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DESTINATION DESIGN Whether it is design hungry architects or interior specifiers, Denmark, is fast becoming the go-to destination for professionals. Copenhagen is a centre for design, both with its heritage and contemporary brands and now with the new northmodern furniture fair making its mark on the city. Denmark is immersed in creativity, sustainability and with its forward-thinking attitude to living and architecture making it an incomparable resource. northmodern is uniquely placed to offer visitors and exhibitors alike, a destination and trade show experience like no other. The purpose built, light-filled centre has defined its own character so quickly since launching in 2015, it is already gathering an international following and reputation as an authority in the international interiors market. From furniture, to lighting, kitchens and textiles northmodern is the one-stop shop in design excellence UNPARALLELED EXHIBITORS You could argue that Danish design is where the entir

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headline.browser-titleNext Stop: new bus-station architecture https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-next-stop-new-bus-station-architecture/7001395 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

‘We’re all going on a summer holiday,’ sang a youthful Cliff Richard in his imaginatively titled screen musical Summer Holiday of 1963, where the quiffed teenage heartthrob and a gang of adolescent pleasure-seekers availed themselves of an iconic London double-decker bus to drive across continental Europe. The sun, the fun, the mechanical hi-jinks. (The movie was, of course, a mere vehicle – if you’ll excuse the pun – for the promotion of the rock-and-rolling poster boy.) Bus stations, as building types go, however, have tended to get a bit of a raw deal when compared to the majesty of train stations and the glamour of airports. There are exceptions, of course, such as the art-deco splendour of London’s Victoria Coach Station (1932) and Dublin’s international-style Busáras (1945–53), designed by Ireland’s foremost architect of the age, Michael Scott, and replete with undulating concrete canopy, rooftop restaurant and cinema. And, of course, Preston Bus Station in the north of England,

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headline.browser-titleThe Making of the 2016 AZ Awards Trophy and Installation https://www.architonic.com/en/story/az-awards-the-making-of-the-2016-az-awards-trophy-and-installation/7001393 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The winners of the sixth annual AZ Awards not only received recognition for their groundbreaking projects and products – they also took home a trophy designed and made by Omer Arbel. A halo of bubbles surround the polished pewter letters A and Z, created in a completely novel process. The Vancouver designer approaches each project according to the general philosophy that guides his studio: invent fabrication processes that yield new forms. Rather than imagining the final form, that is, the studio imagines an experimental method that results in a new product. This is how it has created the numbered lighting series of its world-renowned Bocci brand, from the folded porcelain shapes of 21 to the ethereal, fabric-textured glass clouds of 73. For the AZ trophies, Arbel sought to stick to the iconography of the brand, keeping the two letters – the A and the Z – distinct. These were cast in pewter, in two-inch-deep moulds that were placed on an L-shaped aluminum tray. The tray was suspende

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headline.browser-titleAnnouncing the Winners of the 2016 AZ Awards https://www.architonic.com/en/story/az-awards-announcing-the-winners-of-the-2016-az-awards/7001392 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

From a concrete and weathered-steel temple in Toronto that features the longest cantilever in North America to a landscape that offers floodwater relief and green space to a city in Spain, the 18 winners of the 2016 AZ Awards exemplify innovation and forward-thinking. Tonight at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works, many of the winners were present — some visiting from as far away as India and Shanghai — to take the stage and receive their trophies, which were designed by Vancouver designer Omer Arbel, who was also a member of this year’s jury. The standing-room-only crowd of design and architecture insiders fêted all 66 of this year’s finalists during the celebration. Together, the outstanding 826 submissions — from designers, architects and manufacturers, as well as students — are a worldwide representation of the best and brightest from the architecture and design community. Our international jury was also made up of some of the industry’s heavy-hitters: architect Chris Wilkinson of W

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headline.browser-titleTalking Shop: Nendo on retail design https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-talking-shop-nendo-on-retail-design/7001391 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Far from e-commerce proving to be the nail in the coffin for the traditional physical store, the retail industry has successfully managed to slip the bonds of binary, either/or thinking in favour of an ‘omni-channel’ business model, where brands offer customers a joined-up experience, whether they’re shopping online or in-store. Beyond the fact that we’re physical beings – who, in spite of the digital universe we’ve created, still have a fundamental need for the analogue, the immediate, the tactile – the real-time shopping space has an important marketing role to perform for any retailer. It’s where brand awareness is consolidated, where brands come alive, generating a significant increase in traffic to their counterpart online stores. If there’s one design studio that has bucked creative trends and consistently innovated when it comes to the shape and experience of the physical retail landscape, it’s Nendo. The Japanese office, headed up by Oki Sato, has built up an impressive list of

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headline.browser-titleLuctra: Biological light for the mobile workplace https://www.architonic.com/en/story/luctra-luctra-biological-light-for-the-mobile-workplace/7001390 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

LUCTRA® FLEX is the cordless, portable, biologically effective lighting solution for mobile working in the office or at home. The integrated lithium-ion battery powers the light up to ten hours depending on the dimming level and allows for complete freedom when choosing a workspace. Whether in the office, in the armchair at home, in the home office or on the patio in the evening, LUCTRA® FLEX offers unlimited flexibility without compromising on the quality of light. Cool and warm white LEDs with light intensity up to 1,000 lux, very even light distribution, and an extremely wide colour spectrum between 2,700 and 6,500 kelvin deliver light that approaches daylight in quality. The colour and brightness can always be adjusted for your personal comfort so you can concentrate better and work more productively without becoming fatigued. With a height of 136 cm, the cordless workplace lamp weighs a manageable 2 kg.

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headline.browser-titleA Clean Vision: Alape https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-a-clean-vision-alape/7001389 Mon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

As product types go, the washbasin is probably one of the most legible. Unless you happen to be in an übercool hotel or restaurant toilet, where it sometimes takes all the detection skills of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes to work out where and how to wash your hands, the washbasin communicates its functionality in a fairly clear way. Tap, receptacle, hole for the water to be lead away. If there’s one manufacturer, however, which in spite of the squarely utilitarian nature of the basin has managed time and time again to deliver innovations in its design and production, it’s the award-winning German brand Alape. Founded in Saxon town of Penig a couple of years before the turn of the 20th century by Adolf Lamprecht (Alape is a rather neat portmanteau of the first few letters of his name and of the location), the company has proven itself to be a perennial pioneer in its field. Its many innovations include the ‘bucket sink’ or multipurpose basin, launched in the 1930s, and the EW3 – the wor

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headline.browser-titleNya Nordiska: Fabrics in a new dimension https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-nya-nordiska-fabrics-in-a-new-dimension/7001380 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

While most of us link architecture with hard materials and orthogonal spatial forms, at the imm cologne 2016 visitors were confronted with a different kind of spatial creation in the form of the 'Das Haus – Interiors on Stage' installation by Sebastian Herkner: A circular holistic experience comprising light, sound and aromas in which textiles play the main role. In cooperation with the Dannenberg-based textile editor Nya Nordiska, Herkner has developed an installation with special haptic and acoustic qualities - spatial sequences full of openness and permeability that nevertheless convey an immediate feeling of security. This is achieved through the use of several layers of transparent and semi-transparent materials and mesh and openwork patterns that are able to be moved and superimposed within a track system. 'Thus it is not a static structure, but soft, textile architecture that plays with light and changing perspectives', says Herkner about his design. Bright, mineral colour shade

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headline.browser-titleMDT: Infinite flexibility https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-mdt-infinite-flexibility/7001379 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Design expertise, technical and constructional innovation and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Grimshaw Architects, while MDT’s innovative membrane structures stand out for their quality and customised approach. These made for optimal conditions in the joint design and development of Tensilation, an architectural modular canopy which was presented together with a lighting -installation at Frankfurt’s Thurn-und-Taxis Palace during the Lum The innovative system comprises square and diamond-shaped canopy elements that can be combined in various ways to form a filigree yet stable structure. The individual elements are joined together using intersections at the ends of the support arms, while textile connectors between the individual umbrellas ensure that the covered area is also protected from the weather. The system is complemented by an equally versatile flooring system that accounts for level changes in the landscape and matches the covered area. The design team realised that sp

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headline.browser-titleDornbracht: The bathroom is taking on new life https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-dornbracht-the-bathroom-is-taking-on-new-life/7001378 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Gone is the era of the bath as merely a room for personal hygiene. It has become a refuge from everyday stress, a precinct into which to withdraw in peace and quiet. This once mundane, ancillary room has developed into a place of regenerative leisure. It plays an ever-greater role in the home – a role that will continue to change in the future. This evolution calls for designers with the ability to give form to newly emerging concepts, and manufacturers who clearly read the signs of the times and deliver products that express them. The current trend is towards a heightened awareness of and concern with the body – the care and optimisation of which is part of a broader new health consciousness. As a place in which to pursue this new notion of “healthness”, the bathroom is undergoing a transformation from a functional room to a locus of ritual. Dornbracht, the international fittings manufacturer, recognised this trend more than a decade ago and integrated this knowledge in its company de

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headline.browser-titleMaterial Tendencies: Marcel Wanders https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-marcel-wanders/7001377 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Architonic recently met Marcel Wanders in New York City. No less surprising was his reaction to our question when having to choose one material only. <b>Marcel Wanders:</b> That would be difficult. Basically the only material I am interested in is grey mass – your brain! Because that is the only material which is really making an effect for your experience. I don’t specifically care about stone, wood or plastics. I care about what my work does with my audience and I am really happy to be very free in which material I work with. I always try to use materials that I have never used before. <b>At what point within the design process do you decide in favour of a specific material? What comes first – the shape or the choice of material?</b> Basically every project starts really open because anything is possible. But if you think about the project, you narrow down what is the real opportunity in a situation. It really depends on the clients you work for, the budgets, the place it has to g

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headline.browser-titleSkinning up: Old Buildings, New Facades – Part II https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bettina-krause-skinning-up-old-buildings-new-facades-part-ii/7001376 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

<b>Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence (Kansas), Gould Evans</b> The library in Lawrence, the sixth-largest city in Kansas, was built in 1972 in the brutalist style by the locally based architects Robertson, Peters, Ericson & Williams. To the west, the site is surrounded by residential development, to the east it adjoins the city centre, and to the south it borders a plaza. The existing building was plagued by problems including an outdated heating and air conditioning system, poor interior orientation, and insufficient daylight. The architects of the Missouri firm Gould Evans were commissioned to modernise and expand the building. Before they began designing, they spoke with residents of the city and users of the building, gathering their wishes for, and expectations of the library building. The designers used this information as the basis for their work. The citizens emphasised the civic importance of the building and suggested that it be established as a new urban focal point. The ar

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headline.browser-titleSkinning Up: Old Buildings, New Facades – Part I https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bettina-krause-skinning-up-old-buildings-new-facades-part-i/7001375 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

What’s to be done with a building that has fallen out of favour because it doesn’t meet modern energy-efficiency standards or fit into its surroundings visually? Instead of tearing it down, the current trend calls for remedial action – aesthetic as well as technical – in the form of a new building envelope or a significant intervention in its facades. The projects featured here present a striking symbiosis of old and new. <b>Clara and Robert, Düsseldorf, sop</b> The historic Uhlan Barracks in Düsseldorf’s Derendorf district were built in 1890. To make the former barrack buildings usable as offices, the Düsseldorf architectural firm slapa oberholz pszczulny (sop) has breathed new life into the Wilhelmine-era complex. A central focus of this extensive renovation and expansion was the preservation of the expressive Saarhaus, with its characteristic yellow clinker facade. The architects found the optimal solution to be a new envelope and an addition to the historic building. The result:

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headline.browser-titleKvadrat: Textiles that change spaces https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-kvadrat-textiles-that-change-spaces/7001374 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Deeply rooted in the Scandinavian design tradition, Kvadrat textiles testify to its passion for colour, naturalness and innovation. Continuously improving the technical and functional properties of textiles is one of the company’s main objectives. Consequently, the company has recently launched, exclusively for commercial use in Germany, Benelux and Denmark, Roller Blinds, a textile solution for windows for controlling, regulating and optimizing the indoor climate. The product is the result of a collaboration with the famous designer-duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. With their typical eye for detail and colours as well as ambition for sophisticated solutions, the brothers have succeeded in designing a customized system that optimally combines aesthetics and functionality. Die Rollos reflektieren und absorbieren das einfallende Tageslicht und ermöglichen es so, Helligkeit und Temperatur den individuellen Bedürfnissen bei sich verändernden Lichtbedingungen anzupassen. Die Kassetten aus Al

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headline.browser-titleKoch Membranen: A passionate problem solver https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-koch-membranen-a-passionate-problem-solver/7001373 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

One early milestone were the buildings for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Frei Otto was an ardent nature lover, and much of the technology he saw in nature was incorporated into textile construction and thus also into the products and projects of Koch Membranen. This is how the company’s architectural division began. Design, materials and construction are closely linked to each other, and projects are usually individually developed in Koch Membranen’s own manufacturing plant in close cooperation with the customer. The latter’s wishes are met wherever possible, while keeping in mind the technical and commercial limitations. For external textile structures, coated polyester fabrics and ETFE foils are used alongside mainly silicone- or PTFE-coated glass fabrics. Depending on the application area, a wide variety of structure types can be developed - from simple taut canopies over arch roofs, through multilayer pneumatic constructions, to convertible funnel umbrellas. The resulting structur

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headline.browser-titleOn the Tiles: FAP Ceramiche’s Roma collection https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-on-the-tiles-fap-ceramiches-roma-collection/7001372 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

When in Rome, do as FAP Ceramiche does. The premium Italian ceramic-tile brand’s Roma collection – with its porcelain stoneware floor and wall tiling that faithfully replicates the optical texture and nobility of marble and stone – pays clear homage to the eternal beauty of Italian style, which is known and loved throughout the world. The manufacturer, which has established itself since its founding in 1997 as one of the go-to companies for excellence in Italian tile production, has created with Roma a total design programme, which, through its variety of surfaces, sizes, colours and decorative motifs, provides the opportunity for architects, planners and other specifiers to truly shape bathrooms and other spaces in both contract and residential contexts. The individuality that Roma offers with its six different shades of ‘marble’ – Grafite, Statuario, Calacatta, Imperiale, Petra and Travertino – is amplified by the wide range dimensions that the tiles come in. In terms of flooring,

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headline.browser-titleNimbus: Never without my Roxxane Fly https://www.architonic.com/en/story/nimbus-group-nimbus-never-without-my-roxxane-fly/7001371 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Instead of going to all the trouble of carrying a luminaire and extension cable out onto the terrace or balcony for example, this cableless, battery-powered luminaire by the name of "Roxxane Fly" gives you the unprecedented possibility of taking light where none was previously, or where it was too much effort to install permanent lighting. This luminaire can also be used in dry outdoor areas, especially when not only a strong lighting performance but also an aesthetic solution is required. The battery-powered LED luminaire is available in several discreet or vivid colours and can shine for up to 20 hours. This new type of luminaire from the Stuttgart-based premium light manufacturer has one or two remarkable features: one is the manoeuvrable pivot head, which enables users to direct the light to wherever they wish with just one hand motion; another is the magnetic base that can be attached to any metal object – refrigerator doors, pin boards, anything you can think of. "Roxxane Fly" ca

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headline.browser-titleCurves Ahead: Erik Bagger https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-curves-ahead-erik-bagger/7001370 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Danish-born Erik Bagger might have trained as a goldsmith, but in 2014 he successfully switched to furniture design on co-founding the company Erik Bagger Furniture with his Brazilian wife, Caroline. That this turned out to be a seamless career move shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, Erik was able to apply his considerable skill at working on a miniature scale to designing the beautifully detailed, finely crafted pieces — from lounge chairs to dining tables — which he now creates with his other half. What’s more, the new venture was partly inspired by Erik’s long-standing passion for sketching furniture. As for Caroline, she has a deep-rooted interest in design, thanks in no small part to her own creative background: her mother is a designer and Caroline studied architecture and design in Brazil, finally gaining a degree in design. Erik, too, built up his design expertise from an early age. In 1972, renowned Danish metalware brand Georg Jensen took him on as a goldsmith. During h

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headline.browser-titleCaimi Brevetti at XXI Triennale https://www.architonic.com/en/story/caimi-brevetti-caimi-brevetti-at-xxi-triennale/7001369 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Caimi Brevetti, founded in 1949, has built its identity relying on research and design. Ten years after the big exhibition “Today is already tomorrow”, Caimi Brevetti is back in Triennale. The company, one of the main manufacturers in the furniture and furniture complements markets, presents at the 21st Triennale in Milano the show “Snowsound by Caimi. Design as you never heard it” with main topic the sound and the importance of a correct acoustic design in public and domestic spaces. The location is interesting as well. It is the “Cavallerizze” a 1800 m2 area which is the outcome of an important restoration work by the National Museum of Science and Technology “Leonardo da Vinci”. Snowsound Technologies by Caimi Brevetti are highly innovative and patented and have gathered the most prestigious international awards while constantly evolving. Unique systems considering both the applied technologies and the idea of sound absorbing elements intended as furniture complements capable of

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headline.browser-titleJan Kath: Haute couture for the floor https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-jan-kath-haute-couture-for-the-floor/7001368 Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

<b> In recent years, carpets have enjoyed an amazing comeback. What do you think are the reasons for this?</b> I believe many people secretly prefer carpets, and that this preference is firmly rooted in their subconscious. We have banished the traditional oriental rug used by our parents from the living room and got accustomed to polished concrete or wooden flooring, believing that they suit our lives better. But at some point we have also discovered that this clean ambience lacks warmth and security. With our contemporary designs we have dusted off the image of the carpet and broken with the old way of seeing things. <b> To what extent can architects and designers influence the design of a carpet?</b> We offer 25 collections. Essentially they are suggestions. Planners can determine all parameters such as size, colour, material mix and design themselves according to their own wishes. Almost 90 percent of our carpets are thus manufactured according to individual requirements. <b>

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headline.browser-titleCréation Baumann: Calm and serene https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-creation-baumann-calm-and-serene/7001367 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

In addition, some of the fabrics are characterized by additional functions such as dim-out, flame resistance, heat and glare protection. Also possible are specially-made fabrics in custom designs and colours, and thus acoustic solutions that have been precisely tailored to the needs of a project. This is made possible by the unique production depth of the company, which extends from design, through development, to production - all from one source. With over 125 years of know-how and traditionally high quality standards, Création Baumann, based in Langenthal, Switzerland, is now in its fourth generation. Great attention is paid to the steady and innovative development of the products. In the field of acoustic fabrics, for example, a few years ago the company succeeded in developing, using a new yarn and weaving technique, lightweight, transparent and sound-absorbing materials made of Trevira CS. The collection is constantly being expanded, and with 'Primacoustic' and 'Terzacoustic' also

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headline.browser-titleMOSA: A day in the life https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-mosa-a-day-in-the-life/7001366 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <p>These films are set to inform, attract and engage its viewers. It revels in the powerful bond between Mosa and the international architecture scene, a building and its materials and, ultimately, the fascinating worlds of design and manufacturing. Dutch ceramic surface specialist Mosa celebrates its on-going commitment to supreme design quality, functionality and sustainability with these bespoke films dedicated to the art, science and pure joy of designing with tiles. Entitled Mosa: A Day In The Life, the specially produced films tell the story of the company’s well-known range of exceptional products and their consistent resonance with the design world. The piece highlights Mosa’s creative processes, key characteristics, unrivalled technical ability, as well as its contemporary, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, proving once more that the company’s trusty product combines both brains and beauty. Artistic and versatile, the Mosa tile is carefully planned to address the </p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-mosa-a-day-in-the-life/7001366 headline.browser-titleChristian Fischbacher: Beauty with added value https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-christian-fischbacher-beauty-with-added-value/7001365 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

In this area, Christian Fischbacher is expanding its collection to include the ground-breaking innovation ECO FR, a fabric made from the natural materials linen, viscose and cotton that is both flame retardant and biodegradable - a characteristic increasingly in demand. The product is the result of many years of research. Molecular modification of the cellulose ensures that the fabrics are flame-retardant without the addition of chemical additives. ECO FR carbonizes and binds oxygen, and thereby suffocates flames - with no harmful emissions. Regardless of the technical requirements, Christian Fischbacher’s fabrics are created for interiors with personality. Take, for example, the recently-opened Aesop signature store in Munich. There the Munich-based corporate design and architect’s office einszu33 have experimented with contrasts in materiality and structure, as well as with subtle haptic effects. For the wall cladding, the plain velour VISCONTE II was used. The soft velvet surface re

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headline.browser-titleCarpet Concept: Rethinking spaces https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-carpet-concept-rethinking-spaces/7001364 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

More intelligent, more flexible, and greener: Carpet Concept’s specialists create designs that don’t date, so the carpets can be used for a long time. The company’s award-winning Hem woven-carpet collection, for example, was developed together with Ben van Berkel/UNStudio. The numerous colour variations are inspired by landscapes and offer wide-ranging possibilities for textile interior design. Carpet Concept’s latest product is a woven carpet with a surprising ‘Qutfit’. The idea behind Eco Iqu was to create a woven carpet with a very fine structure - suiting material for the floor as it were. The result is a material innovation with two different facets: a product with a fine structure as ‘couture for the office’, and a ‘rougher craftsman’s look’ as a strong counterpart. In each case, Eco Iqu has underlying parameters that every company will appreciate: the floor rounds off the architectural outfit, saves money, and thanks to efficient yarn use achieves a good ecological balance. An a

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headline.browser-titleAnker: Creativity out of tradition https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-anker-creativity-out-of-tradition/7001363 Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

In the German Bundestag, the Federal Chancellery, numerous ministries, many financial-services sector public buildings, hotels and office buildings, as well as in countless other prominent buildings, visitors' attention is immediately drawn downwards to the ANKER carpeting. And not only there, because the manufacturer also produces specially woven carpets for most airlines including Lufthansa and Emirates. In this demanding sector, ANKER is one of the few international suppliers that can meet the high quality and safety requirements of the airline business. Its range of products extends from classically woven fabrics, through modern patterned tufting items, to a large array of carpet tiles and rugs. Among its most famous products is the interior classic PERLON RIPS. Developed in 1959 as the original textile floor-covering, it has long since attained worldwide recognition and continues to be entirely produced by ANKER today. The unique weaving of the carpet, its compact structure and th

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headline.browser-titleLess is More https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-less-is-more/7001362 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The age-old maxim that “if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well” is epitomised by the approach of Danish design brand LoCa, which for more than two decades has focused on the production of a limited but exquisitely manufactured range of products. Inspired by the legacy of great Danish design and craftsmanship, the company has steadily established itself as one of the country’s premier design brands. The LoCa story began in 1992, when its founder, engineer Thorkild Lundsgaard was searching for an attractive and functional coat rack to install in his daughter’s bedroom. Not satisfied with the options available on the market, Lundsgaard set about trying to produce something suitable in his garage. The first attempts were unsuccessful, but the pursuit of a high-quality solution led Lundsgaard to approach the design studio of Harrit & Sørensen, which helped him develop the iconic Knax coat rack. The elegant and precisely detailed design was launched in 1995 and has been a bestsell

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headline.browser-titleDanish Delight https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tom-morris-danish-delight/7001361 Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Pared-back, simplified and modest: Danish design is known for not shouting. The same could hardly be said for its lighting industry though, which has long been recognised for its slight whimsy, whether that’s the flapping flashiness of Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke chandelier or the playground appeal of a Flowerpot by Verner Panton. Yet there is one lighting brand that has long trodden the quiet road. In the 47 years since it was established, Darø has built up a solid portfolio of neat and durable lighting, playing largely to the home market with its implicitly understated Danish style. With new ownership and remodelled design direction, however, that is all set to change. In 2013, Thomas Darø took control of the family company that was established by his father Kjeld Darø in 1969, in the Jutland town of Randers. Thomas had grown up immersed in the trade, assembling lamps in his father’s factory after school, and the takeover proved a daunting but positive opportunity. “It was a huge and

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headline.browser-titleFunctional textiles with glare and heat protection https://www.architonic.com/en/story/creation-baumann-functional-textiles-with-glare-and-heat-protection/7001360 Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

A world without glass as a construction element is inconceivable for contemporary architecture. Optimising energy efficiency is one of the biggest challenges today. Particularly for new office concepts, such as open plan offices, it is a matter of using and controlling day light to best possible advantage and protecting interiors against over-heating. The ideal internal sun protection option combines design with function and reacts to the user’s requirements with regard to the influence of light and heat from outside, as well as the need for illumination. Even in larger spaces with extensive glass surfaces, a pleasant atmosphere and sense of comfort can be designed into the space conveniently by using the right textile. The reason why Création Baumann is building on the successful collections of “Silver&Steel” and “Metal Base” with further developments. The new GLARE&HEAT Collection which encompasses 140 fabrics, the Swiss, Langenthal based textile specialist is seen as the comprehe

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headline.browser-titleArchitonic Speakeasy Disco Night in NYC 2016 https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-architonic-speakeasy-disco-night-in-nyc-2016/7001359 Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Besides our day-to-day lives with digital interactions and encounters, we believe it is vital to meet up with our valued members and partners in person, spending time exchanging ideas, obtaining valuable feedback, connecting and furthering business and creative relations. We are delighted to have caught up with so many of the Architonic contributors, just to name a few special guests: Karim Rashid, Marcel Wanders, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Marc Thorpe, Luca Nichetto, Matteo Ragni, Asher Israelow, Färg&Blanche, Steven Haulenbeek, Veit Dengler, Patrick Weder, Richard Lampert, Johan Lindau, David Gaynor, Julia Montanez, Erica Holborn, Dan Phillips, Tera Peterson, Tim Baynes, Yvette Cox, Tom Kirk Lighting, Matt Lockett, Michael Kearns … and many more friends from the worlds of architecture and design were dancing to the hot beats of DJ Life and enjoyed a well-crafted cocktail in the glamour and mystery of French- and South American-inspired interiors of Bar Naná in the Meatpacking District!

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headline.browser-titleThe Taste of Technology https://www.architonic.com/en/story/giovanna-dunmall-the-taste-of-technology/7001358 Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Some 35 years after its inception in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of northern Italy, internationally renowned kitchen brand Valcucine still leads the global pack in terms of design, detailing and tech-savvy. It hasn’t done this by responding to trends or fashions however, but by focusing on long-term key values such as well-being, timelessness and innovation. Well-being in the sense of ergonomics, tactility and ease-of-use (Valcucine pioneered the fully equipped back panel in the 1990s, a place for storage, illumination and power sockets); timelessness because its main ethos has long been sustainability, recyclability and durability (and timelessness means you are less likely to want to throw out your kitchen when you get bored); and innovation because, well, the brand was the first company to make a kitchen – Artematica with Invitrum base units – where all the units and doors are 100% recyclable, as well as the first to produce a system – Riciclantica – where the unit doors and pa

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headline.browser-titleCampfire Stories https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-campfire-stories/7001357 Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200

“Scotland is wet,” says Bart Leenders. This may, as the locals say, be stating the bleeding obvious, but this man truly knows what it means to be out in the wiles without waterproofs. Not quite up the proverbial creek without a paddle, this self-confessed outward-bounder and seasoned bushcrafter – who also happens to be managing director, as well as poster boy, of premium woodburning-stove manufacturer Harrie Leenders – hits Mother Nature and hard when things get hard business-wise. It’s here, throwing caution to the wind (and other elements) he finds inspiration, renewed energy, as well as himself again. “It’s my therapy,” Bart says, with a refreshing candour that anyone who knows the man knows well. “It’s like pressing a reset button. It all started when I hit a point where I really needed to take time out. So I decided to go into the Scottish glens with a colleague and some friends.” Torrential rain, fire-making, survival techniques. You get the picture. “For a long time, it felt li

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headline.browser-titleAgainst the Grain https://www.architonic.com/en/story/aljoscha-weskott-against-the-grain/7001356 Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Among traditional construction materials, wood is one of the oldest and undoubtedly still one of the most popular. Its advantages are virtually endless. Biodegradable, sturdy, highly versatile, and long-lasting, it can be adapted to nearly any situation. Not least, wood captivates with its timeless beauty and enhances the comfort of any living space. For its multifaceted beauty to achieve its full expression, wood requires both time and caring, expert handling. TRAPA, a family company founded in Traunkirchen, Austria in 1994, shapes this fascinating raw material using special production and drying processes. Innovative thermo-compression treatments cause the xylose to caramelise, bringing out light-stable earth, coffee, and cocoa nuances, and preparing the wood for unrestricted use in designing and furnishing interior space. Along with panel, plank, and herringbone parquet flooring, the company now also manufactures contemporary solid wood furniture. Worked by machine and by hand, thes

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headline.browser-titleGoing Ape: new zoo architecture https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-going-ape-new-zoo-architecture/7001355 Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Zoos that present caged animals like museum exhibits fell out of favour long ago. Today, animals are kept in “landscapes” that are tailored to their particular needs and intended to whisk the visitor off to exotic worlds. One of the first zoos with such an artificial landscape was the zoological park in Paris-Vincennes, built in 1934. In its redesign by Bernard Tschumi Architects, which updates the original concept, the animals are set in their “natural” habitats of Europe, Madagascar, and Guyana, as well as in open expanses modelled on the Sudanese Sahelian zone and Patagonian plateau. The result is an illusion of vast wilderness in which the visitor is invited to embark on an expedition of discovery. It was the German animal trader and zoo director Carl Hagenbeck who, in the early twentieth century, revolutionized zoo design. For his zoo outside of Hamburg, he had planners lay out naturalistic open-air enclosures for the animals that were surrounded by water basins and vegetation rat

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headline.browser-titleSound und Architektur im Dialog https://www.architonic.com/en/story/karin-frei-rappenecker-sound-und-architektur-im-dialog/7001354 Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Interessanterweise befassen sich die Architekten selber selten mit Sound. Es sei denn, die Architektur muss bestimmten akustischen Vorstellungen entsprechen. Oder es müssen Geräusche aus Gebäuden gebannt werden. Künstler hingegen tasten sich mit Sound gerne in Dimensionen vor, die für unsere Augen nicht mehr sichtbar sind. <b>Wenn Architektur klingt... </b> Wie zum Beispiel der amerikanische Künstler Mark Bain, der Architektur hörbar macht. Wenn er Gebäude mittels kleiner Motoren in Schwingungen versetzt entstehen dabei Klänge, die im Bereich des Infrasound liegen und für menschliche Ohren zwar unhörbar, dafür körperlich über Vibrationen wahrnehmbar sind. Er kann diesen Infrasound beschleunigen und ausdehnen und die Schwingungen dadurch hörbar machen. Der Künstler enthüllt mit seiner Arbeit eine Dimension von Architektur, die uns im Alltag verborgen bleibt und verleiht ihr ein Eigenleben - von innen heraus. Für "StartEndTime" hat der Künstler die seismologischen Daten vom Einst

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headline.browser-titleCurtain Up: Architonic’s new online shop software goes live https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-curtain-up-architonics-new-online-shop-software-goes-live/7001353 Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

June 2016 sees the Online Shop Module – developed by Architonic as part of its e-commerce initiative – go live, having been implemented into the website of one of Germany’s leading specialist textiles retailers. Designed specifically for interior decorators and textiles retailers, this cost-effective, cloud-based webshop software enables clients to build revenue-generating e-commerce capability seamlessly into their existing websites, the former dovetailing with the existing look and feel of the latter. <b>Tailor-made for the textiles business</b> Two special plug-ins come as part of the module package, especially developed for the textiles branch. The first is a configurator, which allows end-customers to put together all manner of products, such as curtains, table cloths and cushions, to meet their specific needs. The second is a data cloud that keeps your e-shop updated in real time with the latest product data and images from premium textiles manufacturers Christian Fischbacher, C

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headline.browser-titleLove You Long Time https://www.architonic.com/en/story/clare-dowdy-love-you-long-time/7001352 Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

In less than three decades since it was founded in 1989, the Monastier di Treviso company has made its mark on the office, home and contract furniture sectors, across Europe and beyond. Arper’s success can be put down to its inspired marrying of technology, materials, function and design. Attending these qualities are strong sustainable credentials in all its production. Moreover, the brand’s approach manifests itself in a style whose timelessness and understated elegance mean its furniture works well in myriad environments. Arper is known for its collaborations with some of the world’s most impressive design talent, including Fattorini+Rizzini+Partners, Jean-Marie Massaud, Simon Pengelly and Ichiro Iwasaki. But it is its long-term collaboration with the Barcelona-based designers Lievore Altherr Molina that has been particularly fruitful. The studio, which was set up in 1991, has worked with Arper since 1999. Co-founders Alberto Lievore, Jeannette Altherr and Manel Molina have created

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headline.browser-titleKELLER GLASSHOUSE®: creativity with interior and exterior qualities https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-keller-glasshouse-creativity-with-interior-and-exterior-qualities/7001351 Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The transition from indoors to outdoors is dominating and – as can be seen – between the living extension and the patio with pool. There are magnificent views of the garden from the conservatory. The generously sized glazing with minimal windows® sliding elements on two sides of the GLASSHOUSE® allows an unobstructed view of the wide-ranging garden. The KELLER GLASSHOUSE unearths the property's hidden qualities and presents the house and garden as a conceptual unit. An open space with clear outlines has been created that can be used by everyone, both as a connecting element and as a separating element, as well as for celebrations. The large openings have virtually no visible frame profile, making the overall impression of the construction even more striking and creating at once a feeling of privacy, simplicity, naturalness and openness. Among the building owner's main requirements were the fluent transition of the floor materials and the high standard of the insulating shell. The prof

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headline.browser-titleKitchen Stories https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-kitchen-stories/7001349 Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Enter the world of Arclinea, and you find yourself in a practical and efficient, yet convivial and warm space. This long-established firm’s kitchens are never created in a social vacuum nor are they a hollow status symbol. Instead, they address real human needs. Arclinea’s designers carefully analyse evolving social habits to dream up spaces that satisfy our precise practical requirements and are conducive to the sensual and creative pleasures of cooking and eating. Founded by Silvio Fortuna Senior in Caldogno, Veneto, in northeastern Italy in 1925, this family-run firm has been at the vanguard of kitchen design ever since. Milestones in its development include its creation of the first modular kitchen, first domestic kitchen incorporating features of a professional kitchen, and the ultra-modern notion of the kitchen as a multifunctional, fluid space to socialise in, not one divorced from the rest of the house. Arclinea’s long-standing collaboration with high-profile architect and desi

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headline.browser-titleBack in Brooklyn https://www.architonic.com/en/story/shonquis-moreno-back-in-brooklyn/7001348 Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

UNESCO may have passed over Brooklyn for its first US Design City, but New York City’s largest borough can’t be entirely neglected. Although high prices are pushing creatives further onto the fringes of the city, or even out of it, they are also resulting in the development of large, interdisciplinary creative work and show spaces that are open to the public, like National Sawdust (fall 2015) and A/D/O in Greenpoint (summer 2016). Most of all, however, they are making designers get creative about how they make ends meet. From Todd St. James in Gowanus to Fort Makers around the Navy Yard and Snarkitecture in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is still where some of the most interesting disciplinary boundary-hopping and anti-specialisation happens, in the windsock of American design. Six new Architonic members from Brooklyn... <b>Todd St John</b> is a graphic designer and animator who has been doing product, furniture and “experiments” from a Gowanus Studio. St. John thinks that the several media in w

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headline.browser-titleDesigning Detroit: How Motown rediscovered its Mojo https://www.architonic.com/en/story/shonquis-moreno-designing-detroit-how-motown-rediscovered-its-mojo/7001347 Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

In 2015, Detroit was named UNESCO‘s first American City of Design, before New York or Chicago, before Los Angeles. Detroit, the city synonymous with urban decay and the collapse of the American auto industry. Detroit, with its evaporating population and the highest crime rates in the nation, whose crises have invoked superlative after superlative. Detroit, the city that, in 2013, filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the country’s history. Only a year later, however, it left that bankruptcy behind and though not yet out of the red, the city’s grassroots creative energy – from bold entrepreneurism to architecture non-profits like incubator Practice Space – has been remarkable. Instead of flight and failure, we talk about Detroit’s success, civic courage – and design. In April, Ideas City, a travelling intensive studio and public conference hosted by New York’s New Museum of Contemporary Art, took place in a disused Detroit hospital. “The city is in the process of reinventing itself

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headline.browser-titleUpcoming trends of international designers https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-upcoming-trends-of-international-designers/7001346 Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

<b>French designers in the vanguard</b> During the meeting in France, all the design studios represented at the meeting presented their own trend predictions; these were then discussed and developed further. The designers present incorporated a variety of materials and textures, colours and patterns from all over the world into the mix. At the end of the process, a mutual, globally applicable trend prognosis for the coming 18 months was established and will be realised in the form of the Heimtextil Trendbook and "Theme Park". The preparation of the book and realisation of the "Theme Park" is always the responsibility of one of the agencies taking part in the Trendtable and a different agency takes on the role every year. For Heimtextil 2017, the responsibility lies with the French trend studio Carlin International under the leadership of Exalis GmbH. <b>New trend theme: "Exploration"</b> "Exploration" is the overarching trend theme that defines this year's Trendtable for 2017/2018. '

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headline.browser-titleAcqua https://www.architonic.com/en/story/cini-ampnils-acqua/7001345 Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Designed both in uplight and downlight version, the lighting body can project the light upwards or downwards. The uplight version with indirect light provides an extraordinary aesthetic effect and a soft light ideal to create an elegant atmosphere in living spaces, showrooms, hotels and restaurants. The downlight version directs the light to the underlying space and for this reason it is perfect as an over-table solution, by maintaining the aesthetic effect. Acqua lamp is equipped of a dimmer, favouring a soft play of light in domestic spaces. A fast handy snap-in system, with two bayonet connectors, enables individual elements not only to be linked together, but to add or move the lighting bodies, giving rise to an endless array of structural and lighting layouts mixing bodies uplight with downlights. The luminous effect generated when these individual luminaires are assembled together is quite fascinating. The ceiling rose is designed to be used alone or in series, is provided

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headline.browser-titleLUMINA FLO GROMMET for USM TABLE https://www.architonic.com/en/story/lumina-lumina-flo-grommet-for-usm-table/7001344 Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

As part of the Flo family, designed by Foster+Partners, Flo Grommet for USM table is made in aluminium and steel, with the arm pivoting on its base and a rotating reflector. The lighting source is 6W-LED, which you can switch with one click for full light intensity, with two clicks for half light intensity. The maximum energy absorption is 8W. Just like the other Flo Grommet versions it can be integrated on the surface of tables and desks. It is an elegant solution to save room for your work/reading station. What makes it different from the other Flo Grommet lights is the possibility to be easily mounted on “Haller” or “Kitos” USM table, or to be matched with USM adapters. Flo Grommet for USM table comes in two versions: standard (h. 43 cm x l. 39 cm) or large size (h. 46 x l. 42 cm). Lumina is a specialist of Brand Partnership: we have a skilled laboratory where our technicians manufacture prototypes according to the client’s needs and the designer’s indications. We develop bright

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headline.browser-titleGET MBRACED BY DEDON https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dedon-get-mbraced-by-dedon/7001343 Mon, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Conceived by one of Europe’s most talked-about young design talents, Sebastian Herkner of Germany, MBRACE fully lives up to the welcoming gesture invoked by its name. One experiences a warm, secure, cocooning feeling when being embraced by the chair’s extra-wide back, especially after a cool dip in the pool. Herkner designed the seat to be invitingly comfortable even late in the season, after MBRACE’s luxurious seat cushions have been stored away. One of the collection’s most distinctive features is an open, mesh-like triaxial weave consisting of three different fibers, each with its own profile and color. Working in close collaboration with world-renowned colorist Giulio Ridolfo, Herkner and DEDON developed three unique colorways for the collection
— Spice, Pepper and Atlantic. With their resonances of travel, trade and adventure, the colorways perfectly support Herkner’s aim of addressing the wide, international audience of DEDON, including “young and sophisticated explorers”. From b

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headline.browser-titleThe Doors https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-doors/7001342 Mon, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

As one of Italy’s oldest furniture manufacturers, Acerbis has a long heritage of craftsmanship and quality cabinetmaking. Over the years, the output of the company founded in 1870 by Benvenuto Acerbis has evolved to meet the demands of its customers, and at the recent Salone del Mobile – the 50th the company has participated in – Acerbis launched new items including a fully upholstered leather sofa that allowed it to finally present a complete living-room concept. When Enrico Acerbis, the fourth generation of his family to manage the company, took control in 2013, his goal was to build on the brand’s established reputation and develop new products that fulfil the varied needs of its international clientele. “We are still mainly cabinetmakers, that is our core production, but we are consistently adding complementary pieces to the cabinets to create a complete environment,” Acerbis explains. “We were already protagonists in the living room, with the wall systems for home entertainment, t

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headline.browser-titleRevolutionary Cells https://www.architonic.com/en/story/shonquis-moreno-revolutionary-cells/7001341 Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

‘We want to make our solutions flexible and bespoke but, at the same time, easy-to-use,’ says Matteo Reggiani of the eponymous family-run Italian lighting brand. Indeed: easy-to-use and cheerful, but also technically sophisticated and modular – a design completed, as it were, by the consumer – Cells is the latest lighting fixture designed for Reggiani by London studio Speirs + Major. Without meaning to be, Cells – part poetry and part science, bold but versatile – is an apt representative of the recently reinvented face of the Reggiani brand. The design of Cells was inspired by the cellular (and perhaps just a little bit magical) structure of a dragonfly’s eyes, in which clusters of lenses have evolved to work together to shape light in various specific ways. Its square graphical form is as vividly hued as nature, too, with coloured plates that can be inserted over the LEDs inside the fitting to alter its look in a cost-effective way. In a luminaire, the insect’s massive, globular eyes

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headline.browser-titleMaterial Tendencies: Karim Rashid https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-karim-rashid/7001340 Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The New York-based designer spoke to Architonic about his democratic choice of materials, giving us a small glimpse into his versatile world of interests. <b>Would you like to say a few words about the Chaise Longue for RIVA that you are presenting here in Milan?</b> The DUSK Chaise is a fluid, organic object, a bit like a sculpture, but I made sure that the shape is perfectly comfortable. RIVA’s tradition and the beauty of what they do is this kind of manipulation and sculpting of really massive chunks of this gorgeous and rich wood. The wood chunks bring a certain dimension, so I connected two pieces. I did not really want to have a seam joining the wood, so I just kept it as two separated pieces, to be more honest about it. I think the beauty about it is that it is so rudimentary. The special wood-burning process that the object was treated with causes these very exaggerated cracks and all the aging of the wood shows up black on black. It is quite elegant. <b>If you had to restri

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headline.browser-titleIt's all systems go for BKLYN DESIGNS 2016! https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bklyn-designs-it-039s-all-systems-go-for-bklyn-designs-2016/7001339 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200

<b>BKLYN DESIGNS</b> - one of the anchor fairs of <b>NYCxDESIGN</b> showcasing Brooklyn's finest designers, makers and brands - will return to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint from May 6-8, 2016! Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, it was one of the first fairs to shine a spotlight on the rich creative economy in Brooklyn, highlighting contemporary products across furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles and jewelry. From modern heirloom furniture and artistic lighting to sustainable surfacing and handmade accessories, the show will feature inspiring products from 50+ emerging designers and established brands hailing from all corners of the borough. Complementing the amazing range of innovative furniture on display will be a variety of installations, pop-up shops, workshops/demos, a seminar series and satellite talks. Below is a list of the exciting programming to look out for at this year’s show: <b>Diverse array of exhibitors from independent designers to

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headline.browser-titleICFF https://www.architonic.com/en/story/icff-icff/7001338 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200

<b>Over 750+ Exhibitors</b> The vibrant 165,000 net sq. ft. show floor will feature over 750 exhibitors displaying classic and contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, kitchen and bath, and textiles for residential and commercial interiors. Fritz Hansen, Material ConneXion, Inc., Tom Dixon, Wilson Art, and Louis Poulsen are only a few exhibitors that make up this year’s list. <b>Programming and the ASID at ICFF Education Series</b> ICFF Talks brings four days of provocative programming to the second floor of the Javits center. Join industry leading voices as they discuss the hottest commercial and residential design topics. The ASID at ICFF education series brings together thought leaders and industry experts to present CEU approved sessions for all design professionals. Registered session attendees will earn 0.1 IDCEC-approved continuing education units (CEU) per session. <b>Join the Party</b>

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headline.browser-titleHave a Seat https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-have-a-seat/7001337 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200

At the Salone del Mobile Milano this year, Italian brand Pedrali unveiled its latest collections, in addition to pieces that augment some of its existing families, at an intriguingly eye-catching stand. Dreamt up by architects Migliore+Servetto, this comprised a U-shaped arrangement of houses with a zigzagging roofline – in effect, a street – that enclosed a spacious square, complete with benches. Once lured into this animated space, visitors encountered a rainbow-hued panorama of furniture which they could also view close-up. Some of PEDRALI's new designs – including its DOME chair, VIC armchair and LUNAR table – are certainly colourful, and looked all the more so at the fair for being grouped together, their fashionable, vivid shades – mustard, terracotta, peacock blue and aqua – contrasting with each other. Not that they are all brightly coloured; some designs were in quieter tones – grey, olive green, dusty pink and natural wood tones were also in evidence. But more striking than t

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headline.browser-titleArchitonic and Interior Design join forces https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-and-interior-design-join-forces/7001336 Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

<b>Greater than the sum of its parts</b> When it comes to product specification professionals have long turned to Architonic and Interior Design for online research tools. Both companies, with their dedicated professional focus and strict premium-segment orientation, have successfully established themselves as the trusted resources for professionals in interior design, architecture and facility management. While the majority of Architonic’s traffic originates in Europe, Interior Design is go-to online resource for design professionals stateside. Bringing these two leaders together will create a powerful solution for designers and an unparalleled offering for manufacturers. <b>Maximum Exposure</b> In July 2016, Architonic and Interior Design will launch ProductFIND – creating a single, comprehensive datacloud of premium products for specifiers that can be accessed from either architonic.com or interiordesign.net, and providing a special bundled buy for manufacturers that offers m

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headline.browser-titleMaterial Tendencies: Jasper Morrison https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-jasper-morrison/7001335 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200

<b>Which material would you choose if you had to restrict yourself to working with just one for the next three years?</b> ‘What would happen after three years? I could chose another one?’ Jasper Morrison is smiling. ‘OK. It would be quite painful. I would maybe choose wood and then after three years I would change to plastic. When you design, it is always a question of getting a quality in an object and a sort of visual value – and the two materials that do it the best are wood and plastic. Plastic because you have so many possibilities and it is cheap. And wood because you have the sensibility of the material, the tactile quality, the warmth of its appearance and I think it is quite a good moment for wood. People appreciate it a lot. For example, the chairs I did for Maruni. You know, this very populist kind of shaped wood.' <b>At what point within the design process do you decide in favour of a specific material? What comes first – the shape or the choice of material?</b> 'It i

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headline.browser-titleSmart Homes https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-smart-homes/7001334 Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

In Jacques Tati’s film “Mon Oncle” from 1958, a dreamy Monsieur Hulot stumbles through the Villa Arpel, which is equipped with all manner of technical innovations. The modern home is the pride of Hulot’s sister and her husband. Their young son, however, is bored to death by his automated, sterile surroundings. Fortunately, his refined uncle sympathises with him – and amuses the viewer with his awkwardness in this cold, engineered world. It quickly becomes apparent that the house’s chief pur-pose is that of status, rather than comfort. The inhabitants adapt themselves more and more to the house, and soon the technology is governing their lifestyle. Of course, today’s smart home strives to achieve just the opposite. The object of this development is an optimised building that adapts to its inhabitants and, in doing so, makes their lives easier. Along with increased comfort, building automation offers possibilities for heightening the security of the inhabitants and managing the home more

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headline.browser-title„Biotechnosphere“: Dornbracht Conversations 5 in Paris https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dornbracht-biotechnosphere-dornbracht-conversations-5-in-paris/7001333 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Der Talk fand inmitten der Ausstellung „CO-WORKERS – Network as Artist“ statt. Diese zeigte Arbeiten, Videos, Installationen, Skulpturen, Malerei sowie virtuelle Räume von rund 35 internationalen Künstlern und Gruppen, die während der 2000er Jahre ausgebildet wurden. Lykkeberg stellte eingangs die Konzeption der Ausstellung vor, die er als Gast-Kurator betreute, die Szenografie stammte von DIS. Bereits gespannt sind die Erwartungen im Vorfeld der im Juni beginnenden Berlin Biennale 2016, die das New Yorker Künstlerkollektiv kuratiert. Den räumlichen und thematischen Mittelpunkt der Dornbracht Conversations bildete die Installation „The Island (KEN)“, eine hybrides Objekt, das üblicherweise getrennte Elemente aus Küche und Bad zusammenführt und zu einer Unit verschmelzen lässt. Die erstmals in Europa gezeigte Installation war zuvor im New Museum in New York präsentiert worden. Präzision und High-End-Finishing stehen im Kontrast zur Auflösung herkömmlicher Funktionalitäten. DIS schu

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headline.browser-titleSteamy Windows https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ulrich-buttner-steamy-windows/7001332 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200

With its highly innovative products, especially for the kitchen, V-ZUG AG is the undisputed market leader in Switzerland. The flagship of its recent product development is the Combi-Steam MSLQ, an intelligent, unique oven that brings together the three common heating modes – conventional heat, steam, and microwave – in a single appliance. It forms a striking symbiosis of flawless technology and exclusive design. The company, based in the city and canton of Zug, assumed its name in 1981. Five years prior to this, the metalware factory Metallwarenfabrik Zug had merged with the galvanising plant Verzinkerei Zug AG, which was founded in 1913. Looking to this year as its starting point, V-ZUG AG celebrated its “100th anniversary” in 2013. Thus, the name stands for over a century of progress and convenience, for automation and the facilitation of everyday housework, principally in Switzerland. Time and time again in the areas of washing and cooking, V-ZUG AG has introduced standard-setting d

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headline.browser-titleIllulian - Luxurious custom handmade rugs https://www.architonic.com/en/story/illulian-illulian-luxurious-custom-handmade-rugs/7001331 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Founded in 1960, the company now headed by Shahnaz Illulian and her sons Davis and Bendis Ronchetti, is an exclusive benchmark in the sector of Luxury modern rugs, with collections which, besides being </b>exclusive furnishing proposals</b>, constitute <b>veritable artworks that retain their charm unaltered over time</b>. <b>Illulian’s two prestigious showrooms</b> are located in <b>Milan’s fashion quadrilateral at 37 and 41 Via Manzoni</b>. One is a temple of antique, rare rugs and tapestries, displaying refined one-of-a-kind specimens of unmatched value, the other is reserved for the most innovative proposals, reflecting the latest design trends. These rooms also accommodate refined furniture of contemporary style, prestigious fabrics, unique objects of highly sophisticated design, carefully crafted down to the smallest details. <b>Five lines characterise Illulian’s extremely wide production:</b> <b>Design Collection</b> Modern, minimalist design, with floral and geometric mo

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headline.browser-titleParallel Choice Assortment by Dante - Goods and Bads https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dante-goods-and-bads-parallel-choice-assortment-by-dante-goods-and-bads/7001330 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Dante - Goods and Bads is delighted to announce the 2016 collection "Parallel Choice Assortment“ - with Camille Vivier as guest. Take a look at Fuori Salone 12-17 april, at Dušan Showroom in Via Antonio Zarotto 1, Milano. Opening hours: 10-19 Please join us for our daily 5 o‘clock tea in cooperation with Rosenthal. Come by and have a cup of some strange, dark brew... <b>Parallel Choice Assortment</b> 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 finger on: welcome to Dante’s 2016 Collection, Parallel Choice Assortment. When we thought about this year’s theme, we let our mind wander and marveled at the very strange places it took us. Association is a curious thing, it doesn’t follow any obvious logic, but, like Alice goes down the rabbit hole, leads us into a world full of the subjective: fragments, dreams, the half forgotten, the semi-conscious. Parallel

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headline.browser-titleZaha Hadid (1950–2016) https://www.architonic.com/en/story/klaus-leuschel-zaha-hadid-1950-2016/7001329 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The International Style, as the various manifestations of contemporary architecture – from the Netherlands, Germany, and Czechoslovakia to Italy and France – synoptically presented by Alfred Barr and Philip Johnson at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1933, was a largely Eurocentric idea. Perhaps it took the appearance of someone like Zaha Hadid on the scene to liberate architecture from the corset of Euclidean patterns of thought: 50 years later, with the competition entry for a leisure club above Hong Kong (The Peak Leisure Club). I met her in Frankfurt in 1978. Then a student, I had travelled there from Hamburg in those dark days before the “Trans-Europe Express”, in response to Günter Bock’s announcement of an event entitled ARTE TEKTA. Everybody who was anybody was invited, from Peter Cook (previously Archigram) to Adolfo Natalini (previously Superstudio). Also on the guest list was Rem Koolhaas (Office for Metropolitan Architecture). Today, one would take the early ICE and get t

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headline.browser-titleTouch Wood https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bethan-ryder-touch-wood/7001327 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Looks can be deceptive. Take the Frida chair, for example. So pared back and slender, it represents the very definition of simplicity. But it wasn’t purely aesthetics that helped Frida scoop the prestigious ADI Compasso d’Oro award in 2011. The chair’s slender lightness of structure (it weighs just 2.7 kg) belies the complex construction methods behind it that were devised by designer Odo Fioravanti together with the Italian furniture company Pedrali. As the saying goes, beauty isn’t just skin deep and it was this compelling combination of elegance and innovative technology that won Frida such recognition. The roots of this award-winning production can be found at Pedrali’s pioneering wood division in Friuli, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Frida is just one of the company’s many success stories in the decade since the family-owned company branched out into wood. The facility was inaugurated in 2006, but the idea came one year earlier. Already renowned for its contemporary p

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headline.browser-titleMaterial Tendencies: Odosdesign https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-material-tendencies-odosdesign/7001326 Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200

With a background in industrial design, the Design Trio’s mission is not only to develop long-lasting design, but also to help communicating products – from the initial concept to product development and art direction. Architonic recently met up with the team in Milan at Salone del Mobile. <b>Odosdesign</b>: Many furniture brands are not yet aware of the importance of good photographic styling and visual communication. Both online and offline, a bad presentation can lower the quality of the product. We help creating an imagery and a common identity for the brand, or a product. Knowing how to design products helps us knowing how to communicate them. <b>A few questions to you from the perspective of an industrial designer… What role does material play for you in the design process?</b> We understand product design as a fusion of tradition and renewal, and in an experimental approach in the use of materials and techniques. There are some projects where the material is the soul, for ex

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headline.browser-titleARCHITONIC TOP 200 DESIGNERS 2015 https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-top-200-designers-2015/7001325 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The ranking results are not influenced by the number of product views on Architonic. The presentation is based solely on the number of relevant search queries entered into architonic.com's text-search field. Some designers' names are also perceived as brand names, such is the level of their recognition. Side note: The ranking was published on the day the world renowned architect Zaha Hadid has suddenly died. We have decided to keep her in the listing. ... <b>Our methodology</b> This presentation is based 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’).

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headline.browser-titleMaterial Tendencies: Michele de Lucchi https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-michele-de-lucchi/7001324 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Architonic spoke with Michele de Lucchi at the recent Light + Building fair in Frankfurt to gain an insight into his architectural thinking and artistic sensibility for materials. <b>What are you presenting here at Light + Building for Artemide?</b> <b>Michele de Lucchi:</b> This year, for the first time in almost 40 years, I’ve designed the Artemide stand. So I stepped into the shoes of the architect and organised the presentation of the products, but I am also presenting new objects and lamps, for example the spotlight that illuminates the Rondanini Pietà marble sculpture. At the age of 89 years, this was the last statue that Michelangelo Buonarroti carved in his life, with the intention of using it for his own grave. Michelangelo was not pleased with the results and so he destroyed it and started again shortly before he passed away. The unfinished statue has not been taken into consideration for many years, but today it is the symbol of Michelangelo’s work and it reflects the pas

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headline.browser-titleWhat’s Best and What’s Next: ICFF 2016 https://www.architonic.com/en/story/icff-whats-best-and-whats-next-icff-2016/7001323 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

<b>Over 750+ Exhibitors</b> The vibrant 165,000 net sq. ft. show floor will feature over 750 exhibitors displaying classic and contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, kitchen and bath, and textiles for residential and commercial interiors. Fritz Hansen, Material ConneXion, Inc., Tom Dixon, Wilson Art, and Louis Poulsen are only a few exhibitor’s that make up this year’s list. <b>Programming & The ASID at ICFF Education Series </b> ICFF Talks brings four days of provocative programming to the second floor of the Javits center. Join industry leading voices as they discuss the hottest commercial and residential design topics. The ASID at ICFF education series brings together thought leaders and industry experts to present CEU approved sessions for all design professionals. Registered session attendees will earn 0.1 IDCEC-approved continuing education units (CEU) per session. <b>Join the Party</b> Kickoff

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headline.browser-titleFuorisalone 2016 | Brera Design District https://www.architonic.com/en/story/brera-fuorisalone-2016-brera-design-district/7001322 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

“The theme of the district this year is <b>“Design is Listening”</b> generated from a debate with the artist Chiara Luzzana and Paolo Ferrarini, - states Cristian Confalonieri cofounder with Paolo Casati of Brera Design District - their work allowed us to identify <b>the act of listening as a metaphor</b>, the founding principle of a design and creative project.” “Chiara in also one of <b>our ambassadors this year</b> - says Paolo Casati - together with Matteo Thun, Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran, while Giorgia Lupi, information designer, founder of Accurat has won the <b>Design lectures award 2016</b>.” Among the <b>international brands</b> that chose the Brera Design District as a stage for their event there are: Beacon Helsinki, Bulthaup, CasaVitra/Vitra Pop-Up Store, Cleanup, Cristalplant Design Contest + Elica, Daniel Libeskind Rug Collection for Loloey, Écal - University of Art & Design di Losanna, Hay , Hem, Lagoon, Lin Brasil Marimekko, Nosaku Corporation, Panasonic, Soll

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headline.browser-titleDiscover the new arrivals of the Matt Lavagna Collection https://www.architonic.com/en/story/in-es-artdesign-discover-the-new-arrivals-of-the-matt-lavagna-collection/7001321 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

The Matt collection is a true tribute to matter, it comes in three finishes – cement (concrete), nebula and lavagna (blackboard) – and just won the German Design Award 2016 and the Iconic Award 2016. The first finish uses a cement varnish to great effect; the second flaunts an almost marble-like exterior; the third uses a blackboard finish, which can be written on and then erased. The lavagna (or blackboard) range was designed to evoke childhood games or memories of first days at school; it is a light made for the child of any age that marvels at the world. The material used for these lamps is Nebulite that has been developed specifically for In-es.artdesign’s collections and consists of a mix of resin and fibers, that combined creates a durable and vibrant material, especially striking for atmospheric lighting. At the Light + Building fair in Frankfurt In-es.artdesign presented the new internal colors (bronze, silver, magenta and blue, which will be added to the existing ones turquo

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headline.browser-titleSUPERDESIGN SHOW 2016 https://www.architonic.com/en/story/superstudio-superdesign-show-2016/7001320 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

</b>SuperDesign Show</b>, that continues and incorporates the success of the previous Superstudio’s project (The Temporary Museum for New Design), is a world-famous highly awaited appointment, first stopover in every visit to </b>Tortona District</b>. 17.000msq of exhibiting space, theme projects, museum-like installations, national pavilions, independent or collective exhibitions, large consolidated companies but also young innovative companies, start-ups, self-design and all other trends of the living and inhabiting. Lounge, meeting rooms, press office, coordinated image, common areas, gardens, restaurants and much more. This year’s theme is <b>WHITE PAGES</b>, that implies writing together the keywords of the world of tomorrow, expressed in the common areas by the illustrator and artist <b>Sandro Fabbri</b>. An invitation to bring to exhibition not only ready-to-use objects and proposals, but also futuristic and experimental projects and “narrate” them to the public with words

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headline.browser-titleSalone del Mobile.Milano 2016 https://www.architonic.com/en/story/salone-del-mobile-salone-del-mobile-milano-2016/7001319 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Over 300,000 operators (of whom 70%) from more than 160 countries and a visiting public of over 30,000 people on the Saturday and Sunday are expected from 12th to 17th April at the Milan Fairgrounds, Rho where more than 2,300 exhibitors (30% of them foreign companies) will be showing the best latest home living styles through advanced design trends. The Salone del Mobile.Milano is yet again the must-see sectoral appointment with the very latest products and solutions, reaffirming its position as the leading forum for ideas, creativity, innovation and technology for businesses, operators and visitors and Milan’s role as the capital of design. A great business opportunity that – last year alone – generated revenue worth 221 million euros. Internationalisation and innovation are the key drivers of this important edition. In particular, exhibiting companies declare that 63% of revenue is generated by exports, while 67% of them have made substantial investments in innovating machinery, equi

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headline.browser-titleMaterial Tendencies: Doshi Levien https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-doshi-levien/7001318 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Curious as ever to know about designers’ material choices, Architonic recently met up with Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien in Stockholm, where they presented 'Material Interventions' – a visual campaign for the new collection by Swedish flooring brand Bolon. <b>Nipa Doshi:</b> We combined the vinyl flooring with other materials, such as marble, wood, stone, brass, terrazzo and concrete, in the same way architects work on their building projects. We wanted to open people’s eyes to what are the visual possibilities of a material, as it can be considered one of the most defining elements of a space. By using a certain material and colour, you can completely transform the identity of an architectural space. <b>Jonathan Levien:</b> Bolon developed a system that enables designer to mix their own colour and patterns by choosing from six different designs in 48 colours. So there are around 290 possibilities when multiplying the warp direction with the weft direction. You can perceive it as a fl

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headline.browser-titleDer Genius Loci und die temporäre Kunst https://www.architonic.com/en/story/karin-frei-rappenecker-der-genius-loci-und-die-temporare-kunst/7001317 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Ist die Wirkung von Kunst vorbei wenn zum Beispiel das „Favela Café“ des japanischen Künstlers Tadashi Kawamata, das für die Dauer der Art Basel für den Messeplatz konzipiert wurde, nach der Messe abgebaut ist? Das Basler Favela Cafe war eine Gruppe kleiner, aus Brettern und Wellblech gezimmerter Hütten, wie man sie aus brasilianischen Favelas kennt. Situiert vor den Toren der Messehallen – und inmitten von Stararchitektur - hat es die Kluft sichtbar gemacht zwischen denjenigen, die sich den Luxus leisten können, dem globalen Kunstkonsum zu frönen und den „Anderen“. Nicht ohne eine Welle der Empörung darüber auszulösen, dass aus improvisierter Armutsarchitektur ein Event für die Reichen gezimmert wurde. Ein anderes Beispiel: Olafur Eliassons allseits bekannte und breit mediatisierte „The New York City Waterfalls“ sind künstliche Wasserfälle, die 2008 an vier verschiedenen Standorten am East River in New York installiert wurden. Für diese Wasserfälle wurden Baugerüste aufgestellt, Wa

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headline.browser-titleLeather Seen https://www.architonic.com/en/story/giovanna-dunmall-leather-seen/7001316 Sun, 20 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

“If you walk out into the street and ask people to list five different types of flooring, they will mention everything from stone to wood and PVC but will never think of leather,” says Rob Koemans, managing partner of Dutch leather-flooring and wall-covering manufacturer Alphenberg. The company is on a mission to change this perception. In the six years since it was founded, Alphenberg has become highly adept at making high-end customisable leather products for floors and walls that are compelling, resilient and unique. And the offer doesn’t stop at walls and floors. Alphenberg also produces leather for headboards, tabletops and furniture. In fact the company’s expertise also lies in creating something different for each client. “Most people aren’t interested in standard colours and sizes,” says Koemans. “They want a bespoke product.” Accordingly, about 90% of Alphenberg’s clients are interior designers and architects. The company’s projects list speaks loud and clear of its growing re

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headline.browser-titleStation to Station https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-station-to-station/7001315 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200

With the rise of urbanisation placing increased strain on public transportation, the need for infrastructure that meets the practical demands of travellers whilst improving the quality of their experience has never been higher. In this scenario, the architecture of stations and transportation hubs has a crucial role to play in defining how visitors and commuters perceive a city. The following examples show how architects are attempting to make travelling a little more moving. One of the most eagerly anticipated and ambitious transportation projects of recent years finally opened to the public – at least partially – on 3 March 2016. Following years of delays and spiralling budgets, Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York City is reported to be the world’s most expensive station, with the overall cost estimated at around $4 billion. Designed to invoke a white dove being released from a child’s hands, the soaring skeletal structure is topped with a linear op

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headline.browser-titleThe Wild One https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-wild-one/7001314 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Schoolboy geography tells us that the archipelago that forms Indonesia is made up of thousands of islands, some of them volcanic, and is populated by hundreds of different ethnic groups. Multiplicity and diversity run through this developing nation state, which, with its emerging market, already enjoys the largest economy in Southeast Asia. Plurality is also a chief characteristic of Karpenter, a unique and eclectic Indonesian-based design brand, which draws on a wealth of different cultures for its ideas and inspiration, and whose products (as its name would suggest) evince an absolute passion for craftsmanship. Founded in 2009 by husband-and-wife team Hugues and Sita Revuelta, Karpenter has successfully established itself as a premium producer of high-quality furniture that marries meticulous design consideration with a real understanding of, and a respect for, materials. “I’m French, was born with mixed Latin cultures, and have been living in Indonesia for over 15 years now,” explai

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headline.browser-titleArchitecture connects with the Salone del Mobile.Milano https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madexpo-architecture-connects-with-the-salone-del-mobile-milano/7001313 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

This major event focuses the attention of architects, designers and Italian/international buyers on the latest trends in finishings for architecture, along with an exhibition – the <b>New Components Code</b> – that brings together a select group of the most significant products from each company. In a nutshell, <b>space&interiors</b> is a brand-new event conceived by MADE expo to run during Design Week in Milan, showcasing the finest architectural finishes as part of a concept designed to offer visitors a unique, multisensory and immersive experience. Curated by Migliore+Servetto Architects, the design of space&interiors leverages a <b>New Map of Living</b>, a “manifesto of architecture” within which materials and ideas combine to offer an opportunity to read and interpret the latest trends in interior design. Ico Migliore explains: “The system of relationships between components within the architectural space not only determines the overall quality of a design, it helps create an idea

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headline.browser-titleWantedDesign: Steven Haulenbeek https://www.architonic.com/en/story/wanteddesign-wanteddesign-steven-haulenbeek/7001312 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, co-founders of WantedDesign are very proud to announce Steven Haulenbeek as the 2016 award winner of their program American Design Honors, presented with Bernhardt Design. The Chicago-based designer has an interdisciplinary studio concentrating in furniture, lighting, and objects for the home. He is known for an innovative ice casting technique that utilizes hand carved ice molds to create unique objects in Cast Bronze. <b>American Design Honors</b> Launched in 2015 at WantedDesign, American Design Honors recognizes talented young American designers who demonstrate outstanding creative and entrepreneurial skills, who already have a solid body of work, an original design language and are pioneering a new design business model. As an ambassador of American design, this initiative will support and give International exposure to the honoree. These young professionals have also demonstrated an ability to create innovative processes and products. America

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headline.browser-titleFRAME at Milan Design Week 2016 https://www.architonic.com/en/story/frame-publishers-frame-at-milan-design-week-2016/7001311 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Frame envisions a material future in which the physical and digital realms are in constant conversation, so inherently intertwined that it’s difficult to distinguish one from the other. For What’s the Matter?, hand-picked creatives will explore this future in the context of space, material and form – the key concerns of Frame magazine. With the lines between digital matter and physical design blurring, how can objects suggest the aesthetic of a phygital future? Milan-based Studio Laviani will conceive the scenography of the Frame exhibition. Ferruccio Laviani is an established creator of retail spaces, showrooms and trade-fair stands and has collaborated with companies such as Kartell, Dolce & Gabbana, Flos, Piombo, Missoni, Molteni, Foscarini, LVMH Group and many others. With our primary partner, Ricoh, the exhibition’s collection of innovative projections and visualizations of a phygital future will become a reality. Frame Publishers’ director, Robert Thiemann states: ‘Mi

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headline.browser-titleGerman engineering meets American design https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-german-engineering-meets-american-design/7001310 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200

In recent years, VS has been sifting through and studying Neutra’s sketches to produce a furniture collection based on the Austrian-born architect’s original designs. The exhibition at Architekturforum Zürich marks a kind of return to Neutra’s beginnings: after his architectural studies in Vienna, and before emigrating to the USA in 1923, he worked in Zurich for the famous Swiss landscape gardener and landscape architect Gustav Ammann, who decisively influenced him in his holistic understanding of architecture in connection with nature. But what led the furniture maker VS of Tauberbischofsheim, near Würzburg, to undertake the production of a new edition of Neutra’s, in part undiscovered, furniture designs? The family enterprise, now in its fourth generation, is known for high-quality school and office furniture, which it manufactures in Germany and sells internationally. VS first encountered Neutra’s furniture designs in the course of the new fit-out of an San Francisco school designed

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headline.browser-titleMany Hands Make Light Work https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-many-hands-make-light-work/7001309 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Few industries have witnessed as much technological progress in recent years as lighting, where traditional light bulbs are rapidly being phased out and replaced by energy-efficient alternatives. LED light sources currently dominate the market for replacements, aided by their ability to offer far greater creative opportunities than conventional bulbs. As a leading manufacturer of projectors and displays, Taiwanese electronics corporation BenQ has plenty of experience producing LED products, and its subsidiary lighting brand QisDesign is able to utilise this expertise in the development of innovative lighting designs. According to QisDesign’s Business Manager for Europe Roland van Marlen, the key criteria for the brand’s products are “innovation, creativity, functionality and fun”. Innovation is inherently provided by the efficient and versatile light sources, but also by the intelligent use of materials and cutting-edge technologies. One example of the company’s innovation in materials

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headline.browser-titleAnnouncing the 2016 trends and themes: Thinking Traditions & Academies https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-lambrate-announcing-the-2016-trends-and-themes-thinking-traditions-amp-academies/7001308 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

<b>Thinking Traditions</b> Consciously and unconsciously we have inherited traditions acquired from our family and friends. Traditions, resulting in customs and habits, are passed on from generation to generation. And so traditions have found their origin within cultures, families, friendships and personalities. Traditions are everywhere, and form an important source of inspiration for today's designers. <b>Meet... Tinkah LLC</b> Mealtimes are a social occasion and are seen as a time when family and friends come together. The project ‘Constructed Feast’ by <b>Tinkah LLC</b> from the United Arab Emirates draws inspiration from the traditional nomadic dining experience and ceremony of eating. Central to this tradition was the use of thick woven floor mats and vessels that made it possible for large gatherings of people to eat together. The collection is designed not only to bring us together in a traditional manner, but also aims to celebrate the traditional natural materials and r

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headline.browser-titleThe Enlightenment https://www.architonic.com/en/story/giovanna-dunmall-the-enlightenment/7001307 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Rome-based In-es.artdesign is a lighting and home accessories company that merges an artistic sensibility with design know-how. Founded in 2003 by artist-designer Luciano M. Mazzilli, its products are both functional and layered, many of them evoking natural or existential phenomena such as the waxing and waning of the moon or the passing of time. It’s no surprise then to find out that its lead designer, Oçilunam, also studied philosophy. The name In-es is two-fold. On the one hand it stands for both interior and exterior (i.e. the company produces lighting for outside as well as indoors), but the name also plays with the idea of the external world of aesthetics and beauty versus the far more intimate, instinctive and primitive world of the Freudian id (Es in Italian), according to Oçilunam. When asked where the inspiration for the objects comes from in the main, he is equally enigmatic and compelling. “They happen by chance in the true Dadaist sense of the word,” he says. “Chance wit

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headline.browser-titleMaterial Tendencies: Front https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-front/7001306 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Architonic met Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2016 to find out more about their passion for experimenting with different materials and discovering new technologies. <b>Which material would you choose if you had to restrict yourselves to working with just one for the next three years?</b> <b>Anna Lindgren:</b> I think it is interesting to find materials that are sort of outside the classic design world. But we also like to push the limits of a material that is already quite known – wood or ceramics for example. Most of our design projects are technology- and material-driven. We always look for new materials and we like to experiment and combine different techniques. When you put together knowledge of different professions, you can achieve greater things. <b>Sofia Lagerkvist:</b> We try to come up with a rather surprising, unexpected solution. It does not necessarily have to be a new technology, but it could also be new characteristics wit

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headline.browser-titleLight + Building 2016: Smart homes become a reality https://www.architonic.com/en/story/light-building-light-building-2016-smart-homes-become-a-reality/7001305 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

At the beginning of August, the Federal German Ministry of Economics published its roadmap for the introduction of so-called 'smart meters'. Work is currently being undertaken on a proposed law covering the universal introduction of intelligent electricity meters and measuring systems. The old disc-type induction meters (Ferraris meters) are set to disappear gradually, as from 2020, even in private houses. In this way, the 'smart grid' – an important element of the energy revolution – is due to become a reality. From the consumer's point of view this shift is, however, just one aspect of a much broader set of developments, which supposedly end up with the 'smart home'. The advantages of a smart home are, essentially, the high degree of energy efficiency and the gain in comfort and convenience for the inhabitants. <b>The path to the 'smart home'</b> 'Adept', 'clever' and 'shrewd' are just some synonyms in the thesaurus for the word 'smart'. In the context of technical equipment and s

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headline.browser-titleMünchner Stoff Frühling: 11 – 14 March 2016 https://www.architonic.com/en/story/munchner-stoff-fruhling-e-v-munchner-stoff-fruhling-11-14-march-2016/7001304 Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

<b>Christian Fischbacher</b> has stood for tradition and innovation for almost two centuries. The great love of details, a deeply rooted passion for the quality and beauty of materials as well as the desire for creative innovation all come together in the products to form one irresistible whole. The company <b>Colefax and Fowler</b> has its stylish fabrics and wallpapers to thank for its global reputation. The following brands are carried under the umbrella of the Colefax Group: the French textile company Manuel Canovas, Jane Churchill and the North American brand Larsen. <b>Création Baumann</b> designs, produces and distributes high-quality textiles for interior décor all over the world. Due to their functionality, aesthetics and quality, they create a sense of well-being and increase people’s quality of life on a long-term basis. <b>C&C Milano</b> has exclusively natural fabrics and tailor-made innovations in textile design on offer as well as the exclusivity of unique and

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headline.browser-titleMaterial Tendencies: Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-edward-barber-amp-jay-osgerby/7001303 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Architonic recently met up with Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2016. As this year's Guest of Honour, they showcased their recent works in the context of a wintery installation. <b>Jay Osgerby:</b> The idea for the lounge was to create our interpretation of what winter in Stockholm is like. For us it was really important that it feels quite light and calm, considering the fact that there is hardly any daylight during the winter here. <b>Edward Barber:</b> Together with Swedish company Nordifa, we have made these giant, white felt screens that give a bit of an acoustic and also visual softening. The moulded polyester felt combines the natural feeling of the wool fibres, compressed with recycled PET that serves for giving structure. The felt curtains divide the space into three areas – relaxing, meeting and working – that are connected through these Japanese lanterns that we designed recently for the company Ozeki, based in Gifu. They are made of v

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headline.browser-titleArchitonic Top 20 Lighting Brands 2015 https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-top-20-lighting-brands-2015/7001301 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

As the world’s leading and most-trusted research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products, Architonic is uniquely placed to offer its community relevant and valuable insights into developments in the architecture and design markets. As part of our ongoing Architonic Trend Analysis series, we have collected traffic information over the course of 2015. Based on the number of relevant search queries entered into the text-search field on architonic.com, we're able to present you a ranking of 2015's Top 20 Lighting Brands, as drawn from our curated database of 1,500 premium brands. The Top positions start with renowned Italian companies such as Flos, Artemide and Foscarini ranking first, second and third during 2015. Spain is represented with the leading lighting brand Vibia in a highly competitive Number four position. Perhaps unsurprisingly, seven out of twenty Brands are coming from Italy, followed by Belgium, which is with four Lighting Brands the secon

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headline.browser-titleIn the spotlight at Heimtextil 2016 https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-in-the-spotlight-at-heimtextil-2016/7001300 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

<b> Trend colour Blue </b> Blue emerged as one of the trend colours at Heimtextil 2016 – and across all the Heimtextil ranges, from decorative fabrics and wallpaper to bathroom textiles. The tonality was wide-ranging: from light to dark, transparent to intense, cool to warm. The rainbow of colour spanned from light aquamarine, turquoise and dusty blue to Prussian blue, petrol, ultramarine and deep midnight blue. The silver and titanium looked sophisticated, as did the Bordeaux and Marsala and the richly contrasting orange, saffron and mustard. The colour palette also included friendly green shades such as mint, jade, lemon and Reseda, often in combination with pink and fuchsia. Non-colours such as putty, cream, sand, taupe and mud have proven themselves to be a long-term trend regardless of season. <b>A bright spot for windows</b> Scandinavian fashion is regarded as trailblazing and Scandinavian design is now also being rediscovered for textile interiors. Characteristics include

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headline.browser-titleGet over yourself https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-get-over-yourself/7001299 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

The best bridges resolve issues of accessibility in efficient and often imaginative ways. They create physical connections that promote improvements to the infrastructure on either side, often helping to enliven previously under-performing areas. A survey of some recent examples reveals the regenerative effect intelligently designed bridges can have on a town or city’s public realm. The basic function of a bridge is to provide a crossing between two points: beyond this, its form is open to creative interpretation. When designing the Cirkelbroen bridge over Copenhagen’s Christianshavns Kanal, artist Olafur Eliasson drew inspiration from the area’s sailing heritage. The bridge comprises a series of five intersecting circular platforms, each with their own masts, to which steel cables resembling a ship’s rigging are attached. Rather than being arranged in a straight line, the platforms are offset to encourage a more circuitous route that allows users to slow down and enjoy different vie

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headline.browser-titleThe Revenant https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-revenant/7001298 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0200

When words or other forms of expression are adopted by other cultures, only, in turn, to be reimported into their original language or context, they acquire a fascinating dual character, being both familiar and at the same time exotic. Take the everyday English word ‘ticket’, for example. Originating from the French ‘étiquette’, it’s now used by millions of self-respecting Francophones in its anglicised version – le ticket. When celebrated Austrian-born architect and designer Richard Neutra bought his ticket for the New World in 1923, having studied under Adolf Loos at the Vienna University of Technology and completed a stint at office of Erich Mendelsohn, little did he know what lay ahead – that he would become a seminal figure in the small group of architects, among them Charles Eames and Pierre Koenig, that helped shape the way aspirational Americans imagined what it looked like to live in a thoroughly modern way. And that, later, discerning architectural clients back in Europe woul

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headline.browser-titleModern Talking https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bethan-ryder-modern-talking/7001296 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Scandinavian design company Menu has been building momentum over the past five years, steadily transforming itself from producer of simple kitchen accessories into a fully-fledged international lifestyle brand, whose reach extends from lighting to seating and shelving. A key force behind this expansion and repositioning is creative director Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, co-founder of Norm Architects and a believer in design as evolution not revolution. The Modernism Reimagined collection – as its name would suggest – is about honouring the central tenets of European modernism while also capturing the essence or characteristics of what Bjerre-Poulsen calls “soft minimalism”. “It’s a term we use internally at Menu to describe what may have begun as a Scandinavian aesthetic, but is actually now a universal language,” he explains. “Central European modernism morphed into functionalism in Scandinavia and it became slightly more organic, with wavy contours. Think of Alvar Aalto or Arne Jacobsen – th

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headline.browser-title“unique youngstar” wanted: Enter your unique design and join the young designer competition for outdoor living at the world’s leading garden trade fair https://www.architonic.com/en/story/spoga-gafa-unique-youngstar-wanted-enter-your-unique-design-and-join-the-young-designer-competition-for-outdoor-living-at-the-worlds-leading-garden-trade-fair/7001295 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Once again, spoga+gafa takes place in Cologne from September 4th to 6th, 2016. At the world’s leading trade fair for the leisure and garden sector over 2,000 exhibitors present their innovations to 40,000 international trade visitors. garden unique offers exhibitors a classy platform to display their high-end products at spoga+gafa. The highly design-oriented concept addresses those visitors in particular, that look for modern, exceptional solutions in the context of outdoor living. Thereby garden unique is the perfect setting for the young talents contest <b>unique youngstar</b>, which takes place for the fourth time this year. It offers young designers a unique platform to display their concepts and products to a large and expert audience. Drafts and prototypes of outdoor furniture, accessories, sun shades, outdoor lamps, flooring for outdoors, plant containers or barbecues: all that and much more can be entered in the competition and participants can give free rein to their creativi

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headline.browser-titleLight + Building 2016: Innovations in lighting https://www.architonic.com/en/story/light-building-light-building-2016-innovations-in-lighting/7001294 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

The designs for new lighting products take home comforts and aesthetic refinement as their starting point. The result is an inspiring mix, concomitant with classical archetypes and futuristic technology; these are the trends for the 2016/17 season. From 13 to 18 March 2016 these trends will be translated into four home scenarios at the Light + Building Trend Forum, providing an inspirational point of attraction for the specialist retail trade, designers, architects and interior architects. The focus is on various stylistic trends, which integrate ultramodern home scenarios and selected products into unusual domestic design contexts. The spotlight is not just on new products, but also on traditional favourites and innovative technology. The internationally renowned Trend Bureau bora.herke.palmisano, from Frankfurt am Main and Berlin, is responsible for identifying the trends and staging the Trend Forum. <b>‘progressive & decorative’ – futuristic, decorative, glitzy</b> The ‘progressive

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headline.browser-titleStorytelling Asia: Neri & Hu https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-storytelling-asia-neri-amp-hu/7001292 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

<b>TLmag</b>: Recently appointed as art directors of the Shanghai-based design company Stellar Works, how will you position this brand's DNA in Europe? Will the presence of the factories in Shanghai and France, in Laval, support its creative development between both continents and worldwide? <b>Neri&Hu</b>: We will reveal most of it in M&O next January. The manufacturing aspect of the brand is of course central to the DNA, but the brand has other aspects that we want to explore. <b>TLmag</b>: On M&O Paris in January, will you introduce new collections and make a 'special' statement? <b>N&H</b>: The collection will be a continuation of what we have already been doing with them. The brand identity will be stronger and clearer. <b>TLmag</b>: More intimate and discrete but revealing multiple stories, does the wooden cabinet of curiosities shown at Rossana Orlandi past April and the seven objects to go inside – one to represent each of the seven deadly sins – serve as a metaphor to e

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headline.browser-titleTIGrr in Paris https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-tigrr-in-paris/7001291 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

A colour, atmosphere, scent, dessert, and laugh, ingredients merge into a chemistry that cannot be contained in any recipe. So we evoke the magic of the place, as if, rather than a recipe, a magical formula, that fans find affinities for. The TIGrr has setup shop in the carrefour d’Odeon. Three prestigious addresses are dens of fascinating felines from Indochina. Everything is covered in black and gold: from linen napkins to cushions, that invite you to sit comfortably in the restaurant to bar. At TIGrr, you can sip your favourite cocktail or enjoy Thai- and Vietnamese-inspired delicacies. During the day and throughout the night, time moves to the rhythm of the wild music, carefully selected depending on the mood. Music, fine food, cocktails, the decor, the thousand and one little touches have come from a few good spirits. The hosts themselves are the soul of this place. Should you see Philippe Di Méo, who designed the decor down to the smallest detail, putting his stamp everywhere, e

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headline.browser-titleZen architecture: Eurasian Serenity https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-zen-architecture-eurasian-serenity/7001290 Wed, 02 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

The structure of Wooden Bridge Museum in Yusuhara, Japan, creates a cantilevered building using local material, red cedar sugi. Resewing two buildings, a hotel and spa are separated by the cliff and road while the infrastructure hosts an artist in residence program. The charming Kengo Kuma-designed building merges into the forest around it, responding to the aesthetic naturalistic concept of Shizen. Accumulation of hanegi (corbel) evokes the traditional construction of to-kyo (square framing) employed in Japan and China, devised to support the load from the eaves. This solution requires traditional craftsmanship but also brings out the potential of laminated wood. A six-curved roof props up the scenic design of Kanagawa, Japan’s Shonan Christ Church, designed by Takeshi Hosaka. Taking inspiration from the Genesis Six Days of Creation story, these dix concrete elements allow natural light to pour in from the ceiling, regulating exposure depending on the time of the day. Light has been s

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headline.browser-titleGuggenheim Helsinki: Art to light up the city https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-guggenheim-helsinki-art-to-light-up-the-city/7001289 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

For Moreau Kusunoki, the project may be their big break but the husband and wife duo are staying level-headed about the sudden attention to their work; and reluctant to elaborate on an overarching design philosophy: “We are still in the process of defining it! We try to listen and observe and do things simply and honestly.” With over 1715 entries from 77 countries, it was like playing the lottery but a game that could not have been refereed more fairly. In line with Finland’s long his- tory of equalitarianism, the name of the architect was not revealed to the panel of jurors until they had made a decision on the winning design. Seeming to have ticked all the boxes, the jury favoured the thoughtful proposal of Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki for being “deeply respectful of the site and setting” and “distinctive and contemporary, without being iconic” to ultimately create a “museum of the future.” <b>A transparent museum for living</b> Their plan lays out the museum as its own litt

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headline.browser-titleSubtle Shapeshifters: Snøhetta https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-subtle-shapeshifters-snhetta/7001288 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Coming from Norway, the land of vast nature and magnificent landscapes of mountains, fjords, open sea and sky, landscape is 90% of an environment for architecture office Snøhetta, and a building is only a touch in the landscape. For them, buildings are not a solution to problems, but they might serve as a small solution to a certain need. “When designing and building opera houses, museums and libraries, creative teams of the office aim to make public landscapes not only for those entering the building, but the buildings and their surroundings become environments for meetings, walk- ing, skating or resting. While the buildings remain forums for high culture, they also claim urban space for everyday life.” “In essence, built environment that surrounds us in sense of buildings, is a lot more than buildings,” says architect Kjetil Trædahl Thorsen. “Also the landscapes of cities are partially constructed, and this little platform is changing cities, planning tools and the way we perceive ou

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headline.browser-titleWorking It: Workplace Strategy Expo, Zurich https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-working-it-workplace-strategy-expo-zurich/7001286 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

The first Workplace Strategy Expo run in parallel with the HR management exhibition Personal Swiss. The Expo takes a pioneering approach to one of the most pressing issues of the modern world of work: up-to-date strategies for better, smarter workplace design. Apart from providing masses of information on this theme and presenting a range of furniture systems, the Expo offers visitors a platform for discussion and exchange of views between experts and other interested parties, with speeches, open forums and interviews. This range of offerings is unique on today’s European market. The way we work has undergone fundamental changes in recent decades, due to the transition from a society based on industrial production to a service society and the digital age that has made the introduction of new tools and working methods possible. Many employees may now be classified as knowledge workers: they are the key capital of any business, and the basis for its success. Nevertheless, many aspect

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headline.browser-titleThe Living Kitchen https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-living-kitchen/7001285 Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100

If the old expression ‘home is where the hearth is’ is anything to go by, the domestic space where food is prepared has long been aligned with notions of warmth and comfort. ‘Contemporary kitchens’, however, as Michael Lammel of German product-design agency NOA suggests, ‘are increasingly becoming a social living area.’ And he should know. His team has recently collaborated with Franke Kitchen Systems – the largest business division of the Franke Group and world market leader in kitchen sinks and taps – to deliver a comprehensive new concept: a supremely modular product line that makes the kitchen as aspirational and expressive in terms of design and functionality as the living room. Launched in late 2015, the clue to the <b>Frames by Franke</b> product line is in the name. Joining up all the functional devices you’d expect to find in the kitchen – from appliances such as ovens, hobs and hoods to hardware like sinks and taps – Franke Kitchen Systems has introduced a holistic and high

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headline.browser-titleMünchner Stoff Frühling: 11 – 14 March 2016 https://www.architonic.com/en/story/munchner-stoff-fruhling-e-v-munchner-stoff-fruhling-11-14-march-2016/7001284 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100

The “Münchner Stoff Frühling” format has had great success with its consistently conceptual advancement. “Münchner Stoff Frühling” 2016 is therefore mainly focusing on shifting the 4-day industry event even more to the exhibitors’ showrooms. The showroom fair is meant to be a forum for the active exchange of information between industry, the market, creative forces and property partners as well as a platform for new contacts and projects. <b>Exhibitors 2016:</b> Christian Fischbacher | Colefax and Fowler | Création Baumann | C&C Milano | Dedar | Designers Guild | Élitis | Gebrüder Weishäupl | Hahne & Schönberg | Holland & Sherry | Houlès | House of Jab Anstoetz | Jim Thompson | Kinnasand | Kobe | Lelièvre | Little Greene | Luiz | Nobilis Fontan | Nya Nordiska | Osborne&Little | Pierre Frey | Romo Group | Rubelli Group | Sahco | Zimmer+Rohde The central success factors for “Münchner Stoff Frühling” are the communal organisation of the exhibiting textile brands, the high quality and ins

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headline.browser-titleArchitecture Iran https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-architecture-iran/7001283 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100

On January 16, ‘Implementation Day’ — when the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran had met all commitments under last summer’s nuclear accord to restrain its nuclear programme — was finally announced. It signalled the end of 10 years of economically crippling nuclear-related sanctions, and Iran’s chance to reconnect with the global economy. It’s in a strong position to do so: it’s the second largest economy in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia, and has the world’s largest reserves of natural gas and the fourth largest of oil. And, despite the international isolation imposed on it by sanctions, Iran is absolutely no cultural backwater: half the population own smartphones and are members of social networking sites. Additionally, new legislation has been introduced to attract more foreign investment, making it possible, for example, to register an Iranian company with 100 per cent foreign capital. Two previously depressed sectors that look set to benefit from this are I

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headline.browser-titleMaterial Tendencies: Eugeni Quitllet https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-eugeni-quitllet/7001282 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Eugeni Quitllet was awarded the honour of Designer of the Year for the January edition of Maison&Objet Paris 2016. Architonic met up with the Catalan designer to discuss his latest works, which were presented at a solo exhibition at the fair. <b>Can you describe the installation ‘From one-off piece to infinity’ here at Maison&Objet?</b> The ‘Dream catcher’ is almost like a self-portrait, because I imagine myself lying on the chair whilst looking at the spiral-shaped ring and its infinite hole of inspirations, which in a way catches my dreams. It seems as if the pieces were made in space – it is almost like being in a spaceship. <b>Please tell us more about the process and the material that you used.</b> I worked together on this project with Alex Rasmussen from the family Neal Feay. The Neal Feay Studio is based in Santa Barbara and has specialised in anodised aluminium for many decades. Both of the one-off pieces are made using the CNC process, starting from a monolithic block of al

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