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 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:09:10 +0200 50 Shades: Linea Light Group | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/shonquis-moreno-50-shades-linea-light-group/7001441 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Light can elicit emotion or calm us, clarify or embellish, give us perspective or a delirious lack thereof. It can even determine in what light we view the rest of the world. And yet few of us appreciate the fact that the impalpable stuff that illuminates our lives is actually designed with great care. With the launch of its revitalised website, Italy’s Linea Light Group (LLG) remedies this by shedding light on the great breadth and variety of spaces, indoors and out, that its products enlighten. More compelling than the technical details and product specs, the site’s Case Histories serve not just as tools for architects, electricians and lighting designers, but as switches that turn the imagination on. LLG’s offerings have a richness that stems from the diversity of the three brands – Minulamp, Eva Stampaggi and Linea Light – who banded together in 1985, bringing all aspects of production in-house and keeping it in Italy, while augmenting each others’ strengths to form a catalogue tha… continue

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Where the hell did poetry go?: Hind Rabii | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-where-the-hell-did-poetry-go-hind-rabii/7001440 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Fashion, art and nature all inspire Belgium-based industrial designer Hind Rabii. These might be unlikely influences on industrial design, but then Rabii is no ordinary lighting designer. She might have studied industrial engineering at the Institut Supérieur Industriel in Verviers in eastern Belgium, but she doesn’t put technology on a pedestal. ‘Technology is always integrated into our creations, but it’s a means of creating our designs, never an end in itself,’ she asserts. ‘Lighting designers have traditionally relied heavily on technology, resulting in a technological exhibitionism that has distanced products from human beings,’ continues this maverick designer, who expresses her views passionately and forcefully. She believes this fetishisation of technology and functionalism has suppressed the poetic, emotional elements of design. ‘Our engineer friends brought us solutions that lack any element of fantasy. And we’ve readily adopted them. My question is: where the hell did poetry… continue

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Call for Entries: Lamborghini Road Monument | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/young-architects-competition-call-for-entries-lamborghini-road-monument/7001439 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 An international legend with an Italian heart. A legend that, starting from 2018, will be enriched by a further exciting chapter. Made in Italy and known as the “Urus” project, the third model of the House of the Bull will soon be leading the market as the new Made in Italy luxury icon: a supersport car among the SUVs. In order to celebrate this event, along with a new enlargement of its base, Automobili Lamborghini intends to innovate the places of the legend inviting all the designers to imagine two monumental landmarks at the entrance of its historic plants. How to reflect the character and the values of one of the most renowned and valued brand of the international scenario in an architectonic installation? How to architecturally interpret the DNA of one of the most representative brands of the automotive history? This is the challenge of Lamborghini Road Monument, the competition of Automobili Lamborghini to build two architectonic landmarks aimed at marking the entr… continue

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Architektonische Entdeckungsreise | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-architektonische-entdeckungsreise/7001437 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Tailor-made approach</b> ‘At UAU we never start to work immediately. First we listen to the clients. We genuinely make time for that, because we want to provide the right answer and in each case offer them more than they actually ask for. Even if we do so unconsciously, we always pursue something new, something different. That attitude is precisely what I experience from Mosa. They listen to their customers and share ideas. They win them over with their approach and feeling for design. They develop a tailor-made solution for each customer and go the extra mile in delivering their service. That’s where we see eye to eye with them; we apply the same fundamentals in our approach to clients.’ <b>Italian homeliness</b> ‘Peppe’s concept is distinctive and based on Italian homeliness. It’s a bistro, where you enter and are welcomed into a kind of living room. It’s a place where you can also buy the products which Peppe himself uses in his kitchen and which you can therefore also eat… continue

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Bosc - Contemporary furniture made in les Landes | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bosc-bosc-contemporary-furniture-made-in-les-landes/7001436 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 In the north, there are thousands of hectares of forest, mainly pines. All along the Adour is bordered by oaks, and the wood is used for furniture and wine casks. A chair factory sprang up in Hagetmau in 1893. It was the first in a long line... The workshops gradually became businesses. The 1930s were good times for them. The factories modernised their equipment and acquired a know-how that was the envy of everyone. The decade from 1950 to 1960 marked the arrival of comfort in homes. The chair industry employed no fewer than 3000 people in the 1990s alone. This was when, after two generations, the Bastiat family engaged in the manufacture of chairs and furniture. The business was founded on 1st April 1964 by Marcelle and Joseph Bastiat. They had met each other and learnt their trade in the Capdevielle factory. One was in the carpentry workshop, and the other in finishing. Their children, Alain and Michel grew up surrounded by wood shavings, the smell of wood, tools, textiles and varnis… continue

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Good Vibrations: new concert halls | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-good-vibrations-new-concert-halls/7001435 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Light is often cited as the ultimate intangible architectural element, with its ability to create form, volume and texture. But the way we perceive the built environment isn’t limited to the gaze. It’s a multisensory experience. The aural as much as the visual shapes the way we encounter, navigate and draw pleasure (or displeasure) from the spaces we continually move through. Against the backdrop of a, somewhat belated, increase in the awareness and practice of acoustic planning in architecture, the non plus ultra of building types where sound takes centre stage has been given fresh creative expression by a number of architects internationally. The concert hall, whose very raison d’etre is the optimised conveyance and consumption of sound, is undergoing a renaissance, with recently completed projects – from the landmark to the limited-budget – marrying performance space with high-performance acoustics. A decade under construction due to a series of setbacks, Herzog & de Meuron’s long-a… continue

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Nothing to fear for an engineer | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/klaus-leuschel-nothing-to-fear-for-an-engineer/7001434 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 We have to thank the Italian architect Adolfo Natalini for the lamentable insight that when 100 children enter the school system all 100 of them draw and paint with enthusiasm, whereas when they leave school perhaps only one of them is able to draw or paint at all. We could probably come to the same sad conclusion in terms of handicraft work, especially as children – both boys and girls – stopped playing with modelling kits which stimulate creativity and the imagination a long time ago and now prefer to make copies of the spaceship from the 'Star Trek' movies in the way that is specified for them by a Danish toy company. It is accordingly all the more surprising that in his "Inside Out" exhibition at the Royal Academy in 2013 London architect Richard Rogers made a point of providing a model of London for the benefit of kids in one room of the exhibition, together with the possibility of making playful additions in the form of imaginary buildings. In the process it was not the past but… continue

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Zilla Leutenegger – Kunst als Fragezeichen | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/karin-frei-rappenecker-zilla-leutenegger-kunst-als-fragezeichen/7001433 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Wie gehst Du bei Kunst & Architektur Projekten vor?</b> Wenn Kunst in den öffentlichen Raum tritt, begegnet sie Menschen, die ungefragt mit Kunst konfrontiert werden. Dies gilt es mitzudenken bei der Konzipierung von Kunst im architektonischen Kontext. Zweck eines Gebäudes, dessen Nutzung und Unterhalt sind andere Rahmenbedingungen. Sie sollen aber nicht dazu führen, dass sich ein Künstler wegen eines Auftrags total verbiegt. Künstler sollen ihrer Arbeitsweise treu bleiben. Auch Auftragsarbeiten sollen sich organisch in ein Gesamtwerk einreihen können. Für die Pädiatrie im Triemli z.B. fand ich es wichtig, dass die Kunst die Kinder in ihrer Situation abholt. Die „kleine Enzyklopädie des Alltags“ sollte von den Gründen, warum sie im Krankenhaus sind, ablenken. Aufgrund der vielen Auflagen, die es in einem Krankenhaus gibt, war es eine sehr anspruchsvolle Aufgabe, etwas zu finden, das eine kleine Aktivität erlaubt, für die Abläufe innerhalb eines Spitals aber nicht störend ist. <b… continue

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Alfredo Häberli: The Spheres of Life | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-alfredo-haberli-the-spheres-of-life/7001432 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>TLmag: The presence of the Alps creates both a connection and a disconnection between Italy and Switzerland. In the Spheres book, you look at the concepts of mobility and our relationship to landscape. For you, creating is non-static and a matter of mobility. It seems like you always look at objects as though they were moving; in terms of materials, colours, textures and real life application. You put your heart, soul and expertise into all of your projects. How would you define your creative approach?</b> Alfredo Häberli: When I received the “precision and poetry” brief from BMW, I found that it corresponded perfectly to my freestyle handwriting that adapts to all types of designs. I could have been a cartoonist! I don’t claim or want to have a signature. I learn from each project, try to be different and discover new facets. I’ve adopted this unconstraint way of thinking in order to create different shapes. I hope that I’ve found a balance between accuracy and expression in my… continue

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ARCHITONIC SPECIAL CERSAIE 2016 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-special-cersaie-2016/7001431 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 As the world’s leading and most reliable research instrument for premium-quality architecture and design products, Architonic offers its users valuable insights into the latest developments in the architecture and design markets. The ranking results are based on the number of page views on architonic.com from the last six months (March to August 2016). As part of our Architonic Trend Analysis series, we are pleased to be able to present to you the Architonic Top 10 Tile Brands of our members who are exhibiting at the Cersaie. <b>Methodology</b> The rankings are based on the number of called-up pages belonging to the brand-microsite on architonic.com, which depends on different traffic sources linking to the respective product sheets, such as product-group navigation on architonic.com, Google relevance and advertising campaigns linking to the brand among others. continue

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Jori: redefining comfort | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bethan-ryder-jori-redefining-comfort/7001430 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Experimental and liberating; the Sixties was an exciting decade of disruption and change. Formal conventions and conservative values were challenged and tossed aside; not just socially, or politically, but in design terms too. New materials, such as moulded plastics and vacuum-packed foam, led to progressive futuristic forms in furniture, curvaceous and sculptural pieces that were often multi-purpose in function. Modular and often low-slung, these designs reflecting the laid-back mood of the times. Designers embraced a whole new way of living where the rigid compartmentalisation of separate rooms for dining, cooking and relaxing were broken down and home interiors became more free-flowing and open-plan. It was during this fluid and fertile era, that the Belgian design furniture company Jori was born. Established by Juan Jorion in Wervik, his ambition to produce exceptional contemporary leather furniture that put comfort at the heart of the design, was very much in tune with the spirit continue

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Grohe: Kitchens in future offices | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-grohe-kitchens-in-future-offices/7001429 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Two things had a significant impact on the design of the high-rise building in the new ‘Zuidas’ business district in the south of the city: the offices of Google and Microsoft, and the hotel-lobby atmosphere. Together they result in a new kind of work environment, where work and life are interwoven. As sustainability is an important criterion when choosing a workplace, it was ensured that every detail met these requirements. Since employees only spend 30-40 % of their time at a desk, only 1,000 workplaces were created rather than 2,500. In line with the ‘hot desking’ principle, each morning employees choose, using the company’s internal app, their desk for the day according to whether they want to work in a team or alone. They can also use the app to adjust heating and lighting according to their preferences. The building uses geothermal energy and a 65,000 m2 photovoltaic system on the roof to generate energy. This generates enough electricity for all the employees’ laptops, smartphon… continue

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Maximum effect from a minimalist lighting solution | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/zumtobel-maximum-effect-from-a-minimalist-lighting-solution/7001428 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Dornbirn, June 2016 – The comprehensive renovation of the Dornbirn Stadtstrasse (city street) from the Kronenkreuzung (crown junction) to the Sägerstrasse (sawyer street) and the new construction of the Sägerbrücke bridge represent a pioneering engineering project. The new Sägerbrücke bridge not only caters for different needs and interests, but also represents an architectural highlight by helping art become an integral part of the public space. The lighting solution for the bridge was developed and realised by Zumtobel in close cooperation with the architect Hugo Dworzak, the city planner Stefan Burtscher and the artist Hubert Lampert, who has crafted a truly eye-catching element in the middle of the bridge with the “Do.Helix” installation. In terms of pure functionally the Sägerbrücke bridge offers a crossing over the Dornbirner Ach river, but it is also a key point for cars and lorries accessing the downtown area and a busy hub for public transport. For this reason it was necessary… continue

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De Castelli: Metal at its finest | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-de-castelli-metal-at-its-finest/7001427 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 People have been processing, forming, cutting and joining metal for millennia to produce functional and decorative items that have played a key role in our cultural evolution. Mastering this malleable material requires great skill and a thorough understanding of its physical properties. Fortunately for Italian brand De Castelli, its founder Albino Celato is the fourth generation of a blacksmithing bloodline, and his passion for metal is translated into the company’s innovative products and surface materials. Celato founded De Castelli in 2003 in the small town of Crocetta del Montello near Treviso. Rather than focusing solely on the traditional metal processing skills developed by his forebears, he wanted to make metal a material for the modern era by foregrounding progressive design and technologies. The result is a catalogue of products, furniture and surfaces that combine traditional craftsmanship with advanced engineering and manufacturing techniques. One of De Castelli’s stated ai… continue

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ICFF Miami 2016 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/icff-icff-miami-2016/7001426 Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design, the ICFF annually lures those in determined pursuit of design’s timely truths and latest trends to an encyclopedic exhibition of up-to-the-moment offerings, as well as a series of fascinating, fun, edifying programs, and a packed schedule of exhibits and features. For the two-day duration of the Fair, 25,000 net square feet (2,300 net square meters) of the Miami Beach Convention Center will be abuzz with more than 3,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers. On Thursday, October 6, the ICFF opens its doors to the general public, as well. ICFF Miami announces opening night reception at Luminaire Lab in Miami’s Historic Design District. ICFF Miami 2016 opening night reception at Luminaire Lab located in the heart of Miami’s Design District, October 5 from 6:30-9:00pm. After day one of the show comes to an end… continue

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W Beijing Chang´an | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/villeroy-amp-boch-w-beijing-chang-an/7001425 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 All the W Hotels in Starwood‘s international hotel chain have a strong design orientation, futuristic architecture, and stylishly combine art and lifestyle, comfort and luxury. This is also true for the five-star hotel W Beijing Chang‘an, which with its colourful media facade - which can display an oversized „W“- draws attention to itself from afar in Beijing‘s downtown area. The international chain‘s hotel is centrally located in China‘s capital city - close to world-famous landmarks such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The inner-city diplomatic and business district Chaoyang is characterised by a very urban mix of glass skyscrapers and ancient attractions, modern shopping centres and traditional markets, and vibrant city life and quiet temples. The district, just like the city of Beijing itself, is enormously multi-layered. Here tradition meets modernity, luxury meets simplicity, locals meet tourists, and modern culture meets ancient rites. All these contrasts and tension… continue

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Olgiati’s Purity | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-olgiatis-purity/7001423 Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Working from his office in Flims, a small town in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, Valerio Olgiati has created an impressive portfolio of works, including the Paspels School, Das Gelbe Haus, Atelier Bardill and the National Park Centre at the Swiss National Park, among others. The aforementioned projects, like many of the works executed by the office, have a unique impact on the Alpine landscape. The look of the small towns in the valleys below the snow-capped peaks helps to underscore the clean, disciplined aesthetic of Olgiati’s architecture. The son of the Swiss Modernist architect Rudolf Olgiati, the younger Olgiati has worked to distance himself from the methodologies and thinking of his father. Modernism was a profound moment in architectural history. Its drive for reasoned decisions and a concise cultural narrative helped to cement the idea of the architect as a genius who can create profound change. Since the era of Le Corbusier and the Bauhaus movement, the notion of the ar… continue

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Poetic Shopping: Aesop designs the retail experience | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-poetic-shopping-aesop-designs-the-retail-experience/7001421 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Against a backdrop of the indomitable rise of e-commerce and eschewing the received wisdom that a successful brand identity is one that adheres uncompromisingly to the tenets of sameness and consistency, skincare label Aesop has taken a confident creative and commercial stand by creating, worldwide, a portfolio of unique and poetic physical retail spaces – each the result of an open-brief collaboration with some of the leading lights in architecture and design. From Snøhetta and Paulo Mendes da Rocha to Ilse Crawford and Ciguë, a raft of original-thinking creatives have been commissioned to produce one-off store experiences that marry bold concepts with strong material consideration and quality craftsmanship. The result are stores, which, more akin to stage-sets than shops, make purchasing an event rather than an everyday activity. Architonic talks to Marsha Meredith, Aesop’s Creative Director, about the company’s brand-building through creative building... …. <b>How do you choose w… continue

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VIENNA DESIGN WEEK #10: 30.9. – 9.10.2016 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/vienna-design-week-vienna-design-week-10-30-9-9-10-2016/7001420 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 50 Years Met Chandeliers + UFOs – At the opening of the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1966, the first burst of applause already erupted before the performance to acclaim twelve ascending chandeliers from Vienna. And in the foyer, too, there was a cascade of “exploding stars”, visible from afar. For Hans Harald Rath, the source of inspiration for the chandeliers – which have a symbolic character today – came from a little book by the architect Wallace K. Harrison showing photos from outer space. Acting as his first model were potatoes spiked with toothpicks hanging up in the hotel kitchen. Fifty years after the Met opening, J. & L. Lobmeyr are putting the largest chandelier group on display ever constructed since then. Also on show: refulgent UFOs with reverberating names like Stanley, Jill, Sigourney and Orson by the design duo Kim+Heep. Moreover, within the festival format Passionswege J. & L. Lobmeyr cooperates with designer Martino Gamper. It is almost 200 years since Josef Lobm… continue

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VIENNA DESIGN WEEK #10: 30.9. – 9.10.2016 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/vienna-design-week-vienna-design-week-10-30-9-9-10-2016/7001419 Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Natural Phenomena in Fascinating Presicion – A poetic installation, realized with the fascinating precision of the FÜRSTENBERG porcelain manufactory: the Viennese design studio EOOS and FÜRSTENBERG put analyses of table culture on show that are inspired by natural phenomena such as lava streams and accumulated sediment strata. The place where the matte, fluted exterior surface and the smooth interior surface of the double-walled beakers and cups meet our lips – this is where the physical experience of the objects is potentially most direct. And it is here that EOOS designer Martin Bergmann also recognizes the essence of FÜRSTENBERG skills. Stories and Matters – Through technical innovation and architectural spatial concepts Rimadesio with designer Giuseppe Bavuso has developed into an international brand. Here, the introduction of successful sliding door systems in 1992 marked an important turning point in the history of the long established Italian firm of the Malberti brothers: the k… continue

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Take a walk through a new experience at Tour&Taxis! | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mood-take-a-walk-through-a-new-experience-at-tour-amptaxis/7001418 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>SHED BIS 1 – where the innovation is</b> Be part of an exciting show of innovation. Discover ground breaking new materials and techniques and more than 30 dynamic young companies at the Launch Pad. Dive deep into the Innovation Platform that keeps growing! Together with our partners, Materia, Colour Hive (Mixx Magazine), Masters of Linen, Trendease International and MateriO, we have set up the largest innovation platform ever. The future of textile can begin. <b>SHED BIS 2 - EPIC trends & Colour Atelier</b> Blue Drops & Secret Chamber: Discover the Blue Drop selection, the 100 best creations of MoOD, in the EPIC trend exposition. The adjoining ‘Secret Chamber’ is reserved for the nominations and the winners of the Blue Drop Awards. But we’ll have to wait until Wednesday afternoon September 7th before we announce them. Be prepared! <b>EXTRA ! Epic Journey</b> We dive into the history of contract fabrics. Guided by the Compagnies Internationales des Wagons Lits. We take the… continue

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Why Tschumi Matters | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-why-tschumi-matters/7001417 Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 ...Maybe this change in direction was the product of the engagement with the then-nascent virtual explorations of space that took place twenty years ago. Maybe this retreat from engaging with obtuse ideas outside of architecture’s purview is endemic of the “blissful” 1990s where some proclaimed that “history” was finished and that dialogues with social life no longer had political consequences. However, the bliss of the Third Way of the 1990s is long over. With political, economic and social conditions rapidly changing, one has to wonder how architecture – arguably the most public of the arts – will adapt. We should ask ourselves how far the formalism manifested by computers can take us in terms of the discipline’s reconciliation with our current historical situation. Architecture may find itself at a juncture where theory – dense and prosaic as it may be – could help establish disciplinary relevance amongst a diverse populace in uncertain times. The works of Bernard Tschumi matter… continue

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ACOUSTIC ROOM BY FANTONI. MAKE ROOM FOR PRIVACY | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/fantoni-acoustic-room-by-fantoni-make-room-for-privacy/7001416 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Acoustic Room creates an acoustically-protected haven inside an open-space office or collective environment, for meetings and other situations requiring particular privacy and focus. A box within a box, comprising two modules of different dimensions (D254 x L254 x H254 cm - D254 x L134 x H254 cm), creating islands within high-traffic spaces. The module consists of 4akustik sound-absorbent panels, which are a high-performance acoustic product from Fantoni's Acoustic Panelling division. The box is supplied with different levels of customization, from a very simple solution to one with melamine flooring and glass walls. continue

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Utilitarian Rigour: David Irwin’s Narin Chair for Case | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/case-utilitarian-rigour-david-irwins-narin-chair-for-case/7001415 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 "I set out to design a folding chair that didn't comprise on aesthetics or comfort in order for it to fold. In a way I wanted to change our preconceptions of what a folding chair is – a piece of furniture you would be proud to have on display at any time and not the emergency chair that only comes out of the cupboard on occasions” explains David Irwin. Folding chairs have typically been inexpensive objects used temporarily when those extra guests arrive, or design classics commanding a premium price tag. David Irwin wanted to create an object that was both beautiful folded, or in use so it can delicately lean in the corner of a room. As house sizes are getting smaller in many countries, customers are focused on having less in their homes and create room for more important things. Graham Hill wrote for the New York Times in 2013 “we live in a world of surfeit stuff, of big-box stores and 24-hour online shopping opportunities. Members of every socioeconomic bracket can and do delu… continue

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Christian Wassmann: Cosmic Modernist | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-christian-wassmann-cosmic-modernist/7001414 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Swiss-born Christian Wassmann has gained recognition in different echelons of the creative community. Since founding his practice ten years ago, he has garnered multiple accolades, including a 2010 Swiss Art Award and a 2012 AIA New York New Practices Award. Mentored by powerhouse architect Steven Holl and seminal avant-garde theatre artist Robert Wilson, the cross-disciplinarian has shaped his own ‘form performs function’ approach on the basis of collaboration, experimentation and happy accidents. His affinity for the minimalism of the cosmic sublime can be seen in wide-ranging projects: furniture for galleries such as R & Company, ephemeral fashion shows for the equally experimental label threeASFOUR, scenographies for the Independent Art Fair and permanent buildings like the recently constructed Sun Path House in Miami or the Lisson Gallery in New York, designed in collaboration with studioMDA. TLmag spoke to Wassmann this past February. He and his team were in the midst of finalisi… continue

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ARCHITONIC TOP 20 DESIGNERS + BRANDS IN UK | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-top-20-designers-brands-in-uk/7001413 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products. Our curated database currently provides information on more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,400 designers. 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts annually choose Architonic as their guide to the very best. This gives us an insight into developments in the architecture and design markets, which we would like to share with our community. For the London Design Festival 2016, we have identified the top 20 most-popular UK-based brands and designers on architonic.com. <b>Our methodology</b> This presentation is based on traffic information collected on architonic.com. All statistics and rankings shown in this article are based on the number of relevant search queries entered in the text-search field on architonic.com (‘by text search’) over the course of 2015. continue

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Material Tendencies: Giulio Iacchetti | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-giulio-iacchetti/7001412 Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Architonic caught up with the Italian designer to find out which material he would chose if asked to work with just one for the next three years.</b> <b>Giulio Iacchetti:</b> At this moment I think wood is the material with the most possibilities. Wood is the world’s most ancient material. It is highly versatile and therefore offers maximum freedom during the design process. <b>Is there any material that you could immediately reject?</b> Yes, those types of materials that are defined as innovative and futuristic. They disappear in a relatively short space of time. It seems that designers are supposed always to be keen on these new materials that have just emerged out of some research process. But normally they are very expensive and we cannot prove their performance over the years. I think that materials need to be verifiable, because we are making projects that should last for several epochs – or at least this should be our target. <b>At what point within the design process d… continue

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MoOD & Indigo Brussels 2016 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mood-mood-amp-indigo-brussels-2016/7001411 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Brussels Airport, Brussels and Tour & Taxis are going full steam ahead</b> The airport is fully operational again and taking a plane from Brussels is running as smooth as ever. There are no longer any full systematic checks and the time between arrival at the airport and the gates is less than one hour. Various huge events like the ‘Zinneke Parade’ and the ‘20 km through Brussels’-run have witnessed the arrival of over 35.000 people in the city centre. In the first weekend of June Tour & Taxis will also be used as the festival location for Couleur Café, a music festival with over 60.000 party-goers. <b>Tour & Taxis, a prime location with eye-catching architecture at walking distance of the city centre</b> Tour & Taxis is the new venue for MoOD/Indigo Brussels. The halls of the magnificent industrial site are filled with natural light and are home to, amongst others, ArtBrussels, the most exclusive art fair in Belgium. The centre of Brussels is not far away. After a 30 minute… continue

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MAISON&OBJET PARIS: EVOLUTIONS | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/maison-ampobjet-paris-maison-ampobjet-paris-evolutions/7001410 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 MAISON&OBJET PARIS, the leading event for lifestyle professionals around the world, returns in September. Come and discover the major event for lifestyle that attracts over 3,000 global brands. The show is inspirational and showcases a comprehensive overview of excellence and innovation. MAISON&OBJET PARIS evolves further and grows stronger to provide an increasingly enriching and resourceful experience, while giving exhibitors a greater outlook on the industry. <b>MAISON&OBJET l PROJETS I is just once a year</b> The creation of a new hub called INFLUENCES presents a high-end offering of products by industry specifiers in Halls 7 and 8. Premium solutions from lighting to Outdoors or Materials and know how set apart architectural projects due to the quality of propositions from exhibitors like Maiori, Tekcna, Artemide, Ethimo, Prostor, Meystle or Esthec. There is much to discover in Hall 8! <b>Conferences, workshops and more!</b> This year the ESPACE RETAIL has moved into the heart of… continue

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Ruedi Baur: Swiss Graphic Design – Past, Present and Future | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-ruedi-baur-swiss-graphic-design-past-present-and-future/7001409 Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Of course, the country we are talking about is Switzerland. To this day, throughout the world, the term graphic design immediately brings Switzerland to mind. This is true as well when people think about the field’s past and present. Understanding the reasons behind the country’s astounding success may help us to better understand graphic design itself. It might also hold the keys to envisioning how artists, architects and designers worldwide will take on the major challenge of the urban and virtual public space by reinventing graphic design. More than anyone else, Ruedi Baur understands the role of currentday graphic design. The famous designer created the visual identities of the Centre Pompidou and the New School. In several cases, Baur has even created the visual identities of cities such as Lyon, Nancy and Metz. Dessau may join the list some time soon. TLmag spoke with Baur at his Paris studio, Intégral. <b>TLmag: Swiss graphic designers make up the lion’s share of the “historic”… continue

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Coasting It: beach-house architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-coasting-it-beach-house-architecture/7001408 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 On 27 August, 1965, architectural legend Le Corbusier went for a swim. He never came back. His death by drowning off the beach at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on France’s Côte d’Azur, just below E-1027 – the iconic modernist villa designed and built by Eileen Gray in the late 1920s – was, of course, an accident. Yet, some might call it divine retribution. Or, at the very least, ironic. For Corb, perhaps threatened, as has been suggested by a number of commentators, by the ability of a woman to produce such a fine example of architectural modernism, had taken up intermittent residence at the villa in an attempt to make it his own and, in doing so, displace the profile of its creator. First, while sojourning there in the 1930s, he adorned (or defaced – you decide) its pristine interior walls with his decorative, painted murals, and later, having failed in his attempt to purchase the property (think hostile takeover bid), he decided to build his Cabanon des vacances right next to the villa.… continue

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Material Tendencies: Werner Aisslinger | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-werner-aisslinger/7001407 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Architonic spoke to the German designer about his broad spectrum of interests and got his thoughts on the future of design.</b> <b>Which material would you choose if you had to restrict yourself to working with just one for the next three years?</b> Plastics and carbon aren’t of great interest to me at the moment. I prefer natural materials – things that lead back into the natural cycle, but not necessarily recycled materials. As a designer, you don’t want to create anything that you can’t justify in terms of energy consumption, that doesn’t decompose, or that requires a high energy input. I think that, for example, clay is underestimated and hasn’t been used often enough in the history of design. <b> Could you say a few words about your spout creation for the Axor WaterDream project 2016. What material have you used?</b> Since Roman times, water was stored in clay amphoras, so it is a material that is super connected to water. The message of this spout design – a clay basin… continue

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ARCHITONIC TOP 20 DESIGNERS + BRANDS IN FRANCE | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-top-20-designers-brands-in-france/7001406 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 As the world’s leading and most-trusted research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products, Architonic is uniquely placed to offer its community relevant and valuable insights into developments in the architecture and design markets. As part of our ongoing Architonic Trend Analysis series, we have collected traffic information over the course of 2015. Based on the number of relevant search queries entered into the text-search field on architonic.com, we're able to present you with a ranking of the Top 20 Brands and Designers based in France, as drawn from our curated database of 1,500 premium brands and 6,200 designers. Rationale Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products. Our curated database currently provides information about more than 200,000 products from 1,500 brands and 6,200 designers. 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts annually choose Architonic… continue

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Sweet and Lowdown: Flexform's timeless Groundpiece sofa | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bethan-ryder-sweet-and-lowdown-flexform-039s-timeless-groundpiece-sofa/7001405 Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Consider what constitutes a modern design classic and certain elements spring to mind: simplicity, clarity, harmony, a sense of geometry and, more often than not, a refined and restrained style. The design needs to be so supremely functional that it proves superlative in comparison to the competition. It may prove so good that it invites imitation and will of course, most importantly, stand the test of time, enjoying popularity years and decades on from the day it was conceived. Flexform’s Groundpiece sofa meets all of the above criteria. Launched 15 years ago, it remains the luxury Italian furniture brand’s best-selling sofa of all time, and, what’s more, its sales continue to rise. The talent behind this timeless creation is none other than Milan-based architect Antonio Citterio. Widely recognised as a virtuoso of clean, minimal lines, his relationship with Flexform dates back to 1970, when he was in his twenties. He has designed more than 50 products for the family-run firm over the… continue

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Material Tendencies: Jean-Marie Massaud | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-jean-marie-massaud/7001404 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Architonic met up with the French architect and designer earlier in the year, whose work ranges from industrial and interior design, through major architectural projects, to one-off items and series production. <b>Which material would you choose if you had to restrict yourself to working with just one for the next three years?</b> This is very challenging. I don’t think I have a certain style or preference, so I am open to every kind of material. I like natural materials that are versatile and efficient. Usually it is the merging of high technology and natural material incarnation. I always like to explore the competence of industrial potential and then combine it with something more gentle and warm. I like for example the democratic and affordable aspect of a plastic chair, but then I want to have a soft touch on my bottom. So I add felt or some other natural material to the plastic shell. <b>… and within the architectural field? Any preferences?</b> My personal sensitivity is t… continue

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Retail Detail: 10 outstanding store designs – Part II | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/christian-kuhn-retail-detail-10-outstanding-store-designs-part-ii/7001403 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Optimist Eyewear Store, Chalkida, Greece</b> The Optimist Eyewear Store in Chalkida, Greece, skilfully plays on people's expectations. With a stylistic mix of the kind of white cubes which are familiar from the field of exhibitions and minimalist Mediterranean airiness, the 314 architecture studio created a fascinating setting in 2015 which could not be less suggestive of a classical optician's shop. <b>REDValentino Store, London, UK</b> In terms of style the REDValentino Store in London, which was completed in 2016, looks like an amalgam of a Wes Anderson film and a resplendent department store of the Twenties. The architect India Mahdavi has created an extremely harmonious environment with the boldest of colours. Pastel shades, gilded details, circular patterns on the floor and a wealth of upholstered and leather furniture produce an ambience of pure luxury. <b>Sulwhasoo Flagship Store, Seoul, Korea</b> Identity, travel and memory – these three terms served the architects… continue

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Retail Detail: 10 outstanding store designs – Part I | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/christian-kuhn-retail-detail-10-outstanding-store-designs-part-i/7001402 Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 An effective retail-design concept turns a simple shopping experience into a total adventure that addresses the senses at different levels. Touching, smelling, tasting, and testing products in an environment designed to stimulate and inspire imbues the act of consumption with a greater emotional quality. The store also serves as a three-dimensional marketing channel that helps shape and establish a brand identity. Here, the customer is given an opportunity to enter into direct contact with the seller. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the world’s most innovative retail projects, by virtue of their underlying concepts, materials, and technical as well as architectural quality. They not only illustrate the possibilities offered by retail design, but also demonstrate the added value of a brand concept, its impact on consumers, and, in turn, its impact on sales revenue. .... <b>Acne Studios Flagship Store, Seoul, South Korea</b> With her design for the Acne Flagship stor… continue

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USM: The world is a (steel) sphere | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alex-bradley-usm-the-world-is-a-steel-sphere/7001401 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 What comes to mind when you hear the word trend? Is it the latest colour directions at Paris fashion week? Or the latest innovations that leverage big data? The term trend can conjure up a multitude of mental reference points, from short-term fashion fads to long-term technological drivers of change that can disrupt sectors and affect businesses globally. Whatever your reference point, one thing is for sure: we are bombarded by 'new trend’ information on a regular basis and it is hard to make sense of what is meaningful. So how can we cut through the noise and identify what’s really relevant? <b>Trend one: Simplification</b> Let's start by looking back. Minimalism and the corresponding simplification of features and functions have been around for decades. Dieter Rams much-celebrated ‘10 principles for good design’ from the 1970s states, ‘Good design is as little design as possible.’ In the digital age, the unbundling of an app’s features into a suite of mono-function products is a… continue

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Material Tendencies: Konstantin Grcic | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-konstantin-grcic/7001400 Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Architonic speaks to the trained carpenter and industrial designer from Munich about his passion for design history, materials and development processes.</b> <b>Which material would you choose if you had to restrict yourself to working with just one for the next three years?</b> Steel fascinates me, because it’s a multi-faceted material and can be worked in diverse ways in a variety of processes. And it’s a material that has helped define modern furniture design – for example, in the first tubular steel furniture in the 1920s. Steel is additionally a plentiful resource and a material that stands in a congruous relationship to what furniture is. It always includes this industrial character. <b>At what point within the design process do you decide in favour of a specific material? What comes first – the shape or the choice of material?</b> Design concepts frequently arise out of a process that, in turn, is closely associated with a certain material. It’s very often the case that mat… continue

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MAISON&OBJET PARIS: EVOLUTIONS | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/maison-ampobjet-paris-maison-ampobjet-paris-evolutions/7001399 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 MAISON&OBJET PARIS, the leading event for lifestyle professionals around the world, is back! A major hub for lifestyle, for industry, and attracting over 3,000 global brands. The show is both inspirational and professional. Actors from across the industry showcase a variety of products that represent a comprehensive overview of excellence and innovation. This September, MAISON&OBJET PARIS evolves even further to provide specifiers with an ever-more enriching and efficient experience, while giving exhibitors a greater opportunity to enlarge their offer. Back to MAISON&OBJET l PROJETS I Every September, MAISON&OBJET I PROJETS I returns. This yearly showcase is dedicated to exhibitors showing premium solutions for interior design and architecture. This year there is a twist. The creation of a new hub called INFLUENCES which presents a high-end offering of products by industry specifiers and greater synergy that encompasses both Halls 7 and 8. While the entirety of Hall 8 is devoted to continue

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Material Tendencies: Jaime Hayon | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-jaime-hayon/7001398 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Architonic spoke to the Spanish designer and artist, who likes to follow his intuition and enjoys doing whatever feels right. <b>If you had to restrict yourself to working with just one material for the next three years, which one would you choose?</b> It would be hard to say. I guess with wood I would be able to do a lot of things. But one material that I’ve always loved is ceramic. Because it can be used in different processes and in many possible combinations. Its characteristics can have so many aspects. It can be poor but super elegant. It can be extremely glossy and very rich, even though it always comes from the same sort of earthenware. It is at the same time a very basic and high-quality material. So yes, I would probably choose ceramic as the first one. <b>At what point within the design process do you decide in favour of a specific material? What comes first – the shape or the choice of material?</b> None of those, actually. Neither shape nor material. At the end, t… continue

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Selling Out: retail design on show | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-selling-out-retail-design-on-show/7001397 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>What is different or particular about exhibiting retail design as opposed to other types of trade fair?</b> All trade fairs serve as information, innovation, and networking platforms for the industries they represent. As a retail trade fair, however, EuroShop differs from other exhibitions above all by virtue of its unique ambience and the extraordinarily complex architecture of the stands created by the various exhibitors. Nowhere else is the ‘aha effect’ visitors experience when entering an exhibition hall as striking as at EuroShop. It reflects what has become the first commandment in the retail trade: to offer customers something special – which not only means presenting products and decorated spaces, but also creating new worlds to experience and telling stories. The staging of their trade-fair presentations is of the utmost importance to EuroShop exhibitors when it comes to offering their retail expertise to decision-makers in the trade. <b>Where has the most innovation tak… continue

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northmodern furniture and design trade show, Copenhagen August 2016 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/northmodern-northmodern-furniture-and-design-trade-show-copenhagen-august-2016/7001396 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 DESTINATION DESIGN Whether it is design hungry architects or interior specifiers, Denmark, is fast becoming the go-to destination for professionals. Copenhagen is a centre for design, both with its heritage and contemporary brands and now with the new northmodern furniture fair making its mark on the city. Denmark is immersed in creativity, sustainability and with its forward-thinking attitude to living and architecture making it an incomparable resource. northmodern is uniquely placed to offer visitors and exhibitors alike, a destination and trade show experience like no other. The purpose built, light-filled centre has defined its own character so quickly since launching in 2015, it is already gathering an international following and reputation as an authority in the international interiors market. From furniture, to lighting, kitchens and textiles northmodern is the one-stop shop in design excellence UNPARALLELED EXHIBITORS You could argue that Danish design is where the entir… continue

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Next Stop: new bus-station architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-next-stop-new-bus-station-architecture/7001395 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 ‘We’re all going on a summer holiday,’ sang a youthful Cliff Richard in his imaginatively titled screen musical Summer Holiday of 1963, where the quiffed teenage heartthrob and a gang of adolescent pleasure-seekers availed themselves of an iconic London double-decker bus to drive across continental Europe. The sun, the fun, the mechanical hi-jinks. (The movie was, of course, a mere vehicle – if you’ll excuse the pun – for the promotion of the rock-and-rolling poster boy.) Bus stations, as building types go, however, have tended to get a bit of a raw deal when compared to the majesty of train stations and the glamour of airports. There are exceptions, of course, such as the art-deco splendour of London’s Victoria Coach Station (1932) and Dublin’s international-style Busáras (1945–53), designed by Ireland’s foremost architect of the age, Michael Scott, and replete with undulating concrete canopy, rooftop restaurant and cinema. And, of course, Preston Bus Station in the north of England,… continue

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The Making of the 2016 AZ Awards Trophy and Installation | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/az-awards-the-making-of-the-2016-az-awards-trophy-and-installation/7001393 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 The winners of the sixth annual AZ Awards not only received recognition for their groundbreaking projects and products – they also took home a trophy designed and made by Omer Arbel. A halo of bubbles surround the polished pewter letters A and Z, created in a completely novel process. The Vancouver designer approaches each project according to the general philosophy that guides his studio: invent fabrication processes that yield new forms. Rather than imagining the final form, that is, the studio imagines an experimental method that results in a new product. This is how it has created the numbered lighting series of its world-renowned Bocci brand, from the folded porcelain shapes of 21 to the ethereal, fabric-textured glass clouds of 73. For the AZ trophies, Arbel sought to stick to the iconography of the brand, keeping the two letters – the A and the Z – distinct. These were cast in pewter, in two-inch-deep moulds that were placed on an L-shaped aluminum tray. The tray was suspende… continue

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Announcing the Winners of the 2016 AZ Awards | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/az-awards-announcing-the-winners-of-the-2016-az-awards/7001392 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 From a concrete and weathered-steel temple in Toronto that features the longest cantilever in North America to a landscape that offers floodwater relief and green space to a city in Spain, the 18 winners of the 2016 AZ Awards exemplify innovation and forward-thinking. Tonight at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works, many of the winners were present — some visiting from as far away as India and Shanghai — to take the stage and receive their trophies, which were designed by Vancouver designer Omer Arbel, who was also a member of this year’s jury. The standing-room-only crowd of design and architecture insiders fêted all 66 of this year’s finalists during the celebration. Together, the outstanding 826 submissions — from designers, architects and manufacturers, as well as students — are a worldwide representation of the best and brightest from the architecture and design community. Our international jury was also made up of some of the industry’s heavy-hitters: architect Chris Wilkinson of W… continue

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Talking Shop: Nendo on retail design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-talking-shop-nendo-on-retail-design/7001391 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Far from e-commerce proving to be the nail in the coffin for the traditional physical store, the retail industry has successfully managed to slip the bonds of binary, either/or thinking in favour of an ‘omni-channel’ business model, where brands offer customers a joined-up experience, whether they’re shopping online or in-store. Beyond the fact that we’re physical beings – who, in spite of the digital universe we’ve created, still have a fundamental need for the analogue, the immediate, the tactile – the real-time shopping space has an important marketing role to perform for any retailer. It’s where brand awareness is consolidated, where brands come alive, generating a significant increase in traffic to their counterpart online stores. If there’s one design studio that has bucked creative trends and consistently innovated when it comes to the shape and experience of the physical retail landscape, it’s Nendo. The Japanese office, headed up by Oki Sato, has built up an impressive list of… continue

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Luctra: Biological light for the mobile workplace | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/luctra-luctra-biological-light-for-the-mobile-workplace/7001390 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 LUCTRA® FLEX is the cordless, portable, biologically effective lighting solution for mobile working in the office or at home. The integrated lithium-ion battery powers the light up to ten hours depending on the dimming level and allows for complete freedom when choosing a workspace. Whether in the office, in the armchair at home, in the home office or on the patio in the evening, LUCTRA® FLEX offers unlimited flexibility without compromising on the quality of light. Cool and warm white LEDs with light intensity up to 1,000 lux, very even light distribution, and an extremely wide colour spectrum between 2,700 and 6,500 kelvin deliver light that approaches daylight in quality. The colour and brightness can always be adjusted for your personal comfort so you can concentrate better and work more productively without becoming fatigued. With a height of 136 cm, the cordless workplace lamp weighs a manageable 2 kg. continue

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A Clean Vision: Alape | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-a-clean-vision-alape/7001389 Mon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 As product types go, the washbasin is probably one of the most legible. Unless you happen to be in an übercool hotel or restaurant toilet, where it sometimes takes all the detection skills of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes to work out where and how to wash your hands, the washbasin communicates its functionality in a fairly clear way. Tap, receptacle, hole for the water to be lead away. If there’s one manufacturer, however, which in spite of the squarely utilitarian nature of the basin has managed time and time again to deliver innovations in its design and production, it’s the award-winning German brand Alape. Founded in Saxon town of Penig a couple of years before the turn of the 20th century by Adolf Lamprecht (Alape is a rather neat portmanteau of the first few letters of his name and of the location), the company has proven itself to be a perennial pioneer in its field. Its many innovations include the ‘bucket sink’ or multipurpose basin, launched in the 1930s, and the EW3 – the wor… continue

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Discover the textile possibilities | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-discover-the-textile-possibilities/7001387 Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Techtextil has a very heterogeneous programme. How as an architect do I find the exhibition areas of relevance to me?</b> Our range of visitors extends from doctors, through construction engineers, to rocket engineers, as technical textiles are now used in almost all areas. 'Buildtech and Hometech are the focal points for the architecture/interior design areas, and have corresponding logos to highlight the exhibitors relating to them.' <b>What is exhibited under the name Buildtech?</b> Of particular importance is the topic of textile reinforced concrete. Using textile fibres concrete can not only be made lighter and more durable, but also flexible and translucent. In recent years there have been a great many research breakthroughs. Exhibitors also include numerous research institutes wanting to present fantastic projects relating to textile construction. One particular highlight is our student competition 'Textile Structures for New Architecture', organised by us and the Universit… continue

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Designing rooms with textiles | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-designing-rooms-with-textiles/7001386 Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Whether in the hospitality sector, modern offices or health-care facilities, more and more architects and interior designers are recognising the positive spatial effect of textiles. The range is enormous, with application possibilities ranging from integrated LEDs, through holistic spatial concepts to functional solutions that influence the acoustics or room atmosphere. 'Textiles are a wonderful way of brightening and enrichting otherwise minimalist architecture', says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. 'If as an architect or interior designer you have corresponding experience with textiles, this is of significant value when advising the client.' For those wanting to acquire or increase their expertise, a visit to Heimtextil is ideal. Especially for the commercial sector, the fair offers a large portfolio of exhibitors, which are summarised in a separate guide. 'When compiling the guide, we not only ensure that the exhibitors have correspon… continue

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Spradling: Deep fabrics | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-spradling-deep-fabrics/7001385 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 For over 50 years the name Spradling® has stood for the highest quality in the manufacture and sale of coated fabrics. Using various patented processes and technologies, the fabrics have special properties to render them particularly suitable for use in hightraffic areas or in the healthcare sector. Thus the Permablok® coatings and Silverguard® bacterial protection, based on the antimicrobial properties of silver, on ranges such as Hitch™, winner of the 2015 i-NOVO award, provide unique protection against abrasion, dirt and bacteria. HitchTM is the highlight of the current Surfaces Collection. As well as the technical properties mentioned above, the material also impresses with its fine texture and modern, metallic look. The entire Surfaces Collection encompasses 200 colours and more than 20 refined surface textures that will whet your appetite for creative design and spark your imagination for the unusual. The focus of the collection is just as much on technically sophisticated soluti… continue

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Sefar: Refined lightness | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-sefar-refined-lightness/7001384 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 The special fabrics for architectural applications are geared to the diverse requirements of indoor and outdoor spaces. Thanks to their high level of flexibility, they can be individually adapted to the respective circumstances. There are essentially three application 
areas: fabric&weather, fabric&light and -fabric&glass. Light-transmitting PTFE fabrics (fabric&weather) are suited for applications requiring maximum tensile strength values in outdoor environments, e.g. membrane and lamellar structures, sun blinds, screens, large and small foldable structures, awnings, etc. They are permanently UV-resistant and colourfast, phthalate-free, weather-resistant, water- and dirt-repellent. Wide-ranging fabric- and light-transmitting specifications mean that they offer both high functional and aesthetic value. The design freedom with them is virtually unlimited, as the example of the mosque of Medina al-Munawwarah impressively shows. Inside, translucent light-transmitting PVDF fabric (fabric&l… continue

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Sahco: Visions become reality | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-sahco-visions-become-reality/7001383 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Exclusive hotels, stately residences, luxury yachts or large corporate headquarters - SAHCO’s passion is to furnish them all with textiles. The Nuremberg-based textile editor offers expressive collections to all those involved in interior design who attach importance to sophisticated designs and premium quality. Alongside extravagant design, a strong emphasis is placed on fabrics suitable for the commercial sector. As a long-standing partner of Trevira CS, the experienced team offers fabric and processing qualities for every requirement, and develops individual solutions. The latest highlights include the EDIZIONE CLASSICA with traditional fabrics such as pure silk, suede and jacquard. It offers classic Italian chic, including in intensive and fashionable colours. The new PREMIUM BASICS upholstery fabrics stand out with a wide range of colours and a great deal of natural charm. The fabrics in the SLOW DESIGN collection are ideal for a particularly relaxed atmosphere that radiates warmt… continue

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Rohi: Naturally high-tech | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-rohi-naturally-high-tech/7001382 Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200 For more than 80 years, rohi, a family-owned company, has been driven by the desire and expectation of its customers for high-quality products with great designs that initially may not even seem feasible. The rohi design team does not work behind closed doors. Instead it prefers to interact personally with its customers in the Air, Living and Public areas. Whether for well-known or renowned furniture companies, the designs are individual and specially tailored to the needs and quality requirements of customers, with rohi benefiting from the synergy effects of the technically-complex Air and homely Living areas. Using its specialist textile expertise, the company transforms designs into haptically-inspiring fabrics. The use of only the highest quality raw materials and own manufacturing facilities in Germany ensure that the products have the high quality-standard of a premium manufacturer. The favourite raw material remains wool, because as the company states: 'Wool is a naturally high-… continue

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Object Carpet: Creative puzzle for the floor | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-object-carpet-creative-puzzle-for-the-floor/7001381 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Many architects cherish hard floor coverings not only because of their appearance, but also because of their high resilience. At the same time, textile floor coverings with their endless layout and design possibilities are eye-catchers and once again on the rise. A product that combines the features and advantages of both product groups is the new generation of carpet tiles by Object Carpet. Thanks to its especially flat weave, Freestile has a modern and, for a carpet-tile, enormously hard look, without losing any of the advantages of a textile covering. These include first and foremost the improvement in room acoustics (up to 20 % compared to other hard floorings), high operating safety and pleasant walking comfort. Freestile meets the high requirements with respect to dimensional stability and acoustic effectiveness thanks to the new Akustik Plus backing on highly-compressed and heat-set PET fleece. The finely-textured surface is also ideally suited for those with allergies (TÜV cert… continue

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Nya Nordiska: Fabrics in a new dimension | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-nya-nordiska-fabrics-in-a-new-dimension/7001380 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 While most of us link architecture with hard materials and orthogonal spatial forms, at the imm cologne 2016 visitors were confronted with a different kind of spatial creation in the form of the 'Das Haus – Interiors on Stage' installation by Sebastian Herkner: A circular holistic experience comprising light, sound and aromas in which textiles play the main role. In cooperation with the Dannenberg-based textile editor Nya Nordiska, Herkner has developed an installation with special haptic and acoustic qualities - spatial sequences full of openness and permeability that nevertheless convey an immediate feeling of security. This is achieved through the use of several layers of transparent and semi-transparent materials and mesh and openwork patterns that are able to be moved and superimposed within a track system. 'Thus it is not a static structure, but soft, textile architecture that plays with light and changing perspectives', says Herkner about his design. Bright, mineral colour shade… continue

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MDT: Infinite flexibility | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-mdt-infinite-flexibility/7001379 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Design expertise, technical and constructional innovation and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Grimshaw Architects, while MDT’s innovative membrane structures stand out for their quality and customised approach. These made for optimal conditions in the joint design and development of Tensilation, an architectural modular canopy which was presented together with a lighting -installation at Frankfurt’s Thurn-und-Taxis Palace during the Lum The innovative system comprises square and diamond-shaped canopy elements that can be combined in various ways to form a filigree yet stable structure. The individual elements are joined together using intersections at the ends of the support arms, while textile connectors between the individual umbrellas ensure that the covered area is also protected from the weather. The system is complemented by an equally versatile flooring system that accounts for level changes in the landscape and matches the covered area. The design team realised that sp… continue

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Dornbracht: The bathroom is taking on new life | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-dornbracht-the-bathroom-is-taking-on-new-life/7001378 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Gone is the era of the bath as merely a room for personal hygiene. It has become a refuge from everyday stress, a precinct into which to withdraw in peace and quiet. This once mundane, ancillary room has developed into a place of regenerative leisure. It plays an ever-greater role in the home – a role that will continue to change in the future. This evolution calls for designers with the ability to give form to newly emerging concepts, and manufacturers who clearly read the signs of the times and deliver products that express them. The current trend is towards a heightened awareness of and concern with the body – the care and optimisation of which is part of a broader new health consciousness. As a place in which to pursue this new notion of “healthness”, the bathroom is undergoing a transformation from a functional room to a locus of ritual. Dornbracht, the international fittings manufacturer, recognised this trend more than a decade ago and integrated this knowledge in its company de… continue

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Material Tendencies: Marcel Wanders | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-marcel-wanders/7001377 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Architonic recently met Marcel Wanders in New York City. No less surprising was his reaction to our question when having to choose one material only. <b>Marcel Wanders:</b> That would be difficult. Basically the only material I am interested in is grey mass – your brain! Because that is the only material which is really making an effect for your experience. I don’t specifically care about stone, wood or plastics. I care about what my work does with my audience and I am really happy to be very free in which material I work with. I always try to use materials that I have never used before. <b>At what point within the design process do you decide in favour of a specific material? What comes first – the shape or the choice of material?</b> Basically every project starts really open because anything is possible. But if you think about the project, you narrow down what is the real opportunity in a situation. It really depends on the clients you work for, the budgets, the place it has to g… continue

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Skinning up: Old Buildings, New Facades – Part II | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bettina-krause-skinning-up-old-buildings-new-facades-part-ii/7001376 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence (Kansas), Gould Evans</b> The library in Lawrence, the sixth-largest city in Kansas, was built in 1972 in the brutalist style by the locally based architects Robertson, Peters, Ericson & Williams. To the west, the site is surrounded by residential development, to the east it adjoins the city centre, and to the south it borders a plaza. The existing building was plagued by problems including an outdated heating and air conditioning system, poor interior orientation, and insufficient daylight. The architects of the Missouri firm Gould Evans were commissioned to modernise and expand the building. Before they began designing, they spoke with residents of the city and users of the building, gathering their wishes for, and expectations of the library building. The designers used this information as the basis for their work. The citizens emphasised the civic importance of the building and suggested that it be established as a new urban focal point. The ar… continue

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Skinning Up: Old Buildings, New Facades – Part I | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bettina-krause-skinning-up-old-buildings-new-facades-part-i/7001375 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 What’s to be done with a building that has fallen out of favour because it doesn’t meet modern energy-efficiency standards or fit into its surroundings visually? Instead of tearing it down, the current trend calls for remedial action – aesthetic as well as technical – in the form of a new building envelope or a significant intervention in its facades. The projects featured here present a striking symbiosis of old and new. <b>Clara and Robert, Düsseldorf, sop</b> The historic Uhlan Barracks in Düsseldorf’s Derendorf district were built in 1890. To make the former barrack buildings usable as offices, the Düsseldorf architectural firm slapa oberholz pszczulny (sop) has breathed new life into the Wilhelmine-era complex. A central focus of this extensive renovation and expansion was the preservation of the expressive Saarhaus, with its characteristic yellow clinker facade. The architects found the optimal solution to be a new envelope and an addition to the historic building. The result:… continue

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Kvadrat: Textiles that change spaces | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-kvadrat-textiles-that-change-spaces/7001374 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Deeply rooted in the Scandinavian design tradition, Kvadrat textiles testify to its passion for colour, naturalness and innovation. Continuously improving the technical and functional properties of textiles is one of the company’s main objectives. Consequently, the company has recently launched, exclusively for commercial use in Germany, Benelux and Denmark, Roller Blinds, a textile solution for windows for controlling, regulating and optimizing the indoor climate. The product is the result of a collaboration with the famous designer-duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. With their typical eye for detail and colours as well as ambition for sophisticated solutions, the brothers have succeeded in designing a customized system that optimally combines aesthetics and functionality. Die Rollos reflektieren und absorbieren das einfallende Tageslicht und ermöglichen es so, Helligkeit und Temperatur den individuellen Bedürfnissen bei sich verändernden Lichtbedingungen anzupassen. Die Kassetten aus Al… continue

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Koch Membranen: A passionate problem solver | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-koch-membranen-a-passionate-problem-solver/7001373 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 One early milestone were the buildings for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Frei Otto was an ardent nature lover, and much of the technology he saw in nature was incorporated into textile construction and thus also into the products and projects of Koch Membranen. This is how the company’s architectural division began. Design, materials and construction are closely linked to each other, and projects are usually individually developed in Koch Membranen’s own manufacturing plant in close cooperation with the customer. The latter’s wishes are met wherever possible, while keeping in mind the technical and commercial limitations. For external textile structures, coated polyester fabrics and ETFE foils are used alongside mainly silicone- or PTFE-coated glass fabrics. Depending on the application area, a wide variety of structure types can be developed - from simple taut canopies over arch roofs, through multilayer pneumatic constructions, to convertible funnel umbrellas. The resulting structur… continue

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On the Tiles: FAP Ceramiche’s Roma collection | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-on-the-tiles-fap-ceramiches-roma-collection/7001372 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 When in Rome, do as FAP Ceramiche does. The premium Italian ceramic-tile brand’s Roma collection – with its porcelain stoneware floor and wall tiling that faithfully replicates the optical texture and nobility of marble and stone – pays clear homage to the eternal beauty of Italian style, which is known and loved throughout the world. The manufacturer, which has established itself since its founding in 1997 as one of the go-to companies for excellence in Italian tile production, has created with Roma a total design programme, which, through its variety of surfaces, sizes, colours and decorative motifs, provides the opportunity for architects, planners and other specifiers to truly shape bathrooms and other spaces in both contract and residential contexts. The individuality that Roma offers with its six different shades of ‘marble’ – Grafite, Statuario, Calacatta, Imperiale, Petra and Travertino – is amplified by the wide range dimensions that the tiles come in. In terms of flooring,… continue

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Nimbus: Never without my Roxxane Fly | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/nimbus-group-nimbus-never-without-my-roxxane-fly/7001371 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Instead of going to all the trouble of carrying a luminaire and extension cable out onto the terrace or balcony for example, this cableless, battery-powered luminaire by the name of "Roxxane Fly" gives you the unprecedented possibility of taking light where none was previously, or where it was too much effort to install permanent lighting. This luminaire can also be used in dry outdoor areas, especially when not only a strong lighting performance but also an aesthetic solution is required. The battery-powered LED luminaire is available in several discreet or vivid colours and can shine for up to 20 hours. This new type of luminaire from the Stuttgart-based premium light manufacturer has one or two remarkable features: one is the manoeuvrable pivot head, which enables users to direct the light to wherever they wish with just one hand motion; another is the magnetic base that can be attached to any metal object – refrigerator doors, pin boards, anything you can think of. "Roxxane Fly" ca… continue

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Curves Ahead: Erik Bagger | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-curves-ahead-erik-bagger/7001370 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Danish-born Erik Bagger might have trained as a goldsmith, but in 2014 he successfully switched to furniture design on co-founding the company Erik Bagger Furniture with his Brazilian wife, Caroline. That this turned out to be a seamless career move shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, Erik was able to apply his considerable skill at working on a miniature scale to designing the beautifully detailed, finely crafted pieces — from lounge chairs to dining tables — which he now creates with his other half. What’s more, the new venture was partly inspired by Erik’s long-standing passion for sketching furniture. As for Caroline, she has a deep-rooted interest in design, thanks in no small part to her own creative background: her mother is a designer and Caroline studied architecture and design in Brazil, finally gaining a degree in design. Erik, too, built up his design expertise from an early age. In 1972, renowned Danish metalware brand Georg Jensen took him on as a goldsmith. During h… continue

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Caimi Brevetti at XXI Triennale | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/caimi-brevetti-caimi-brevetti-at-xxi-triennale/7001369 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Caimi Brevetti, founded in 1949, has built its identity relying on research and design. Ten years after the big exhibition “Today is already tomorrow”, Caimi Brevetti is back in Triennale. The company, one of the main manufacturers in the furniture and furniture complements markets, presents at the 21st Triennale in Milano the show “Snowsound by Caimi. Design as you never heard it” with main topic the sound and the importance of a correct acoustic design in public and domestic spaces. The location is interesting as well. It is the “Cavallerizze” a 1800 m2 area which is the outcome of an important restoration work by the National Museum of Science and Technology “Leonardo da Vinci”. Snowsound Technologies by Caimi Brevetti are highly innovative and patented and have gathered the most prestigious international awards while constantly evolving. Unique systems considering both the applied technologies and the idea of sound absorbing elements intended as furniture complements capable of… continue

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Jan Kath: Haute couture for the floor | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-jan-kath-haute-couture-for-the-floor/7001368 Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b> In recent years, carpets have enjoyed an amazing comeback. What do you think are the reasons for this?</b> I believe many people secretly prefer carpets, and that this preference is firmly rooted in their subconscious. We have banished the traditional oriental rug used by our parents from the living room and got accustomed to polished concrete or wooden flooring, believing that they suit our lives better. But at some point we have also discovered that this clean ambience lacks warmth and security. With our contemporary designs we have dusted off the image of the carpet and broken with the old way of seeing things. <b> To what extent can architects and designers influence the design of a carpet?</b> We offer 25 collections. Essentially they are suggestions. Planners can determine all parameters such as size, colour, material mix and design themselves according to their own wishes. Almost 90 percent of our carpets are thus manufactured according to individual requirements. <b>… continue

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Création Baumann: Calm and serene | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-creation-baumann-calm-and-serene/7001367 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 In addition, some of the fabrics are characterized by additional functions such as dim-out, flame resistance, heat and glare protection. Also possible are specially-made fabrics in custom designs and colours, and thus acoustic solutions that have been precisely tailored to the needs of a project. This is made possible by the unique production depth of the company, which extends from design, through development, to production - all from one source. With over 125 years of know-how and traditionally high quality standards, Création Baumann, based in Langenthal, Switzerland, is now in its fourth generation. Great attention is paid to the steady and innovative development of the products. In the field of acoustic fabrics, for example, a few years ago the company succeeded in developing, using a new yarn and weaving technique, lightweight, transparent and sound-absorbing materials made of Trevira CS. The collection is constantly being expanded, and with 'Primacoustic' and 'Terzacoustic' also… continue

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MOSA: A day in the life | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-mosa-a-day-in-the-life/7001366 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <p>These films are set to inform, attract and engage its viewers. It revels in the powerful bond between Mosa and the international architecture scene, a building and its materials and, ultimately, the fascinating worlds of design and manufacturing. Dutch ceramic surface specialist Mosa celebrates its on-going commitment to supreme design quality, functionality and sustainability with these bespoke films dedicated to the art, science and pure joy of designing with tiles. Entitled Mosa: A Day In The Life, the specially produced films tell the story of the company’s well-known range of exceptional products and their consistent resonance with the design world. The piece highlights Mosa’s creative processes, key characteristics, unrivalled technical ability, as well as its contemporary, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, proving once more that the company’s trusty product combines both brains and beauty. Artistic and versatile, the Mosa tile is carefully planned to address the… <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-mosa-a-day-in-the-life/7001366">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-mosa-a-day-in-the-life/7001366 Christian Fischbacher: Beauty with added value | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-christian-fischbacher-beauty-with-added-value/7001365 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 In this area, Christian Fischbacher is expanding its collection to include the ground-breaking innovation ECO FR, a fabric made from the natural materials linen, viscose and cotton that is both flame retardant and biodegradable - a characteristic increasingly in demand. The product is the result of many years of research. Molecular modification of the cellulose ensures that the fabrics are flame-retardant without the addition of chemical additives. ECO FR carbonizes and binds oxygen, and thereby suffocates flames - with no harmful emissions. Regardless of the technical requirements, Christian Fischbacher’s fabrics are created for interiors with personality. Take, for example, the recently-opened Aesop signature store in Munich. There the Munich-based corporate design and architect’s office einszu33 have experimented with contrasts in materiality and structure, as well as with subtle haptic effects. For the wall cladding, the plain velour VISCONTE II was used. The soft velvet surface re… continue

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Carpet Concept: Rethinking spaces | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-carpet-concept-rethinking-spaces/7001364 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 More intelligent, more flexible, and greener: Carpet Concept’s specialists create designs that don’t date, so the carpets can be used for a long time. The company’s award-winning Hem woven-carpet collection, for example, was developed together with Ben van Berkel/UNStudio. The numerous colour variations are inspired by landscapes and offer wide-ranging possibilities for textile interior design. Carpet Concept’s latest product is a woven carpet with a surprising ‘Qutfit’. The idea behind Eco Iqu was to create a woven carpet with a very fine structure - suiting material for the floor as it were. The result is a material innovation with two different facets: a product with a fine structure as ‘couture for the office’, and a ‘rougher craftsman’s look’ as a strong counterpart. In each case, Eco Iqu has underlying parameters that every company will appreciate: the floor rounds off the architectural outfit, saves money, and thanks to efficient yarn use achieves a good ecological balance. An a… continue

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Anker: Creativity out of tradition | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-anker-creativity-out-of-tradition/7001363 Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 In the German Bundestag, the Federal Chancellery, numerous ministries, many financial-services sector public buildings, hotels and office buildings, as well as in countless other prominent buildings, visitors' attention is immediately drawn downwards to the ANKER carpeting. And not only there, because the manufacturer also produces specially woven carpets for most airlines including Lufthansa and Emirates. In this demanding sector, ANKER is one of the few international suppliers that can meet the high quality and safety requirements of the airline business. Its range of products extends from classically woven fabrics, through modern patterned tufting items, to a large array of carpet tiles and rugs. Among its most famous products is the interior classic PERLON RIPS. Developed in 1959 as the original textile floor-covering, it has long since attained worldwide recognition and continues to be entirely produced by ANKER today. The unique weaving of the carpet, its compact structure and th… continue

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Less is More | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-less-is-more/7001362 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 The age-old maxim that “if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well” is epitomised by the approach of Danish design brand LoCa, which for more than two decades has focused on the production of a limited but exquisitely manufactured range of products. Inspired by the legacy of great Danish design and craftsmanship, the company has steadily established itself as one of the country’s premier design brands. The LoCa story began in 1992, when its founder, engineer Thorkild Lundsgaard was searching for an attractive and functional coat rack to install in his daughter’s bedroom. Not satisfied with the options available on the market, Lundsgaard set about trying to produce something suitable in his garage. The first attempts were unsuccessful, but the pursuit of a high-quality solution led Lundsgaard to approach the design studio of Harrit & Sørensen, which helped him develop the iconic Knax coat rack. The elegant and precisely detailed design was launched in 1995 and has been a bestsell… continue

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Danish Delight | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tom-morris-danish-delight/7001361 Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Pared-back, simplified and modest: Danish design is known for not shouting. The same could hardly be said for its lighting industry though, which has long been recognised for its slight whimsy, whether that’s the flapping flashiness of Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke chandelier or the playground appeal of a Flowerpot by Verner Panton. Yet there is one lighting brand that has long trodden the quiet road. In the 47 years since it was established, Darø has built up a solid portfolio of neat and durable lighting, playing largely to the home market with its implicitly understated Danish style. With new ownership and remodelled design direction, however, that is all set to change. In 2013, Thomas Darø took control of the family company that was established by his father Kjeld Darø in 1969, in the Jutland town of Randers. Thomas had grown up immersed in the trade, assembling lamps in his father’s factory after school, and the takeover proved a daunting but positive opportunity. “It was a huge and… continue

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Functional textiles with glare and heat protection | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/creation-baumann-functional-textiles-with-glare-and-heat-protection/7001360 Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 A world without glass as a construction element is inconceivable for contemporary architecture. Optimising energy efficiency is one of the biggest challenges today. Particularly for new office concepts, such as open plan offices, it is a matter of using and controlling day light to best possible advantage and protecting interiors against over-heating. The ideal internal sun protection option combines design with function and reacts to the user’s requirements with regard to the influence of light and heat from outside, as well as the need for illumination. Even in larger spaces with extensive glass surfaces, a pleasant atmosphere and sense of comfort can be designed into the space conveniently by using the right textile. The reason why Création Baumann is building on the successful collections of “Silver&Steel” and “Metal Base” with further developments. The new GLARE&HEAT Collection which encompasses 140 fabrics, the Swiss, Langenthal based textile specialist is seen as the comprehe… continue

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Architonic Speakeasy Disco Night in NYC 2016 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-architonic-speakeasy-disco-night-in-nyc-2016/7001359 Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Besides our day-to-day lives with digital interactions and encounters, we believe it is vital to meet up with our valued members and partners in person, spending time exchanging ideas, obtaining valuable feedback, connecting and furthering business and creative relations. We are delighted to have caught up with so many of the Architonic contributors, just to name a few special guests: Karim Rashid, Marcel Wanders, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Marc Thorpe, Luca Nichetto, Matteo Ragni, Asher Israelow, Färg&Blanche, Steven Haulenbeek, Veit Dengler, Patrick Weder, Richard Lampert, Johan Lindau, David Gaynor, Julia Montanez, Erica Holborn, Dan Phillips, Tera Peterson, Tim Baynes, Yvette Cox, Tom Kirk Lighting, Matt Lockett, Michael Kearns … and many more friends from the worlds of architecture and design were dancing to the hot beats of DJ Life and enjoyed a well-crafted cocktail in the glamour and mystery of French- and South American-inspired interiors of Bar Naná in the Meatpacking District!… continue

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The Taste of Technology | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/giovanna-dunmall-the-taste-of-technology/7001358 Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Some 35 years after its inception in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of northern Italy, internationally renowned kitchen brand Valcucine still leads the global pack in terms of design, detailing and tech-savvy. It hasn’t done this by responding to trends or fashions however, but by focusing on long-term key values such as well-being, timelessness and innovation. Well-being in the sense of ergonomics, tactility and ease-of-use (Valcucine pioneered the fully equipped back panel in the 1990s, a place for storage, illumination and power sockets); timelessness because its main ethos has long been sustainability, recyclability and durability (and timelessness means you are less likely to want to throw out your kitchen when you get bored); and innovation because, well, the brand was the first company to make a kitchen – Artematica with Invitrum base units – where all the units and doors are 100% recyclable, as well as the first to produce a system – Riciclantica – where the unit doors and pa… continue

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Campfire Stories | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-campfire-stories/7001357 Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200 “Scotland is wet,” says Bart Leenders. This may, as the locals say, be stating the bleeding obvious, but this man truly knows what it means to be out in the wiles without waterproofs. Not quite up the proverbial creek without a paddle, this self-confessed outward-bounder and seasoned bushcrafter – who also happens to be managing director, as well as poster boy, of premium woodburning-stove manufacturer Harrie Leenders – hits Mother Nature and hard when things get hard business-wise. It’s here, throwing caution to the wind (and other elements) he finds inspiration, renewed energy, as well as himself again. “It’s my therapy,” Bart says, with a refreshing candour that anyone who knows the man knows well. “It’s like pressing a reset button. It all started when I hit a point where I really needed to take time out. So I decided to go into the Scottish glens with a colleague and some friends.” Torrential rain, fire-making, survival techniques. You get the picture. “For a long time, it felt li… continue

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Against the Grain | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/aljoscha-weskott-against-the-grain/7001356 Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Among traditional construction materials, wood is one of the oldest and undoubtedly still one of the most popular. Its advantages are virtually endless. Biodegradable, sturdy, highly versatile, and long-lasting, it can be adapted to nearly any situation. Not least, wood captivates with its timeless beauty and enhances the comfort of any living space. For its multifaceted beauty to achieve its full expression, wood requires both time and caring, expert handling. TRAPA, a family company founded in Traunkirchen, Austria in 1994, shapes this fascinating raw material using special production and drying processes. Innovative thermo-compression treatments cause the xylose to caramelise, bringing out light-stable earth, coffee, and cocoa nuances, and preparing the wood for unrestricted use in designing and furnishing interior space. Along with panel, plank, and herringbone parquet flooring, the company now also manufactures contemporary solid wood furniture. Worked by machine and by hand, thes… continue

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Going Ape: new zoo architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-going-ape-new-zoo-architecture/7001355 Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Zoos that present caged animals like museum exhibits fell out of favour long ago. Today, animals are kept in “landscapes” that are tailored to their particular needs and intended to whisk the visitor off to exotic worlds. One of the first zoos with such an artificial landscape was the zoological park in Paris-Vincennes, built in 1934. In its redesign by Bernard Tschumi Architects, which updates the original concept, the animals are set in their “natural” habitats of Europe, Madagascar, and Guyana, as well as in open expanses modelled on the Sudanese Sahelian zone and Patagonian plateau. The result is an illusion of vast wilderness in which the visitor is invited to embark on an expedition of discovery. It was the German animal trader and zoo director Carl Hagenbeck who, in the early twentieth century, revolutionized zoo design. For his zoo outside of Hamburg, he had planners lay out naturalistic open-air enclosures for the animals that were surrounded by water basins and vegetation rat… continue

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Sound und Architektur im Dialog | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/karin-frei-rappenecker-sound-und-architektur-im-dialog/7001354 Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Interessanterweise befassen sich die Architekten selber selten mit Sound. Es sei denn, die Architektur muss bestimmten akustischen Vorstellungen entsprechen. Oder es müssen Geräusche aus Gebäuden gebannt werden. Künstler hingegen tasten sich mit Sound gerne in Dimensionen vor, die für unsere Augen nicht mehr sichtbar sind. <b>Wenn Architektur klingt... </b> Wie zum Beispiel der amerikanische Künstler Mark Bain, der Architektur hörbar macht. Wenn er Gebäude mittels kleiner Motoren in Schwingungen versetzt entstehen dabei Klänge, die im Bereich des Infrasound liegen und für menschliche Ohren zwar unhörbar, dafür körperlich über Vibrationen wahrnehmbar sind. Er kann diesen Infrasound beschleunigen und ausdehnen und die Schwingungen dadurch hörbar machen. Der Künstler enthüllt mit seiner Arbeit eine Dimension von Architektur, die uns im Alltag verborgen bleibt und verleiht ihr ein Eigenleben - von innen heraus. Für "StartEndTime" hat der Künstler die seismologischen Daten vom Einst… continue

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Curtain Up: Architonic’s new online shop software goes live | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-curtain-up-architonics-new-online-shop-software-goes-live/7001353 Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 June 2016 sees the Online Shop Module – developed by Architonic as part of its e-commerce initiative – go live, having been implemented into the website of one of Germany’s leading specialist textiles retailers. Designed specifically for interior decorators and textiles retailers, this cost-effective, cloud-based webshop software enables clients to build revenue-generating e-commerce capability seamlessly into their existing websites, the former dovetailing with the existing look and feel of the latter. <b>Tailor-made for the textiles business</b> Two special plug-ins come as part of the module package, especially developed for the textiles branch. The first is a configurator, which allows end-customers to put together all manner of products, such as curtains, table cloths and cushions, to meet their specific needs. The second is a data cloud that keeps your e-shop updated in real time with the latest product data and images from premium textiles manufacturers Christian Fischbacher, C… continue

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Love You Long Time | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/clare-dowdy-love-you-long-time/7001352 Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 In less than three decades since it was founded in 1989, the Monastier di Treviso company has made its mark on the office, home and contract furniture sectors, across Europe and beyond. Arper’s success can be put down to its inspired marrying of technology, materials, function and design. Attending these qualities are strong sustainable credentials in all its production. Moreover, the brand’s approach manifests itself in a style whose timelessness and understated elegance mean its furniture works well in myriad environments. Arper is known for its collaborations with some of the world’s most impressive design talent, including Fattorini+Rizzini+Partners, Jean-Marie Massaud, Simon Pengelly and Ichiro Iwasaki. But it is its long-term collaboration with the Barcelona-based designers Lievore Altherr Molina that has been particularly fruitful. The studio, which was set up in 1991, has worked with Arper since 1999. Co-founders Alberto Lievore, Jeannette Altherr and Manel Molina have created… continue

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KELLER GLASSHOUSE®: creativity with interior and exterior qualities | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-keller-glasshouse-creativity-with-interior-and-exterior-qualities/7001351 Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 The transition from indoors to outdoors is dominating and – as can be seen – between the living extension and the patio with pool. There are magnificent views of the garden from the conservatory. The generously sized glazing with minimal windows® sliding elements on two sides of the GLASSHOUSE® allows an unobstructed view of the wide-ranging garden. The KELLER GLASSHOUSE unearths the property's hidden qualities and presents the house and garden as a conceptual unit. An open space with clear outlines has been created that can be used by everyone, both as a connecting element and as a separating element, as well as for celebrations. The large openings have virtually no visible frame profile, making the overall impression of the construction even more striking and creating at once a feeling of privacy, simplicity, naturalness and openness. Among the building owner's main requirements were the fluent transition of the floor materials and the high standard of the insulating shell. The prof… continue

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Kitchen Stories | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-kitchen-stories/7001349 Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Enter the world of Arclinea, and you find yourself in a practical and efficient, yet convivial and warm space. This long-established firm’s kitchens are never created in a social vacuum nor are they a hollow status symbol. Instead, they address real human needs. Arclinea’s designers carefully analyse evolving social habits to dream up spaces that satisfy our precise practical requirements and are conducive to the sensual and creative pleasures of cooking and eating. Founded by Silvio Fortuna Senior in Caldogno, Veneto, in northeastern Italy in 1925, this family-run firm has been at the vanguard of kitchen design ever since. Milestones in its development include its creation of the first modular kitchen, first domestic kitchen incorporating features of a professional kitchen, and the ultra-modern notion of the kitchen as a multifunctional, fluid space to socialise in, not one divorced from the rest of the house. Arclinea’s long-standing collaboration with high-profile architect and desi… continue

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Back in Brooklyn | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/shonquis-moreno-back-in-brooklyn/7001348 Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 UNESCO may have passed over Brooklyn for its first US Design City, but New York City’s largest borough can’t be entirely neglected. Although high prices are pushing creatives further onto the fringes of the city, or even out of it, they are also resulting in the development of large, interdisciplinary creative work and show spaces that are open to the public, like National Sawdust (fall 2015) and A/D/O in Greenpoint (summer 2016). Most of all, however, they are making designers get creative about how they make ends meet. From Todd St. James in Gowanus to Fort Makers around the Navy Yard and Snarkitecture in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is still where some of the most interesting disciplinary boundary-hopping and anti-specialisation happens, in the windsock of American design. Six new Architonic members from Brooklyn... <b>Todd St John</b> is a graphic designer and animator who has been doing product, furniture and “experiments” from a Gowanus Studio. St. John thinks that the several media in w… continue

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Designing Detroit: How Motown rediscovered its Mojo | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/shonquis-moreno-designing-detroit-how-motown-rediscovered-its-mojo/7001347 Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 In 2015, Detroit was named UNESCO‘s first American City of Design, before New York or Chicago, before Los Angeles. Detroit, the city synonymous with urban decay and the collapse of the American auto industry. Detroit, with its evaporating population and the highest crime rates in the nation, whose crises have invoked superlative after superlative. Detroit, the city that, in 2013, filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the country’s history. Only a year later, however, it left that bankruptcy behind and though not yet out of the red, the city’s grassroots creative energy – from bold entrepreneurism to architecture non-profits like incubator Practice Space – has been remarkable. Instead of flight and failure, we talk about Detroit’s success, civic courage – and design. In April, Ideas City, a travelling intensive studio and public conference hosted by New York’s New Museum of Contemporary Art, took place in a disused Detroit hospital. “The city is in the process of reinventing itself… continue

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Upcoming trends of international designers | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-upcoming-trends-of-international-designers/7001346 Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>French designers in the vanguard</b> During the meeting in France, all the design studios represented at the meeting presented their own trend predictions; these were then discussed and developed further. The designers present incorporated a variety of materials and textures, colours and patterns from all over the world into the mix. At the end of the process, a mutual, globally applicable trend prognosis for the coming 18 months was established and will be realised in the form of the Heimtextil Trendbook and "Theme Park". The preparation of the book and realisation of the "Theme Park" is always the responsibility of one of the agencies taking part in the Trendtable and a different agency takes on the role every year. For Heimtextil 2017, the responsibility lies with the French trend studio Carlin International under the leadership of Exalis GmbH. <b>New trend theme: "Exploration"</b> "Exploration" is the overarching trend theme that defines this year's Trendtable for 2017/2018. '… continue

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Acqua | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/cini-ampnils-acqua/7001345 Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Designed both in uplight and downlight version, the lighting body can project the light upwards or downwards. The uplight version with indirect light provides an extraordinary aesthetic effect and a soft light ideal to create an elegant atmosphere in living spaces, showrooms, hotels and restaurants. The downlight version directs the light to the underlying space and for this reason it is perfect as an over-table solution, by maintaining the aesthetic effect. Acqua lamp is equipped of a dimmer, favouring a soft play of light in domestic spaces. A fast handy snap-in system, with two bayonet connectors, enables individual elements not only to be linked together, but to add or move the lighting bodies, giving rise to an endless array of structural and lighting layouts mixing bodies uplight with downlights. The luminous effect generated when these individual luminaires are assembled together is quite fascinating. The ceiling rose is designed to be used alone or in series, is provided… continue

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LUMINA FLO GROMMET for USM TABLE | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/lumina-lumina-flo-grommet-for-usm-table/7001344 Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 As part of the Flo family, designed by Foster+Partners, Flo Grommet for USM table is made in aluminium and steel, with the arm pivoting on its base and a rotating reflector. The lighting source is 6W-LED, which you can switch with one click for full light intensity, with two clicks for half light intensity. The maximum energy absorption is 8W. Just like the other Flo Grommet versions it can be integrated on the surface of tables and desks. It is an elegant solution to save room for your work/reading station. What makes it different from the other Flo Grommet lights is the possibility to be easily mounted on “Haller” or “Kitos” USM table, or to be matched with USM adapters. Flo Grommet for USM table comes in two versions: standard (h. 43 cm x l. 39 cm) or large size (h. 46 x l. 42 cm). Lumina is a specialist of Brand Partnership: we have a skilled laboratory where our technicians manufacture prototypes according to the client’s needs and the designer’s indications. We develop bright… continue

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GET MBRACED BY DEDON | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dedon-get-mbraced-by-dedon/7001343 Mon, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Conceived by one of Europe’s most talked-about young design talents, Sebastian Herkner of Germany, MBRACE fully lives up to the welcoming gesture invoked by its name. One experiences a warm, secure, cocooning feeling when being embraced by the chair’s extra-wide back, especially after a cool dip in the pool. Herkner designed the seat to be invitingly comfortable even late in the season, after MBRACE’s luxurious seat cushions have been stored away. One of the collection’s most distinctive features is an open, mesh-like triaxial weave consisting of three different fibers, each with its own profile and color. Working in close collaboration with world-renowned colorist Giulio Ridolfo, Herkner and DEDON developed three unique colorways for the collection
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The Doors | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-doors/7001342 Mon, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 As one of Italy’s oldest furniture manufacturers, Acerbis has a long heritage of craftsmanship and quality cabinetmaking. Over the years, the output of the company founded in 1870 by Benvenuto Acerbis has evolved to meet the demands of its customers, and at the recent Salone del Mobile – the 50th the company has participated in – Acerbis launched new items including a fully upholstered leather sofa that allowed it to finally present a complete living-room concept. When Enrico Acerbis, the fourth generation of his family to manage the company, took control in 2013, his goal was to build on the brand’s established reputation and develop new products that fulfil the varied needs of its international clientele. “We are still mainly cabinetmakers, that is our core production, but we are consistently adding complementary pieces to the cabinets to create a complete environment,” Acerbis explains. “We were already protagonists in the living room, with the wall systems for home entertainment, t… continue

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Revolutionary Cells | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/shonquis-moreno-revolutionary-cells/7001341 Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 ‘We want to make our solutions flexible and bespoke but, at the same time, easy-to-use,’ says Matteo Reggiani of the eponymous family-run Italian lighting brand. Indeed: easy-to-use and cheerful, but also technically sophisticated and modular – a design completed, as it were, by the consumer – Cells is the latest lighting fixture designed for Reggiani by London studio Speirs + Major. Without meaning to be, Cells – part poetry and part science, bold but versatile – is an apt representative of the recently reinvented face of the Reggiani brand. The design of Cells was inspired by the cellular (and perhaps just a little bit magical) structure of a dragonfly’s eyes, in which clusters of lenses have evolved to work together to shape light in various specific ways. Its square graphical form is as vividly hued as nature, too, with coloured plates that can be inserted over the LEDs inside the fitting to alter its look in a cost-effective way. In a luminaire, the insect’s massive, globular eyes… continue

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Material Tendencies: Karim Rashid | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-karim-rashid/7001340 Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 The New York-based designer spoke to Architonic about his democratic choice of materials, giving us a small glimpse into his versatile world of interests. <b>Would you like to say a few words about the Chaise Longue for RIVA that you are presenting here in Milan?</b> The DUSK Chaise is a fluid, organic object, a bit like a sculpture, but I made sure that the shape is perfectly comfortable. RIVA’s tradition and the beauty of what they do is this kind of manipulation and sculpting of really massive chunks of this gorgeous and rich wood. The wood chunks bring a certain dimension, so I connected two pieces. I did not really want to have a seam joining the wood, so I just kept it as two separated pieces, to be more honest about it. I think the beauty about it is that it is so rudimentary. The special wood-burning process that the object was treated with causes these very exaggerated cracks and all the aging of the wood shows up black on black. It is quite elegant. <b>If you had to restri… continue

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It's all systems go for BKLYN DESIGNS 2016! | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bklyn-designs-it-039s-all-systems-go-for-bklyn-designs-2016/7001339 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>BKLYN DESIGNS</b> - one of the anchor fairs of <b>NYCxDESIGN</b> showcasing Brooklyn's finest designers, makers and brands - will return to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint from May 6-8, 2016! Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, it was one of the first fairs to shine a spotlight on the rich creative economy in Brooklyn, highlighting contemporary products across furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles and jewelry. From modern heirloom furniture and artistic lighting to sustainable surfacing and handmade accessories, the show will feature inspiring products from 50+ emerging designers and established brands hailing from all corners of the borough. Complementing the amazing range of innovative furniture on display will be a variety of installations, pop-up shops, workshops/demos, a seminar series and satellite talks. Below is a list of the exciting programming to look out for at this year’s show: <b>Diverse array of exhibitors from independent designers to… continue

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ICFF | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/icff-icff/7001338 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Over 750+ Exhibitors</b> The vibrant 165,000 net sq. ft. show floor will feature over 750 exhibitors displaying classic and contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, kitchen and bath, and textiles for residential and commercial interiors. Fritz Hansen, Material ConneXion, Inc., Tom Dixon, Wilson Art, and Louis Poulsen are only a few exhibitors that make up this year’s list. <b>Programming and the ASID at ICFF Education Series</b> ICFF Talks brings four days of provocative programming to the second floor of the Javits center. Join industry leading voices as they discuss the hottest commercial and residential design topics. The ASID at ICFF education series brings together thought leaders and industry experts to present CEU approved sessions for all design professionals. Registered session attendees will earn 0.1 IDCEC-approved continuing education units (CEU) per session. <b>Join the Party</b> continue

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Have a Seat | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-have-a-seat/7001337 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200 At the Salone del Mobile Milano this year, Italian brand Pedrali unveiled its latest collections, in addition to pieces that augment some of its existing families, at an intriguingly eye-catching stand. Dreamt up by architects Migliore+Servetto, this comprised a U-shaped arrangement of houses with a zigzagging roofline – in effect, a street – that enclosed a spacious square, complete with benches. Once lured into this animated space, visitors encountered a rainbow-hued panorama of furniture which they could also view close-up. Some of PEDRALI's new designs – including its DOME chair, VIC armchair and LUNAR table – are certainly colourful, and looked all the more so at the fair for being grouped together, their fashionable, vivid shades – mustard, terracotta, peacock blue and aqua – contrasting with each other. Not that they are all brightly coloured; some designs were in quieter tones – grey, olive green, dusty pink and natural wood tones were also in evidence. But more striking than t… continue

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Architonic and Interior Design join forces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-and-interior-design-join-forces/7001336 Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Greater than the sum of its parts</b> When it comes to product specification professionals have long turned to Architonic and Interior Design for online research tools. Both companies, with their dedicated professional focus and strict premium-segment orientation, have successfully established themselves as the trusted resources for professionals in interior design, architecture and facility management. While the majority of Architonic’s traffic originates in Europe, Interior Design is go-to online resource for design professionals stateside. Bringing these two leaders together will create a powerful solution for designers and an unparalleled offering for manufacturers. <b>Maximum Exposure</b> In July 2016, Architonic and Interior Design will launch ProductFIND – creating a single, comprehensive datacloud of premium products for specifiers that can be accessed from either architonic.com or interiordesign.net, and providing a special bundled buy for manufacturers that offers m… continue

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