New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/fr/story-feed New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/fr/story-feed https://image.architonic.com/arc_black.jpg en Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:46:49 +0100 Top 10 Glass Doors at BAU 2017 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-top-10-glass-doors-at-bau-2017/7001486 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100 The ranking is based on the number of page views on architonic.com, which depends on different traffic sources linking to the respective product, such as navigation on architonic.com, direct links via Google and advertising campaigns linking to the product among others. The rankings are limited to Architonic Member brands exhibiting at BAU 2017 and their products. All information was collected in the period March to November 2016. Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products. Our curated database currently provides information about more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,400 designers. 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts annually choose Architonic as their guide to the very best. This gives us an insight into developments in the architecture and design markets, which we would like to share with our community in this Trend Analysis. © Architonic continue

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DESIGNERS‘ SATURDAY 2016: Am Anfang steht der Faden: Création Baumann | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/creation-baumann-designers-saturday-2016-am-anfang-steht-der-faden-creation-baumann/7001484 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Der Faden ist das „Rohmaterial“ für die Textilien von Création Baumann und somit ein äusserst kostbares Gut. Mit ihm startet der Produktionsprozess für die hochwertigen und innovativen Textilien – doch die Arbeit beginnt bereits früher. Bei Création Baumann wird nicht nur Garn verarbeitet, sondern auch entwickelt. Ein Spezialgebiet des Langenthaler Textilherstellers, denn man weiss: Das Rohmaterial legt den Grundstein für ein erfolgreiches Textil. „Gut Garn, gut Tuch“, lautet ein altes Sprichwort. Doch wie kommt es zu dem guten Tuch? Diese Frage greift Création Baumann mit der Inszenierung in der hauseigenen Spulerei auf. Dort muss das speziell für Création Baumann hergestellte Garn meist umgespult werden, zum Veredeln oder Färben oder aus dem einfachen Grund, dass die Spulen auf die eigenen Maschinen passen und weiter verarbeitet werden können. Beim Designers’ Saturday 2016 ist das Ausgangsmaterial sowohl Inspiration als auch Grundstoff für die Rauminszenierung. An dem Ort, an dem tag… continue

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Natural Highs: Arup's architecture in wood | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-natural-highs-arup-039s-architecture-in-wood/7001483 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 ‘Engineers do it with precision’, goes the old joke. And they certainly do. Before her untimely departure earlier this year, celebrated architect Zaha Hadid spoke during an interview with the BBC of the huge debt of gratitude she owed to engineers – the professionals who made her paradigm-shifting building designs a reality. The rigour, exactitude and problem-solving nature of their work enabled her practice to deliver structures faithful to her uncompromising, singular creative vision. Yet in the received hierarchy of the building professions, the engineer has long stood in the shadow of the architect, the latter cast as the ‘author’ of buildings and the former a kind of service-provider. At least in the public consciousness. How many engineers can you name who’ve achieved household renown, as opposed to ‘starchitects’? Things are changing, however. Precipitated in part by the rapid development of new technologies for construction, a renewed interest in engineering – as testified… continue

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northmodern - Northern Europe’s Leading Design Destination | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/northmodern-northmodern-northern-europes-leading-design-destination/7001482 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 <b>The Design Community Copenhagen’s Emerging Creative Hub</b> Design has long been rooted within Denmark’s DNA, however a new surge of creative energy is coursing through the capital, revealing Copenhagen as a laboratory of new ideas. Be it architecture, urban planning, gastronomy or fashion design, Copenhagen's energy and dynamism is recognised by leading cultural barometers such as Monocle, Wallpaper and Dezeen. With this boundless creative spirit, the city is a pivotal location for the international design community; northmodern being a key component in this visionary force. Situated in the Bella Kvarter, an emerging district of Copenhagen, northmodern succeeds in harnessing and amplifying Denmark’s creative design credentials, uniting a mix of brands, designers and artists of global acclaim. The show is fast establishing itself as a platform for innovation; elevating and redefining the design industry. With a strong alliance to institutional partners such as Design Denmar… continue

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Clean/Design: ALAPE's washbasins and washstands | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/susanne-koeberle-clean-design-alape-039s-washbasins-and-washstands/7001481 Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Good design is often invisible. Which is not to say insignificant. On the contrary, where design is not mainly about representation, but is applied to serve everyday needs, the interaction of form and function plays an essential role. A prime example of this is the bathroom. After all, generally speaking, we wash daily. A look at the long history of the bathroom and the culture associated with it shows the central importance of this activity, which in addition to its hygienic purpose frequently possesses a spiritual dimension. But it wasn’t until piped water became a standard feature of human dwellings that the bathroom started to take on real design-historical interest. The founding of the Alape company dates back to the beginnings of bath furnishings as we know them today (in more advanced form). Since 1896, the firm has given key impetus to the development of trend-setting washplace solutions. Innovation is a part of the DNA of the historic manufacturing company, which is a pioneer… continue

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Smart by Design at Mitsubishi Electric, Ratingen Germany | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-smart-by-design-at-mitsubishi-electric-ratingen-germany/7001480 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 The building brings together the company’s many different divisions in spacious offices that include places for meeting, collaboration, and presentation. However, what adds real value to the design is the integration of Mitsubishi Electric’s energy management technology with green building materials and concepts. This includes Mitsubishi’s latest control signal technology as well as innovative visualisation software that collects live data from all over the building to effectively manage the interior environment. The building was initially targeted to achieve a Gold status in accordance with LEED, the internationally recognized certification system for the design, construction and use of green buildings. Interestingly, the implementation of Mitsubishi technology, along with the selection of sustainable materials and products, led to the building ultimately being certified with the superior Platinum classification. and use of green buildings. Customers and employees are able to expe… continue

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Material Tendencies: Alain Gilles | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-alain-gilles/7001479 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Architonic spoke with the Belgian designer about his “second” life and the common ground between finance, political science and design.</b> <b>Alain Gilles</b>: At one point it seemed obvious that design was what I really wanted to do. International finance was just not me. But there are similarities between both fields, because design is also about understanding society and knowing the tools to analyse the needs of people. <b>Would you like to say a few words about your first chair ‘Buzzifloat’, presented here at Orgatec?</b> It seems like when people talk about design, they always say you have to design a chair. So after eight years, the chair eventually got me. It was also the first chair for Buzzispace. It is very graphic and simple. We used a minimal amount of material, so the design process required a lot of fine-tuning in order to achieve the structural strength and comfort. My aim is to make livable products that don’t lose their functionality. <b>Which material would you… continue

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The Very Fabric: Heimtextil 2017 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ulrich-buttner-the-very-fabric-heimtextil-2017/7001478 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Due to the broad spectrum of themes and products at Heimtextil, it is recommended that planners concentrate on particular areas of the fair. Interior sun protection and digital textile printing are among the focuses of special interest. Contract furnishing is playing an ever greater role at Heimtextil, which has recently placed a strong emphasis on this topic. This is being driven largely by textiles’ expanded interior design possibilities that go well beyond decoration. Today, planners can use textiles to meet a wide variety of demands in diverse areas of application, with straightforward solutions for fire protection, footfall sound insulation, room acoustics, sun protection and more. Fabrics now offer greatly increased functionality, and many trends from the area of functional textiles have rapidly found their way into the world of home textiles. An architect who last attended Heimtextil four or five years ago will therefore experience the fair in a completely new way, finding unfor… continue

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The new MELLOW LIGHT | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/zumtobel-the-new-mellow-light/7001477 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 MELLOW LIGHT is also characterised by an exciting new design. Daniel Stromborg, Practice Area Leader at Gensler, has succeeded in developing the style of the luminaire while still retaining a clear link to 25 years of lighting history. Immediately recognisable yet slimmer and more elegant, the form supports the state-of-the-art lighting technology that helps this design icon adapt perfectly to the constantly changing requirements of the contemporary office. <b>MELLOW LIGHT evolution and infinity</b> Both the look and the performance of MELLOW LIGHT are unmistakable, with these two aspects combining to deliver high quality light that is as close as possible to natural daylight. To achieve this difficult feat, MELLOW LIGHT has been extensively developed and is now available in two versions: MELLOW LIGHT evolution and MELLOW LIGHT infinity. Both variants ensure the balanced illumination of work surfaces, walls and ceilings to create an open, bright room atmosphere in which glare and continue

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Hôtel Peninsula Paris: The Restoration, Renovation and Innovation of a 21st Century Palace | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/villeroy-amp-boch-hotel-peninsula-paris-the-restoration-renovation-and-innovation-of-a-21st-century-palace/7001476 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 This 19th century French-style building first opened in 1908 as one of Paris’ most celebrated ‘grands hotels’. Following the wartime occupation of Paris, it was converted into UNESCO headquarters in 1946 and in 1958 it became a conference centre for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where it was home to numerous high profile events until 2009. While the original hotel took only two years to build, the extensive restoration took some four years, with the renovated Peninsula Paris opening its doors to the public in August 2014. Working with France’s top heritage organisations, period decorations including original marble, stucco, mosaics, roof and wall tiles, wood carvings, stone work, gold leafing, and paintings were painstakingly restored and preserved by some of France’s most revered family firms with experience on heritage projects such as the Louvre and Palace of Versailles. The existing 10,000 square metre facade for instance required the skills of 20 stone-masons from histor… continue

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The New Exhibitionists: museum architecture on show | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-new-exhibitionists-museum-architecture-on-show/7001475 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Peter Zumthor's not happy, apparently. In a recent interview with CLAD magazine, the celebrated Swiss architect revealed that the renderings released this summer to illustrate his proposed design for LACMA's new Los Angeles home don't do the project justice, being too 'commercial-looking'. His studio is working on new ones, he explains, which will hopefully capture the imagination of both his professional peers and the wider public better than the first suite of visuals. As exhibitionary spaces, museums are themselves sites of scrutiny – highly visible, place-making projects that, if done well, have the power to transform local economies, as well as boost city brands. If executed badly or ill-conceived, they can have more in common with white elephants than white cubes. If there’s one museum whose forthcoming opening has seen levels of anticipation reach lofty heights, it’s the new home of London’s Design Museum. Migrating from its Bermondsey site, which it has occupied since its f… continue

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Kenntnisse: Christian Kerez – ein Flirt mit der Kunst? | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/karin-frei-rappenecker-kenntnisse-christian-kerez-ein-flirt-mit-der-kunst/7001474 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Kunst, die sich dem interdisziplinären und sinnlichen Erforschen einer Terra Incognita, dem Unbekannten, widmet, hat eine lange Tradition. Arbeitest Du in dieser Tradition?</b> Christian Kerez: Es gibt in der Architektur eine reiche Tradition an Parkgebäuden, Grotten, Tempeln und Ruinen, welche als Teil von Landschaftsparkanlagen entworfen worden sind. Diese Projekte sind frei von jeglicher Nutzung. Es gibt aber auch in der Gegenwartsarchitektur den „Serpentine Pavilion“, der von Architekten jedes Jahr neu entworfen wird. Vielleicht ist es gerade ein Erfolg dieses Programmes, dass er von Architekten gemacht wird und dass er wiederum Teil eines Kunstgalerie-Programmes ist, das keine Architektur zeigt. <b>Mit „Incidental Space“ betreibst Du Grundlagenforschung für eine Architektur der Zukunft. Worin siehst Du den Unterschied zu künstlerischen Projekten, die so angelegt sind, dass sie als betret- und benutzbare Architekturen / Utopien funktionieren? </b> CK: Es gibt viele Projekt… continue

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Show Business: Dauphin's new London office | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-show-business-dauphin-039s-new-london-office/7001473 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Just as every employee is unique, every workplace is also different, so the design of these spaces must respond to the varying needs of staff and the tasks they have to perform. Studies have shown that comfortable, flexible and efficiently organised workspaces can yield improvements in staff motivation, satisfaction and retention levels, suggesting that an investment in quality furniture provides significant long-term benefits. German office furniture giant Dauphin specialises in helping businesses address these issues, and produces a comprehensive range of task chairs and other products that enable working environments to be tailored to the needs of their users. “All businesses have different functions and use people to support those functions, so having the right furniture is really important,” says Chris Abay, who recently joined the company to head up its UK sales team. “It’s not just about being able to buy 100 chairs or some lounge seats. What’s important is how furniture contrib… continue

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Awaken your curiosity at Sleep 2016 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sleep-awaken-your-curiosity-at-sleep-2016/7001472 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Convergence of design and development</b> The Sleep Conference reveals a global perspective on the industry with contributions from a wide range of pundits including designers, developers, operators, social scientists and writers. Highlighting the future of wellbeing in the built environment and identifying opportunities in this growing market, Ed Garrod of Elementa is to moderate a panel discussion with Sue Harmsworth, CEO of ESPA, acclaimed designer Clodagh who recently completed Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal, author Aiden Walker and Kevin Underwood, Principal at HKS Hospitality. The realm of cruise ship design will also be discussed by celebrated designer Adam Tihany, President of Seabourn and Cunard Rick Meadows, and Christian Schönrock from Costa Group. <b>International names shaking up the hospitality landscape</b> Conference keynotes will deliver insight and inspiration from the names behind the most exciting design-led hotel brands. Sharan Pasricha, Founder & CEO of… continue

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All signs pointing to a strong start for Heimtextil 2017 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-all-signs-pointing-to-a-strong-start-for-heimtextil-2017/7001471 Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Across 20 hall levels, the industry’s leading international trade fair covers the entire portfolio of interior design textiles, as well as interior furnishings. This makes Heimtextil a globally unique ordering platform, drawing international industry participants at the start of the year. At the same time, an extensive supporting programme provides visitors and exhibitors with information and inspiration regarding the latest market developments. <b>Guides make it easier to find specific products</b> In order to find specific products and business partners more easily, Heimtextil has revised its services and free publications. Three new special interest guides provide an overview of sustainable textiles, professional furnishing solutions and of companies offering custom orders and small batches. In addition, Heimtextil also provides an attractive programme for the target group comprising interior designers, architects and hotel planners – including talks with well-known partners, s… continue

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Buy-In: the Top 5 trends in retail design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ehi-retail-institute-buy-in-the-top-5-trends-in-retail-design/7001470 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Based on the entries for the EuroShop RetailDesign Award 2016 EHI has identified the top five trends in international retail design. <b>Identity</b> Furnishing details like personal items, pieces of art or everyday objects make it possible to set individual accents. The stores are seen as a stage and feature an iconic architecture. Detailed, creative and exceptional visual merchandising goes into making the stage setting. All of this can be integrated in highly standardised store concepts. <b>Authenticity</b> Natural and authentic materials play a central role in store concepts. Wood is a favourite material for constructing ceilings and floorings. It gives the stores a warmer and more genuine atmosphere. <b>Story-telling / Curated Retailing</b> Modern stores tell stories – it could be the history of a location or a product and its special heritage. It could be a making-of story, or it could be a story around a curated collection. The heart of successful retailing still lies in creat… continue

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The Empire Strikes Back: Vienna Design Week | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-empire-strikes-back-vienna-design-week/7001469 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Austria’s empire might be long gone, but its former imperial might is still writ large in its capital's grandiose imperial architecture. In the contemporary, global scheme of things, of course, Vienna isn’t that big. And certainly for the author of this piece, who made an almost direct passage at the end of September from the London Design Festival to Vienna Design Week, there was less ground to cover in the city of coffee houses and prancing horses than on the island. That said, it’s highly fertile ground, where unbridled (no pun intended) creativity meets a virtuosity of craftsmanship. And size isn’t everything, as they are wont to say. It may operate on a limited budget, but VDW as design showcase punches well above its weight. <b>Macro/Micro</b> A particular conceptual strand of this year’s tenth-anniversary edition of VDW was that of scale and the relation between the individual element and the whole. Just as the festival’s showrooms and other exhibition sites located throughout… continue

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Cell Division: Brunner | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-cell-division-brunner/7001468 Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Standing up or sitting down? Chair or sofa? Settled back or leaning in? Conversation or quiet? Group or solo? The modular work cells of the new cellular series from Brunner meet any or all of these requirements by combining a chair and work table with a privacy partition in a single piece of furniture – making cellular “world’s smallest open-plan office”. The modules may recall the fundamental idea of the cubicles introduced by Hermann Miller in the 1960s, which divided the open-plan office into small work areas on the basis of an orthogonal grid. But while concepts for large, shared work areas are again in high demand, the cubicle has become obsolete. Today’s workplace demands flexibility and a diversity of scenarios above all. In response, cellular offers a modern variation on the work cell – one that is functional and can be perfectly integrated in its visual environment. In keeping with the company philosophy, the reserved design vocabulary of cellular doesn’t push itself to the fo… continue

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Living Kitchen: Strong synergies | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-living-kitchen-strong-synergies/7001467 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0100 In recent years, the kitchen has increasingly become the focal point of living, and in the commercial sector, too, it is increasingly forming part of the spatial concept for modern open-plan offices and hotels, which alongside traditional single and double rooms also wish to include apartments for long-term guests. The range is enormous, extending from the mini-kitchen, which is little more than a piece of furniture, to large-scale solutions. Added to this are the latest innovations in kitchen equipment. For architects and planners working in this field, LivingKitchen, which is held jointly with the imm cologne, is an ideal starting point for learning about the latest trends and possibilities in interior design. Specialist providers able to supply high volumes and bespoke quality are, with their expertise and experience, ideal partners for the contract sector. In the Living Kitchen area, fascinating kitchen worlds are brought to life as holistic installations – ranging from kitchen… continue

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No Interruptions: Bette | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-no-interruptions-bette/7001466 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 In recent years, the bathroom has been transformed from a functional location for personal hygiene to an area that is highly presentable in design terms and accordingly plays an important role in the ambience of the home. It is a place of relaxation that is moving increasingly close to the living area and the bedroom. The transitions between these various types of space are becoming more liquid, at the same time as the desire for greater openness and scope for design grows. In this context, barrier-free showers have become increasingly attractive and for a long time now have no longer been reserved for the older generation or for hospitals. The shower-area adds space and convenience to the bathroom, and has done more than any other element to revolutionise its design. Ten years ago, the firm of Bette, a specialist in shower trays, bathtubs and washbasins, had the idea of a floor-level shower that would meet these new requirements. In the form of BetteFloor, it launched the first steel continue

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Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen: Setting Parameters | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-office-kersten-geers-david-van-severen-setting-parameters/7001465 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 For architects Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, architecture serves to frame content, explore principles and rules and negotiate between spaces, materials and surroundings. They have developed their methods over the course of the nearly 200 projects they have completed since the founding of Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen in 2002. In recent years, their projects have spanned Belgium, France, Switzerland and the U.S. Geers and Van Severen’s architecture is deeply rooted in architectural theory and history. They bring the two disciplines together through their strong technical, technological practice. The marriage of the theoretical and the practical lies at the very heart of their practice. Both architects are deeply fascinated by rules and principles. Yet both eagerly admit that in the end, the way that the space feels is what matters, not the theory behind it. We spoke with Geers and Van Severen in the meeting room of their firm, located on the tenth floor of an office b… continue

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Casa Mollino: European Design Stories | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-casa-mollino-european-design-stories/7001464 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Casa Mollino offers juxtaposing views of a bucolic rose garden and the Po river on the one hand and a busy, tram-lined highway on the other. The space is the restored apartment of the Italian architect, photographer and acrobatic pilot. The apartment-cum-museum is dedicated to Carlo Mollino’s work. Toni Cordero was partly responsible for the rediscovery of the icon and tasked Fulvio Ferrari with mounting Mollino’s first retrospective in 1985. That sent Ferrari on a voyage that would reconnect all of the scattered pieces of this mysterious figure’s life. After ultimately arriving at the architect’s former apartment, Ferrari and his son Napoleone chose to found the venue there in 1999. Designed as a living portrait, the space reflects Mollino’s existential understanding through symbols rather than through the coined “Mollinian” style: plywood furniture. Thanks to this endeavour, the duo discovered something of a philosopher’s bastion. Mollino believed that our bodies are life. Therefore,… continue

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Julie Richoz: Refined Experimentation | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-julie-richoz-refined-experimentation/7001463 Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 <b>TLmag: What first drew you to the prospect of design?</b> Julie Richoz: I’ve always felt comfortable with creative work. While other children played sports or danced on Wednesday afternoons, I attended art courses. Eventually, I put all my energy into getting into a special section of high school dedicated to the arts. There I discovered different practices: graphic and object design, architecture and fashion. I ultimately decided to pursue furniture. The field benefits from a large tool ‘palette’ used to express ideas, a range of materials, shapes, colours and contexts. Rather than spend all of my time behind a computer producing graphics, I opted for the more collective and manual nature of furniture design. <b>TLmag: How did studies at ECAL shape your interests?</b> J.R.: ECAL taught me to be rigorous and a perfectionist. The school has a ‘success-oriented’ approach, turning out fresh talent every year. ECAL’s strength is its growing network. During my studies, I engaged w… continue

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Keller: VILLA GLASSCUBE | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-keller-villa-glasscube/7001462 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Open ground floor</b> The special challenge for the architect was to create barrier-free living space despite the considerable slope. There is a height difference of around two metres between the front and rear sides of the building. An aesthetic work of art was fashioned from this difficulty. The floating living area including the spacious patio on the south side emphasises the uniqueness of the property and expresses the exclusiveness and maturity of the complete concept. The Villa GlassCube maintains its balance thanks to a basement. <b>Minimalistic design</b> The edges of the bungalow were prefabricated; the liquid concrete was poured on site. In this way a structural framework was created with an abstract strength that radiates warmth and cosiness. The front door and the garage are manufactured from sustainable wood and adorn part of the façade on the rear side facing north. The cast-in-concrete sunroof offers privacy and gives the building a stylish, self-contained appea… continue

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Götessons - the company that sees the future | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/gotessons-gotessons-the-company-that-sees-the-future/7001461 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Götessons has been synonymous with hard-working entrepreneurs and innovators for over three generations. Today, Johan Götesson is CEO of Götessons. His father, Ola Götesson, started the company, and there is a long tradition of entrepreneurial spirit in the family. When Johan talks about the company, you quickly understand that they are not like other players in the market. For Götessons, it is about understanding customer needs before the customers does – then developing a solution, their own or together with designers. ‘When my father started in 1986 in a corner of a room in Dalstorp, he made wire products such as paper trays, hat racks, dish racks, etc., but with the computer boom we began developing products for a better working environment in the office,’ says Johan. In 1993, Götessons created a new concept – the first-ever cable-holder on the market. Since then, many new products have been developed and marketed, often the first of their kind in terms of both form and functio… continue

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NWW Design Award 2017 is on the start again | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/neue-wiener-werkstatte-nww-design-award-2017-is-on-the-start-again/7001460 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 The way we live has changed fundamentally in recent years: we have moved away from rigid resumes towards individual biographical phases. Where there were formerly clear boundaries drawn, for example between our work and recreation or living and travel, today these lines have faded from recognition. Project-related work relationships at various places in the world have become the norm and life-phase partners instead of lifelong partnerships have resulted in patchwork-families. We are in motion and more complex than ever before, both real and digitally. The flip side of all of this is the arrival. This arrival is more important than ever, not just as it concerns punctuality, but rather, more precisely, the why of it all. It is for this reason that an old tradition will assume a new significance in our “to-go” society: hosting. It is called the “The New Hospitality”. It would like to make life together possible – in all of its many facets whether spontaneous visits or planned overnight… continue

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Architect Designers Modern: Italian Icons | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-architect-designers-modern-italian-icons/7001459 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 A mixture of poetry and know-how, technical expertise and feeling, research and instinct. The skills transferred from pen to paper, ending in the hands of a skilled craftsman who will mould the next icon. That is what as known as timeless and internationally renowned Italian design. After World War II, designers didn't merely find inspiration in expert craftsmanship and new materials research. They were also deeply involved in political and social issues. Philosophical and theoretical studies were integrated into the creative act at every level. This year, two major anniversaries offer the opportunity to celebrate the glory of Made in Italy. Domus Mille number 1000, the collectors' issue, reviews what the magazine has represented ever since 1928. It also looks at the return, twenty years later, of the XXI Triennale di Milano and its international exhibition, Design After Design. That event, held in multiple stunning locations in Milan, questions the meaning of design in a fast-changing… continue

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Leicht Küchen: The kitchen as the centrepoint | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-leicht-kuchen-the-kitchen-as-the-centrepoint/7001458 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 What all the presented projects have in common is the almost seamless integration of the kitchen into the living space and the continuity from inside to outside. One particularly successful example is in São Paulo, realised by Studio MK27 Marcio Kogan + Diana Radomysler. The two-storey, concrete house originates from 1999 and and has subsequently been expanded to include no less than 700 m2 of living space. The kitchen forms the centre of the entire living area and opens up with floor-to-ceiling windows to the intimate patio, which includes lounge furniture and which also adjoins the service area. On the other side of the kitchen and separate from it is the representative living room and library, which enjoys a scenic view of the garden and pool. The largely pleasant temperatures make it possible to open up the house to the outside completely. This continuity was a key factor for the occupants. They enjoy spending their free time reading or together with their guests. On less formal oc… continue

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Dubai’s design industry booming | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/downtown-design-dubais-design-industry-booming/7001457 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 In October 2015 Dubai held its inaugural design week, which generated an extraordinary response from the city, the region and the global design and business community. 150 designers from 26 countries took part in events across the city, with d3 alone receiving 23,000 visitors. This year Dubai Design Week sees over 150 events spread throughout the city – from Jumeirah to Al Quoz to Ras Al Khor and to d3. ‘Many of this year’s events – the large number of workshops, talks, competitions - really point to a community that has an appetite for learning and is knowledge hungry,” says Cyril Zammit of Dubai Design Week. “It’s a community developing steadily and ready to show what it’s capable of -- during the 6 days of design week and beyond.” Last year Deloitte and The Future Laboratory published a report commissioned by Dubai Design and Fashion Council on MENA region’s design outlook. It projected astonishing growth for the regional industry, with Dubai as the jewel in its crown – with a ma… continue

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Tribal beat: Sleep 2016 to explore the science behind today’s hotel guests | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sleep-tribal-beat-sleep-2016-to-explore-the-science-behind-todays-hotel-guests/7001456 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 This year’s ‘Science of Tribes’ theme is drawn from the Sinus Institute social model which identifies social groups based on the shared values, lifestyles and aesthetic preferences of their members, giving participants and visitors the opportunity to explore the science of hotel design. For the 2016 Sleep Set competition – Sleep’s annual guestroom feature that is widely recognised for challenging convention - five participating design firms have unveiled their initial findings that hint at the concepts they will bring to life in partnership with top fit-out contractors and FF&E suppliers: <b>Mitsui Designtec</b> Designing for the status-conscious Established tribe, Japanese studio Mitsui Designtec is crossing borders and time zones to create a guestroom experience offering everything money can't buy, fulfilling emotional satisfaction, creating a family environment and addressing all five senses. “Our journey aligns heritage and connoisseurship with all the senses. Flowing water, w… continue

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Gaggenau: Cook at home like the professionals | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-gaggenau-cook-at-home-like-the-professionals/7001455 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 The spacious house by architects Ber-schneider + Berschneider on the outskirts of Hilpoltstein is a modern, three-dimensional collage of cubes, and is optimally aligned to the needs of the client in all life phases. On the ground floor, the spacious open kitchen is the centre of family life. The free-standing kitchen block and the professional technical equipment allow for the relaxed and uncomplicated preparation of daily meals, as well as for cosy cooking events with family and friends. The kitchen planners have opted here for a wealth of kitchen appliances by Gaggenau, which with their clear design-language fit perfectly with the kitchen’s fittings and leave nothing to be desired in terms of functionality. Indispensable for everyday life are the fully-automatic espresso machine, the Vario refrigerator and the dishwasher. The oven, combi-steam oven and two warming drawers will delight keen private chefs and ensure the best-possible results. Meals are taken either in the cosy niche wi… continue

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PRESTIGE HOTEL BUDAPEST | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/villeroy-amp-boch-prestige-hotel-budapest/7001454 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 The 4-star superior Prestige Hotel Budapest combines contemporary design with stylistic elements from the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy – following comprehensive refurbishment of the historic 1860s building by a team of architects and interior designers in 2014/15. The result is a charming retro flair, rekindling the glamour of a glorious past in the context of modern-day Budapest. This flair is also evident in the luxury bathrooms of the hotel’s 85 rooms, featuring purist sanitary ceramics from Villeroy & Boch’s Architectura collection – thus creating a consistent vintage style throughout the entire building. The Prestige Hotel Budapest is situated in District V – the Belváros-Lipótváros Inner City district – a vibrant and popular commercial centre right in the heart of Budapest. Its central location and vicinity to the Danube river also makes it a very attractive destination for tourists. Situated on the Pest side of the Danube, the area still has an air of culture and bohème, evoking… continue

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Franke: Systematic kitchens | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-franke-systematic-kitchens/7001453 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 The name Franke stands worldwide for intelligent kitchen systems, reliability and expertise – from food and meal preparation, to the hygienic disposal of residues and waste. The extensive product range encompasses sinks, taps and worktops, hobs and ovens, cooker hoods and waste systems, and with the new Frames by Franke product line a new dimension has been reached in professional kitchen design. The system consists of 44 elements, which are designed in such a way that they work together harmoniously and can be freely combined. The built-in appliances in classic black or elegant champagne offer innovative, high-performance technology, and are compatible with the corresponding sinks, basins, faucets and accessories. This is primarily ensured by a consistent design concept, which is based on narrow stainless-steel frames, matching handles, surfaces and controls. Kitchens assembled in this way are suitable for all the needs of everyday life – from urban stand-alone solutions to profession… continue

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acousticpearls: perceptions of space | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-acousticpearls-perceptions-of-space/7001452 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Along with vision, auditory perception is one of the most important human sensory channels. Because hearing plays a key role in our response to the spaces we live and work in, it is decisive to our sense of well-being. Thus it is all the more critical that these spaces not only appeal to the eye, but also have good acoustics. Seven years ago, acousticpearls recognised the relevance of this frequently neglected topic as well as the possibilities of “designing the feel of a space”. In addition to high-quality products, the Bremen company offers the well-founded knowledge of spatial experts, or rather spatial enthusiasts: “We’re driven by the chance to invent new places and create spaces that excite, inspire and move us. The spaces we inhabit should give us a positive feeling. They should fit us. Like a made-to-measure suit that clothes us with natural ease and lets us move with confidence.” The idea for acousticpearls arose from its founding partners’ awareness of a particular market nic… continue

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Sharing is Caring: new co-working spaces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-sharing-is-caring-new-co-working-spaces/7001451 Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Are you feeling a bit unloved? Needy? Hankering for some closeness? Maybe co-working is the answer for you. Just bring your laptop and your favourite mug. Joking aside, the idea of freelancers, digital nomads and early-stage start-ups sharing a physical workspace has shifted in the past few years from a too-cool-for-school, tech-forward, hipster-led phenomenon to big business for high-net-worth companies offering inspiring communal work spaces in the right kind of places. What was once a trend is now common practice. The latest stats bear this out: with almost 8,000 co-working spaces worldwide at the start of 2016, the co-working industry is reported to have raised almost $1 billion last year in capital. One of the key attractions of co-working is, of course, the notion that such spaces operate as platforms for the cross-fertilisation of ideas – the very lifeblood of the entrepreneurially minded. Essentially, it’s the principle of the hub. The more creative, free-thinking individuals y… continue

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Nice Work: Nurus | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/clare-dowdy-nice-work-nurus/7001450 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Comfy sofas, stylish break-out spaces and ergonomic task chairs make working at Allianz Turkey not just a pleasure but productive, too. This seating and more comes courtesy of Turkey’s long-standing, design-led professional furniture manufacturer Nurus, and helps create an activity-based working environment ideal for 21st century knowledge workers. Because the world of work has changed significantly this millennium, for knowledge workers in particular, the workplace has been transformed. Individual offices are long gone, and even conventional workstations are increasingly a thing of the past. Instead, today’s offices are decked out to foster collaboration and generate ideas. At the same time, workers increasingly juggle myriad tasks. To help with all this, workplace designers are introducing layouts and furniture which encourage such behaviours, and which boost productivity and well-being. Nurus has anticipated these trends, producing ranges to complement the new thinking. In activity-… continue

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Material Tendencies: Benjamin Hubert | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-benjamin-hubert/7001449 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Architonic caught up with Benjamin Hubert – who is particularly interested in material research, technology and innovation in both the physical and digital worlds – at this year's London Design Festival.</b> <b>Could you say a few words about your 'Foil' installation?</b> Foil is our first piece of public artwork in collaboration with German manufacturer Braun. It is a 20-metre kinetic, undulating LED reflecting piece of sculpture, composed of 50,000 mirror-finished, stainless-steel triangles, which runs the length of the Tapestry Galleries at the V&A. 50,000 points of lights scattered in the space create slowly morphing patterns on the walls and the ceiling, as the panels move. Accompanied by sound, this multi-sensory installation emulates some of the technology, performance and engineering of a Braun shaver. The whole experience is about some of the poetry, emotions and mechanics of a shaver. <b>Which material would you choose if you had to restrict yourself to working with jus… continue

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Biennale Interieur x Architonic: new online product catalogue launching | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-biennale-interieur-x-architonic-new-online-product-catalogue-launching/7001448 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Anyone who knows the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium – celebrating its 25th edition this year – also knows just how exacting it is as a fair. Elegantly bridging the gap between the commercial and the cultural, it’s firmly adhered to the criteria of selectivity, considered curation, and inspiring architectural space right from day one. Just like Architonic. Which is why when it came to founding a partnership with Kortrijk, our shared values made it a seamless fit. To mark the special 2016 Silver Edition of Biennale Interieur, Architonic is powering the fair’s website with a dynamic product catalogue, feeding the profile of every current Architonic member who appears on interieur.be as an exhibitor with content from the Architonic data cloud – resulting in a content-rich, digital version of fair that continues long after the physical exhibition in Kortrijk has come to an end. Co-branded as a Biennale Interieur and Architonic service, the product catalogue is an initiative the Kor… continue

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The Work Blues: Luctra | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-the-work-blues-luctra/7001447 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Before industrialisation, people’s lives were strongly oriented to the course of the sun and the alternation of daylight and darkness. The advent of artificial light has freed us to go about our work at any time of the day or night, but our biological rhythm can get thrown off as a result. The culprit here is the high proportion of blue in artificial light, which makes us alert and active. While this is an advantage especially in the morning, it inhibits production of the hormone melatonin in the evening hours, which can delay the onset of sleep and ultimately compromise health, concentration and performance capacity. Light in the workplace is thus receiving increased attention, with respect not only to its qualities of colour and brightness, but also to its biological effect. With its Luctra brand, the German manufacturer Durable now offers an innovative LED lighting system that addresses exactly this concern. One of the first lighting systems with a biologically beneficial effect, Lu… continue

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Your Office – Your Life | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/design-post-your-office-your-life/7001446 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Come and visit Design Post, situated right opposite KölnMesse, and discover exciting and individual solutions for architects, planners and developers: modern office & work environments, innovative ideas in the fields of acoustics, lighting, textiles and much more! There will be many great new products, from value-for-money canteen chairs to prestigious high-end solutions for creative workspaces. Besides standard products, many of our exhibitors also offer the option to develop bespoke solutions for your projects. Come and let yourself be inspired! We look forward to your visit! Opening times: ORGATEC | Tue-Fri, 9am to 8pm | Sat 10am to 4pm <b>(AFTER) WORK-STREET FOOD</b> Refresh yourself during Orgatec with finest quality Asian hot dogs from our food truck and stop by ‘tools for togetherness’, staged by Extremis in front of our entrance. <b>BDIA-APÉRO</b> Together with Magis, we invite BDIA members to join us for an aperitif: Thursday, 27 October 2016, 5-7pm, at… continue

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Material Tendencies: Piero Lissoni | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-piero-lissoni/7001445 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>If you had to limit yourself in your work to a single material for the next three years, which one would you choose?</b> Piero Lissoni: I like all materials and I am very open-minded. Every material has its soul. If you limit the production to just one material from the beginning, you are automatically bound by strong rules. It is not for me to decide which material is better than the other. In a way, it is the project that finds the one honest and good material. <b>Have you identified certain trends in materials?</b> I don't like trends. But I do use colours, new materials and new surfaces. I like to combine many different thoughts. Sometimes I ‘extremise’ the use of materials. For Porro, we used, for example, some new surfaces in wood, but we colour the wood in such incredible acid colours, so that the material is not used in its original, natural appearance. But at the same time we put together some very sophisticated surfaces. <b>When working on a design project, where you… continue

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TOP 10 LOUNGE CHAIRS AT ORGATEC 2016 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-top-10-lounge-chairs-at-orgatec-2016/7001444 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 The ranking is based on the number of page views on architonic.com, which depends on different traffic sources linking to the respective product, such as product-group navigation on architonic.com, Google relevance and advertising campaigns linking to the product sheet among others. The rankings are limited to Architonic Member brands exhibiting at Orgatec 2016 and their products. All information was collected in the period 15 March–15 September 2016. continue

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Dornbracht: Design freedom in the kitchen | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-dornbracht-design-freedom-in-the-kitchen/7001443 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 The kitchen has always been the communication and social focal point of a house. While in recent decades it has often been delineated by doors, the kitchen is now increasingly being opened up as a living area. This in turn increases the aesthetic requirements that clients have for the kitchen design. The kitchen is expected to visually fit in with the spatial concept of the adjoining living quarters. As a result, kitchen furniture, appliances, countertops, and especially cabinets, fittings and sinks acquire an entirely new meaning. According to market analyses, the water-point is one of the key places in a kitchen, with 60 percent of activities taking place there. These findings motivated Dornbracht into seeking to optimize kitchen processes and to make domestic kitchens more professional. This called above all for tailor-made solutions to meet the different needs of the inhabitants. Thus the company developed, for example, various water-points for the different working steps and requi… continue

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The early bird catches the yarn: Heimtextil 2017 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ulrich-buttner-the-early-bird-catches-the-yarn-heimtextil-2017/7001442 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 The annual Trendtable, comprising the creative heads of six agencies from six countries, met as early as last spring. Several weeks ago, it presented the results of its investigations and assessments. The agency Carlin International/Exalis of France is leading the compilation and design of the Trend Book as well as conceiving the Theme Park for the upcoming fair. The group of Trendtable experts further included Felix Diener (Germany), Franklin Till (Britain), Stijlinstituut Amsterdam (Netherlands), Dan Project (Japan) and WGSN Group (USA). The Theme Park invites visitors on a journey full of inspiring discoveries under the guiding theme of “Explorations”. This encompasses the four sub-trends Virtual, Planetary, Natural and Cultural Explorations, taking into consideration the five disciplines Retail, Technology, Hospitality, Transport and Work and Home. Accordingly, the Theme Park forms the intellectual, cultural and inspirational centre of the fair, making it an essential stop for all… continue

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

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

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

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Architecture for the Present: Peter Zumthor | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-architecture-for-the-present-peter-zumthor/7001438 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200 There is this video on YouTube of the cellist Isang Enders playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 inside Zumthor’s Bruder-Klaus-Feldkapelle in Wachendorf, Germany. The suite’s melody is instantly recognizable. It is one of those works in the cannon of classical music that will have a staying presence as long as time remains immortal. However, the specific performance that Enders delivers is different. It is not “different” in the sense of how he approaches the technically demanding octave jumps or the phrasing of each stanza, but rather in the ephemerality of its delivery. While the notes on the music’s score will more or less stay the same for generations to come, the space in which it is presented is constantly in flux. And as I watch this video again and again, I cannot help but focus on the acoustics of this small, concrete chapel in the middle of a farmer’s field. The warm sound of Enders’s cello are absorbed by the chamfered and crenelated walls; the notes do not linge… continue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Material Tendencies: Dimitri Bähler | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/christian-kuhn-material-tendencies-dimitri-bahler/7001424 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Architonic caught up with Bähler to discuss the genesis of the project and why ceramic as a material is so interesting to him.</b> <b>Could you say a few words about ‘Volumes, Patterns, Textures and Colors’, the collection that has recently seen you win the Grand Prize Interieur Awards 2016?</b> The idea for the project started in 2013 in the Netherlands, during a residency at the EKWC (the European Ceramic Work Centre). I was experimenting with ceramic for the first time and it caught me. I wanted to create big volumes in order to have a surface to create patterns, and in doing so found out this technique with a latex foil that deforms, but at the same time gives form to the volume and the pattern of the piece. I presented the project for the first time in 2013 in a variation of three different volumes and fifteen patterns. During a later residency at CERCCO, the Experimentation and Research Centre for Contemporary Ceramics in Geneva, I decided to continue with the work and… continue

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

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Uncharted Waters: Falper maps the future of bathroom design | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-uncharted-waters-falper-maps-the-future-of-bathroom-design/7001422 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200 They say a good conversation is a two-way street. For premium Italian bathroom brand Falper, the lifestyle of the end user has, on the one hand, consistently been a driving factor behind its product development, encouraging the firm to continuously evolve its products in response to societal shifts. Yet, at the same time, Falper has proven itself to be a key agent for change in the way that that we behave within the domestic sphere. As bathrooms become increasingly integrated into living areas, and as smaller spaces demand more flexible solutions, the company’s catalogue offers an innovative take on the future of bathroom design. The task of ensuring that Falper’s products remain ahead of the curve rests with MD and art director, Luca Fallavena, whose father Guido founded the company in 1962. Originally a manufacturer of plastic fittings for furniture, the firm moved into the production of items for the bathroom in the 1980s. The family-run company now operates from a 12,000-square… continue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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