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 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:35:20 +0200 New Talks Programme at designjunction | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/designjunction-milan-new-talks-programme-at-designjunction/7001734 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 With only a few days to go, the anticipated designjunction not only presents hundreds of product launches, immersive installations, pop-up shops, plus the many food and drink options to choose from, the show also welcomes an exciting new talks programme. Designed to inspire, engage and provoke, the talks will take place at the nearby co-working space The Office Group (TOG) in King’s Cross. The two-day programme (Thursday 21 - Friday 22 September) offers a series of lively discussions and debates with high profile designers and creative brands including Sir Kenneth Grange; Julio Terra (Kickstarter); Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead (2LG Studio); Deyan Sudjic (Design Museum) and Tina Norden (Conran and Partners). Encompassing 14 sessions, each talk aims to engage on topical issues around the show’s theme of ‘Where Design Meets’, exploring how design encounters different sub-topics including Where Design Meets… Home, Workspace, Materials, King’s Cross, Architecture and many more. T… continue

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Guiding light: Artemide | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-guiding-light-artemide/7001733 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 A classic product is one that still looks fresh and functions as well as it did the day it was launched. Think of the Swiss army knife, the BIC ballpoint pen or the Gibson Les Paul guitar. The Tolomeo lamp from leading worldwide manufacturer of design and architectural lighting, Artemide, is another such product; an elegant and timeless object that is as popular with design lovers now as it was when it was first produced 30 years ago. Italian designer Michele De Lucchi was on holiday at the seaside, watching fishermen manoeuvring nets attached to a system of poles and ropes, when he came up with the idea for an adjustable task lamp featuring a mechanism based around steel tension cables. “It seemed smart to me that you can suspend a rod with something attached to it using a small lever arm and a cable,” the designer explains. “That was the frame of reference I had in mind when I designed the Tolomeo.” Artemide’s founder Ernesto Gismondi was impressed when he first encountered Tolomeo i… continue

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Sacred Stuff: 5 materially expressive churches | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-sacred-stuff-5-materially-expressive-churches/7001732 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 PARISH CHURCH OF SANTA MONICA | vicens + ramos This church, just 15 km outside Madrid, takes on a curving, arrow-like form in order to maximally occupy its long, narrow plot. At the south end, its vertical edge widens into the main altar room at the north, lit by a mosaic of skylights. On the church’s exterior, these skylights appear as an explosion of graphic lines, rectangles and trapezoids, which the architects sheathed in weathering steel. CHURCH OF ST. WENCESLAS | atelier štĕpán Based on Romanesque rotundas, this concrete church in Sazovice, Czech Republic finds inspiration in its endless form. “When you observe the volume, you feel the lightness made by the design principle of tapering the walls into tiny lines. It’s like cutting a paper cylinder and exploring its possibilities,” explains architect Marek Jan Štěpán. “I created the windows by pushing and pulling the cuts and letting the light glide softly on the walls.” SAINT JOSEPH IN THE WOODS | messner architects Messner Archit… continue

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Design Week Mexico unveils program for its 9th edition | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-design-week-mexico-design-week-mexico-unveils-program-for-its-9th-edition/7001729 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Design Week Mexico, the country’s leading platform for Design and Architecture, has unveiled its program and first confirmed participants for its 9th edition, which takes place from October 4th - 8th. The event will celebrate creativity and design with a range of activities, from exhibitions and temporary installations to interventions and talks, turning the capital into an international platform for innovation. Last year, Mexico and Switzerland celebrated their 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Building on that relationship, Design Week Mexico will host Switzerland as its Guest Country. Meanwhile, the East-Central state of Puebla - known for its rich tradition of handcraft and folk art, such as the mayolica style pottery, glass and indigenous textiles - will be this edition’s Guest State, enabling bilateral collaboration between contemporary designers and traditional craftsmen. As the city gears up to become <b>World Design Capital Mexico City 2018 </b>- responding to th… continue

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Universal Appeal: new religious projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-universal-appeal-new-religious-projects/7001728 Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 While religious affiliation is plummeting among younger generations living in western countries, the mindfulness movement, closely tied with meditation and the desire to unplug, continues to grow. Architects designing sacred spaces around the world are expressing these contrasts – and it’s all in the details. Pairing expansive volumes with heavy masses, warm wooden interiors with metal facades, and earthly elements with man-made finishes, the globe’s newest sacred spaces evoke transcendence, while still offering room for contemplation. On the outskirts of Chile’s capital Santiago up to 600 visitors can sit on the leather and walnut benches of the Bahálí Temple of South America. Designed by the Canadian practice Hariri Pontarini Architects, the temple, situated at the foot of the Andes, features a light-filled interior of translucent marble. The facade consists of nine, identical petal-like wings made from 1129 individually manufactured glass elements. Between sunrise and sunset, the te… continue

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What’s art got to do with it?: Laufen | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-whats-art-got-to-do-with-it-laufen/7001727 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 What is art? Well, how long have you got? To be honest, this isn’t really the forum for an in-depth discussion of art’s motivations and meanings. But let’s agree that it can (or should?), with its calling into question of social, political and economic structures, be a means of affecting a conversation, and through this, the possibility of change. Given the turbulent times we live in (or at the very least the way in which we perceive them as turbulent), it could be argued that we need art now more than ever. Art speaks, encouraging us to speak to each other and speak out. If you’ve been to Venice already this summer for the Art Biennale, you may have entered into a conversation with a complete stranger. And without words. As part of the main exhibition – this year curated by Christine Macel and whose theme is “Viva Arte Viva”, a clarion call to the humanity of art and the art of humanity – German artist Franz Erhard Walther has, Carl-Andre-like, placed flat, elongated steel forms on… continue

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Reinvented Architecture: The New City Studio (Part II) | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-reinvented-architecture-the-new-city-studio-part-ii/7001726 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Ultramoderne</b> Aaron Forrest’s and Yasmin Vobis’s studio, Ultramoderne, shows its design capabilities through its explorations of architectural representation and work on multiple scales. Transitioning from pavilions and installations to urban-scale planning, Ultramoderne deploys traditional modes of architectural representation in design and dissemination, eschewing the culture of highly mediated renderings in favor of photographic stills and stop motion animation. The studio’s finalist entry for MoMA PS1 Warm Up, Recess, explores the ideas of boundary and tectonic play through the typology of a schoolyard and its enclosing boundary. The clear form of the proposed circle inscribes and demarcates the recreational space for play, and the competition video documents the field work of full-scale mock-ups and the liveliness of detailed scale models. Without utilizing a single wall, Ultramoderne’s Table’s Clear installation for the Architectural League’s 2016 Beaux Arts Ball created di… continue

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VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2017: 29.9. – 8.10.2017 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/vienna-design-week-vienna-design-week-2017-29-9-8-10-2017/7001725 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 STAGE FOR ART AND DESIGN Wiener Stadthalle With Halle D, opened in 1958, Roland Rainer created one of the most important buildings of Austrian architecture, and today it appears just as impressive, untouched in its substance and contemporary in architecture. The Austrian star architect moreover designed a major part of the furnishings and interior – for instance, the stackable Stadthalle chairs and the Rainer cloakroom have in the meantime become legendary. Moreover, Wiener Stadthalle still harbors artworks of inestimable value, some conspicuous, some integrated into the everyday routine. Wiener Stadthalle gives visitors the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes and view the numerous objects of contemporary art in back-stage guided tours throughout the year – 2017 also as part of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK. COMMUNCIATION SPACES OF THE FUTURE VEECH X VEECH For nearly 25 years, the internationally renowned architecture and design bureau Veech X Veech have been producing innovativ… continue

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Reinvented Architecture: The New City Studio (Part I) | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-reinvented-architecture-the-new-city-studio-part-i/7001722 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Drawing upon rich traditions of architectural representation, these featured studios strike at the heart of architectural production while broadening the boundaries of professional identity. They resist the contemporary values of specialization, efficiency and compartmentalization and champion depth over shallowness; they represent the architect as skilled at defying the classic anxiety over the slowness of building. How does architecture communicate with the public? What is the essence of architectural training and contribution? TLmag’s investigation into today’s design studios in New York City reveals that the work of these new establishments reflects their values: it is inventive and resourceful, thorough and exacting, dreamy and lofty yet grounded and stable. These qualities evoke Vitruvius’s ideal architecture—today’s iterations of firmness, commodity and delight. <b>Young & Ayata</b> Young & Ayata is an architectural and design partnership working through objects, buildings and d… continue

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Alma matters: new university buildings | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-alma-matters-new-university-buildings/7001721 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Parents are typically told that education should be seen as an investment in their child’s future, and likewise the best universities view investing in architecture as a good way to ensure their own ongoing success. High-quality buildings designed by leading architects help these institutions stand out from their competitors, and provide the sort of inspirational and engaging environments expected by Millennial students. When New York-based Studio Libeskind was asked to create a more inspirational environment for the sort of blue-sky science explored at the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at England’s Durham University, it responded with a mathematically influenced design featuring two interlocking stacked volumes. The building’s 72 offices are arranged in a ring around a central atrium, with bands of windows ensuring they each receive natural light and outward views. The atrium and meeting areas are topped with skylights that frame views of the night sky, while the building's pre… continue

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VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2017: 29.9. – 8.10.2017 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/vienna-design-week-vienna-design-week-2017-29-9-8-10-2017/7001720 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 WORK IN PROGRESS: EVOLUTION MONDAY Bene Evolution – the organic transformation of our everyday work environment: experts from the fields of furniture production, design and architecture discuss the effects of social change, digitization, mobility, big data and co. on the different facets of our working lives. On show is the new Evolution Office concept by Bene as well as a major Muuto special exhibition. In addition, chief designer Christian Grossen and sales director Christian Ernemenn emphasise how design functions in the Danish firm. Finally, Bene awards the winners of the design competition PIXEL ART. BE YOUR OWN DESIGNER AND MAKE IT YOURS! USM Take something you like and turn it into something you love! The new online configurator of the Swiss furniture manufacturer USM makes it possible for you to assemble sideboard, shelves or other pieces of furniture with a few clicks and entirely according to your individual wishes. The first step defines structure and size. Then you co… continue

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minimal windows®4+ in a spacious country villa | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-minimal-windows-4-in-a-spacious-country-villa/7001719 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 By means of the purposeful use of material and light it was possible through the geometrical language of forms to give the entire residential building, including outdoor swimming pool, an air of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Large floor-to-ceiling minimal windows® glazing was expertly combined with floating concrete facades on the outside. According to the owner's wishes, the architect designed the home in two main wings to be as flexible as possible. <b>Between the horizontal and vertical</b> The living/dining area is the family's declared "box seat". The individual areas fade openly into living room, kitchen and galleries. Only the private rooms are separated from this. The spacious country villa is an aesthetic experience wherever one looks. Without seeming overloaded, the house is fitted out with a great deal of original art and chic designer furniture. Architectural lighting and furniture installations are integrated in walls and ceilings. <b>Clear building volume</b> Width, ligh… continue

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Home-grown: 4 new Japanese kindergartens | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-home-grown-4-new-japanese-kindergartens/7001718 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 01 Hakusui Nursery School Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Sakuri-shi, Chiba Prefecture, Japan Completed: 2015 Articulated as a set of giant stairs, this nursery school in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, takes its form from the gentle slope on which it's situated. With elevations comprised of picture windows and sliding glass doors, organised across seven stepped platforms, the architects created an expansive space, in keeping with one guiding principle – that a kindergarten should feel like a home. 02 Clover House MAD architects Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan Completed: 2016 MAD architects followed the same principle in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, wrapping this nursery’s wooden frame, formerly a family home, in a convex structure with a waterproof skin. “It was important to create a kindergarten that felt like a home, and give the kids the best possible house to grow up in, one that promotes their learning and creativity,” explains Ma Yansong, founder and principal partner of the f… continue

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HELLO FUTURE – The future is coming | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-design-biennale-zurich-hello-future-the-future-is-coming/7001717 Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The first Design Biennale Zurich is almost here and the detailed supporting program can be found at www.designbiennalezurich.ch. The Design Biennale is not an ordinary exhibition: visitors can participate, discover and explore the numerous exhibitions, guided tours, talks and workshops. The occasion is not just for professionals, but for all who are interested in design. Even for children, there are different possibilities to playfully explore the world of design at the Biennale. The following is an insight into the supporting program of the Design Biennale Zurich 2017 – have fun exploring. On the Thursday of the Biennale, in the Werkstadt, raw materials, tests and life cycle assessments can be discussed at the BioabbauBAR, during the special presentation "Materials from Tomorrow: Bioplastics". In addition, radio and TV original Hannes Hug, in his special guided tour "Return to Forever" at the Landesmuseum Zürich, is looking at the actual inner life of selected exhibits discusse… continue

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Lindsey Adelman: Capturing beauty | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-lindsey-adelman-capturing-beauty/7001716 Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 With a degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design, Adelman began specializing in lighting in 1996, eventually launching her own studio in downtown New York City in 2006. Mixing natural materials and organic forms with machine parts and an industrial edge, Adelman seeks to capture the ephemeral beauty of nature. Metal elements like shiny brass and oil-rubbed bronze contrast with tinted glass or milky white porcelain, creating a new kind of luxury object. The Branching Bubbles collection, designed in 2006, includes works that are like suspended sculptures with meandering metal armature supporting hand-blown glass globes. Collections such as Burst, with its pointed daggers and curved glass literally bursting from its core, Cherry Bomb, with its jewel-like, foiled glass spheres and delicate chain metal and Knotty Bubbles, which uses thick, nautical rope to support glass globes, show that Adelman’s work can be both sensual and empowering. Throughout her career as a d… continue

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The Audiophiles: acousticpearls | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-audiophiles-acousticpearls/7001715 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The clue is the name. acousticpearls. When the German-based acoustic-products specialists went into business over a decade ago, their mission was not only to be become the leading manufacturer of premium sound-managing architectural elements for interiors, but also to become the go-to consulting partner for architects and planners – to turn grit into pearls, by helping their clients transform troubling, noisy spaces into acoustically and optically pleasing environments. “Most spaces suffer from less-than-optimal acoustics,” explains acousticpearls CEO Clemens Lünig. “Our role is a transformative one – to improve the quality of experience for users of spaces by tackling badly managed sound in an effective way that also has an added visual benefit. It’s ultimately about people.” <b>Hear clear</b> Every project acousticpearls undertakes is strongly underpinned by robust research. The process starts with an in-depth analysis of the architect’s plans and photographs. Special softwar… continue

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Fluid Intelligence: Grohe | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-fluid-intelligence-grohe/7001714 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 It’s seven years since the UN formally acknowledged water as a fundamental human right. Access to clean water and sanitation, it’s fair to say, is something we take for granted in the developed world, however. And yet we know we’re almost certainly facing a future where water, due to such inescapable factors as population growth and shifting weather patterns, moves from natural resource to precious commodity – one that, in the coming decades, some experts predict might even come to be traded on the markets in the way that oil, grain or gold is today. If good design is as much about how things function – how they effectively address a particular need or solve a particular problem – as it is about how they deliver on an aesthetic level, then Grohe is arguably the design leader when it comes to the sanitary sector. With its technology-first approach, the German-based manufacturer has been innovating products for over a century, where the user experience is as considered as the objects… continue

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Todd Bracher: “Trump will not affect our creativity” | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-todd-bracher-trump-will-not-affect-our-creativity/7001713 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 “It is not about me and my personality, it is completely about the end user,” says the New Yorker, born in 1974, who studied at Pratt Institute in New York and at Designskolen in Copenhagen. Todd Bracher founded his own studio in 1999, working for clients such as 3M, Georg Jensen, Herman Miller, Humanscale and Cappellini. In January 2017, Todd Bracher implemented the home study “Das Haus” at the imm Cologne furniture fair. We spoke with the designer about new responsibility, public interest and the current creative climate in the Big Apple. <b>You have spent ten years in Europe studying and working between Copenhagen, Milan, Paris and London. What was your first thought as you were moving back to New York in 2007? </b> What am I doing here?” was my first thought. In January 2007, there were no iPhones. I didn’t exist for the public. When I was talking about design, people didn’t know about it. There was a language barrier between Europe and America in terms of design. But when the i… continue

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Discover what will happen at Mood / Indigo Brussels 2017 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mood-discover-what-will-happen-at-mood-indigo-brussels-2017/7001712 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>5 extra reasons to visit MoOD.</b> <b>1) Reliance launches Recron FS (Fire Safe) worldwide at MoOD.</b> Reliance Industries from Mumbai is convinced that MoOD 2017 is the perfect platform to launch its Flame Retardant brand Recron FS. Reliance is the largest integrated producer of polyester fibres and yarns worldwide. Their environment friendly brand Recron FS is the perfect product to be used in home textiles, hospitality, entertainment and transport industries. <b>2) ZWoven Europe, a totally new collection for the European market</b> An eye-catching return is made by the Chinese Zhong Wang, one of the biggest weavers in China. The ZWoven collection, designed by Mark Geysen (BE), is marketed and commercialised by Guy Parmentier (BE). In other words: it is supported by ‘connaisseurs’ of the European market, choosing MoOD to 'attack' this market. The fashionable collection based on textile know-how from both Belgium and China is a unique project, aimed at importers and the… continue

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HELLO FUTURE – The future starts in four weeks | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-design-biennale-zurich-hello-future-the-future-starts-in-four-weeks/7001710 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The varied program of the Design Biennale Zurich is now available on www.designbiennalezurich.ch. Tickets for this unique event are also available on the website. In the following, some program highlights will be presented - a small taste for the future, that will soon begin. Bad Vibrations Crystals to counter annoying vibrations and noise? This might sound esoteric,
but is in fact a design- and engineering feat on the highest level. Phononic crystals absorb oscillations – without electronics or electricity. Christian Lauchenauer, our designer in residence at the Empa, sketches the future of the new material. Biennale Zentrum, Hochhaus zur Bastei, Bärengasse 29, 8001 Zurich Thu - Sat 11 - 19h, Sun 11 - 17h The Utopia of the Neutral On the occasion of the Design Biennale London 2016, seven designers have translated their utopias into objects in collaboration with highly specialized Swiss industrial enterprises. The award-winning exhibition will debut in Switzerland in revised… continue

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Going Loco: station projects steam ahead | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-going-loco-station-projects-steam-ahead/7001709 Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Trains might have been invented before more technologically advanced jet aircraft, but train travel could soon come to overtake air travel in terms of its appeal. Trains require, more often than not, neither check-in nor security – reducing travel times, especially for shorter distances – no schlepping to out-of-town airports for city-dwellers, and often boast more comfortable interiors. Add to this the rise of high-speed rail, which has seen the creation of glittering new stations or the upgrade of existing ones by high-profile architects. Take the newly opened Napoli Afragola station near Naples, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, which serves four high-speed intercity lines and connects southern Italian cities Bari and Reggio Calabria to northern Italy and the rest of Europe; 32,700 passengers are expected to use it daily. Ease of movement is key to its design, which links the communities on either side of the railway and minimises walking distances to and from the trains. A concour… continue

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Taking route: 5 bus stations going places | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-taking-route-5-bus-stations-going-places/7001708 Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b> STUTTGART AIRPORT BUSTERMINAL WITH PARKING GARAGE | wulf architekten </b> Anodised and perforated metal plates constitute the shimmering, platinum-coloured façade of wulf architekten’s parking garage and 18-platform bus station, adjacent to the Stuttgart Airport in Germany. <b>BUS STATION IN SANTA POLA | Emilio Vicedo and Manuel Lillo</b> A dramatic, tapering metal canopy sets Emilio Vicedo and Manuel Lillo’s bus station apart from the immediate industrial landscape in Santa Pola, Spain. <b>CEBU BUS RAPID TRANSIT | CAZA (Carlos Arnaiz Architects) </b> Designed for the new BRT transport system in Cebu, Philippines, the ziggurat-like roofs of CAZA’s bus stops provide shade and catch rainwater, while sharp green and blue diagonals reference ancient, local basket-weaving traditions. <b>BUS STATION OF TRUJILLO | Ismo Arquitectura </b> Situated between the city and the countryside, Ismo Arquitectura’s monolithic, concrete bus station in Trujillo, Spain, finds material inspiration in it… continue

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Never Built New York | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-never-built-new-york/7001707 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 In the summer of 1833, painter Thomas Cole sent Luman Reed, one of New York’s wealthiest merchants, a detailed prospectus for a series of canvases he wanted to display in Reed’s no. 13 Greenwich Street mansion. Cole told his patron that the paintings would chart man’s “progress from Barbarism to Civilization, to Luxury . . . to the state of Ruin & Desolation.” The artist struggled for some time before he devised a suitable title, hitting upon The Course of Empire. The oils, which proved to be a hit, were more than an allegory of a great nation’s or city-state’s rise and fall. In a sense, Cole inaugurated the essential idea of New York City: He self-consciously aligned the fate of his adopted city with that of the Roman Empire. What lay very much on the surface of Cole’s paintings was a teeming mercantile city always edging the brink of collapse. The engine of New York’s economic prowess, he suggested, would invariably outrun the brake of its cultural and social compact. Between these t… continue

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Reduction to the essentials | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-reduction-to-the-essentials/7001706 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Tobias Grau’s design language is characterized both by very organic shapes and a reduced design. The FALLING LEAF and FALLING WATER suspension lamps captivate with their unusual, nature-inspired organic design. The FALLING LEAF suspension lamp consists of a fascinating combination of polished aluminium and matt premium-quality plastic in various colours, as well as an optical lens. FALLING WATER allows the light to fall down like drops of water, and provides glare-free, intensive lighting. State-of-the-art LEDs are integrated into every luminaire head, and these are powerful, dimmable, offering brilliant light and optimal colour reproduction. For the office, the Tobias Grau portfolio includes JOHN and the XT-S series. The minimized design language and the restrained design give JOHN a modern and timeless character. Its design means that it has a discreet appearance on the desk while still providing enough light for the workplace. Two spring joints mean that the lamp can easily be adjus… continue

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The past with a future | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-the-past-with-a-future/7001705 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 For more than 35 years, the name TECNO-LUMEN has stood for timeless and characteristic design. Its lamps based on original designs from the Bauhaus era are globally unique. Contemporary lamps that follow the same functional design principle round off the range. In addition to the lamps, the Bremen factory also produces other items and accessories. Naturally a strong emphasis is placed on craftsmanship and high-quality materials. In the case of the retro lamps, the emphasis is on originality, and with the current collections on individuality with a high standard of design. The portfolio is being carefully expanded without losing sight of the timeless classics. The most prominent of these is the legendary Wagenfeld lamp – the lamp that led to art collector and businessman Walter Schnepel founding TECNOLUMEN in 1980. He was personally granted the only licence in the world to manufacture the original re-edition by Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Another classic from the year 1927 is the Buquet EB27 des… continue

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Keep your seats | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-keep-your-seats/7001704 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Mario Palmisano has been with Züco for 37 years and is head of the sewing workshop. When he cuts out the leather for an office swivel chair, he uses an entire cowhide – but only after carefully checking it for natural markings and flaws before placing the pattern pieces on it. When customers buy a high-end chair, they expect perfection. Every piece that leaves the premises is the result of a long production chain. Take the DucaRe swivel chair, for instance: it contains components from 14 different suppliers and is made up of more than 100 individual parts. The metal legs, star base, castors, foams, upholstery fabrics, mechanism, wooden core, tiny plastic parts, straps and screws are combined to create a conglomerate of ingredients and materials destined for the sole purpose of providing ultimate comfort. After all, office workers often spend more time at their desk than they do in bed – regardless of whether they’re a CEO or a secretary. “As a small manufacturer, we depend on a well-fu… continue

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Adaptable | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-adaptable/7001703 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Anybody who has moved house a few times and struggled up narrow stairs carrying heavy cabinets knows what a crucial difference furniture that adapts to new living circumstances can make. And that is the starting point that inspires designer Mario Bissegger. His xilobis shelving system can be reconfigured, extended and conveniently transported as often as its owner likes. And all without tools, because the furniture is put together without any screws or fittings. The individual modules are held together by an ingenious system of cables and balls. Even so, the result is the only straightforward thing about the system. It took years to develop xilobis, and its production calls for the utmost precision. Besides two carpentry firms from eastern Switzerland, various social institutions are involved as well: the small components are made in the sheltered workshops of the Stöckenweid Foundation, while employees of the Züriwerk Foundation run the central warehouse. “It took a lot of persuasion… continue

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Future-oriented lighting solutions | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-future-oriented-lighting-solutions/7001702 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Fascinated by the simple aesthetics of the neon tube, Heinrich Richner developed the world’s first design lighting range with fluorescent technology in 1995 and thereby founded RIBAG. Since then, the lamps and lights have been developed and manufactured with a special passion for future-oriented technologies and with a focus on high design quality. Inspiration comes from architecture, nature, or is simply based on intuition, with no idea merely following some passing trend but instead always being carefully thought out. In the company’s own design studio, its design and lighting-technology experts are continually working on the lighting tools of the future. Numerous awards and distinctions testify to the success of the company and its operation. Alongside the premium “Made in Switzerland” quality, the service concept also plays a central role. In this way, RIBAG supports architects and builders with all lighting-related matters, and offers tailor-made lighting solutions with respect to… continue

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designjunction Announces Stellar Brand Line-up and New Launches | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/designjunction-milan-designjunction-announces-stellar-brand-line-up-and-new-launches/7001701 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Now in its seventh year, designjunction returns to Kings Cross this September (21-24) as part of the annual London Design Festival. The 2017 edition of the show will present more than 200 international design brands, hundreds of product launches, 70 tempting pop-up shops and bespoke installations, in addition to the schedule of lively talks and debates. The show will take place across five key sites – all within a stone’s throw of each other, including the centrally located Granary Square (registration and installations), Cubitt House (lighting and furniture), Cubitt Park (emerging designers and materials), The Crossing (installations and partnership projects) and The Canopy (retail). <b>Cubitt House & Cubitt Park – The Trade Destinations </b> Due to popular demand, designjunction expands its trade destination. Cubitt House remains a focused furniture and lighting destination, whilst Cubitt Park, a new pavilion located opposite, will house luxury accessories and materials, in add… continue

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Hello Future - First Design Biennale Zurich | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-design-biennale-zurich-hello-future-first-design-biennale-zurich/7001700 Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b> Short interview with the initiators of the Design Biennale Zurich 2017 </b> <b>What is the origin and motivation of the Design Biennale Zurich?</b> <b>Gabriela Chicherio:</b> The association Freundeskreis Design nds it astonishing that there are so many individual events take place in Zurich, but there is no larger, coordinated event for design. <b>What does the Zurich Design Biennale Zurich do? </b> <b>Gabriela Chicherio:</b> The Design Biennale Zurich wants to prove that design 
is not only an important economic factor, but also an important cultural area. <b>Andreas Saxer:</b> Our program wants to convey design and the research about design. The focus lies on the substantive discussion about the performance and effect of design and the perspectives that design can open up in a cultural context. <b>Fabienne Barras:</b> The Design Biennale is intended to show design as a thinking discipline that moves between industry and production. <b>Why does Zurich need a… continue

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Hightech made in Brandenburg | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-hightech-made-in-brandenburg/7001699 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The main feature of the latest generation of the wittenberg spotlight system is flexibility. In addition to the LEDs that are also compatible with future systems and which can be replaced with a constant spotlight head volume and increased light emission, the light output has been improved by more than 50%. The series is characterised by technical details as well as excellent design. fbl is Mawa’s new track-mounted, surface-mounted and recessed luminaire. The one-piece milled and folded cuboid linearly arranges the LEDs, and is a patented, technical innovation. Cooling fins have also been dispensed with. The seventies track-mounted, surface-mounted and recessed luminaire offers high-tech in a retro design. All three series have been designed with no visible screws. Text: Dorothea Gehringer Neu-Langerwisch 36 14552 Michendorf Germany Your contact for projects: Tina Krauss t.krauss@mawa-design.de +49 33205 228822 continue

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Finalists Announced! SBID Awards 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sbid-international-design-awards-finalists-announced-sbid-awards-2017/7001698 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Amongst the world’s finest, other power houses include stylish interiors from London’s luxury department store, Harvey Nichols as well as industry leaders, TATA Motors, Microsoft and General Electric. The range of finalists across all 14 categories displays a true reflection of the scope of this creative and global industry, depicting an international portfolio of projects from over 40 countries worldwide. Entries were received from countries such Latvia, Taiwan, the Maldives, Armenia, Rwanda, Sweden, Mexico, UAE and more, from renowned practices such as HBA, March & White, II BY IV DESIGN, Rockwell Group and David Chang Design Associates International. The public are now invited to vote for their favourite projects at sbidawards.com which will account for 30% of the final results. All categories cover all aspects of interior design including Retail, Public Space, Healthcare Design and Visualisation amongst others. The SBID Awards is regarded as one of the most prestigious acco… continue

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Lightening the mood | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-lightening-the-mood/7001697 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Show somebody who knows Wogg hundreds of pieces of furniture and they’ll be able to pick out the company’s products straight away,” says Mark Werder, head of division at Wogg. A look at the product range reveals a diverse spectrum of furniture. But there’s one thing all the individual pieces have in common: a delicate, clear design language with striking details. Or as Werder puts it: “It’s the unique combination of aesthetics, lightness and cleverness in our products that sets Wogg apart.” And it’s true: the furniture cannot be compared with other products and has a highly distinctive character that undoubtedly plays no small part in the company’s success. Wogg also has a keen instinct for joining forces with the right designers at the right time. There are few influential Swiss designers who do not feature in Wogg’s directory. Famous names like Hans Eichenberger, Gerd Lange or Trix and Robert Haussmann were among those whose creative designs helped the company make its mark back in t… continue

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Italian craftsmanship | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-italian-craftsmanship/7001696 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 At the Italian company, architects and planners are supported right from the start with the realisation of their desired lighting. This approach guarantees comprehensive support and original solutions for every architectural environment. The offer ranges from integrated systems for large residential buildings and public buildings to outdoor-area and underwater lighting. The Linea Light Group focuses on the use of LED technologies, as its in-house specialists consider LED to be a perfect light source. LED lighting concepts are unbeatable in terms of energy efficiency, effective lighting, versatility in every situation, upgrading of materials in the retail area and in fixtures and furnishings, as well as with respect to optical colour consistency and psychological well-being. When it comes to design and concept, the company relies on the philosophy of “less is more“. This creates puristic but striking lighting situations that are precisely tailored to the needs of the surroundings. Award… continue

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MoOD & Indigo Brussels 2017 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mood-mood-amp-indigo-brussels-2017/7001695 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 MoOD & Indigo Brussels give your exhibition experience a real boost. Besides numerous warm contacts at the stands, you can get oxygen and energy for all your new plans and enjoy a nice break. Have a look at the map and discover the extended offer at MoOD / Indigo Brussels. <b>Launch Pads</b> The Launch Pad now in its third year running, curated by Jennifer Castoldi and her team Trendease International, is an area in MoOD you do not want to miss! Featuring talent from all corners of the globe, these startup businesses and designers have been in the industry for five years or less and MoOD is their platform to shine. Discover what you have never before seen. The Launch Pad is the place where you can find new talent for your team, fresh approaches to production, new materials, freelancers for special projects or one-off commissions, print innovations, novel concepts ripe for developing into production, and even new suppliers you didn’t know you were looking for—no trip to MoOD & Ind… continue

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Change Management: adapted office spaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bethan-ryder-change-management-adapted-office-spaces/7001694 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Architects are reimagining the office by inventively adapting industrial environments into enticing, uplifting, light-filled spaces designed to support the flexible, informal and collaborative behaviour of today's working professionals. <b>MullenLowe, TPG Architecture, North Carolina (US)</b> The raw industrial bones of this former tobacco factory have been retained and celebrated in this office renovation of a 1930s warehouse in North Carolina for advertising agency MullenLowe. Maintaining the walls and ceiling, TPG Architecture subdivided the space by installing plywood-clad boxes and screen partitions between columns to create a variety of specific and communal working spaces. These range from photo studios and screening rooms to small meeting booths, conference rooms and larger co-working areas. Character comes from the colourful distressed concrete walls and columns, the layers of paint dictating the interior palette in some areas. <b>WeWork Weihai Lu, Linehouse, Shanghai (Chin… continue

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In Flux: Dornbracht | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-in-flux-dornbracht/7001692 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Dornbracht’s recent collaboration with the renowned architects Rafael de Cárdenas and Neri & Hu shows just how harmoniously one thing can flow into another, especially from the large scale to the detail. The independent, New York-based de Cárdenas and Neri & Hu of Shanghai were invited to contemplate architecture, the bathroom and the direct relationship between the two. <b>Catchword: Transitional Style</b> Taking as its starting point the new fittings series Vaia, conceived by Sieger Design in the spirit of the Transitional Style, the project set out to interpret and further this interior design trend. The premise: “Create a new balance – between traditional elegance and contemporary cool.” The ideas and inspiration provided by the two offices formed the basis of the actual bathroom designs developed by Mike Meiré, Creative Director of Dornbracht, and his agency Meiré und Meiré. Two inspiring new bathroom environments arose from numerous sketches, material collages and mood boards… continue

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The Constant Gardener: Petra Blaisse | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-the-constant-gardener-petra-blaisse/7001691 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Petra Blaisse is the founder and lead designer of Inside Outside, a multi-disciplinary studio specialising in landscape design as well as interior and exhibition design. Whether designing private gardens or public master plans, the studio’s main tools are always colour, light, sound and time. Architonic asked Blaisse – who was one of the esteemed guests at this year’s Boisbuchet summer workshops – about her creative process, sustainable architecture and if there is a thread running through her work. <b>You work in and around existing architecture. How does that affect your creative process?</b> Our work addresses both existing situations or buildings (if we are developing urban plans; or when asked to add acoustic, spatial or shading objects inside existing buildings; or collaborating on restoration projects) and projects that are in development. Most often we are part of an architecture team, involved from the conceptual phases of a project onward. As our work, both inside and outs… continue

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Grounded: new landscape projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-grounded-new-landscape-projects/7001690 Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Whether implemented in the public or private realm, landscape architecture has a transformative value that can help to turn underused or awkward sites into lively communal spaces. The popularity of the High Line elevated park in New York City alerted many to the potential benefits of great landscaping, prompting municipalities and private organisations around the world to have a go at creating their own urban oases. Whereas the High Line reactivated a disused railway line, in Barcelona, an 800-metre section of a functioning railway line has been enclosed by architects Sergi Godia and Ana Molino in an overground tunnel, topped with landscaped gardens. This process rejuvenated what the architects described as “an open wound” in the urban fabric of the Sants neighbourhood, creating a verdant boulevard with views of the city skyline. Sites located around transportation infrastructure are ideal for transformative landscaping projects aimed at beautifying these areas of high footfall. Japane… continue

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Working Future: Ben van Berkel | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-working-future-ben-van-berkel/7001689 Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 This past month “Architektur und Wohnen” appointed Ben van Berkel and UNStudio ‘A&W Architect of the Year 2017’. The prize was awarded in conjunction with an exhibition ‘The Future of Work: Human Refocus’, which Van Berkel and UNStudio’s innovation and forecasting team curated. Architonic caught up with the architect of the hour to learn more about how he’s forecasting the future of work environments. <b> Congratulations to you and UNStudio on being named A&W Architect of the Year 2017. Could you say a few words about the exhibition you’ve curated, ‘The Future of Work: Human Refocus’? </b> I like this concept of “future-proofing the future”. We’re thinking about what we can do as architects to forecast the future of work environments. Today, it’s difficult to think in typologies or in buildings like office or hospital or museum alone – the whole discussion about work today is connected to the future campus. Everyone wants a campus now... I started to speculate more and more… continue

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Lighting experience | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-lighting-experience/7001688 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 From the initial idea – where light is needed – to the design of a spatial situation, what is important to LIGHT-POINT is to design products that naturally integrate into daily life. Minimalist design, functionality and innovation are the key elements in this respect. Beneath the Scandinavian design philosophy however there is also a focus on high quality. The lights are designed to inspire customers to also use them in other ways. Each product has been designed in such a way that its use is a unique experience for the user. LIGHT-POINT’s lights are also intended to symbolize a high quality of life, which is why the company attaches great importance to understanding the needs of its customers. LIGHT-POINT is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, where natural light forms and shapes every season. This in turn influences the city’s lifestyle, with light becoming important in a whole range of life situations – at home, in the office, and also in public spaces. Light-Point incorporates this kn… continue

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Tradition interpreted in a modern way | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-tradition-interpreted-in-a-modern-way/7001687 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Aella mini represents the ongoing development of classic design and traditional craftsmanship in the glass-making industry. With new proportions and finishes, the series has been enhanced to increase its modernity and quality for various applications. In addition to table lamps, the series also includes smaller wall sconces and pendants. The Trigona series is very much what its name implies, namely a series based on the number three. The number forms the basis of the design of the pendant lighting series which consists of three overlapping glass cylinders in different designs. It generates an individual and atmospheric light depending on the composition of the different colours and surfaces. The Fairy series displays a perfect interplay of design and technology. The glass shade and the internal diffuser create wonderful lighting effects that allow numerous compositions and interpretations. Four new metallic surfaces have recently been added. Text: Katja Reich Via delle Industrie 16/B continue

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Fusion of light and art | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-fusion-of-light-and-art/7001686 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 In-es.artdesign, founded in 2003 by artist and designer Luciano M. Mazzilli, is an Italian lighting design company that merges art with design know-how. The name in-es stands for interior and exterior (In-es.artdesign produces lighting for indoors and outdoors). The lights produced by the company are at once functional, artistic, tactile and metaphorical. The Luna collection is made in nebulite, a blend of resin and fibre that replicates the crater-like and textured surface of the moon. The Matt collection, which won the German Design Award and the Iconic Award, comes in three finishes – cement, nebula and blackboard. The first finish uses a cement-like varnish; the second displays an almost marble-like exterior, while the third has a blackboard finish, which can be written on and erased. The be.pop collection, inspired by pop art, is made in Laprene, a material similar to rubber. The items in the collection are soft and colourful, with its signature piece, cacio&pepe, which is bas… continue

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The art of illumination | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-the-art-of-illumination/7001685 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 ewo emerged from the metal factory in Sarntheim in 1996, and since then has focused on the distribution, control and limitation of light in public spaces. The starting point for all products is a modular LED light unit that generates precise and sustainable lighting scenarios of all sizes. ewo specializes in meeting individual requirements with respect to the shape, technology, colour and material of the lamps. Products for sensitive as well as extreme environments are carefully developed in close collaboration with customers, and manufactured at the company’s site in South Tyrol. ewo seeks to be curious, creative, and open, in order to be able to enter into a dialogue with the spatial and urban architecture and with art and design. Cultural and artistic aspects play a role during design work alongside technical refinement. The ewoLAB series initiates projects with artists, designers and architects, and focuses at different levels on light as a resource, resulting in luminaires of a ki… continue

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A new age | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-a-new-age/7001684 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Axolight has always adopted an international outlook and picked up trends from all over Europe. This flexibility has resulted in collaborations with various designers, such as Dima Loginoff, Karim Rashid, Ryosuke Fukusada, Sandro Santantonio, Timo Ripatti, Brian Rasmussen, Manuel Vivian, Serge and Robert Cornelissen and Rainer Mutsch. Over the last 20 years, the company has acquired extensive know-how in various materials such as glass, crystal glass, fabric, ceramics, metal, aluminium and ABS in order to successfully realise the designs. This has resulted in products for the living area as well as for the hospitality and business sectors. The new brand identity is the tangible result of long-standing corporate development, and is reflected most strongly in the new logo. The mid-20th century, i.e. the 50s and 60s, was a time of reorientation. It was a golden design epoch in which people looked forward to the future without fear and with enthusiasm – an emotional attitude also reflected… continue

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Acoustic Light | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-acoustic-light/7001683 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 &Costa is an Italian company that has been active in the lighting industry since 2000. The company focuses on lighting research and lighting design in order to generate the highest-possible well-being within architectural spaces. The intuition and passion with which the multidisciplinary team works has resulted in it gaining a broad expertise within just a few years. Technical know-how, knowledge about material properties, the focus on details and the ability to work with different designers together make up the profile of &Costa. The company stands for timeless and unobtrusive design, in keeping with craftsmanship and far away from mass production techniques. In addition, it promotes both the development of new products and work with all kinds of materials, from leather to glass. Customers include hotels, restaurants and architects with complex requirements. The company’s newest reference project is the “W“ Hotel in Amsterdam, the Wyndham Grand Frankfurt and the “W“ Hotel in Tel Aviv.… continue

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Japan Stories: Tree to Green | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/25portraits-japan-stories-tree-to-green/7001682 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Tree to Green is a company based in Tokyo and Kiso that designs and distributes modern bath and kitchen products made from the famous Kiso hinoki cypress trees. The line “Kiso Lifestyle Labo” features many hinoki products for Japanese bathing culture such as bath stools, barrels, mats and wooden aromatics. Their “Wood-EN” line consists of tableware made by Rokuro craftsmen. Tree to Green also specialises in concepts, designing and manufacturing contract furniture for homes and public buildings – all made of wood sourced from the Kiso Valley. Takanori Kosegi talks about the start of his company, the Kiso hinoki cypress and how he'd like to change the local woodworking industry. <b> When and how did you discover your passion for wood and woodworking? </b> I was born in Kiso and raised there as well. I am 34 now. My grandfather founded the factory that we are speaking in now. I also went to highschool in Kiso. Afterwards, I went to the university in Tokyo. Then I started at an… continue

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The courage to be yourself | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-the-courage-to-be-yourself/7001681 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Even before he finished his carpentry apprenticeship, Thomas Walser was already creating his own furniture. “I realised early on that a big company that mostly makes off-the-peg products just wasn’t my thing. But my love of exquisite woods in combination with other materials and a slightly unusual design kept growing, so in 2012 I decided to set up my own business,” explains Thomas Walser who, at 26 years old, is probably the youngest managing director of any company featured here. Young, but by no means inexperienced. Every single piece of furniture is developed on the basis of the customer’s needs. Thomas Walser gets the inspiration for his initial sketches from studying the space and the interior setting the new item is intended for. He puts a great deal of energy and creativity into satisfying his customer’s every request. With technical perfection, the raw material is transformed into unique pieces of furniture and enhanced with authentic design, turning the customer’s furniture d… continue

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Dynamic | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-dynamic/7001680 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Anyone who visits Vifian in Schwarzenburg encounters an energetic, dynamic company that is operating at full steam in three different areas: home furniture, office furniture and individual interior fixtures. The latter division has been gaining importance again over the last few years, especially since the Eurozone crisis. Hannes Vifian: “Switzerland’s retail furniture trade is under a lot of pressure right now. The competition from abroad is pretty fierce. You can complain about it as much as you want, but in the end you just have to accept it and find new ways to manage. In our case, that means focusing more on individual interior fixtures.” You realise you’re talking to somebody who is used to strategic, analytical thinking and has a sense of the bigger picture. And that’s hardly surprising, given that Hannes Vifian ended up running the business out of the blue. “In the late 1980s, I actually wanted to go to New York and be an investment banker. But in 1987, Black Monday put an end… continue

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World class | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-world-class/7001679 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Few companies’ DNA is as distinctive as that of USM. Hardly surprising, given that the modular furniture system has always remained faithful to the original blueprint by designer and architect Fritz Haller and, while it has certainly evolved over the years, has never radically changed. As a result, the chrome-plated ball joint that was devised in 1963 is still the heart of USM’s furniture systems to this very day. The pioneering spirit of the then managing director and engineer Paul Schärer and architect Fritz Haller soon paid off: the tubular steel furniture that was originally only intended for their own offices in Münsingen turned into a global success story. Today USM’s products are considered classics that are used not just to furnish offices and homes all over the world but to equip public buildings like hospitals, libraries and stores as well. Since 2001, USM furniture has even been part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York. That same pionee… continue

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Maison & Objet Paris – September 8-12, more than a show! | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/maison-ampobjet-paris-january-maison-amp-objet-paris-september-8-12-more-than-a-show/7001678 Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Twice a year, in Paris, the five-day trade show brings together <b>more than 85,000 professionals and gathers 3,200 brands </b> from all around the world. MAISON&OBJET presents a widely comprehensive 360° product offering: decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, kids, tableware. The show also offers a global experience. It is a key opportunity to meet the major players of the sector, to find innovative solutions and to learn from industry experts. Spanning nine halls, the trade show presents an offer divided into 3 worlds: - MAISON: full-on interior design (hall 1, 2, 3, 4, 5A and 5B) - OBJET: the absolutely essential (hall 5A and 6) - INFLUENCES: from the unique to the bespoke (halls 7 and 8) The September 2017 event will mark the unveiling of the new Objet hub (halls 5A & 6): shaped around three major sectors, <b>Cook&Share</b>, <b>Home&Fashion Accessories</b> and <b>Smart Gift</b>. Thus unveiling a finer segmentation, bold strategic choices, at-… continue

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Interior and exterior connected with tiled floor | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-interior-and-exterior-connected-with-tiled-floor/7001677 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The owners were closely involved in the construction of the building and made their wishes and requirements very clear from the start. Because they host many parties in their home, it was important to them that the barrier between inside and outside was as minimal as possible. The large glass windows in the kitchen and the living room create the effect of the interior seemingly flowing seamlessly into the patio creating a spatial effect. The home had to be sleek and minimalist and the owners wanted this architectural element to be integrated throughout the interior. At the same time, the complete look had to create a warm, inviting feel. <b>Balancing act</b> Designing the interior was a balancing act between creating a sleek look without making it too sterile. So contrasts of light and dark were used extensively throughout the design. The kitchen is white and the cupboards a dark pin oak veneer. A dark tile was needed for the kitchen, bathrooms, and the patio that would match the colo… continue

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Japan Stories: Chiyozuru Sadahide | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/25portraits-japan-stories-chiyozuru-sadahide/7001676 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Miki, in Hyogo prefecture, is well-known for being one of Japan’s most prominent centres for the production of bladed tools like saws, chisels and planes. Chiyozuru Sadahide II and his apprentice Chiyozuru Naohide, two bladesmiths, work with extraordinary expertise and passion to forge their planes and knives for woodworking. Their kanna (planes) are made by using carbon steel and soft iron backing made from iron elements like ship boilers and late 19th century anchor chains. Each step of the manufacturing process has to be executed with perfect accuracy to achieve the highest quality and sharpest blades. Besides crafting blades for planes, Chiyozuru Naohide challenges traditional techniques to create new works that express the inherent beauty of iron and steel. Chiyozuru Sadahide II and Naohide talk about the history of their workshop and the challenges of being bladesmiths. <b>Chiyozuru Sadahide II, please tell us a little bit about the history of your workshop.</b> Two gen… continue

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Stronger together | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-stronger-together/7001675 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 At the remodelled facility in Buchs, Zurich, the two of them set about turning their designs and production ideas into reality with gusto. All 18 of their employees made the move with them – and all of them pull together. The layout was meticulously planned and the machinery optimised. The expert team loves the big, bright rooms. It’s a hive of activity: everywhere you look, somebody is doing carpentry, assembling furniture, milling, painting or engaged in one of the many other processes involved. Only perfectly stored wood from sustainably managed European forests is used. And all the other materials, such as Alucobond and Dacron, are continuously inspected and carefully selected. It goes without saying that the synergies between the two production operations are taken full advantage of. At the same time, however, Benjamin Thut and Ralf Geckeler are in full agreement that the two labels should keep their own DNA. As a result, Ralf Geckeler is responsible for his solid wood furniture a… continue

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Japan Stories: Junko Yashiro | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/25portraits-japan-stories-junko-yashiro/7001674 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Junko Yashiro is an urushi lacquerware artist who does initial woodwork in addition to applying lacquer. The objects she creates are only for daily use. Her unique style produces beautifully crafted surfaces that combine the rough textures of wood with urushi coats ranging from black to silver. Junko Yashiro talks about her career and her unique urushi lacquerware style. <b>How did you discover lacquerware as a profession?</b> After middle school I went to an art-related school that inspired me to become an urushi lacquer artist. I was supposed to go to their associated university. Somehow during highschool, I realized that I wanted to see more of the outside world. So I took my exam to enter one of the best art universities in Japan. During my college years I didn’t think I would be able to become an artist. I didn’t have the desire to do that. I wanted to be employed by a company. There were certain companies where I wanted to get a job after graduation, but I failed. So… continue

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Recipe for success: Gaggenau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-recipe-for-success-gaggenau/7001673 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 A deep-seated knowledge of professional chefs’ needs has allowed Gaggenau, Germany’s leading brand of high-quality, professional-grade domestic appliances, to transfer that expertise effortlessly to private homes everywhere. In the 1930s, the company, then owned by Dr Otto von Blanquet, produced the world’s first electric oven, which made cooking safer and more convenient. When his son Georg took the helm in the 1950s, Gaggenau introduced the first eye-level wall oven and pull-out extraction hood. A keen cook himself, Georg was aware of professional chefs’ precise requirements. And so the brand soon asserted its pre-eminence as a maker of appliances that guaranteed domestic cooks all the advantages of a professional kitchen. What’s more, over the years, Gaggenau has worked extensively with professional chefs to ascertain precisely what delights and frustrates them. Crucially, Gaggenau’s domestic appliances free both private cooks and professional chefs who own them at home from being c… continue

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Architect@Work's North American Debut in Toronto Attracts Over 1,300 Trade Professionals | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-architectwork-architectwork-039s-north-american-debut-in-toronto-attracts-over-1300-trade-professionals/7001672 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Held at the Enercare Centre in Toronto, the exclusive event focused on innovation showcasing the industry’s most exciting new products, materials and applications from 76 exhibitors across Europe and North America. Organized and marketed by Xpo Canada Ltd., with headquarters in Belgium, Europe, the event is unique to the traditional trade show model in that the layout is made up of uniform turnkey booths featuring hundreds of manufacturers’ innovations. “We are excited that the premier Canadian ARCHITECT@WORK edition was so well-received, and look forward to planning our return to Toronto in the upcoming year,” said Anne-Laure Van de Ginste, spokesperson for ARCHITECT@WORK Toronto. Featured exhibitors and products were first selected by a national judging panel from the architecture and design community. From sustainable products and intelligent lighting solutions to breakthroughs in technologies, the innovative products showcased at ARCHITECT@WORK aim to shape trends in the Canadian d… continue

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Japan Stories: Kazuto Yoshikawa | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/25portraits-japan-stories-kazuto-yoshikawa/7001671 Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Kazuto Yoshikawa had been working for the Italian furniture company Cassina IXC in Japan for 12 years, when, in 2012, he decided to make a career change, and devote himself to the study of Japanese woodcraft and furniture making. In his studio in Tokyo, he carefully selects the appropriate material for each of his works, integrating the natural irregularities of wood grain into a range of products from tableware to furniture. Kazuto Yoshikawa talks about his former career and wood as a material. <b>How did you discover woodworking as a profession?</b> I grew up in the countryside of Fukushima. There was a grove just behind my house and I used to go there and play with the trees. I liked making things with my hands so it was natural for me to play with branches and wooden blocks in the grove. I made bows, swords, spoons, toys and even a small shed. So the profession I do now is just a continuation from the time of my childhood. <b>What did you do for Cassina in Japan?</b> I was… continue

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Water Works: Claesson Koivisto Rune | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/madeline-bouton-water-works-claesson-koivisto-rune/7001670 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Stockholm architects Claesson Koivisto Rune’s recently completed Parquet Patterned Pool and Spa on the grounds of a neoclassical mansion in southern Sweden demonstrates the architectural quality water can possess when deployed as a quasi-material. Ola Rune explains... <b>Your Parquet Patterned Pool and Spa transforms the very essence of a wellness project – water – into a “building element”. How did you achieve this?</b> Water is a fantastic material to work with. Its colour changes so dramatically with light. The deeper you go, the less light penetrates the water and the deeper its turquoise hue becomes. So, by outfitting the space in pure white, we are able to show this phenomenon pedagogically and simply. Together with the white tiles we used, water really was our main material in this project. <b>What comes first when designing? How a project looks or how it makes its users feel?</b> On this particular project, we made the layout and organised the space well before adding wh… continue

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A Bigger Splash: New Wellness Architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-a-bigger-splash-new-wellness-architecture/7001669 Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 For architectural grandee Richard Meier, light itself is one of the fundamental materials that lends form to space. “Architecture which enters into a symbiosis with light,” he writes, “allows light to become form.” For architects of wellness projects, the same could be said of water. Water gives pools and spas their raison d’etre. Their spatial organisation and material expression shapes our sensory experience of this most essential of elements. A number of recently completed projects, through a particular consideration of their relation not only with water but also light, show how wellness as a typology stands centre-stage when it comes to a more mindful kind of architecture – one that invites its users to be present, in the here and now. Richard Bell’s subterranean spa for a private London residence, housed in a new extension, draws natural light down and into the space, animating the textural, handmade brick walls and lending the pools’ surfaces a black-gloss-like effect. Water here… continue

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Announcing the Winners of the 2017 AZ Awards | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/az-awards-announcing-the-winners-of-the-2017-az-awards/7001668 Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The 20 winners of the 2017 AZ Awards proved their prowess through stunning and innovative projects that represent a snapshot of the leading work in global architecture and design today – from a curious, castle-like observatory in New Hampshire that maximizes stargazing to a bicycle-powered canopy that can unfurl anywhere an event space is needed to a 31.3-hectare park that preserves delicate wetlands in China. To mark their achievement, they were each awarded a one-of-a-kind trophy, the creation of Canadian-born, international design phenomenon, Philippe Malouin. This year’s submissions reached a staggering 813 from 41 countries, setting a formidable task for our jury of renowned experts. Gathering in March to narrow down the hundreds of submissions to a shortlist of 70 finalists were: planner and landscape ecologist Nina-Marie Lister, interior designer Alessandro Munge, industrial designer Theo Richardson, architect Nader Tehrani and multidisciplinary designer Michael Vanderbyl. The… continue

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Save the date: designjunction2017 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/designjunction-milan-save-the-date-designjunction2017/7001667 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 London’s leading design destination returns to King’s Cross during the London Design Festival. Taking place 21-24 September, designjunction is more than just a trade show, it’s a unique visitor experience offering a wide range of eateries, a mix of global furniture, lighting, accessory, material and technology brands alongside design-led pop-up shops, installations and interactive features. designjunction connects more than 200 of the world’s most iconic design brands with the world’s leading design professionals across five key destinations – it is a place to meet, do business and be inspired. <b>Cubitt House & Cubitt Park – The Trade Destinations </b> Cubitt House will present an international line-up of world renowned design brands showcasing cutting-edge furniture as well as lightjunction, an area dedicated to the very best contemporary lighting. Due to popular demand, designjunction expands its trade destination and introduces Cubitt Park. The new pavilion will house lu… continue

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Space, Man: Domotex 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-space-man-domotex-2018/7001666 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 In designing spaces, it is now easier than ever before to draw inspiration from current trends, and from different styles and cultural influences. The spectrum of choices is great, as is the aspiration to dispense with any prescribed norm and rather find solutions that reflect our personal preferences. With its overarching keynote theme UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE, the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, DOMOTEX, puts forward a new concept that follows this trend and offers room for new perspectives. Many manufacturers are already taking the development from mass to individual production into account in their product ranges. As put by Bernhard Reinkemeier, an executive in the area of interior decoration: “In the future, there will be less and less acceptance of uncoordinated mass merchandise by customers. Instead, they want their specific wishes to be taken seriously and addressed by producers.” Stephan Naacke, a manufacturer of needled carpets who also offers his custome… continue

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Material Tendencies: Fabio Novembre | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-fabio-novembre/7001665 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>If you had to work with one material for the next three years, which would you choose?</b> I would choose glass. Our culture is a transparent culture. We always have to tell the truth and need to be transparent. Glass is such a strong metaphorical material. It is man-made and yet perceived as a natural [true] material. <b>Can you identify certain trends in materials?</b> I believe that the real creative people are the ones that go into the forest and ignore any traces of people who were there before. Otherwise you are a follower. You are not someone who makes the path. You need to be brave in order to go to places where nobody has been. <b>What do you think of the expectation to continually produce something NEW?</b> Unavoidably, things are new. But the point is, we are polluting too much – not only in a physical sense, also in a visual, semiotic sense. Let’s try to only make things that we are very proud of. Things that really testify to our path. Just make your “best of”. D… continue

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Japan Stories: Suzuki Morihisa Studio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/25portraits-japan-stories-suzuki-morihisa-studio/7001664 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Suzuki Morihisa in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, is a 15th generation family business for cast ironworks (Nanbu Tekki), dating back to 1625. Shigeo Suzuki, of the henceforward 16th generation, talks about the workshop’s history and the current situation. <b>Please tell us a little bit about the rich history of Suzuki Morihisa.</b> In the Edo Period, there was a feudal lord of the Nanbu clan from Yamanashi Prefecture who liked art. Here in Iwate, iron, sand, charcoal, and lacquer were abundant. These materials being available in one place made Iwate ideal for cast ironwork, and craftsmen were brought in from around Japan. My ancestor was from Yamanashi just like the Nanbu clan, and was called by the lord to join him in Iwate. That was the beginning. That was about 390 years ago. Now we are in the 15th generation. <b>When and how did you decide to continue this tradition?</b> Our tradition passes from parent to child, so when my mother took on the role, I began to think that my tur… continue

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Flush, a lavatory experience | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-flush-a-lavatory-experience/7001663 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Born out of an idea conceived by Mosa’s CEO Remon Veraart, Communication & PR Specialist Véronique van den Eertwegh, entrepreneur and local resident Leon Maes and La Bergère Group’s managing director Rino Soeters, Flush is a one-of-a-kind design event, tailor made to showcase the dynamism of the Maastricht district of Wyck. This growing neighbourhood, with its creative businesses and stylish food offerings, has been swiftly developing into a cultural hotspot for the Dutch city, as well as the wider region. Envisioned to highlight this, Flush invited students from the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design to be inspired by the area and the extensive tile collection Mosa has to offer in order to completely transform the bathroom facilities in nine different leisure and cultural locations within Wyck. Using Mosa’s quality ceramics and design tools, the students produced a wide range of interiors – from the most vibrantly patterned, to elegant monochrome or softly coloured spaces. Thr… continue

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Small and lovable or purist allrounder? | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-schonbuch-gmbh-small-and-lovable-or-purist-allrounder/7001662 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Small but highly capable. The NINI stool is deliberately sleek, with sublte lines. Thanks to it´s straightforward design it can be intergrated with perfect visual logic into any furnishing style. As well as an air of functional efficiency, it conveys a sense of familiarity – an association that’s further strengthened by the use of solid wood. It is made of either natural oiled oak or walnut, or of oak with an open-pore painted finish, in this case with a big choice of matt colours. Subtle additional colour accents are provided by seat cushions upholstered in a satin fabric in selected colours. This stool can prove its worth in a lobby where shoes are put on and taken off. It´s raised, rounded edges make it useful as a practical side table in the living area or as an improvised, mobile storage element in the office. Utterly charming and always convincing – alone or in a team. A purist all-rounder, ready for adventure. The HANS stool is made from solid wood. Its clear-cut, distinguished… continue

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Chronosophia: Tomáš Libertíny, Solo Show | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-chronosophia-tomas-libertiny-solo-show/7001661 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Born in Slovakia in 1979, Libertíny studied at the Technical University Košice in Slovakia, focusing on engineering and design. He was awarded a scholarship from George Soros’s Open Society Foundations to study at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he explored painting and sculpture. He continued his study at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava in painting and conceptual design. After receiving the prestigious Huygens Scholarship, he enrolled in the master’s program at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where he received his MFA in 2006. In 2007, the artist founded his Studio Libertiny in Rotterdam, where he explores the relationship between nature and technology through conceptual and physical research into the design and construction of sculptural objects and installations. With a strong background in classical and literary culture, Libertíny pursues a visionary exploration of both the physical and the philosophical, seeking constant innovation in production m… continue

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Heal Thyself: new healthcare architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-heal-thyself-new-healthcare-architecture/7001660 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Hospital design today – even within the public sector – reflects a shift away from prioritising the staff's convenience to focusing on patients’ wellbeing. David Watts, managing director of CCD Design & Ergonomics, a human behaviour and design agency, points to evidence of this in the UK’s NHS, which aims is to drive up levels of customer satisfaction: “To achieve this, hospitals are looking to other sectors, such as hotels.” He cites the importance now placed on effective wayfinding in hospitals traditionally blighted by labyrinthine, featureless corridors that are disorientating for patients and visitors and make it longer than necessary for staff to get from A to B. Another way to reduce patients’ stress levels is to dovetail nature — traditionally seen as aiding the healing process — and architecture. True, there’s nothing new about this: Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium for TB in Finland, completed in 1933, is in a forest and Aalto’s design included routes for walks through the tre… continue

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The bathroom crafter | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-the-bathroom-crafter/7001659 Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 talsee specialises in producing custom-sized mirror cabinets, bathroom furniture, showers and bathtubs. The solid surface material Corian, which is made with an acrylic binder, has been used for private and contract interiors for decades and is renowned for its excellent processing characteristics and easy-clean properties. Because it can be scoured, products made of Corian look like new even decades down the line. talsee has been making bathroom products out of the material successfully for years. Based in Lucerne’s Seetal valley, the company uses Corian to produce vanity units, bathroom furniture and its new purity bathroom collection, in which the bathtubs are joined seamlessly to the shower trays. This combination is extremely easy to clean and maintenance-free. Because if there are no joins, mould doesn’t stand a chance. talsee relies on a clever mix of automated CNC processing and individual hand production. Complex parts are made by machine and then efficiently put together and… continue

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Networked | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-networked/7001658 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Every new development starts with an idea. And for Josef Huber, managing director of Solid, the technical aspects of an intelligent production solution should come next. In order to keep quality high and costs low, every flash of inspiration is considered from the angle of technical and financial feasibility right from the start. Huber and his team collaborate with regional specialists – all of them long-standing partners. “Obviously the price pressure in our industry is intense. But in our experience, when it comes to suppliers, the cheapest is rarely the best. We say no to cut-price offers from abroad on principle. I guess you could say we’re typically Swiss in that respect: very stubborn! If we want sustainable production, we’ve got to do it here. If we outsource it to China, we lose all control of ecology and quality,” says Josef Huber. Apart from a few exceptions like American walnut, most of the wood Solid uses for its furniture comes from Switzerland. Individual requests can be… continue

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Material Tendencies: Khodi Feiz | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-khodi-feiz/7001657 Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>If you had to work with one material for the next three years, which would you choose?</b> Materials are an ever evolving issue and when looking back, I find the tendencies always return to the use of natural materials such as steel, wood, fabrics, … so I would say my favorite material is natural [laughing]. There is a lot of evolution happening within scientific research, and I think that lightweight materiality is a big subject at the moment, which is something that I am interested in as well. Fiber technologies and fiber materials are coming into our domain, especially in furnishing. <b>Have new technologies influenced your working process?</b> Not really. For our projects we use technology very heavily, yet all initial ideas are designed on paper. This has not changed for me. I still love the feeling of pen on paper. <b>What do you think of the expectation to continually produce something NEW?</b> In my opinion, there is nothing new under the sun. Everything is inspi… continue

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Sit back and relax | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-sit-back-and-relax/7001656 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 If you don’t know the area, you could easily drive straight past Strässle’s Wigoltingen headquarters in the Canton of Thurgau. The production building that Strässle moved into after taking over upholstery firm Polsterei Fleig radiates a sense of permanence. “It’s a listed heritage building, so any alterations that might be necessary would be relatively difficult to implement,” says Roland Stauch, who has been CEO of the company for a good 20 years now. But this tranquil first impression is deceptive. Inside the production building, staff are working flat out. About 20 finished chairs pass through the gates every day, destined for countries all over the world. “Asia has turned out to be a particularly good market for us,” says Roland Stauch. The Swiss Made label and the quality expectations associated with it undoubtedly play an important role in this development. It all started with a saddlery, upholstery and coachbuilding business in Kirchberg, which is in the Toggenburg region. At th… continue

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Calling all interior designers and architects! | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sbid-international-design-awards-calling-all-interior-designers-and-architects/7001655 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Dedicated to recognising excellence in interior design, the SBID awards program celebrates global design excellence, from the ultra-luxurious to new and innovative and represents over 43 countries worldwide. Each entry undergoes an exclusive two-tier judging process by panels of leading industry experts for both technical content and aesthetic creativity. This year’s edition will split the most popular contract and residential categories breaking the Hotel Design category into <b>Public Space</b> and <b>Rooms and Suites</b> to join the existing categories including best Retail, Office and Public Space Design, to name a few. Architects and interior designers are invited to submit their projects by <b>Friday 30 June 2017</b>. Could you be a winner? To find out, enter now at www.sbidawards.com Finalists will be announced in July 2017. continue

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A treat for the senses | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-a-treat-for-the-senses/7001654 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Fully automatic, unobtrusive, precise and attractively designed light whenever and wherever it’s required. It was this ambitious goal that gave rise to these fascinating Swiss-crafted products: luminaires by senses, made from the top-quality materials that are part of the company’s hallmark. The 'senses mooove' series by Hamburg designers Aaron Rauh and David Saupe features impressive touchless sensor technology and a clear, understated design that focuses attention on the lighting experience. Spelt with a triple O in allusion to its unique joints, the name mooove stands for movement. Because there’s no question that senses mooove is something of an acrobat: besides accentuating the unusual design, the innovative magnetic joints make the luminaire extremely agile and flexible, while the powerful magnets are strong enough to hold it firmly in the desired position. But the intelligence of senses mooove resides in the lamp head: thanks to the innovative sensor technology it contains, the… continue

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Hearing Aid: Fantoni | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-hearing-aid-fantoni/7001653 Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 There’s an old, biblical parable about two builders. One constructs his house on rock, the other on sand. The latter comes a cropper when the rains descend, washing away his audacious structure. “And it fell. And great was its fall.” The lesson? Hubris never pays. Italian architectural office Fabris&Partners’ ambitious new international conference centre in Algiers listens to the landscape. Here, sand isn’t an issue, as hubris makes way for respect – both for the immediate, dune-filled geographical context and for the formal language of the local culture. “What we didn’t want was to make a huge impact, when inserting this great volume into the landscape” says partner Valentina Fabris of the 220,000-square-metre venue on the Mediterranean. The largest multi-purpose complex in the region and the fifth-biggest in the world, the Centre Internationale des Conférences d’Alger (or CIC) chooses to lie low, so to speak, harmoniously dovetailing with its topographical situation, rather than… continue

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Architonic Disco in Copenhagen | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-disco-in-copenhagen/7001652 Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 For the second year running (some say it's already a tradition), Architonic partnered up with Bo Bedre and 3daysofdesign during the eponymous three days in Copenhagen to host a rather jolly, and if we may say so, fantastically attended party. There was music, courtesy of our DJ Staffan Lindberg. There was dancing, courtesy of our guests. And there were top drinks, courtesy of Njord, Fever Tree and Ørbæk Bryggeri. Hope to see you there next year... We are delighted to have caught up with so many of the Architonic contributors. Thank you all for this memorable night in Copenhagen! continue

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Contardi and the Italian Marvels | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-contardi-lighting-contardi-and-the-italian-marvels/7001651 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 For the menswear brand BOGGI, Contardi has adapted two standard models, QUADRA DESK and QUADRA LISEUSE, to fit into its refined showroom concept. These customised versions feature BOGGI logo elegantly engraved onto the base, as well as slightly larger shades with a nice trim “tone on tone”. The desk version is used on the counters and reception areas while the floor one is in the shop windows next to the mannequins. The bronze finish and the elegance of the off white cotton are a perfect match with the sophisticated style of BOGGI’s collection. Another Italian excellence which Contardi supplies is CA'PPUCCINO, a brand which combines Made in Italy cuisine with cosy and refined locations, offering clients an authentic "Italian-style break". For Ca'ppuccino, Contardi has designed an oversize version of the XXL suspended lamp, with a fiberglass diffuser which lightens its look. A “wannabe” lamp to leave a sign. These pictures have been taken in the stores in the heart of Milan. continue

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WOODS, the new officescape by Metrica | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/fantoni-woods-the-new-officescape-by-metrica/7001650 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Created for the contract market, the Woods collection offers excellent comfort and all the aesthetic quality of home-oriented products. Wood, the ultimate natural material, bursts into the Fantoni office world. Woods is a complete series of tables, created following reflection on new ways of working and on how the workplace is changing. It offers a range of modules, from the “focus” station to a shared one, and from meeting areas to collaboration spaces. Woods includes fixed office desks and height-adjustable workstations, as well as large executive and meeting tables. A collection that can switch from clerical to executive simply by changing the combination of tops and legs, with an interplay that maintains consistency of design and allows for numerous different layouts. The key feature of this innovative design is the use of solid beech or oak wood. This material gives a sense of naturalness and visual comfort that is the perfect complement to the comfort offered by the perform… continue

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Colour trends 2017: Expressive and individual – Trendy wall designs with coloured tiles | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-villeroy-amp-boch-fliesen-colour-trends-2017-expressive-and-individual-trendy-wall-designs-with-coloured-tiles/7001649 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>2017 goes green</b> Green is the on-trend colour for 2017: The colour experts at PANTONE have named Greenery, a fresh yellow-green, the Color of the Year that is set to conquer the worlds of fashion, architecture and design. And this is just one green variant among many. Depending on the nuance, green can be vitalising and stimulating or calming but: yellowish green tones are invigorating, while the more bluish hues tend to be calming. The bright shades of green in the COLORVISION range can bring interesting plays of colour to the wall that lend a tender and light appearance. The darker green of the Art Nouveau-inspired MON CŒUR décor tiles, on the other hand, radiates elegance, tranquillity and stability. Calming room concepts can be staged using blue-green. These are recommended for the bedroom, relaxation zones, and of course for the bathroom. Here, for example, the wall concept CHÉRIE provides modern staging of nostalgic patterns in gentle turquoise. And the DÉGRADÉ range bri… continue

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The Sweetest Sound: acousticpearls | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-sweetest-sound-acousticpearls/7001648 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 I wondered as I sat there with my fingers in my ears what it must look like to my fellow passengers. A grown man, clearly uncomfortable. I’m not in the business of drawing attention to myself, you understand, but as I waited at the departure gate at Venice Airport recently for my delayed flight home from this year’s Biennale, the reverberating cacophony of hundreds of agitated voices, combined with deafening loudspeaker announcements, was all a little too much. “We’re designing environments that make us crazy,” says international sound consultant Julian Treasure in a persuasive TED talk entitled “Why architects need to use their ears.” “Sound affects us physiologically, psychologically, cognitively and behaviourally,” he argues, “even if we’re not conscious of it.” As unconscious as we sometimes are of the negative impact excessive noise levels have on us, so too are architectural students often unaware of the central role effective sound management plays in successful building de… continue

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It's All in the Fine Print | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-it-039s-all-in-the-fine-print/7001647 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 As light and airy as Schlossberg bedding might look, a lot of hard work goes into making the fine, elaborately printed satin fabrics. Even planning the collection is quite a feat. The team headed by CEO Thomas Boller often sits late into the night, weighing up options and debating passionately. Once the planning has been settled, it’s time for the textile designers to do their bit and set to work on the meticulously painted patterns that are the firm’s hallmark. A lot of effort goes into the printing process as well. It takes up to 15 stencils per design to transfer the brilliance of the colours to the fabric. The designers monitor the process at the traditional Como printing works closely. Fine-tuning the individual shades is a painstaking process that calls for a great deal of experience; it can take weeks to achieve the right balance. Most of the fabrics come from weaving mills in northern Italy. Home textiles need a weaving width of three metres, which is why only a small number of… continue

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Catifa Up | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/arper-catifa-up/7001646 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 As much a part of Arper’s identity as it is a testament to enduring design, Catifa 53 is the piece that started it all. Designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, Catifa 53’s graceful curves and sleek, sensuous silhouette are achieved through an economy of materials––and an exclusive manufacturing process pioneered by Arper to synthesize concept, form, and production. Catifa’s iconic shape is ubiquitous in use. Comfortable in both residential and contract environments, the collection has been available in an array of colors, materials and constructions. New for 2017, Catifa Up offers a higher backrest than Catifa 53, with the addition of optional armrests in a new design and plush padding to lend stately comfort and support to boardrooms, workplaces, home offices, and conference rooms. A new range of upholstery options delivers visual intrigue to an indelible design. With Catifa Up, elegance and comfort team up to get the job done. continue

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Material Tendencies: Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-noe-duchaufour-lawrance/7001645 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>What makes a space comfortable for you?</b> There are different elements that play a role here. An empty space can be as comfortable as a warm, cozy ski hut. I love when things are coherent. The base of my work is about connecting things and creating an interaction between objects and the space that surrounds them. So when designing an object, I am always thinking about its environment, and vice versa. <b>If you had to work with one material for the next three years, which would you choose?</b> Right now I am working on a big project with stone and I am totally fascinated by the material. But if I had to choose one, it would be wood because of its sensation and the smell whilst working with it. I started as a sculptor, mainly to widen my skills and knowledge of materials and construction processes. I think it is very important to know how things are made before creating anything. At that time, I was sculpting with metal, which is not the most warm material, so my projects wer… continue

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São Paulo: Entwerfen in einer Stadt der Gegensätze (Teil II) | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/modulr-sao-paulo-entwerfen-in-einer-stadt-der-gegensatze-teil-ii/7001644 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Mitten im chaotischen Zentrum von São Paulo liegt das Studio mk27, das in den frühen 1980er-Jahren von Marcio Kogan gegründet wurde. Heute besteht es aus 21 bürointernen und mehreren internationalen Partnern. Nebst unzähligen Entwürfen und Tätigkeiten im Lehrbereich repräsentierte das Studio Brasilien 2012 an der Biennale in Venedig. Das Prinzip der Kollaboration ist für das Büro ausschlaggebend - sie verkörpert eine demokratische Arbeitsform, bei der jeder verantwortliche Architekt eines Projekts zusammen mit Marco Kogan jeweils Co-Autor ist. Dies soll auch die Arbeitsteilung minimieren: Der verantwortliche Architekt begleitet das Projekt vom ersten Kontakt mit dem Klienten bis hin zur Ausführung der Details. Den Anfangspunkt eines Entwurfs bilden stets eine Mischung von sozialen, klimatischen und topografischen Eigenschaften des Ortes wie auch die Wünsche und Anforderungen der Bauherren. «Mit je-dem Projekt wird eine neue Geschichte erzählt, die niemals der vorherigen entsprech… continue

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Your Floor: Domotex 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-your-floor-domotex-2018/7001643 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The floor’s moving. Don’t worry. You’re not in any danger. It’s not an earth tremor or some side-effect of a late, alcohol-fuelled night. Rather, the flooring industry is en marche. That most fundamental of spatial elements that serves to underpin one’s perception, one’s experience of interior-architectural space – the floor – is standing up to be counted. As consumers across every sector and in every segment – from FMCG to luxury brands – start to explore the ever-increasing, technology-driven possibilities of individualisation and customisation in the products they purchase (and, indeed, rapidly come to expect this), so the many actors within the global flooring trade are responding to this development. Difference is becoming standard, as it were, and that includes the surfaces we walk on. <b>The clue is in the name</b> Domotex, the foremost international trade fair for the floor coverings, is preparing the ground for the first major global showcase of premium, bespoke flooring… continue

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New collection Architectural Lighting | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-linea-light-group-new-collection-architectural-lighting/7001642 Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Light admits no errors, especially in architecture. An essential element, which requires the utmost attention and which must blend in with the environment, surrounding space and landscape elements. A challenge that Linea Light Group welcomed by creating a new collection of products, which take on board contemporary design trends combined with technological know-how and illumination design study. Optics design means performance and quality of light, so as to offer the best control of emissions by proposing innovative updated solutions on the basis of designers’ requests. When attention is fully focussed on the light, emission must be extremely “clean”, studied to ensure best visual comfort. One of the more distinctive new products is Tour - a pendant light, which conceptually acts as a link between the design and the architectural collections. It has an aluminium housing and an opaline diffuser offering three types of emission (direct, indirect and internal) and six brand new fini… continue

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Shapely Figures | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-shapely-figures/7001641 Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Schätti Leuchten is a young brand. It was created in 2012, when managing director Thomas Schätti first presented the Tabular and Pendar lamps at Designers’ Saturday in Langenthal. It is an offshoot of the family-run company Schätti AG Metallwarenfabrik, which he manages together with his brothers Jos and Stefan. Schätti has a wealth of expertise in sheet metal forming and is based in Schwanden, an Alpine community in the Canton of Glarus. Founded about 80 years ago, the company started out making furniture components but has established apparatus engineering as a second core area over the last ten years, as well as developing and producing various lighting projects and designer luminaires. The Schätti Leuchten collection resulted from the firm’s long-standing collaboration with designer Jörg Boner, who developed the three-leafed Dri lamp for the company’s 75th anniversary in 2009. Until recently, the main focus was on luminaires for working environments and architectural lighting. Now,… continue

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Beats per Minute: Technogym | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-beats-per-minute-technogym/7001640 Mon, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Going to the gym is a pastime some people love and some loathe, but one that becomes far more pleasurable if the equipment and environment combine to provide a stylish setting. Italian firm Technogym, which specialises in supplying technology- and design-driven products and services for the wellness and fitness industry, has always understood the value of design in encouraging people to engage in physical activity, and has worked with some of the world’s leading architects to create products and stores that reflect the concept of wellness at the heart of the Technogym brand. Technogym believes that creating a pleasant space for exercise helps people feel more relaxed and comfortable, which enhances their psychological well-being while they improve their physical fitness. This philosophy extends to Technogym’s stores, where customers experience the firm’s gym equipment alongside ideas relating to fitness and health within a tailored brand-led setting. The company’s new flagship store,… continue

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Cila | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/arper-cila/7001639 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 A simple gesture, a sensuous feel. The fluid form of Cila was inspired by the image of layers of cloth enveloping the body. Its silhouette of smooth lines retains a graphic character from its distinctive curve––the most essential symbol of shelter. Like being protected, like being held. Cila’s easy shape blends into both residential and contract environments and is especially well suited for dining and entertaining contexts. Comfortable yet lightweight, Cila’s plastic shell can be customized in six colors with optional seat cushions or fully upholstered in a range of textures, colors, and styles. Base and leg options include metal legs, wooden legs, a metal sled or a trestle base. Cila is currently in preview with customized orders beginning January 2018. Photos: Marco Covi continue

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São Paulo: Entwerfen in einer Stadt der Gegensätze (Teil I) | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/modulr-sao-paulo-entwerfen-in-einer-stadt-der-gegensatze-teil-i/7001638 Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 São Paulo präsentiert sich heute als chaotischer Gigant. Gegensätze prägen ihn. Beim Anblick der grauen Megacity fällt es schwer, sich das bis Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts relativ unbedeutende Vila de São Paulo vorzustellen. Um die Jahrhundertwende sorgte die boomende Kaffeeindustrie für eine dynamische Entwicklung. Überschüssiges Kapital konnte in eine aufkommende Industrialisierung und den Ausbau der Infrastruktur investiert werden. Nach Abschaffung der Sklaverei initiierte der Staat eine gezielte Immigrationspolitik, um den Bedarf an Arbeitskräften zu decken. Für Einwanderer aus Südeuropa, dem nahen Osten und Japan bot die Stadt ideale Bedingungen, was zu einem multiethnischen Sozialgefüge führte. Im 20. Jahrhundert entwickelte sich São Paulo zum grössten industriellen Ballungsraum in Lateinamerika und agiert seither weltweit als bedeutendes Finanz- und Handelszentrum. Zeitgleich wuchs auch die Bevölkerung. Die Metropolitanregion São Paulo verfügt heute über eine stolze Einwohnerzahl… continue

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Pure and Self-evident: Sebastian Herkner for Schönbuch | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-schonbuch-gmbh-pure-and-self-evident-sebastian-herkner-for-schonbuch/7001637 Mon, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 An innovative combination of traditional craftsmanship and new technologies – this is the basis on which Sebastian Herkner develops his work. While studying at the HfG (University of Art and Design) in Offenbach, he spent a placement period with Stella McCartney in London. In 2006 he opened his own studio in Offenbach, and since then has numbered international furniture and lifestyle brands among his clients. Sebastian Herkner’s work has gained various leading design awards. It includes interior outfitting projects and a position as lecturer at the HfG. His creative processes exhibit a clear foundation in functionality and sustainability. For Schönbuch, Sebastian Herkner designed the TUB product line with coat stand and console table, and SLOT, a minimalist wall-mounted wardrobe product line. Photos: Schönbuch (7), Ingmar Kurth (1) continue

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Sleeping on Cloud Nine | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-sleeping-on-cloud-nine/7001635 Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 We spend a third of our lives asleep. That’s why, besides being essential for our wellbeing and ability to function in everyday life, restful sleep is also key to a healthy life in general. This awareness is also very much in evidence among the general public. “In Switzerland, customers have become much more sensitive when it comes to sleep,” confirms Peter Patrik Roth, managing director and owner of Roviva. “They want the best.” And in this family-run business, only the best is good enough. Founded in 1748, the old-established company has a wealth of experience to draw on. Values like tradition, innovation and sustainability play a central role. And although much has changed over the years, Roviva has stayed true to its core competencies. Its product philosophy has always been based on five pillars that consider sleep in its entirety: Hygiene Concept, Climate Balance, Ergonomic Expertise, Comfort & Enjoyment and Nature Experience. Tradition and innovation go hand in hand at Roviva, as… continue

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Something's Brewing: Gaggenau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-something-039s-brewing-gaggenau/7001634 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200 “They’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil,” famously crooned Frank Sinatra. But what Ol’ Blue Eyes failed to mention is that they’ve got a lot of coffee, well, everywhere. Indonesia, Colombia, Honduras, India, Ethiopia, Peru, Uganda… It may come as a surprise to some that their daily cup of brewed bean might have started out life in Vietnam, for example, the world’s second-largest coffee producer. The Asian nation is estimated to have shipped over 10 million bags of the stuff in the second half of 2016 alone, an increase of over 10% on the same period the previous year. And this certainly fits with the global picture, which sees coffee-export levels across the board going up, and, concomitantly, stocks in coffee-consuming countries rising. In February 2017, reserves in the United States reached a colossal 6.45 million bags, the highest level since May 2003. That’s a lot of bean. Much to the delight of commodity traders, coffee is big business. According to the London-based Int… continue

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Ghostly Logic | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-ghostly-logic/7001633 Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 From an isolated plateau in Spain’s Matarraña forest to the fair floor at Kortrijk Xpo, Solo House demonstrates the best of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen’s holistic approach. The Brussels-based firm curated this year’s Biennale Interieur on the celebratory occasion of its 25th edition, which ran from 14 to 23 October. OFFICE created an installation for the event that drew on the firm’s Mondrian-inspired, city grid scenography and evoked the original residence in the Spanish countryside. With porous glass walls, integrated technology and a self-sufficient energy system, the 45-metre-wide circular house takes advantage of 360-degree vistas from its woodland perch. With this attempt at ‘invisible architecture,’ OFFICE has employed the highly Modernist approach of transcending distinctions between indoor and outdoor living. Nature is easily accessible as the modular rooms open up to suit different occasions. In a similar Modernist fashion, the house was built using only machines,… continue

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Material Tendencies: Maarten Baas | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-maarten-baas/7001631 Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Our team recently spoke with Baas about his intuitive way of creating. <b>If you had to work with one material for the next three years, which would you choose?</b> The whole handicap of my career is that I never work with the same material. I wish I had a specialism. One day I am creating a 12 hour movie, another, I am learning how to preserve burned wood and how to make clay furniture. I couldn’t choose one material. My way of working is never one way. I feel what keeps it fresh is the explosion that happens in your head when you don’t know what to do with the material. So if I was forced to work with only one material, I think I would quit my job. <b>In the design process, what comes first? The shape, idea or material?</b> The idea is always first and then I fill it in with the material and the technique. Though, sometimes I already have quite a clear idea of what kind of material would fit because it is part of the concept. Once I made a very superficial kind of piece in bronz… continue

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More in Store: New Retail Architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-more-in-store-new-retail-architecture/7001630 Sun, 21 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The retail revolution brought about by online shopping has had a profound effect on the architecture and design of the high street. Both established and emerging brands are seeking out new ways to encourage shoppers to visit their outlets in order to optimise this valuable real estate. Designers are increasingly being tasked with developing retail environments that reward those who do make it off the sofa and into stores. Their role is to provide experiences that are different to those available in the digital realm. The best examples use space, colour, texture and interactive elements to transform shopping into an event that stimulates the senses and immerses consumers in the world of the brand. Demonstrating how a brand’s identity can be translated directly into a store interior, local studio AN Design created a monochrome space above a furniture store in Hangzhou, China, for fashion label Heike. The company’s predominantly black clothing informed a dark material palette that helps t… continue

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The CDW countdown heats up! | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/clerkenwell-design-week-the-cdw-countdown-heats-up/7001629 Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Highlights this year include some of CDW’s most ambitious installations yet, such as The Beacon, a 7.5m tall structure located at the entrance to Design Fields and inspired by the Tower of Babel. The installation will give visitors the chance to climb up the internal staircase to a spectacular viewing platform in walking distance of the specially designed talks pavilion hosting this year’s Conversations at Clerkenwell sponsored by eporta, hosting speakers include Doshi Levien, Sadie Morgan and Jean Marie Massaud. Nearby will be Buzzijungle by Buzzispace, a playful elevated work-lounge space that visitors can climb, lounge and meet in. Meanwhile Hakwood will unveil Double Vision, a 4 meter high structural installation of recursive patterns nestled within the historic Clerkenwell Close creating an uplifting moment for visitors whilst walking the exhibition route. St John’s Square will be home to The Bolt: A Celebration of Craft, by Detroit-based manufacturer, Shinola and London materials… continue

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Independent | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-independent/7001628 Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The first thing you notice when you enter the furniture factory is the smell of freshly sawn wood. Stacked on trestles near the entrance, sheets of wood are waiting to be turned into furniture or interior fixtures. “We have a just-in-time production strategy,” says Jan Röthlisberger, who manages the family-run firm’s collection and its 70 staff. “Because we don’t have a lot of storage capacity, we only ever place orders with our Swiss suppliers for the materials we need for the day and the jobs in hand.” Take Torsio from the furniture collection, for instance: Röthlisberger’s wood engineers and designer Hanspeter Steiger spent two years perfecting it until the chair looked and felt just the way they had envisaged it. Torsio is made of thin layers of veneer that are glued together and pressed. Towards the seat and legs, more layers are used so as to give the chair the necessary flexibility and create an elegant look. The chair is extremely comfortable because the wood still has a certai… continue

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