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, 18 Oct 2018 10:24:22 +0200 Let it slide: HAWA Suono | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-let-it-slide-hawa-suono/7002064 Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The perennially popular open-plan interior appeals for allowing natural light to permeate a house or apartment and for making it feel more spacious. Multifunctional rooms that amalgamated all reception rooms first emerged in the late 19th century. But even radically open-plan spaces – espoused by Frank Lloyd Wright and modernist architects in the 1930s – sometimes incorporated sliding doors. Sliding doors and partitions, of course, bring an almost immeasurable number of practical advantages to both domestic and office environments: room-dividing doors provide more privacy and reduce the unwelcome transmission of sounds, smells, draughts and dust from room to room. Naturally, sliding doors are also space-saving compared with conventional doors that open into a room. At the vanguard of sliding-door technology and aesthetics is Swiss-based manufacturer Hawa Sliding Solutions. Over the years, it has perfected sliding-door fittings on both technical and aesthetic fronts, recently introducin… continue

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Turn on the lights, turn down the noise: Artemide | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/brigitte-ulmer-turn-on-the-lights-turn-down-the-noise-artemide/7002058 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Everywhere people are tinkering with the offices of the future, trying to adapt them to a working culture which is undergoing radical change. The fact that traditional structures are being broken down is reflected in open, modern spaces. Open-plan offices and creative co-working spaces are intended to create an ambience that promotes communication and acts as a breeding ground for creativity and inspiration. Unfortunately, reality all too often shows that the resulting high noise levels make concentrated work difficult and even cause stress. The most diverse approaches to solving this dilemma have been devised, including privacy panels or acoustic dividing walls and curtains. But what if people wish to stay within sight of one another and retain the openness of the room? And what if beautiful industrial architecture must not be destroyed by acoustic ceilings? With The Acoustic Light, its newly developed lighting series, the Italian manufacturer Artemide offers solutions that are convin… continue

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More in store: Dieffebi | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-more-in-store-dieffebi/7002056 Sun, 14 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Global management consultants McKinsey are at it again. Their latest report, “Delivering through Diversity”, builds on previous research findings that demonstrate how difference within the workplace – be it along gender, ethnicity, sexuality or generational lines – is good for business. Both performance and the bottom line are positively impacted when a variety of perspectives have a stake at the table and group-think is avoided. Premium Italian manufacturer Dieffebi, in business for over 40 years, knows a thing or two about diversity, having identified early on in the game that, while the office might be a shared, common space, its users are individuals. Specialists in the production of quality-first, resolutely architectural storage systems in metal, the company has carved out an enviable position in the market as go-to provider of modular, customisable solutions that help workers work the way they want. As companies grow, people grow, and the office landscape, as Dieffebi pro… continue

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Preciosa Lighting Competition from Downtown Design | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/downtown-design-preciosa-lighting-competition-from-downtown-design/7002052 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Design professionals can win a rare opportunity to discover the world of Czech Bohemian crystals, courtesy of Preciosa Lighting. To celebrate their Red Dot: Best of the Best 2018 award for the interactive lighting installation ‘Breath of Light’ which makes its regional debut at Downtown Design 2018, Preciosa offers two design professionals a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Starting in the Czech capital where they will enjoy guided tours of Prague’s most iconic landmarks, the winners will visit Crystal Valley, Bohemia. Home to some of the most exclusive Bohemian crystals from the beginning of the 17th century, this is where Preciosa has been mastering Bohemian crystal chandeliers since 1724, creating works that exemplify the very best of Bohemian Crystal, reflect genius loci and a vision for the future. The winners will be among the first to visit the newly designed Preciosa atelier, where the brand’s Creative Directors Michael Vasku and Andreas King will take them behind the scenes o… continue

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Going the extra mile: Wonderwall Studios | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/wonderwall-studios-going-the-extra-mile-wonderwall-studios/7002048 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Mission</b> To create joyous panelling from salvaged woods that enriches surfaces and enhances your interior. We strive for the highest quality to produce panelling that will last a lifetime. <b>How</b> We scour the land for woods that can be salvaged and upcycled, giving discarded timber a second lease on life. Typically, we’ll turn a weathered girder into a striking collection of unique wall tiles. It’s a reincarnation of sorts. <b>Why</b> We love wood and working with craftspeople. We love salvaging woods, breathing new life into something old, worn and weathered. We love exploration and travel. We love design and having fun with like-minded souls. That’s why we do what we do the way we do it. We always walk that extra mile to find our exclusive woods. New materials have never ceased to inspire us deeply and fire our love for the salvaged woods we use. That search for the best, those extra miles travelled have now taken us deep into the mires and bogs of Easte… continue

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Get happy: GROHE Euphoria | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-get-happy-grohe-euphoria/7002047 Tue, 09 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 After a hard day at work, after sport or simply to get the right start to the day, both body and soul demand revitalisation and relaxation. And where better to find this than in a shower that not only cleans the body but also refreshes the mind – enabling us to really unwind. Precisely for this purpose GROHE has re-invented this dimension of showering in the form of a sophisticated product that gives us full control over all its aspects. <b>Switch on, switch off </b> GROHE's Euphoria SmartControl breaks new ground in terms of all-round well-being in the bathroom. The system represents sophisticated sanitary technology, packaged in an immaculately beautiful, slim design. Its smart operation featuring a deliberately simple push and turn knob - based entirely on the intuitive "push, turn, shower" principle - allows you to experience and relish the multi-jet head shower technology to the full. Operation is child's play, thanks to GROHE's EasyLogic concept with its self-explanatory pictogr… continue

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Tricks of the trade: Downtown Design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-tricks-of-the-trade-downtown-design/7002046 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Private introductions to exhibitors, investors and other influential decision-makers at Downtown Design as well as workshops conducted by opinion leaders revealing insights into new trends. These are just some of the benefits offered by the fair’s Trades Programme, which, serving the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, encourages industry professionals attending the fair to make effective use of their time and gain a competitive edge in their respective sectors. This provenly successful platform supports architects, interior designers and other trade professionals by opening up new opportunities in the residential, hospitality, retail, wellbeing and corporate design worlds. The programme introduces members to exhibitors, distributors and real-estate developers. It can also plan and pre-book meetings with key brands and industry professionals. The programmes’ workshops help members stay at the top of their game by updating them on the latest trends, innovations and breakthroughs… continue

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Talk of the town: Downtown Design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-talk-of-the-town-downtown-design/7002045 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Twenty-five global experts will voice their views about burning topics in architecture and design, including innovation, collaboration and diversity. Two discussions — The Culture of Collaboration and The Hands of A Designer, on 13 and 14 November respectively — will see designers Ini Archibong and Matthew McCormick explore the burgeoning crossover between handcrafted and high-tech manufacturing. At Breaking Ground: New Design Markets and the Road Ahead (14 November), Mohit Gurjal, CEO of India’s real-estate developer DLJ, Dara Towhidi of Foster + Partners and others will investigate how design practices can respond more effectively to emerging design economies’ needs. LA-based Martyn Lawrence Bullard, interior designer to Hollywood stars, will argue for greater diversity in the design community at Fashioning Experience Beyond Borders (14 November). In Creating the Extraordinary (15 November), another LA-based designer Marc Ange will consider the creative possibilities opened up wh… continue

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A new design experience: Downtown Design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-a-new-design-experience-downtown-design/7002044 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Downtown Design is a key event at Dubai Design Week and a leading platform in the Middle East where trade professionals and design enthusiasts can discover contemporary design by global and regional brands. Taking place this year from 13 to 16 November in Dubai Design District, it will showcase products by over 175 brands, including 40 regional designers. A new fair section, Downtown Editions is dedicated to bespoke and limited-edition design for industry and public visitors to discover and commission. The fair will also bring together other regional design weeks including Amman, Beirut and Casablanca. Collectives from South Africa and Palestine will present alongside established regional brands including UAE design studio Tinkah, Aljoud Lootah, Designed by Hind, Fadi Sarriedine and Rejo, demonstrating the depth and diversity of the regional design scene. ‘Our sixth edition is the most ambitious to date with more than 65 new brands and large-scale installations debuting at the fair,… continue

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Framework: Fleischer | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-schwarze-framework-fleischer/7002043 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 At this year’s Orgatec, Fleischer will introduce FRAME. This new workplace accessories line is decidedly friendly in appearance and functionally adapted to the demands of the modern work world, right down to the smallest detail. The catchwords here are ‘desk sharing’ and ‘open plan’ – signifying, more or less, the dissolution of the fixed individual workstation in favour of a flexible mode of working. The benefit for the employer lies in the saving of space and, therefore, of costs. For the employee, the advantage lies in the free choice of where to work, in accordance with his or her inclination and assignment. There are also criticisms of this new way of working. Oft-mentioned complaints are the loss of one’s ‘own’ workstation and the resulting diminished connection with the work environment, as well as the daily need to set up one’s workstation. Compared with separate individual offices, open-plan work spaces can also pose a greater challenge to concentration. What is ultimately dec… continue

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Close encounters: co-working spaces make contact | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-close-encounters-co-working-spaces-make-contact/7002042 Tue, 09 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Co-working spaces are said to have emerged in European hackerspaces of the 1990s and really came into being at the turn of the millennium in Silicon Valley, where independent programmers would share an office in order to collaborate and exchange their knowledge. Much has changed, and the companies using co-working spaces are more diverse than ever, but sharing resources, facilities, and establishing new contacts are still at the heart of this typology. It’s not just the established tech hubs that have seen the emergence of these practices. In Pittsburgh, co-working company Beauty Shoppe has opened an outpost in the century-old Pitt Building. Conveniently located in Downtown Pittsburgh, this co-working space restores the Art Deco grandeur of the original building with contemporary furnishings and up-to-date facilities. The workplace also offers a rich programme of networking and social events, as well as catering, educational and entertainment facilities and an ancillary event space cal… continue

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Inspired by community: ORGATEC | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/orgatec-inspired-by-community-orgatec/7002041 Mon, 08 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 What will offices look like in the future? What kind of environment will a younger generation want to work in? These questions are being answered by the incredible rate at which new co-working spaces are being established all over the world. Former warehouses, department stores, banks, church buildings and even greenhouses are being repurposed as collaborative workspaces. The concepts for these shared offices are as diverse as the people using them – just one of the many reasons why ORGATEC is focusing on the influence that co-working is having on workplace design. The leading international trade fair for the modern working world is being held in Cologne, Germany, from 23–27 October 2018. Long gone are the days when ORGATEC was simply an exhibition of desks, pedestals and the like. Its focus is now on the culture of work, work processes and forward-looking office concepts. “There is growing demand for creative, inspiring spaces that do not look like a traditional office environment… continue

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Design for Al Baraka Bank: FANTONI | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/fantoni-design-for-al-baraka-bank-fantoni/7002040 Mon, 08 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The imposing building owned by Al Baraka Banking Group comprises two blocks, linked together by a bridge over a “plaza” that is a thoroughly modern take on the historic courtyards of traditional Bahraini homes, a public area in which all users of the space can meet and share. For the design of Al Baraka Bank, one of the major Islamic banks, studio EMGA drew inspiration from the geometries of Islamic patterns, deconstructed and enlarged so as to form the outer skin and structure of the building. The diagonals and horizontal levels give the elevations of the building a unique visual character, and in addition to their aesthetic role, they also form the backbone of the structure itself. The structural integrity of the building lies within these components, reinforcing the concept of a building that wears its skin on the outside and its skeleton on the inside. The lines create a strong personality that captivates passers-by, but also guarantees a setting that is both prestigious and co… continue

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In perfect form: Flexform | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-in-perfect-form-flexform/7002039 Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Flexform’s unique fusion of functionality and elegance has its roots in 1959, a pivotal year for the illustrious Italian furniture brand based in Meda, Italy. Co-founded that year by brothers Agostino, Pietro and Romeo Galimberti and initially called Galimberti & Sons, the firm first produced period furniture, later switching to a new style by manufacturing armchairs and sofas in the streamlined, mid-century modern idiom, characterised by functionality, beauty and a democratic desire to improve our daily lives. To this day, Flexform adheres to the same philosophy, which the company likes to term ‘Good Design’. Indeed, its latest collection, launched at the Salone del Mobile in April, nods to the functional yet glamorous style of mid-century design that first emerged in the US in the 1950s and 1960s and which has become globally influential. Pairing practicality with understated elegance, Flexform’s new collection also channels the mid-century design that famously flourished in Scandina… continue

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A passion for perfection: Züco | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/brigitte-ulmer-a-passion-for-perfection-zuco/7002038 Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Will the conference chair ever be reinvented as a 'co-working chair'? And - in the light of flattened hierarchies - will the executive chair still exist in a hundred years' time? Whether this happens or not, office furniture reflects the current revolution in the environment in which many of us spend a large part of our everyday lives. Furniture reflects digitalisation and the trend towards the open space: rooms designed to support fluid communication demand new furniture. For a long time the good old executive chair was pretty bulky - after all, it was meant to embody imposing sovereignty and decisiveness. Its design may or may not have inspired respect, but today's executive chair is above all about restraint and functionality, seating comfort and elegance. As hierarchies within companies become flatter, this is also reflected in the stylish understatement of their furniture. It's the job of office furniture manufacturers to react to these developments and to develop solutions for mo… continue

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Ebb and flow: Dornbracht | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-ebb-and-flow-dornbracht/7002037 Mon, 08 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Aquamoon, the multisensory shower application from Dornbracht, enables an unexpected encounter with the element of water. Inside the experience shower there is a hidden strip of light, which provides a perfect lighting atmosphere. In combination with three newly developed flow modes, an emotional water experience is created that generates new vitality. <b>Relaxation and refreshment</b> The names of the flow modes are derived from their respective appearance. Queen's Collar, which looks like a waterfall, is characterised by its semicircular flow of water. With different adjustable intensities, it creates two different effects: on the one hand powerful and invigorating, on the other hand, calming and gentle, adapted to the respective part of the body at which it is directed. <b>Good for body, mind and soul</b> One of the great advantages of Aquamoon is that you don't have to choose only one type of jet. You have a choice. The Aqua Circle flow either takes the form of a powerful, b… continue

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Experience Aquamoon: Dornbracht | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-experience-aquamoon-dornbracht/7002036 Mon, 08 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 A perfect shower experience also needs a perfect setting. Dornbracht not only offers a wide range of individual products and solutions for this purpose but also advises on spa planning in order to provide customers with the best possible support in designing their private wellness area. <b>Water, light, energy</b> Individuality demands tailor-made solutions. Aquamoon from Dornbracht offers a multi-sensory shower experience that goes far beyond basic body care. It goes without saying that this also requires an aesthetic dimension. Aquamoon is a unique interior design solution that can be wonderfully integrated into any sophisticated room concept. Minimalism is the order of the day – in fact, the experience shower is almost invisible. But as unobtrusive as it may be in relation to its surroundings, it is all the more powerful in its effects. <b>Simply let go, experience, enjoy</b> The philosophy of the concept is to combine the three invigorating elixirs of water, light and energy… continue

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Minimal look, maximum effect: Dornbracht | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-minimal-look-maximum-effect-dornbracht/7002035 Mon, 08 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 People today are much more aware of what is and what isn't good for them than they were just a few years ago. This has further-reaching consequences than we might spontaneously assume: wellness and the health consciousness that goes hand in hand with it have become a philosophy of life. The trend starts with a healthy diet and ranges from exercise and restful sleep to a 360° feel-good experience in the bathroom. <b>Recharging the batteries</b> The bathroom has increasingly become a place where people have time and space for themselves. It is no longer just a place for hygiene, but rather an almost spiritual oasis that goes far beyond simply body care. Not only the body but also the mind and soul are purified here. Dornbracht has been pursuing this holistic approach for some time now and designs all-round water experiences that have a positive effect on health and wellbeing. With Aquamoon, a new, highly customisable shower concept, the term 'private spa' takes on a whole new dimensio… continue

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Warsaw Home 2018: A worldwide phenomenon coming in just a moment | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/warsaw-home-warsaw-home-2018-a-worldwide-phenomenon-coming-in-just-a-moment/7002034 Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 This year you will be able to see the achievements of over 600 exhibitors on 120 thousand square metres, and the organisers have prepared unique events accompanying the fair, as well as lectures from icons of design from all over Europe. You just have to be there! The first two editions of Warsaw Home made this event the largest interior design fair in Central and Eastern Europe. The trade fair is developing rapidly and today we can talk about recognition not only in the region, but also at international level. No other trade fair event in this sector in the world develops so intensively and utilises an equally good time for design. Exhibition space is growing by leaps and bounds - as much as fivefold - from 24,000 square metres in 2016 to 120,000 square metres in 2018! The same applies to the number of exhibitors: 150 in 2016, 400 in 2017 and - according to forecasts - over 600 in 2018. Last year's edition of the fair was visited by 64 thousand people, estimates for 2018 indicate t… continue

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Stacked up: MENU | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-stacked-up-menu/7002033 Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 With a shared workspace portfolio of over 30 buildings, The Office Group (TOG) have an extensive understanding of designing and fitting workplace interiors. But when looking for seating options flexible enough to fulfil the various spaces and functions they cater for, current market options were frustratingly short. Taking inspiration from the gap in the market, TOG decided they needed to take the matter into their own hands. In collaboration with Danish furniture specialists MENU and commercial interior and architectural practice Norm Architects, a 10-month development period followed and TOG’s exclusive new Co Chair was created. A functional, practical and above all flexible chair, designed specifically for use in their existing and future spaces. Lightweight and stackable, the Co Chair is a perfect option for temporary meeting and conference use, while a robust powder-coated steel frame ensures the chair will stand up to the more regular use and movement of shared workspaces and… continue

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Cut out for comfort: MENU | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-cut-out-for-comfort-menu/7002032 Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Since their relaunch of the brand in 2012, the Danish Modernist furniture brand MENU have begun to return to Scandinavian design values with their concept of ‘Modernism Reimagined’, an ideology that believes in including only what is necessary, never less and nothing more. MENU’s collections combine the contemporary clean lines and natural materials of minimalism in new designers’ works, with the reintroduction of classic Scandinavian designs, seamlessly joining the contemporary works as a symbol of what it truly means to be timeless. To celebrate MENU’s passion for mid-century modernism, they’ve reintroduced Ib Kofod-Larsen’s classic Knitting Chair (from 1951) to a new generation of international Danish Modernist fans. The classic Knitting Chair’s immortal profile is characterised by a pitched, relaxed silhouette. Laid over its A-frame base sits gently curved seat and backrests, while it’s distinguishing cut-out armrests provide the perfect, sculptured form with minimal fuss. The d… continue

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Light the way: MENU | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-light-the-way-menu/7002031 Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 With so much of our lives taking place online, there’s not as much holding people down to one area, city or even country anymore. But if our personal space is constantly changing, this nomadic aspect of modern life can also limit our ability to construct peaceful living. Once a space has been filled with character, warmth and personality, it’s often just not possible to recreate the same atmosphere elsewhere. The new home is mangled with clashing colours, unsuitable furniture and inappropriate lighting. Scandinavian design brand MENU has a simple purpose: ‘To make the world less complicated and more beautiful.’ In collaboration with New Zealand-born designer Tim Rundle, MENU released the TR Bulb series, a technically sophisticated lighting fixture with an E27 connection instead of the standard electrical ceiling rose. Created specifically with a flexible design to fit a variety of spaces, the TR Bulb series can be fitted to any standard existing European standard light socket withou… continue

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Lights up, noise down: Luceplan | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-lights-up-noise-down-luceplan/7002030 Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 One of the largest trends in office design over the past decade is undoubtedly the ever-increasing mixed-use area. These large, open spaces combine kitchens, with their annoying kettle whistles and microwave dings, and the raucous social conversation of the break-out space, with the crucial creative collaboration of the conjoined meeting area, with each separate group vying for control of the local soundscape. In an age that places employee well-being and workplace stress levels under a microscope, designers are finding a need to treat the acoustic environment just as seriously as the operational. Such a common and unremarkable feature of office design for so long, lighting products have remained an un-tapped resource in the fight to control the cacophony that is the modern workplace. But with such an omnipresence in this new environment, designer lighting is uniquely placed to infiltrate the world of acoustic products. Alternatively, in hospitality venues lighting design has always be… continue

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Below the surface: SICIS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-below-the-surface-sicis/7002029 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Within even the most historic and traditional art forms, there are opportunities for technical and stylistic innovation. European art was revolutionised by the adoption of oil painting in the 14th century, and by subsequent movements including Baroque, Rococo, Romanticism, Impressionism, Symbolism and, eventually, the modern art of the 20th and 21st centuries. At the forefront of each of these styles were the pioneers who set out to make their discipline more relevant for a contemporary audience. For the past 25 years, Italian brand Sicis has been pioneering innovation in its chosen field: the ancient art of mosaic. Its approach to industrialising mosaic production, whilst maintaining its artisanal quality, sets it apart in the contemporary market, and is the reason its products are favoured by the world’s leading architects and interior designers. In 1989, Sicis founder Maurizio Placuzzi developed a more efficient way to achieve stunning mosaic designs using the latest technologies. H… continue

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Work the room: ORGATEC 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-work-the-room-orgatec-2018/7002028 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Under the title ‘culture@work’, human beings and their needs will take centre stage at this year’s Orgatec, the leading international trade fair for work environments of the future. Promoting health in the workplace and fostering communication are among the fair’s major themes. However, Orgatec 2018 will address not just how, but also where we will work in the future. In the following, we introduce three areas of the diverse fair offerings: the Health Care Knowledge Forum, the special event Inspired Collaborations and the special exhibition WORK TO GO. In our office work lives, we do one thing above all else: we sit. Average office workers spend 80 to 85 per cent of their work time in their chairs. This isn’t good, either for one’s back or for one’s life expectancy. In our private life, health awareness is a well-established trend that has had considerable impact. But what can we do to extend this to the workplace? Fortunately, a lot – for example, by creating office infrastructure th… continue

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Different, seductive, pure: Jess Design | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jess-design-different-seductive-pure-jess-design/7002027 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Jess Design creates and produces design furniture with a unique character. Every piece of furniture has their own story, and with its natural materials the result is simply stunning. It’s for a reason that ‘different, seductive and pure’ are their core values. Based in the Netherlands, but with dealers all across the world, Jess Design is a brand that is expanding every year. And so does their collection, with seating comfort, as well as tables and lights. Last year, Jess Design presented the newest item of the Earl-family our towards the rest of the world: The Earl 3-seater. Formerly, they already had the Earl 1-seater and Earl 2-seater in their collection, and this newest product in the Earl family is a great new addition. The Earl 3-seater gets an elegant appearance with its thin frame and massive steel. The frame has been treated ‘Old Glory’, which results in the classical look & feel of the Earl. Furthermore, the couch can be ordered in various types of leather. All the leather… continue

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I’m ready for my close-up: Falper | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-im-ready-for-my-close-up-falper/7002026 Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 “We’re mostly naked when we’re in the bathroom.” So reminds us Luca Fallavena, CEO and creative director of respected Italian bathroom brand Falper. “It’s more often than not the first room we enter when we get up in the morning.” There we stand, stripped back, pared down to our corporeal essence. In all our morning glory, you might say. If you visited the Falper stand at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, you’ll have seen the manufacturer’s new, pared-down brand presentation, the simplified-yet-ultra-sophisticated result of a year and a half of planning. With its chromatic reduction and its emphasis on real, natural materials, it displays a naked honesty that reflects our naked selves. <b>The medium is the message</b> ...goes the old Marshall McLuhan slogan, and it could be said that Falper has channelled the Canadian philosopher’s axiom with its redefined brand appearance. For the context in which Falper’s products are presented – not only fair stands, but also dealer showrooms… continue

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Light where you need it: LUCTRA VITAWORK | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-light-where-you-need-it-luctra-vitawork/7002023 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Renowned for introducing state-of-the-art LED technology to offices and homes, German lighting brand LUCTRA has significantly upped the ante with its latest design – its new floor lamp, VITAWORK. LUCTRA, which was founded by parent company DURABLE Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co KG in 2015, presents VITAWORK at this year's Orgatec, the biennial Cologne fair for the modern working world. Available in silver or black, VITAWORK augments and complements LUCTRA’s existing range of floor, table and portable lamps, the key difference being that VITAWORK can illuminate larger areas. The rectangular lamp head projecting from its elegantly pared-down, slender base can light up an entire office either with direct and indirect light. VITAWORK’s simplicity is perhaps deceptive: in fact, it’s a highly considered design that unites functionality, energy-efficiency and streamlined good looks. It’s no accident that its appearance is understated and unobtrusive. Its clean lines simultaneously fulfil aestheti… continue

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Smart before there was smart: The Frankfurt Kitchen | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jaime-heather-schwartz-smart-before-there-was-smart-the-frankfurt-kitchen/7002022 Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The first woman in Austria to complete her architecture studies, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky designed the so-called Frankfurt Kitchen in 1926 while working for the 'standardisation' department of the Frankfurt civil engineering office as a specialist for the kitchens in the New Frankfurt housing estates. Schütte-Lihotzky aligned her kitchen with the main tenets of Bauhaus design, aiming for a rational, efficient space where form was in perfect concert with function. The modernist aesthetic, which sought to remove unnecessary design elements, and reduce an object to its essentials, dovetailed with the desire to self-optimise as well. Inspired by Christine Frederick’s 1913 book ‘The New Housekeeping: Efficiency Studies in Home Management’, Schütte-Lihotzky set out to help women, the primary occupants of kitchens at the time, work less. She employed FW Taylor’s system of ‘scientific management' to analyse work extensively processes in the kitchen, conducting time-motion studies and intervi… continue

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A city full of design: Vienna Design Week 28.9 –7.10.2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/vienna-design-week-a-city-full-of-design-vienna-design-week-28-9-7-10-2018/7002021 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Numerous presentations, exhibitions and workshops will be offered again this year, here is an excerpt of them: FLOODING OFFICES WITH BEAUTY Blaha Büromöbel The current show at the Blaha Büro Ideen Zentrum (BIZ) shows the workplace as a hothouse for creativity and innovation. The new locations of value added enable the development of potential and call attention to cooperation and inspiration. Factory tours provide interesting looks at the on- site production. In an evening talk on 4.10., the company whisperer Jan Teunen will present his new book, “BURRA,” which details the history of the office. FIRED TRACES Karak After the past two years’ widely popular ornament laboratory and fashion smithy, the Vorarlberg manufactory will offer an opportunity this year to observe tile making. With an oven in tow, Karak will set up shop at Schiffamtsgasse 11, where famous and infamous illustrators, architects, street artists, and masters of concept art will make an impression on raku ti… continue

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The one and only: Secto Design relentlessly battles design piracy | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-one-and-only-secto-design-relentlessly-battles-design-piracy/7002020 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Really? When it comes to innovation in business, there’s an expression that goes “Please, let me be second” – the idea being that the me-too agents who arrive late to the party have the benefit of all the hard work already having been done. They can concentrate on refining someone else’s innovative idea. In the case of Secto Design’s distinctive lighting collection, there are certainly imitators – or let’s call them by their real name: pirates – yet nothing that even comes close to the Finnish craftsmanship and sheer material quality of the original designs. Secto Design takes illegal design copying extremely seriously. It has never shied away from protecting its intellectual property, with relatively simple measures like special hologram stickers just one part of its commitment to see off the fakes. The manufacturer has, unfortunately, been required to conduct long and often expensive legal actions, as well as cooperate… continue

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Perfect Finnish: Secto Design’s artisanally produced lights | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-perfect-finnish-secto-designs-artisanally-produced-lights/7002019 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 “How many (insert noun of your choice here) does it take to change a lightbulb?” opens the old joke standard. In the case of Secto Design, it’s more of a case of how many woodworkers does it take to craft a quality-first, distinctive Secto lamp? If you were to head up to the town of Heinola, in Central Finland, you’d discover that the answer is fewer than you think. You see, in spite of its position as a global lighting brand for discerning architects, Secto Design certainly keeps it real. Its busy factory employs just a couple of dozen craftspeople – home-grown, Finnish cabinet-makers every one of them. Each and every piece that’s produced is authored, as it were. Initialled by the artisan who constructed it. Know this: it’s no easy task making a Secto lamp. Its formal reduction and simplicity belies its innovation, the latter requiring a great deal of know-how, patience and perfectionism. The diligence and passion of the team, however, means that they can nonetheless respond to ev… continue

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Mind the gap: the Secto Design story | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-mind-the-gap-the-secto-design-story/7002018 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Slats. Strips. Fins. Whatever you want to call them, Finnish lighting brand Secto Design has built its success to a large extent on its immediately recognisable design language – where the gaps between its lamps’ repeating linear elements do as much work as the signature birchwood itself, creating lights that are visually, well, light. It’s fitting then that the Secto story should start with a gap – one in the market. When Secto Design founder Tuula Jusélius met designer Seppo Koho in 1995, they had a hunch their collaboration would lead somewhere, given their mutual love for the rational, yet warm, nature of Scandinavian design and their respect for traditional woodworking. Jusélius had previously created a small, innovative furniture collection. In wood, of course. But her sortie into design created a bit of problem for customers, as much as it set out to provide design solutions for them, for they weren’t able to find wooden lamps that complemented the seating and storage. Enter… continue

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Effortlessly versatile: Brühl | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bruhl-effortlessly-versatile-bruhl/7002017 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Furniture for the global village</b> Kati Meyer-Brühl is something of a specialist when it comes to people's needs. It's in her DNA to constantly analyse these needs as she goes about her everyday life, during an evening at the cinema or whilst she is out jogging, for example, or during her travels all over the world. Keen powers of observation are a vital ingredient. Kati Meyer-Brühl studied at the world's leading design schools in Dessau, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, London and also New York. She now lives in Berlin but grew up in the countryside in a quiet, densely forested area in the middle of nowhere close to where the border between West Germany and the GDR once divided Bavaria and Thuringia. Her pieces of furniture are the quintessence of her experiences. She reworks established design approaches in a daring and courageous way and also produces original and innovative creations. Kati Meyer-Brühl became extremely sensitive to nature at a very early stage of her career and her des… continue

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Designed spaces as canvases: Mosa | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-designed-spaces-as-canvases-mosa/7002016 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 “We put a lot of thought into our projects, focusing on a sense of space instead of individual taste. Because we come from architectural backgrounds, this influences our methodology and provides us with the technical ability to realise our design. We try to create synergy between exterior and interior. Working closely with the architects on this project, we designed the apartments from inside out, with functional and spatial needs influencing the external form of the building. This is how you get coherent designs that stand the test of time.” Speaking is Vesna Aksentijevic of interior design company FLINT, which is based in London, UK. She talks about FLINT’s work as interior designers for the apartments and entrance of Alto in Wembley Park. “Historically architects designed everything.” Vesna continues. “They were responsible for the exterior and the interior. They even designed furniture and accessories. By doing so, they turned spaces into long-lasting, sustainable objects. A lot ha… continue

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The architecture of cuisine: new kitchen projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-architecture-of-cuisine-new-kitchen-projects/7002015 Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The kitchen plays an integral role at the heart of most contemporary homes. Much more than simply a place to cook, these multipurpose spaces have become the hub around which the main social areas are arranged. Architects are responding to their clients’ evolving lifestyles by designing open-plan kitchen and dining areas that provide settings suited to work or play, where families and friends can gather and spend quality time together. If the modern kitchen is to be part of the living space and therefore visible to guests, it must uphold the same standards as the rest of a building’s architecture. For the 520 West 28th apartment building in New York City, Zaha Hadid Architects designed the kitchen around a curvaceous island that echoes the sweeping lines of the sculptural facades. The island creates a bold statement at the centre of the living space, with its fluid form incorporating a cavity for storing stools. Italian design brand Boffi now manufactures the Cove kitchen, which can be… continue

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The Perfectionists: Horgenglarus | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-perfectionists-horgenglarus/7002014 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 “Good choice” remarks Horgenglarus MD Marco Wenger, having invited me to pull up a chair for our meeting at the premium Swiss furniture manufacturer’s impressive showroom – a long, gallery-like space on the top floor of a converted factory building dating back to the turn of the 20th century. The chair in question is modernist architect Werner Max Moser’s Select chair, first produced in 1931 and every bit as contemporary now as it was then. With its reduced form and its lines so elegant it almost hurts, it speaks of a deep design consideration, a respect for materials, and an enviable handcraft tradition. The world is full of chair manufacturers, but this is different territory altogether. For when it comes to Horgenglarus, each of their designs is, quite frankly, A Good Choice. Eschewing the vagaries of trend and speaking a design language that somehow seems to escape the bonds of time, Horgenglarus has ploughed a very singular furrow since it was founded in 1880 – the constant pursui… continue

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CeramicPlus: Villeroy & Boch | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/villeroy-amp-boch-ceramicplus-villeroy-amp-boch/7002013 Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 We mainly notice architecture with our eyes and maybe even with our hands. Only in the bathroom, probably the most intimate place in the building, do people get up close to architecture. The surface of the ceramics sends a decisive message. PERCEPTION OF ARCHITECTURE Apart from taste, we perceive architecture with all of our senses. Certainly vision plays a prominent role as our first impression is determined by seeing what the architecture looks like. The acoustics and smell also give us important information about the nature of the materials. But we perceive architecture most intensively with our sense of touch. When we walk through a building and our feet feel the nature of the floor, or our hands the quality of the handrail of a staircase when we hold on to it. We perceive architecture intensively when we feel the smooth, seemingly perfect surface of a ceramic object. Then the conscious and unconscious perception of a building with our sense of touch has a decisive influence on ou… continue

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The thrilling link: Jess Design | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jess-design-the-thrilling-link-jess-design/7002012 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Immerse yourself in the informal ambiance our the designer furniture that Jess Design creates and discover how their broad range of striking pieces cohesively come together. The unique character of their furniture is evident in their comfort and premium materials. For over 20 years Jess Design has been utilising their combination of aesthetic sense, perseverance, and sheer determination as the driving force behind their success. Their furniture accentuates the individuality of each interior and offers a stylish range of natural materials, comfortable shapes, and seductive colours to choose from. You can find Jess Design's furniture from distributors all over the world with the store locator tab on their website. And thanks to their involvement with hotels, restaurants, and bars worldwide, there is a great chance you have already enjoyed a piece of Jess Design before! continue

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Superfoods: Restaurants serving up a side of nature | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-superfoods-restaurants-serving-up-a-side-of-nature/7002011 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Judging by a spate of recently designed restaurants, architects are besotted with nature. There is a logic to this: food is derived from nature, so plant-filled restaurants or ones with garden views reinforce that link. Other reasons for the trend could be the skyrocketing demand for organic food and the current vogue for jungle-like interiors brimming with plants or terrariums. Perhaps California’s clement climes are particularly conducive to this approach. Take the recently expanded Michelin three-starred The French Laundry in Yountville, California, bought by its chef Thomas Keller in 1994. Architects Snøhetta, along with Keller and San Francisco-based architects Envelope A+D, which researched the staff’s needs, have created a new kitchen and renovated its courtyard. The existing, rustic-looking building dates from 1900 and is surrounded by gardens and a lawn. Like the old building, the new kitchen is clad in natural materials, including charred wood and has a traditional pitche… continue

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Strong brew: 6 buzzworthy coffee shops | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jaime-heather-schwartz-strong-brew-6-buzzworthy-coffee-shops/7002010 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 With creative designs that range from stark to sugary sweet, a slew of recently completed coffee shops are pulling an extra shot of personality. So how do you take yours? 01 Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe Kyoto, Japan 2018 Schemata Architects Schemata Architects’ Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe injects the brand’s West Coast roots into a machiya, a traditional Japanese townhouse. Characteristics of traditional Japanese architecture and the site’s 100-year-old history are made visible with its pebbled terrazzo, clay walls and an exposed roof that reveals its original structure. 02 Antilope Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico 2018 Mass Operations Mass Operations’ 80-square-metre Antilope Café in Monterrey, Mexico, is the coffee brand’s first physical location. The Wes Anderson-inspired ‘chapel for coffee’ has two designated drinking spaces – pink for fast uptake and green for lingering over a latte. Awash in ritual references, orders are placed at a large, floating marble ‘altar’, w… continue

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Smart move: Interstuhl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-smart-move-interstuhl/7002009 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 One of the greatest workplace challenges is finding the right chair for the job. Many experts even recommend assuming various positions over the course of the workday – that is, walking, standing and sometimes even lying down, depending on the activity. But the JOYCEis3 from Interstuhl makes sitting a great experience – thanks to a cleverly conceived modular system designed to respond to every individual wish. <b>Sitting at ease</b> The first step to this harmony between sitter and chair is the easy adaptability of the JOYCEis3. One of the secrets of this sense of well-being lies in the new FlexGrid, which adjusts to the user’s natural, healthy sitting posture at their desk, supporting and relieving their body by dynamically responding to their every movement. This flexibility increases the user’s capacity to concentrate on what is essential – their work. The benefits are further enhanced by the fact that the FlexGrid is adjustable in both its height and its depth, allowing optimal… continue

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The JOYCEis3 is yours: Interstuhl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-the-joyceis3-is-yours-interstuhl/7002008 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The workplace lives from diversity, multifunctionality and flexibility. Creativity requires a solid basis – which begins with the right workstation. The centrepiece is clearly the office chair, which for a range of reasons is an important investment. With the JOYCEis3, Interstuhl has the fitting solution, because, in every respect, this office chair is as individual as each person who sits in it. <b>One chair, many options</b> Its sophisticated modular design makes the JOYCEis3 fit for the everyday business world. All of its elements – from the frame to the backrest and seat heights, and right through to the coverings – can be freely chosen. A bicolour combination can be selected, or, as a new option, a single colour for both the knit seat cover and the backrest mesh. Along with appearance, comfort is of course of the highest priority. The FlexGrid, with its adjustable height settings, actively supports and relieves the user’s back during all activities. Additional support is offere… continue

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In good company: Interstuhl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-in-good-company-interstuhl/7002007 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 There is a name for sitting well: Interstuhl. Located in Messstetten-Tieringen in the region of Swabia in southwestern Germany, this family company has been firmly in the saddle for over half a century. What started as a small village farriery has grown to become a leading European manufacturer of furniture for workplace seating. Interstuhl combines tradition with quality consciousness and innovative strength. <b>Solutions, living, passion</b> The firm’s strategy for success rests on two pillars: Interstuhl itself, with its focus on the office environment; and Bimos, which concentrates on industry and labour. The two brands thus have different, clearly defined target groups and fields of activity. Whereas Interstuhl connects locations and activities of all kinds with the right respective seating, Bimos specialises in unique, high-performance furniture solutions for workplace needs ranging from sitting to standing. Interstuhl sees itself as a bridge builder, creating attractive setti… continue

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Wash and Stay: ANTONIOLUPI | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-wash-and-stay-antoniolupi/7002006 Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Italian sanitaryware brand antoniolupi has positioned itself, out on its own, on the experimental and imaginative edge of the high-end bathroom design market. Offering truly striking statement pieces to give any size and style of bathroom that gallery feel. The Tuscan company is constantly developing new materials and manufacturing techniques, combining specific individual production techniques with collaborations with established designers to offer enviable new product lines with customisation options. Customers and market specialists have come to expect not only precision quality but product designs quite unique to the market. antoniolupi’s latest 2018 collections meet these expectations without disappointment. The petite and delicate Indigo tap sits with quiet, serene confidence. Like a small bird primed for flight, Indigo keeps its energy hidden within a slight frame, ready to release its coiled energy in a concentrated water stream, contrary to an unassuming aesthetic. A… continue

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Sense of taste: Christine Kröncke Interior Design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-sense-of-taste-christine-kroncke-interior-design/7002005 Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 It isn’t easy to make a name for yourself in the furniture industry today. It is better if you already have one. Christine Kröncke, who in 1974 founded the company that bears her name, is a calm, steady presence in the interior design scene. Consistency, single-mindedness and a keen affinity for people who place importance on beautiful, customised dwellings are just three of the secrets to her more than 45 years of success. <b>With love and passion</b> Taste can’t be bought – either you have it or you don’t. And it is open to debate. One of the unalterable credos of Christine Kröncke Interior Design is that when it comes to furnishing, nothing should be left to chance. It is also clear that there are as many styles as there are people – each unique and distinct and deserving of expression. The grande dame of interiors, born in 1943, always placed the focus on one’s personality. With her sure touch and her know-how, she made people’s wishes, preferences, aspirations and dreams a realit… continue

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The 2018 ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/rat-fur-formgebung-the-2018-iconic-awards-innovative-architecture/7002004 Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Sixty-one Best of Best awards in the categories Architecture, Interior, Product, Communication and Concept showcase the latest trends and developments in contemporary architecture and design concepts. The lucrative special prizes »Architects of the Year« and »Interior Designers of the Year« are regarded as prestigious international awards in these disciplines. The »Architects of the Year« award for 2018 went to Asif Khan’s London-based firm, which recently caused a sensation with its filigree, open spatial structures such as the Tempietto nel Bosco (2018) in Milan or the Serpentine Summer House (2016). The design collective WGNB Wallga Associates from Seoul was named »Interior Designer of the Year« for its manifold spatial presentations ranging from exhibition architecture to retail stores. The increasing importance of architecture as a sign of identity worldwide is underscored by the growing internationality of the winners. China ranked second after Germany, with seven architectur… continue

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ArchichefNight London | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/towant-archichefnight-london/7002003 Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Five London-based architectural practices compete against each other at the Barbican Centre's Osteria Restaurant. The 'archichefs' from each practice will develop a recipe that represents their practice's work, projects, history or brand. At the end of the evening, the Diners will vote for the Best Dish of the Night and the winning firm will compete with Chris Dyson Architects, the winner of the 7 March ArchichefNight. The final competition is planned for 4 December, and the winner will be rewarded with a full profile featuring its projects on Architonic. If you are an architect and wish to subscribe your practice for the event, please email a link to your website or a presentation of your office to: mail@towant.it. ArchichefNight is also taking place in Copenhagen on 3 October 2018. continue

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Pumped: gyms that flex their design muscle | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-pumped-gyms-that-flex-their-design-muscle/7002002 Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Deciding where to position cardiovascular and weight-training equipment in rooms with mandatory mirrored walls, TVs and air-conditioning has, conventionally, been the most taxing aspect of designing gyms. But the design of high-end gyms especially is becoming more imaginative, perhaps in response to fitness-crazy millennials: a study by branding consultancy Brightmark showed that 81 per cent of millennials are regular exercisers compared with 61 per cent of babyboomers. Moreover, gyms’ crossover with the wellness world and their growing roster of activities and amenities – pilates, kickboxing, yoga, spas – necessitate different environments. Enticing lobbies and luxurious locker rooms complete the package. Many gyms are no longer identikit spaces but range in style from the industrial to the surprisingly opulent. Co-working company WeWork’s gym Rise by We in New York comprises various zones – one, called Fight, is devoted to kickboxing and martial arts, another, Flight, to cardiova… continue

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Poles like Italian design, especially when it's premium | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/warsaw-home-poles-like-italian-design-especially-when-it-039s-premium/7002001 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Everything indicates that Poles like Italian furniture, especially that of the highest quality. This is confirmed by the unprecedented accumulation of premium brands at this year's Warsaw Home trade fair, attended by such giants as Moroso, Edra, Cappelini, Kartell, Magis and B&B Italia. Despite the fact that Scandinavian style is getting higher popularity, Poles have an appetite for Italian design, same as the rest of the world. The Poles are better educated in respect of an aware interior creation in their flats and houses, they learn how to recognise good brands and simply appreciate good design. <b>Italians in Poland</b> There has to be stated that such large scale exhibitions in Poland occur rarely. Italian brands, also those of the highest quality, can be seen in prime interior furnishing showrooms specialising in design. Such kind of stores are mostly to be found in big cities. They attract design lovers, architects, interior designers and customers who will pay for the hi… continue

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A towel for all times: fouta | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-a-towel-for-all-times-fouta/7002000 Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Swiss luxury towel brand fouta offer a simple and confident range including the fouta Classique – a traditionally designed and handcrafted oriental bath towel – and fouta Sablé – incredibly soft, traditionally Swiss granular towels and cloths. Both products offer enough versatility to serve the multitude of drying solutions home life demands. Sustainability is rooted at the heart of the fouta brand. It is their belief that for any product to be truly sustainable, it needs not only to be long lasting, but also well loved and used every day, with no loss of quality. <b>fouta Classique – traditional towels with a twist</b> An integral part of everyday life and Tunisian bathing culture, the fouta towel's centuries-old production techniques are faithfully upheld in the manufacture of the finely woven 100% cotton fouta Classique. As the production of the fouta Classique in Tunisia has come to an end, the firm would like to give back to the country and is actively looking to support an educa… continue

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Daan Roosegaarde keynote speaker at MoOD+Indigo! | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mood-daan-roosegaarde-keynote-speaker-at-mood-indigo/7001999 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 It's all happening again after the summer. This year, MoOD+Indigo will be opening its doors for the 10th time, so this will definitely be a party edition! The international trade show gathering producers of upholstery, window & wall coverings for the residential and contract market, and surface and pattern designers bringing a European collection will be taking place at the usual location – Tour & Taxis, Brussels – on the usual days from Tuesday, 11 September until Thursday, 13 September. Only Indigo has slightly different opening hours and will open doors on Monday afternoon for an exclusive pre-opening on 10 September at 1 p.m. For this 10th edition of MoOD+Indigo, the organisation set-up an exclusive night with keynote speaker Daan Roosegaarde, including nice food and drinks on Tuesday, 11 September. Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde presents ‘Landscapes of the Future', highlighting his innovative practice which merges people, technology and space to create a better wor… continue

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There's an app for that: new smart homes | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-there-039s-an-app-for-that-new-smart-homes/7001998 Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Smart homes are the latest innovation in residential architecture. In their broadest sense, smart homes offer the seamless integration of new technology within the domestic sphere in order to produce a more pleasant and efficient way of life. However, the concept allows a lot of space for architects and designers to reimagine ways in which this can happen. The central feature of Marchi Architects’ Renault Symbioz House33 for example, is its integration of a family car into the domestic sphere of the house itself. No longer just a vehicle to be parked in a dark garage, the car – which the architects have placed on a moving platform in the middle of the house so that it can be wheeled out onto the house’s roof – becomes an extra room in which family members can enjoy their peace and quiet. Others take a more connected approach to smart living. Kasita, a US-based modular homes builder, combined smart home principles with understated modern design to create a series of modular, stackab… continue

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Design Indaba | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-design-indaba/7001997 Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Design Indaba is more than the world’s biggest creative conference. Held annually in Cape Town and now in its 23rd year, it may bring together inspiring minds from around the world to talk and share, but the real magic happens when the conscious spirit of the event transforms from a think tank into a ‘do tank’. The Design Indaba motto – a better world through creativity – calls for everyone involved, from the starchitect to the young graduate, to effect social change. And for founder Ravi Niadoo, action speaks loudest at home. “The Design Indaba has been at ground zero in growing the creative industries in the new democratic South Africa,” he says. “We want to be relevant to our city, and its challenges and needs. And we want our platform to be an exemplar in presenting the best of our city and country to the world. We are cultural, creative and business envoys – and feel privileged to represent the city.”
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Hit the hot spot: GROHE Red | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-hit-the-hot-spot-grohe-red/7001996 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Waiting for the kettle to boil always seems to take such long time time when you really just want a cup of tea, or to get the pasta cooking quickly. GROHE Watersystems offers a solution in the form of GROHE Red, a faucet connected to a concealed boiler that supplies kettle-hot water on demand. The real beauty of the GROHE Red system is that it looks just like a regular faucet, with its innovative technology largely hidden from sight. One of two differently sized boiler options can be tucked under the sink to free up countertop space. There’s no need for a kettle when the faucet can do the same job. A simple touch-activated LED display on one side of the mixer offers the only clue as to the technological wizardry GROHE Red exploits. For peace of mind, the controller features a two-step child-safe activation sequence, which unlocks the system before delivering boiling-hot water straight into a pot, pan, mug, teapot or cafetiere. The GROHE Red Duo tap provides both kettle-hot water and… continue

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Cool and clever: GROHE Blue | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-cool-and-clever-grohe-blue/7001995 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 When the summer heat really starts to wear you down, there’s nothing like a glass of pure, chilled water to refresh and recharge you for the rest of the day. What if that great-tasting water could come direct from the tap – still or sparkling, and freshly chilled – at the touch of a button? As part of the new Watersystems range, the clever folk at GROHE have created GROHE Blue – an intelligent solution that delivers pure, filtered drinking water straight from the tap. Tucked away under the sink is a cooler that filters the water, chills it and carbonates it to the user’s preference, for a refreshing glass of water without the need for bottles. Bottled water can be expensive and results in lots of waste that typically ends up in landfill. It’s also an unwanted chore to stock up the fridge with bottles, and an unnecessary annoyance to try to ensure you finish the sparkling water off before it goes flat. GROHE Blue passes water through a five-stage filtration process that produces crys… continue

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GROHE Blue & GROHE Red: GROHE Watersystems | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-grohe-blue-amp-grohe-red-grohe-watersystems/7001994 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In our modern world of convenience and choice, so many of the things we take for granted are available at the push of a button or the tap of a screen. You can hail a taxi, order your supper, and even find a date without leaving your sofa. Yet for top-quality drinking water, we typically have to venture to the shops and cart back heavy bottles that then fill up our fridge, whilst obtaining hot water for preparing food or beverages still means filling a kettle and waiting for the water to boil. What if there was another way? A more modern way. The latest innovation from GROHE is its Watersystems – GROHE Blue that delivers chilled drinking water and GROHE Red, which offers kettle-hot water on demand. The convenience of having these everyday staples available at the touch of a button is a step forward for kitchen design, while being able to choose exactly how the water comes out of the tap saves time and means no more empty water bottles heading for landfill. Homeowners interested i… continue

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Exclusive surface: HEWI Matt edition | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/hewi-exclusive-surface-hewi-matt-edition/7001993 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Modern, soft und refined: The trend towards matte surfaces is catching on. Away from high-gloss towards velvety surfaces – matte is becoming the symbol of exclusiveness. The choice of materials has a decisive influence on spatial effect and style. Matte surfaces add sensual accentuations. You can emphasise the style or, in combination with high-gloss surfaces, create interesting counterparts. They have a convincingly unusual look and a particularly warm feel. <b>Matt edition</b> For HEWI, the choice of surface is an independent dimension of product design. With the Matt edition, HEWI offers a unique surface, which appeals to the senses and at the same time creates space for individuality. The comprehensive product range, consisting of two exclusive door lever handle designs in the bicolor and mini variants, furniture hardware, coat hangers and hooks, provides even more design leeway. The door lever handle designs 250 and 162 emphasise the characteristic look and feel of the Matt… continue

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Finalists Announced for SBID International Design Awards 2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sbid-international-design-awards-finalists-announced-for-sbid-international-design-awards-2018/7001992 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Amongst the impressive number of contenders this year, finalists include world renowned practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Dexter Moren Associates, NBBJ and Ron Arad Architects. Notable projects include Claridge’s Suite at Claridge’s Hotel, Walmart HQ in Mexico, The Room of the Emirates at the United Nations in Switzerland and Nobu Downtown in New York. Entries were received from over 42 countries including Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Ukraine, Dubai, China, Russia, Egypt and more. Finalists were selected by a Technical Panel of judges in the first stage of the process. The public are now invited to vote for their favourite projects at <b>www.sbidawards.com</b> which will account for 30% of the final results. Last year the awards received over 100,000 unique voters during the voting period. SBID Award categories cover all aspects of interior design including Retail, Public Space, Healthcare Design, Residential, Visualisation, Clubs & Bars and Restaurants, Office Spaces and Hotel De… continue

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Facing the future: innovative facades | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jaime-heather-schwartz-facing-the-future-innovative-facades/7001991 Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 An international survey of recently completed facades demonstrates how architects are deploying the latest advances in materials and digital technology to step up their designs and take major steps towards the future. 01 Bulgari Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 2018 MVRDV MVRDV’s facade design for Bulgari’s flagship store in Kuala Lumpur is an homage to the luxury brand’s iconic Via Condotti storefront in Rome. Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) was pattern-cut and filled with resin, illuminated by amber LED lights to achieve a marble-veined look, which day and night, emanates a golden glow. 02 Shipyard 1862 Shanghai, China 2017 Kengo Kuma As a way to retain this Chinese shipyard’s character and material essence, Kengo Kuma has designed a permeable brick wall for its west-facing, main facade. Four different shades of red clay bricks, suspended by stainless-steel-wire fixtures, form a gradient pattern that changes in density, and fades towards the exposed south elevation, a visual remi… continue

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African Design Now | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-african-design-now/7001990 Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 When Cape-Town based creative platform Design Indaba asked Li Edelkoort to curate an exhibition of African design, the global forecaster already had a strong vision. Her idea was to fuse the work of South African artists with the aesthetics from a popular, 1980s design movement. This was back in 2013 when Edelkoort – renowned for her insights into the evolution of socio-cultural trends – had previously noted the ‘kinship’ between Milan’s Memphis design movement and Africa’s traditional craft motifs. The cultural clash of zebra prints, disco colours and totemic structures of what had previously come out of Milan had an obvious African influence, so what emerged from Edelkoort’s thinking was Totemism: Memphis meets Africa - a showcase that ultimately created an updated moment of playful Afro-Italian thinking. Undoubtedly a provocative and celebratory cultural fusion, but definitely not a new one. Totemism had been preceded four years earlier by M’Afrique, both an exhibition and a coll… continue

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ArchichefNight Copenhagen: Wednesday, 3 October 2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/towant-archichefnight-copenhagen-wednesday-3-october-2018/7001989 Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Five Copenhagen-based architectural practices put their food-design skills to the ultimate test –competing against each others at a restaurant in the city centre coordinated and supervised by the Head Chef and his staff. Creativity and culinary flair meet architectural design: the 'archichefs' from each practice are called to develop their own recipe, representing their practice's work, projects, history or brand. At the end of the evening, the diners will vote for the Best Dish of the Night and the winning firm will compete in an online race with the winner of the London edition of ArchichefNight. The final winner is entitled to a full profile featuring its projects on Architonic. Architects: If you wish to subscribe your practice for the event, please email us a link to your website or a presentation of your office at <b>mail@towant.it</b>. We will carefully take in consideration every application received. Event partners: TOWANT works with some of the main Italian and Interna… continue

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New Museum Africa / YSL Museum | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-new-museum-africa-ysl-museum/7001988 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 House museums provide rare insight into the life and work of their famous inhabitants. In many cases, these buildings are themselves immortal testaments to the ideals put forward by their historic residents. But many also stagnate as frozen vestiges of the past. Mirroring a sister institution in Paris, the new Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (MYSLM) has taken on a far more dynamic mandate. Rather than freeze-frame the Jardin Majorelle–Yves Saint Laurent’s urban oasis–the museum–located in proximity–operates as an exhibition hall, cultural centre, and research library. Exhibitions on the seminal French fashion designer’s work are placed in dialogue with a series of shows highlighting likeminded–international and local–talents, including Leila Alaoui and Robert Wilson; MYSLM Chief Curator Björn Dahlström talks to TLmag. <b>TLmag: Building on Yves Saint Laurent's legacy and his ties to Marrakesh, what inspired the idea of establishing a museum in this context?</b> Björn Dahlström:… continue

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New Museum Africa / Zeitz MOCAA | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-new-museum-africa-zeitz-mocaa/7001987 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Many would say that Mark Coetzee has the best job in the world. For nearly a decade, the chief curator and executive director of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) has been travelling around Africa and its diaspora countries, “doing studio visits and buying art like crazy”. And now his impressive haul of 21st century works finally lives and breathes in the institution it was intended for. The world’s largest not-for-profit museum of contemporary African art, and the first of its kind to be established on African soil, opened in September 2017. Thanks to a collaboration between philanthropist Jochen Zeitz, owner and donor of The Zeitz Collection, and David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, a long-derelict grain silo has now been transformed by acclaimed designer Thomas Heatherwick into a truly inspiring and much needed public art museum. The unique concrete building came filled with 116 gigantic vertical tubes, so repurposing and restoring it was no mean… continue

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Perfect taste on tap: GROHE Watersystems | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-perfect-taste-on-tap-grohe-watersystems/7001986 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Wouldn't it be nice if our drinking water came freshly filtered directly from the tap in the kitchen? And wouldn't it be even more convenient if we could carbonate it, cool it or heat it up to 100 °C at the push of a button? This is now made possible by GROHE, the German manufacturer of sanitary fittings, with its two Blue Home and Red Watersystems. Until now it has only been possible to avoid having to schlep water bottles from the supermarket to the home with special devices for filtering and carbonating tap water. If you add a kettle to boil the water, it all takes up a lot of space on the kitchen worktop. However, everything can now be done in a much more elegant and space-saving style with the GROHE Blue Home Watersystem, which filters, cools and, if desired, adds CO2 to the tap water, as well as the GROHE Red Watersystem, which supplies boiling water at 100 °C without any waiting time. With Blue Home, innovative push buttons with LED display enable you to choose between still,… continue

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MERIDIANI NEW FLAGSHIP STORE IN LONDON | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/meridiani-meridiani-new-flagship-store-in-london/7001985 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In a smart location in South Kensington, in front of the Victoria and Albert Museum at 10 Thurloe Place, Meridiani officially opened its doors on the 1st of June this year. With the showroom and the furnishings designed by Andrea Parisio, Meridiani showcases the latest collections, classic pieces and Meridiani Editions. The London store places Meridiani at the center of international business and the United Kingdom. Meridiani is distributed nowadays in approximately fifty Countries all over the world; London joins the other mono-brand spaces in Milan, Rome, Paris, Miami and Singapore, as well as the recently opened Meridiani Studio in Munich and Amsterdam, and one in Moscow due to open soon. ... Meridiani Store 10 Thurloe Place | South Kensington London SW72RZ tel +44 (0)20 7581 2811 london@meridiani.store continue

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High five: 5 residential towers with lofty ideals | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jaime-heather-schwartz-high-five-5-residential-towers-with-lofty-ideals/7001984 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 These days there is a demand for residential projects to reach higher goals, such as energy-efficiency standards and urban-space regeneration. But, fear not: the latest developments have not given up on some of the best of what a residential tower can offer. Sweeping vistas, stand-out features and eye-catching facades remain a top priority. 01 Anaha Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 2018 Solomon Cordwell Buenz Numerous sustainable design strategies are employed in the 40-storey Anaha tower, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz in partnership with Honolulu-based Benjamin Woo Architects. Its solar-efficient, radiused-glass facade reflects light like water, underscoring the wave-inspired design of the building’s curved and interlocking structure. Other nods to nature include a ‘living wall’ made of 8,000 indigenous tropical plants and a cantilevered, glass-bottomed, saltwater swimming pool. 02 DUO Twin Towers Singapore 2018 Buro Ole Scheeren The slender forms of Buro Ole Sheeren’s DUO Tw… continue

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Deceptively simple: GROHE Atrio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-deceptively-simple-grohe-atrio/7001983 Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 When you think of German engineering, the sorts of adjectives that spring readily to mind include 'precision', 'efficiency', 'quality' and 'longevity'. Many of the world’s leading producers of automobiles, hi-fi equipment and domestic appliances have their roots in this country, which is why it’s hardly surprising that the products of sanitary fittings manufacturer GROHE also bear the “Made in Germany” mark. Each of GROHE’s products is designed from the inside, meaning engineering is factored in throughout the creative process. This is also the case for updated classic designs, such as the recently redesigned Atrio faucet, which incorporates GROHE’s state-of-the-art water-flow technology. Atrio’s pared-back design manages to combine aesthetic refinement with performance thanks to its application of timeless forms and elegant detailing. This exceptional level of visual simplicity is extremely difficult to achieve as it requires precisely crafted components, joints and finishes. Fort… continue

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The new all-arounder: GROHE Atrio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-new-all-arounder-grohe-atrio/7001982 Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 As tastes change and lifestyles evolve, even classic designs need to be updated to remain relevant. The decision to give GROHE’s popular Atrio faucet a contemporary makeover was not taken lightly, but the result is a more aesthetically precise and elegant product that is perfectly suited to a wide range of modern bathroom schemes. The redesign focused on reducing Atrio’s form to its fundamental elements. GROHE’s established design DNA informed this process of simplification, with the circle providing the basis for the faucet’s overall form, while the round spout angled precisely at seven degrees is a classic GROHE reference. The result is an immensely versatile product with a timeless simplicity. The clean lines and familiar shapes of Atrio’s updated design ensure it enhances both minimal bathroom schemes as well as more cosmopolitan or eclectic spaces. The comprehensive brassware collection includes a range of different sizes and mounting options to allow it to be used in combination… continue

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Circle of life: GROHE Atrio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-circle-of-life-grohe-atrio/7001981 Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Michael Seum is Vice President Design at GROHE and oversaw the redesign of the Atrio faucet. Here, he explains the challenges involved in updating a classic design. <b>How does Atrio fit in with the latest future design styles?</b> Michael Seum: This relaunched Atrio series is firmly rooted in our contemporary design segmentation, which is one of the most timeless styles within the GROHE SPA portfolio. I think as you look at the design elements, it is purely constructed from a single geometry – a circle yet with subtle classical design details. The result is an icon of pure elegance and precision. <b>What was the main idea behind the redesign of Atrio?</b> 
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Size isn't everything: new micro architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-size-isn-039t-everything-new-micro-architecture/7001980 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Micro homes are true microcosms of human activity, and as with other domestic spaces, architects are always looking for ways to redefine the relationships between inside and outside, public and private, and people and the natural environment. Tiny contemporary houses also reflect the need to reduce our carbon footprint by providing highly engineered, compact living spaces both in the countryside and in the city. Architects have experimented with off-grid living for decades – think log cabins, geodesic domes, Earthships – but these experiments always had a distinctly DIY flavour. Not anymore. Today, designers such as Nice Architects, create sleek micro homes like the ovoid Ecocapsule – a pod-like compact living space with PV cells on the roof, a small wind turbine on its side, rainwater tank and an integrated water purification unit. While the comfort level is somewhat on the basic side, it allows, in theory at least, users to settle down anywhere that takes their fancy. A similar, if m… continue

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Work it: Orgatec 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-work-it-orgatec-2018/7001978 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Modern work environments must be experienced – and what better place for a full immersion in today’s workplace design currents than the biannual Orgatec in Cologne? Tailor-made for architects, planners and engineers, the leading international trade fair of its kind is holistically conceived as a source not just of expert information, but also a large dose of Inspiration – which along with Intuition, Imagination, Improvisation and Interaction is one of the of the five big “I’s” to which the fair is dedicated. These comprise the key ingredients of the future workplace. <b>Seeing the bigger picture</b> For the 2018 fair, Orgatec takes a broad perspective. Visitors will be offered a comprehensive global market overview in the spheres of interior design, furnishings, lighting, acoustics and media technology. But that is just part of the whole – because the focus will once again be placed on the human being. Workplace attractiveness, teamwork and communication, balance and well-being, as… continue

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Stephen Burks: Man Made | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-stephen-burks-man-made/7001976 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Stephen Burks’s design practice — its formal name is Stephen Burks Man Made — often involves a connection between tribal traditions and a contemporary aesthetic, fusing together age-old artisanal craft techniques with the designer’s point of view. Growing up as an African American in Chicago, Burks always felt a connection to Africa, but it wasn’t until his first visit to the continent in 2005 that it had such a profound effect on Burks that he decided to start imbuing his work with African influences. In 2007 Burks worked with South African artisans to produce vessels from painted wire in the shape of Tatu tables for Artecnica and Senegalese basket weavers to make lamp shades and light fixtures from sweetgrass and vibrant recycled plastic. <b>TLmag: You were born and raised in Chicago. Do you know about your African roots, where your family is from?</b> Stephen Burks: Like most African-Americans that have not done their DNA testing, my African ancestry is unknown due to the ravages… continue

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Architecture/New Models: Diébédo Francis Kéré | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-architecture-new-models-diebedo-francis-kere/7001973 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The work of Diébédo Francis Kéré goes beyond the accumulation of glass, steel and bricks. The Burkina-Faso-born architect conceives buildings with local materials and open structures that correspond to the climate conditions of the African continent. That his design principles also apply to moderate climate zones, was revealed his 2017 pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London. Architecture centres around boundaries. Inside and outside spaces are divided by walls, windows and roofs. Floors are separated from each other by ceilings and fragmented into smaller units by inner walls and doors. Like a counterpart to that approach seems the work of Diébédo Francis Kéré. He favours openness and connectivity instead of spatial isolation. “Coming from a continent like Africa, I am accustomed to being confronted with climate and natural landscape as a harsh reality," says the architect. He was the first child in his native village Gando to attend school. At the age of seven he moved to th… continue

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Big thing now: Warsaw Home | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/warsaw-home-big-thing-now-warsaw-home/7001969 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Warsaw Home is a unique event on a global scale. No other interior design and furnishing event in the world is developing as quickly and spectacularly as Warsaw Home. It can already be called the most important industry event in Central and Eastern Europe. The statistics show that such a strong trade fair will attract more and more important exhibitors and visitors from year to year. Warsaw Home is a relatively new event in the world of interior decoration and design. The trade fair premiered in 2016 and will be held in October 2018 for the third time. However, in this short period of time it has become the most important business platform in the country, and in Central and Eastern Europe. The fair has been a great success, far beyond the borders of the country and the region. No other trade fair event in this sector in the world is developing so intensively and is using this good time for design as efficiently. Exhibition space has grown five-fold, from 24,000-square-metres in 2016 to… continue

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Well-rounded: GROHE Atrio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-well-rounded-grohe-atrio/7001968 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Visitors to GROHE’s Fuorisalone exhibition during the Milan Furniture Fair last April would have encountered two surprises. The first of these was discovering the company’s recently renovated showroom. Here, in its courtyard, this world-renowned German bathroom fittings manufacturer presented a multimedia, multisensory installation that fused film, music and a water installation. Curious visitors entered a black cube that immersed them in the full experience. Yet central to this dynamic presentation was another surprising, contrasting element: the brand’s redesigned Atrio collection, which, in its elegant simplicity and rigorous precision, embodies stillness and timelessness. Here the many interior designers, architects and design fans who congregated at Milan’s prestigious design week were able to admire GROHE’s pared-down yet versatile product range at first hand. But as Michael Seum, Vice President Design at GROHE, eloquently puts it, Atrio represents a continuity with rather than a… continue

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A change of tune: 6 concert halls with perfect pitch | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jaime-heather-schwartz-a-change-of-tune-6-concert-halls-with-perfect-pitch/7001967 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Music is an art form often credited with bringing people together, so it’s no surprise that a number of recently completed concert halls internationally should harness this potential in their design. Multi-purpose sites with accessible plazas and platforms are just some of the ways new projects are creating resonance with the public, extending the invitation that culture really can be found everywhere. 01 Rhike Park Music Theatre and Exhibition Hall Tbilisi, Georgia 2018 Studio Fuksas Two separate tubular elements connected by a 13-metre-high retaining wall make up Studio Fuksas’s Rhike Park Music Theatre and Exhibition Hall, which frames the historic core of Old Tbilisi, Georgia. Capable of seating almost 600, the music venue is elevated, offering panoramic views of the river and skyline from the foyer and cafeteria. 02 La Seine Musicale Boulogne-Billancourt, France 2017 Shigeru Ban Architects Shigeru Ban Architects’ multi-purpose, 36,000-square-metre La Seine Musicale c… continue

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Azure announces the winners of the 2018 AZ Awards | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/az-awards-azure-announces-the-winners-of-the-2018-az-awards/7001966 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 During the celebration at Toronto’s iconic Evergreen Brick Works, attended by winners and finalists who flew in from as far away as Austria, Mexico and Japan, the 20 winners were unveiled – and applauded by top talents from the local and international architecture and design communities. On June 22 Azure revealed the winners of the 2018 AZ Awards – the 20 exceptional projects that represent the very best work being created in global architecture and design today. They include a silo-turned-high rise on the Copenhagen waterfront, a Mexico City taqueria inspired by the tortilla’s iconic form and a 12-square-kilometre landscape regeneration on the eastern coast of New Zealand. Arriving from as far away as Austria, Mexico and Japan, the winners took home a one-of-a-kind AZ Awards trophy designed by London-based lighting and furniture designer Michael Anastassiades and produced in Carrara marble by the Italian company Salvatori. This year, the AZ Awards received 997 submissions from 46 coun… continue

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Falling into place: Interstuhl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/claudia-simone-hoff-falling-into-place-interstuhl/7001965 Mon, 02 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 He has designed quite a few office chairs and likes to try out his ideas, constructions and prototypes in his own studio, Daniel Figueroa says. The designer, based in Bad Münder, Lower Saxony, knows how to create a broad range of possible configurations with a limited number of components – as his new office swivel chair JOYCEis3 for Interstuhl demonstrates. The idea: a modular kit out of which anyone can assemble the office chair that best suits them. <b>Sit better, work ergonomically</b> JOYCEis3 is a true all-rounder: flexible, adaptable, usable anywhere. An amazing number of possible combinations yields a high degree of individualisation, while the distinctive design ensures product recognition. The office swivel chair is available in three different versions: upholstered, mesh and Softback. Further variety comes from the palette of colours, fabrics and leathers, the optional headrest, different medium-height or high armrests, various backrest versions and the base in black, light… continue

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Green Total Look: Fir Italia | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ghenos-green-total-look-fir-italia/7001964 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 For over 60 years, Fir Italia has been a leading company in the field of design taps and mixers for bathrooms and kitchens. The brand offers collections inspired by natural elements, architecture and the world of fashion. The corporate DNA is characterised by the continuous search for innovation and superior quality and is well expressed in the new payoff "Obsessive Design Engineering", which emphasises perfectionism and the obsessive approach behind the creation of products. Among the big news of the company, the Green Total Look, the new totally 'green' stainless steel tap and mixer programme, characterised by the use of environmentally friendly materials and 'energy saving' solutions, water-saving taps and mixers and an ultra-minimalist design. Every Fir Italia mixer of the 'green' line is a 100% Made in Italy product, the result of production processes based on absolute and extreme quality. The collections are made up of mixers, shower heads and bathroom accessories, entirely made continue

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Playtime!: pavilions that push the boundaries | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-playtime-pavilions-that-push-the-boundaries/7001963 Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Pavilions are small structures not to be confused with their more whimsical counterpart, follies. While performing a basic function, they afford designers the freedom to experiment with spatial sequences, materials and ideas. Architects have always been happy to try their hand at these small buildings, developing concepts they can apply in their other projects, and often showcasing their approach to a wider audience. One such experimental structure is the Pine Park Pavilion in Lishui, China. Designed by DnA Design and Architecture, this linear building sits on the bank of the Songyin River. Made from prefabricated timber elements, the Pine Park Pavilion accommodates toilets and a visitor centre, and features an installation about traditional resin production in the region. Large panes of glass offer panoramic views of the surrounding pine trees and countryside, while the pavilion's position on a tourist path serves both cyclists and hikers visiting the region. Asif Khan's Hyundai P… continue

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Poland plays to its strengths: Warsaw Home Fair 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-poland-plays-to-its-strengths-warsaw-home-fair-2018/7001962 Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 With almost 800 exhibitors stretched out across 120,000 sq m of inspirational space, 2018’s Warsaw Home Fair, easily the biggest trade fair in Polish history, is just the latest mark on the ever-rising trajectory of the event. In this, the event’s third year, Warsaw Home is five times bigger and will have six times as many exhibitors as two years ago (including names such as Vitra, Kartell and Magis). Growing from strength to strength, the event mimics the state of Poland’s design industry as a whole, with international exports reaching EUR 10 billion for 2017. Continued growth is thanks to a 6% export increase year on year, and is reflected by the Warsaw Home Fair’s 2018 theme, 'Strength!' The strength of the Polish design industry is epitomised by exhibitors at the Poland Design Festival, an accompanying event taking place during Warsaw Home. This is the place to meet inspiring young and talented Polish furniture and interior designers, setting the international stage alight with… continue

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Speaking out on design: Warsaw Home Fair 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-speaking-out-on-design-warsaw-home-fair-2018/7001961 Mon, 23 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The Warsaw Home Fair 2018 will take place between 4-7 October, welcoming thousands of attendees including international designers and architects, all coming to see the latest tech and trends in the world of interior design. The international event will be open just to business representatives and members of the media on the Thursday and Friday (4-5 October), before opening to the general public across the weekend. Special guest speakers include design superstars such as: <b>Nika Zupanc</b> Slovenian designer of the Lolita lamp for Moooi, Nika Zupanc has become one of the most closely-watched designers at Milan Design Week, her work Love Me More, curated by Rossana Orlandi, was one of the standout installations of 2017. <b>Stefano Giovannoni</b> The iconic Italian designer has been the hand behind the pencil behind some of the most recognisable designs in product history including the Bambo stool (Magis), First chair (Magis) and the Mami kitchenware product family (Alessi). Mor… continue

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Good design is heading East: Warsaw Home Fair 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-good-design-is-heading-east-warsaw-home-fair-2018/7001960 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Taking place between 4-7 October 2018 with just its third instalment, the Warsaw Home Fair will showcase almost 800 exhibitors across 120,000 sq m. Organiser and CEO, Kasia Ptak,tells us how she managed to put Poland on the international interior design market map within such a short time. <b>In less than three years, the Warsaw Home Fair has become the biggest interior design event in Poland. At just 25 years old, you’re now founder and director of a huge, successful event! How did you manage to achieve that?</b> Once I graduated from high school, my father almost literally threw me into the business world. So, it was learning from him and his team, that gave me the crucial expertise. And then, one day, I decided to create a thing of my own. I knew that Poland was number four furniture exporter globally - compared this data with the fact that there was no event for Polish producers to show their products to the wider, international clientele. So, this was the beginning. Since our… continue

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The Skin Trade: Cleaf | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-skin-trade-cleaf/7001959 Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 At a one-day conference a few years ago, architect Matteo Thun delivered a somewhat eyebrow-raising indictment of the legendary Memphis design collective, of which he was, of course, one of its illustrious co-founders. Claiming that it had all just been a bit of a lark, he went on to explain how they had no money at the time and so used whatever they could lay their hands on to make objects. And the prevalence of all those now iconic decorative surfaces, often interpreted as part of a postmodern, antagonistic discourse? According to Thun, the group only had one sponsor – a company that made decorative laminates – so it was a case of necessity being the mother of creative gesture. Memphis may (or may not) have treated surfaces superficially, but in no way could the same be said of family-owned, Italian manufacturer Cleaf, which has been specialising since 1975 in innovative surfaces for both the furniture and interior-design industries. The go-to experts for architects and designers… continue

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Hidden agenda: VOLA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-hidden-agenda-vola/7001958 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 VOLA has commissioned seven short films to celebrate its anniversary and its unique heritage and culture. Collectively, these highlight the brand’s key achievements, include interviews with its designers and shed light on its superb craftsmanship and enduringly popular products, notably its HV1 tap and 111 mixer, designed in 1968 by Arne Jacobsen for VOLA’s founder Verner Overgaard. This iconic Danish brand’s products continue to be made to an outstandingly high quality at VOLA’s factory at Horsens in Denmark. The fascinating films are bound to enchant a new generation of architects and interior designers. The second of these, entitled Infinite Possibilities, zeroes in on the fundamental, modular aspect of VOLA’s designs and manufacturing principles — also a key concern of modernism. This modular approach also ensures that VOLA’s range is infinitely flexible. The foundation for this was laid by Jacobsen’s decision to conceal the mechanical parts of his designs — a prime example bein… continue

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Fathers of invention: VOLA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-fathers-of-invention-vola/7001957 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 To mark its 50th anniversary, VOLA has commissioned seven short films celebrating this iconic Danish design brand’s core values and unique culture. Each film focuses on a different facet of VOLA’s history; together they paint a vivid, comprehensive picture of the company’s past and present, while casting an inquisitive eye to its future. Reaching a new generation of architects and interior designers, not just the many architects who visit the company’s factory in Horsens in Denmark, they draw attention to the brand’s heritage and affirm its longevity. The first film, called Form and Function, was released on January 15. This emphasises the important role clean-lined design has played in Denmark’s design heritage, a seminal example being Arne Jacobsen’s uncompromisingly simple wall-mounted mixer taps, created at the behest of VOLA’s founder Verner Overgaard in 1968. VOLA has barely modified these in the past 50 years. What’s more, an interview with Torben Madsen of Link Arkitektur, the… continue

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SBID International Design Award – Entry Deadline Extended! | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sbid-international-design-awards-sbid-international-design-award-entry-deadline-extended/7001955 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Considered as one of the most prestigious accolades in interior design by the very best in the industry, the Awards represents over 40 countries worldwide. Last year saw a 40% increase of entries and over 100,000 public votes. This year’s edition promises to bring together the world’s finest interior design schemes, from the ostentatious to the minimal, the innovative and the functional. Consistent in its quest to recognise, reward and celebrate global interior design excellence from all over the world, the Awards will culminate with another glittering ceremony at its permanent residence; The Dorchester Hotel, London. This year also brings brand new additions to the revered panel of judges including Carlo Chiulli, Design Director at Christian Louboutin Beauté, Stefan Sielaff, Design Director at Bentley and Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole, to mention a few. Each entry undergoes an exclusive three-tier judging process by panels of leading industry experts for both technical cont… continue

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The new naturists: cities go greener | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-the-new-naturists-cities-go-greener/7001954 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The regeneration of New York's Highline seems to have kickstarted a renaissance in urban greening; cities all over the world are looking to open up formerly vacant, underused land into green public space for the benefit of their citizens. Zaryadye Park in Moscow was designed by American practice Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Hargreaves Associates and Citymakers. It occupies the former site of Europe's largest hotel, demolished in 2007, on the banks of the Moskva River. Providing an informal counterweight to the monumentality of the adjacent Red Square and the Kremlin, the park celebrates Russia's four famous natural landscapes – tundra, steppe, wetlands and forests – while providing a number of integrated urban facilities and a dramatic, V-shaped path suspended out over the river. Similarly, many cities in China are also constructing urban greening projects of their own. In Fuzhou, Singapore-based LOOK Architects have completed the Jin Niu Shan Trans-Urban Connecto… continue

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Chest out, head high: the COR ways of sitting | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norman-kietzmann-chest-out-head-high-the-cor-ways-of-sitting/7001953 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Body language is no small matter. It says a lot about us – especially when we are sitting. ‘Whether couch, lawn or armchair, every seating accommodation allows a range of different postures – and these reveal a great deal about our deeper mindset,’ explains psychologist Prof. Dr. Alfred Gebert. For the furniture producer Cor, based in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Westphalia, Germany, he has analysed a number of sitting types which reflect both momentary emotional states as well as deep-seated character traits. The ‘pseudo casual’ category demonstrates the importance of nuance. People who are intent on making a casual impression often do just the opposite. ‘Your counterpart quickly senses that you want to appear easy-going but actually aren’t,’ Gebert says. ‘This is especially obvious when a person stands with their legs so close together that their knees touch – which can come across as uptight.’ Yet, he elaborates, this interpretation doesn’t fit every context. ‘It may be that that’s just how y… continue

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Orientation and space: VILLEROY & BOCH | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/villeroy-amp-boch-orientation-and-space-villeroy-amp-boch/7001952 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Today, nursery school education means much more than simply looking after children and keeping them busy. It is part of the education system. This also has an impact on the architecture. Children should enjoy taking part in activities, creating and trying things out so that they can use their imagination and develop their personality. It is therefore important for architects to create inspiring learning environments which help children to become familiar with day-to-day tasks – such as using a door handle or turning on a bathroom tap. This requires a change in perspective. <b>Learning together</b> O.novo Kids offers more than good ceramics and matching ergonomics. The experts from Villeroy & Boch took children's perspectives into account during intensive workshops with the young users. <b>With children for children</b> A high-quality bathroom collection for children that combines fun with functionality. That was the brief that the product developers at Villeroy & Boch were giv… continue

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Tradition and dynamics: MOSA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-tradition-and-dynamics-mosa/7001951 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In its search for a new location and building, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management successfully created a bridge between a traditional building and a dynamic look into the future. The close cooperation between client, architect, and the team at Mosa led to a unique solution. <b>Complex task for architects</b> The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management features a long tradition: Having started out as the ‘Bankakademie’ (Banking Academy) seventy years ago, the Business School is now one of the most renowned universities for Banking, Finance, and Management in Germany. The Business School has been steadily growing over recent years, and the campus was becoming too small for the dynamic development. The new location was found on Adickesallee, a central location in the northern part of Frankfurt which formerly housed the Oberfinanzdirektion, the main regional financial government body. This old building featured a facade made of split tiles in different shades of red. The col… continue

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The elegant lightness of large formats: OPTIMA | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-villeroy-amp-boch-fliesen-the-elegant-lightness-of-large-formats-optima/7001950 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Big, bigger, OPTIMA - The new tile concept from Villeroy & Boch Tiles exploits the elegant lightness of large formats to the full. The imposing mega-formats create large and attractive ceramic surfaces with few joints to produce a puristic living space. They can be laid to form exclusive designs that are both attractive and functional. In the bathroom, for example, a shower without any joints whatsoever can be installed using just one single wall and floor tile. In the living room as well, the gigantic wall tiles in one piece, from floor to ceiling, create an impressive minimalistic sense of space. The OPTIMA range comes in three sizes: 60 x 120 cm, 120 x 120 cm and the new 120 x 260 cm XXL format, adapted ideally to standard ceiling heights. The porcelain stoneware tiles are just 6 mm thick and therefore relatively light for ease of transport and handling. OPTIMA tiles can be laid on walls and floors. The thin ceramic has good thermal conductivity and is thus ideal for underfloor heat… continue

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The shape of water: Swarovski | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-the-shape-of-water-swarovski/7001949 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Soft light tentatively penetrating the morning mist, reflected sunlight dancing on the surface of a lake, a stream rippling over smooth pebbles... With these images in mind, the Dutch designer Tord Boontje went to work reinterpreting the classic crystal chandelier. The occasion was the 15th anniversary of his successful collaboration with Swarovski, which reached a new pinnacle with this project – in crystals that seem to suspend the movement of water drops in time. “For the first time, I had the opportunity to change the form of the crystals,” Boontje says of the project. “I was aiming for a soft light, as in a foggy, snow-covered landscape. In contrast to traditional, sparkling crystal chandeliers, I imagined reflections dancing on water.” <b>Dream and reality</b> Tord Boontje’s work with Swarovski dates back to 2002. For Swarovski Crystal Palace, the London-based designer previously created Blossom, among other pieces, a chandelier formed out of sinuous, crystal-studded branche… continue

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Welcome to our world: Jess Design | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jess-design-welcome-to-our-world-jess-design/7001948 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Different – because of our unique manufacturing process. Seductive – because of our authentic and distinctive materials and idiosyncratic shapes. Pure – because of our level-headed Dutch nature. Welcome to the intriguing world of Jess Design. Immerse yourself in the informal ambience our furniture creates and discover how a whole range of striking individual pieces come together to form one big family. It was a sense of aesthetics, pure perseverance and sheer guts that enabled us to take Jess Design to the next level. True passion is what drives us. We can fall back on 20 years of experience, but always have our sights set firmly on the future. Our designer furniture accentuates the individuality of your interior – an interior so carefully selected by you. Natural materials, comfortable shapes and seductive colours form the basis for our stylish range, the strength of which lies in its simplicity. I invite you to go on a voyage of discovery - feel, experience and enjoy Jess Design!… continue

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Overarching inspiration: Antoniolupi | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-overarching-inspiration-antoniolupi/7001947 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Antoniolupi, the Italian manufacturer of bathroom fittings and furniture for the home, has redesigned its Milan showroom in a way that mirrors its adventurous spirit. The new interior has been enlarged, too, reflecting the growth of the company and its desire to maximise its impact in Milan, an increasingly international city. The striking 500 square metre space occupies a unique site in the Porta Tenaglia neighbourhood — the ground floor of an elegant 1950s high-rise building designed by distinguished architects Piero Portaluppi, who collaborated frequently with Gio Ponti, and Guido Baselli. While deliberating on how to redesign the showroom, Andrea Lupi, son of the brand’s founder Antonio Lupi, faced a tough dilemma. Should he call on the company’s able creative and planning teams to undertake the task — or hire external professionals? Andrea ultimately plumped for option two, entrusting the job to Fabio Calvi and Paolo Brambilla of Calvi Brambilla, a practice with extensive experien… continue

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Laying the foundation: Villeroy & Boch | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norman-kietzmann-laying-the-foundation-villeroy-amp-boch/7001946 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Kindergartens are no ordinary places. They need to inspire and animate as well as being healthy and sustainable – all at the same time. Two examples from Saarland and North Rhine-Westphalia show how these aspects can creatively interact. <b>Architectura: Christkönig parish, Saarbrücken, Germany</b> Exposed concrete in a kindergarten? What at first sounds like an architectural monstrosity in fact turns out to be an entirely harmonious feature. It can be seen and admired in Saarlouis in Saarland, where a kindergarten has been constructed partly within the interior and partly as an extension to a listed church building from the 1960s. The brutalist building of the 'Christkönig' parish was closed down in 2008 due to a leaking roof. FLOSUNDK, the Saarbrücken firm of architects who included the church building in a competition for a new day-care centre, found it a pity that the building should suffer such neglect. Their design combines a two-storey cube at the back of the church with a wo… continue

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Curiosity is next to cleanliness: O.novo Kids from Villeroy & Boch | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norman-kietzmann-curiosity-is-next-to-cleanliness-o-novo-kids-from-villeroy-amp-boch/7001945 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Not simply doing things by the rulebook: why architects and planners are pushing bathrooms suitable for children, and in so doing are transforming the rituals involved in staying clean into a conscious learning process. <b>Saarlouis day-care centre made child-friendly with O.novo Kids furnishings</b> "Bathrooms should provide space for children to try things out and give their curiosity free rein. After all, this is where they develop their own relationship with hygiene. It's good to know that because of their shape these toilets are particularly easy to clean and, thanks to their special surface finish, hardly give bacteria a chance," says Simone Speicher, head of eight day-care facilities in Saarland. She accompanied the construction and conversion of a day-care centre in a listed concrete church in Saarlouis, which was created by the Saarbrücken architectural firm of FLOSUNDK. "Ms Speicher came up with an idea that really took us by surprise. She wanted different taps on all wash… continue

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The flush of youth: O.novo Kids from Villeroy & Boch | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norman-kietzmann-the-flush-of-youth-o-novo-kids-from-villeroy-amp-boch/7001944 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Something revolutionary is happening in the bathroom. Instead of leaving children to adapt to adult wash basins and toilets as in the past, Villeroy & Boch's O.novo Kids series takes the opposite approach: it adapts itself to the proportions of the smallest members of the family and even grows with them. Kids don't stay the same size. This sounds like a statement of the obvious, but it poses a number of challenges in everyday matters – especially in the bathroom. In response Villeroy & Boch have developed the O.novo Kids series – and not just for children but together with them. The wash basin is staggered in three heights, ranging from 550 to 600 and 650 mm, while the respective depths vary between 220, 245 and 275 mm. This gives children the opportunity to decide intuitively for themselves which dimensions are best suited to them. It makes use of the facilities easier and encourages independence of action at an early stage. Colour also plays an important role in the use of the fittin… continue

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In the swim of things: new swimming pools | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-in-the-swim-of-things-new-swimming-pools/7001943 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 To many architects, public swimming pools represent a utopian ideal: a building type which dissolves the social hierarchies that exist in everyday life. But swimming pools can also offer moments of drama and theatre; for example Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre for London’s 2012 Olympics encouraged architects to create more spectacular facilities than ever before. Recent swimming pool architecture goes beyond just daring forms however. Norway’s Holmen Aquatics Center by ARKÍS consists of a folded, timber-clad volume and a green roof that slopes slowly to the ground, creating extra recreational space with a view of a nearby beach and fjord. The architects have applied the Passive House methodology to their design – which include 650 square metres of solar panels and 15 geothermal wells – resulting in a highly energy-efficient pool. More pared-down, Hawkins\Brown’s Freemen’s School Swimming Pool is a discreet facility for a prestigious school, located just beyond London’s leafy outskirts… continue

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