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 Mon, 20 May 2024 00:58:17 +0200 Swirling to the power of three: TwistFlush[e³] by Villeroy & Boch | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/villeroy-amp-boch-swirling-to-the-power-of-three-twistflushe3-by-villeroy-amp-boch/20764408 Wed, 15 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>For three years now, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/villeroy-boch/3100396">Villeroy & Boch</a> has been implementing the <a href="https://pro.villeroy-boch.com/en/gb/bathroom-and-wellness/products/all-innovations/twistflush">TwistFlush</a> vortex flush technology in selected toilets. This innovative flushing technology harnesses the physical force of the swirl to optimise flushing performance and toilet hygiene. Two nozzles generate a powerful water vortex, which cleans nearly the entire inner surface of the toilet and pulls all dirt residue into the drain with its strong suction. Coupled with the conical geometry and extra-smooth walls of the bowl, this makes repeated flushes and the use of the toilet brushes practically unnecessary. Compared to conventional flushes, this innovation is also particularly water-saving, making a significant contribution to resource conservation.</p> With <a href="https://pro.villeroy-boch.com/en/gb/bathroom-and-wellness/products/all-…

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‘Tables are the closest thing to architecture’: Robin Rizzini x Pedrali | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/pedrali-tables-are-the-closest-thing-to-architecture-robin-rizzini-x-pedrali/20764407 Thu, 16 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Every now and then something happens that makes me feel old. I don’t mean I’ve-never-heard-of-Taylor-Swift old. I mean the kind of old where you feel you’re no longer down with the kids. (And yes. I realise that’s an expression that an old person would use.)</p> <p>Take the word ‘rizz’. Those cunning linguists at the Oxford English Dictionary found its nowness so persuasive, they named it word of the year for 2023. I’ll be honest with you. The first time I heard it was last week when I met up with Genoan-born industrial designer <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/robin-rizzini/8104766">Robin Rizzini</a> at the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/salone-del-mobile/5206019">Salone del Mobile</a> Milano.</p> <p>Meaning charisma or attractiveness, it’s a word that, according to American media outlet NPR, one shouldn’t feel too bad about being unfamiliar with. ‘If you're asking what "rizz" means, you're not alone – particularly if you're a generation or so olde…

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Urban squares that use play to bring people together | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-urban-squares-that-use-play-to-bring-people-together/20763895 Mon, 06 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Transforming the grey palette of the townscape into more energetic spaces filled with colour and energy, urban playgrounds provide children of all ages with much-needed areas for exercise, socialisation and stimulation away from the enticing pull of screens or other less wholesome <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/interior-architecture/0/5910002/1">indoor</a> activities. But children aren’t the only clients the designers and architects of playground landscapes need to consider. When a valuable section of city space is retained for community use, it needs to serve the entire community.</p> <p><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/public-squares/0/5920055/1">Urban squares</a>, meanwhile, are the perfect example of spaces ripe for community use. Natural hives of civic activity, they connect the modern ley lines of a city, blending ages and cultures together on their disparate paths. By adding a place of play to a busy city square, it’s transformed into a restful…

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Design Mumbai catapults India onto the global design stage | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/design-mumbai-design-mumbai-catapults-india-onto-the-global-design-stage/20763559 Thu, 09 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>The world's largest exercise in democracy is currently underway in the world's largest democracy. With nearly 970 million citizens eligible to vote in India's general election, the process takes an eyebrow-raising month and a half to complete.</p> <p>The scale of the subcontinent's political franchise – and, indeed, its even larger total population – is reflected in the size of its nominal GDP, which, perhaps surprising to some, is ranked fifth largest globally, ahead of the UK and France. </p> <p>It’s within this hyper-dynamic context that the country’s first major international design fair, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/design-mumbai/10040420">Design Mumbai</a>, will throw open its doors later this year to an international audience of A&D professionals, planners and other expert specifiers.</p> <p>Running from 6–9 November at the city’s lush Jio World Garden, the trade show’s inaugural edition is as much a two-way street as it is a crossroads: homegrown design m…

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A modern reinterpretation of the classic tap: DÉCA by TONI Copenhagen and BIG | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/toni-copenhagen-a-modern-reinterpretation-of-the-classic-tap-deca-by-toni-copenhagen-and-big/20763556 Tue, 14 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>For designers seeking to evoke a sartorial expression of ‘quiet luxury’ through an interior, a necessity to a minimalist palette is the addition of a sculptural object – one that catches the eye, glints like a jewel, and nods towards understated refinement. For kitchens and bathrooms where functionality reigns, how about capturing that moment of chic tension – that <em>je ne sais quoi</em> – with a radical faucet?</p> <p>It’s a bold proposition from an unexpected source: Denmark’s oldest manufacturer of kitchen and bathroom fixtures, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/toni-copenhagen/10040273" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TONI Copenhagen</a>, founded upon a legacy of craft 105 years ago and renowned for its scrupulously traditional products – the last time it launched a new faucet line was in 1985. Now, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/toni-copenhagen-deca-table-mounted-faucet/20761701" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DÉCA</a> is here to ‘rock the boat’,…

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A new era of sustainable seating: Arper unveils Catifa Carta | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/arper-a-new-era-of-sustainable-seating-arper-unveils-catifa-carta/20763547 Thu, 09 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>When it comes to crafting an interior, every environmentally-conscious decision makes a difference. If each product specified takes a progressive sustainable approach, incrementally, change can take a firmer root – across commercial networks, in material science laboratories and in the soil of our earth that feeds us. What’s exciting is that in 2024, making those decisions does not mean compromising on good – and even iconic – design. There’s a cohort of trailblazing brands disrupting the status quo with product updates, innovations and material swaps that respond to the circular thinking necessary to today’s climate crisis.</p> <p><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/arper/3100610">Arper</a>’s new <a href="https://www.arper.com/en_GB/catifa-carta?utm_source=Architonic&utm_medium=Advertorial&utm_campaign=CatifaCarta_GLO">Catifa Carta Chair</a> is a fine example of this. It’s a reinterpretation of the iconic <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/arper-catifa-53-0…

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The latest smart solutions from Busch-Jaeger for secure living | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/busch-jaeger-the-latest-smart-solutions-from-busch-jaeger-for-secure-living/20763522 Tue, 07 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>‘What is certain is that nothing is certain. Not even that’: The new highlights from the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/busch-jaeger/3103112">Busch-Jaeger</a> programme would certainly have made the writer Joachim Ringelnatz reassess his own cleverness. With the <a href="https://www.busch-jaeger.de/en/online-catalogue/detail/2CKA006220A0916">Busch-Watchdog® PRO</a> and the <a href="https://www.busch-jaeger.de/en/systeme/busch-welcomer">Busch-Welcome®</a> door communication technology, houses and buildings are completely secure in a convenient way.</p> <p>Detecting external threats early is one of the oldest security principles known to mankind, and it continues to prove its worth to this day. Using the latest technologies, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/busch-jaeger/3103112">Busch-Jaeger</a> has developed motion detectors based on the basic idea of vigilance, so to speak, which for over 35 years have reliably signalled anyone approaching a house,…

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EGGER welcomes the new generation of wood | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/egger-egger-welcomes-the-new-generation-of-wood/20763425 Fri, 26 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p><main class="afd-post-content"> <p>© Architonic<br><br>Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> </main></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/egger-egger-welcomes-the-new-generation-of-wood/20763425 Design responsibility in the era of social change at 'ICONIC AWARDS 2024: Interior Products' | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-design-responsibility-in-the-era-of-social-change-at-039iconic-awards-2024-interior-products-039/20763418 Fri, 26 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 A high-calibre jury of international experts from the design and architecture industry, including Ester Bruzkus (Ester Bruzkus Architekten) and Antonio Rodriguez (Matteo Thun & Partners), evaluated over 300 submissions and selected numerous innovations for the award. With nine main categories, as well as special awards for 'Brand of the Year' and 'Creator of the Year,' the award represents excellence within the international industry. Particularly noteworthy were the forward-thinking product developments and sustainable approaches in product and furniture design that were honoured. Manufacturers and designers showcased clever modular products, emphasising reduced material usage and the development of smart technical solutions. The design studio Formafantasma, founded by Italian designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, was voted 'Creator of the Year' by the jury. The Spanish company Vibia Lighting, founded in 1987, received the special 'Brand of the Year' award. To emphasize

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Top ten: curated projects that prompt external living with outdoor kitchens | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-top-ten-curated-projects-that-prompt-external-living-with-outdoor-kitchens/20763379 Mon, 22 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>In this latest assortment of curated project highlights, we invite readers over to our place, to share a slice of summer sun and a seasonal spread, showing different ways to create an <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/outdoor-kitchens/0/7030477/1">outdoor kitchen</a>. With summer making its cautious approach across Europe, the time is now to throw open our increasingly popular <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/folding-sliding-windows/0/3241793/1">glazed facades</a> of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/sliding-windows/0/3242094/1">sliding</a> and <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/folding-windows/0/3241782/1">bi-fold doors</a> and welcome the outside world back into our lives. And what better way to refresh a neglected friendship than by breaking bread?</p> <p>During periods of development and renovation, it’s normal for homes to double up on room typologies, adding secondary <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/bath/0…

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How to maximise the interior design value of a kitchen | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/valentina-diaz-how-to-maximise-the-interior-design-value-of-a-kitchen/20763378 Mon, 22 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>No wonder they are the 'heart of the home': kitchens can elevate the interior design of any residential project by becoming an integral part of its composition. It is not just about connecting the kitchen with the social areas of the house; it is about its integration and contribution to the overall interior design. The kitchen space can serve as a focal point, heightening interior design quality and providing an adaptable area for activities beyond cooking.</p> <p>Three key aspects play a vital part in enhancing interior value through a conscious curation of elements or finishes. Flooring is one, providing a seamless extension of finish from social areas into the kitchen to unite furniture and blur functions. Standout surfaces such as marble or steel also offer aesthetic appeal on top of durability, accommodating conversation and work, while integrated appliances maintain a sleek appearance. Lastly, lamps and decor offer ambient lighting and overall aesthetic aura, supporting diver…

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Boss Design: furnishing shared space with thoughtfully-conceived focus pods that don’t fight the architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/boss-design-boss-design-furnishing-shared-space-with-thoughtfully-conceived-focus-pods-that-dont-fight-the-architecture/20763126 Thu, 02 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Our living and working habits have changed radically in the past 10 years. There is increased fluidity in where and when we work, grab our time-outs, read, lunch. Flexible days stretch into nights, and snatches of downtime might be peppered through the daylight hours too. Remote meeting alerts pop up at alarming frequency at all times of day and increasingly there is the expectation that you are to join wherever you are; a bonafide reason to be on the move is seen as no barrier to participation.</p> <p>It is left to the ingenuity of the designers of our interior spaces to accommodate these new habits, to smooth the way, and find the new ergonomics of our mobile lives. Furniture designers are combining architectural thinking to carve out spaces where we can conduct all life on the move – the more private moments as well as social times – and a new category of furniture has become a fixture in offices and public spaces: the booth.</p> <p>The booth exists at various scales and levels o…

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It's Automatic: Dauphin unveils the flexible office chair Indeed automatic | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dauphin-it-039s-automatic-dauphin-unveils-the-flexible-office-chair-indeed-automatic/20763020 Tue, 23 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Workplaces today can be many things – but not monotonous. From open spaces and shared desks to focus areas, cosy lounges, mobile work settings or the home office: there is a wide variety of possible environments in which individuals can carry out their work. Such diversity hence calls for a range of furniture that can seamlessly adapt to different scenarios, allowing for spontaneous use and responding to specific ergonomic requirements.  </p> <p>This includes swivel chairs, such as the new intelligent swivel chair <a href="https://www.architonic.com/de/product/dauphin-indeed-automatic/20761692">Indeed automatic</a> from the premium German brand <a href="https://www.architonic.com/de/microsite/dauphin/3102096">Dauphin</a>. Designed for flexible desk use, this contemporary seating solution lets users sit down, lean back and be embraced in comfort without the need for any further adjustments apart from the seat height. It’s truly a blessing. Moreover, for those who prefer finer adjustm…

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The Heritage collection blends high-performance with stone-inspired beauty | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ceramiche-keope-the-heritage-collection-blends-high-performance-with-stone-inspired-beauty/20761749 Wed, 17 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>When selecting materials to clad walls and floors in residential and commercial interiors, durability and ease of maintenance are crucial factors to consider. Yet it’s important not to forget the role that aesthetics, and particularly biophilic aesthetics, play in our daily lives: it has been scientifically proven that natural materials can improve our wellbeing by enhancing moods, whilst also evoking culture, history and memory.</p> <p>Finding a harmonious balance between function and aesthetics for floor and wall coverings has been the raison d’être for Italian porcelain stoneware specialist <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/ceramiche-keope/3104249">Ceramiche Keope</a> since 1995. Each product undertakes a process of material alchemy from the HQ in Casalgrande in Reggio Emilia, Italy, where it is thoroughly researched, patiently iterated and produced to ‘Made in Italy’ quality. The result is a surface covering that provides easy maintenance, durability and moisture…

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Cassina’s iconic Utrecht XL armchair is reimagined for the open-air | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/cassina-cassinas-iconic-utrecht-xl-armchair-is-reimagined-for-the-open-air/20761690 Tue, 07 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/cassina/3100029">Cassina</a> presents a new outdoor version of the iconic Utrecht armchair by <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/gerrit-thomas-rietveld/5206163">Gerrit Thomas Rietveld</a>. This reinterpretation maintains the same aesthetic and construction characteristics as the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-utrecht-xl-outdoor/20758890">Utrecht XL</a>, the larger version of the model developed by the company to meet the needs of new generations with a more ample seat. Designed by the Dutch architect in 1935 for the Metz&Co. department store and named after his hometown, the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-637-utrecht/20284618">Utrecht</a><em> </em>armchair has been produced exclusively worldwide by Cassina since 1988.</p> <p>As a synthesis of experimentation and comfort, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-utrecht-xl-outdoor/20758887">Utrecht XL Outdo…

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An outdoor dining duo completes Cassina’s playful Trampoline collection | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/cassina-an-outdoor-dining-duo-completes-cassinas-playful-trampoline-collection/20761689 Tue, 07 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/patricia-urquiola/5209659">Patricia Urquiola</a> has created an ‘open-air banquet’ in Trampoline, a novel outdoor dining duo from <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/cassina/3100029">Cassina</a> that completes the playful Trampoline collection. Two new products, a <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-trampoline-table/20758886">table</a> and a <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-trampoline-chair/20758878">chair</a>, with the same rounded contours as the wider collection, have been designed to blend into a variety of outdoor settings between the light and shadows cast by the sun.</p> <p>With a modern architectural aesthetic, the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-trampoline-table/20758886">Trampoline Table</a> features a painted aluminium structure – available in four colours: ivory, taupe, terracotta and green – bounded by two lateral sections reminiscent of stone po…

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A refined design for informal comfort: Esosoft Outdoor system by Cassina | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/cassina-a-refined-design-for-informal-comfort-esosoft-outdoor-system-by-cassina/20761688 Tue, 07 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Bringing timeless aesthetics and informal comfort to alfresco<em> </em>settings, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/cassina/3100029">Cassina</a>’s Esosoft Outdoor collection designed by <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/antonio-citterio/5202913">Antonio Citterio</a> offers a new complete system comprising a <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-esosoft-outdoor/20758882">two</a>- and <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-esosoft-outdoor/20758888">three-seater</a> sofa and end element, a <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-esosoft-outdoor-lovebed/20758872">love-bed</a>, an <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-58-esosoft-armchair/20731522">armchair</a> and a series of low tables with solid Iroko wood slatted tops.</p> <p>Characterised by warm colours and intriguing visual and textural contrasts, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-esosoft-outdoor/20758882">Esosoft Outd…

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GROHE SPA crafts a water sanctuary at palazzo reale during Milan Design Week 2024 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/eirini-ilia-grohe-spa-crafts-a-water-sanctuary-at-palazzo-reale-during-milan-design-week-2024/20760752 Mon, 08 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 From April 16–21, the courtyard of Milan’s historic Palazzo Reale will undergo a transformation into an exhibition space. Conceived by the in-house <a href="https://www.lixil.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">LIXIL</a> Global Design and Brand Identity team, the installation pays tribute to the history of the building by evoking its past and interweaving it with the contemporary <a href="https://www.grohe-x.com/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">GROHE SPA</a> ‘Salus per aquam’ (Latin for ‘Health through Water’) concept. ‘We are proud to be a part of Milan Design Week once again. This occasion offers us an ideal platform for meaningful engagement and exchange with architects and designers, fostering mutual inspiration. Our objective transcends a mere product presentation; rather, we aspire to cultivate a holistic experience that underlines the essence of GROHE SPA: the belief that water is the source of vital energy,’ says Karl Lennon, Leader GROHE SPA, LIXIL EMENA. Crafting a sanctu…

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Let’s split up: multi-structure hotel experiences | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-lets-split-up-multi-structure-hotel-experiences/20760751 Mon, 08 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>With luxury amenities at every turn, guests of first-class <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/hotels/0/5920011/1"target="_blank" rel="noopener">hotels</a> rarely wish to leave; not just at the end of their stay, but often being content to while away their vacation days inside, too. However, when a hotel’s surroundings are its main attraction, visitors can feel trapped inside a maze of characterless, artificially-lit internal corridors and long to escape into the natural setting. In contrast, the independent settings of holiday rental homes have played a major role in the success of the model with modern vacationers.</p> <p>In the face of this loss in market share, a new typology of hotel has arisen, one that splits up its constituent parts. By keeping shared facilities together and scattering suites across numerous independent structures to keep them apart, hotel sites can blend their luxury interior settings with the beauty of their natural surroundings, utilised as co…

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‘There are always ideas passing by. You need to grab them’: AMDL CIRCLE x Mara | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mara-there-are-always-ideas-passing-by-you-need-to-grab-them-amdl-circle-x-mara/20760741 Wed, 10 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Anyone who knows me knows that I love to ask questions. Probably too many.</p> <p>But when you meet with Italian architecture and design grandee <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/michele-de-lucchi/5209861" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Michele De Lucchi</a>, you’re all ears, such is the calibre of this thought and the eloquence of its expression, built on the back of over half a century of experimental, and sometimes iconoclastic, creative practice. From his participation in such avant-garde design collectives as Studio Alchimia and Memphis to his authorship of the Compasso d’Oro-winning Tolomeo lamp and Pulcina coffee pot, he’s seen a lot and done a lot.</p> <p>The fact that <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/michele-de-lucchi/5209861" target="_blank" rel="noopener">De Lucchi</a>’s commentary comes with such experience-backed heft meant that I had the singular pleasure, in a recent call with the man, of listening more than interrogating. (When I sugges…

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'We see ergonomics as a wellness tool': Todd Bracher for Humanscale | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/humanscale-039we-see-ergonomics-as-a-wellness-tool-039-todd-bracher-for-humanscale/20760632 Wed, 10 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Here's a fun fact for you. The use of the term 'ergonomics' extends as far back as the mid-19th century and stems from the Greek for 'work' and 'natural law'. Although it's been around for a while, the science's methodologies and scope of ambition have evolved over the years. </p> <p>'Historically, ergonomics was more about human factors,' explains <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/todd-bracher/5209908" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Todd Bracher</a>, New York-based industrial designer and creative director at office-furniture experts <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/humanscale/3101422" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Humanscale</a>. 'Can you reach? Does it fit? And the interface with the human experience. But we now realise its impact on long-term health. We see ergonomics as a wellness tool.'</p> <p>Under the banner of 'ergonomics everywhere' – which neatly captures the reality of our peripatetic work lives today, where we move between home office and…

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Fast stay one step ahead in the category of outdoor design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/fast-fast-stay-one-step-ahead-in-the-category-of-outdoor-design/20760631 Wed, 10 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>It’s strange to think how restrictive our vision for outdoor design once was, when today the boundaries between the aesthetics of outdoor and indoor have all but fallen. Not even that long ago most of us in need of a table to dine under the open skies of summer would simply have been browsing teak slatted numbers or furled ironwork ornately worked into tables and chairs at local garden centres. These were the exterior furniture archetypes we were loath to break free from. </p> <p>Among the pioneers of contemporary outdoor design who have pushed the evolution of the category forward are <a href="https://go.marketing.fastspa.com/l/1053403/2024-03-07/5lgn">Fast</a>, the Italian company born and still resident in Brescia’s leafy Valle Sabbia; an area specialising in the production of aluminium. In 1995 Fast took inspiration from local nature and industry to build a brand prescient of design preoccupations to come. Fast have now been doing their thing, creating original al fresco furnitu…

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Delightfully uncomplicated: ray work from Brunner | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/brunner-delightfully-uncomplicated-ray-work-from-brunner/20760511 Mon, 08 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>‘Do we still need the classic, fully-fledged office chair in 2024?’, asks Markus Böhm and seems to ponder for a moment. Then the Head of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/brunner/3100191">Brunner</a> Product Development leans back, relaxes and shakes his head resolutely. No wonder, after all, he is sitting on <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/brunner-ray-work-9220/20756607">ray work</a> and thus, to a certain extent, on the actual answer to his question. The innovative swivel chair is the latest addition to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/brunner-ray-9232/20756598">ray product collection</a> and, like all the furniture in the series, was designed by Stuttgart-based design studio <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/jehs-laub/5209818">jehs+laub</a>. </p> <p>The unique design of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/brunner-ray-work-9220/20756607">ray work</a> combines visual lightness with ergonomic design in a speci…

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Timeless design icons by next125 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/next125-timeless-design-icons-by-next125/20760510 Thu, 11 Apr 2024 02:00:00 +0200 <p>Many things are made to outlast trends. The same goes for <a href="https://www.next125.com/en/">next125</a> icons. Inspired by the Bauhaus, the icons represent a perfect symbiosis of form and function. Scaled down to the essentials, each of these timeless design classics is functional, linear and elegant, playfully and effortlessly blending into any lifestyle or room in the house, guaranteed to make a statement for years to come.</p> <p>Take the multifunctional, architectural <a href="https://www.next125.com/en/">next125</a> <a href="https://www.next125.com/en/discover/interior-design/sideboards" target="_blank" rel="noopener">sideboards</a>, designed with such clarity that they appear to float, whilst seamlessly combining complementary elements such as the frame rack, pedestal, frame legs or plinth feet. Another icon is the next125 <a href="https://www.next125.com/en/discover/interior-design/glass-display-unit" target="_blank" rel="noopener">glass display unit</a>, an elegant eye-c…

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Emotion meets practicality in kitchen design: next125 | | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/next125-emotion-meets-practicality-in-kitchen-design-next125/20760509 Thu, 11 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>For more than two decades, <a href="https://www.next125.com/en/">next125</a> has been creating kitchens that are characterised by the brand’s seven design principles: precision, elegance, creativity, minimalism, function, emotion and technology. This special design language results in functional, sophisticated kitchens, full of both practicality and emotion.</p> <p>The kitchen brand <a href="https://www.next125.com/en/">next125</a> is the international premium brand of Schüller Möbelwerk KG, a kitchen sector market leader founded and still rooted in Herrieden in Southern Germany in 1966. The family firm, now in its second generation, devotes itself to the ultramodern industrial manufacturing of products ‘Made in Germany’ and stands out for its outstanding vertical integration.</p> <p>Alongside the established quality brand Schüller, <a href="https://www.next125.com/en/">next125</a> is renowned for functionality and flexibility, enabling its systems and products to be used in kitchen…

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'The Fireplace' sparks inspiration at Milan Design Week: Kéré x next125 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/next125-039the-fireplace-039-sparks-inspiration-at-milan-design-week-kere-x-next125/20760333 Thu, 11 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Sparks of innovation always fly at Milan Design Week. This year is no exception, particularly with <a href="https://www.next125.com/en/">next125</a>'s installation '<a href="https://www.next125.com/en/francis-kere">The Fireplace</a>', designed by pioneering architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, winner of the Pritzker Prize 2022. Presented in the Milan Superstudio, Kéré's organic, pantheon-like wooden dome frames the modern, purist aesthetics of a next125 premium kitchen made by Schüller, one of Germany's leading kitchen and furniture manufacturers.</p> <p>Wood, which fuels fire, is a core material of <a href="https://www.next125.com/en/">next125</a> kitchens, here showcased with dark oak veneer, cool natural stone, and bronzed mirror glass. Mirrored fronts capture the warm radiance of the surroundings, while the worktop and adjoining table are made from grey natural stone. In addition, further next125 kitchens will be presented at <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/salone-de…

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The magic of the knot: kymo's new carpet world | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/kymo-the-magic-of-the-knot-kymo-039s-new-carpet-world/20760300 Wed, 03 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>For thousands of years, people have placed rugs at their feet – whether as an expression of culture and lifestyle or to enhance living comfort. One of the most unusual knotting techniques is the Senneh knot, also known as the Persian knot, which is rarely found today. And yet, compared to other techniques, it creates a particularly homogeneous surface that is visibly and tangibly inspiring.</p> <p>The eyes of Denis Türker and Friedrich Bender also light up when they talk about this experience. For the two managing directors of the South German brand <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/kymo/3101828">kymo</a>, this is precisely the subtle difference in their work and company philosophy. Denis Türker laughs when he says that he grew up on piles of carpet. Even as a child, he was able to accompany his parents, who were among the first and largest importers of oriental carpets, on their travels and learned a lot about patterns, techniques and, above all, the nature of carpet…

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Shaping moods: Reggiani and the stimulating effects of controlled light | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/reggiani-illuminazione-shaping-moods-reggiani-and-the-stimulating-effects-of-controlled-light/20760296 Thu, 18 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>We talk a lot about how the success of an interior leans on the layout of its walls, doors and windows, and maybe the shade of paint or degree of cushioning on the chairs placed inside. The truth is, it will probably live or die by the quality of its light.</p> <p>It’s not news that light tends to lift the spirits, while long shady days of winter can bring a dip in mood; the power of light has always had a bearing on architecture. Talk to the British architect John Pawson for five minutes and you realise that light is perhaps his favourite material – he shapes interiors with light by controlling its entry points meticulously. But today the power of lighting goes deeper than the management of daylight into a space; growing intelligence about the precise impact of different qualities of light means we can start to mould moods with artificial illumination in our interiors to great effect. </p> <p>67-year-old lighting brand <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/reggiani-illum…

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Transforming hospitality spaces with originality: Satelliet Originals | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/satelliet-originals-transforming-hospitality-spaces-with-originality-satelliet-originals/20760295 Tue, 09 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>When it comes to hospitality design, the aesthetic and feel of the spaces in which we eat and drink are almost as important as the things being served. No-one knows that better than Satelliet hospitality furniture – a Dutch company with almost half a century’s experience in creating premium-quality furnishings for a cornucopia of clients.</p> <p>Its mainstream collections of chairs, stools, benches and tables, while beautifully designed and customisable to each customer, have long tended towards a kind of wilful homogeneity – essential given their application in an endlessly diverse selection of settings.</p> <p>No longer. Enter Originals: a spin-off brand still focussing on hospitality spaces, but now with an outspoken character and visual USP that’s more idiosyncratically Satelliet. The MO is simple: the brand collaborating with a host of guest designers, giving them the tools to create engaging and inimitable products while widening Satelliet’s range and adding a new layer of bol…

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Discover NEFF's kitchen innovations at Salone del Mobile, live or live-streamed | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/neff-discover-neff-039s-kitchen-innovations-at-salone-del-mobile-live-or-live-streamed/20760291 Thu, 04 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Most participants of Milan’s Salone del Mobile don’t want the people left behind in the office to know quite how much fun they are having. Yes, attending the biggest global design event of the year means a lot of meetings, a whole host of handshakes and tens of thousands of steps a day. But it’s also a place to party. </p> <p>For exhibitor <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/neff/3104659">NEFF</a>, however, the whole point is the party. NEFF has been on a mission for many years to design kitchen appliances that aren’t simply about flawless functionality producing Michelin quality cooking in the home, but about bringing playfulness to the process, and making the kitchen the centre of the party.</p> <p>It’s why <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/neff/3104659">NEFF</a>’s booth at this year’s EuroCucina – the biennial kitchen exhibition that takes place in the hallowed halls of Rho Fiera Milano during Salone – will be called Flavour District, and will be abuzz…

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Customise your kitchen appliances with the NEFF Collection range | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/neff-customise-your-kitchen-appliances-with-the-neff-collection-range/20760290 Thu, 04 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Over the past 20 years, it’s been a single innovation that has set <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/neff/3104659">NEFF</a> apart from other makers of high-quality built-in kitchen appliances – the <a href="https://www.neff-home.com/uk/discover/design-highlights/slideandhide">Slide and Hide®</a> oven door. Now a series of innovative features for the new NEFF Collection of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/neff-ovens-n-90-built-in-oven-with-added-steam-function-deep-black/20743270">ovens</a>, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/neff-hoods-n-90-wall-mounted-cooker-hood/20743265">hoods</a>, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/neff-hobs-n-90-induction-hob/20743263">hobs</a> and <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/neff-coffee-machine-n-90-built-in-fully-automatic-coffee-machine/20743262">coffee makers</a> are making waves by bringing fun and flexibility to the functional parts of the kitchen.</p> <p>For <a href="https://www.arc…

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Dynamic working environments of the future from Aeris | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/aeris-dynamic-working-environments-of-the-future-from-aeris/20760266 Thu, 11 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <a href="https://en.aeris.de/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Aeris</a> has been creating healthy and energised offices for over 25 years. The mission of the German active seating furniture manufacturer is to break through old ways of thinking and create ergonomic solutions. As a pioneer in the field of New Work, Aeris not only promotes movement and flexibility, but also demonstrates through its product portfolio that the balancing act between functionality and sophisticated design can be achieved without compromise. With <a href="https://en.aeris.de/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Aeris</a> products, architects and planners not only achieve new room aesthetics, but also change the entire working experience. Aeris design chairs are no ordinary chairs – they are energisers that ensure that you are still full of energy even after the 9-to-5 marathon. With their ergonomic design, they offer comfort and freedom of movement to keep you moving all day long. Concentration and productivity go…

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Smarter pods for a smarter office | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-smarter-pods-for-a-smarter-office/20760252 Mon, 25 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 After becoming used to the comfort and autonomy of remote work, experts predict that <a href="https://ifs.org.uk/articles/remote-working-probably-here-stay-and-these-are-reasons-why" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">workplace culture will never completely return</a> to the way things were. Companies can maximise the productivity of their workforce by blending the flexibility of remote with the creative collaboration of in-person work in a hybrid system; but while spare rooms and kitchen tables have been sacrificed to carve out comfortable workspaces at home, the office space – originally designed around a 100% in-person system – needs to accept change too. A large part of that change is the introduction of working pods and "phone booths," which allow employees to enjoy the same acoustic comforts and privacy advantages they get at home, while in the office. Although the professional and social connections made through in-person work are a crucial part of the success of the hybrid system,…

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Weaving ties between furniture, architecture and the city: Pedrali in Istanbul | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/pedrali-weaving-ties-between-furniture-architecture-and-the-city-pedrali-in-istanbul/20759922 Thu, 21 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p class="p1">Crossroads is the metaphor that’s often used to describe Istanbul, with its supreme intersectionality: its strategic location (the city famously straddles the Bosphorous river, connecting Europe and Asia) is attended by layers of social, cultural and religious shifts. But it’s not only a hub of history. With a population of over 15 million, Istanbul (formerly Constantinople, and, before that, Byzantium) has for millennia been, and continues to be, a major node for the exchange of goods, ideas and people.</p> <p class="p1">Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s recent Istanbul Modern project – which is already attracting an international visitorship – celebrates the idea of intersections. Located in the city’s Beyoğlu district, with the old town to the west, the Bosphorus to the south, Tophane Park to the north and the new Galataport waterside development to the east, Turkey’s first museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art lies at the intersection of these various areas, p…

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Furnishing tomorrow’s office interiors with PALMBERG | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/palmberg-furnishing-tomorrows-office-interiors-with-palmberg/20759910 Wed, 20 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>There are many theories about the future of work. In Bruneck, it has already become a reality with the <a href="https://palmberg.de/de/noi-ag">NOI Techpark</a>, a modern space that nurtures bold, pioneering ideas and innovative projects. The former bus station not only impresses with its architecture, but also sets new standards in interior design. The amenities meet the demands of the working world of tomorrow, promoting collaboration, dynamic exchange and transformative thinking.</p> <p>The concept behind the pioneering workspaces comes from Trias. With an exciting combination of renowned brands such as Vitra and the innovative manufacturer <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/palmberg/3102035">PALMBERG</a>, the interior design experts from Brixen were able to win the public tender to design the interiors. Trias partnered with PALMBERG for a good ten years, yet it is only in the last three that the products from the German company have been increasingly integrated.</p>…

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No bath-room: dismantling bath functionality myths | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/valentina-diaz-no-bath-room-dismantling-bath-functionality-myths/20759909 Mon, 18 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>In contemporary interiors, the notion that bathroom spaces are purely functional, guided solely by technical, physiological and psychological needs, is challenged, especially in the context of bathrooms. The concept of private property often compartmentalises human activities, isolating them into distinct areas. However, spaces like the bedroom, dining room, kitchen and bathroom are more than just functional areas; they represent a journey through our daily needs and activities.</p> <p>While traditionally viewed as a space for two fundamental activities – bathing and waste elimination – the modern bathroom has undergone a significant transformation. The components of the bathroom, once relegated to hidden corners, now take centre stage, blurring the boundaries that once enclosed hygienic activities. This shift transforms the following four bathroom projects into multifunctional sanctuaries, where architectural design embraces spatial qualities that challenge conventional notions.</p…

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Top ten: curated bathrooms with wood surfaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-top-ten-curated-bathrooms-with-wood-surfaces/20759908 Mon, 18 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Next up in our new series of curated project highlights, we open the door to the most individual room in the home: the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/bath/0/3210006/1"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">bathroom</a>. As a sustainable and renewable material, the popularity of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/wood/0/3220917/1"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">wood</a> in contemporary interiors is growing fast. With regular leaps in material innovation being made, both the durability of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/wood-panels/0/3231382/1"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">real wood</a> and the realistic look and feel of wood replacements like <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/laminates-composites/0/3220956/1"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">laminates</a> and <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/wood-veneers/0/3231381/1"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">veneers</a> make them a more sensible material choice for high-moisture spa…

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A tropical allure: the Guinea outdoor collection by Pedrali | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-a-tropical-allure-the-guinea-outdoor-collection-by-pedrali/20759826 Thu, 14 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p><p>© Architonic<br><br>Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-a-tropical-allure-the-guinea-outdoor-collection-by-pedrali/20759826 Collaborative insights for more sustainable habitat design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/velux-group-collaborative-insights-for-more-sustainable-habitat-design/20759825 Mon, 25 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>‘If you ask different questions, you will come up with different answers.’ This is how the Founding Partner at Danish architecture studio EFFEKT, Sinus Lynge, sums up the great potential of daring to reflect in unconventional ways. Even though he is talking in the context of modern-day construction and sustainability improvements – complicated matters – the message in his statement is simple: the possibility for change is right in front of us; we just need to be bold enough to act differently. </p> <p>Back in 2021, a group of like-minded companies within the building industry partnered up to start a discussion. The VELUX Group, EFFEKT architects, Artelia engineers and Enemærke & Petersen as contractors gathered to reflect on the question of how to create better living places. The initiator, VELUX, believed it was about time to rethink how buildings can help resolve global climate and health challenges through sustainable solutions and practical action. Today, about four years later,…

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Illuminating spaces: MHZ's legacy in light control | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mhz-hachtel-illuminating-spaces-mhz-039s-legacy-in-light-control/20759597 Mon, 01 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Light, whether in a home, office, municipal building or cultural hub, is everything. It provides warmth and ambiance, and its correct modulation can profoundly alter our perception of a space and create a salve from the clamour of the outside world. The control of light is something we take for granted. Whether via blinds, textile shading or shutters, the flooding with colour and clarity of our living spaces is something fundamentally entrenched in the routine of everyday life.</p> <p>Introducing <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/mhz-hachtel/3101016" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MHZ</a>: a German manufacturer of sun and privacy protection systems, and an industry leader for nearly a century. An independent, family-run company since its inception in 1930, MHZ was founded by interior decorator Wilhelm Hachtel and carpenter Adolf Stäbler. Their first product, a mechanical curtain pull, didn’t take off – but it preordained the company’s legacy.</p> <p>Now, <a href="http…

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Summa by Humanscale: an executive chair on the move | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/humanscale-summa-by-humanscale-an-executive-chair-on-the-move/20759391 Tue, 16 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Conceived for the comfort of the working world’s most senior posteriors, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/humanscale-summa-chair/20308335">Summa</a> is styled as an executive chair. Designed in 2019 by <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/humanscale/3101422">Humanscale</a>’s in-house team, in collaboration with world-renowned architectural consultancy <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/gensler/5204826">Gensler</a>, the idea was to create a boardroom chair for the 21st century. It would take in Humanscale’s most up-to-date personalisation technology and assume the sort of refined materials and exquisite crafting that would make it a future classic.</p> <p>This was achieved, after a rigorous design process, by incorporating a height-adjustment lever discretely into <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/humanscale-summa-chair/20308335">Summa</a>’s seat, as well as <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/humanscale/3101422">Human…

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Smart Conference: Humanscale’s essential ingredient to happy hybrid-ing | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/humanscale-smart-conference-humanscales-essential-ingredient-to-happy-hybrid-ing/20759390 Tue, 16 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/humanscale-smat-conference-chair/20308334">Smart Conference</a> is an office chair that wants you to feel at home. More precisely, it is an evolution of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/humanscale/3101422">Humanscale</a>’s <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/humanscale-diffrient-smart-chair/1097681">Smart Chair</a>, itself an adaptation of the iconic task chair designs that legendary designer <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/niels-diffrient/8103102">Niels Diffrient</a> brought to Humanscale two decades ago. Diffrient famously put people first in his design process and started the dream of custom comfort in the workplace.</p> <p>Inspiring the details of the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/humanscale-smat-conference-chair/20308334">Smart Conference</a> design, however, is a set of very current human considerations. Work culture today sees few people holding onto their seating for t…

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A creative coming together: Humanscale x Kvadrat | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/humanscale-a-creative-coming-together-humanscale-x-kvadrat/20759389 Tue, 16 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Long-time innovator in the field of ergonomic and sustainable office furniture, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/humanscale/3101422">Humanscale</a>, has entered into a global partnership with the game-changing textile brand, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/kvadrat/3100351">Kvadrat</a>. A range of task chairs from Humanscale’s portfolio will now be available upholstered in a selection of Kvadrat’s most renowned textiles, from Hallingdal 65 to Vanir by Raf Simmons.</p> <p>Textile brands don’t typically assume the same sort of iconic status as those brands dealing in well-loved hard furnishings. <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/kvadrat/3100351">Kvadrat</a> is something of an exception. The Danish fabric makers enjoy recognition globally for shaking up the world of soft – and solid furnishing – with fabric innovations that transform the environments they enter through unique shades, pattern and tactility, but that also attend to the wider…

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Crafting more from less with Triboo’s circular furniture solutions | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/triboo-crafting-more-from-less-with-triboos-circular-furniture-solutions/20759177 Mon, 11 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>To make a real impact, sustainable design must advance on multiple fronts. It has to tackle waste and emissions in production, along supply chains and in logistics and, perfectly, re-use existing waste and never become waste.</p> <p>The Dutch company <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/triboo/10040121">Triboo</a> is determined on making just those advances, offering offices and other businesses more sustainable furniture and fittings but also a radical new model for creating a sustainable office environment and dealing with waste.</p> <p>A key plank of its business is tabletops, desktops, shelving, acoustic panels, privacy booths and internal wall systems. The sustainability USP is that, depending on their thickness, they use 60-90% less materials than traditional panels but are far stronger and do not warp. <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/triboo/10040121">Triboo</a> can create panels up to five metres in length, perfect for one-piece ultra-long tables

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Top Ten: curated projects that consider their ecological footprint | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/valentina-diaz-top-ten-curated-projects-that-consider-their-ecological-footprint/20759135 Mon, 04 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>In the second of a new series of curated project highlights, we handpick ten projects from the last few years of the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/0/0/0/1"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Architonic project database</a>. In each article, we’ll pick apart one contemporary trend-setting element of interior design and architecture, highlighting – in the architects’ own words – how it was approached. As part of Architonic’s first Sustainability <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/newsletter"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Project Newsletter</a> of 2024, we present projects that underscore the necessity of prioritising sustainability from the outset of architectural design.</p> <p>The selection of materials, building processes and the symbiotic relationship between the artificial and natural realms are just a few of the factors that directly impact the environment when proposing an architectural intervention. Opting for reuse, local materials and alternative technologie…

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An all-British furniture collection bringing crafted comfort to our coffee breaks | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/boss-design-an-all-british-furniture-collection-bringing-crafted-comfort-to-our-coffee-breaks/20759045 Tue, 12 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>We're all at it: side-eyeing the latest AI tool that we suspect is out to take our livelihood. Look at it, all hard and mean and emotionless, promising ruthless efficiency and prompt delivery. Surely it can’t replace me? I can do all that with feeling, a smile and a coffee round thrown in! And therein lies our salvation: our humanity, our emotional intelligence, our soft skills. Why mention it? Because if soft skills are what we bring, soft furniture is what we need to nurture those invaluable attributes in the work environment.</p> <p>Soft, beckoning breakout zones have become an essential part of office design - some might say since lockdowns gave us a taste for comfortable conferencing. More likely, however, as is the case for so many evolutionary trends during the pandemic, it is an acceleration of events underway; namely, the growing need to accommodate all-important social interaction in the workplace. For many office furniture makers, it has meant a dash to boost portfolios w…

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Milan Design Week 2024: fair and city guides are live! | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-milan-design-week-2024-fair-and-city-guides-are-live/20758850 Mon, 25 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 As <a href="https://www.designboom.com/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Designboom</a>, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Architonic</a>, and <a href="https://www.archdaily.com/"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ArchDaily</a>, our core vision is to inspire, connect and empower. And while we can’t physically steer you in the right direction on the city streets or <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/salone-del-mobile/5206019"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Salone del Mobile</a>’s redesigned 2024 floor plans, we can make sure you have the optimal tools to locate the biggest discoveries, best new contacts and most exciting stories: our two curated Milan guides, one to the fair and one to the city. Our exclusive guide to the fair is a selection of the hottest brands to visit at the Salone. The one to the city, meanwhile, features showrooms, selected locations, fringe events, architect tips and recommendations for other key happenings. Both guides ar…

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Sustainable bamboo installations that aren’t built to last | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-sustainable-bamboo-installations-that-arent-built-to-last/20758383 Mon, 04 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>One of the most common arguments referenced by the design and architecture sector when attempting to defend the sustainability of new construction projects or the manufacturing of new products, is that they’re ‘made to last’ – either with the strength and quality of their construction and materials or with the timelessness of their style and functionality. This is often followed by the suggestion that the question of where and how to recycle, reuse or dispose of their constituent materials is of little concern. But one thing is certain about the concept of ‘new’: it can never last.</p> <p>Unlike demonised single-use products or even buildings deemed unsuitable for adaptive reuse, the intensional mortality of temporary structures gives no illusions about their lifespan. And as a fast-growing organic material with a higher strength-to-weight ratio than steel or concrete, bamboo is the perfect choice to form strong and stable structures. As this range of temporary, reusable and ready-t…

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Material innovation at the forefront: Surface Design Show 2024 highlights | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/surface-design-show-material-innovation-at-the-forefront-surface-design-show-2024-highlights/20758076 Thu, 29 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>As the boundaries between virtual and reality continue to blur, architectural surfaces play a vital role in shaping multi-sensory spaces that live up to the types of experiences we expect from our ever-changing world. For designers seeking to create meaningful experiences in interior space, embracing technological advancements and new design approaches to surface design is key. Yet while embracing the promise of the present, how can designers also make sure they are protecting the people and planet of the future?</p> <p>Capturing and communicating these cutting-edge developments and debates, this year’s <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/surface-design-show/5206070">Surface Design Show</a> (6-8 February 2024) brought over 180 exhibitors to the Business Design Centre in London’s Islington, presenting innovation across stone, ceramics, wall coverings, flooring, finishes, processes and more. The fair’s theme of ‘Mindful Living’ asked how we can negotiate today’s ambitious…

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Continuous innovation: Brunner Design News 2024 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/brunner-continuous-innovation-brunner-design-news-2024/20758068 Tue, 05 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>The fact that the office is changing is of course nothing new to you, dear architecture and interior design professionals. Ever since work related to knowledge, creativity and information has existed, humans have been reflecting on the ideal environment to carry out such work <em>– </em>sometimes more from the employer’s perspective, considering productivity and duty of care, and sometimes from the perspective of employees and their need for individuality.</p> <p>In the age of remote, location-independent communication, a fundamental reevaluation of the traditional office is imperative. For the majority of the working population, working from home has become the norm <em>–</em> at least one to just under two days per week on average according to a survey conducted by the Munich-based ifo Institute last year, covering 34 countries. What does this mean for the office, the company headquarters, the beating heart of a company and its various locations? Evidently, office spaces are being…

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Stockholm Design Week 2024: the northern highlights | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-stockholm-design-week-2024-the-northern-highlights/20756614 Wed, 21 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 Tillsammans. It’s a word I’ve loved for a long time, in spite of the fact that I don’t speak a jot of Swedish. (Apart from ‘tillsammans’, that is.) I first encountered it in the form of a Lukas Moodysson film title from the early 2000s. Wonderfully sonorous, it means ‘together’, a clearly ironic choice by the director, given the story is one of love and dysfunction in a mid-1970s hippie commune. The word kept coming back to me during a recent trip to Stockholm for the city’s annual design week, where I found myself, on the first morning, huddled together with a cohort of international design journalists in front of <a href="https://www.nk.se/varuhusen/in-english?selected-store=sth" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Nordiska Kompaniet</a>, the high-end department store – our proximity to each other necessitated as much by the sub-zero temperatures as by the desire to get as clear a view as possible into the store windows, which had been transformed into micro-exhibition spaces showing…

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Making architecture work: offices with structural shells | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/valentina-diaz-making-architecture-work-offices-with-structural-shells/20756571 Mon, 19 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Edges that delineate existing buildings are the skin of these <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/bueroraeume/0/5920006/1"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">work spaces</a>. Space is cleverly enclosed within an adaptive reuse shell and a previous void transforms into a platform for introducing a new interior architecture, seeking shelter among an aged envelope. The configuration of interior space shapes atmospheres with new interior meanings as these offices repurpose old structural shells and transform them into modern work spaces that blend history with contemporary functionality.</p> <p>Redefining gives way to ambiguity as the ambiguous spaces prompt users to discern the connection with the environment before comprehending the use behind their design. With open layouts, industrial aesthetics and innovative design elements, these four stage-like projects around the world offer an added element of intrigue and foster creativity among their occupants.</p> Evoking the atmosph…

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Top ten: curated offices with light-giving atriums | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-top-ten-curated-offices-with-light-giving-atriums/20756260 Mon, 19 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 In the first of a new series of curated project highlights, we handpick ten offices from the last few years of the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/0/0/0/1" target="_blank">Architonic project database</a>. In each article, we’ll pick apart one contemporary trend-setting element of interior design and architecture, highlighting – in the architects’ own words – how it was approached. As part of Architonic’s first Office <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/newsletter" target="_blank">Project Newsletter </a>of 2024, we present the following large-scale <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/office-buildings/0/5920003/1" target="_blank">office buildings</a> with central atrium spaces. Used to visually and audibly connect floors and departments across expansive <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/office-facilities/0/5920006/1" target="_blank">office buildings</a>, these light and open gathering spaces use <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/…

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Hushoffice's updated lineup is all about office flexibility and freedom | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/hushoffice-hushoffice-039s-updated-lineup-is-all-about-office-flexibility-and-freedom/20756191 Fri, 01 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <a href="https://www.gensler.com/gri/global-workplace-survey-comparison-2023" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gensler’s Global Workplace Survey Comparison 2023</a> revealed that 61% of the workforce say they need the office to maximize productivity but lack optimal spaces within theirs suited to a range of work modes. Indeed, employee satisfaction and success hinge largely on a flexibly designed office – a workplace with a variety of environments for a variety of work modes. In brief, the office must give people choice in where they work within it. After all, it is no coincidence that 88% of people in the highest-performing workplaces enjoy this very freedom. It is in light of this burgeoning employee desire for choice that our team releases an expanded catalogue of office furniture including the hushFree selection of pods, the <a href="https://hushoffice.com/en-gb/product/hushspot/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">hushSpot hotdesking and collaboration bench</a>, and the <a href="https:/…

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With Signa, the bathroom is perfectly organised! | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bodenschatz-with-signa-the-bathroom-is-perfectly-organised/20755953 Tue, 13 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 What do people do in the bathroom? What rituals do they practice? What are their individual needs? The <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/bodenschatz/3105331">Bodenschatz</a> development team is constantly dealing with these questions. The latest findings have been incorporated into the new <a href="https://www.bodenschatz.ch/de-ch//themen/news-magazin/detail/19/signa-und-das-bad-ist-schon-organisiert/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Signa</a> bathroom accessory line, which Bodenschatz has developed with the Basel design studio, Tale. A total of 15 solutions were specifically created to make life easier for users in the bathroom. Although some of the technical solutions developed for Signa are complex, you can't tell by looking at the products. The designers opted for proportions that allow the accessories to blend harmoniously into a contemporary bathroom. The newly developed solutions include the quadruple bath towel rail, designed to hold four towels and fold up to sav…

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Virtual brand spaces: exploring the visual worlds of Danthree Studio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/danthree-studio-virtual-brand-spaces-exploring-the-visual-worlds-of-danthree-studio/20755944 Thu, 15 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>It was quite a surprise when RICHTER+FRENZEL presented its own premium brand for high-quality bathroom furnishings last fall. The Bavarian company is considered a pioneer in the German Sanitary and Heating Wholesale Trade, organises the annual RIFA trade fair in Nuremberg and is now embarking on a journey towards end customers. FOR is the name of the brand in question, which is committed to aspects such as individualisation, comfort and well-being. Its product range is broad: from washbasin, bathtub and shower fittings to bathroom ceramics, furniture and accessories. Richter+Frenzel works with experienced producers in Germany and Italy to manufacture FOR's five distinctive future series. <p>But how does this new brand take shape? How do you charge a name with emotion? And how do you create visual worlds that bring the range to life even before all the products can be physically assembled in one place? Richter+Frenzel entrusted the Munich-based AGENTUR RICHTER with the market launch,…

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Feel the difference: EGGER Decorative Collection 24+ | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/egger-feel-the-difference-egger-decorative-collection-24-/20755940 Tue, 13 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p><a href="https://www.egger.com/">EGGER</a> is, without question, a specialist  when it comes to decorative surfaces. Authentic results in appearance and texture, an exemplary approach to aspects of sustainability – in particular recyclability – and the use of wood-based and healthy raw materials convince even the most hardened advocates of ‘real’ materials.</p> <p><a href="https://www.egger.com/">EGGER</a> breathes life into its wood-based materials for furniture and interior design with more than 300 decor/texture combinations – available within the <a href="http://to.egger.link/decorative-collection-launch-architonic">Decorative Collection 24+</a> since the beginning of February. Another new feature is the rolling collection concept, which will provide architects, dealers and fabricators with new decors updated by the company's own trend and design team at least every two years. At the same time, the wood-based materials specialist promises a binding availability period for all de…

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Keeping home automation simple, yet refined with Basalte | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/basalte-keeping-home-automation-simple-yet-refined-with-basalte/20755683 Mon, 12 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>As anyone who has ever renovated knows, one of the most niggling of design decisions concerns electrical interfaces. To some that’s simply light switches and plug sockets – once predominately white Bakelite or plastic and now available in a gloriously broad palette of materials, finishes, colours, shapes and profiles. But increasingly the decisions go beyond working out the least jarring isolator switch to integrate into your dream kitchen tiling scheme.</p> <p>High-end homes have become intelligent – and while this suggests intuitive and remote controls of everything from dimmable lighting to door security, we still need to welcome these smart interlopers physically into our living environment. Which means we require their design to be at peace with our interior design scheme.</p> <p>One man who recognised early on that a gulf was developing between the fast-evolving realm of home technology and acceptable aesthetics was the engineer <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite…

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Icons that endure: Maralunga, Soriana and 2 Fauteuil Grand Confort, petit modèle, from Cassina | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/cassina-icons-that-endure-maralunga-soriana-and-2-fauteuil-grand-confort-petit-modele-from-cassina/20755674 Thu, 14 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Here we have just enough time to tell three of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/cassina/3100029">Cassina</a>’s extraordinary chapters in design history: perhaps Cassina’s most iconic and coveted pieces, certainly not confined to the past, yet ever-evolving to the beat of their founding spirit.</p> <p>It was back in 1964 that <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/cassina/3100029">Cassina</a> acquired the exclusive worldwide rights to produce the first four models by <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/le-corbusier/5205989">Le Corbusier</a>, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/pierre-jeanneret/8101238">Pierre Jeanneret</a> and <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/charlotte-perriand/8101134">Charlotte Perriand</a>. Whilst embracing authenticity, Cassina has championed their progressive, high-quality evolutions. The <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-2-fauteuil-grand-confort-petit-modele-durable/2015809…

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Redefining contemporary living with Cassina's pioneering designs | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/cassina-redefining-contemporary-living-with-cassina-039s-pioneering-designs/20755672 Thu, 14 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>It could be tempting for <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/cassina/3100029">Cassina</a> to sit back and simply live off its legacy – it would certainly be comfortable – yet the company continues to keep ahead of the curve. New sofa systems such as <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-580-esosoft/20701707">Esosoft</a>, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-565-sengu-bold/20701706">Sengu Bold</a> and <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-568-moncloud/20731529">Moncloud</a> respond to the flexibility required for contemporary life and innovate new production techniques and alternative materials.</p> <p>Take the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cassina-580-esosoft/20701707">Esosoft</a> sofa, designed by architect <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/antonio-citterio/5202913">Antonio Citterio</a> as his debut for <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/cassina/3100029">Cassina</a>. With…

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Cassina’s sofa systems: bridging heritage and innovation | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/cassina-cassinas-sofa-systems-bridging-heritage-and-innovation/20755670 Thu, 14 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/cassina/3100029">Cassina</a> is renowned for its production excellence of sofa systems, and not just sofas – it’s a brand that has been integral to the development and refinement of design with a capital D. Acknowledging this, in 2022, the company joined the Special Register of Historical Trademarks of National Interest, established by the Ministry of Economic Development in Italy.</p> <p><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/cassina/3100029">Cassina</a>’s notoriety is rooted in its history, the present and the future. Originally founded in 1927 in Italy, from the 1950s it became a leader of industrial design whilst remaining committed to traditional craftsmanship. This blend of expertise still continues today in Meda, in the Brianza region, where each piece of furniture is still rigorously made.</p> <p>Over the past years the quest for manufacturing distinction has only grown more ambitious and the company’s mission to ret…

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How to maximise facades in wall-to-wall architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/valentina-diaz-how-to-maximise-facades-in-wall-to-wall-architecture/20755583 Mon, 05 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Whether due to urban regulations, typologies, land use or even informality in urban development, building between adjacent structures limits the number of faces of a new architectural volume. This reduction typically results in a building with only two facades at the front and back and also presents a spatial challenge in terms of achieving adequate illumination and ventilation along an apparent single horizontal axis. </p> <p>The compression caused by surrounding structures, however, can also lead to the exploration of new relationships between elements such as full and empty spaces, light and shadow as well as permeable and impermeable surfaces. In addition, the roof of the volume can be understood as a third face or facade to serve as another axis, a vertical current. These four projects illuminate only a few of the possibilities for maximising facades in the context of wall-to-wall architecture.</p> Being the community heart of an overpopulated center in the middle of Cairo, the…

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German Design Awards 2024 announce the winners of a sustainable future | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/rat-fur-formgebung-german-design-awards-2024-announce-the-winners-of-a-sustainable-future/20755341 Fri, 02 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 The <a href="https://www.designboom.com/tag/german-design-council/">German Design Council</a> proudly celebrates the winners of the German Design Awards 2024. Following a meticulous evaluation by an esteemed international jury, a total of 65 Gold awards were presented in the Excellent Product Design, Excellent Communications Design and Excellent Architecture disciplines. The grand event unfolded at the prestigious Award Show on January 26, 2024, at Kap Europa, Messe Frankfurt’s congress center. As one of the world’s leading centers in the field, the German Design Council has been communicating and transferring knowledge within design, branding and innovation with three main tasks: to connect its members and numerous other international design and brand experts, foster discourse, and provide important stimulation for the global economy. Since its foundation in 1953, one of the central aims of the <a href="https://www.german-design-council.de/en/about-us" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">o…

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Layer up: multi-purpose buildings with multi-layered facade solutions | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-layer-up-multi-purpose-buildings-with-multi-layered-facade-solutions/20755309 Mon, 05 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p class="p3">While some equal the wearing of a mask to acting ‘fake’ or two-faced’, depending on which side of the generational line you fall, as humans, most of us regularly – and often unwittingly – change the masks we wear. It’s natural for us to sell the best version of ourselves to others, and to transform into whatever version we think they’re most comfortable with.</p> <p class="p3">As a building’s mask, its facade plays a crucial role in defining its use and character, and in turn the characters of its visitors – the employees, residents, students, shoppers and audiences – who define a little part of themselves with the buildings they frequent. Unable to change their masks as easily as humans, however, a building’s facade is a more constant, honest reflection of itself. These large buildings use facades with multiple layers not to hide themselves away underneath a mask, but instead as opportunities to reveal the hidden depths of their history and character.</p> <p class="p3">‘…

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Infusing elegance into the open-air world with Minotti’s outdoor designs | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/minotti-infusing-elegance-into-the-open-air-world-with-minottis-outdoor-designs/20755119 Thu, 01 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Across the world, diverse settings, customs and tastes offer many different challenges for sourcing outdoor furniture. Consider the contrast between a tropical garden in Bali, a hotel terrace overlooking the Alps, a sun-drenched courtyard in Mexico City and a historic balcony in beautiful, yet rainy, London. Then simply imagine how our use across all of these outdoors spaces varies – from the activities we carry out to the length of time we spend, from dynamic conversations to quiet relaxation.</p> <p>Seeking to make life easy for architects and interior designers working on high-end residential, hospitality and yachting projects around the world, when Italian design brand <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/minotti/3100089">Minotti</a> launched its first outdoor furniture in 2006, it set out on a journey to build an extended proposal of elegant design pieces with personality that could be combined to suit any exterior setting in any global location. In addition, the br…

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Inter-species residences: houses for plants, animals and humans | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/valentina-diaz-inter-species-residences-houses-for-plants-animals-and-humans/20755077 Mon, 22 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>In acknowledging that both plants and animals residing within our houses are domesticated entities, we can consider whether we should confine them within the functional boundaries of human-centric living. Which begs the question, what could be labelled as a worthy inter-species dwelling?</p> <p>The architectural resolution of space can conceive a residence as an interspecies domestic system and consequently, engage a variety of species with one another and with their environment in an equitable manner. These four residences challenge the conventional concept of domestic architecture primarily tailored for human inhabitants.</p> In this residential design, a staircase goes beyond its obvious function of facilitating vertical circulation within a three-story structure. In place, it is repurposed to create a generous space for both plants and the eight cats that predominantly reside on the first floor with the elder generation of the family. This strategically positioned element in <a

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Of magical effects, quiet design and uniqueness | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/light-building-of-magical-effects-quiet-design-and-uniqueness/20754845 Mon, 05 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 Light is an elementary component of the built world. It sets visual accents, ideally combines aesthetically with the architecture and at the same time fulfils functional aspects. Innovative technology enters into an exciting combination with forward-looking design. An outlook on the trends in 2024/25 is provided by the presentation of the trend bureau bora.herke.palmisano, during <a href="https://light-building.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Light + Building</a> at the Design Plaza in Hall 3.1. From March 3 to 8, the trend experts will be giving daily presentations on social influences and developments that will have an impact on luminaire design in 2024/25. 
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Tales of textures and colours: Casamance’s latest wallcoverings and fabrics | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/casamance-tales-of-textures-and-colours-casamances-latest-wallcoverings-and-fabrics/20754720 Wed, 17 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>It might seem self-evident – but the walls of the places we live in are some of life’s most impactful surfaces; swathes of space that provide calm, stimulus and a means for large-scale self-expression.</p> <p>It’s a holistic notion prevalent in the wallpapers, wallcoverings and fabrics created by French brand <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/casamance/10003014">Casamance</a>. Founded in 2000, the multi-department company has since carved a niche as a purveyor of honed palettes, varied textures and a panoply of visual motifs, fashioned in materials of exemplary quality and, despite their pan-global influences, a very French level of elegance.</p> <p>It’s all exemplified in the brand’s six newest collections. Both timeless and highly contemporary, their designs are bathed in glowing colours inspired by the vibrant landscapes of South America and Asia, and geometric patterns – created using innovative techniques and rendered in sophisticated velvets, gauzy voiles and em…

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Boxed in: rectilinear architecture gets back its edge | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-boxed-in-rectilinear-architecture-gets-back-its-edge/20754686 Mon, 22 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Sometimes combined with negative connotations of boring and featureless architecture, ‘boxy’ is not a term commonly used by estate agents. Although the contemporary architectural style is still considered by many to be eternally ahead of its time – burying character and creativity deep in the poured concrete foundations of homes with few identifiable features, the clean lines, minimalist aesthetic and bold simplicity of the cuboid mean the look is steadily growing in popularity.</p> <p>Architects and clients alike in all corners of the world are realising there’s a lot of fun to be had, either by strictly keeping inside the lines or by drawing up the rules before daringly breaking them. These four new homes and residential projects represent completely varied takes on the theme of the box.</p> <p>‘The rocks excavated during construction were recycled and used to fill the front yard,’ explains <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/one-aftr/10040279" target="_blank" rel="no…

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BoConcept: designed to share | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/boconcept-boconcept-designed-to-share/20754542 Thu, 25 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Contemporary and fresh, luminous and colourful, intriguing and surprising; the interior design of a newly finished apartment project in London speaks the visual language of its maker, award-winning designer <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/karim-rashid/5202107">Karim Rashid</a>. Having spent the past four decades in the field of design and architecture, Rashid has manifested both his talent and approach with an always recognisable design DNA. </p> <p>For this London project, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/karim-rashid/5202107">Rashid</a> was brought in to design an atypical type of home, a timeshare. The real-estate developer behind the project, Flyway, specialises in second homes based on the timeshare principle, a vacation property with a shared ownership model. Not a new concept as such, yet Flyway has introduced its own angle, concentrating on well-designed spaces located in popular cities. <em>‘Flyway introduced themselves as a new innovative m…

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Big benefits with BoConcept | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/boconcept-big-benefits-with-boconcept/20754541 Thu, 25 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/boconcept/3105011">BoConcept</a> is curious about how people live. And not just in the sense of what colour they would like their sofa to be, but in a broader and more sociological sense too, trying to understand what people’s lives at home, at work and on the move, look like and how these things are changing and developing. What kind of spaces do we live in and how would we like them to look in ten years? How can the spaces we live in accommodate the types of lives we dream of living? Who better to talk to about these questions than the people who study spaces and buildings, namely architects. </p> <p>Collaborating and exchanging ideas with architects is nothing new to <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/boconcept/3105011">BoConcept</a>. The new <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/boconcept-nawabari-small-pouffe/20301053">Nawabari</a> collection is the latest example of it. Together with the Danish architectur…

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BoConcept: trust, quality and consistency | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/boconcept-boconcept-trust-quality-and-consistency/20754537 Thu, 25 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>With showrooms in 67 countries, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/boconcept/3105011">BoConcept</a> has already achieved remarkable international market penetration. Over the last ten years though, the Danish design brand has broadened its reach yet further to conquer another market. Formerly known primarily as a retail brand, BoConcept has now also become an impressive performer in the contract sector. What is the strategy behind this expansion and how did it come to position itself among architects, specifiers and developers? The answers are manifold, yet also relatively straightforward. </p> <p>Since 1952, when <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/boconcept/3105011">BoConcept</a> first started producing wooden cabinets, the company has been continuously eager to serve the market – following contemporary trends, incorporating new technologies and finding innovative ways of building the business. But never at the expense of its heritage, its Danish approac…

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Time for character: PerfectSense® Omnipore Matt by EGGER | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/egger-time-for-character-perfectsense-omnipore-matt-by-egger/20754530 Mon, 15 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/egger-time-for-character-perfectsense-omnipore-matt-by-egger/20754530 VELUX: Calling all students of architecture! | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/velux-group-velux-calling-all-students-of-architecture/20754491 Thu, 11 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/velux-group-velux-calling-all-students-of-architecture/20754491 Four restaurant interiors that serve up texture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/claire-brodka-four-restaurant-interiors-that-serve-up-texture/20754341 Fri, 05 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>In recent years, the line between overloading a <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/restaurant-interiors/0/5920059/1"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">restaurant interior</a> and placing just enough intriguing accents around diners' tables to inspire a few well-framed photographs between courses has been considered thin at best. Overdone and the spatial <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/accessories/0/3210014/1"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">accessories</a> take away from the arguably much more important programming <b>on</b> the plate. Bare walls and white tablecloths alone, however, deny patrons the ever-important feeling of escapism and experience they're looking for. <p>The result: a prevailing aesthetic of luxurious minimalism with a few select, hard-hitting highlight pieces thrown in for good measure. But what if <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/design/0/7030002/1"target="_blank" rel="nofollow">design</a> caution was thrown into the wind alo…

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Seating as a social catalyst: Hew by Parla | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/parla-seating-as-a-social-catalyst-hew-by-parla/20754300 Tue, 16 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>The art of ‘lounging’ has evolved since the chaise lounge and even the mid-century modern lounge chair. In fact, today, designing the perfect piece of comfortable and informal, yet elegant and versatile seating is more like a science. It has to be soft enough for hours of relaxing; adaptable to a range of social scenarios; durable enough to support activities from working, to dining and resting; and of course it must be able to inspire a good conversation with its own personality. Get the equation right, and a sofa or an armchair can become a social catalyst for interiors from lobbies to living rooms setting sparks flying.</p> <p>As experts in hospitality design, Hines Fischer and Matthew Goodrich of multidisciplinary design studio Goodrich Design had often found themselves on the hunt for the perfect social catalyst – a collection of upholstered furniture that could function across all scales of hospitality, living and workplace interiors with plenty of options for customisation to…

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Greening, shading and watering | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/swissbau-greening-shading-and-watering/20753003 Tue, 02 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 Basel-Stadt is serious about improving the urban climate. For the redevelopment of the VoltaNord site, a set of rules stipulates how heat islands in the urban environment are to be prevented. A broad spectrum of measures stipulates, for example, that large areas of outdoor space should be unsealed and more trees planted, that more greenery is also required on the roofs and facades of new buildings, and that the latter should be aligned from the outset so that cooling winds can continue to flow through the newly built neighbourhood without obstruction. And what can no longer be neglected in contrast to previous planning projects: space is needed underground so that trees can take root and meteoric water can seep away on site. Different location, different approach, but the same goal: anticipatory heat reduction thanks to more greenery. When renovating its housing estates, the Zurich housing cooperative Eigengrund also focuses on its outdoor spaces and transforms them into "garden rooms"…

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End of Year Team Picks: the architecture and design stories we loved in 2023 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-end-of-year-team-picks-the-architecture-and-design-stories-we-loved-in-2023/20753002 Thu, 21 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 The wooden boardwalk structure is carefully designed as a response to the curvature of the mountain, sometimes following the mountain’s ridges and slopes, and sometimes bending out, creating viewpoints and dramatic drops where visitors can feel the wind in the treetops. The walking trail, universally designed with a gentle incline, is suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, pushchairs and wheelchairs. It grew out out of a heartfelt desire to give all people, regardless of physical abilities, the sensational feeling of walking amongst the treetops. ‘With a simple yet remarkable design, this recreational walkway beckons me to experience it. Built with organic curves using local timber and traditional craftsmanship techniques, its design seamlessly integrates with the natural surroundings. Surrounded by tree trunks, the walkway's curves and slopes create a peaceful and unique experience. Furthermore, the design engages with two distinct perspectives: one for those walking through and another…

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Heimtextil 2024: fully booked Carpets & Rugs hall with high growth in suppliers of machine-woven carpets | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-heimtextil-2024-fully-booked-carpets-amp-rugs-hall-with-high-growth-in-suppliers-of-machine-woven-carpets/20753001 Fri, 22 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 The new Carpets & Rugs hall at <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/heimtextil/5206004">Heimtextil</a> now boasts around 100 manufacturers and brands, including a strong increase in suppliers of machine-woven carpets such as Merinos Hali, Oriental Weavers Group, Ragolle Rugs, Universal XXI, Verbatex and the Belgian association Fedustria and its members. With the high response, the exhibiting companies are sending out clear signals for the new platform, where they will also present sustainable concepts alongside their new products. New designs, pioneering product developments and major industry trends are the focus of the new Carpets & Rugs Hall 5.1, which has been fully booked since the last wave of registrations in the fall. The latest increase in exhibitors comes primarily from the machine-woven carpet sector. At the forefront are market-leading suppliers from Belgium – one of the most traditional textile countries that stands for sophisticated quality in the carpet indus…

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Building must become easier again | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/swissbau-building-must-become-easier-again/20752615 Wed, 20 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 Together with Patrick Schnorf, Partner at Wüest Partner, we are already making an initial assessment. I see spatial planning and the lack of development opportunities as the main drivers of the housing shortage. But the causes are of course even more complex and it's worth taking a look at the background. In 2014, the Spatial Planning Act was revised with the aim of reducing the size of excessively large building zones and making better use of existing building land reserves. In theory, the law ensures that growth is still possible. There are a number of reasons for this. Often it is simply the complexity, the requirements, the financial viability and individual interests that make projects economically unattractive. Sometimes the timing is simply not right for the landowners. Ultimately, however, there is simply a lack of development opportunities at the moment. Especially in suitable, well-developed locations in larger cities and their inner agglomerations. Growth and demand have bee…

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Tread lightly: shoe stores with brand-focused lighting concepts | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-tread-lightly-shoe-stores-with-brand-focused-lighting-concepts/20752612 Mon, 08 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>The task of creating suitable lighting for retail spaces seems simple enough. By balancing individually considered task lighting together with more ambient general lighting, stores can highlight products without revealing their flaws, while also ensuring that important signage and other store sections remain visually available. And all without flooding the space with uncomfortable white light.</p> <p>As any Hollister store will tell you, however, in the world of fashion, retail design is less about selling products as much as selling an image. Famous for their poorly lit, deafeningly loud interiors with the intense scent of cologne, the American fashion retailer positions itself definitively and exclusively towards the young, namely by excluding anyone old (and uncool) enough to complain about the conditions.</p> <p>Once a purely performance-focused sportswear product, sneaker retail and marketing concentrated on high-tech innovations like support, cushioning, aeration and endurance…

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Heimtextil 2024: textile innovations for new challenges in architecture, interior design and hospitality | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-heimtextil-2024-textile-innovations-for-new-challenges-in-architecture-interior-design-and-hospitality/20752558 Tue, 19 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 The proven format will now be even more extensive and international. In addition to the numerous high-profile TALKS & TOURS, the LIBRARY is one of the central tools for experts from the fields of architecture, interior design and hospitality. 2024, the curated Interior.Architecture.Hospitality LIBRARY presents innovative functional textiles from selected exhibitors, including Edmund Bell, Futura Leathers, Marburger Tapetenfabrik, Proneem, Textaafoam and Vanelli Tekstil. The material library focuses on the following properties: flame-retardant, sound-absorbing, lightfast, antimicrobial, dirt-repellent and scrub-resistant. A large number of companies presented their products to the renowned expert jury, which includes Gerhard Sperling (German Home Textile Industry association), Jasmin Grego (GREGO Jasmin Grego & Stephanie Kühnle Architektur) and Felix Diener (Marburger Tapetenfabrik). Function meets innovation meets design: the jury members agreed on the remarkably high quality of the su…

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Winners of the Best Pivot Door Contest 2023 | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/fritsjurgens-winners-of-the-best-pivot-door-contest-2023/20752419 Wed, 13 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 Welcome to the leading edge of pivot door design, where unicity, design innovation, and precision engineering intersect. 2023 Marks another incredible year, as we have witnessed absolute mastery in craftsmanship, with over 130 submissions worldwide. The esteemed jury panel – the winners of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/fritsjurgens-fritsjurgens-best-pivot-doors-2022/20289766">last year</a> have made their final decisions. Without further ado, we proudly announce the winners of the <a href="https://www.fritsjurgens.com/inspiration/blog/best-pivot-door-contest-2023-winners" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Best Pivot Door Contest 2023</a>. <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/fritsjurgens/3105419">FritsJurgens</a> hardware is known in the world of exterior pivot doors. And this list highlights exactly what that means. With over 60 submissions in the <a href="https://www.fritsjurgens.com/inspiration/blog/best-pivot-door-contest-2023-winners#best-exterior-pivot-doo…

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Sharjah Architecture Triennial 2023 explores creative responses to global scarcity challenges | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/eirini-ilia-sharjah-architecture-triennial-2023-explores-creative-responses-to-global-scarcity-challenges/20752364 Wed, 13 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 Curated by the renowned <a href="https://www.designboom.com/tag/architecture-in-nigeria/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Lagos-based</a> architect Tosin Oshinowo, the event offered a vibrant and <a href="https://www.designboom.com/tag/interactive-installation/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">immersive experience</a> during its three-day opening program. Through an array of activities, including talks, tours, screenings, workshops, and performances, the Triennial weaves a thought-provoking, city-wide dialogue exploring contextual solutions, resource sharing, and waste reuse – the trifecta that holds the potential to reshape the future of global architecture and design. <a href="https://www.designboom.com/tag/architecture-in-the-united-arab-emirates/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sharjah Architecture Triennial (SAT)</a> was first established in 2018 to provide a platform for architecture and urbanism in a region that extends from West Asia to South Asia and the African continent. Physi…

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Natural beauty and technical mastery: the latest stone-inspired tiles by Casalgrande Padana | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/casalgrande-padana-natural-beauty-and-technical-mastery-the-latest-stone-inspired-tiles-by-casalgrande-padana/20752363 Tue, 19 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <p>A beatific array of sweeping verdant plains, rolling hills and rocky outcrops might define the landscape of Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy’s agro-industrial heartland. But one of the region’s most feted exports is, in fact, drawn from underneath it all. The exceptional abundance of clay in Emilia-Romagna’s subsoil has made it a global hub for the production of ceramics, and particularly porcelain; materials holistically woven, decoratively and practically, into everyday life for millennia.</p> <p>For over 60 years, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/casalgrande-padana/3102193">Casalgrande Padana</a> – located in the titular town, a little west of Bologna in the shadow of the Apennines – has been at the fore of the region’s porcelain industry; manufacturing innovative, environmentally-friendly porcelain tiles for floors and walls, indoors and out, in timeless aesthetics and robust forms made to last for generations. It’s an approach exemplified in the company’s latest r…

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Architonic stories of the year 2023: Projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-architonic-stories-of-the-year-2023-projects/20752269 Tue, 12 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 Over the past year, one of the major focuses when designing interior and environmental spaces has been on mindfulness and wellbeing. But while mindfulness used to be – and often still is – characterised by clean, minimalist spaces and calmingly neutral colour palettes, professional architects and designers have also been recognising the value of durability in design trends, the importance of inviting nature and greenery inside as well as retaining it outside and the positivity of individualism – how making colour and material choices that better reflect our individual personalities – has the power to bring joy and whimsy to the everyday. As this list of the most popular project-referencing stories published in the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Architonic magazine</a> in 2023 shows, creating long-term spaces that we can continue to use and enjoy long into an uncertain future, has been at the top of everyone’s list. When it comes t…

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Architonic stories of the year 2023: Products | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-architonic-stories-of-the-year-2023-products/20752268 Wed, 13 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 Christmastime always brings into question the unrivalled human desire to accumulate ‘stuff’. As this year’s list of the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-architonic-stories-of-the-year-2023-projects/20752269" target="_blank">most popular project-referencing stories</a> from the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1" target="_blank">Architonic magazine</a> shows, however, doing more with less in our interior spaces remains a major focus for the other 11 months of the year. With a focus on sustainable materials, clean-energy products and architectural solutions with long-term functionality in mind, 2023’s list of the most popular product-referencing stories highlights how much A&D professionals and their clients are thinking about the world they leave behind, as well as the one we create for ourselves in the present. <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/advanced-search?term=cork?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=o…

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Editor's Letter – December 2023 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-editor-039s-letter-december-2023/20752265 Thu, 14 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <p>I’m writing this in early December. Is it too premature to look back at 2023? There’s still three weeks to go. Everything to play for, right? If there’s one thing I learned from those pandemic times we were all forced to endure, it’s to try to live more mindfully in the moment. To enjoy the nowness of the now. To be honest, that’s all we really have.</p> <p>Living more consciously in the here and now doesn’t mean, however, that we should give up on planning for a better world. As news reports and interviews from the COP28 climate-change conference in Dubai play out on our screens, I’m reminded of the mission that Architonic shares with its sister platforms <a href="https://www.designboom.com/" target="_blank">Designboom</a> and <a href="https://www.archdaily.com/" target="_blank">ArchDaily</a>: to inspire, connect and empower. The macro challenges we’re facing are never going to be achieved without a commitment to collaboration and we’re proud at DAAily platforms – as the world’s la…

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Trends, inspiration, networking and the latest functional textiles at Heimtextil 2024 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-trends-inspiration-networking-and-the-latest-functional-textiles-at-heimtextil-2024/20752264 Thu, 14 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Have you seen the videos that have done the social-media rounds for a while now, making fun of the Swiss and their apparent obsession with wearing ON sneakers? Seemingly transcending age brackets and class demographics, the home-grown shoe brand has become as reliable an index of Swissness as cheese or chocolate. (Full disclosure: I’m wearing a pair of ONs as I write this.)</p> <p>But it could be argued that a popular Zurich-based bags and accessories company is just as much a marker of identity in this respect. QWSTION, which launched 15 years ago, has innovated from the start, not least in the materials it uses. Chief among them is a bio-textile called Bananatex, made entirely from naturally grown Abacá banana plants. The result of three years of research and development, the wonder-stuff’s biodegrability belies its strength, making it a major achievement in sustainable-material development. </p> <p>Bananatex is just one of the judiciously selected materials that’s made the trends…

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The architect’s appliance brand: Gaggenau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gaggenau-the-architects-appliance-brand-gaggenau/20752261 Thu, 18 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>It is a truth universally acknowledged, that the architect is always right. Okay, maybe it’s the customer. Or maybe, as <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/gaggenau/3100496">Gaggenau</a> believes, it is both. The 340-year-old kitchen appliance maker is on a mission to confidently tread the line between functionality and beauty, never compromising on either, so that its products thrill the end user with innovation and ergonomics while the architect is seduced by an unprecedented economy of form.</p> <p>Of course, architects are end users and customers may have a Pawson-esque design vision, but the point is, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/gaggenau/3100496">Gaggenau</a> not only considers the end customer, but also the architect in everything from the very design of its product to the wrap-around service it offers.</p> <p>Always on hand, for example, is a microsite sharing news and advanced planning tools, relationship managers and a global network of des…

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Redefining luxury in the contemporary kitchen with Gaggenau’s Essential Induction | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gaggenau-redefining-luxury-in-the-contemporary-kitchen-with-gaggenaus-essential-induction/20752260 Thu, 18 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/gaggenau/3100496">Gaggenau</a>’s latest innovation, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/gaggenau-essential-induction-400-series/20747539">Essential Induction</a>, is the epitome of modern luxury. The cooking zone, which becomes simply a multifunctional stone surface when not in use, is a tool to make living easy and fluid without any aesthetic compromise. It’s precisely not about logos, but discretion.</p> <p><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/gaggenau-essential-induction-400-series/20747539">Essential Induction</a> shouts quiet luxury in a number of ways. It embraces, for example, the all-important movement for soft tech, in which advanced technology is present but invisibly integrated into warm and inviting environments. It also speaks to our desire to live all of life around the stove. With Essential Induction, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/gaggenau/3100496">Gaggenau</a> is doing away with…

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A revolution in kitchen technology: Gaggenau’s invisible cooktop | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gaggenau-a-revolution-in-kitchen-technology-gaggenaus-invisible-cooktop/20752259 Thu, 18 Jan 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/gaggenau/3100496">Gaggenau</a>’s commitment to innovation and eye-soothing aesthetics in the kitchen is well known; its appliances aim to please the most exigent cook and meet the rigour of the dedicated minimalist. Its latest launch, however, turns the idea of appliance design on its head.</p> <p>Going by the suitably understated name <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/gaggenau-essential-induction-400-series/20747539">Essential Induction</a>, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/gaggenau/3100496">Gaggenau</a>’s latest cooking appliance has disappeared almost entirely into a Dekton worktop; the only evidence when switched off that it is, indeed, a cooking station, are the front-mounted knobs in stainless steel or black. When switched on, a glowing LED dot indicates where to place your pan for heat, and remains visible as long as the surface is hot to touch. When off, the cooking zone becomes the anything-goes zone…

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Understated elegance meets enchanting glass art | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/light-building-understated-elegance-meets-enchanting-glass-art/20752218 Tue, 12 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 The focus of the top Light + Building theme, ‘Work + Living’ is on the modular use of rooms and spaces both indoors and outdoors. Associated with this are changing demands on lighting: it should be adaptable and usable individually, as well as integrate several different functions and combine high-grade design with innovative technology. ‘Work + Living’ spotlights lighting in all its multifarious facets and fields, including design and special situations. As an aspect of interior design, sources of light are either a harmonious part of the overall concept or draw attention to themselves as design objects. Designers experiment with new materials and technologies, cooperate with glass blowers and take advantage of sustainable manufacturing processes and resources. Trends influence the design process. On behalf of Light + Building, the design experts of style agency bora.herke.palmisano have looked at which themes are most likely to impact on the 2024-25 season. A <a href="https://light-b…

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Architonic projects of the year 2023: Commercial | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-architonic-projects-of-the-year-2023-commercial/20752217 Thu, 07 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 With individual environmental responsibilities higher than they’ve ever been, consumers of experiences have turned their backs on the short-term glitz and glamour of plastic-fantastic surfaces, in favour of more what they categorise as ‘real’ interactions, with more natural and local material ingredients. As this list of Architonic’s most popular new commercial spaces shows, the use of environmental materials, sustainable building practices and spaces that integrate themselves and their visitors with the serenity and balance of the natural world around them, are all key features common in contemporary design briefs. The <a href="https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/125" target="_blank" rel=nofollow">Montenegrin region of Kotor</a> – a <a href="https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/" target="_blank" rel=nofollow">UNESCO World Heritage Site</a> – can now be experienced from within the comforts of a <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/project/westudio-mamula/20713196" target="_blank">luxury hotel</…

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The International VELUX Award 2024 jury announced | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/velux-group-the-international-velux-award-2024-jury-announced/20752195 Thu, 07 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <p>© Architonic Head to the <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/stories/0/0/0/1">Architonic Magazine</a> for more insights on the latest products, trends and practices in architecture and design.</p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/velux-group-the-international-velux-award-2024-jury-announced/20752195 Architonic projects of the year 2023: Residential | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-architonic-projects-of-the-year-2023-residential/20752116 Tue, 05 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 With reduced energy stability and uncertain economies across the world, 2023 was the year that many homeowners started to feel the pinch. This made building (and designing) to last an essential consideration for new <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/projects/0/0/0/1" target="_blank">projects</a>, with hardwearing surfaces and long-life design styles combining with soft but durable <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/products/materials/0/3210514/1?utm_medium=website&utm_source=ArchDaily&utm_campaign=organic" target="_blank">materials</a> to direct interior design trends. That being said, when it came to renovations, the focus was very much on reuse rather than replace, with reused, recycled and, importantly, recyclable products, materials and structures rising to the top of everyone’s wish list, alongside the emerging markets to distribute them. Celebrating this era of sustainable interior design and architecture, these – the Architonic readers’ favourite residential pro…

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Quiet please: worldwide libraries that speak up for their communities | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-quiet-please-worldwide-libraries-that-speak-up-for-their-communities/20752106 Mon, 11 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <p>The traditional idea of a library is a rather boring and dusty land where the word is king and silence the price of entry. A small fee for an invitation into wonderful, fantastical worlds or to educate oneself on diverse subjects from architecture to zoology. However, as information and stories are now so widely and cheaply available with a simple voice command, the out-of-favour library building has been forced to evolve.</p> <p>Risen from the ashes of literary learning, libraries all over the world are being reborn as community hubs that inspire action. Offering spaces and services for those of all ages and interests to come together, the following library buildings from Architonic’s project archive use acoustic techniques to help some users hear their inner voice while helping others to make their voices heard.</p> With ‘dedicated areas for programmes and events for each age group’ and ‘an array of spaces for the public to meet and collaborate,’ as its architects <a href="https:/…

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Hotspot for design and new workspaces: Ambiente 2024 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ambiente-hotspot-for-design-and-new-workspaces-ambiente-2024/20752060 Mon, 11 Dec 2023 00:00:00 +0100 <p>The definition of work is no longer as clear-cut as it was a few years ago. Hypermobile, it takes place on devices that we carry around with us and in places that are not designated workplaces. Above all, the home office is now an established functional area in many households. If employees do go to the office, they want a flexible and dynamically responsive working environment. When <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/ambiente/5205995">Ambiente</a> – the world's most important consumer goods fair – opens its doors in Frankfurt from 26 January to 30 January, the focus for exhibitors and trade visitors from industry, services and planning will be on professional exchange in the four areas of life: Dining, Living, Giving and Working. In the Future of Work space, the latter section will focus on the future of work as a meta-theme in 2024 and showcase products and solutions for furnishing and equipping contemporary workspaces. </p> Acoustics, room partitioning and furniture…

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Cosentino's long-living, ultra-compacted surfaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/cosentino-cosentino-039s-long-living-ultra-compacted-surfaces/20752007 Tue, 06 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>When the team renovating 444 N Orleans in Chicago was looking to create an impactful facade that would stand firm against the Windy City’s environmental onslaughts, they turned to <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/cosentino/3103180">Cosentino</a>’s hardy material invention, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/collections/cosentino/3103180/0/1">Dekton</a>. Not wishing the wintertime arctic blasts of -30C and summertime extremes of 30C to compromise the vision, they found both their need and want in large-format slabs of <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/collections/cosentino/3103180/0/1">Dekton</a>’s <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/product/cosentino-dekton-aura/1528070">Aura 15</a>, an ultracompact surface with a marble-like finish.</p> <p><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/collections/cosentino/3103180/0/1">Dekton</a> is the smartly engineered material that is tooling up architects with an endlessly flexible cladding; one that offers good looks alon…

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Cosentino's creative finishes are a playground for architects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/cosentino-cosentino-039s-creative-finishes-are-a-playground-for-architects/20752006 Tue, 06 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0100 <p>‘We approach each project as a tailor-made suit’ says Beatriz Quintana, a facades project manager at <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/cosentino/3103180">Cosentino</a>, referencing the way in which its ultra-compacted surface material, <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/collections/cosentino/3103180/0/1">Dekton</a>, can flex in colour, texture, finish, thickness, fitting method and form to creatively clad buildings and bring artistic flourish to functional facades.</p> <p><a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/cosentino/3103180">Cosentino</a> works closely and collaboratively with architects and there is certainly something of a Savile Row mentality about the process, once the full scope of the material is unleashed in an architect’s studio. ‘We looked at the materials and saw that, yes, we can control the graduation of the colour from dark at the bottom to light,’ says <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/microsite/ron-arad/5201143">Ron Arad</a> joyfu…

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