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 Sat, 21 Jul 2018 04:19:43 +0200 High five: 5 residential towers with lofty ideals | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/jaime-heather-schwartz-high-five-5-residential-towers-with-lofty-ideals/7001984 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 These days there is a demand for residential projects to reach higher goals, such as energy-efficiency standards and urban-space regeneration. But, fear not: the latest developments have not given up on some of the best of what a residential tower can offer. Sweeping vistas, stand-out features and eye-catching facades remain a top priority. 01 Anaha Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 2018 Solomon Cordwell Buenz Numerous sustainable design strategies are employed in the 40-storey Anaha tower, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz in partnership with Honolulu-based Benjamin Woo Architects. Its solar-efficient, radiused-glass facade reflects light like water, underscoring the wave-inspired design of the building’s curved and interlocking structure. Other nods to nature include a ‘living wall’ made of 8,000 indigenous tropical plants and a cantilevered, glass-bottomed, saltwater swimming pool. 02 DUO Twin Towers Singapore 2018 Buro Ole Scheeren The slender forms of Buro Ole Sheeren’s DUO Tw… continue

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Size isn't everything: new micro architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-size-isn-039t-everything-new-micro-architecture/7001980 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Micro homes are true microcosms of human activity, and as with other domestic spaces, architects are always looking for ways to redefine the relationships between inside and outside, public and private, and people and the natural environment. Tiny contemporary houses also reflect the need to reduce our carbon footprint by providing highly engineered, compact living spaces both in the countryside and in the city. Architects have experimented with off-grid living for decades – think log cabins, geodesic domes, Earthships – but these experiments always had a distinctly DIY flavour. Not anymore. Today, designers such as Nice Architects, create sleek micro homes like the ovoid Ecocapsule – a pod-like compact living space with PV cells on the roof, a small wind turbine on its side, rainwater tank and an integrated water purification unit. While the comfort level is somewhat on the basic side, it allows, in theory at least, users to settle down anywhere that takes their fancy. A similar, if m… continue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Italian elegance: B&B Italia and Luigi Caccia Dominioni | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-italian-elegance-b-ampb-italia-and-luigi-caccia-dominioni/7001942 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Among the pantheon of great Italian postwar architects and designers, Luigi Caccia Dominioni may not be the most well known, but he was nevertheless an important figure in the evolution of 20th-century Italian design. In celebration of the architect’s significant and wide-ranging legacy, B&B Italia is returning several of his key furniture designs into production, which will enable a new audience to discover and enjoy his inventive and expressive style. At the beginning of April, B&B Italia announced that it has signed a licence agreement to exclusively produce and distribute a selection of Caccia Dominioni’s iconic designs, including the classic Catilina armchair; the ABCD and Toro armchairs and sofas, the Chinotto armchair; the Cilindro ottoman; the new outdoor seating system Nonaro; the tables and small tables Cavalletto, Fasce Cromate and Fascia spectate; and the lamps Poltrona, Base Ghisa, Monachella and Imbuto. And, on the occasion of the Milan design week, the company presented… continue

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Warsaw Home 2018 - new strength on the map of interior design fairs | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/warsaw-home-warsaw-home-2018-new-strength-on-the-map-of-interior-design-fairs/7001939 Mon, 04 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200 For many, the Warsaw Home Fair, in place since 2016, is still a relatively new point in the calendar of the most important interior design events in Europe. The two sessions organized so far have proven, however, that manufacturers, architects, designers and enthusiasts of good design can meet not only in Milan, Cologne, Paris or Stockholm, but also in Warsaw. The capital of Poland connects the east and west of Europe, and it has become a perfect place to present new products and establish business relationships for all who want to exist within these markets. Last year, this opportunity was used by the over 400 interior design companies that had exhibited at the Warsaw fair, which attracted a total of 64 thousand visitors. Among them, there were as many as 20 thousand company representatives and 9 thousand architects and designers who were looking for inspiration and new contacts. The event's turnout success demonstrated that in this region, a fresh idea was needed for an internati… continue

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Atlas Concorde offers personalised styles for the home | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anna-winston-atlas-concorde-offers-personalised-styles-for-the-home/7001938 Tue, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Our relationship with our homes is changing. Spending patterns are shifting, with individuals investing less in their clothes and more in the decoration of their homes as an expression of personal style and aspiration.  “It is not easy to find a design that mirrors us in all our individuality,” says Fabrizio Storchi, Marketing Director at Atlas Concorde which has developed a series of innovative products for domestic interiors. “We don’t just offer a series of products but complete furnishing projects that can be fully customised to design each room in our homes.”  Ceramic tiles offer not only versatility, with textured finishes that can mimic natural materials or create unique patterns, but also convenience, being easy to install, clean and maintain.  Living rooms are among the most public spaces in the home, used for welcoming and entertaining guests. For these areas, Atlas Concorde suggests Marvel, which emulates the elegant finish of marble. For a tonal effect, Marvel can be… continue

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Atlas Concorde for the hospitality and retail sector | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anna-winston-atlas-concorde-for-the-hospitality-and-retail-sector/7001937 Tue, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In today’s luxury shops, hotels and restaurants, ambience is everything. The aim of the designer is to generate an instinctive, emotive response to the space by considering every single detail from the ceiling to the floor. “In hospitality areas, more than anywhere else, walls, and how they are decorated, are particularly important,” says Fabrizio Storchi, Atlas Concorde’s Marketing Director. “Guests, often without knowing, seek out boundaries that can give them a sense of the familiar and of security, and their gaze glances over the furnishing to settle on the walls.” But these environments also experience heavier wear and tear and higher footfall than most. Atlas Concorde’s versatile and innovative collections can help interior designers create a truly unique, holistic experiences without compromising on durability. Among these is the three-dimensional 3D Wall Stars wall tile, which transforms a flat surface with geometric textures and clean lines. Ideally suited to contemporar… continue

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Atlas Concorde: feel-good ambience for wellness environments | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anna-winston-atlas-concorde-feel-good-ambience-for-wellness-environments/7001936 Tue, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 An increasing number of studies are proving what designers have long known: that the design of a space can affect both the mood and health of its occupants. This idea is explicitly expressed in spas and wellness centres, where a relaxing environment is crucial. But these interiors also present designers with significant challenges as materials must offer aesthetic value and be able to withstand heavy use, humidity and oil without compromising on safety.  Italian ceramics brand Atlas Concorde has developed a range of flexible wall and flooring solutions that rise to this challenge, combining contemporary style with high-performance, hygienic surfaces and a non-slip finish.   To recreate the look and feel of natural materials without the associated maintenance issues, Atlas Concorde has developed a variety of ranges that are ideal for use in these scenarios. Among them are the Etic Pro range, which offers a wood effect that introduces tactility, mimicking the irregularities of the mat… continue

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Ventura Future 2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-projects-ventura-future-2018/7001935 Tue, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 We have hit exciting times in design history, wherein the world is increasingly embracing the ability of designers to think outside of conventional structures and produce radical solutions. Distinctions between the traditional disciplines are becoming less clear, demonstrating that cross-practice between designers, technologists, engineers and analytics is shaping better outcomes. From big data to complex networks, from resource management to health care issues - Ventura Future accommodated it all! continue

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Bring your A Game: Brunner | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-bring-your-a-game-brunner/7001934 Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The multi-functional requirements of contract furniture make it one of the most difficult design disciplines to master. Of course it needs to look slick and impressive in a business setting, especially when employed by high-profile clients or those with a design pedigree. But the contract-furniture game is much more subtle than putting a great looking-table and chairs in a corner by reception. The most important factor for designers to consider is also the most hidden – functionality. Brunner’s brief to A-Chair designers Jehs+Laub was deliciously simple: “Think as you like. Only make us a stacking chair for the 21st century.” This gifted the designers the kind of freedom they thrive on, the kind of freedom that’s won them renowned international status, and the kind of freedom to create something spectacular. Spectacular is exactly what the A-Chair does best, blending a slick silhouetted frame with enough 21st-century design nous to ensure it’s functional and, above all, suitable for th… continue

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The Enlightenment 2.0: #Pedraligoodideas at Salone del Mobile 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-enlightenment-2-0-pedraligoodideas-at-salone-del-mobile-2018/7001933 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The lightbulb moment. That flash of inspiration where suddenly out of an epistemological darkness clarity emerges. A solution. An innovation. A new way of thinking. Pedrali, the Bergamo-based furniture and lighting brand that’s long been known for its commitment to technology-driven, sustainability-embracing industrial production has had its fair share of lightbulb moments (all LED, of course), its enviable catalogue of award-winning products testifying to this. This is in no small part thanks to the culture of innovation, of research and development that it has fostered over decades, both in-house and via a raft of collaborations with designers and architects, be they established names or emerging talent. So when it came to selecting a single visual metaphor to capture the essence of Pedrali’s innovative design approach, architects Calvi Brambilla – who’ve become the go-to designers for those discerning brands looking for stands more akin to total, architecturally considered envir… continue

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Parking for the people: new car parks | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-parking-for-the-people-new-car-parks/7001932 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Whether the car is a symbol of personal liberation, or merely a necessary evil, is open to debate. However, car parks have recently become urban and architectural landmarks, and in some cases even existentially essential for nearby communities. Take Benthem Crouwel’s RAI Car Park, which serves Amsterdam’s main convention centre. The building is comprised of a simple cube with two sculptural, monumental helical ramps – one for going up, the other for going down. Locals can park their cars in the facility on days without events, and the building’s double-height ground floor can be used as additional exhibition and convention space if needed. For Miami’s Faena Forum, a cultural complex spanning multiple city blocks, OMA also designed a new car park. Partly underground, the automated car park reveals itself as a crystalline prism clad in white perforated concrete panels. The ground floor of Faena Park consists of retail space, while the upper floor can be used for cultural events. The c… continue

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Taking it to the next level: Groosman's P+R Driebergen-Zeist | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-taking-it-to-the-next-level-groosman-039s-p-r-driebergen-zeist/7001931 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Located between the towns of Driebergen-Rijsenburg and Zeist, Groosman's new P+R structure challenges the existing utility-driven car-park typology, with its emphasis on place-making, energy-efficiency, a dialogue with its natural surroundings, and providing a pleasant environment for people – not just cars. Architonic caught up with Groosman director Mark Siebers to discuss the project. <b>What would you consider to be the particular constraints or creative opportunities for architects when designing a car park?</b> Creating a special identity within the very rigid, function-orientedorientated design commission. In particular there are opportunities in the creation of the ‘welcome feeling’ at the entrances. For P+R Driebergen-Zeist an image-defining entrance was chosen for both the pedestrian and vehicle entrances. By deviating away from the rigid car structure, you now get the feeling: I’m entering something special. <b>How does Groosman's P+R Driebergen-Zeist project advance o… continue

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Love in a small Swedish town: Kinnarps | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-love-in-a-small-swedish-town-kinnarps/7001930 Mon, 28 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 There’s a, perhaps somewhat lazy, line of argument that goes: as a brand, you’ve got to be small or niche to be authentic, for your social, ethical values to dovetail with your business model. Scale things up and you’re just another corporate entity where the bottom line is top priority, right? Well, sometimes. The market is certainly populated with a not insignificant number of former startups that once held bold visions, but who’ve, in the meantime, seemingly sold out – companies which nonetheless attempt to continue trading off their original intentions as progressive businesses engaged in the business of Doing Something Good. But here’s a different story. Kinnarps, the premium Swedish furniture manufacturer is certainly no startup. Founded in 1942 by husband and wife Jarl and Evy Andersson, the company, still family-run, has established itself as Europe’s leading supplier of workspace solutions for offices, schools and public spaces. Operating in over 40 countries, Kinnarps ma… continue

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Winglet Wireless Wall Luminaire: Ready for takeoff? | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/nimbus-group-winglet-wireless-wall-luminaire-ready-for-takeoff/7001929 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Nimbus CEO Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl is convinced that "the Winglet marks the beginning of a new era in room lighting". To the entrepreneur, cableless, battery-powered lighting means the "light of the future" – and for good reason: the integrated battery allows installation without having to rely on electrical connection points. Non-existent or inconveniently positioned cable outlets no longer present a problem with this innovative lighting concept. Planning is more straightforward and allows you more freedom than ever before. <b>New era in room lighting</b> The Winglet is fastened to the wall in a simple operation using the self-adhesive or screw-on magnetic bracket. A simple manual operation is all it takes to remove it from the wall, place it in the Basket Charger and replace it following charging: simple and straightforward. Up to five luminaires can be charged at one time in the multiple charging station developed by Nimbus along with further devices plugged into the three inte… continue

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: SBID AWARDS 2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sbid-international-design-awards-call-for-entries-sbid-awards-2018/7001928 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The 2018 edition of the SBID International Design Awards is now open. As ever, this year’s edition promises to bring together the world’s finest interior design schemes, from the ostentatious to the minimal, the innovative and the functional. Consistent in its quest to recognise, reward and celebrate global interior design excellence from all over the world, the Awards will culminate with another glittering ceremony at its permanent residence; The Dorchester hotel, London. Considered as one of the most prestigious accolades in interior design by the very best in the industry, the Awards represents over 43 countries worldwide. Last year saw a 40% increase of entries and over 100,000 public votes. This year brings brand new additions to the revered panel of judges including Carlo Chiulli, Design Director at Christian Louboutin Beaute, Stefan Sielaff, Design Director at Bentley and Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole, to mention a few. Each entry undergoes an exclusive two-tier judging p… continue

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A sit-down affair: Flexform | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-a-sit-down-affair-flexform/7001927 Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 “Every sofa is a constellation of different functions,” according to Antonio Citterio, whose designs for leading Italian brand Flexform have helped to redefine the role of the sofa in contemporary living environments. Flexform’s philosophy places the sofa at the heart of the home, with other products such as armchairs, tables and ottomans performing supporting roles in the creation of spaces dedicated to ultimate comfort and relaxation. For Flexform, a sofa is not just for sitting. In the modern home it performs multiple roles, as a space for reading, watching television, working on a laptop, or even eating. Under the creative direction of globally renowned architect and designer Antonio Citterio, the company pioneered the concept of multi-sectional sofas, which can be configured in a wide variety of formats to meet the specific needs of their users. Modular elements combine to create seating landscapes that can be augmented by the inclusion of storage units, table surfaces or chaise l… continue

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Murals Fuse | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-murals-fuse/7001926 Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Part of the award winning Murals line, Fuse is lively and interactive, transforming architectural surfaces into vibrant works of art and bringing the user to the centre of the spatial experience. Murals Fuse surfaces are dynamic, yet subtle and playful. The secret is in the series’ innovative colour arrangement. Playing with our visual perception and making the most of the use of tone variations, Fuse encourages the eye to merge different colour gradations. When translated onto a surface, this produces a fluid and animated effect, almost imperceptibly creating the illusion of movement. This means that each piece can integrate smoothly and flexibly into its surroundings. Murals Fuse is a series of wall products that spans eight colours and three tile sizes, ready to adapt to any design through countless configurations. By working with Fuse, you can create the atmosphere of your choice, be it highly expressive or quiet and calm. Fuse tiles feel exquisitely handmade, featuring a luxur… continue

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An Englishman in New York: Original BTC | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-an-englishman-in-new-york-original-btc/7001925 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Original BTC scored a considerable coup when Firmdale Hotels, co-founded by Kit and Tim Kemp, sought a bespoke version of its Pillar Light for the hotel group’s Whitby Hotel in New York and some of its other boutique hotels. This glamorous Art Deco-inspired light now graces The Whitby’s bathrooms. ‘We customised it so that it’s in proportion with the rooms’ mirrors and ceiling height,’ says Original BTC director Charlie Bowles. The streamlined Pillar Lights complement the pared-down yet luxurious style of the bathrooms featuring walls and floors lined in granite or marble. The Whitby is in upper midtown Manhattan, has 86 bedrooms and suites, a bar, restaurant, drawing room and outdoor terrace. As with all of Firmdale’s 10 hotels — there are eight in London and two in New York — The Whitby’s interiors were masterminded by Kit, the group’s award-winning creative director renowned for her audaciously flamboyant style. Firmdale’s hotels are known for their eclectic, colourful interiors, bo… continue

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In the spotlight: Original BTC at ICFF | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-in-the-spotlight-original-btc-at-icff/7001924 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Original BTC has recently launched a plethora of new products at its Paris and London showrooms. On May 19, these will be unveiled at its New York showroom and at the same city’s design fair ICFF (from May 20 to 23). In general, these new products fuse classical forms with modern functionality, as is the case with the Banker’s and Oxford Double desk lights. The first has an old-world look — with its gracefully curved satin brass stem and milky white shade — yet features an integral LED light. Both practical and romantic, this lamp casts an ambient glow and a more focused beam. The second is a variation on Original BTC’s existing Oxford Lights and boasts two natural bone-china shades with subtly textured, quilted surfaces. These emit a gentle glow, while also casting a stronger pool of light below. A versatile design, the Oxford Double light comes as a pendant, floor or table light. Like the Oxford Double Lights, the new Sopra Ceiling Light’s white shade has a quilted pattern (as well a… continue

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Keeping the light on: Original BTC | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-keeping-the-light-on-original-btc/7001923 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Founded in 1990 by Peter Bowles, British manufacturer Original BTC now has six factories producing its bespoke lights. Each one specialises in fabricating different materials, such as hand-blown glass, moulded bone china and finely crafted metal. Peter is not only a pioneering entrepreneur — he was one of the first designers to recognise the appeal of modern industrial-style lighting — but over the years has saved established but struggling British factories from closure. A champion of British-made design, Peter has ensured these factories can continue to manufacture in the UK and has helped to protect many traditional crafts from extinction. In some cases, it was Peter’s ingenuity and creative flair that led him to discover and consequently save factories. As the first designer to use bone china for lighting, he discovered a struggling tableware factory in Stoke-on-Trent that could make these light fittings, and so provided it with a new stream of income that ensured its survival. In… continue

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Cableless light by Nimbus: The new mobility | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/nimbus-group-cableless-light-by-nimbus-the-new-mobility/7001922 Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 "In a few years' time there will be battery-powered luminaires in many offices and apartments, and they will be just as commonplace as smartphones, laptops and tablets are today," reflects Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl. As only company in the sector the Stuttgart-based Nimbus Group has already developed several ranges of high-performance, cableless luminaires. Its statement: "The future is cableless!" The idea of cableless, battery-powered and thus mobile luminaires has driven Nimbus boss Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl for a number of years now. For example, whenever he needed light on his terrace on a summer evening. Or when he wanted to move a floor-standing lamp in his living room to exactly where he wanted it – and then had to move it back again so nobody tripped over the cable. For a long time now, he has been asking himself whether there might not be a better solution to such problems. It took a tree house to answer this question. Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl was building it with his children a… continue

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The sum of the parts: Mosaico+ | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-sum-of-the-parts-mosaico-/7001921 Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The ancient Greeks and Romans had a sense of style and grandeur that has barely been matched in the subsequent millennia. Their temples, tombs and villas were often adorned with elaborate mosaics depicting figurative scenes or intricate abstract patterns. This iconic decorative technique has endured and thrived ever since, and has found a new champion in Italian firm Mosaico+, which pioneers innovative mosaic techniques and designs from its headquarters in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Mosaic today is a popular option for architects, interior designers and homeowners looking to inject some classical style and ornamentation into key spaces. Suitable for use everywhere from domestic bathrooms to the lobbies of high-end hotels, its durability and timeless beauty make mosaic an extremely versatile wall-covering option. Mosaico+ expands upon the heritage of mosaic by producing a variety of chip sizes that can be used to create intricate mosaics with an impressive scale. Its exploration of… continue

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Keller: Villa Schilde | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-keller-villa-schilde/7001920 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Villa Schilde is basically constructed of glass and concrete. The rooms have a spacious feel to them and the minimal windows® frameless fixed and sliding elements conjure up a pleasant brightness throughout the entire interior of the house. The glass facade allows breathtaking views of the surrounding untouched nature, which can be observed from every aspect. The garden fascinates with its wonderful geometric shapes. <b>Seamless, extensive vista</b> With the natural incidence of light, the plants bloom and so too do the residents. The large floor-to-ceiling glass facades with highly integrated sliding glass walls of the type minimal windows® from KELLER AG enable a sense of wellbeing in every room. The transparent material gives the villa a pronounced modern air, whilst at the same time providing the possibility to enjoy the splendid landscape panorama – the surroundings and the lovingly tendered garden – from the interior. <b>Modern atmosphere</b> The flooring in most of the rooms… continue

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When Tribù meets St. Regis Maldives | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tribu-when-tribu-meets-st-regis-maldives/7001919 Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Guests arriving at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort by private seaplane might be struck first by the lush green of the tropical island, then by what could be the silhouette of a giant lobster and a whale shark. Singapore-based architects WOW | Warner Wong Design have blended natural forms and traditional materials in their striking design for this five-star resort. WOW is known for its culturally sensitive designs based on in-depth research into local building materials, designs and customs. The roofline of Beach and Garden Villas references the local dhoni fishing boats, the St. Regis Boutique mimics a conch shell’s twists and the lobster pods house the Iridium Spa. WOW’s inspired take on local tradition is partnered seamlessly by Tribù’s subtly luxurious outdoor furniture, mixing collections and key pieces in the villas and exclusive estate residences on land and overwater. The terraces of the Villas on land and overwater are immaculately furnished with a plush Mood Daybed an… continue

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Meditating on the modern: Minotti at the Salone 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-meditating-on-the-modern-minotti-at-the-salone-2018/7001918 Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In the year of its 70th anniversary, Minotti presented an outstanding new collection at the Salone del Mobile.Milano that encapsulated its infinite commitment to quality and creativity. The collection represents the latest evolution of Minotti’s open and universal design strategy, with contributions from a cadre of international designers. The products developed by Rodolfo Dordoni – also coordinator of the whole collection – Nendo, Marcio Kogan, Christophe Delcourt each interpreted Minotti’s core philosophy in a different way, and together created a unified vision with an international outlook. Minotti’s presentation at the 2018 Salone del Mobile.Milano was defined by a modern, bright and graphic aesthetic. Influences from Japan and Scandinavia combined with more decorative and rationalist architectural elements to create a scenography with a pared-back yet comfortable and refined feel. A paved entrance courtyard provided the setting for Marcio Kogan’s modular outdoor furniture system… continue

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High-end hospitality with a holistic twist: Minotti | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-high-end-hospitality-with-a-holistic-twist-minotti/7001917 Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The world’s best hotels require suitably high-quality furniture to ensure guests enjoy a stay that is as luxurious and comfortable as their own home. Minotti’s 2018 Collection was designed with just such hospitality environments in mind, and provides a complete range of furniture solutions that would enhance any 5-star resort. To celebrate the collection’s launch, the Italian furniture manufacturer imagined a series of zen-like architectural spaces that showcase the new products in an aspirational setting. The images offer a glimpse of a glamorous lifestyle defined by quality, comfort and relaxation, with the sort of rooms that most people would love to have in their own home or favourite hotel. New pieces designed for Minotti by Rodolfo Dordoni, as well as Nendo, Christophe Delcourt and Marcio Kogan, populate the spaces of an idealised lobby area, lounge, bar, restaurant and penthouse. Drawing inspiration from Japanese and Scandinavian design philosophies, the elegant and minimal arch… continue

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The Experimenters: Antoniolupi | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-the-experimenters-antoniolupi/7001916 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 A determination to foster creativity and stretch the limits of technology underpin the success of Italian company Antoniolupi, manufacturer of bathroom fittings and furniture for the entire home. Founded over 60 years ago in Stabbia, near Florence, the proudly Tuscan brand — which makes all its high quality products in Italy — constantly invests in state-of-the-art technology and research and development to realise its uncompromisingly innovative ideas. One of its core strengths is to challenge our preconceptions of bathroom fittings and other homeware by introducing surprising alternatives to conventional forms. Over the years, Antoniolupi has created many designs that testify to its restlessly experimental approach. One of its key hallmarks is creating intriguing illusions. Witness its arresting, wall-mounted Silenzio washbasin in Corian, designed by Domenico de Palo. This almost ghostly design emerges surreally from the wall, culminating in a lip-shaped basin illuminated by a blue l… continue

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WantedDesign 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/wanteddesign-wanteddesign-2018/7001915 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 <b>WantedDesign 2018 highlights include</b> At WantedDesign Manhattan: New programs such as Look Book, a program dedicated to North Americans independent design studios, the unveiling of the Rado Star Prize US for the third year in a row, a series of talks presented with Design Milk + Modenus, the awaited 4th American Design Honors awarding Brooklyn based designer Oliver Haslegrave and his new collection called Homework,the Launch Pad program and a selection of exhibits coming from all over the world to launch their products on the US market. WantedDesign Brooklyn-At Industry City will have a graphic mural commissioned by [French-born], London-based artist Camille Walala for one of its facades.This is an initiative of WantedDesign in conjunction with OUI Design, a program created three years ago with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to foster French–American collaborations in the field of design. A larger presence of Design Schools through exhibitions and the Design Schoo… continue

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Ventura Centrale 2018 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-projects-ventura-centrale-2018/7001914 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 After the overwhelming success of the first edition of Ventura Centrale, Ventura Projects will yet again open the beautiful abandoned warehouses underneath Milan’s Central Station in 2018. We will present an eclectic mix of contemporary design by showcasing both emerging as well as established brands, such as: Stephen Hürlemann with horgenglarus, Surface in collaboration with David Rockwell and 2x4, Baars & Bloemhoff, Editamateria with Antonio Aricò, Nitto, AGC Asahi Glass, a project by Fabrica with Pierre Frey, Denis Guidone and Tomoko Fuse, Franco Mazzucchelli and EILEEN FISHER presents DesignWork, curated by Li Edelkoort. continue

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Retail Reimagined: new store projects  | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-retail-reimagined-new-store-projects-/7001913 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The high street may no longer rule retail, but stores have been quick to adapt to the age of Instagram. No longer just endless stacks of shelves, bricks and mortar shopping has become experiential, colourful, and oh-so-shareable on social media. In Japan, Issey Miyake enlisted the minimalist master Naoto Fukasawa to design the brand’s Kyoto store. Housed in an historic, 132 year old machiya townhouse, Fukasawa created a clean, charcoal-grey interior with matching displays of Japanese lacquer, allowing the colourful, bold fabrics to stand out. To top it all off, the backyard of the house contains a white cube gallery for rotating exhibitions. A more experiential approach is taken by architecture bureau BIRO, who reimagined the idea of a wardrobe in their Garderoba Concept Store in Zagreb. Three distinctly coloured spaces – bright yellow, dusty pink and sea green – separated by curtains and furnished in matching shades by Grupa, create different moods and atmospheres for shoppers tryi… continue

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BROOKLYN DESIGNS Kicks Off NYCxDESIGN May 11-13 at the Historic Brooklyn Museum | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bklyn-designs-brooklyn-designs-kicks-off-nycxdesign-may-11-13-at-the-historic-brooklyn-museum/7001912 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 From May 11-13, BROOKLYN DESIGNS will exhibit over 50 design brands at the heart of the borough’s creative community, the Brooklyn Museum, during the first weekend of NYCxDESIGN. With a freshly curated lens and a new home at a prominent art institution, BROOKLYN DESIGNS will showcase emerging designers and established brands that span a range of design objects including furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles, technology and jewelry, many of which have received Brooklyn-Made certification. Beginning with a VIP preview on May 11 and opening to the public from May 12-13, the show is an annual celebration of Brooklyn’s creative history presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Brooklyn is an important hub for both innovation and craftsmanship, bridging the gap between old masterful techniques and contemporary aesthetics. This can be seen in the work of TOKEN, who draws on the European Arts and Crafts movement, Chinese landscape painting and Abstract Expressionism to produce un… continue

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Come on let's work: PALMBERG | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-come-on-let-039s-work-palmberg/7001911 Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Some have compared it to a ship, others to a diamond - however, it could also be a UFO which has landed in the port of Antwerp. We are talking here about the new port building, which has been extended on the basis of the design of Zaha Hadid. At first sight it is the spectacular architecture and striking facade of the building which make an impact, but this impact is continued in the interior. At the request of the developer, the character of the external structure was reflected in the interior, while at the same time creating an open working atmosphere for employees there. This is an impressive example of the aspects which are currently the main factors preoccupying office planners: on the one hand these are the requirements of those working there, and on the other the specific corporate profiles which are to be expressed in the design of the office. Planners are therefore working at the interface between architecture, design and corporate culture. For the manufacturers of office furn… continue

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THE FUTURE OF DESIGN | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/falper-the-future-of-design/7001910 Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The young designers who participated in the tenth edition of the <b>Cristalplant® Design Contest</b> confronted the design of bathroom furniture components referable to three categories: Top-mounted, wall-hung and free-standing washbasins; Wall-hung and top-mounted hand washbasins; Bath tubs. The internationally renowned competition, organized by the Treviso-based Cristalplant® company and which this year boasts a truly prestigious partner as Falper, emblem of the "Made in Italy" design in the world, takes the name of <b>Icons Design Contest</b>. The aim was to involve the creative spirit of young talents to create innovative products, using Cristalplant® as a base material for products inspired to the unmistakable style of Falper. Over 500 projects were presented, distinguished by creativity and innovation but only three selected winners, one for each category of the competition: <b>Lucia CARLOMAGNO</b>, with the project <b>LANCETTA</b> - winner of the category Bath tubs; <b>… continue

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RESCLITE PRO – smart emergency lighting | Product Innovations | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/zumtobel-lighting-resclite-pro-smart-emergency-lighting/7001909 Mon, 07 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Modern emergency lighting has to guide people quickly, logically and reliably in the event of an emergency. RESCLITE PRO from Zumtobel continues the outstanding success story of the RESCLITE emergency portfolio. The small, energy-efficient LED spot with finely optimised optics is now even more flexible, even more powerful and even more intelligent. This emergency solution can be perfectly adapted to suit the requirements of different spatial environments and trusted to maintain maximum safety in a long list of applications – from offices and art and culture to industry. The new compact RESCLITE mini broadens the scope of the range even further. Thanks to its unobtrusive design, the mini version blends seamlessly into the structure of the building, making it the ideal choice for architectural projects. <b>The ideal light distribution for every application</b> A series of precisely optimised lenses ensures the best possible solution for a diverse range of locations. While the escape l… continue

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The AZ Awards 2018: Meet the Finalists | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/az-awards-the-az-awards-2018-meet-the-finalists/7001908 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In 2018, the AZ Awards received 997 international entries – the greatest number of submissions in the program’s eight years. We are thrilled to present the 64 finalists that wowed our esteemed jury, comprised of Claire Weisz, founding partner at New York architecture, urban design and planning firm WXY; Megan Torza, partner at Toronto architecture, landscape architecture and urban design firm DTAH; London-based lighting and furniture designer Michael Anastassiades; Michel Rojkind, founder of Mexico City architecture firm Rojkind Arquitectos; and Allen Chan, co-founder of Toronto-headquartered multidisciplinary studio DesignAgency. View the 2018 finalists and vote online for your favourite in each of the 19 categories. Voting will be open until May 4. The People’s Choice and the jury-selected winners will be announced at the AZ Awards Gala at Toronto’s historic Evergreen Brick Works on Friday, June 22, with Guest of Honour Winy Maas. Vote for your favourites now and increase their ch… continue

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You’ve changed: adaptive reuse in new architectural projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-youve-changed-adaptive-reuse-in-new-architectural-projects/7001907 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Turning something old into something new is no longer just the preserve of the traditionalist few; and it’s become so much more exciting than painstakingly dutiful renovations of crumbling monuments. Adaptive reuse demands a creative approach, and can result in characterful spaces, unexpected details and high levels of sustainability. So it is with The Department Store – a 111-year-old retail palace turned creative workspace, designed by Squire and Partners to house their own spectacular headquarters in Brixton, South London. Instead of scrubbing the former squat completely clean, the architects have adopted a selective approach, stripping the place down to its bare essentials, but preserving the patina and discolourations that come with age. Collaborating with local craftspeople, the contemporary furniture and fittings add flair to the grand spaces, while newly created voids and rooflights create the necessary spatial drama. Also in London, architectural practice WilkinsonEyre has des… continue

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Squaring the circle: WilkinsonEyre’s Gasholders London project | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-squaring-the-circle-wilkinsoneyres-gasholders-london-project/7001906 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 It’s not an undertaking for the faint-hearted, adapting a well-known and much-loved landmark structure – at once an exercise in restoration and in delivering new purpose and meaning. Chris Wilkinson, director at respected British architectural practice WilkinsonEyre – which recently completed the transformation of a group of 19th-century, cast-iron gasholders in London’s King’s Cross into the framing device for a luxury-apartment development – explains the challenges and opportunities. <b>How constraining – or, conversely, liberating – is an adaptive-reuse project creatively, given the need to balance the demands of a structure's new functionality with the desire to preserve the legibility and spirit of its original fabric?</b> Working on adaptive-reuse projects is challenging but immensely worthwhile. There are many redundant historic buildings that need to be retained. Once one has decided to embark on such a project, it is worth doing it properly and to work with the features of… continue

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Design flow: 50 years of VOLA | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-design-flow-50-years-of-vola/7001905 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 VOLA, the Danish brand synonymous with its iconic HV1 tap and 111 mixer, both designed in 1968, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. But its famously minimalist aesthetic didn’t spring from nowhere. Indeed, back in 1961, VOLA’s founder Verner Overgaard showed his proposal for a modular wall-mounted mixer tap that concealed its unsightly mechanical parts, leaving only the handles and spout visible, to legendary Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen after he won the competition to design the National Bank of Denmark. Although a totally new concept at the time, the idea for a simple industrially produced and finely hand-crafted mixer-tap appealed to Jacobsen since it accorded with his functionalist vision of good design. Initially created for the bank, it was put into production for general consumption soon after, and proved a resounding success. The resulting product, whose essential, economical form comprised one circle framed by another, was satisfyingly geometric and pared… continue

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Copenhagen Architecture Festival x 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/copenhagen-architecture-festival-cafx-copenhagen-architecture-festival-x-2018/7001904 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Experience, among other things, the world premiere of Human Shelter - a poetic odyssey on film about what constitutes a home, or take your pick from 56 other film titles to be shown around the cities; come to open air screenings in Mjølnerparken, Gellerup and Vollsmose or to open houses to see studios and the inner workings of otherwise closed-to-the-public institutions; take a bike tour of the city’s newest buildings guided by Copenhagen’s city architect; vote for the Copenhagen Building Awards; watch a film about Lene Tranberg in her latest building project, the Axeltowers; participate in lectures, exhibitions and workshops on collective living in Space10 or come to a biodynamic, long-table dinner in Frederiksberg, among many other events offered this year. <b>About CAFx PROGRAM x 2018</b> This year’s festival features a variety of more than 200 public events on home, housing and belonging in the cities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg. Experience the wide breadth of the… continue

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U-Turn: GROHE Atrio | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-u-turn-grohe-atrio/7001902 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Ever since the establishment of the idea of wellness within one's own four walls, the present-day bathroom has represented much more than simply a useful functional room for personal hygiene. It has become an individual retreat and oasis of calm, and accordingly the market now offers a versatile assortment of products for its design. However, the bathroom is also a place that we don’t furnish anew every year. The design of the products which are selected should not therefore follow short-lived fashion trends, but should have a certain timelessness - an approach that GROHE has also adopted for the redesign of its Atrio series. The new edition of the series will be presented at Fuorisalone during the Milan Furniture Fair in April. How to show respect for its predecessor line while at the same time creating something unique and developing an iconic, timeless design - the new Atrio collection presented the GROHE design team around Michael Seum, Vice President Design, with a massive challen… continue

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A Family Affair: Minotti | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-a-family-affair-minotti/7001901 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Milan Design Week is the world’s biggest annual celebration of design, and during this year’s event Italian furniture brand Minotti is launching a collection celebrating a particularly significant milestone. It is now 70 years since Alberto Minotti founded the company, which remains in the family and has grown into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of design furniture. The anniversary products encapsulate the company’s unwavering commitment to quality and design innovation, and will be among the highlights of the 2018 Salone del Mobile.Milano. Like many firms operating in the Brianza region, to the north of Milan, Minotti began as a craft-based workshop producing upholstered furniture. Over subsequent decades, it embraced the evolution of new manufacturing technologies whilst retaining a focus on artisanal expertise. The combination of mechanised precision and hand-finishing results in exquisitely detailed products with a sensitivity and emotion that only comes from the input of… continue

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The ultimate in flexible lighting design: Plug & Light featured by JUNG | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-the-ultimate-in-flexible-lighting-design-plug-amp-light-featured-by-jung/7001900 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 For the hospitality industry, JUNG offers a broad range of modern building systems technology specially designed to meet the needs of guests, operators and personnel. The latest addition to the portfolio is the Plug & Light socket, which was introduced along with other products on the occasion of the trade fair Light & Building 2018 in March. This product brings light right out of the socket. Plug & Light fits any European switch box and distinguishes itself through its flexibility in planning and application. This makes it well-suited to both the hotel segment and to private residences. The switch and light design both come from the same source and can be coordinated with the respective interior design. The dimmable luminaires can be turned through 360°. Because they are connected with the light socket by a magnet, the luminaires can also be easily exchanged, allowing a quick change of lighting scenarios: Plug & Light can alternately serve as a ceiling downlight or a reading lamp, a p… continue

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Timeless and handmade in Germany: JUNG | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-timeless-and-handmade-in-germany-jung/7001899 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The switch is but a small detail in a room – yet a particularly significant one, tactilely, visually and acoustically. Over the years, the rotary switch evolved into the rocker switch, and this in turn into the flat switch. What began as an object of pure utility thus developed into a design object. Today, there are almost no bounds when it comes to form, colour and function, as attested by the JUNG company’s new switch series LS 1912 and its classic model from 1968, the LS 990. The LS 1912 is a modern reinterpretation of the traditional flip switch. This recently launched series pays homage to the year of the company’s founding. Only the rocker lever – in cylindrical, conic or rectilinear form – is set apart as a style-defining element from the flat cover, which lies flush with the frame. The series offers five premium surface options: chrome, classic brass, stainless steel, aluminium and dark. In addition, the flip switch is modularly developed and can therefore be combined with all… continue

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Play with us: JUNG in Milan | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-play-with-us-jung-in-milan/7001898 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 It is impossible to imagine everyday life without them – the little helpers that we rely on to adjust the temperature or turn the lights on and off. They are at our fingertips daily, though we may barely be aware of them: switches. But the technology behind these often inconspicuous objects remains hidden. With the presentation PLAY TO THE GALLERY at Milan Design Week 2018, JUNG makes their underlying technology visible in a playful way, while at the same time highlighting its own iconic switch, the LS 990. Visitors are invited to experience – and take control of – the interplay of switch, circuit, light and sound in the temporary JUNG showroom. The square LS 990 flat switch assumes the role of actuator here. This model, with its timeless design, has become a classic and is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. In the installation, when the switch is pressed, it triggers a bird’s-eye-view photo using a time exposure to capture the interaction between the visitor and the technolog… continue

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So cool it's hot: Gaggenau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-so-cool-it-039s-hot-gaggenau/7001897 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Once again Germany’s leading brand of professional-grade domestic appliances has found the balance between clean-lined design and advanced technology. Inspired by imposing architecture, this beautifully pared-down range offers fully integrated, built-in and modular fridges, freezers, fridge-freezers and wine climate cabinets. For Gaggenau, the range represents a significant step forward. ‘Our new range is more sophisticated yet subtly warmer, with elements that speak the visual language of the home,’ says Lars Dinter, one of the range’s designers. ‘We also continue to build on our reputation for functionality, offering the private chef all the advantages of a professional kitchen, for example, the improved freshness systems.’ With handleless doors furniture fronted or made of stainless steel or glass (for wine climate cabinets), these appliances look their most impressive as an expansive cooling wall. Their assisted opening mechanism means a gentle push is all it takes to open them. ‘T… continue

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Suite dreams: New hotel projects | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-suite-dreams-new-hotel-projects/7001895 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In China's eastern Jiangsu province, design and architecture duo Neri&Hu have designed The Walled - Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat, which incorporates older traditional buildings and unites them within a larger superstructure composed of numerous walled courtyards. The dark brick, strong emphasis on the horizontal plane and carefully orchestrated views of the lakes outside lend this hotel a contemplative atmosphere, while the communal and individual facilities are designed to cater even to the most demanding of guests. Kettner's Townhouse, a newly opened hotel in London's Soho, also takes cues from tradition, albeit in a much more urban context. Here, one of the city's first French restaurants, established in the 19th century, has been turned into a veritable catalogue of British design classics. The Soho House & Co In-House Design Team have chosen rosewood and mahogany furniture with art-deco touches and William Morris prints, Georgian wallpaper and Edwardian panelling, creating a sense of continue

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Anything but superficial: Inkiostro Bianco | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-anything-but-superficial-inkiostro-bianco/7001893 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Surface specialists Inkiostro Bianco are anything but superficial. Having established themselves in the market as go-to brand for expressive, space-defining flooring and wall decoration, this Italian-based company goes deep – both creatively and materially – offering interior architects and other specifiers a far more expansive, continuous and individual effect than traditional wallpaper. Marrying collaborations with talented artists and designers with innovative production techniques, they’ve managed to create a unique collection of Made-in-Italy products that transform a room’s surfaces, its margins, into something altogether more centre-stage. Call it aesthetic necessity, or maybe even philosophy (as they choose to refer to it), for Inkiostro Bianco a space isn’t fully dressed without some decorative surface expression. Operating like an atelier, the company is continually engaged in experimentation: how to implement graphically distinctive schemes into interior spaces via a researc… continue

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Smart and simple: Grohe SmartControl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-smart-and-simple-grohe-smartcontrol/7001892 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 It’s often difficult to know what you’ll get with most showers, so they’re kept permanently secured to a precise point in the dial with users too scared to adjust them. Nudge one way or the other and they become - gradually - unbearable, with only an illusive middle ground. Innovative and tech-savvy sanitaryware manufacturer Grohe, however, has developed its exclusive SmartControl system with the ability to control three separate spray functions in one simple and intuitive device. The Grohtherm SmartControl thermostat unit features three simple buttons - popping out when pressed to become ergonomic dials. With textured edges for optimal grip, once pressed the buttons make it possible for users to precisely turn up or down water volume, for the right feature, at the right time. By controlling the volume of water in three separate functions, PureRain - a soft, refreshing shower, ActiveRain - an intense, focused spray and the Euphoria handshower - featuring additional volume control on th… continue

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Check in, switch on: GROHE SmartControl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-check-in-switch-on-grohe-smartcontrol/7001891 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 An integral part of any holiday or business trip, the hotel has a lot of responsibility to provide the perfect experience to its guests. A place where any request, from the banal to the extravagant, is met with the same cheerful optimism and compliance. So why does this wonderful experience often stop where the sound-proof bathroom door begins? Too often we’re met with pithy, low water pressure, an unfathomable range of options or controls strangely contrary to temperature requests. A simple, reliable and no-thought-required shower puts the user in the right frame-of-mind for that important meeting, or cleanses the body from last night’s excursions, ready to go again. This is what makes Grohe’s SmartControl Concealed system ideal for use in the hospitality sector. The clean, minimalist design of the shower head and control unit, along with the concealed rail make it suitable for the most modern of hotel chains. While its innovative yet simple, three-button ‘Push - Turn - Shower’ sy… continue

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Trust is good, control is better: GROHE SmartControl | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/james-wormald-trust-is-good-control-is-better-grohe-smartcontrol/7001890 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Mornings can be difficult to navigate. Waking bleary eyed, our first destination is invariably, the bathroom. It needs to be a calm, soothing environment; purging out all the stress and tension of the previous 24-hours and easing us into the day with little drama or complication. As Europe’s biggest sanitaryware manufacturer, Grohe has been creating simple, yet stunningly stylish design solutions for over a century. With innovative and refreshing product lines helping customers unwind or revitalise, and hitting the right spot with consumers looking to create a spa-like atmosphere in their own home. It is with this quest for a relaxed, effortless and intuitive cleansing experience, which Grohe present the SmartControl shower system. The majority of showers come with their own flow-chart of instructions, learnt only by trial and error throughout the first few uncomfortable weeks of use. With years of experience in my own shower, I know there is only one usable setting, and it can only be… continue

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Innovation spotlight: ARCHITECT@WORK COPENHAGEN 2018 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-innovation-spotlight-architectwork-copenhagen-2018/7001889 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Black. Why is it the de rigueur colour for so many architects when it comes to their professional dress? Architect and journalist Cordula Rau attempted a few years ago – with her tongue planted somewhat in her cheek – to explore this perennial question in a little book entitled, rather functionally, “Why Do Architects Wear Black?”. (The publication sports a black cover, naturally.) It’s a collection of ironic musings from various well-known architects on the colour black’s personal and rhetorical meaning, in the context of how these creatives choose to present themselves. It’s perhaps no surprise then that ARCHITECT@WORK – the long-established, highly curated exhibition for professionals, with its host of editions internationally – should deploy black as its space-defining language, given that it was designed by architects for architects. With exhibitors showing the latest, innovative products, materials, applications and services (all jury-approved) within a super-rational, monoch… continue

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The pleasure of choice: Longhi | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-pleasure-of-choice-longhi/7001888 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Italy is renowned for its history of hand craftsmanship, which has seen generations of artisans cultivate an unrivalled level of expertise in manipulating materials such as marble, glass, wood and leather. Today, there are a number of companies helping to sustain and further the global reputation of the prestigious ‘Made in Italy’ mark. One of the most respected and progressive among them is Longhi – a second generation furniture manufacturer focused on producing a coordinated collection of items for contemporary living. Longhi is based in the city of Meda, to the north of Milan, which is known as the heartland of the Italian furniture industry. The company was founded in the 1950s as a producer of wooden tables, and has remained resolutely committed to the pursuit of craftsmanship to ensure the highest quality standards. Today, Longhi works with leading designers to develop pieces that make optimal use of the skills and expertise provided by its team of highly skilled technicians. “Ou… continue

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All roads lead to: FAP Ceramiche's Roma Diamond collection | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-all-roads-lead-to-fap-ceramiche-039s-roma-diamond-collection/7001887 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Classical in inspiration yet undeniably cutting-edge, FAP Ceramiche’s new collection Roma Diamond, unveiled at the fair Cersaie last year, pays homage to the timeless appeal of high-gloss marble. A noble material with a noble past — beloved of ancient Roman society as much as by architects of 1920s Art Deco villas — marble is also one of the most desirable, on-trend materials today. This new range of flooring in porcelain stoneware and wallcoverings made of white body is a natural development of the company’s Roma collection, characterised by matt finishes enriched with different kinds of ceramic marble enlivened by a glistening sheen. This contemporary reinvention of a traditional material doubtless looks stunning in bathrooms but needn’t be confined to them: ceramic marble suits kitchens and living rooms equally well, its lustrous finish animating every space it graces. Used not just in one but several rooms in the same home, it inevitably has a unifying effect. Incidentally, the co… continue

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ISOLA DESIGN DISTRICT: Milan Design Week 2018 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/isola-design-district-isola-design-district-milan-design-week-2018/7001886 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 There are many new features for the second time of the district, starting from the new visual identity system designed by Zup Design, under the art direction of its founder, the award-winning designer Marco Williams Fagioli. Playing on the meaning of Isola, the studio was inspired by the iconographic tradition of pirates, creating a strong and recognizable identity, represented in the brand by a crossed flag. The new image wants to communicate the spirit of a young and rebel district, which stands out for its strong experimental character and for the choice of welcoming young designers and innovative projects, not necessarily linked to market logics. Compared to last year, local activities and symbolic places of the neighborhood involved will increase, expanding the district perimeter. Stecca 3.0 will be the Headquarter, with the main info point and the press lounge dedicated to journalists, set up by RivaViva. But not only that, it will also host Latinoamerican Contemporary Design,… continue

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Snakes on a Plan: Medusagroup | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-snakes-on-a-plan-medusagroup/7001885 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Founded by Łukasz Zagała and Przemo Łukasik in 1997, Medusagroup is regarded as one of Poland’s most successful architecture firms. Originally based in Bytom, Silesia, Medusagroup now operates offices in Warsaw and in London. The studio’s international break came in 2004, when two of their projects both earned a nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Of these, their House in Żernica, a simple, long rectangle clad in wood, with two small patios, features a sober interior that combines wood, concrete and white plaster, with areas of glazing and translucent U-sections, whilst the Bolko Loft lifted a home up on stilts using an existing mining tower. Now, as then, bold formal language and a certain reverence for materials remain key to the the firm’s buildings, both large and small. The tiny roadside shrine in Bronowice, which combines a table-like structure of hollow, weathered steel bars with a laminated glass cross in the middle, is a prime example of this. The studio now tackles… continue

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We are family: The Maris line from Franke | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-we-are-family-the-maris-line-from-franke/7001884 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 ‘Make love like you‘re on camera’, I read recently on a dating site. We’re living in super-digital, high-definition times, where, it seems, we’re expected to look the part constantly – even when engaged in the most intimate of activities that should just be about ourselves and how we feel. As if life weren’t hard enough. Cooking is certainly one of those daily rituals that also has that potential feel-good factor. It delivers on two fronts: it’s a practical necessity, of course, but it also serves a social function, reinforcing bonds between family members and friends. In spite of the increasingly spectacular nature of food in the 21st century – think celebrity chefs and competitive Instagram images of boundary-pushing gastronomic creations – the joy of cooking, of togetherness, of taking pleasure in the here and now is, well, still here and now. And, thankfully, requires no cameras. Leading kitchen manufacturer Franke’s user-friendly and intuitive Maris product line has been developed… continue

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That Sinking Feeling: Moss by COR | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/norman-kietzmann-that-sinking-feeling-moss-by-cor/7001883 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 People tend to be divided about details. Some regard them as heaven sent, for others they're the work of the devil. But no matter which attitude you support: it's the refinements that give something true character and make it stand out from the crowd. The Moss upholstered seating range from Cor shows that visual qualities are are by no means the 'only' important features here. With a seat depth of 110 centimetres the design by Jehs + Laub is extremely spacious - an effect that is all the more accentuated in large rooms. Compared to Conseta - since the 1960s the best-selling seating range of the manufacturer from Rheda-Wiedenbrück in East Westphalia - this represents a noticeable increase of 25 centimetres. However, increasing seating comfort is by no means just a question of proportions. "Anyone who sits down on Moss should be able to relax immediately and almost float," is how Leo Lübke, Managing Partner of Cor, defines the goal. To achieve this, the range of seating features real dow… continue

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Eastern Promise: Polish architecture and design go large | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-eastern-promise-polish-architecture-and-design-go-large/7001882 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Thirty years since the fall of the Iron Curtain, and few of the former Eastern bloc countries have fared better, economically or culturally, than Poland. It's the biggest and most populous of the countries that joined the European Union in 2004, and the only European country to have avoided the recent recession. With economic growth comes development and new commissions for architects, alongside new clientele for designers. Warsaw, the country’s capital, is seeing a new skyscraper district rise by the Soviet-style Palace of Culture and Science, and some of the world’s most respected architects – including Polish-born Daniel Libeskind, as well as Sir Norman Foster – have gotten in on the action. In fact, Foster’s 310-metre Varso Tower is set to be the EU’s tallest when it completes in 2020. Other cities have seen spectacular structures designed by international architects, too. Dutch practice MVRDV completed the staggered Bałtyk offices in Poznań last year, to much local fanfare, while… continue

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Pole Apart: Oskar Zięta | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-pole-apart-oskar-zieta/7001881 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Making furniture by welding together sheets of steel and blowing them up sounds like an unlikely production process. Then again, it is also the reason Oskar Zięta is one of most celebrated, and certainly one of the most idiosyncratic, Polish designers working today. Born in 1976 in Łódź, Zięta studied architecture in Szczecin before becoming a researcher at the department of Computer Aided Architectural Design at ETH Zürich in 2003. The collaborative, process-oriented nature of the institution influenced him significantly and he quickly developed a novel method of creating objects from steel, called "free inner pressure forming". Realising the technique's potential, Zięta created his first stool, Plopp, in 2007. Plopp's appeal – whimsical, sturdy, mass-produced and each one uniquely undulating – was universal. Over time, it found its way into the permanent collections of Paris’s Centre Pompidou, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, and the Zurich Design Museum. In 2006, Zięta opened h… continue

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BRERA DESIGN DISTRICT: The best of design all year round | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/brera-brera-design-district-the-best-of-design-all-year-round/7001880 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Brera Design District is Italy’s most important district for the promotion of design, an international point of reference and a centre of Milan’s creative, commercial and cultural development. The initiatives that animate Brera Design District derive from an organised system of territorial marketing strategies managed by Studiolabo. The aim is to bring together and promote businesses in the furnishing sector and professionals in contemporary industrial design, while benefitting from the area’s historical and artistic resources. On the occasion of the week of Fuorisalone 2018 , on stage in Milan from April 17 - 22, Brera Design District presents the 9th edition of its Design Week . In these years Brera Design District has been establishing its role as first and most important district promoting design in Italy gaining a precise identity and interacting with brands and professionals present in the territory as well as investors, sponsors and temporary exhibitors. The whole operation w… continue

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The Architecture of Learning: CF Møller | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-architecture-of-learning-cf-mller/7001879 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Your new Copenhagen International School occupies a very particular site – the working port of Nordhavn. How did the project’s immediate context inform its design?</b> <b>Julian Weyer:</b> The site, on the former container piers, is part of Copenhagen’s largest urban redevelopment area, and the school is designed to play a major part in the coming new community – both as a public recreational zone offering sports facilities and leisure, as well as acting as a community centre for the future residents of Nordhavn. Located on an extension of the former quay, the school’s location is not only on the water but literally in the water, creating unique views and relations to the port basins and the potential for a completely new relationship between a school and the surrounding cityscape. The design of the school building itself echoes the container ships that used to dominate the site – the stacking and layering of the school’s volumes on the shared base is directly inspired by the… continue

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Building our future: new school architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-building-our-future-new-school-architecture/7001878 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 As learning becomes increasingly child-focused and nuanced in its approach, so too new school buildings are changing. Architects can no longer assume a row of classrooms along a corridor will do; instead, innovative social spaces, both inside and outside, play an increasingly prominent role in a recent crop of educational facilities. The Morphogenesis-designed British School in New Delhi offers "international education with an Indian soul", and combines state-of-the-art facilities with generous communal spaces inspired by traditional Indian courtyards. These aren't just places to hang out; many act as extended learning environments, incorporating landscaping, break-out areas and even an outdoor swimming pool. This porosity also enables natural ventilation and passive climate control. In fact, approximately 50% of the school building is naturally cooled. In the New School for Bradesco near São Paulo, Brazil, Shieh Arquitetos Associados were faced with similar climatic conditions, but a… continue

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50 Shades of Green: Pedrali | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-50-shades-of-green-pedrali/7001877 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 “Any colour as long as it’s black” goes the infamous Henry Ford quote. Speaking of his pioneering Model T automobile, perhaps with his tongue somewhat in his cheek, the godfather of rationalised industrial production was always keen to champion the merits of standardisation. Equally pioneering furniture and lighting manufacturer Pedrali could be said to offer its products in any colour as long as it’s green. Not literally, you understand. But such is the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability throughout the manufacturing process, the metaphor is an apt one. Unlike some brands who pay mere marketing lip-service to the must-be-seen-as-eco-friendly imperative, Pedrali has consistently invested significant time and money over a number of years in developing its green credentials. <b>Nose to tail</b> The brand was one of the first chair manufacturers in Italy to use water-based finishes for its furniture, for example, as well as installing LED lighting throughout its of… continue

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Ventura Future Presents: The Future Landscape of Design | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-projects-ventura-future-presents-the-future-landscape-of-design/7001876 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The fact that our world is changing rapidly, and that we find ourselves facing environmental, social, political and technical challenges, should come as no surprise. We have hit exciting times in design history, wherein the world is increasingly embracing the ability of designers to think outside of conventional structures and produce radical solutions. Distinctions between the traditional disciplines are becoming less clear, demonstrating that cross- practice between designers, technologists, engineers and analytics is shaping better outcomes. From big data to complex networks, from resource management to health care issues - Ventura Future presents... <b>Ventura Future | It’s All in the Data</b> Complex networks of data are getting more and more intertwined in our daily lives. We often look at it with a legitimate concern and sense of alienation, but some Ventura Future’s exhibitors are showing the upside of these technological advancements. One such exhibitor unfolding the transi… continue

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Asian Architecture Now: Shigeru Ban's Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture | Architecture | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-asian-architecture-now-shigeru-ban-039s-garage-centre-for-contemporary-culture/7001875 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Ban has used paper to design unexpected and innovative buildings, from emergency housing to temporary schools. One of the structures that best demonstrates the potential of playing with paper is the temporary pavilion he made for the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture built a few years ago in Moscow. Though not his most recent project, the pavilion still stands out for its thick cardboard columns along the entire perimeter. “The temporary pavilion is both efficient to construct and affordable by using local materials produced in St. Petersburg”, explains Mr Ban. Designed to temporarily house the Garage Centre collection, the provisional building became a site for prolific experimentation. A six-metre tall wall was made of locally produced paper tubes, enclosing an oval interior that covers 2,400 square metres. Text by Eleonora Usseglio Prinsi continue

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Brussels Loft with minimal windows® | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-brussels-loft-with-minimal-windows-/7001874 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The apartment is equipped all round with large, individually fitted windows that provide the residents with a spectacular view over the rooftops of Brussels as well as the famous palace of justice in the distance. The minimal windows® design sliding windows developed by KELLER AG also enable the maximum penetration of natural daylight. <b>Breathtaking view</b> The open design concept dazzles with its stylishly furnished living areas. The very spacious living area with bar and billiard table guarantees convivial get-togethers. Daily stress is best escaped by relaxing in the spacious indoor swimming pool including whirlpool. The bedroom impresses with a breathtaking view, although privacy is not forgotten either, thanks to long curtains and sun protection. Light colours and elegant interior furnishings characterise the atmosphere and harmony of the luxurious loft in the heart of the city. <b>Luxurious and stylish</b> The fabulous balcony, which extends along the full length of the… continue

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Sound and Vision: BuzziSpace | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-sound-and-vision-buzzispace/7001873 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 These Belgians are on a mission. Founded over ten years ago with the aim of delivering smart solutions for work environments, making them more pleasant places to be, BuzziSpace has established itself internationally as the pioneering go-to brand for high-end acoustics products for contract environments. Their latest innovation takes the form of a new family of acoustic suspended-lighting products – space-saving designs that free up valuable floor space (often at a premium in open-plan offices) by combining optimised LED illumination with sound-absorbing fabric surfaces. For BuzziSpace, a healthy workplace is a happy and productive one, with managed acoustics and considered lighting playing a vital role in this. Architonic caught up with Daniel Verlooven, BuzziSpace’s Global Acoustics Ambassador, to talk sound, light, well-being and chatty colleagues. <b>Why did BuzziSpace develop this new collection of acoustic lighting?</b> We felt the urgency and necessity to combine two of the mo… continue

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The light fantastic: Perspex® Light | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-the-light-fantastic-perspex-light/7001871 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The lighting industry has evolved at breakneck speed over the past decade, with LED technology in particular emerging as the dominant light source on the market. As the performance of LEDs improves, the materials used to diffuse these direct light sources must keep pace. This has prompted the Perspex® brand team to develop a collection of innovative acrylic products that enhance the performance of LED luminaires used to illuminate rooms or spaces in either commercial, industrial or decorative areas. At Frankfurt’s upcoming Light + Building trade fair, Lucite International will present its Perspex® Light range of cell-cast acrylic sheet products optimised for LED lighting applications. Lucite International is part of the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, and is the global leader in the design, development and manufacture of acrylic-based products. By applying its expert knowledge of acrylic to the field of lighting design, it has developed a solution that surpasses all existing products… continue

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Luminale | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/light-building-luminale/7001870 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The ninth Luminale in Frankfurt and Offenbach will be light intensive – <b>in parallel to Light + Building from 18 to 23 March 2018</b>. Dozens of light installations will confront the discourse on the city and the future, including social, ecological, technological and artistic perspectives. 140 projects are on the programme, in the five festival categories of ART, COMMUNITY, STUDY, SOLUTIONS and BETTER CITY. The category of ART alone, in which a seven-member board of experts is supporting the programme team, brings together 30 outstanding projects of lighting art and artistic work poised excitingly between lighting and the city. Moreover, Luminale will also provide major incentives for a modern and sustainable urban design. All will take place under the aegis of the Mayor of the City of Frankfurt am Main, Peter Feldmann, who has no doubt: “The optimised concept has given the festival a new quality. Luminale 2018 will permanently link artistic displays, technological development and… continue

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Back to the Vaults: The 2nd Edition of Ventura Centrale | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-projects-back-to-the-vaults-the-2nd-edition-of-ventura-centrale/7001869 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Walking through the vaults of Ventura Centrale, visitors will discover different elements of contemporary design. From the rigorous technique applied by Far East leading manufactures to the tasty American design culture. From the craftsmanship of Italian and Swiss artisans to the merge between industry and design talent. From pushing the boundaries of materials to the critical and responsible role of the design world. We are proud to offer you a glimpse of the design spectacle that is waiting for you! <b>horgenglarus and Stephan Hürlemann</b> What happens when the oldest Swiss chair and table manufacturer and one of Switzerland’s most established designers team up? Wooden giants! The seven figures, up to three metres tall, in the installation ‘Riesen mit Zwerg’, or Giants with Dwarf, were built by architect and designer Stephan Hürlemann by using chair and table parts from the more than 100 years old component archive at manufacturer horgenglarus. Hürlemann left all the parts in the… continue

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Office furniture with a system | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-office-furniture-with-a-system/7001868 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 In recent years, office culture has changed significantly. While in the past everyone was proud of their own individualized offices and desks, nowadays chill-out areas and Starbucks-like cafeterias are considered more important. The idea behind the latter: only those who enjoy being at the workplace work well. The altered working atmosphere is also leading to changing requirements with respect to office furniture. WINI is one of Germany’s top office-equipment suppliers. The medium-sized family business offers a wide range of products, tailor-made furnishing solutions and customer-oriented reliable services. Its portfolio includes ergonomic desks, high-quality storage-space systems, mobile cupboard elements, highly-absorbent acoustic systems as well as representative reception and seating furniture systems. The product design is timeless, clear and functional, and has been certified by numerous national and international quality and design labels. All WINI product series are modular… continue

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Moving people | Design | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-moving-people/7001867 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The family-owned company was founded in 1907 as a chair factory in Bad Münder in Lower Saxony. After the Second World War, it developed into a pioneering company for modern furniture design in cooperation with architects and designers from the German Werkbund and the Ulm University of Design. The combination of ground-breaking innovations with durable quality in a timeless form became the basis for the typical Wilkhahn design. As a specialist for office chairs and conference furnishings, the company focuses on furnishing solutions for conference and seminar rooms, workshop and project offices that promote cooperation and communication. Its trend-setting product ranges and furnishing solutions are characterised by their high practical value, long-lasting reliability and durability, design class and environmentally-friendly design. Milestones such as the office-chair classics FS-Linie and Modus continue to impress with their ease of movement, design class and sustainability. The fact tha… continue

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The architect will see you now: new health centres | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/peter-smisek-the-architect-will-see-you-now-new-health-centres/7001866 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Visiting a hospital is rarely a pleasant experience, and many older facilities are rather tired-looking institutional buildings where glaring fluorescent lights and plastic surfaces set the tone. Thankfully, a new generation of clinics is designed not just to heal the body, but to lift the soul, too. In Arkansas, the Harvey Pediatric Clinic by Marlon Blackwell Architects acts as a true landmark in the sprawling American landscape. The hospital’s strong horizontal form and custom cayenne colour set it off against its more prosaic surroundings. Inside, an air of calm prevails, created in part by roof lights and high windows offering views of the sky. In a very different context, fitting in with its neighbours was imperative to the design of Maggie’s Barts, a modest cancer care centre adjacent to the neoclassical St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in Central London. Conceived by Steven Holl, the building’s proportions match those of its older neighbours, albeit with splashes of colour dotted over… continue

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