieve the necessary stability, Ammann also designs the metal legs for the furniture himself. “Developing a good cast metal base can easily take three months. I use a little foundry at Lake Hallwil; later on, the bases are sanded and polished by hand. That comes at a price, but it definitely pays off,” says the designer. Ammann sources his fabrics from Switzerland or Europe. “Suppliers who sell prem… continue

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Les Arts décoratifs de Paris: Cosmopolitan French Taste | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-les-arts-decoratifs-de-paris-cosmopolitan-french-taste/7001610 Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Paris entered the history of applied arts in the 1860s. First, French taste vied with English taste, and then it quickly took the lead. Today, the French applied arts organisation, Les Arts décoratifs, keeps its finger on the pulse of the expectations of both the public and of young industry professionals ranging from designers to craftspeople and interior designers. Education and knowledge transmission are among the organisation’s primary challenges. Additionally, Les Arts décoratifs champions the notion of French taste. TLmag recently had a lively discussion with Managing Director David Caméo and Museums Director Olivier Gabet at the organisation’s offices facing Paris’ famous Jardin des Tuileries. <b>TLmag: How would you describe today’s Musée des arts décoratifs?</b> David Caméo: Les Arts décoratifs is a rich, complex institution that encompasses both museums and art schools. The museums are the Musée des arts décoratifs on the rue de Rivoli and the Musée Nissim de Camondo on th… continue

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Looking Back on Ventura Lambrate 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-lambrate-looking-back-on-ventura-lambrate-2017/7001609 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 All the praise we received from the press, from architects, buyers, designers, stylists and other visitors demonstrated to us once again that there is a consistent wish for a curated event that shows an overview of what's happening in contemporary design. We are delighted to have brought this again to the Milan Design Week! Over <b>115.000 visitors</b> found their way to the Lambrate area and the opening event has never before been so well visited. Those who came to the area saw the varied designs of <b>126 exhibitors</b>, showing experimental material research, social projects, thrilling movements in lighting and other thought-provoking design trends. <b> Ventura Lambrate 2017 Highlights </b> One notable visitor was <b>the mayor of Milan</b>, Beppe Sala. The former commissioner of the Expo Milan 2015 World Fair was more than happy to see every single exhibition. Both from the perspective of the cultural development of the city, as well as from the perspective of someone who knows t… continue

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The Outsiders: Varaschin | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-the-outsiders-varaschin/7001608 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 One common thread – literally – runs through the history of Italian company Varaschin: a passion for weaving. Back then, this family-run firm, founded by Ugo Varaschin in 1969, specialised in rattan and wicker furniture. Today, its forte is outdoor pieces – from dining chairs to more informal low-level, modular sofas – all covered in handwoven fabrics, which blend comfort with innovative design. These elegant, contemporary designs, with a strong Mediterranean flavour, dissolve the traditional divide between outdoor and indoor furniture. Made of synthetic woven fabrics, wood and metal elements that withstand harsh weather conditions, they are highly durable. Given the carefree spirit of Varaschin’s furniture, it’s appropriate that the brand is based in the Prosecco-producing area of Treviso in Veneto, northern Italy. After all, its outdoor dining chairs clustered around large dining tables and its sofas are naturally conducive to festive gatherings. It should come as no surprise to hea… continue

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The Four Elements | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-cleaf-the-four-elements/7001607 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 “The Four Elements” is the new CCube exposition concept, the Cleaf corporate showroom, designed by Studiopepe. An immersive pathway that explores the versatility of Cleaf surfaces through the theory of the four elements of Nature: water, air, earth and fire. A multisensory environment in which the visitor can move freely to discover the multiplicity of finishes and decorative papers which interact with each other through the law of the 'harmony of the elements'. CCube's light and airy rooms occupy 700 sqm of floorspace on four levels to provide: a site specific installation in the central area, a series of abstract compositions on the walls of the four main rooms and four exposition platforms on the two basement floors. The space is completed by a lounge and consulting area in the wings of the entrance and a meeting area on the top floor. <b>Site specific installation (central area)</b> A forest of melamine faced panels in different shapes and sizes welcomes the visitor and guides the… continue

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Leading Designers tell Architonic what is their Superpower | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-leading-designers-tell-architonic-what-is-their-superpower/7001605 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Always in the thick of the action - this time at Salone del Mobile 2017 in Milan - Architonic recently asked some of the heroes that shape the design world today what superpowers they rely on. Full of news and valuable insights, we will soon follow-up with full-length interviews. Here is a first glimpse. Architonic regularly checks the pulse of the markets, and when visiting international trade fairs and design events, we ask renowned designers what materials they particularly favour right now. Their reflections provide the basis of our ongoing <b>MATERIAL TENDENCIES</b> series, as part of our Architonic Trend Analysis. <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-leading-designers-tell-architonic-what-is-their-superpower/7001605">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-leading-designers-tell-architonic-what-is-their-superpower/7001605 Renaat Braem: Between Geometry and Fluidity | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-renaat-braem-between-geometry-and-fluidity/7001604 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Renaat Braem (1910-2001), a 1935 graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, is one of the most notable figures in Belgian 20th century architecture. Between 1936 and 1937, he found himself working for Le Corbusier in Paris. There he explored the French master's sensibility for space and form. Whereas his early projects from before World War II were still rooted in a rectangular, formal language, his work from the 1950s slowly took on the softer forms of new organic approaches. This new work appeared on the scene at the same time that interest was growing in the concrete plasticity of later Brutalism. During the 1950s and 1960s, Braem combined his interest in expressive architectural forms with his bent for social responsibility. He completed a series of housing estates in Antwerp, including the Kiel neighbourhood (1951–1958) and the Arenawijk neighbourhood (1960 - 1965), in addition to other large-scale housing complexes in Leuven, Brussels and Boom. Meanwhile, Braem also b… continue

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Survival of the Fittest: Tribù | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-survival-of-the-fittest-tribu/7001603 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 According to Einstein, “the measure of intelligence is the ability to change” – a maxim that certainly holds true for businesses operating in such volatile markets as the furniture industry. Belgian outdoor furniture brand Tribù has consistently demonstrated its capacity to adapt to changing circumstances, reinventing itself several times to ensure it stays ahead of the competition. Tribù’s origins can be traced back to 1967, when businessman Henri De Cock founded a company for importing garden furniture. Following Henri’s death in 1987, his son Lode took control and shifted the focus of the business onto producing furniture that combined discreet luxury with architectural design. Working with industrial designer Wim Segers, Lode De Cock helped to pioneer the trend for outdoor furniture that functions as an extension of a home’s interior. The furniture Tribù produced in the early 1990s was a departure from the heavy wood and cheap plastic options available at that time. The Natal colle… continue

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Centre Stage: Pedrali at the Salone del Mobile 2017 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-centre-stage-pedrali-at-the-salone-del-mobile-2017/7001602 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 “All the world’s a stage,” wrote Shakespeare. Indeed, if you were at the Salone del Mobile in Milan last week, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the entire international design world and then some had entered stage left. The fair itself was bigger than ever. And with an even greater raft of events extra muros, all vying to secure an audience. For some, Milan is a comedy. The best opportunity in the trade calendar to reconnect – often by chance – with those industry-wide contacts, both professionally and socially (and, of course, to indulge in some good food and fine wine). For others, it’s more of a tragedy, the fair’s behemothic scale making making it difficult for meaningful, in-depth conversation to take place. Love it or hate it, however, the Salone del Mobile can’t be ignored. A key way, of course, to ensure that your voice is heard amid the cacophony is – as any good acting coach would say – to project. Clarity of brand messaging combined with an expressive, architecturally con… continue

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Heimtextil Begins Preparations for 2018: International Designers Target Trend Developments | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-heimtextil-begins-preparations-for-2018-international-designers-target-trend-developments/7001601 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Trend researchers from Denmark, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands and the USA discussed current trends in interior design, architecture, fashion and art during the two-day workshop. "Given that participants come from different continents, the Trendtable team at Heimtextil is able to draw from a comprehensive pool of inspiration and gain exciting perspectives on the interior design of tomorrow," reports Olaf Schmidt,Vice-President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. Ten months before the next Heimtextil, the designers have made it their aim to analyse developments in materials and textures, colours and patterns from all four corners of the world and determine the stylistic design themes. At the end of the process, a mutual, globally applicable trend prognosis for the coming 18 months will be agreed upon and presented in the Heimtextil Trendbook and also the "Theme Park" during Heimtextil itself. <b>FranklinTill directs</b> For Heimtextil 2018, continue

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Picture This: new cinema architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-picture-this-new-cinema-architecture/7001600 Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 If the cinemas of yesteryear were glamorous buildings whose flamboyant styles enhanced the excitement of going to the pictures – think the Beaux-Arts architecture of the Edwardian era or the Art Deco splendour of 1930s odeons – the multiplexes that have thrived since the 1960s have often been soulless structures. But the refurbishment since the 1990s of many independent movie-houses – a classic one being London’s Electric – has seen contemporary cinema architecture flourish. Whereas cinemas once conformed to fashionable styles of the day, architects are now being increasingly experimental when designing them. One particularly arresting example is Snøhetta’s extension of Norway’s Lillehammer Art Museum and Lillehammer Cinema, originally designed in 1964 by Erling Viksjø. It boasts a new cantilevered, stainless-steel façade, reminiscent of a building wrapped by the artist Christo (although its inspiration is a shooting star). Designed by the late artist Bård Breivik, this crowns the glas… continue

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Dutch Architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-dutch-architecture/7001599 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 As the new Mecca for Europe´s architects, the Netherlands has become a must-see playground for architecture addicts. Ever since the 1990s when the landscape design firm West 8 developed Borneo Sporenburg, the third extension of Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands project, Dutch architecture and urban planning strategies have become a world-recognised reference. Almost 60 architects contributed to this urban project in the capital city of the Netherlands. Borneo Sporenburg is characterised by three bridges, which connect the different neighbourhoods on the peninsulas. West 8 reinvented the patio house to maximise outdoor space. Contemporary Dutch architecture maintains strong roots in the vanguard arts and architecture movement from the 1920s. The avant-garde designs of De Stijl and Theo van Doesburg, together with the work of Piet Mondrian, inspired new ways of connecting indoor and outdoor spaces and creating volumes and geometries that blend into the urban fabric. <b>Internalised architect… continue

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In a new Light: USM Haller E | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-in-a-new-light-usm-haller-e/7001598 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Over the years, the USM Haller modular furniture system, developed in collaboration with Fritz Haller, has advanced to the status of a design classic. It is timeless, functional, and can be expanded and adapted at will. Since the 1960s, it has been firmly ensconced in offices and living spaces. This raises the question of whether such a furniture icon holds the potential for further development. And a clearly affirmative answer is offered by the new USM Haller E system, which integrates light and energy in a nearly invisible manner. The Haller shelving solution changes with the times, while its time-proven design remains constant. Shelves today can be much more than just a place to accommodate or store things. But how can a classic be newly imagined without alteration of its basic principles? Seven years of development went into the technical realisation of USM Haller E, because the parameters were set narrowly and the demands and expectations were high. For the first time, light wasn’… continue

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Material Tendencies: Todd Bracher | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-todd-bracher/7001597 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>If you had to restrict yourself to working with just one material for the next three years, which would you choose?</b> Wood. It is a timeless material. And wood is remarkably flexible, you can do so many things with it. From building a house to making a toothpick, you can go to the extremes. <b>Can you identify certain trends in materials?</b> I try to identify what is truthful. If you are honest and loyal to the truth, your result is timeless. For example, if you look at a tree, I don’t think you question if it is beautiful or not. You don’t say that it looks like it is from the 1980s. It is a tree. It is beautiful. It is a truthful result. My goal is to create something that surpasses trends. <b>What do you think of the expectation to continually produce something NEW?</b> People haven’t changed. What is meaningful remains: shelter, security, health, happiness, love… I think it is important that we design to these constant values. It is the cultural context that is movin… continue

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Visit Copenhagen with MARK and FRAME | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/frame-publishers-visit-copenhagen-with-mark-and-frame/7001596 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 For the first time ever, design media brand Frame is organizing an architecture and design trip from 8 to 12 June 2017. Over the course of five days, Mark editor David Keuning will accompany you to all the latest inspirational projects in the Danish capital. ‘Copenhagen is a rapidly expanding European capital with a lot of interesting, recently constructed buildings,’ says Keuning. ‘The packed itinerary includes architectural highlights such as UN City by 3xN, Maersk Bygningen by C.F. Møller and the Axeltorv offices by Lundgaard & Tranberg, as well as exclusive access to the work-in-progress sites of the Amager Bakke incinerator plant by BIG, the Danish Architecture Centre Bryghus by OMA and the Tingbjerg Library by COBE.’ ‘Travellers can also opt for additional tours to the mid-20th-century architecture highlights in Klampenborg and Louisiana, or the new projects in Ørestad,’ adds Keuning. The tour will be led by guides including Dominique Pieters, veteran international architectu… continue

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These Colours Don't Run: FAP Ceramiche | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-these-colours-don-039t-run-fap-ceramiche/7001595 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 FAP Ceramiche began life in the mid-1960s, the FAP part of its name alluding to its origins as Fabbrica Artistica Piastrelle, a workshop near the city of Modena devoted to producing high quality ceramic floor and wall tiles. In 1997, by now a globally successful firm, FAP Ceramiche joined Gruppo Concorde; soon after, it underwent a relaunch that saw it focus primarily on bathroom wall tiles and residential flooring. Today, it boasts an extensive catalogue of over 30 product lines. All made in Italy, these are created by fusing traditional ceramic-manufacturing methods with cutting-edge yet environmentally friendly technology and contemporary design. One recent collection, Color Now — launched last September at the fair Cersaie — celebrates the world of colour and its power to arouse different emotions. The collection comes in a highly versatile, on-trend spectrum of eight, mix-and-match colours, which can be combined in many ways yet still look harmonious. These include Avio (airforce… continue

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Tiles in Wood Looks – Inspired by Nature: Tiles in Authentic Wood Looks from Villeroy & Boch | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-villeroy-amp-boch-fliesen-tiles-in-wood-looks-inspired-by-nature-tiles-in-authentic-wood-looks-from-villeroy-amp-boch/7001594 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The advantages are easy to see: ceramic tiles from Villeroy & Boch such as the HALSTON, TUXEDO, LODGE, NATURE SIDE and BOISÉE vilbostone porcelain stoneware ranges are easy to clean and impervious to water. Furthermore, because porcelain stoneware is fired at extremely high temperatures, it is also resistant to scratching by furniture or heels. The tiles are light-fast, which means that, unlike the natural materials on which they are modelled, they will not lose their colour over time. Porcelain stoneware from Villeroy & Boch is frost-resistant, making it ideal for outdoor applications. To ensure greater ease of care, the surface is sealed with vilbostoneplus during the manufacturing process. In addition, porcelain stoneware is particularly resistant to standard household chemicals, although one should always observe the instructions provided by the cleaning agent manufacturer. The tile surfaces do not offer any refuge for dust mites, which are removed by normal cleaning – as a result,… continue

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Euroluce 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/fabbian-italia-euroluce-2017/7001593 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Among the collections presented, we find Claque, a series of high-performance spotlights designed by Marc Sadler. Olympic, a collection of circular rings, by designer Lorenzo Truant, emits a diffused light and can be adjusted to create original geometric shapes, as well as being interlinked. Lens, designed by Lucie Koldova, is a group of metallic suspension lights whose substantial size allows them to fill large spaces, creating a pleasant, diffused and indirect light. Freeline, designed by Flynn Talbot, is a modular system allowing the light to be "transported" to various parts of the room, as required. The system works using intersectable tracks onto which three different types of spotlights can be positioned as desired: one spherical, one directed spotlight and one indirect light reflector. Also new is the Metropole sectional system, designed by Marc Sadler, whose main attributes are its sound-absorbent fabric in various hues of natural colours, and its beech wood slats. An interest… continue

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Seamless Perfection | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-seamless-perfection/7001592 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Today’s customers want holistic interior concepts that incorporate every room. Or to put it another way: the furnishings should create the impression of a seamless, harmonious whole. This is where Orea comes in. Besides producing coherently designed kitchens, the company also creates entire interior concepts that extend throughout the living space and include the flooring, furniture and bathrooms. The company’s philosophy plays a key role: the kitchen maker believes that each and every product – regardless of whether it is an accessory, a piece of furniture or a kitchen – should meet three criteria: it should be elegant, meticulously crafted and give the customer added value. Because a kitchen is not a short-term investment: in most cases, it remains an important part of the living space for more than 15 years. The kitchen furnishings and accessories are produced at the kitchen factory in Muotathal – mainly from Swiss wood. An efficient combination of fully automated and manual steps h… continue

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In Accord | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-in-accord/7001591 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Working with what can be sourced locally without losing sight of the future and new streams of development – if there’s one thing the new generation at MAB knows how to do, it’s how to combine these crucial components. Anybody familiar with MAB knows that the family-run company stands for traditional woodcrafting and quality furniture for the living room, bedroom and office. While the repertoire still includes products like Carmen, the firm’s classic wooden wall unit system, the modern furniture designs by daughter Simona Föhn are also proving very popular. Her colourful designs experiment with forms and materials and are convincing proof that tradition and innovation are by no means mutually exclusive. The company has evolved along with the changing needs and wants of its customers – in fact, it even manages to stay one step ahead: “We’ve definitely become more understated, feminine and flexible,” says Marco Föhn, who took over as manager from his father Peter Föhn, a member of Switze… continue

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The Perfectionists | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-the-perfectionists/7001590 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 For Lehni AG in Dübendorf, aluminium is more than just a material: it’s the company’s DNA. At the production facility, the metal is stamped, folded and spot-soldered with unparalleled perfection – another word people associate with Lehni. Especially if they happen to have visited its production plant in Dübendorf. The well-lit rooms in the production hall, which was designed and built by Swiss architect Ernst Gisel, provide perfect surroundings for forming the aluminium plates, most of which have a thickness of 1.5 millimetres. The setting is as minimalist and understated as the furniture that leaves the factory, such as the shelving and bed by Andreas Christen or the shoe storage system by Hanspeter Weidmann. For a good two years now, Lehni has been making kitchens in Dübendorf as well. Each kitchen is a one-off, individually planned and produced to suit the customer’s needs. “Obviously kitchens are a whole new area for us – right down to the stage at which we’re involved in the const… continue

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Every Sauna is a One-Off | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-every-sauna-is-a-one-off/7001589 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 People who cultivate their own style don’t take their cues from other people. And while that obviously applies to clothes, the same goes for saunas. Precisely because taking a sauna is such a personal ritual, there’s plenty of scope for individuality. That’s why, for prospective sauna owners, it’s definitely worth giving some serious thought to the design of their future sweat room. The experienced experts at Küng Sauna guide customers to their own personal dream sauna step by step. Nothing is left to chance. On the contrary, as sauna pioneer Tony Küng explains: “Listening and time are the most important tools we have. We pick up on our customers’ ideas and wants and implement them wherever possible. Every detail is considered: the aesthetics of the sauna cabin and the room as a whole, the materials, the lighting, the sequences.” Then, bringing all their skill and empathy to bear, Küng’s knowledgeable staff create a sauna that is very literally tailored to its owners. And as everybody… continue

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Dante-Goods and Bads at Salone del Mobile 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dante-goods-and-bads-dante-goods-and-bads-at-salone-del-mobile-2017/7001588 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 A mystery collection, an assortment by association. Colors mixed with feelings, materials full of innuendo, ghosts and shadows and something we can’t quite put our fingers on: welcome to DANTE's 2016/17 Collection, <b>Parallel Choice Assortment</b>. When we thought about this year’s theme, we let our minds wander and marvelled at the very strange places they took us. Association is a curious thing, it doesn’t follow any obvious logic, but, like Alice going down the rabbit hole, it leads us into a world full of the subjective: fragments, dreams, the half forgotten, the semi-conscious. Parallel Choice Assortment is inspired by the whimsical aesthetic of this world. Each year, DANTE invites a guest to inspire, mentor or collaborate. For Parallel Choice Assortment we found the perfect match in French photographer Camille Vivier, whose artistic style is permeated by the peculiar spirit we sought for this collection. A style, as she herself puts it, of emotions and daydreams, full o… continue

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Metalmobil Turns a Page | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-metalmobil-metalmobil-turns-a-page/7001587 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 An important renewal, an <b>evolution</b> in communications, brings with it a <b>growth</b> in the strategic process and positioning in the market to get on the same page as the company’s main stakeholders: designers and architects. The company’s evolution, therefore, is geared towards tackling the challenges of the international market and meeting the latest demands of a vast and diverse public. For sixty years, Metalmobil has succeeded in building up its reputation thanks to products produced with an artisan approach, backed by industry, stability, research, design and a team of consultants and resellers who increase the level of quality by making the customer aware of the wholly artisan product. Metalmobil has always been a forward-thinking company where innovation and tradition meet and the historic roots do not hold back the path to renewal, but, on the contrary, act as a driving force. On this evolutionary path, the company has entrusted its image to the graphic designer, <b>Leon… continue

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The Shapeshifter: Alain Berteau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-shapeshifter-alain-berteau/7001586 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Alain Berteau is on a mission. The mild-mannered, bespectacled Brussels native may come across as one of the most cordial designers you’ll ever meet in the industry, but he takes no prisoners when it comes to his profession. You see, he’s a design malcontent. Never happy with the status quo of things. For him and his team at Alain Berteau Designworks – whether developing paradigm-shifting projects for his own, super-functional brand Objekten Systems or working on commissions for the likes of Bulo and TossB – are not in business to deliver the same old, same old. For Berteau, design typologies are there to be challenged. “We work hard questioning existing typologies for ourselves and for clients,” explains Berteau. “We can’t help it. Shaping a model to make it ‘good-looking’, ‘ trendy’ or ‘stylish’ is nice, but it’s by far the easiest and least interesting part of the process. For us, it’s not enough.” Not that the Belgian is in the business of pushing the boundaries just for the sake… continue

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Swiss Design Map Milano | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/swiss-design-map-milano-swiss-design-map-milano/7001585 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Events like the Salone del Mobile and the Fuorisalone have long been an important showcase for Swiss design schools, firms and young designers. To increase their collective impact and visibility, the <b>Swiss Design Map Milano</b> draws attention to the many exhibits with a connection to Swiss design. This initiative developed jointly by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Milan and Switzerland Tourism allows visitors to take in the diversity, creativity and innovation of contemporary Swiss design at a glance. Want to find the booth of a Swiss firm at the Salone in Rho? Don’t know where to find a Swiss event at the Fuorisalone? In Brera, Tortona or at Ventura Lambrate – the Swiss Design Map will take you where you want to go. Want to know more about Swiss design schools and firms and the trendiest Swiss designers? Can’t get enough of Swiss design? Why not take a break to visit one of Switzerland’s thriving cities with their numerous masterpieces in contemporary architecture and fas… continue

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Tracing Identity: De Castelli | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bethan-ryder-tracing-identity-de-castelli/7001584 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 It may only be 14 years old but the Italian brand De Castelli is already regarded as one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of metallic surfaces, known for its innovative finishes and pioneering techniques. Company founder Albino Celato has swiftly forged this reputation by harnessing the talents of external architects and designers, recognising that it often requires an external viewpoint to fully recognise the potential of one’s own expertise. Xavier Lust, Michele de Lucchi and Aldo Cibic are just some of the established names who have created products with De Castelli, exploring the vast spectrum of possibilities in a variety of metals. Until now these collaborations have predominantly been with male designers, but last year – with gender a hot global news topic – Celato decided to throw open De Castelli’s doors to seven female designers, asking each of them to conceive one piece that would “express the rich potential of metal”, in particular the many techniques and treatments at whi… continue

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Only Connect: Prostoria | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-only-connect-prostoria/7001583 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Design, it can be argued, is a bit like language. It can work on a functional level, but can also be seen as having an expressive value. Take Croatian manufacturer Prostoria’s highly graphic Polygon chair, for example. Reminiscent of an architectural plan, the design is articulated as a series of separate elements in space – back, seat, armrests. Filigree lines of bent tubular steel connect them, holding them in place. Beyond its utilitarian purpose, the chair can be read metaphorically as an expression of what Prostoria ⎯ as both a commercial and cultural undertaking ⎯ has set out to do. The company is engaged not only in the manufacturing of design products, but is also attempting to design the very platform on which the different actors in Croatia’s design industry can connect. Taking an integrative approach, the brand has cultivated a creative workshop-like stage, where young designers, expert craftspeople, production as well as materials specialists, and others are given the sp… continue

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The perfect seat | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-the-perfect-seat/7001582 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 A lot has changed since company founder Hans Weibel opened his upholstered furniture factory 51 years ago. And then again, some things have stayed the same. The high quality standards, for instance, and the Swiss manufacturing base. “Even when I started out in the firm as a bookkeeper 25 years ago, it was already very careful about where its raw materials came from. Today we source our foams, leather, metal fittings and upholstery fabrics from suppliers in Switzerland and other European countries who have a tradition of upholding high quality standards. Leather from eco-friendly producers that is free of harmful substances is an absolute must,” explains Lukas Weibel. And to ensure the continued availability of apprenticeships for industrial upholsterers, the committed business manager spent many years campaigning for improvements to their training. The brothers have also redefined the product development process. Whereas the furniture used to be designed in house, the Weibel brothers n… continue

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Material Tendencies: Stefano Giovannoni | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-stefano-giovannoni/7001580 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Like a chef, he adds just the right amount of colour and a twist of humour to his designs, to touch people on an emotional level. <b>If you had to confine yourself to a single material for the next three years, which one would you choose and why?</b> Stefano Giovannoni: I love plastic, because it is the most flexible material and it is very industrial. With plastic, you can produce highly sophisticated shapes at a price that is accessible to a wide range of customers. I think design has to be democratic. <b>What do you think of the expectation to continually produce something NEW?</b> We need to design something really extraordinary today, because the market is becoming competitive and really saturated with products. People look for something with a strong identity. Today, the bestseller is no longer a product that is very basic and well-designed. I think nowadays you have to create emotions – something that can tell a story to the people. Therefore, I have chosen to follow a kin… continue

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Functional design at its finest | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-functional-design-at-its-finest/7001579 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Kaboom Hotel is situated directly opposite Maastricht's central railway station and caters specifically to the modern traveller, or 'the traveller of tomorrow,' as the director of Kaboom Hotel, Rino Soeters, prefers. We are all travellers of tomorrow – you and me and everyone else. This traveller values a good bed, a good shower, fast and free Wi-Fi, and sincere service, but doesn't want to pay an outrageous amount for it. Kaboom offers the total package: they have everything you need for a comfortable stay, without the unnecessary bells and whistles. <b>A five-star experience for fifty euros</b> The name 'Kaboom' suggests an explosion or a clash; a clash between the quality you get and the price you pay for it. Kaboom is housed in a building that dates from 1905. On the outside, the building reflects the architectural style in which it was built – the Amsterdam School. On the inside, it is ultra-modern. 'We constantly strive to create contrasts to keep our guests on their toes,' ex… continue

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Architonic Trend Analysis | Top 100 Italian Brands | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-trend-analysis-top-100-italian-brands/7001578 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products. Our curated database currently provides information about more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,400 designers. 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts annually choose Architonic as their guide to the very best. This gives us an insight into developments in the architecture and design markets, which we would like to share with our community. For Salone del Mobile 2017, we have identified the top 100 most popular Italian brands on architonic.com. This presentation is based solely on traffic information collected on architonic.com. All statistics and rankings shown in this article are based on the number of relevant search queries entered in the text-search field on architonic.com (‘by text search’) from March to December 2016. © Architonic continue

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50 Shades of Leather: Elmo | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-50-shades-of-leather-elmo/7001577 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The Swiss expressionist painter, designer and colour theorist Johannes Itten once said: “Colour is life, for a world without colour seems dead.” Thanks to Swedish premium leather manufacturer Elmo, colour is helping to revivify interior environments across the globe that have been dominated for decades by black, brown and beige leather upholstery. As a leading supplier to the architecture and design communities, Elmo seeks to offer its clients the widest possible range of colours and has developed more than 300 different hues for its aniline, semi-aniline and technical leathers. “We want designers to perceive us as a one-stop-shop where they can find any colour they need for any purpose,” says the company’s director of sales and marketing, Jimmy Ahlgren. “We adapt fully not just to residential demands but also the demands of the contract market, where colours are more influenced by fashion.” Elmo was founded in 1931 and is headquartered in the Swedish town of Svenljunga, where it produ… continue

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Zumtobel & Retail – Creating Light Creates Emotions | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/zumtobel-lighting-zumtobel-amp-retail-creating-light-creates-emotions/7001576 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Up to 95% of all purchase decisions are made subconsciously. These choices can be positively influenced with the help of individually adapted lighting scenarios. The Limbic® Lighting approach from Zumtobel makes it possible to address specific personality types that have been defined through the Limbic® Lighting research from the Gruppe Nymphenburg in Munich. Alongside more time spent in the store and increased customer wellbeing, the Limbic® Lighting study also revealed a sales-boosting effect: “Shops are increasingly developing into places where visitors enjoy a feel-good atmosphere and real sensory experiences. Light can therefore be used to stimulate emotions and to create visible brand identities. Our Limbic® Lighting study showed that the right lighting can increase sales by 10 per cent,” explains Daniel Lechner, Marketing Director Zumtobel. With three Limbic® Lighting application scenarios - from a showcasing luxury fashion to setting the scene for high street fashion stores… continue

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The name says it all | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-the-name-says-it-all/7001575 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 For managing director Thomas Germann, the indirect component is an essential part of any lighting design because it creates a totally different atmosphere than direct lighting. As its name suggests, the young lighting firm attaches great importance to handcrafted quality and aesthetic luminaires that provide efficient, homogeneous lighting without harsh or multiple shadows. Thomas Germann: “Although there are plenty of attractive luminaires on the market, they often don’t provide enough light.” It was his desire to remedy the situation that gave rise to the first luminaire in 2009: Rhombus. It consists of a single piece of aluminium perforated with distinctive rhombus-shaped openings for optimal thermal management. In the case of the Conversio pendant lamp, which was launched in 2014 and created in collaboration with renowned design studio Atelier oï, the lampshade consists of a pressed piece of aluminium with a homogeneous finish. Thanks to a sophisticated mechanism based on a steel s… continue

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Bends ahead: TON | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-bends-ahead-ton/7001574 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 There was lard. In different forms. Dried, salty pieces of pork that exquisitely complemented the toothy, homemade plum schnapps I was offered. And then a spreadable, seasoned variety, slathered on artisan bread. I shouldn’t have been surprised. This was, after all, an invitation to visit long-established Czech furniture manufacturer TON, whose brand – like the lard – oozes authenticity. My hosts, displaying hospitality in spades, were determined that I not only gather valuable, first-hand insights into their business, but also enjoy a genuine experience. It may not trip off the tongue so easily, but Bystřice pod Hostýnem, in the forest-filled Moravian part of the Czech Republic, is a town that plays a significant role in the development of modern furniture design. For it was here, given its abundance of wood, that 19th-century, German-Austrian design pioneer Michael Thonet – he of the bentwood furniture – elected to build one of his first factories to explore his innovative steam-… continue

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EVOLUTION: the progress of comfort | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alberta-pacific-furniture-evolution-the-progress-of-comfort/7001573 Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The idea for the Evolution armchair comes from a new demand of comfort. Stressed by the hectic everyday life, we take refuge on our favourite armchair for a little relaxation: a moment just for us to relax and do what we like most. Until now, this concept of comfort has involved only the sphere of seat cosiness without solving the most complex theme of harmony between body and mind: the feeling of relaxation must be coupled with a personalized, ergonomic support that benefits the whole body. The Evolution armchair by Alberta introduces a new concept of comfort and flexibility. The elegant wooden body invites to relaxation with its fluid shape; an integrated system of movement ensures a high level of versatility, and supports the body for reading and resting. The leather upholstery and the external structure show a unique and modern design. Style and comfort are the main characteristics of the Evolution armchair, which, just like its name suggests, conveys the synthesis of the e… continue

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You Can't Fight City Hall: new civic architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-you-can-039t-fight-city-hall-new-civic-architecture/7001572 Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 London’s City Hall has been compared variously to a car headlamp, a misshapen egg, a motorcycle helmet and, by former mayor Ken Livingstone, a “glass testicle”. Love it or hate it, the building designed by Foster + Partners demonstrates the challenges involved in developing iconic civic architecture. Such buildings were traditionally created to instil a sense of pride and identity within the populace, often through the scale or grandiosity of their design. The move towards a more egalitarian society and increased attention on the appropriate allocation of public funds has prompted a more modest approach, but there remains some scope for architectural experimentation. The following examples demonstrate how today’s town halls seek to balance affordability, accessibility and other practical concerns with the need for a significant cultural icon. Civic buildings typically occupy prominent positions at the centre of towns or cities, where they act as monuments to the state’s role as prot… continue

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Mature and full of vitality: blickfang celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special Jubilee collection | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/blickfang-germany-mature-and-full-of-vitality-blickfang-celebrates-its-25th-anniversary-with-a-special-jubilee-collection/7001571 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 blickfang has been inspired and shaped by the independent design world – and has conversely left its own impression. Today's customers in Stuttgart, Hamburg, Basel, Zurich and Vienna eagerly await the blickfang event, whereas in 1993 the idea of presenting interior design, furniture, fashion and jewelry under one roof was of itself new. CEO Jennifer Reaves reflects, “We were the first ones to fully recognize the retail aspect of the independent design community." Or as the Swiss home textile designer Isabel Bürgin, who has won the blickfang Zurich design prize twice, says: "My continued presence in the blickfang over the last 16 years has proven to be indispensable. My company is too small for the normal retail channels and I need this platform to find new customers". That’s why design idols will showcase their designs right next to up and coming talents on the upcoming blickfang Stuttgart. The keen eye for unique ideas and young talents sets blickfang apart and makes it worth a visit… continue

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The natural way to better sleep | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-the-natural-way-to-better-sleep/7001570 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Good, healthy sleep isn’t something we can take for granted, as Balthasar Hüsler found out the hard way many years ago. In 1982, after years of suffering from back pain, he decided to create a bed geared entirely towards his own needs. And since necessity is the mother of invention, he came up with the Hüsler bed system, which now helps people all over the world get a better night’s sleep. Consisting of four layers – the frame insert, the Liforma spring element, the natural latex mattress and the overlay – the bed provides unique comfort and ensures an orthopaedically correct position during sleep. The secret recipe is based on the special slat system, consisting of what Hüsler calls “trimelles”. Each individual slat is made of three vertically glued strips of solid wood. In combination with the latex support points, the trimelles ensure an even degree of springiness across the entire surface. The slatted units are assembled at a sheltered workshop nearby. Each solid wood bed frame is… continue

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Superstudio Più – Via Tortona 27 – Milan | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/superstudio-superstudio-piu-via-tortona-27-milan/7001569 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 17.000 sq.mt. exhibiting space, 130.000 visitors and 2.270 registered journalists only in 2016, theme projects, museum-like installations, national pavilions, independent or collective exhibitions, large consolidated companies but also young innovative ones, start-ups, self-design, young independent creatives. All of this at SUPERSTUDIO, the iconic place for design in Milan, pioneer of the phenomenon of FuoriSalone in the neighbourhood, the most visited and renowned place in Tortona district since 2000. SUPERDESIGN SHOW is a project by Gisella Borioli. Artistic direction by Architect Carolina Nisivoccia. THE TEMPORARY MUSEUM, SPECTACULAR INSTALLATIONS THAT HIGHLIGHT THE PRODUCT • For its 70th anniversary, LG brings a great futuristic artwork designed by Tokujin Yoshioka, artist and designer hosted in the main permanent collections of MoMa, Centre Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum and other prestigious museums. Art and technology combine together up to create a futuristic dim… continue

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Designing is a game, playing is a project | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/brera-designing-is-a-game-playing-is-a-project/7001567 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 «We should make some didactic toys for adults, to remove prejudice and train the mind, to set hidden energies free». These simple and prophetic words of Bruno Munari are the starting point for the adventure of the 8th edition of Brera Design District Is gaming really capable of moving energies? We find Munari again in this year’s theme “Designing is a game, playing is a project” that reminds us to never stop having fun when designing. Many are the names and projects that joined Brera Design District this year. It will be a nice game to search them all from 4th to 9th April during Fuorisalone 2017! Brera Design District via Palermo 1, 20121 Milan, Italy A project by Studiolabo continue

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ARCHITONIC TOP 100 DESIGNERS 2016/17 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-top-100-designers-2016-17/7001566 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Ranging from living legends to young talents, Architonic’s new Top 100 Designers ranking features the most popular designers and architects actively searched for by users of architonic.com over the course of the past 12 months. Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products. Our curated database currently provides information on more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,700 designers. 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts annually choose Architonic as their guide to the very best. This gives us an insight into developments in the architecture and design markets, which we would like to share with our community. <b>Our methodology</b> The ranking results are not influenced by the number of product views on Architonic. This presentation is based solely on traffic information collected on architonic.com. All statistics and rankings shown in this article are based on the number of relev… continue

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Rejuvenation Station: Dornbracht | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-rejuvenation-station-dornbracht/7001565 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 People do sport. People eat healthily. People wear pedometers on their wrists, and use apps on their smartphones to measure their body mass index and heart rate. The stark demographic prognosis has seized society firmly by its Achilles heel and won’t relax its grip: we are getting older than expected. But we want to maximise our fitness and health as we age. We have no choice but to face the challenge that this poses, and it demands our full attention. In the bath, health-enhancing water applications are called for. These are meant to help us feel fresh and put a lifelong spring in our step. Andreas Dornbracht, managing partner of the Dornbracht company, embraces these new developments. The pragmatic pioneer joins forces with winning design and expert teams to strike out on ever-new paths. What captures his imagination is the benefit a product offers. And this has far-reaching consequences. For generations, the firm has inspired a whole industry – not only through its distinctive desig… continue

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Material Tendencies: Alfredo Häberli | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-alfredo-haberli/7001564 Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Having shared his thoughts on the need for more sensitivity and tactility in this extremely fast, digital world of ours, Häberli’s response to our question about which single material he would elect to work with if he could choose only one was no less surprising. <b>Alfredo Häberli</b>: Wood is one of the most fantastic materials ever. It is an ecological material, as it grows again. With wood you can do whatever you want. You can make bowls, cutlery, a chair… You can build a house! Also, I like the natural patina that wood receives, being outdoors or indoors. <b>Do you use digital libraries?</b> Yes, I do use it, but I think it is important to know the background and not only look at the image. I have 40 metre of books. I know every page, every image, and I know the history very well. If I read something, I know it afterwards. If I just look at it, I will not remember, because it is too fast and too superficial, in a way. <b>Does evolving technology affect your work?</b> It does… continue

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Ventura Lambrate 2017 Edition | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-lambrate-ventura-lambrate-2017-edition/7001563 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Design processes are in essence social – an aspect that demonstrates the designer’s role and responsibility in society. Every year Ventura Lambrate reveals the importance of collaboration and social change in design. You will find mixed collectives, international academies and a range of different backgrounds all uniting to address social issues. In the 2017 edition we have a total of 36 nationalities and 20 academies. Designers need to tackle the question of how their roots and national heritage influence their work. With their projects, they strive to prevent this important cultural knowledge from vanishing. In addition to this search for legacy, there is a great awareness that we are confronted with growing social issues and that we need to find solutions for ways of preserving our surroundings and living together in more effective ways. The theme of togetherness appears in several exhibitions, whether this involves seeking answers to major social problems or finding micro domest… continue

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An instinct for wood | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-an-instinct-for-wood/7001562 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 It’s hard to think of any other producer of handcrafted furniture that is still as traditional and authentic as Switzerland’s oldest table and chair manufacturer. In some cases, even the premises and machinery are the same as almost one hundred years ago. But it’s not just the Glarus production site that has stood the test of time; the products have too, which is why classics such as the mira, classic, häfeli or moser chairs still number among horgenglarus’s top sellers. Today its products find a ready market not just in Switzerland but overseas too, all the way from New York to Hong Kong. When you visit Glarus, you realise that attention to detail and a passion for all the many facets of wood are the driving forces behind the company – principles the team lives and breathes. Here you can follow the transformation of a piece of wood every step of the way – from the moment it is delivered all the way to the finished chair. Almost without exception, the firm has been using beech and… continue

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Future Fibres: Techtextil 2017 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ulrich-buttner-future-fibres-techtextil-2017/7001561 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 To most people, textile architecture is synonymous with spectacular spans of fabric and expressive design. Textile building envelopes are also becoming increasingly common, however. And not only are new and sophisticated characteristics continually being realised in fabrics, but these materials are now delivering the proof of their projected longevity. From 9 to 12 May 2017, Techtextil in Frankfurt am Main will reflect the state of developments in this field and point towards its future. An early example of textile architecture is the membrane roof of the “Nature Stage” for the Karl May Festival in Elspe, Westphalia. When it was completed in 1978, it was the largest winter-proof roof construction of its kind in Europe, providing 4,400 spectators protection from the sun and rain. Although the roof showed no weaknesses even after 37 years of constant exposure to the elements and could have done a perfect job for many years to come, the building owner wanted to freshen up the colour, and… continue

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Material Tendencies: Neri & Hu | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-neri-amp-hu/7001559 Sun, 05 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Do your architectural projects have a certain signature?</b> I think we are extremely contextual. I believe in what Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once wrote: ‘We don’t aspire to be eternal beings. We only hope that things do not lose their meaning’. And I do hope that we do not lose meaning in our pursuit of space-making. Often we get so caught up with the immediacy of the world we live in. We fall in love with an image, an object, without really understanding the spatial relationship of the building outside and inside, and its relationship with the landscape that it sits on. <b>Is there a 21st-century building material?</b> I think it is changing. We have not gone so far away from what Le Corbusier has done. Concrete, steel and glass are still there. But I think we do have to explore beyond these materials. There are other opportunities out there that are more sustainable. <b>Does evolving technology affect your work?</b> They are an apparatus that will continue to change and w… continue

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Glass creates space | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-glass-creates-space/7001558 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 You might be wondering why an industrial enterprise like Glas Trösch is being featured alongside Swiss craft producers. For Roberto Jäckle, head of project development, technology and design and branch manager of the Central/West region, the answer is simple: “At Glas Trösch, customers can order everything from a small shelf all the way to a shower enclosure or even large-format fire-resistant glass to suit their individual needs – even in a batch size of one.” And there are other aspects that make Glas Trösch Interieur a boutique manufacturer, such as personal service, the company’s many years of experience and the considerable expertise of its staff. GLAS TRÖSCH: Since the firm was founded by Johann Friedrich Trösch in 1905, Glas Trösch has made a name for itself as a glass specialist and evolved continuously over the years. And not just in Bützberg where the company originated and continues to have its headquarters, but at its more than 60 other locations around the globe as well. G… continue

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50 Jahre Helten – Einrichtungen auf höchstem Niveau | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/helten-50-jahre-helten-einrichtungen-auf-hochstem-niveau/7001557 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 50 Jahre im Einrichtungshandel sind heute eine Seltenheit. In Zeiten von Globalisierung und Internet scheitern immer mehr Einzelhändler. Es sei denn, sie bleiben seit 50 Jahren konsequent bei ihrem Konzept: Individualität, Qualität und innenarchitektonische Planungskompetenz. Als Fritz Helten, unterstützt von seiner Frau Renate, am 10.10.1966 das Heimtextil- und Einrichtungshaus heim und mode Fritz Helten gründete, legte er den Grundstein zu einer Erfolgsgeschichte, die sich sehen lassen kann. Die Firma wuchs und gedieh und der Name Helten wurde zu einer Institution im Raum Göttingen-Kassel, Südhannover, Nordhessen und weit darüber hinaus. Mit der Übernahme der Geschäftsführung durch Sohn Torsten im Jahr 2000 wurden die Geschäfte in der Innenstadt und auf der Siekhöhe unter dem Namen Helten Design Depot vereint. Das Erfolgsgeheimnis: qualitativ hochwertige Einrichtungskollektionen und Einzelanfertigungen, innenarchitektonische Beratung und Einrichtungsplanung, Kundenservice, Liefer… continue

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Detached villa – CASA BIANCA | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-detached-villa-casa-bianca/7001556 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <b>The two-storey structure blends softly into the existing topography thanks to the clear language of forms and harmonious colour. The clever exterior and interior concept of the detached villa impresses with modern architecture and plain elegance. Clear lines and balanced proportions shape the property according to the individual needs of the residents and present the individual elements as a conceptual whole.</b> <b>Plain elegance</b> The down-to-earth entrance area with the symmetrically arranged masonry catches the eye immediately from the street. The interior courtyard is protected from prying eyes with the help of the garden design and the precisely positioned shrubs to the left and right of the property. Only a narrow entrance door grants entry to the visitor. The mirror glass installed next to the front door makes the entrance appear larger and invites one to enter the stylish and friendly interior of the property. The boomerang-shaped ground plot of the structure beautiful… continue

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Go with the flow: KWC | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-go-with-the-flow-kwc/7001555 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The Swiss company KWC manufactures premium kitchen and bath fittings that stand out for their craftsmanship and perfection. This high standard of aesthetics and quality goes back to the origins of the company, which began in 1874 as a maker of artful music boxes. Their production demanded, above all, fine workmanship and mechanical understanding – skills that are reflected in the values of the company today: precision, clarity and elegance. At the end of the nineteenth century, the company turned its attention fully to bathroom and kitchen fittings, which due to their quality soon found their way into the grandest houses. The product range has been steadily expanded ever since, and refined with regard to design and functionality. As a result, KWC offers architects and designers diverse possibilities for the use of its products, as the following examples illustrate. In 2016, the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron built the luxurious residential tower 56 Leonard Street i… continue

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Italian for experts: Artemest | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-italian-for-experts-artemest/7001554 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Italy is renowned for the quality of its artisans, from the master glassblowers of Murano to the stone and wood carvers of Florence. For centuries, the country has occupied a position at the heart of European cultural scene, producing some of the greatest artists, designers and architects the world has ever seen. In order to retain its prominence as a hub of high-end production, however, Italy must look for new ways to raise its profile in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Fortunately for the country’s current generation of artisans, support is on hand in the form of an innovative new e-commerce platform. Artemest was established in 2015 by jewellery designer Ippolita Rostagno, who wanted to champion the talents of Italy’s top artisanal producers. The company aims to forge connections between these makers and people around the world with a passion for handmade home décor, jewellery and fine art. A stylish website presents a curated selection of products from manufacturers… continue

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Enduring diversity | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-enduring-diversity/7001553 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Rather than tying itself down to a single product category, furniture manufacturer Embru is able to develop and produce all kinds of different furniture at its own manufacturing facilities – thanks to the scope of its production capabilities and the expertise of its craftsmen, who have been with the company for many years. In its modern production halls, the firm still produces furniture all the way from A to Z: profiles are welded, metal sheets stamped, tubes bent into shape, particleboards milled, edgings stuck on, bed frames assembled and surfaces finished to perfection. Practicality and innovation are two characteristics shared by all Embru’s furniture. Take the office furniture collection eQ, for instance, the first modular system that can be assembled entirely without tools. The metal eQ modules are designed to be timeless; produced to the highest standards, they are both versatile and durable, making them a particularly sustainable option. The company is also the last genuine Sw… continue

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A beating textile heart in Frankfurt: Heimtextil ends with increased visitor and exhibitor numbers | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-a-beating-textile-heart-in-frankfurt-heimtextil-ends-with-increased-visitor-and-exhibitor-numbers/7001552 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 A total of 2963 exhibitors from 67 countries (2016: 2864) presented their new textile products and designs across 20 halls and appeared to be highly satisfied by the orders they received and business contacts they made. Detlauf Braun, CEO of Messe Frankfurt, highlighted the positives following the end of the trade fair: “The figures speak for themselves: Heimtextil grew once again in 2017 in terms of its visitor and exhibitor numbers. But it’s no longer about quantity and hasn’t been for a long time. I am especially pleased about the high quality of the products exhibited as well as the intensity of discussions between purchasers and exhibitors. Frankfurt is the international meeting place and beating textile heart of the interiors industry.” Also positive: overall, visitors consider the sector’s economy to be in a better place even than last year. Visitors from Germany in particular consider the situation to be good (40 per cent). Wernfried Fesenberg, Managing Director of Schlau E… continue

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Material Tendencies: Morten Schmidt | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-morten-schmidt/7001550 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The Architonic team recently caught up with Morten Schmidt to find out which building material is particularly popular at the moment. Morten Schmidt: Timber will take a big turn, there is no doubt. Universities around the world, in countries that are known for having a lot of trees and production of timber, they are already investing in researching how to develop the timber into something that can load, for instance, which can span longer, grow faster and which can be fire-protected in a better and more healthy way. It is a question of the very conservative building industry taking over these kind of materials one day. <b>Please describe a recent project of your choice.</b> Dokk1 is a project that we completed last year in Aarhus, Denmark. This public library is part of a new development of the waterfront, which is now being taken over from when it was an industrial harbour. Our building sits right on the edge between the harbour and the river. To connect the area both visually a… continue

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The ‘avventura’ continues: Presenting Ventura Lambrate & Ventura Centrale 2017 – 9 February 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-lambrate-the-avventura-continues-presenting-ventura-lambrate-amp-ventura-centrale-2017-9-february-2017/7001549 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <b>The undiscovered station vaults – Ventura Centrale</b> Imagine walking into the scenic, abandoned vaults of one of Italy’s major train stations. The heritage status of the spaces and the endless possibilities dazzled us with excitement. This was the feeling that Margriet Vollenberg, director of Ventura Projects, experienced when first encountering the potential of these ‘theatrical’ spaces. Ventura Centrale was born and the newly found spaces were easily matched with the right exhibitors. Maurizio Borletti expresses the desire of Grandi Stazioni Retail to inject new life into these connected warehouses situated alongside the famous train station. With the initiative of presenting the site-specific design installations to the public, the vaults are coming back to life. SALVIATI The two installations of glass craftsmanship by Salviati (in collaboration with Luca Nichetto and Ben Gorham) will interact forcefully with the light in the station’s old warehouses, forming a great exa… continue

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When Beat met Lukas: FluidSolids | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-when-beat-met-lukas-fluidsolids/7001548 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Beat Karrer knows how to pay a compliment. ‘He gets shit done,’ says the seasoned Zurich designer and founder of game-changing material innovators FluidSolids of his fellow Swiss industrial designer Lukas Scherrer. Like creative, entrepreneurial brethren, but without any of the rivalry and psychodrama that you find in real families, Karrer and California-based Scherrer have, as commercially successful, company-owning designers in their own right, designed an ongoing, collaborative partnership that sees them cleverly cross-leverage their respective competencies and contact databases to maximum enterprising effect. It all started when they were both invited to run student workshops at a Swiss university. ‘We both drove the students the same way,’ explains Scherrer, former senior designer at the Palo Alto office of international design consultancy IDEO and founder of SHIBULERU, a San Francisco design firm that innovates for high-profile start-ups and Fortune 500 clients. ‘We weren’t in… continue

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Constructive Thinking: new school architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-constructive-thinking-new-school-architecture/7001547 Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 At the risk of preaching to the converted, architecture has the power to affect its users, not only on a physical and behavioural level, but on affective, emotional one, too. This we know, right? Why, then, has school design dropped off the agenda for so many national governments? These are environments, which, possibly more than any other building typology, display a direct causality between quality of space and the performance of those who interact with it. Better architecture, better marks. The UK’s RIBA, for one, is lobbying hard for a revitalised building programme for schools. Its Better Spaces for Learning report published last year argues that schools ‘play an important role in widening our outlook and life chances’, calling for a comprehensive review of school-building in the country. <b>Frederiksbjerg School, Aarhus, Denmark</b> Internationally, a number of recently delivered projects demonstrate how creative and literal investment in architecture for schools can transf… continue

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Ceramic masterpieces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-ceramic-masterpieces/7001546 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Text: Katja Reich Villeroy & Boch AG Saaruferstraße 66693 Mettlach Germany Your contact for projects: Xiaoming Bai projects@villeroy-boch.com +49 (0) 68 64 / 8 10 continue

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Architecture from the Air: Zurich's Zollfreilager | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/hochparterre-ag-architecture-from-the-air-zurich-039s-zollfreilager/7001545 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Leading Swiss architecture journal Hochparterre has taken to the skies with a drone, creating a striking, bird's-eye film of Zurich's Zollfreilager – a vast 1920s warehouse, cleverly transformed into a vibrant, mixed-use urban district. Click below for more info... <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/hochparterre-ag-architecture-from-the-air-zurich-s-zollfreilager/7001545">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/hochparterre-ag-architecture-from-the-air-zurich-039s-zollfreilager/7001545 Naturalness | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-naturalness/7001544 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Sometimes, a stroke of genius can be perfectly simple – as Elite Beds proves with its latest creation. A boxspring bed made entirely of natural components: the WoodenBoxspring. Based in western Switzerland, the company accomplished the innovation in collaboration with Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) by developing filigree yet hardwearing wooden springs as a natural alternative to their conventional metal counterparts. “Customers have become more demanding, especially here in Switzerland,” explains François Pugliese, CEO of Elite Beds. “They don’t just want a mattress or a bed any more, they want to know what’s in it and where the materials come from.” In the case of Elite Beds, the answer is very simple: the vast majority are from Switzerland. The solid wood for the wooden springs and the wool and blond horsehair used for the inner lining of the mattress come from local producers. “Our intention is to source everything we possibly can from Switzerland, even if that means high… continue

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Von adipösen Enkelinnen, Hundehütten und Leuchttürmen | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/karin-frei-rappenecker-von-adiposen-enkelinnen-hundehutten-und-leuchtturmen/7001542 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Karin Frei: Architekten nutzen Modelle als 3D-Visualisierung einer Idee. Das eigentliche Werk / die eigentliche „Kunst“ ist aber der architektonische Bau selbst. Welche Funktion haben Modelle in Deinem Werk? </b> <b>Tobias Rehberger:</b> Es gibt Modelle, die im ganz klassischen Sinne, wie beim Autobauer oder beim Architekten, in Vorbereitung für grössere Arbeiten entstehen. Andere Modelle dienen als Vorlage für die Ausführung in einem anderen Massstab durch Dritte, wie dies bei mir beispielsweise mit den Garagen-Arbeiten der Fall ist. Dann gibt es auch Arbeiten, die im Unterschied zur klassischen Verwendung von Modellen, wie Du es beschreibst, in ihrem Status der Modellhaftigkeit auch die endgültigen Arbeiten sind. <b>Wie zum Beispiel?</b> Wie zum Beispiel die „adipöse Enkelin“, die zwar ein Modell für ein Baumhaus und auch im Baum installiert war, die aber nicht dazu gedacht war, dass man ein wirkliches Baumhaus danach baut. Dadurch, dass es ein Modell war, hatte es eine ande… continue

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Fresh ideas | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-fresh-ideas/7001541 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 “Young, international and a woman to boot.” Those were the attributes that Nathalie Felber brought to the company when she took the business over from her father in 2011 – initially with her sister, now alone. “I don’t know which of those three characteristics was the decisive factor, but the company culture has changed quite a lot since I joined the firm. We were a bit set in our ways. Everybody focused on their own thing without necessarily considering the bigger picture. I thought it was time to change that and introduced an open communication culture that means everybody pulls together for the good of the company. Our staff’s ideas and suggestions are just as important as feedback from our customers. But it’s essential to keep communication paths short. There’s nothing I hate more than endless minutes and long emails that nobody even reads, let alone acts on. We’ve always got furthest by talking to one another, face to face,” says Nathalie Felber. You sense this fresh approach to d… continue

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Rethinking radiators | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-rethinking-radiators/7001540 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Text: Katja Reich Tubes Radiatori srl Via Boscalto 32 31023 Resana Italy Your contact for projects: tubes@tubesradiatori.com +39 0423 7161 continue

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Aesthetics in the bathroom | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-aesthetics-in-the-bathroom/7001538 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Due to the bathroom’s image change, the various surfaces, such as the floor tiles, are now subject to additional requirements. Accordingly, they now not only need to be functional and hygienic, but also have special technical and aesthetic properties. Besides offering comfort, tiles should primarily be resistant to moisture and chemical cleaners. Stoneware is particularly suitable due to its extremely low porosity. It easily meets a large number of requirements, including with respect to abrasion, stains, wear and chemical agents. And thanks to the latest technology, stoneware now also offers a wide range of possibilities for realising an individual style and look in the bathroom. Modern tile designs are heavily influenced by current surface trends. They are mostly manufactured with a contemporary, urban used look that is special and reminiscent of materials such as cement, plaster, resin and oxidized metals, and this in turn lends apartments an urban character. Wood looks create a war… continue

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“Sinfonia” by Création Baumann lights up at IMM Cologne 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/creation-baumann-sinfonia-by-creation-baumann-lights-up-at-imm-cologne-2017/7001537 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Since 2012, IMM Cologne has been presenting “The House” design event, a project giving young influential designers the opportunity to try out their visions for contemporary living in real life. For IMM 2017, famous New York product designer Todd Bracher was nominated to show his interpretation, where he is breaking free from the traditional concept of individual rooms to focus on merging zones for provisions, relaxation, and hygiene. Todd Bracher’s imaginative concept does away with most of the traditional exterior walls by cladding the majority of the house, i.e., the provisions area, with a semi-sheer skin made form textile fabric. The creative American chose Création Baumann as his competent partner and their “Sinfonia” fabric. “Sinfonia”, a classic curtain fabric, has been part of Création Baumann’s collection since 1978 and offers ideal characteristics for Todd Bracher’s experimental home. The designer uses this semi-sheer fabric to replace the missing windows, askin… continue

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Dream Weaving: Techtextil 2017 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ulrich-buttner-dream-weaving-techtextil-2017/7001536 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Building with textiles today means much more than stretching huge spans across building exteriors, and it is among the textile sectors that foresee significant growth. In many points, the characteristics and functions of high-tech textiles clearly and impressively outstrip those of traditional materials. Intensive research and development has brought great progress in all areas of technical application for textile solutions and concepts. Yet many innovative solutions go virtually unnoticed, as they do their work largely hidden from view. Of the 12 fields of application represented at Techtextil (Agrotech, Oekotech, Geotech, etc.), Hometech and Buildtech are likely to be the biggest draw for architects with an affinity for textiles. To inform themselves on the current state of these technologies, these attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the presentations and discussions to be held from 9 to 12 May 2017 in Halls 3, 4 and 6 at Messe Frankfurt. Techtextil, the world’s largest tr… continue

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Design made of stone | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-design-made-of-stone/7001534 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Inlay meets industrial design – an unusual combination, seeing as inlay stands for a filigree, elaborate craftsmanship and exceptionally aesthetic design. Lithos Design has transferred this richness of detail to natural stone using industrial methods. The “Opus” collection lives up to its name and presents six models in 25 different shades out of a total of 38 different kinds of marble. The unusual wall and floor coverings were created in collaboration with the -designer Raffaello Galiotto. “Opus is a reinterpretation of the technical and aesthetic characteristics of traditional inlay and is based on the repetition of certain patterns”, explains Raffaello Galiotto. “The biggest difficulty has been to develop an industrial manufacturing process that makes it possible to produce a serial product of the highest quality such as Opus. For each of the six models in the collection, a separate production process has been developed.“ The selection of specific technologies -allows the hidden bea… continue

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Innovation is change | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-innovation-is-change/7001533 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Showrooms in capital cities like New York, Paris and Tokyo, more than 55,000 rolls of fabric in stock, 130 years of company history, more than 15 awards and prizes in the last four years alone – the facts about family-run firm Création Baumann are impressive to say the least. The company owes much of its success to its willingness to invest in new, innovative technical developments. “Because our products are made in Switzerland, we can’t beat our competitors when it comes to price. So we have to rely on ideas instead: developing innovative products is crucial for our survival,” says Philippe Baumann. An interdisciplinary team is constantly in search of new themes and subjects every idea to a critical assessment. At most, one in ten has the potential to be taken to market – although it can be years before the new product is actually launched. “You need a lot of staying power during that time. You have to overcome resistance and fight for the idea. If you don’t believe you can create som… continue

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Architects’ top brands | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architects-top-brands/7001532 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 As the world’s leading and most reliable research tool for high-quality architecture and design products, Architonic can offer its users relevant and valuable insights into the latest developments in the architectural and design markets. We are pleased to present to you – as part of our ‘Architonic Trend Analysis’ series – Architonic’s most popular bathroom manufacturers in 2016 from the 1,500+ premium brands in our extensive and curated database. Our methodical approach: All the traffic information was collected from April to September 2016 on architonic.com. The ranking is based on the number of page views of the relevant Architonic member brand. Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of architectural and design products in the premium segment. Our curated database currently contains more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,400 designers. Each year, 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts use Architonic as a guide whe… continue

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Premium quality in the bathroom | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-premium-quality-in-the-bathroom/7001531 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 With its enamelled shower areas, and bathtubs and washbasins made of steel-enamel, Kaldewei enables architects and planners to design bathrooms with perfectly coordinated materials, shapes and colours. “Kaldewei can be found in luxury and 5-star hotels around the world – clear confirmation of the unique quality of our products, because these establishments set the highest standards when it comes to their fixtures and furnishings”, says Roberto Martinez, Senior Vice President International Sales & Project Management. It is not only the hotel industry that appreciates the unique material properties of steel enamel. The housing industry, too, as well as health care organisations turn to the premium manufacturer when sourcing products. Developers in particular benefit from their durability and robustness. Even with intensive use and frequent tenant changes, replacement cycles are long, and they thus contribute significantly to cost optimisation. In addition to bathtubs and washbasins, the… continue

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Lighting and Architecture: EuroShop 2017 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ulrich-buttner-lighting-and-architecture-euroshop-2017/7001530 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The fair, which welcomes visitors from 5 to 9 March, is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and attributes its success to its fairly unusual cycle of being held every three years. In view of the medium-term nature of innovations in shop-fitting, the trade show was switched from a two-year to a three-year cycle as long ago as 1975. This proved to be a good decision, because it has since then provided exhibiting organisations with enough time to drive forward their ideas and product developments while at the same time providing visitors – shop operators and planners – with innovations that will really benefit them. In an age when online retailing is becoming more and more widespread, the retail industry is responding intelligently, highlighting its USPs and presenting its best features in modern shopping worlds that can have a breathtaking impact. Brand shops, retail chains and individual specialist stores are pulling out all the stops to create customer appeal that is both emotional… continue

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TOP 10 FREE-STANDING LIGHTS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-top-10-free-standing-lights/7001529 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products. Our curated database currently provides information about more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,400 designers. 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts annually choose Architonic as their guide to the very best. This gives us an insight into developments in the architecture and design markets, which we would like to share with our community. For the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017, we have identified the Top 10 free-standing lights on architonic.com from SFF 2017 exhibitors. The ranking is based on the number of page views on architonic.com, which depends on different traffic sources linking to the respective product, such as navigation on architonic.com, direct links via Google and advertising campaigns linking to the product among others. The rankings are limited to Architonic Member brands exhibiting at Stockholm Furnitur… continue

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Smart products for more comfort | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-smart-products-for-more-comfort/7001528 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Individualisation, intuitive controls and extra comfort offer the user a distinct advantage when it comes to daily bathroom rituals – whether in private homes or hotel rooms. One example is the Allure F-digital line of fittings. Its digital control features familiar symbols such as the start-stop sign, and thus can be intuitively used not only by a younger, tech-savvy target group. Recurring features such as a favourite temperature for washing hands or the fill-level for the bath tub can also be saved and retrieved at the touch of a button. GROHE F-digital Deluxe brings a touch of luxury by transforming the shower into a private spa with unique water experiences using modern technologies. The individual modules for coloured light, music and steam can be combined according to individual preferences to create a personal feel-good atmosphere. All these are easily controlled using the GROHE SPA® app and a mobile device such as a smartphone. Text: Katja Reich Fotos: © Grohe Grohe Deut… continue

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Ambiente 2017: Currently Trending | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/britta-rohlfing-ambiente-2017-currently-trending/7001527 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Surfaces like ice crystals or wind-sculpted sand; objects featuring expressive printed patterns; original, authentic design – Stilbüro is on the go year-round, tracking down trends. For fifteen years, the fashion designers and agency founders Annetta Palmisano, Claudia Herke and Cem Bora have been jetting around the world, driven by their passion to bring together influences from art, fashion, design and architecture. “Milan, with its fairs and fashion shows, provides us with important stimulus,” says Claudia Herke, “as do our trips to Japan, where we’re inspired by new tendencies and currents.” And again this year, the style experts are making a key contribution to Ambiente. They have distilled the relevant developments, summarising them in four trend directions: Jumbled Pattern, Delicate Structures, Honest Material and Notable Shapes. At the Messe Frankfurt they are creating a special exhibition in which visitors can immerse themselves in these thematic spheres. Annetta Palmisano exp… continue

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Young ideas for building with textiles wanted – Student competition with cash prizes worth a total of € 8,000 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/techtextil-young-ideas-for-building-with-textiles-wanted-student-competition-with-cash-prizes-worth-a-total-of-eur-8000/7001526 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 A part of many elements, from membrane roofs and smart façades to lightweight constructions, fibre-based materials are a component part of architecture and building. With its ‘Textile Structures for New Building’ competition for students, Techtextil, International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, aims once again to put the spotlight on young people and invites students of civil engineering, product design and related disciplines, as well as young professionals, to enter the competition with their ideas for building with textiles or textile-reinforced materials. <b>Assignment</b> The competition covers all aspects of building with textiles and entrants are free to choose any subject of relevance to this. Both supervised and unsupervised projects will be accepted. The assignment for students and young professionals participating in the ‘Textiles Structures for New Building 2017’ contest which will be presented at Techtextil 2017 is to create solutions in the followi… continue

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TOP 10 CHAIRS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-top-10-chairs/7001525 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products. Our curated database currently provides information about more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,400 designers. 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts annually choose Architonic as their guide to the very best. This gives us an insight into developments in the architecture and design markets, which we would like to share with our community. For the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017, we have identified the Top 10 newly launched chairs on architonic.com from SFF 2017 exhibitors. The ranking is based on the number of page views on architonic.com, which depends on different traffic sources linking to the respective product, such as navigation on architonic.com, direct links via Google and advertising campaigns linking to the product among others. The rankings are limited to Architonic Member brands exhibiting at Stockholm Furnitu… continue

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