New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/fr/story-feed New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/fr/story-feed https://image.architonic.com/arc_black.jpg en Sun, 06 Dec 2020 01:39:09 +0100 Architonic Story: PEDRALI | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-pedrali/20163399 Fri, 04 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>@ Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-pedrali/20163399">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-pedrali/20163399 Architonic Story: JESS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-jess/20163397 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-jess/20163397">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-jess/20163397 Partners for life: Villeroy & Boch | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norbert-philipp-partners-for-life-villeroy-amp-boch/20163313 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Good design is faithful. It accompanies you throughout your life. When it comes to bathrooms, Villeroy & Boch places strong emphasis on ideas such as ‘whole’ and ‘holistic’. It does not think of hygiene and body care in terms of separate, individual products or different stages of life, but rather systematically and as a whole – whereby it is not necessary to separate different wishes and needs. For this reason, Villeroy & Boch’s comprehensive product portfolio for the bathroom ensures a broad range of solutions for planners and architects, including ones that speak to future requirements which bathroom users may sometimes not even have thought of at the time of planning. From shower toilets, fittings and furniture, to pre-wall installation systems, it’s possible to tick almost anything off the list of bathroom needs from Villeroy & Boch’s portfolio. It doesn't matter in which phase of life that they will be used, the bathroom can be future-proofed right from the planning stage – even… continue

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

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

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

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In the right light – a short guide to room lighting | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-in-the-right-light-a-short-guide-to-room-lighting/20162164 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Die Tage werden spürbar kürzer und der Bedarf an Licht in den eigenen vier Wänden damit höher. Besonders in der dunkleren Jahreshälfte sind wir auf künstliches Licht angewiesen. Es hilft nicht nur dabei, unseren Biorhythmus im Takt zu halten, sondern sorgt dafür, dass wir uns zu Hause wohl und geborgen fühlen. Geht es an die Wahl der richtigen Beleuchtung, ist jedoch mancher überfordert. Das Angebot an Leuchten ist gross, hinzukommen zahlreiche Faktoren, die beachtet werden sollten, wie Energieeffizienz, Farbwiedergabe und -temperatur des Leuchtmittels. Um eine gelungene Beleuchtung zu erzielen braucht es viel Zeit und ein gutes Konzept, das zur Wohnung, den einzelnen Räumen und den Menschen passt, die dort leben. Am Anfang steht also erst mal die Überlegung wofür das Licht gebraucht wird: zum Lesen, zum konzentrierten Arbeiten oder für gemütliches Beisammensitzen? Oft sollen in einem Raum verschiedene Dinge stattfinden können. Eine Leuchte allein kann dies nur schwer erfüllen, schöner… continue

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Changing interiors over the decades | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-changing-interiors-over-the-decades/20162163 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Eine Wohnung spiegelt persönliche Vorlieben und Geschmäcker wider, gibt Auskunft über den sozialen und finanziellen Status. Für die einen ist sie privater Rückzugsraum, für andere Statussymbol oder Ort zur Selbstverwirklichung. Gewohnt wird schon lange, doch das Wie hat sich im Lauf der Zeit stark gewandelt. Zwei Ausstellungen, eine in Weil am Rhein und die andere in Zürich, geben aktuell Einblick in die vielseitige Geschichte des Interieurs und zeigen wie sich gesellschaftliche, politische und technische Veränderungen auf unser Wohnumfeld auswirken. Heute befasst sich eine enorme, globale Medienbranche mit Lifestyle- und Interior-Trends, die in Zeitschriften, Blogs und Fernsehsendungen thematisiert werden. Das Thema Wohnen hat Konjunktur, doch ein ernsthafter gesellschaftlicher Diskurs zum Interieur, wie er noch im ersten Drittel des 20. Jahrhunderts geführt wurde, fehlt. Dies stellte auch Mateo Kries, Direktor des Vitra Design Museums in Weil am Rhein fest. Um die fachliche Auseinand… continue

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Architonic Story: Procédés Chénel | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-procedes-chenel/20161751 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-procedes-chenel/20161751">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-procedes-chenel/20161751 After-effects: DURAVIT | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-after-effects-duravit/20161714 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Just how much things can change in 30 years can be clearly seen in the history of fashion and design. Only a few visionaries manage to outlive trends with their timeless creations, while simultaneously treading confident, new design paths. People like Dieter Sieger, for example, who revolutionised the bathroom with Duravit back in the 1980s, or Philippe Starck, who has been collaborating with the company since 1994. 30 years ago, high standards in design were not as widespread in Germany as they are today. How the landscape has changed since then is well illustrated by a bathroom renovation that was undertaken in a family home in the Black Forest recently. The bathroom’s original look relied on lots of wood and white marble tiles, but now, a generation later, everything looks completely different. Today, the daughter of the family lives with her husband and children in the old family home, but room by room, and with great attention to detail, they have brought the house interior into t… continue

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Brioso beautiful: DURAVIT | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-brioso-beautiful-duravit/20161713 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 ‘Body care has moved into the realm of enjoyment and with it, the bathroom as a space for it to happen. It has become a place for the senses, for relaxation. A place where we desire to spend time’, says Christian Werner, who, with his new Brioso collection for Duravit, delivers optimal design for bathroom spaces where long stays are about pure pleasure. Werner places the needs of people front and centre with his designs, so naturally, comfort comes as a given in the bathroom creations of the award-winning designer. This focus on people is also why Brioso offers a wide range of individual, refreshing and modern bathroom design options. One of the first things to catch the eye is the furniture’s finely nuanced lines, made possible by its narrow side panels. The series lends the bathroom both elegance and lightness, even if only individual pieces are used. Brioso may not necessarily push itself into the foreground, but is still ever-present – even alongside more outgoing design series’ f… continue

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Clean design: DURAVIT | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-clean-design-duravit/20161712 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, said Leonardo da Vinci, and with each of his designs, Philippe Starck presents the truth of this statement. The modernist visionary has designed a new generation of shower toilets for Duravit, the puristic SensoWash® Starck f, which combines sustainable design with a high degree of user comfort. Behind its understated aesthetics lie numerous benefits: from the descaling function, odour extraction and proximity sensor, to its automatically-opening-lid, night light, and seat shower. Some models are also available with a warm air dryer, seat heating and energy-saving modes, and all functions can be controlled via Bluetooth by remote control or the SensoWash® app. In addition to the hygienic flush, which is integrated into the flush-mounted element of the DuraSystem®, the HygieneGlaze ceramic surface, in particular, provides advanced safety in terms of hygiene. Germs and bacteria have virtually no chance of survival on this innovative surface – ev… continue

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Show-offs!: the latest showroom projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-show-offs-the-latest-showroom-projects/20161711 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Showrooms have always provided an opportunity for brands to display their wares in an architecturally cutting-edge setting – pioneering what we now call experiential retail. This latest crop shows that the experimental spirit is very much alive, and that bricks-and-mortar retail can still provide a spatial experience that is memorable and on-brand. Take The Splash Lab's new showroom in Los Angeles. Here, McLaren Excell has designed an almost church-like space that consists of a pale brick perimeter and arched apse at the end, polished concrete floors and plaster walls that show off the brand's brassware and sanitaryware products. These have been integrated within the architecture to give a sense of unity with the space, while also giving them a chance to stand out from the simple but robust design. Warm accents, such as recessed timber shelving and the timber truss structure of the roof above create a softer, more natural counterpoint within the design. High-end design manufacturer VID… continue

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Skin deep: new beauty-brand interiors | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alun-lennon-skin-deep-new-beauty-brand-interiors/20161710 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Most brands have long understood the power of shaping space, when it comes to their bricks-and-mortar stores. More than a means of creating atmosphere, the aim is to form a lasting relationship with the visitor via a unique, and often sensory, experience. And if the shop can also function as a means of brand expression, even better. Best practice for this can often be found in the beauty segment, where – as can be seen from our survey of projects below – brand values, product presentation, and concept-driven interior design are closely intertwined. <b>01</b> Aesop Shinjuku Tokyo, Japan 2020 Project by Case Real For their Aesop store design in the neon city of Shinjuku, Case Real chose stainless steel with a mirror finish for the main material. Chipped plaster walls finished with a rough expression, combined with a glorious artificial volume of stainless steel are applied to create a shop space that is distinct to Shinjuku but also reflects the Aesop brand through its design.… continue

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Something old, something new: LAUFEN | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-something-old-something-new-laufen/20161709 Wed, 25 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 When working on the interiors of The Mondrian Doha hotel in Qatar, Dutch designer Marcel Wanders wanted to create an indulgent freestanding bathtub for two with a soft, rounded curve. Seeking the highest expertise in bathroom design and manufacture, he called upon Swiss brand Laufen, which offered a bespoke service for complete customisation across their full portfolio. The partnership – which saw the creation of 270 bathrooms across the hotel – was symbiotic, and would later result in another collaboration: Laufen’s bathroom collection ‘The New Classic’ designed by Marcel Wanders studio. Taking a neo-classical approach, this collection seeks to combine the elegance of history with the functionality of modern design. Designing ‘The New Classic’, Wanders was still interested in pursuing the soft, rounded curve, with which he would sculpt washbasin bowls, toilets, a bidet and bathtub. Alongside this, inspired by Laufen’s acclaimed products, he designed stronger more geometric shapes for… continue

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Safe space: LINDNER | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-safe-space-lindner/20161615 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 As Corona numbers continue to rise, enthusiasm for the home office is somewhat on the wain. During the first wave, other concerns were, for many, outweighed by the new flexibility offered by working from home. Now, however, back pain due to lack of proper office furniture in the living room, seasonal depression, and nervous-overload stemming from the attempt to balance family and work, are causing frustration.  What is missing are ‘spontaneous forms of work communication – conversations in the hallway which are important for collaboration and the emergence of ideas,’ explains Professor Werner Eichhorst from the Bonn Institute of Labour Economics in an interview in ZEIT. According to Eichhorst, the feeling of being part of a team is also easier to create when people come together physically: ‘So it would be wrong to give up on the office space itself’. According to a study commissioned by Eset, most employees in Germany agree with Professor Eichhorst: 91% would like to work in the offic… continue

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A breath of fresh air in the Swiss design scene | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-a-breath-of-fresh-air-in-the-swiss-design-scene/20161373 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Design made in Switzerland gilt als innovativ, präzise und funktional. Geprägt wurde dieses Bild von bekannten Architekten und Designern wie Max Bill, Le Corbusier, Haefeli Moser Steiger oder Willy Guhl. Deren Möbelentwürfe schufen die Grundlage für unser Verständnis von gutem Schweizer Design, dessen Anfänge bis ins 19. Jahrhundert zurück reichen und das in den 1930ern sowie 1950ern seine Blütezeit erlangte. Wodurch sich Schweizer Design heute auszeichnet, ist schwer zu sagen, arbeiten viele mittlerweile nicht in einer multinationalen Designszene? Globalisierung und Digitalisierung haben in den letzten Jahren eine neue Generation von Schweizer Designerinnen und Designern hervorgebracht, die zum einen international vernetzt agiert, zum anderen auch das Lokale schätzt und auf Nachhaltigkeit bedacht ist. Ihre Entwürfe sind Zeugnis einer neuen kreativen Freiheit und experimentieren lustvoll mit Farbe, Material und Form. Zugleich zeigt sich, dass hier kein Bruch mit den Gestaltungsansätzen… continue

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Architonic Story: ARPER | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-arper/20161322 Wed, 25 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-arper/20161322">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-arper/20161322 Finishing touch: GEBERIT | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-finishing-touch-geberit/20160988 Fri, 20 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Where have your hands been today? This was the question asked by the head of the German Ministry of Health Education on the occasion of Global Handwashing Day on 15 October. While it sounds like a simple question, it isn’t that easy to answer. How many doorknobs do we touch every day? How often do we push buttons on elevators that are used by countless people on any given day? And what about touchscreens in the office or at ATMs? Most people try to touch as few things as possible in public sanitary areas. Studies show that a good two-thirds of all women and more than half of all men are afraid of germs and bacteria in toilets in bars, clinics and the like. At the same time, doctors like Professor Klaus-Dieter Zastrow, head of the Hygiene Institute at the Regiomed Clinics in Coburg, Germany, argue against the excessive use of disinfectants. Geberit offers a convincing and straightforward solution in the form of contactless washbasin fittings, whose surfaces are easy to clean – an essent… continue

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Get a job!: String Works | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jean-christophe-camuset-get-a-job-string-works/20160985 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 When Bjorn Dahlström and Anna Von Schewen first started working on a new collection for String Furniture from home, it was far from clear that soon much of the world would be joining them in the home-office. What was clear, however, was the brief from the Swedish furniture brand: they wanted to create a collection around their String Shelf. Designed in 1949, this piece of furniture made its way into countless Swedish and international homes, thanks to its simplicity, ergonomy and durability, and in 2005, was relaunched on the market, confirming its iconic status. ‘It’s not easy to work on such an icon… This shelf is in everybody’s home in Sweden but it’s not common in offices. Our aim was to conquer these new territories’, say the designers from their Stockholm studio. Since 2017, the whole String system has been updated in order to adapt to different rooms and spaces. ‘We wanted to preserve the legacy of this iconic shelf but extend its DNA’, notes Peter Erlander, CMO and co-founder.… continue

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Architonic Story: TOBIAS GRAU | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-tobias-grau/20160795 Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-tobias-grau/20160795">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-tobias-grau/20160795 Light work: illuminating office spaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-light-work-illuminating-office-spaces/20160790 Wed, 18 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Although many people, myself included, are currently working from home, it’s not time to write-off the office just yet. The world of work – and office design – had been undergoing changes even before the pandemic. But it's not all about architecture or furnishings that accommodate a more collaborative style of work. New energy-efficient lighting sources, such as LED and OLED are increasingly employed in offices to create more varied and stimulating interior lighting schemes that provide a more welcoming, comfortable and productive environment. Take the Sasaki Associated-designed Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts in which the lighting scheme was conceived by Lam Partners. Here, the interior lighting has been designed to correspond to different activities – circulation spaces receive rhythmic pools of light, while individual focus workspaces feature a more even light, and break-out spaces dedicated to more informal interaction and relaxation mix daylight with high levels… continue

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Enlighten us: in conversation with Lucas Goy | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alun-lennon-enlighten-us-in-conversation-with-lucas-goy/20160789 Wed, 18 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Anyone happening to find themself in a certain part of central Berlin lately, can not have helped noticing one of the newest, not to say, more striking, additions to Berlin’s architectural landscape, namely OMA’s Axel Springer Campus, named for the eponymous German media group. We caught up with Lucas Goy, director of les éclaireurs, the office responsible for lighting on the project, for a chat about les éclaireurs’ work. <b>What first drew you to lighting design as distinct from other branches of design?</b> When I was student, I participated in a lighting design workshop with PLDC. I was studying art and design in the National Fine Art School of Lyon, specialising in design for public spaces – with the word ‘public’ having a particularly political meaning. I was surprised at how you can mix a design and technical approach with something joyful and playful. I thought this would be enough to keep me interested for a while. <b>How would one recognise a les éclaireurs project? What are… continue

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Contract for the people: BOCONCEPT | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-contract-for-the-people-boconcept/20160788 Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 There have been many fundamental changes to the way we live lately – but one that is perhaps underplayed is exactly where the discrepancy between current wage levels and house prices leaves millennials and Generation Z. Adaptation to lifelong renting as opposed to owning may be posited, but for many, the huge shift in mindset that it represents in many countries is well underway. The burgeoning build-to-rent market, sweeping across the world from America, is testament to this change. According to real estate company Savills, in the UK alone, there are currently around 172,000 Build to Rent homes planned, under construction, or already operational, and this surge is replicated across the world in the likes of Germany, Dubai, Japan and Australia. Adapting to this new property world order is Danish design brand BoConcept, which has been furnishing homes since the 1950s with pieces that provide comfort, ergonomics and all the style and refinements that characterise modern Danish design – a… continue

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Local customs: BOCONCEPT | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-local-customs-boconcept/20160787 Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 When BoConcept Contract talks about customisation it’s not simply talking about switching in a ceramic top for the standard wooden top of a table, or trimming off 20cm to make it fit better. Nor does it mean having the choice of thousands of fabrics to individualise upholstery at competitive prices. These are things they offer, but for BoConcept, customisation is drawing on its vast resources, from dynamic local contract teams, to broad, comprehensive furniture collections, its own manufacturing operations and well-tuned supply chains, to achieve a unique level of personalisation on every project. ‘Customisation does not stop after tailoring a product to the customers’ requests or using a material that matches their corporate Identity. This is just state of the art,’ affirms Christian Hiller, BoConcept’s contract director. ‘I am more interested in understanding the purpose of his individual interior design. Only if we ask what he wants to achieve with a look, touch and feel or colour s… continue

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Home is where... my office is: BOCONCEPT | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-home-is-where-my-office-is-boconcept/20160786 Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 While a standard package of furniture destined for a residential interior design project might usually consist of a sofa, coffee table, bed, nightstand, light, chest of drawers, dining table, and dining chairs, Michel Baumgart, BoConcept Contract’s man in London, notes that, increasingly, there are newcomers to the list: a desk, desk chair and task light. You’d have to have been marching blindfolded through the last few months to not know why. In pandemic times, the world is working from home. Meanwhile, trend hunters speak in unison about the changing face of the office and its new role as a centre of community in a remote world. Features are taken from the hospitality and home sectors: bars and kitchens, fireplaces, games rooms, rock walls, spas, gyms, homely furniture, rugs and plants. Homes masquerade as offices, while offices borrow from homes and hotels. It was happening already but the pandemic has functioned as a catalyst for even faster change. It means that when it comes to d… continue

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ARCHITONIC STORY: VOLA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-vola/20160532 Fri, 13 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-vola/20160532">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-vola/20160532 Clickbait: D2 Office by WAGNER | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/julia-hauch-clickbait-d2-office-by-wagner/20159629 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Moritz Wagner, the founder of the Swabian chair manufacturer, was an early advocate of the principle that utility must always come before design. The D2 Office applies this corporate philosophy in the form of a constantly changing space and a parametric system. Berlin architects Gonzalez Haase AAS developed the blueprint for the future D2 Office System for Munich-based Bureau Borsche. The result was individually manufactured shelves, tables and partitions with a central connecting element, with which every room requirement can be staged professionally, and, at the same time, in keeping with the highest standards of creative design. The new D2 shelving system also obeys the dictate of flexibility and can be short or long, narrow or wide. The basic principle is that, thanks to the universal plastic connecting element, lightweight aluminum plates with a thickness of 15mm can be joined without the aid of tools. The connecting element, which is clicked into the plates, not only connects… continue

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Workspace in progress: Wagner | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/julia-hauch-workspace-in-progress-wagner/20159625 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The contemporary office landscape is a wide world full of agility, flexibility, modularity, and myriad balances and challenges. One of the biggest challenges is that of preserving a sense of style in all of these elements, as with new D2 Office developed and presented – or pieced together, to put it more accurately – by WAGNER, designer Stefan Diez and Gonzales Haase Architects. Unhinging the possible in order to move a step closer to the impossible. That is the premise pursued by WAGNER, the traditional chair producers, who, decade after decade, continue to create diverse, healthy seating products for every conceivable purpose – from the Dondola® seat joint to the D1 chair series designed by Stefan Diez. In the course of its collaboration with numerous prominent designers and interior architects, and under the influence of continuously evolving requirements for office space, one question has emerged as increasingly essential for WAGNER. How can mobile seating, sophisticated design… continue

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Architonic Story: BoConcept | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-boconcept/20159580 Wed, 11 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-boconcept/20159580">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-boconcept/20159580 First glass: Wagner Design Lab | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/julia-hauch-first-glass-wagner-design-lab/20159387 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 An oversized, double-sided show window hovers over the former home of the Wagner family in the midst of a beautiful natural setting. The silhouettes of chairs and other furnishings appear behind the glass facade, as if gathered together to philosophise about the future of sitting. What looks from the outside like an open discussion, inside the glass pavilion is the new WAGNER Design Lab at corporate headquarters in Langenneufnach – which was planned and realised by the renowned architects Titus Bernhard and Andreas Weissenbach in collaboration with sedak, a leading producer of insulation and safety glass. The seemingly seamless building, which was honoured with the 2020 German Design Award, not only unites design and architecture in a harmonious whole but also reflects the WAGNER philosophy of redefining the limits of the possible. In this case, the coup is not achieved with agile, innovative chairs, but with the two 117sqm glass facades. Measuring nearly 20 metres in length, they… continue

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Architonic Story: Andreu World | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-andreu-world/20159380 Tue, 10 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-andreu-world/20159380">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-andreu-world/20159380 On safe ground: Vorwerk Flooring | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/julia-hauch-on-safe-ground-vorwerk-flooring/20159377 Fri, 13 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Can a carpet help to protect life? While this may sound melodramatic, the answer is in fact, yes. At least as far as turtles and other sea creatures are concerned, who become caught in left-behind fishing nets. Greenpeace estimates that up to 25,000 nets are abandoned in our oceans every year, where they remain for the next 600 years before finally decomposing – a situation that grows increasingly critical year by year, as plastic waste continues to the accumulate, and not only for creatures of the sea. For anyone wondering what that has to do with their comfortable carpeting, we have a strong connecting thread to offer. Or rather a yarn called ECONYL®, which the company Aquafil harvests from old fishing nets and other nylon waste products and uses as a raw material for new products, such as socks, swimwear and carpeting. This is where things come full circle. This recycled yarn now plays an increasingly important role in the production of carpeting and carpet tiles from Vorwerk Floor… continue

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The writing’s on the wall: ASB GLASSFLOOR | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-the-writings-on-the-wall-asb-glassfloor/20159349 Wed, 25 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The art world has learned how to use immersive installations to captivate an audience – creating unforgettable experiences with the help of space-consuming works that motivate people to see things from different angles as well as to inspire them. ASB GlassFloor understands the power of this medium and with DigitalWallpaper, its versatile LED glass screen, presents a technology which is destined for use in a wide variety of applications – including the art world. The Bavarian manufacturer has come a considerable way to reach this point, although it may be more fitting to talk about how the company has evolved. ASB’s origins go back to 1965, when advertising expert Horst Babinsky founded an interior design company. The company’s first great success was based on the development of a prefabricated construction system, and indeed which gave the company its name: ASB, for Aluminium System Construction. In the mid-seventies, Babinsky developed the ASB SquashCourt and, within a few years, had… continue

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Open air: SIEMENS HOME APPLIANCE | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-open-air-siemens-home-appliance/20159348 Thu, 12 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Innovation is the optimisation of the existing. It is therefore always worthwhile to look at it in the mirror of the past. So let's begin this Siemens Home Appliance story with a brief look at the origins of the open kitchen. As early as 1947, the apartments of Le Corbusier's famous Unité d'Habitation in Marseille had semi-open kitchens. Designed by Charlotte Perriand, the idea was to see the kitchen as part of the flowing spatial structure, and also reflected a new, more liberated role for women at that time. Only a bar separated the kitchen from the living area. In addition to ample storage space and modern basic equipment, Perriand also integrated a hidden extractor for the fumes produced by cooking. In this way, food preparation could become an entertaining way of spending time together – especially when friends were visiting. The trend towards openness continues to this day. Walls are giving way. Kitchen and living room are becoming one – and at the heart of it all lies the soc… continue

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Water feature: RANDERS TEGL | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-water-feature-randers-tegl/20159347 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Ultima’s visual strength lies not only in its unconventional proportions, but in the fact that every brick is a one-off. The small variations on the surface honour the intrinsic irregularity of its raw material and invest it with age-worn elegance. The surface irregularities come virtue of the waterstruck method of manufacture. It’s nothing new; it’s a technique that is centuries-old. During the process, water is used as a lubricant to loosen the wet clay from its mould, and it is the contact with the water that sculpts the brick’s surface. Where once it was done entirely by hand, now it’s machines doing the work, but the wash of water keeps surfaces pleasingly inexact, while the basic regularity of form required for efficient modern building practice is maintained. The value of this perfectly imperfect finish is clear when integrating new buildings into a town’s historical areas, as is the case with the recently completed apartment building by the architectural practice Cobe in Copenh… continue

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Playing the long game: RANDERS TEGL | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-playing-the-long-game-randers-tegl/20159346 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The emergence of the long format brick is helping to keep the ancient building material firmly on architects’ palettes. Relatively new to the market, long formats are typically twice the length of an average brick and 38mm high, giving a building all the structural integrity of brick construction, while allowing more personality to be introduced to facades or internal feature walls. It has also arrived in a timely fashion, when architects are showing renewed lust for postmodernist ornamentation. Long format bricks such as Randers Tegl ’s Ultima have the versatility to bring quirk and character to walls in a variety of ways. In the recently completed Casa Sand, Denmark, Christoffersen & Weiling Architects have used a light sandy shade of Ultima in two different orientations to create a dialogue with the imposing horizon view. Set close to the seafront, the linearity of the structure is reinforced by the central band of horizontal bricks, while two ribbons of vertical bricks ground the… continue

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Not just another brick in the wall: RANDERS TEGL ULTIMA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-not-just-another-brick-in-the-wall-randers-tegl-ultima/20159345 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Randers Tegl, a leading Scandinavian brick maker with operations throughout Denmark and Germany, is on a mission to boost the reputation of the age-old building material and make it the architect’s resource of choice. Lately, it is its long format brick, the Ultima, that has been garnering attention for its modern profile, its textural appeal and versatility. Randers Tegl has a fine standing in the world of bricks, thanks to an innovative bent that pushes the reach of the brick aesthetically and functionally while honing manufacturing techniques, some historical, to be ever more efficient and sustainable. It began life with a simple acquisition back in 1911 when engineer Carl Piper took over a brick factory in Viborg, Denmark and started a family business that went on to assimilate plants across northern Europe and become the continent’s largest producers of clay bricks and roof tiles. Today Randers Tegl’s annual brick production is 130 million. The company’s output includes specialist… continue

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Living with Sky-Frame: Moscow | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-living-with-sky-frame-moscow/20159258 Mon, 16 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 It’s a cold winter’s night in a suburb of Moscow. A family gathers in a stylish villa to celebrate a young girl’s birthday. As she gazes through the full-height sliding glass doors, the girl imagines a figure skater pirouetting gracefully on an ice rink as the snow falls softly around her. Is she daydreaming about her future self? All we know is that she sees more than the simple reality beyond the glass. This poetic vision of childhood imagination is captured in a new film produced by Swiss frameless sliding door specialist Sky-Frame. The film, which is titled ‘Living with Sky-Frame: Moscow’, invokes feelings of familial comfort and long evenings spent indoors sheltered from the elements, as well as reminding us of the wonder of youth. Its core message is that it is not what is visible through a window that matters, rather it is about what we see. ‘Moscow’ is the latest in a series called ‘Living with Sky-Frame’, in which the brand showcases the intangible qualities of its high-end gl… continue

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The lamp of luxury: CTO LIGHTING | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-the-lamp-of-luxury-cto-lighting/20159173 Tue, 10 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Long-considered cornerstones of British luxury, hotels such as The Savoy and The Dorchester with their marble-lined lobbies, softly lit lounges and varying degrees of eccentricity, are seen to encapsulate an old English charm. Today, that’s just one lens on British luxury. There’s also the new generation of designers rediscovering craftsmanship and re-thinking sustainability. Balancing sophistication with an outward-looking approach, CTO Lighting has been carrying the baton of British luxury for over 20 years. Since 1998, when Chris and Clare Turner founded the company, the core values haven’t changed. Commitment to the highest quality materials, manufacturing and design has seen them through numerous design trends from the late 90s to today. So, instead of a style then, perhaps British luxury can instead be found in its values. While their lights are behind the warm ambient glow of the aforementioned social institutions, the CTO Lighting Collections of contemporary designs encapsulate… continue

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Can you feel it? Cleaf by Egger | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-can-you-feel-it-cleaf-by-egger/20158761 Wed, 18 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Although superficiality is not exactly a desirable quality, no one is entirely free of it. Despite our love of deeper qualities, it’s usually the first impression that counts. And surface appearances reveal all too often what lies behind or beneath them – the nature lover or the cool observer, the purist or the mannerist. Surfaces influence us in our living space as well. Colours, structures and degrees of lightness make us feel comfortable or otherwise. Numerous studies have been devoted to the factors that play a role in that context. Professor Roger S. Ulrich discovered, for example, that patients experience less fear and pain following heart surgery in rooms decorated with images of nature than in those with abstract paintings or bare walls. Thus, in order to create a living ambience that helps to both reduce stress and conveys a sense of harmony, proponents of ‘healing architecture’ recommend the visual atmosphere of a natural setting. That means more than calming wallpaper in th… continue

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THE NEW ILLUMINATI: AMEICO | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-new-illuminati-ameico/20158760 Wed, 18 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 'Is that a Max Bill watch you're wearing?' Ameico founder and owner Peter Kahane knows his design. When we meet in Zurich for a coffee, his smarts are on full display. Not in an overbearing way, you understand; he wears them lightly. And it's maybe because of this that the very affable Swiss-American has managed to become one of the most trusted wholesale distributors for design in North America, partnering with a raft of architects, interior architects and planners on a diversity of projects. A native of Zurich, Kahane studied economics and business administration before entering the world of commodity trading. Following a stint in Japan, he decided to head for the States with his wife, Stephanie, to manage a manufacturing company that was licensed to produce textile creative Jack Lenor Larson’s designs. As is sometimes the case in life, things didn’t work out. But New York certainly did. The couple were determined to stay in their adoptive city, and Kahane set to work establishing… continue

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Architonic Story: POINTHOUSE | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-pointhouse/20158527 Thu, 05 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-pointhouse/20158527">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-pointhouse/20158527 Soft stuff, hard facts: Vorwerk Flooring shows how sustainability is done | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-soft-stuff-hard-facts-vorwerk-flooring-shows-how-sustainability-is-done/20157705 Tue, 03 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 ‘The Japanese can't get enough of it,’ explains my taxi driver as we dart along the historic streets of Hamelin, an hour or so outside Hanover. The subject of conversation: the legend that brings hordes of international tourists – and not just the Japanese – to the pretty North German town each year to retrace the steps of the infamous Pied Piper and immerse themselves in the abundant medieval architecture. It's a tale that never grows old, it would seem. It's fitting then that Hamelin should also be home to another legend. Vorwerk, the high-end, Made-in-Germany carpet brand that manufactured its first textile in 1883, has most definitely stood the test of time – just like its products. Sustainability is integral to the company’s very DNA, not only in what it makes, but also how it runs its business. While its flooring might be cut to size, corners certainly aren’t. Taxi ride over and I’m at the manufacturer’s vast production plant, immersed in a world of, at times, bewildering special… continue

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Architonic Story: DAUPHIN | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-dauphin/20157329 Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-dauphin/20157329">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-dauphin/20157329 Architonic Story: ZEITRAUM | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-zeitraum/20157281 Wed, 04 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-zeitraum/20157281">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-zeitraum/20157281 The rough with the smooth: Ukrainian interiors | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-the-rough-with-the-smooth-ukrainian-interiors/20157269 Wed, 04 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The political situation in Ukraine has been turbulent for the better part of a decade – and yet, architecture and design in the country is thriving like never before. Earlier this year, respected British architect and design writer Michelle Ogundehin selected Ukrainian interior design as one of the developing scenes to watch. And as the designs of these recently completed residential apartments suggest, Ukrainian design and architecture are certainly worth keeping an eye on. In Kyiv, FILD Design Thinking Company has completed the compact Rybalksky Apartment. Taking the maxim ‘less is more’ to heart, the architects have created an open plan residential space with exposed concrete walls. Featuring timber flooring and built-in storage units, the home contains a centrally-located glass bathroom with an anthracite-grey curtain for privacy. The master bedroom is separated from the living space by a sliding door, creating a light-filled and fluid sense of space that is complemented by the sim… continue

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SUSTAINABLE BRICK ARCHITECTURE: WIENERBERGER | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/wienerberger-gmbh-sustainable-brick-architecture-wienerberger/20157268 Wed, 04 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Award-winning source of inspiration – clay building materials</b> Clay building materials are among the oldest building materials on earth and, with Wienerberger, also among the most modern. How exciting, diverse and sustainable architecture with clay building materials can be was presented in an impressive lookbook – for design-oriented architects – and accompanied by an expressive campaign for brick construction. The publication was awarded the Iconic Awards 2020 and, also received a nomination for the German Design Award 2021. Get inspired and order the exclusive lookbook <b>‘Inspiring clay building materials’</b> free of charge. The buildings and cities we plan today are forecasts of how we will live in the future. We should therefore start today to consider the social changes of the future. How can architecture be reconciled with the social values of nature and health and translate it into space where the combination of technical requirements of digital transformation and… continue

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Exceptional architecture deserves the ultimate material | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/randers-tegl-exceptional-architecture-deserves-the-ultimate-material/20157262 Tue, 03 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Ultima is a series of waterstruck bricks in an exclusive long format. Each brick has the length of two ordinary bricks and a height of just 38 mm. The long format creates a unique and distinctive expression. The obvious choice for exclusive projects. But even though long format bricks just recently gained a foothold in European architecture, the recipe for this quality brick has been refined for generations. For more than a century Randers Tegl has practiced this art of Scandinavian craftsmanship. Since 1911 they have unearthed deposits of clay left from the ice ages and turned it into one of the best building materials in the world. Measuring 468 x 108 x 38 mm Ultima is the length of two standard-sized Danish bricks. Using this long format of bricks with less curvature and greater surface variation creates a unique, distinctive impression in the finished masonry. The series has 13 different colours to choose from. <b>The beauty of inconsistency</b> Working with natural materials, v… continue

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Architonic Story: Randers Tegl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-randers-tegl/20157261 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-randers-tegl/20157261">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-randers-tegl/20157261 Balancing act: to-swift from TRENDOFFICE | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-balancing-act-to-swift-from-trendoffice/20157260 Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 What do skateboarders and office workers have in common? At first glance, perhaps not much. On the other hand, some skateboarder work in an office too, and, additionally, a good sense of balance is imperative for steering work projects, like a skateboard, in the right direction. Inspired by sporty youth culture, Italian design trio comprising Paolo Scagnellato, Jeremiah Ferrarese and Emanuele Bertolini have created a stand-up/sit-down stool for the Trendoffice brand from the Dauphin HumanDesign Group. ‘to-swift is a seat which adapts to changes in posture, is active and dynamic and arouses curiosity’, explain the designers. However, to-swift does not simply adapt to changes in posture. The stool specifically promotes mobility. It increases agility, for less rational, more flexible thinking. ‘Just as a skateboarder always tries to free themself from any thoughts, to feel free to act in the space they move in, to maintain balance and orientation,’ the designers say. Thanks to its rocker… continue

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Think inside the box: BOSSELINO | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-think-inside-the-box-bosselino/20157175 Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 It may look a little like one of those fast-disappearing telephone boxes from the days before mobile phones, but that is where the comparison really ends. For one thing, neither coins nor prepaid cards are required for you to enjoy this retreat in the middle of the office. You can simply come in whenever things are getting hectic around you – to finish that complex task undisturbed, for example. bosselino is a mini office: for working, for telephone calls and video calls. bosselino is the creation of German manufacturer Bosse, whose ‘Human Space’ division already offers several room-in-room systems. bosselino now complements the range with a clear focus on the feel-good factor and neat integration into contemporary, homely office interiors, as Bosse's managing director André Heuer explains. The glass door of the mini-office is framed in solid wood. The outer walls are made of melamine-coated, wood-based panels, while the inner walls are constructed from an absorber material and covered… continue

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Light my Fiore: DAUPHIN | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/markus-hieke-light-my-fiore-dauphin/20157174 Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Everyone is talking about ‘New Work’. Agile, self-determined work is the future – and in many places, has already become the present. Whether the principle works or not depends to a large extent on the organisational framework in the company. At the same time, however, it is also dependent on furniture that deliberately frees thinking from fixed patterns. Where the fixed desk is no longer part of the basic equipment for every employee, universally arranged spaces in between are important. Certain tasks then, such as e-mail correspondence, can thus also be carried out in the lounge area or on the company terrace, and meetings no longer have to be held exclusively around the conference table. Dauphin's Fiore range includes the ideal multi-purpose chair for furnishing the entire room. Jessica Engelhardt from the company's own design team emphasises the simple, modular structure of the seating furniture which ‘allows an almost unlimited number of variants and also provides scope for new pr… continue

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Built for the future: HI-MACS® | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-built-for-the-future-hi-macs-/20157053 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The building industry is responsible for almost 40% of global carbon dioxide emissions according to a 2019 report from the International Energy Agency. As such, the shift to carbon neutral construction is a crucial part of the wider transition to the green economy needed to avert climate breakdown. Such a shift will take a concerted effort from all parts of the industry, including architects, interior designers, contractors, as well as materials manufacturers and suppliers. One of the key ways to achieve carbon neutrality is to ensure that the materials and manufacturing processes used during construction and component manufacture are as sustainable as possible. This means eliminating and reusing waste – during production and on site – and using materials with proven durability and long-lasting functionality. Many materials and furniture manufacturers at the forefront of this shift are creating new sustainable products for the circular economy by focusing on natural materials. But prod… continue

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Born again: Freya from infiniti | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-born-again-freya-from-infiniti/20156887 Wed, 28 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Plastics – sometimes it feels like we can’t live with them but we certainly can’t live without them. Polymers such as polypropylene, nylon, acrylic and polystyrene are now ubiquitous and found in many of the objects we use on a daily basis. They are an integral part of everyday life but come at a cost to the planet due to the ways in which they are produced and discarded. Happily, however, we are beginning to identify new methods for making, using and reusing plastics that are more sustainable and could transform how they are perceived in the future. In recent years, exciting innovations in the chemical engineering of plastics has facilitated the introduction of more ecological compounds and better recycling options. Plastics made from natural raw materials, for example, offer an alternative to oil-based polymers, while the reuse and repurposing of plastics is becoming commonplace. Plastics are also at the forefront of a gradual shift towards a circular economy, with new technologies e… continue

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Architonic Story: Enea | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-enea/20156858 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-enea/20156858">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-enea/20156858 You’re so transparent: Schüco | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-youre-so-transparent-schuco/20156836 Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Visionaries often have to wait patiently for their farsighted views to be recognised as such. Many of them wait so long for recognition that they begin to doubt that it will ever come – as did Anton Brückner, who was not celebrated as a composer until he reached the age of 60. Others die long before fame arrives, like Alan Turing, who laid the foundation for computer technology, or Vincent van Gogh, who was forced to depend on financial support from his brother as long as he lived because his works did not sell. The vision that Schüco offers with its Panorama Design reflects a different approach. It is intent upon being overlooked. In keeping with the principle of ‘less is more,’ the truly distinctive feature of the multifaceted Panorama Design is the fact that the visible face widths are minimised to the extent that they recede from view in favour of maximum transparency and optimum thermal insulation. The fact that, at first glance, most observers of Schüco Panorama Design simply en… continue

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On the bright side: ENDLIGHT | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/julia-hauch-on-the-bright-side-endlight/20156699 Thu, 05 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The fact that life tends to take place in spaces where there is light has been an architectural principle since antiquity. Inspired by the gatherings in the Greek agora, the market place, the atrium became the main element of the Roman villa. It took the form of a light-filled, partly covered inner courtyard opening up to all the surrounding spaces and acting as a centre for communal activities. If we sit under the glass-roof of the bright, atmospheric lobby of the Atrium Plaza today and admire the architectural interplay of transparency and light, it becomes all the more evident what probably inspired the ancient Romans to create this structure. This lively market square in the middle of Frankfurt's financial district reinterprets light and its architectural possibilities, applying the professional expertise of ENDLIGHT to transform it into a work of art. With its strict formal idiom, the cubist structure designed by Jens Bothe, Kai Richter and Hadi Teherani has been part of the impos… continue

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Go chromo: Piero Lissoni x Atlas Concorde | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-go-chromo-piero-lissoni-x-atlas-concorde/20156292 Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 When Piero Lissoni starts talking about colour, you sit up and listen. For decades the Milanese design maestro has reigned over modern minimalism through his creative direction of leading Italian design firms such as Boffi, De Padova and Living Divani and his work for many more including Alessi, Cappellini, Cassina, Flos, Kartell and Knoll. He has taught generations of young designers and design enthusiasts how to paint with texture and transform interiors with carefully deployed lines and simple sculptural interventions. As he takes on the role of colour consultant for a new line of tiles by the porcelain tile specialist Atlas Concorde, we discover a new side to Lissoni – one that perhaps represents the final death knell for the design industry’s decades-long love of Scandinavian neutrals and monochromatic minimalism. For the new range, Prism, Lissoni worked with Atlas Concorde to establish a colour alphabet that has the power to change how we see and use colour in our interiors. Liss… continue

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Sharing is caring: DAUPHIN | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-sharing-is-caring-dauphin/20156291 Mon, 02 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Shared joy is joy doubled. Modern life no longer requires the possession of countless status symbols and seeming necessities. These days, whether it’s bicycles or cars, apartments or food in restaurants (prior to corona, at least), almost anything can be shared. This is a trend that’s not only sustainable, it‘s one that is quickly spreading in different areas of our lives, in many different societies. Even at work, the principle of ‘mine and yours’ no longer applies. Desk-sharing is as common as moving from sitting to standing desks, from office to open-office. Designer Jessica Engelhardt, part of the Dauphin design team, also works in a modern, dynamic, open-plan office – one which affords her the ability to withdraw into quieter creative spaces when necessary, as well as to take advantage of communication zones for exchanging ideas with colleagues. So, hers was the right team to put in charge of designing an office chair which would be universally applicable and user-friendly, which… continue

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Material diversity and new production methods | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-material-diversity-and-new-production-methods/20156286 Thu, 16 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Die Entwicklung und Entdeckung neuer Materialien sowie technologischer Herstellungsverfahren eröffnet Designschaffenden neue Handlungsfelder und fördert Innovationen im Möbel- sowie Produktdesign. In den letzten Jahren hat sich auf diesem Gebiet einiges getan. Entwickler arbeiten zusammen mit Chemikern, Biologen oder Physikern in interdisziplinären Forschungsprojekten, um neue Fertigungsmethoden zu entwickeln. Zugleich entsteht eine überraschende Materialvielfalt, die sich abseits des Gängigen bewegt. Angetrieben werden diese Vorstösse zum einen durch das Denken in Kreisläufen sowie die Suche nach umweltschonenden Alternativen zu bisher bekannten Materialien, zum anderen durch den Wunsch Verfahren und Materialien leistungsfähiger und effizienter zu machen. Das Museum für Gestaltung Zürich widmet sich aktuell dieser Thematik mit der Ausstellung Designlabor: Material und Technik. In diesem Zusammenhang lohnt der Blick auf Projekte, die durch besondere Materialien oder innovative Herstell… continue

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Architonic Story: UNIDRAIN | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-unidrain/20156183 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-unidrain/20156183">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-unidrain/20156183 To the power of four: MINOTTI | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-to-the-power-of-four-minotti/20156044 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Furniture brands traditionally present their latest products to great fanfare, trumpeting their innovative qualities. Not Minotti, which takes a calmer, more measured approach. Committed to gradual change rather than the pursuit of novelty for its own sake, its central philosophy is ‘innovation in the spirit of continuity’. The leading Italian design brand has forged a reputation for establishing its own design language – a timeless aesthetic that transcends fast-moving trends – as well as for creating products of the highest quality. Minotti’s twin tenets are functionality and comfort – both being on an equal footing. Minotti has created a series of videos that convey this message – Endless Moments of Pleasure. So far, these focus on four expansive Minotti seating systems depicted in an impressionistic, atmospheric style – West, Lawrence and Freeman, designed by Minotti’s art director, Rodolfo Dordoni, and Daniels, created by French designer Christophe Delcourt, who has collaborated w… continue

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Austria goes shopping | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-austria-goes-shopping/20156043 Fri, 16 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Im April 2018 eröffnete der österreichische Möbelgigant XXXLutz seine erste Filiale in der Schweiz, insgesamt sollen hierzulande zehn XXXLutz-Standorte entstehen. Vor einem Jahr erfolgte dann die Übernahme der Schweizer Traditionsmarke Möbel Pfister sowie wenig später auch die von sechs Interio Filialen. Während letztere in die Billiglinie Mömax umgewandelt werden, bleibt Möbel Pfister als Marke erhalten. Der Verkauf schlug im letzten Jahr hohe Wellen in den Medien, schliesslich galt Pfister vielen als Schweizer Traditionsunternehmen. XXXLutz haftet dagegen das Image des aggressiven Möbeldiscounter an. Über das erste Jahr in österreichischer Hand, Herausforderungen, Chancen und Neuerungen, sprachen wir mit Paul Holaschke, CEO der Möbel Pfister AG. <b>Was bedeutete die Übernahme durch die XXXLutz-Gruppe für Möbel Pfister: Welche Veränderungen, Hürden und Chancen ergeben sich daraus?</b> Für Pfister haben sich mit der Integration in die XXXLutz-Gruppe Chancen ergeben. Der Möbelhandel… continue

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Architonic Story: Enea | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-enea/20155480 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-enea/20155480">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-enea/20155480 Corona and the consequences for the furniture industry: voices from the industry | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-corona-and-the-consequences-for-the-furniture-industry-voices-from-the-industry/20155431 Tue, 13 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Am 11. Mai durfte der Schweizer Detailhandel nach zweimonatigem Lockdown seine Türen wieder öffnen. Wir haben bei Möbelherstellern und -händlern nachgefragt, wie es ihnen in dieser Ausnahmesituation erging. Über Herausforderungen aber auch Chancen, die sich durch die Coronakrise ergeben haben, sprechen die Möbelmanufaktur Thut Möbel, Entwickler für Sitzmöbellösungen Dietiker und Detailhändler Livique. Jürg Scheidegger, Vertrieb und Marketing Thut Möbel AG <b>1. Wie hat sich die Corona-Krise auf Ihr Unternehmen ausgewirkt?</b> Bis jetzt weniger gravierend als wir erwartet haben. Während des Lockdowns und der geschlossenen Läden unserer Fachhändler war der Umsatzrückgang deutlich, hat sich aber danach wieder erholt. Der fehlende Umsatz wird aber 2020 nicht mehr eingeholt. <b>2. Worin lag die grösste Herausforderung?</b> In der Organisation der Kurzarbeit und der Einsatzplanung in der Produktion. Nicht zu unterschätzen waren die Umsetzung der Hygienevorschriften und die damit… continue

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BoConcept means business | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-boconcept-means-business/20155207 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Freedom! So goes the late, great George Michael’s chart-topping hit of 1990, where he implores the public at large to change their perception of him. No longer the schoolgirl heartthrob, he wants to be taken seriously as a singer-songwriter. The accompanying David Fincher-directed video, all moody-noir and dripping with big-name supermodels of the day, does a lot of the heavy lifting here. Now, I don’t know whether George Michael ever owned BoConcept products – and thank you in advance for humouring me and my tongue-in-cheek analogy. The point here is that the Danish design brand that’s built its reputation internationally as a go-to brand for premium furniture, lighting and accessories, in no small part thanks to its global network of over 300 monobrand stores, could also be described as a victim of its own success, if you will. BoConcept has long been considered by many as a consumer brand. And that it is. But certainly not only. A growing cohort of interior architects and designers… continue

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In the contract: ROLF BENZ | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-in-the-contract-rolf-benz/20155169 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Rolf Benz has long been active in the increasingly important field of contract business and is a reliable partner with a high level of consulting expertise for architects and project developers. This is important because every project is different and discovering the various furnishing options requires a creative approach. In hotels and restaurants, a trend in recent years has been towards more and more individuality. Here, customisation of furniture comes into play – and Rolf Benz too, as a dependable project-collaborator for designers and architects. Rolf Benz’s comprehensive contract brochure showcases a selection of completed projects, and makes one want to discover more about what the company has to offer in this sector. It presents pieces selected from both the classic range as well as younger, more experimental collections, that provide independent and innovative solutions for a broad selection of different projects. The former Hotel Zollernblick, a Black Forest institution, was… continue

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Friends for life: ROLF BENZ | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-friends-for-life-rolf-benz/20155168 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Granted, choosing a piece of furniture is not an easy task. When you focus on quality, you are making a decision whose result often lasts for decades. I know what I'm talking about because two Rolf Benz leather sofas have been standing in our living room for the last 30 years or so. In the meantime, many memories remain connected to them – memories of friends who sat on them, of cosy evenings for two, and pillow fights with the kids! The two sofas have survived all this well. Of course, you can buy sofas for the price of dinner in an upscale restaurant these days, but how long can you enjoy them? Apart from the fact that cheap products usually reveal very quickly where the savings have been made in their production, and they are increasingly hard to justify in terms of the environment. Quality may have its price – but the durability of a design pays off in most cases. The history of the furniture brand Rolf Benz is closely connected with its founder of the same name, but also with its… continue

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LIV the dream: ROLF BENZ | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-liv-the-dream-rolf-benz/20155167 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Perhaps hard to believe, but sometimes you can experience special moments at trade fairs. I don't necessarily mean spectacular special effects, rather I am talking about discovering designs which at first glance attract attention because of their elegant overall appearance, but which, on closer inspection, go on to reveal their sophistication and well-conceived construction. When I visited Rolf Benz's stand at this year's imm cologne, the new sofa system LIV caught my eye immediately. Precisely because it cleverly combines elegance with a modular concept, so that it can take on many different forms. It was developed by the renowned Italian designer Luca Nichetto together with his long-standing creative partner Francesco Dompieri. Originally founded in Venice, the Nichetto Studio is now also represented in Stockholm and has made an international name for itself in recent years with a large number of furniture designs. So, when collaborating with Rolf Benz, a typical Italian flair meets continue

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Face off: office facades | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-face-off-office-facades/20155164 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 They might often be called the skin of the building, but there's nothing skin-deep about the design of contemporary facades. The best facades combine aesthetics with environmental performance and functionality, proving that environmental and formal concerns can go hand in hand. Tencent's Beijing Headquarters designed by the Dutch practice OMA, is only seven storeys tall, but features a deep plan of 180 x 180 metres, enabling it to accommodate more than 10,000 employees and visitors per day. Inside, the floorplates are interrupted by triangular light-wells, and the offices are organised as a vertical city of nine independent quadrants and with a web of interior streets connecting them. The external facade, however, remains cool and corporate, with floor-to-ceiling glazing and deep mullions that provide natural shading. Only a handful of precise incisions in the building volume hint at the complex organisation within. In Berlin, Copenhagen based architects 3XN were faced with a different… continue

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Curtain up: MIDJ | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-curtain-up-midj/20154940 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 There was a time when commercial furniture needed to make a choice between function and form. Strong and hardwearing or welcoming and comfortable. When new materials and production techniques made it possible to combine the two, however, contemporary contract spaces such as restaurants, hotels and even offices became more like homes, putting relaxation and comfort high on their design agenda. Proud-to-be-Italian furniture manufacturer Midj has been producing chairs and tables for joyful private and commercial spaces for over 30 years, placing both strength and comfort as central cores of the design values. Recently completed projects include providing chairs and tables for restaurants and bars like the San Giorgio Café in Venice and L’Arbre Tower in Montpellier; hotels and hospitality spaces like Hotel Indigo in Manchester and office refurbishments like the restoration of Future Age’s Brescia workplace. Creating happy and comfortable environments, however, requires more than just table… continue

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Architonic Story: Duravit | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-duravit/20154938 Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-duravit/20154938">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-duravit/20154938 Eternal flame: Fold by Steininger.Designers | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/julia-hauch-eternal-flame-fold-by-steininger-designers/20154920 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Everyone is familiar with the fascinating craft of folding paper into shapes, ranging from the classroom’s perenially popular paper plane to the artistically styled paper crane. It has taken the form of Friedrich Fröbel’s pedagogical finger exercise and even a Bauhaus course by Josef Albers. Throughout history, people seem to have always enjoyed folding paper. In ancient times, it was still fabrics and other materials that were folded, but paper became the preferred medium after it first began to be produced in China. When paper arrived in Japan, it gave rise to the tradition of origami, which originally had a ceremonial and religious meaning. So-called ‘noshi’ figures were presented together with gifts as a way of wishing someone well or bringing them good luck. The FOLD kitchen by Austrian designer Martin Steininger gives the impression that one of these wishes has taken concrete shape in the form of a cubist statement that makes an impact not only because of its surface made of tomb… continue

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Family values: Quinti Sedute | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/emma-moore-family-values-quinti-sedute/20154905 Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Today we eat where we work, work where we sleep, sleep where we eat. We rest, play, toil and sustain ourselves often in the same space, whether it’s a co-working office, a studio flat, a boutique hotel or high-end bar. More than ever, with an unwelcome virus currently in our midst, our houses have had to meet all these needs at once, while the designs of the latest hospitality establishments to open, such as the Birch Community outside London, are also patently mindful of this shift in our life/work habits. It means that we are demanding, from our furniture, all the ergonomic qualities required for sitting at a desk for long periods, alongside those we want when reclining while taking a breather between phone calls or while perching for pre-prandial drinks. Which in turn means that design companies such Italy’s Quinti Sedute are coming into their own. Quinti Sedute has long taken pride in producing high-performing furniture that is functionally handy in hospitality and working spaces b… continue

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Chair squared: Richard Lampert | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-chair-squared-richard-lampert/20154885 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Within the restaurant industry, two of Richard Lampert's chairs in particular have proven themselves especially effective. Both are compact and stackable, comfortable and functional – important criteria for successful implementation in bars, restaurants, cafés or canteens. In their design language, however, they present two quite different appearances. In Marco Dessì’s contemporary Prater Chair, traditional formal chair design meets experimental design. Each chair, made of birch plywood (multiplex), is unique. As a result of circular routing of the material, black phenolic resin becomes visible, thus giving this special chair its characteristic value. Among other places, it can be found in the Flanders Field Museum in Ypres, Belgium or at Google’s European Headquarters in London. In contrast, Santa Lucia is a wickerwork chair which combines austerity and cosiness. With its rattan seat, the chair, designed by Bauhaus-trained architect and designer Herbert Hirche, creates a comfortable a… continue

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Round and round: the Tom family by Richard Lampert | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-round-and-round-the-tom-family-by-richard-lampert/20154884 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Furniture naturally influences the mood of particular spaces, and this is especially important in public places such as restaurants, hotels and shops. The furniture specified creates atmosphere – whether by supporting the overall interior concept, or when utilised as an eye-catching, standout feature. One such distinctive piece is the Island Tom by Alexander Seifried, an item of contract furniture that reflects Richard Lampert's interest in unusual designs. Island Tom consists of stacked, round seating cushions that can be covered in a wide variety of colour and material combinations. A whole family has now grown out of this, ranging from small stools, via a range of tables to different types of pouffe. Common to all of them is their round form and how they play with material and colour. Areas of application are diverse. For example, the Fat Toms can be found in ‘The Great Amber’ concert hall in Liepaja, Latvia, the largest concert hall in the Baltic States. Designed by the architects… continue

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Playful precision: Pip by Richard Lampert | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-playful-precision-pip-by-richard-lampert/20154883 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Getting a piece of furniture ready for series production requires an eye for good, durable design, plenty of time, and the courage to take risks. Often it also means crossing technical and formal boundaries. If successful, this approach results in the creation of unique, meaningful products such as Pip, the modular, fire-resistant (A2-S1 d0 fire protection standard) furniture system, suitable for emergency escape areas. The Daniel Kern-designed Pip system makes an immediate impression thanks to its strong, highly-individual looks, its modular functionality and its technical sophistication. With Pip, Richard Lampert has opened up a new field of expertise and, for the first time, launched a series-produced seating system for emergency exits in large buildings such as libraries, schools, universities and government offices. Pip is not made of the usual metal, but of gypsum fibreboard with a terrazzo-like surface finish. The result is furniture with a pleasantly warm feel and a surprisingl… continue

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True original: the Eiermann by Richard Lampert | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-true-original-the-eiermann-by-richard-lampert/20154839 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Whether found in the fashionable context of media company Vice and its typical Berlin start-up look, at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, or in the iconic architectural office of Sir Norman Foster in San Francisco, Richard Lampert's Eiermann 1 table enjoys a legendary status. This iconic piece of furniture is at home wherever aesthetics and functionality play a combined role. Accordingly, the Eiermann can be found in numerous offices where creative minds work – and not just famous companies such as Herzog & de Meuron, Olgiati or Zumthor. This design classic, created in 1953 by the eponymous architect Egon Eiermann and reissued exclusively by Richard Lampert in a new collapsible version, is characterised by its reduced design. It is simple, beautiful, timeless and yet practical – the ideal combination of material use and stability. Over the years, variations on the original Eiermann table have been developed, ranging from a children's desk to a standing workstation. The frame is optionally a… continue

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A star is reborn: B&B Italia's Camaleonda sofa system is back | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-a-star-is-reborn-b-ampb-italia-039s-camaleonda-sofa-system-is-back/20154685 Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Hello, old friend. I've missed you. OK, maybe that's a bit over the top, as we've only recently met in the flesh for the first time. But, in a way, I’ve known you for years – from design books, old magazines and catalogues, and the occasional meander through an online auction site. You're an icon. Poster child for an era of fast-changing social norms and behaviours, where Letting It All Hang Out was rapidly becoming the new in. It was at the cusp of the 1970s when premium Italian furniture manufacturer B&B Italia first launched its Camaleonda modular-sofa system, authored by architectural grandee Mario Bellini. Highly expressive in terms of form, with its friendly, rounded contours, its extreme easiness on the eye was part of a revolution in design for interior spaces – the optical comfort it projected functioning as a promise of soon-to-be experienced literal comfort upon the user taking a seat. Or lying down. The invitation couldn’t be more emphatic. Kick off your shoes and lounge. O… continue

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Listen up: raumplus | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/julia-hauch-listen-up-raumplus/20154620 Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Wouldn’t life be so much easier if the right solution to every problem was more accessible? For our homes and living spaces at least, Bremen-based raumplus has been making this a reality for almost 35 years, offering its customised, off-standard and stylish room solutions. ‘Work in progress’ is perhaps the phrase that best describes the condition we find ourselves in every day – no matter in which context, whether with regard to work, our personal relationships or social interactions. And hopefully, as each day passes, we can claim to be a little wiser than we were yesterday – taking small steps each time towards perfection. And, quite clearly, inspiring exchanges with others support us on this path. For raumplus – specialist in the manufacture of hinged doors, sliding doors, wardrobe and storage systems, and room dividers – this thoughtful interaction with its partners is central to its philosophy and work, because it does not produce off the peg, so to speak, but rather, to the milli… continue

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Small wonder: Cayonoplan Multispace from Kaldewei | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-small-wonder-cayonoplan-multispace-from-kaldewei/20154566 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 It was an unforgettable day. Travelling to Ahlen in North Rhine-Westphalia, I finally got to meet one of my heroes – the legendary architect and designer Ettore Sottsass. The occasion was the opening of KALDEWEI Iconic World in 2005. With cladding featuring coloured enamel elements, the external design of this building bears witness to the manufacturer's long tradition in the field of enamel processing. From a podium, Sottsass, already an impressive 87 years of age at the time, answered questions about bathroom design – not least ones related to his own advanced years. He radiated sage serenity and formulated his thoughts with a mixture of precision, experience and poetry. One astute statement of his can still be found on the KALDEWEI website today: 'According to an age-old tradition, the bathroom is a place where you put your thoughts in order.' In designing bathrooms, his primary focus was not on washing the body, he stated, but with refreshing the mind and soul. Sottsass designed a… continue

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Little Italy: Porta Romana | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-little-italy-porta-romana/20154557 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 British lighting and furniture brand Porta Romana relishes preserving ancient crafts, while discovering new ones to form an eclectic collection of distinctive pieces. Forever stretching the limits of craft, technique and materials, Porta Romana is characterised by its original and whimsical approach. Its Italianate name derives from the Porta Romana neighbourhood of Florence, where its co-founders Andrew and Sarah Hills lived in the 1980s, enchanted by the sights and smells of local artisanal workshops. On returning to the UK, they founded their company dedicated to offering such unique and exquisite craftsmanship to British consumers. ‘It was simple – we wanted to make beautiful things,’ recalls Sarah in the company’s movie, 25, which tells the brand’s story. Porta Romana is based in Farnham, Surrey and collaborates with highly skilled metalworkers, glassblowers, ceramicists, sculptors and artists across the UK. The majority of its pieces are produced locally, and over the course of i… continue

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White lines: REGENT LIGHTING | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-white-lines-regent-lighting/20154553 Fri, 16 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Less is more – as obvious and clear as this may sound in principle, it is often a lot more difficult to implement in reality, especially in product design. The reduction of a product to its essentials requires absolute perfection, because the omission of unnecessary elements naturally focuses the eye upon the core form and function of the object. And for this reason, behind these supposedly simple things, usually lie innovative ideas that have been perfected over the course of often long development processes. The Swiss luminaire manufacturer Regent Lighting is known for such innovations, utilising pioneering technologies and the latest materials. The result is outstandingly designed and highly functional luminaires such as the Purelite lighting system. Their appearance is simple and unobtrusive, their installation straightforward, the lighting quality impressive – and with innovations such as this, Regent Lighting demonstrates exactly the successful synthesis of reduction and perfecti… continue

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Sound thinking: EVAVAARA DESIGN | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-sound-thinking-evavaara-design/20154527 Fri, 13 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The gradual accumulation of various complementary technologies has unshackled employees from previously restrictive office and desk-based work. In the modern world, they have the freedom to work wherever they want, be it at home, on the train, in a café, in the park or anywhere else. These often cacophonous working locations, however, provide little privacy, and often result in the pioneering professionals fighting a losing battle against concentration. Faced with the problems this evolution from traditional office environments creates, few companies have been as quick to develop solutions as Finnish brand Evavaara Design. After making his first chairs from his bedroom in his early teens, designer and founder Antti Evävaara trained as a furniture restorer. But after setting up a successful restoration business, Evävaara realised his creative mind was focused on the future, not the past, and started designing a range of more sculptural furniture. Releasing his first original piece, the… continue

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All fired up: Bette does colour | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-all-fired-up-bette-does-colour/20154442 Tue, 06 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 ‘So long as it’s black.’ The godfather of standardised production, Henry Ford, famously extended his zealous drive for optimisation to the realm of taste, offering customers of his Model T automobile zero choice in terms of colour. From our 21st-century perspective, this might smack of hubris, but the patrician-like pioneer of assembly-line manufacturing saw it differently. ‘Standardisation means nothing unless it means standardising upward,’ he is also quoted as saying. But how we design, how we manufacture, and how we consume has clearly changed. The rise of the individual, as opposed to the collective, and how this is played out in the material world around us, has meant the increased proliferation and significance of colour in our daily lives. We now have a greater understanding of the emotional and psychological effects that the chromatic wields, whether we are, in the moment, consciously aware of them or not. Within the interior landscape that is the bathroom, the past fe… continue

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Cooking by numbers: chromatic kitchen projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-cooking-by-numbers-chromatic-kitchen-projects/20154441 Wed, 07 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Interior design might seem to be more prone to sudden changes in trends than architecture, but this is no bad thing. After all, buildings that stand the test of time are those best able to accommodate the changing needs and preferences of their users. Colour blocking is one such trend, helping to enliven interiors across the world by highlighting the elements of people's homes in cheerful hues – from kitchens to living rooms, to hallways and bedrooms. Colour blocking is not just the preserve of contemporary buildings, of course. In Lyon, studio razavi architecture has completed a renovation of a one-bedroom apartment in a 16th-century building. The resulting Apartment XVII features the original ceiling with dark stained beams, white-washed walls and pale wooden floors. The main living space accommodates a dark mint green kitchen block along one wall, with recessed green niches and shelves on the opposite side of the room. More green accents can be found throughout the flat, indicating… continue

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Swiss chair design through the decades | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mobelschweiz-swiss-chair-design-through-the-decades/20154269 Wed, 07 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Wahrscheinlich wurde kaum ein Möbel so oft neu gedacht wie der Stuhl. Im Lauf des 20. Jahrhunderts hat die Schweiz eine Vielzahl ikonischer Entwürfe hervorgebracht, die als Zeichen ihrer jeweiligen Entstehungszeit gelesen werden können. Alle Modelle erfüllen die gleiche Funktion, sie bieten eine Sitzgelegenheit – und doch könnten sie nicht unterschiedlicher sein. Galten Stühle bis ins 19. Jahrhundert als Luxusgut, machte sie die industrielle Produktion für eine breite Bevölkerung erschwinglich. Pionier war damals Michael Thonet, der um 1850 die ersten Bugholzmöbel in Serie herstellen lies. In der Schweiz dauerte es etwas länger, bis sich die Standardisierung des alltäglichen Bedarfs durchsetzte. Die ersten Typenmöbel der Moderne – kostengünstig, schnörkellos und daher miteinander kombinierbar und in jede Wohnung passend – entstanden ab 1926. Ein dem Thonet Klassiker nicht ganz unähnliches Modell war der Typenstuhl 293, den Architekt Max Ernst Haefeli mit der AG Möbelfabrik Horgen-Glaru… continue

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Mara, 60 years of evolving story | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mara-mara-60-years-of-evolving-story/20154266 Tue, 06 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Mara, an affirmed company specialised in the production of systems and furnishing elements for offices and communities, celebrates this year its sixtieth anniversary since its foundation. An important goal but also a starting point for a company that, through six decades and three generations, has been able to distinguish itself thanks to its strong vocation for innovation through the creation of technologically advanced products that are increasingly recognised and appreciated. Among the brand's most recent successes are the space-saving and multifunctional tables with Libro closure, tilting tops and folding legs, on castors, adjustable in height but also seats and complements in line with the new trends in living and working space concepts. Founded in 1960 by Camillo Marchina as a company specialised in the construction of metal chair frames, over the years Mara has expanded its range of action, both productive and geographical, becoming today a brand appreciated and recognised in 70… continue

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Architonic Story: Andreu World | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-andreu-world/20154222 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-andreu-world/20154222">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-andreu-world/20154222 LUCTRA VITAWORK: Work light with HCL function | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/luctra-luctra-vitawork-work-light-with-hcl-function/20154221 Tue, 06 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 LUCTRA VITAWORK brings the latest LED technology Made in Germany to the workplace. The LEDs installed in the luminaire head provide either asymmetrical or symmetrical light distribution in an energy-efficient manner and meet the requirements of DIN EN 12464-1. Light has a considerable influence on the human organism. Biologically effective light sets important impulses for a healthy biorhythm. By alternating between cold white and warm white light, LUCTRA VITAWORK promotes the formation of hormones in the body, which are important for the internal clock, and in this way ensures greater well-being. In addition to the operation of the touch panel, the control system can be controlled by both a light intensity and presence sensor. While the presence sensor reacts to movements, the light intensity sensor permanently balances natural daylight and room brightness. The LED light of the VITAWORK Made in Germany adapts automatically for a constant high quality of light. continue

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A NATURAL HIGH: FLOU | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/harriet-thorpe-a-natural-high-flou/20154126 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 At some point, we thought we knew better, but nature had it right all along. Earth’s eco-system was designed to recycle materials leaving nothing to waste. We, on the other hand, thought plastic was the solution, we wanted things faster, more conveniently, and out of season – and then we wanted the luxury to dispose of it all easily. It took us a while to get here, but today true luxury can be found in a return to nature. In being outside, slowing down, watching things grow, and experiencing the seasons. Architecture can help us with this. While it shelters us from the elements, it can also invite us into an elemental experience. Living peacefully alongside nature has been the pursuit of many architects. Lina Bo Bardi’s ‘living architecture’ sought to combine local climate and materials with modernism. Geffrey Bawa was inspired by the ancient Sri Lankan temples carved into rock. Antoni Gaudí evoked the botanical curves of plants in buildings. Through whichever means, their aim was to h… continue

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Architonic Story: Mosa | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-mosa/20154125 Tue, 29 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200 <p>© Architonic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-mosa/20154125">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-story-mosa/20154125 The white album: D1 and D2 by WAGNER | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mareile-morawietz-the-white-album-d1-and-d2-by-wagner/20153684 Mon, 12 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Nothing is made to last forever, and that's not necessarily such a bad thing – otherwise we would still be using the electric telegraph instead of smartphones, and coal stoves instead of underfloor heating. At the same time, developments that are celebrated as an innovation today may already be written off as old-fashioned in a few years' time. Of course, what is old can have charm and continue to be used, but this should not be used as an excuse to stifle innovation. So, for designers, developers and visionaries, it is not a matter of choosing one or the other, the old or the new. On the contrary. A good example is the firm Wagner, which keeps the past alive and, in addition to design innovations such as the D1 by Stefan Diez, still produces the popular restaurant chair with which company founder Moritz Wagner achieved a real breakthrough in 1949. By the way, it was also Moritz Wagner who warned us never to stand still and always to subordinate design to utility. New colours and mater… continue

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Move your body: Wilkhahn | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-move-your-body-wilkhahn/20153683 Wed, 30 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Wilkhahn has made it its mission to counteract static sitting with innovative concepts and products. The new AT range, for example, also features the specially developed free-to-move mechanism. Thanks to its three-dimensional mobility, it encourages people to change positions more frequently instead of remaining in the same posture for long periods of time. In the case of the AT, the self-centering suspension of its seat shell ensures that the body remains securely balanced in all postures and movements. Because the tilting backrest support is coupled with a mechanism for automatic weight adjustment, all you really need to do is sit down and adjust the desired seat height. From this point on, body and chair interact with each other all by themselves. Three scientific studies have confirmed the positive effects of ‘Trimension’ mobility developed by Wilkhahn on health and well-being: muscular tension is prevented, blood circulation is promoted and strain on the joints is reduced. And… continue

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I’m flexible: Wilkhahn | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-im-flexible-wilkhahn/20153682 Wed, 30 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Architects and interior designers who are professionally involved in the planning, furnishing and equipping of office spaces are aware that for some years now, office design has no longer been subject to one single megatrend, but that modern office seating and furniture has to be individually adaptable to the stylistic context of the individual company. This is why the AT office chair can be configured with a wide range of upholstery fabrics in various colours. Its basic body is available in black and white, which means that a wide range of combinations is possible. On the Wilkhahn website, architects and designers have access to digital data packages that can be used to showcase the AT in virtual office spaces. This gives customers a precise impression of how the chair can be integrated into a specific architectural environment. At the same time there are of course already impressive examples of how the AT performs in real rooms. For example, the smart Wilkhahn all-rounder h… continue

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The wind at your back: Wilkhahn | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gerrit-terstiege-the-wind-at-your-back-wilkhahn/20153671 Wed, 30 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200 The long, hot summer is now behind us. Regardless of whether you have spent it – at least partly – in the office or, due to Covid-19 conditions, mostly in your home office, anyone who spends many hours a day sitting in front of a computer knows the sensation of the joints becoming stiff, while, at the same time, the otherwise pleasant upholstery of your office chair's backrest starts contributing to a build-up of heat – especially in high summer. As a solution to these two problems, the AT 3D-mobile office chair from Wilkhahn, successfully launched two years ago, is now also available in a mesh version. The frame of its backrest is covered by a robust, perforated material that adapts to every movement and body shape, increases the circulation of the air, and therefore significantly improves sitting comfort. The mesh material used by Wilkhahn forms a formal unit with the elegantly curved silhouette of the chair and, with its transparency, also lends aesthetic lightness to the des… continue

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Future-proofed: Brunner's Innovation Factory | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/julia-hauch-future-proofed-brunner-039s-innovation-factory/20153562 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 When it comes to creating furniture together with leading designers, Brunner always focuses on the perfect interplay of functionality, quality and design. This requires an atmosphere of open communication and a distinctive company philosophy which offers space for extraordinary encounters and ideas. The Innovation Factory has been at the core of Brunner's ‘Made in Germany’ innovations since 2018. It is housed in a well-lit hybrid building based on a master plan by the architects from HENN and combines a development workshop, production and logistics facilities, offices and a company restaurant. For the international and multiple award-winning firm of architects, forms and spaces are created on the basis of the requirements and cultural contexts of the individual project. ‘The construction of the visibly modular wooden support structure picks up on the manufacturing idea at Brunner, where a great deal is still crafted by hand. The materiality of the building is largely inspired by Br… continue

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Lean into it: ray by Brunner | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/julia-hauch-lean-into-it-ray-by-brunner/20153561 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 What distinguishes Brunner is its passion for furniture which is packed with possibilities. Preferably when at first these possibilities seem impossible. The aim of this leading German manufacturer of contract furniture is not to cross borders, but to skilfully and effectively move them around. The ray family, which was developed by industrial designers jehs+laub together with Brunner, also adopts this philosophy. ‘Cantilever chairs are basically tubular steel furniture, but we wanted to add an aluminium aesthetic. A real treat when you touch it,’ recalls Jürgen Laub. Accordingly, some further creative thinking took place with the Product Development team and a new combination of materials was created, one which breaks new ground both aesthetically and functionally. Even the deliberately uncomplicated seat shell doesn't show at first glance what a striking innovation it contains. Its so-called 'radial-kinetic activation' is a sophisticated mechanism which enables you to lean back i… continue

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