New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/it/story-feed New stories by Architonic https://www.architonic.com/it/story-feed https://image.architonic.com/arc_black.jpg en Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:16:39 +0200 Centre Stage: Pedrali at the Salone del Mobile 2017 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-centre-stage-pedrali-at-the-salone-del-mobile-2017/7001602 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 “All the world’s a stage,” wrote Shakespeare. Indeed, if you were at the Salone del Mobile in Milan last week, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the entire international design world and then some had entered stage left. The fair itself was bigger than ever. And with an even greater raft of events extra muros, all vying to secure an audience. For some, Milan is a comedy. The best opportunity in the trade calendar to reconnect – often by chance – with those industry-wide contacts, both professionally and socially (and, of course, to indulge in some good food and fine wine). For others, it’s more of a tragedy, the fair’s behemothic scale making making it difficult for meaningful, in-depth conversation to take place. Love it or hate it, however, the Salone del Mobile can’t be ignored. A key way, of course, to ensure that your voice is heard amid the cacophony is – as any good acting coach would say – to project. Clarity of brand messaging combined with an expressive, architecturally con… continue

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Heimtextil Begins Preparations for 2018: International Designers Target Trend Developments | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-heimtextil-begins-preparations-for-2018-international-designers-target-trend-developments/7001601 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Trend researchers from Denmark, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands and the USA discussed current trends in interior design, architecture, fashion and art during the two-day workshop. "Given that participants come from different continents, the Trendtable team at Heimtextil is able to draw from a comprehensive pool of inspiration and gain exciting perspectives on the interior design of tomorrow," reports Olaf Schmidt,Vice-President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. Ten months before the next Heimtextil, the designers have made it their aim to analyse developments in materials and textures, colours and patterns from all four corners of the world and determine the stylistic design themes. At the end of the process, a mutual, globally applicable trend prognosis for the coming 18 months will be agreed upon and presented in the Heimtextil Trendbook and also the "Theme Park" during Heimtextil itself. <b>FranklinTill directs</b> For Heimtextil 2018, continue

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Picture This: new cinema architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-picture-this-new-cinema-architecture/7001600 Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 If the cinemas of yesteryear were glamorous buildings whose flamboyant styles enhanced the excitement of going to the pictures – think the Beaux-Arts architecture of the Edwardian era or the Art Deco splendour of 1930s odeons – the multiplexes that have thrived since the 1960s have often been soulless structures. But the refurbishment since the 1990s of many independent movie-houses – a classic one being London’s Electric – has seen contemporary cinema architecture flourish. Whereas cinemas once conformed to fashionable styles of the day, architects are now being increasingly experimental when designing them. One particularly arresting example is Snøhetta’s extension of Norway’s Lillehammer Art Museum and Lillehammer Cinema, originally designed in 1964 by Erling Viksjø. It boasts a new cantilevered, stainless-steel façade, reminiscent of a building wrapped by the artist Christo (although its inspiration is a shooting star). Designed by the late artist Bård Breivik, this crowns the glas… continue

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Dutch Architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-dutch-architecture/7001599 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 As the new Mecca for Europe´s architects, the Netherlands has become a must-see playground for architecture addicts. Ever since the 1990s when the landscape design firm West 8 developed Borneo Sporenburg, the third extension of Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands project, Dutch architecture and urban planning strategies have become a world-recognised reference. Almost 60 architects contributed to this urban project in the capital city of the Netherlands. Borneo Sporenburg is characterised by three bridges, which connect the different neighbourhoods on the peninsulas. West 8 reinvented the patio house to maximise outdoor space. Contemporary Dutch architecture maintains strong roots in the vanguard arts and architecture movement from the 1920s. The avant-garde designs of De Stijl and Theo van Doesburg, together with the work of Piet Mondrian, inspired new ways of connecting indoor and outdoor spaces and creating volumes and geometries that blend into the urban fabric. <b>Internalised architect… continue

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In a new Light: USM Haller E | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-in-a-new-light-usm-haller-e/7001598 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Over the years, the USM Haller modular furniture system, developed in collaboration with Fritz Haller, has advanced to the status of a design classic. It is timeless, functional, and can be expanded and adapted at will. Since the 1960s, it has been firmly ensconced in offices and living spaces. This raises the question of whether such a furniture icon holds the potential for further development. And a clearly affirmative answer is offered by the new USM Haller E system, which integrates light and energy in a nearly invisible manner. The Haller shelving solution changes with the times, while its time-proven design remains constant. Shelves today can be much more than just a place to accommodate or store things. But how can a classic be newly imagined without alteration of its basic principles? Seven years of development went into the technical realisation of USM Haller E, because the parameters were set narrowly and the demands and expectations were high. For the first time, light wasn’… continue

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Material Tendencies: Todd Bracher | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-todd-bracher/7001597 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>If you had to restrict yourself to working with just one material for the next three years, which would you choose?</b> Wood. It is a timeless material. And wood is remarkably flexible, you can do so many things with it. From building a house to making a toothpick, you can go to the extremes. <b>Can you identify certain trends in materials?</b> I try to identify what is truthful. If you are honest and loyal to the truth, your result is timeless. For example, if you look at a tree, I don’t think you question if it is beautiful or not. You don’t say that it looks like it is from the 1980s. It is a tree. It is beautiful. It is a truthful result. My goal is to create something that surpasses trends. <b>What do you think of the expectation to continually produce something NEW?</b> People haven’t changed. What is meaningful remains: shelter, security, health, happiness, love… I think it is important that we design to these constant values. It is the cultural context that is movin… continue

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Visit Copenhagen with MARK and FRAME | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/frame-publishers-visit-copenhagen-with-mark-and-frame/7001596 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 For the first time ever, design media brand Frame is organizing an architecture and design trip from 8 to 12 June 2017. Over the course of five days, Mark editor David Keuning will accompany you to all the latest inspirational projects in the Danish capital. ‘Copenhagen is a rapidly expanding European capital with a lot of interesting, recently constructed buildings,’ says Keuning. ‘The packed itinerary includes architectural highlights such as UN City by 3xN, Maersk Bygningen by C.F. Møller and the Axeltorv offices by Lundgaard & Tranberg, as well as exclusive access to the work-in-progress sites of the Amager Bakke incinerator plant by BIG, the Danish Architecture Centre Bryghus by OMA and the Tingbjerg Library by COBE.’ ‘Travellers can also opt for additional tours to the mid-20th-century architecture highlights in Klampenborg and Louisiana, or the new projects in Ørestad,’ adds Keuning. The tour will be led by guides including Dominique Pieters, veteran international architectu… continue

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These Colours Don't Run: FAP Ceramiche | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-these-colours-don-039t-run-fap-ceramiche/7001595 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 FAP Ceramiche began life in the mid-1960s, the FAP part of its name alluding to its origins as Fabbrica Artistica Piastrelle, a workshop near the city of Modena devoted to producing high quality ceramic floor and wall tiles. In 1997, by now a globally successful firm, FAP Ceramiche joined Gruppo Concorde; soon after, it underwent a relaunch that saw it focus primarily on bathroom wall tiles and residential flooring. Today, it boasts an extensive catalogue of over 30 product lines. All made in Italy, these are created by fusing traditional ceramic-manufacturing methods with cutting-edge yet environmentally friendly technology and contemporary design. One recent collection, Color Now — launched last September at the fair Cersaie — celebrates the world of colour and its power to arouse different emotions. The collection comes in a highly versatile, on-trend spectrum of eight, mix-and-match colours, which can be combined in many ways yet still look harmonious. These include Avio (airforce… continue

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Tiles in Wood Looks – Inspired by Nature: Tiles in Authentic Wood Looks from Villeroy & Boch | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-villeroy-amp-boch-fliesen-tiles-in-wood-looks-inspired-by-nature-tiles-in-authentic-wood-looks-from-villeroy-amp-boch/7001594 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The advantages are easy to see: ceramic tiles from Villeroy & Boch such as the HALSTON, TUXEDO, LODGE, NATURE SIDE and BOISÉE vilbostone porcelain stoneware ranges are easy to clean and impervious to water. Furthermore, because porcelain stoneware is fired at extremely high temperatures, it is also resistant to scratching by furniture or heels. The tiles are light-fast, which means that, unlike the natural materials on which they are modelled, they will not lose their colour over time. Porcelain stoneware from Villeroy & Boch is frost-resistant, making it ideal for outdoor applications. To ensure greater ease of care, the surface is sealed with vilbostoneplus during the manufacturing process. In addition, porcelain stoneware is particularly resistant to standard household chemicals, although one should always observe the instructions provided by the cleaning agent manufacturer. The tile surfaces do not offer any refuge for dust mites, which are removed by normal cleaning – as a result,… continue

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Euroluce 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/fabbian-italia-euroluce-2017/7001593 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Among the collections presented, we find Claque, a series of high-performance spotlights designed by Marc Sadler. Olympic, a collection of circular rings, by designer Lorenzo Truant, emits a diffused light and can be adjusted to create original geometric shapes, as well as being interlinked. Lens, designed by Lucie Koldova, is a group of metallic suspension lights whose substantial size allows them to fill large spaces, creating a pleasant, diffused and indirect light. Freeline, designed by Flynn Talbot, is a modular system allowing the light to be "transported" to various parts of the room, as required. The system works using intersectable tracks onto which three different types of spotlights can be positioned as desired: one spherical, one directed spotlight and one indirect light reflector. Also new is the Metropole sectional system, designed by Marc Sadler, whose main attributes are its sound-absorbent fabric in various hues of natural colours, and its beech wood slats. An interest… continue

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In Accord | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-in-accord/7001591 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Working with what can be sourced locally without losing sight of the future and new streams of development – if there’s one thing the new generation at MAB knows how to do, it’s how to combine these crucial components. Anybody familiar with MAB knows that the family-run company stands for traditional woodcrafting and quality furniture for the living room, bedroom and office. While the repertoire still includes products like Carmen, the firm’s classic wooden wall unit system, the modern furniture designs by daughter Simona Föhn are also proving very popular. Her colourful designs experiment with forms and materials and are convincing proof that tradition and innovation are by no means mutually exclusive. The company has evolved along with the changing needs and wants of its customers – in fact, it even manages to stay one step ahead: “We’ve definitely become more understated, feminine and flexible,” says Marco Föhn, who took over as manager from his father Peter Föhn, a member of Switze… continue

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The Perfectionists | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-the-perfectionists/7001590 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 For Lehni AG in Dübendorf, aluminium is more than just a material: it’s the company’s DNA. At the production facility, the metal is stamped, folded and spot-soldered with unparalleled perfection – another word people associate with Lehni. Especially if they happen to have visited its production plant in Dübendorf. The well-lit rooms in the production hall, which was designed and built by Swiss architect Ernst Gisel, provide perfect surroundings for forming the aluminium plates, most of which have a thickness of 1.5 millimetres. The setting is as minimalist and understated as the furniture that leaves the factory, such as the shelving and bed by Andreas Christen or the shoe storage system by Hanspeter Weidmann. For a good two years now, Lehni has been making kitchens in Dübendorf as well. Each kitchen is a one-off, individually planned and produced to suit the customer’s needs. “Obviously kitchens are a whole new area for us – right down to the stage at which we’re involved in the const… continue

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Every Sauna is a One-Off | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-every-sauna-is-a-one-off/7001589 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 People who cultivate their own style don’t take their cues from other people. And while that obviously applies to clothes, the same goes for saunas. Precisely because taking a sauna is such a personal ritual, there’s plenty of scope for individuality. That’s why, for prospective sauna owners, it’s definitely worth giving some serious thought to the design of their future sweat room. The experienced experts at Küng Sauna guide customers to their own personal dream sauna step by step. Nothing is left to chance. On the contrary, as sauna pioneer Tony Küng explains: “Listening and time are the most important tools we have. We pick up on our customers’ ideas and wants and implement them wherever possible. Every detail is considered: the aesthetics of the sauna cabin and the room as a whole, the materials, the lighting, the sequences.” Then, bringing all their skill and empathy to bear, Küng’s knowledgeable staff create a sauna that is very literally tailored to its owners. And as everybody… continue

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Dante-Goods and Bads at Salone del Mobile 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dante-goods-and-bads-dante-goods-and-bads-at-salone-del-mobile-2017/7001588 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 A mystery collection, an assortment by association. Colors mixed with feelings, materials full of innuendo, ghosts and shadows and something we can’t quite put our fingers on: welcome to DANTE's 2016/17 Collection, <b>Parallel Choice Assortment</b>. When we thought about this year’s theme, we let our minds wander and marvelled at the very strange places they took us. Association is a curious thing, it doesn’t follow any obvious logic, but, like Alice going down the rabbit hole, it leads us into a world full of the subjective: fragments, dreams, the half forgotten, the semi-conscious. Parallel Choice Assortment is inspired by the whimsical aesthetic of this world. Each year, DANTE invites a guest to inspire, mentor or collaborate. For Parallel Choice Assortment we found the perfect match in French photographer Camille Vivier, whose artistic style is permeated by the peculiar spirit we sought for this collection. A style, as she herself puts it, of emotions and daydreams, full o… continue

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Metalmobil Turns a Page | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-metalmobil-metalmobil-turns-a-page/7001587 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 An important renewal, an <b>evolution</b> in communications, brings with it a <b>growth</b> in the strategic process and positioning in the market to get on the same page as the company’s main stakeholders: designers and architects. The company’s evolution, therefore, is geared towards tackling the challenges of the international market and meeting the latest demands of a vast and diverse public. For sixty years, Metalmobil has succeeded in building up its reputation thanks to products produced with an artisan approach, backed by industry, stability, research, design and a team of consultants and resellers who increase the level of quality by making the customer aware of the wholly artisan product. Metalmobil has always been a forward-thinking company where innovation and tradition meet and the historic roots do not hold back the path to renewal, but, on the contrary, act as a driving force. On this evolutionary path, the company has entrusted its image to the graphic designer, <b>Leon… continue

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The Shapeshifter: Alain Berteau | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-the-shapeshifter-alain-berteau/7001586 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Alain Berteau is on a mission. The mild-mannered, bespectacled Brussels native may come across as one of the most cordial designers you’ll ever meet in the industry, but he takes no prisoners when it comes to his profession. You see, he’s a design malcontent. Never happy with the status quo of things. For him and his team at Alain Berteau Designworks – whether developing paradigm-shifting projects for his own, super-functional brand Objekten Systems or working on commissions for the likes of Bulo and TossB – are not in business to deliver the same old, same old. For Berteau, design typologies are there to be challenged. “We work hard questioning existing typologies for ourselves and for clients,” explains Berteau. “We can’t help it. Shaping a model to make it ‘good-looking’, ‘ trendy’ or ‘stylish’ is nice, but it’s by far the easiest and least interesting part of the process. For us, it’s not enough.” Not that the Belgian is in the business of pushing the boundaries just for the sake… continue

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Swiss Design Map Milano | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/swiss-design-map-milano-swiss-design-map-milano/7001585 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Events like the Salone del Mobile and the Fuorisalone have long been an important showcase for Swiss design schools, firms and young designers. To increase their collective impact and visibility, the <b>Swiss Design Map Milano</b> draws attention to the many exhibits with a connection to Swiss design. This initiative developed jointly by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Milan and Switzerland Tourism allows visitors to take in the diversity, creativity and innovation of contemporary Swiss design at a glance. Want to find the booth of a Swiss firm at the Salone in Rho? Don’t know where to find a Swiss event at the Fuorisalone? In Brera, Tortona or at Ventura Lambrate – the Swiss Design Map will take you where you want to go. Want to know more about Swiss design schools and firms and the trendiest Swiss designers? Can’t get enough of Swiss design? Why not take a break to visit one of Switzerland’s thriving cities with their numerous masterpieces in contemporary architecture and fas… continue

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Tracing Identity: De Castelli | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bethan-ryder-tracing-identity-de-castelli/7001584 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 It may only be 14 years old but the Italian brand De Castelli is already regarded as one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of metallic surfaces, known for its innovative finishes and pioneering techniques. Company founder Albino Celato has swiftly forged this reputation by harnessing the talents of external architects and designers, recognising that it often requires an external viewpoint to fully recognise the potential of one’s own expertise. Xavier Lust, Michele de Lucchi and Aldo Cibic are just some of the established names who have created products with De Castelli, exploring the vast spectrum of possibilities in a variety of metals. Until now these collaborations have predominantly been with male designers, but last year – with gender a hot global news topic – Celato decided to throw open De Castelli’s doors to seven female designers, asking each of them to conceive one piece that would “express the rich potential of metal”, in particular the many techniques and treatments at whi… continue

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Only Connect: Prostoria | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-only-connect-prostoria/7001583 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Design, it can be argued, is a bit like language. It can work on a functional level, but can also be seen as having an expressive value. Take Croatian manufacturer Prostoria’s highly graphic Polygon chair, for example. Reminiscent of an architectural plan, the design is articulated as a series of separate elements in space – back, seat, armrests. Filigree lines of bent tubular steel connect them, holding them in place. Beyond its utilitarian purpose, the chair can be read metaphorically as an expression of what Prostoria ⎯ as both a commercial and cultural undertaking ⎯ has set out to do. The company is engaged not only in the manufacturing of design products, but is also attempting to design the very platform on which the different actors in Croatia’s design industry can connect. Taking an integrative approach, the brand has cultivated a creative workshop-like stage, where young designers, expert craftspeople, production as well as materials specialists, and others are given the sp… continue

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The perfect seat | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-the-perfect-seat/7001582 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 A lot has changed since company founder Hans Weibel opened his upholstered furniture factory 51 years ago. And then again, some things have stayed the same. The high quality standards, for instance, and the Swiss manufacturing base. “Even when I started out in the firm as a bookkeeper 25 years ago, it was already very careful about where its raw materials came from. Today we source our foams, leather, metal fittings and upholstery fabrics from suppliers in Switzerland and other European countries who have a tradition of upholding high quality standards. Leather from eco-friendly producers that is free of harmful substances is an absolute must,” explains Lukas Weibel. And to ensure the continued availability of apprenticeships for industrial upholsterers, the committed business manager spent many years campaigning for improvements to their training. The brothers have also redefined the product development process. Whereas the furniture used to be designed in house, the Weibel brothers n… continue

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Material Tendencies: Stefano Giovannoni | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-stefano-giovannoni/7001580 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Like a chef, he adds just the right amount of colour and a twist of humour to his designs, to touch people on an emotional level. <b>If you had to confine yourself to a single material for the next three years, which one would you choose and why?</b> Stefano Giovannoni: I love plastic, because it is the most flexible material and it is very industrial. With plastic, you can produce highly sophisticated shapes at a price that is accessible to a wide range of customers. I think design has to be democratic. <b>What do you think of the expectation to continually produce something NEW?</b> We need to design something really extraordinary today, because the market is becoming competitive and really saturated with products. People look for something with a strong identity. Today, the bestseller is no longer a product that is very basic and well-designed. I think nowadays you have to create emotions – something that can tell a story to the people. Therefore, I have chosen to follow a kin… continue

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Functional design at its finest | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/mosa-functional-design-at-its-finest/7001579 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Kaboom Hotel is situated directly opposite Maastricht's central railway station and caters specifically to the modern traveller, or 'the traveller of tomorrow,' as the director of Kaboom Hotel, Rino Soeters, prefers. We are all travellers of tomorrow – you and me and everyone else. This traveller values a good bed, a good shower, fast and free Wi-Fi, and sincere service, but doesn't want to pay an outrageous amount for it. Kaboom offers the total package: they have everything you need for a comfortable stay, without the unnecessary bells and whistles. <b>A five-star experience for fifty euros</b> The name 'Kaboom' suggests an explosion or a clash; a clash between the quality you get and the price you pay for it. Kaboom is housed in a building that dates from 1905. On the outside, the building reflects the architectural style in which it was built – the Amsterdam School. On the inside, it is ultra-modern. 'We constantly strive to create contrasts to keep our guests on their toes,' ex… continue

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Architonic Trend Analysis | Top 100 Italian Brands | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-trend-analysis-top-100-italian-brands/7001578 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products. Our curated database currently provides information about more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,400 designers. 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts annually choose Architonic as their guide to the very best. This gives us an insight into developments in the architecture and design markets, which we would like to share with our community. For Salone del Mobile 2017, we have identified the top 100 most popular Italian brands on architonic.com. This presentation is based solely on traffic information collected on architonic.com. All statistics and rankings shown in this article are based on the number of relevant search queries entered in the text-search field on architonic.com (‘by text search’) from March to December 2016. © Architonic continue

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50 Shades of Leather: Elmo | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-50-shades-of-leather-elmo/7001577 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 The Swiss expressionist painter, designer and colour theorist Johannes Itten once said: “Colour is life, for a world without colour seems dead.” Thanks to Swedish premium leather manufacturer Elmo, colour is helping to revivify interior environments across the globe that have been dominated for decades by black, brown and beige leather upholstery. As a leading supplier to the architecture and design communities, Elmo seeks to offer its clients the widest possible range of colours and has developed more than 300 different hues for its aniline, semi-aniline and technical leathers. “We want designers to perceive us as a one-stop-shop where they can find any colour they need for any purpose,” says the company’s director of sales and marketing, Jimmy Ahlgren. “We adapt fully not just to residential demands but also the demands of the contract market, where colours are more influenced by fashion.” Elmo was founded in 1931 and is headquartered in the Swedish town of Svenljunga, where it produ… continue

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Zumtobel & Retail – Creating Light Creates Emotions | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/zumtobel-lighting-zumtobel-amp-retail-creating-light-creates-emotions/7001576 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Up to 95% of all purchase decisions are made subconsciously. These choices can be positively influenced with the help of individually adapted lighting scenarios. The Limbic® Lighting approach from Zumtobel makes it possible to address specific personality types that have been defined through the Limbic® Lighting research from the Gruppe Nymphenburg in Munich. Alongside more time spent in the store and increased customer wellbeing, the Limbic® Lighting study also revealed a sales-boosting effect: “Shops are increasingly developing into places where visitors enjoy a feel-good atmosphere and real sensory experiences. Light can therefore be used to stimulate emotions and to create visible brand identities. Our Limbic® Lighting study showed that the right lighting can increase sales by 10 per cent,” explains Daniel Lechner, Marketing Director Zumtobel. With three Limbic® Lighting application scenarios - from a showcasing luxury fashion to setting the scene for high street fashion stores… continue

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The name says it all | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-the-name-says-it-all/7001575 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 For managing director Thomas Germann, the indirect component is an essential part of any lighting design because it creates a totally different atmosphere than direct lighting. As its name suggests, the young lighting firm attaches great importance to handcrafted quality and aesthetic luminaires that provide efficient, homogeneous lighting without harsh or multiple shadows. Thomas Germann: “Although there are plenty of attractive luminaires on the market, they often don’t provide enough light.” It was his desire to remedy the situation that gave rise to the first luminaire in 2009: Rhombus. It consists of a single piece of aluminium perforated with distinctive rhombus-shaped openings for optimal thermal management. In the case of the Conversio pendant lamp, which was launched in 2014 and created in collaboration with renowned design studio Atelier oï, the lampshade consists of a pressed piece of aluminium with a homogeneous finish. Thanks to a sophisticated mechanism based on a steel s… continue

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Bends ahead: TON | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-bends-ahead-ton/7001574 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 There was lard. In different forms. Dried, salty pieces of pork that exquisitely complemented the toothy, homemade plum schnapps I was offered. And then a spreadable, seasoned variety, slathered on artisan bread. I shouldn’t have been surprised. This was, after all, an invitation to visit long-established Czech furniture manufacturer TON, whose brand – like the lard – oozes authenticity. My hosts, displaying hospitality in spades, were determined that I not only gather valuable, first-hand insights into their business, but also enjoy a genuine experience. It may not trip off the tongue so easily, but Bystřice pod Hostýnem, in the forest-filled Moravian part of the Czech Republic, is a town that plays a significant role in the development of modern furniture design. For it was here, given its abundance of wood, that 19th-century, German-Austrian design pioneer Michael Thonet – he of the bentwood furniture – elected to build one of his first factories to explore his innovative steam-… continue

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EVOLUTION: the progress of comfort | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alberta-pacific-furniture-evolution-the-progress-of-comfort/7001573 Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The idea for the Evolution armchair comes from a new demand of comfort. Stressed by the hectic everyday life, we take refuge on our favourite armchair for a little relaxation: a moment just for us to relax and do what we like most. Until now, this concept of comfort has involved only the sphere of seat cosiness without solving the most complex theme of harmony between body and mind: the feeling of relaxation must be coupled with a personalized, ergonomic support that benefits the whole body. The Evolution armchair by Alberta introduces a new concept of comfort and flexibility. The elegant wooden body invites to relaxation with its fluid shape; an integrated system of movement ensures a high level of versatility, and supports the body for reading and resting. The leather upholstery and the external structure show a unique and modern design. Style and comfort are the main characteristics of the Evolution armchair, which, just like its name suggests, conveys the synthesis of the e… continue

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You Can't Fight City Hall: new civic architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-you-can-039t-fight-city-hall-new-civic-architecture/7001572 Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 London’s City Hall has been compared variously to a car headlamp, a misshapen egg, a motorcycle helmet and, by former mayor Ken Livingstone, a “glass testicle”. Love it or hate it, the building designed by Foster + Partners demonstrates the challenges involved in developing iconic civic architecture. Such buildings were traditionally created to instil a sense of pride and identity within the populace, often through the scale or grandiosity of their design. The move towards a more egalitarian society and increased attention on the appropriate allocation of public funds has prompted a more modest approach, but there remains some scope for architectural experimentation. The following examples demonstrate how today’s town halls seek to balance affordability, accessibility and other practical concerns with the need for a significant cultural icon. Civic buildings typically occupy prominent positions at the centre of towns or cities, where they act as monuments to the state’s role as prot… continue

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Mature and full of vitality: blickfang celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special Jubilee collection | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/blickfang-germany-mature-and-full-of-vitality-blickfang-celebrates-its-25th-anniversary-with-a-special-jubilee-collection/7001571 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 blickfang has been inspired and shaped by the independent design world – and has conversely left its own impression. Today's customers in Stuttgart, Hamburg, Basel, Zurich and Vienna eagerly await the blickfang event, whereas in 1993 the idea of presenting interior design, furniture, fashion and jewelry under one roof was of itself new. CEO Jennifer Reaves reflects, “We were the first ones to fully recognize the retail aspect of the independent design community." Or as the Swiss home textile designer Isabel Bürgin, who has won the blickfang Zurich design prize twice, says: "My continued presence in the blickfang over the last 16 years has proven to be indispensable. My company is too small for the normal retail channels and I need this platform to find new customers". That’s why design idols will showcase their designs right next to up and coming talents on the upcoming blickfang Stuttgart. The keen eye for unique ideas and young talents sets blickfang apart and makes it worth a visit… continue

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The natural way to better sleep | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-the-natural-way-to-better-sleep/7001570 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Good, healthy sleep isn’t something we can take for granted, as Balthasar Hüsler found out the hard way many years ago. In 1982, after years of suffering from back pain, he decided to create a bed geared entirely towards his own needs. And since necessity is the mother of invention, he came up with the Hüsler bed system, which now helps people all over the world get a better night’s sleep. Consisting of four layers – the frame insert, the Liforma spring element, the natural latex mattress and the overlay – the bed provides unique comfort and ensures an orthopaedically correct position during sleep. The secret recipe is based on the special slat system, consisting of what Hüsler calls “trimelles”. Each individual slat is made of three vertically glued strips of solid wood. In combination with the latex support points, the trimelles ensure an even degree of springiness across the entire surface. The slatted units are assembled at a sheltered workshop nearby. Each solid wood bed frame is… continue

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Superstudio Più – Via Tortona 27 – Milan | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/superstudio-superstudio-piu-via-tortona-27-milan/7001569 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 17.000 sq.mt. exhibiting space, 130.000 visitors and 2.270 registered journalists only in 2016, theme projects, museum-like installations, national pavilions, independent or collective exhibitions, large consolidated companies but also young innovative ones, start-ups, self-design, young independent creatives. All of this at SUPERSTUDIO, the iconic place for design in Milan, pioneer of the phenomenon of FuoriSalone in the neighbourhood, the most visited and renowned place in Tortona district since 2000. SUPERDESIGN SHOW is a project by Gisella Borioli. Artistic direction by Architect Carolina Nisivoccia. THE TEMPORARY MUSEUM, SPECTACULAR INSTALLATIONS THAT HIGHLIGHT THE PRODUCT • For its 70th anniversary, LG brings a great futuristic artwork designed by Tokujin Yoshioka, artist and designer hosted in the main permanent collections of MoMa, Centre Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum and other prestigious museums. Art and technology combine together up to create a futuristic dim… continue

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Designing is a game, playing is a project | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/brera-designing-is-a-game-playing-is-a-project/7001567 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 «We should make some didactic toys for adults, to remove prejudice and train the mind, to set hidden energies free». These simple and prophetic words of Bruno Munari are the starting point for the adventure of the 8th edition of Brera Design District Is gaming really capable of moving energies? We find Munari again in this year’s theme “Designing is a game, playing is a project” that reminds us to never stop having fun when designing. Many are the names and projects that joined Brera Design District this year. It will be a nice game to search them all from 4th to 9th April during Fuorisalone 2017! Brera Design District via Palermo 1, 20121 Milan, Italy A project by Studiolabo continue

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ARCHITONIC TOP 100 DESIGNERS 2016/17 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architonic-top-100-designers-2016-17/7001566 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Ranging from living legends to young talents, Architonic’s new Top 100 Designers ranking features the most popular designers and architects actively searched for by users of architonic.com over the course of the past 12 months. Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products. Our curated database currently provides information on more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,700 designers. 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts annually choose Architonic as their guide to the very best. This gives us an insight into developments in the architecture and design markets, which we would like to share with our community. <b>Our methodology</b> The ranking results are not influenced by the number of product views on Architonic. This presentation is based solely on traffic information collected on architonic.com. All statistics and rankings shown in this article are based on the number of relev… continue

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Rejuvenation Station: Dornbracht | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-rejuvenation-station-dornbracht/7001565 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 People do sport. People eat healthily. People wear pedometers on their wrists, and use apps on their smartphones to measure their body mass index and heart rate. The stark demographic prognosis has seized society firmly by its Achilles heel and won’t relax its grip: we are getting older than expected. But we want to maximise our fitness and health as we age. We have no choice but to face the challenge that this poses, and it demands our full attention. In the bath, health-enhancing water applications are called for. These are meant to help us feel fresh and put a lifelong spring in our step. Andreas Dornbracht, managing partner of the Dornbracht company, embraces these new developments. The pragmatic pioneer joins forces with winning design and expert teams to strike out on ever-new paths. What captures his imagination is the benefit a product offers. And this has far-reaching consequences. For generations, the firm has inspired a whole industry – not only through its distinctive desig… continue

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Material Tendencies: Alfredo Häberli | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-alfredo-haberli/7001564 Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Having shared his thoughts on the need for more sensitivity and tactility in this extremely fast, digital world of ours, Häberli’s response to our question about which single material he would elect to work with if he could choose only one was no less surprising. <b>Alfredo Häberli</b>: Wood is one of the most fantastic materials ever. It is an ecological material, as it grows again. With wood you can do whatever you want. You can make bowls, cutlery, a chair… You can build a house! Also, I like the natural patina that wood receives, being outdoors or indoors. <b>Do you use digital libraries?</b> Yes, I do use it, but I think it is important to know the background and not only look at the image. I have 40 metre of books. I know every page, every image, and I know the history very well. If I read something, I know it afterwards. If I just look at it, I will not remember, because it is too fast and too superficial, in a way. <b>Does evolving technology affect your work?</b> It does… continue

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Ventura Lambrate 2017 Edition | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-lambrate-ventura-lambrate-2017-edition/7001563 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Design processes are in essence social – an aspect that demonstrates the designer’s role and responsibility in society. Every year Ventura Lambrate reveals the importance of collaboration and social change in design. You will find mixed collectives, international academies and a range of different backgrounds all uniting to address social issues. In the 2017 edition we have a total of 36 nationalities and 20 academies. Designers need to tackle the question of how their roots and national heritage influence their work. With their projects, they strive to prevent this important cultural knowledge from vanishing. In addition to this search for legacy, there is a great awareness that we are confronted with growing social issues and that we need to find solutions for ways of preserving our surroundings and living together in more effective ways. The theme of togetherness appears in several exhibitions, whether this involves seeking answers to major social problems or finding micro domest… continue

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An instinct for wood | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-an-instinct-for-wood/7001562 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 It’s hard to think of any other producer of handcrafted furniture that is still as traditional and authentic as Switzerland’s oldest table and chair manufacturer. In some cases, even the premises and machinery are the same as almost one hundred years ago. But it’s not just the Glarus production site that has stood the test of time; the products have too, which is why classics such as the mira, classic, häfeli or moser chairs still number among horgenglarus’s top sellers. Today its products find a ready market not just in Switzerland but overseas too, all the way from New York to Hong Kong. When you visit Glarus, you realise that attention to detail and a passion for all the many facets of wood are the driving forces behind the company – principles the team lives and breathes. Here you can follow the transformation of a piece of wood every step of the way – from the moment it is delivered all the way to the finished chair. Almost without exception, the firm has been using beech and… continue

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Future Fibres: Techtextil 2017 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ulrich-buttner-future-fibres-techtextil-2017/7001561 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 To most people, textile architecture is synonymous with spectacular spans of fabric and expressive design. Textile building envelopes are also becoming increasingly common, however. And not only are new and sophisticated characteristics continually being realised in fabrics, but these materials are now delivering the proof of their projected longevity. From 9 to 12 May 2017, Techtextil in Frankfurt am Main will reflect the state of developments in this field and point towards its future. An early example of textile architecture is the membrane roof of the “Nature Stage” for the Karl May Festival in Elspe, Westphalia. When it was completed in 1978, it was the largest winter-proof roof construction of its kind in Europe, providing 4,400 spectators protection from the sun and rain. Although the roof showed no weaknesses even after 37 years of constant exposure to the elements and could have done a perfect job for many years to come, the building owner wanted to freshen up the colour, and… continue

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Material Tendencies: Neri & Hu | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-neri-amp-hu/7001559 Sun, 05 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Do your architectural projects have a certain signature?</b> I think we are extremely contextual. I believe in what Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once wrote: ‘We don’t aspire to be eternal beings. We only hope that things do not lose their meaning’. And I do hope that we do not lose meaning in our pursuit of space-making. Often we get so caught up with the immediacy of the world we live in. We fall in love with an image, an object, without really understanding the spatial relationship of the building outside and inside, and its relationship with the landscape that it sits on. <b>Is there a 21st-century building material?</b> I think it is changing. We have not gone so far away from what Le Corbusier has done. Concrete, steel and glass are still there. But I think we do have to explore beyond these materials. There are other opportunities out there that are more sustainable. <b>Does evolving technology affect your work?</b> They are an apparatus that will continue to change and w… continue

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Glass creates space | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-glass-creates-space/7001558 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 You might be wondering why an industrial enterprise like Glas Trösch is being featured alongside Swiss craft producers. For Roberto Jäckle, head of project development, technology and design and branch manager of the Central/West region, the answer is simple: “At Glas Trösch, customers can order everything from a small shelf all the way to a shower enclosure or even large-format fire-resistant glass to suit their individual needs – even in a batch size of one.” And there are other aspects that make Glas Trösch Interieur a boutique manufacturer, such as personal service, the company’s many years of experience and the considerable expertise of its staff. GLAS TRÖSCH: Since the firm was founded by Johann Friedrich Trösch in 1905, Glas Trösch has made a name for itself as a glass specialist and evolved continuously over the years. And not just in Bützberg where the company originated and continues to have its headquarters, but at its more than 60 other locations around the globe as well. G… continue

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50 Jahre Helten – Einrichtungen auf höchstem Niveau | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/helten-50-jahre-helten-einrichtungen-auf-hochstem-niveau/7001557 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 50 Jahre im Einrichtungshandel sind heute eine Seltenheit. In Zeiten von Globalisierung und Internet scheitern immer mehr Einzelhändler. Es sei denn, sie bleiben seit 50 Jahren konsequent bei ihrem Konzept: Individualität, Qualität und innenarchitektonische Planungskompetenz. Als Fritz Helten, unterstützt von seiner Frau Renate, am 10.10.1966 das Heimtextil- und Einrichtungshaus heim und mode Fritz Helten gründete, legte er den Grundstein zu einer Erfolgsgeschichte, die sich sehen lassen kann. Die Firma wuchs und gedieh und der Name Helten wurde zu einer Institution im Raum Göttingen-Kassel, Südhannover, Nordhessen und weit darüber hinaus. Mit der Übernahme der Geschäftsführung durch Sohn Torsten im Jahr 2000 wurden die Geschäfte in der Innenstadt und auf der Siekhöhe unter dem Namen Helten Design Depot vereint. Das Erfolgsgeheimnis: qualitativ hochwertige Einrichtungskollektionen und Einzelanfertigungen, innenarchitektonische Beratung und Einrichtungsplanung, Kundenservice, Liefer… continue

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Detached villa – CASA BIANCA | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-detached-villa-casa-bianca/7001556 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <b>The two-storey structure blends softly into the existing topography thanks to the clear language of forms and harmonious colour. The clever exterior and interior concept of the detached villa impresses with modern architecture and plain elegance. Clear lines and balanced proportions shape the property according to the individual needs of the residents and present the individual elements as a conceptual whole.</b> <b>Plain elegance</b> The down-to-earth entrance area with the symmetrically arranged masonry catches the eye immediately from the street. The interior courtyard is protected from prying eyes with the help of the garden design and the precisely positioned shrubs to the left and right of the property. Only a narrow entrance door grants entry to the visitor. The mirror glass installed next to the front door makes the entrance appear larger and invites one to enter the stylish and friendly interior of the property. The boomerang-shaped ground plot of the structure beautiful… continue

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Go with the flow: KWC | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/katharina-sommer-go-with-the-flow-kwc/7001555 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The Swiss company KWC manufactures premium kitchen and bath fittings that stand out for their craftsmanship and perfection. This high standard of aesthetics and quality goes back to the origins of the company, which began in 1874 as a maker of artful music boxes. Their production demanded, above all, fine workmanship and mechanical understanding – skills that are reflected in the values of the company today: precision, clarity and elegance. At the end of the nineteenth century, the company turned its attention fully to bathroom and kitchen fittings, which due to their quality soon found their way into the grandest houses. The product range has been steadily expanded ever since, and refined with regard to design and functionality. As a result, KWC offers architects and designers diverse possibilities for the use of its products, as the following examples illustrate. In 2016, the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron built the luxurious residential tower 56 Leonard Street i… continue

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Italian for experts: Artemest | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-italian-for-experts-artemest/7001554 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Italy is renowned for the quality of its artisans, from the master glassblowers of Murano to the stone and wood carvers of Florence. For centuries, the country has occupied a position at the heart of European cultural scene, producing some of the greatest artists, designers and architects the world has ever seen. In order to retain its prominence as a hub of high-end production, however, Italy must look for new ways to raise its profile in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Fortunately for the country’s current generation of artisans, support is on hand in the form of an innovative new e-commerce platform. Artemest was established in 2015 by jewellery designer Ippolita Rostagno, who wanted to champion the talents of Italy’s top artisanal producers. The company aims to forge connections between these makers and people around the world with a passion for handmade home décor, jewellery and fine art. A stylish website presents a curated selection of products from manufacturers… continue

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Enduring diversity | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-enduring-diversity/7001553 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Rather than tying itself down to a single product category, furniture manufacturer Embru is able to develop and produce all kinds of different furniture at its own manufacturing facilities – thanks to the scope of its production capabilities and the expertise of its craftsmen, who have been with the company for many years. In its modern production halls, the firm still produces furniture all the way from A to Z: profiles are welded, metal sheets stamped, tubes bent into shape, particleboards milled, edgings stuck on, bed frames assembled and surfaces finished to perfection. Practicality and innovation are two characteristics shared by all Embru’s furniture. Take the office furniture collection eQ, for instance, the first modular system that can be assembled entirely without tools. The metal eQ modules are designed to be timeless; produced to the highest standards, they are both versatile and durable, making them a particularly sustainable option. The company is also the last genuine Sw… continue

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A beating textile heart in Frankfurt: Heimtextil ends with increased visitor and exhibitor numbers | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-a-beating-textile-heart-in-frankfurt-heimtextil-ends-with-increased-visitor-and-exhibitor-numbers/7001552 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 A total of 2963 exhibitors from 67 countries (2016: 2864) presented their new textile products and designs across 20 halls and appeared to be highly satisfied by the orders they received and business contacts they made. Detlauf Braun, CEO of Messe Frankfurt, highlighted the positives following the end of the trade fair: “The figures speak for themselves: Heimtextil grew once again in 2017 in terms of its visitor and exhibitor numbers. But it’s no longer about quantity and hasn’t been for a long time. I am especially pleased about the high quality of the products exhibited as well as the intensity of discussions between purchasers and exhibitors. Frankfurt is the international meeting place and beating textile heart of the interiors industry.” Also positive: overall, visitors consider the sector’s economy to be in a better place even than last year. Visitors from Germany in particular consider the situation to be good (40 per cent). Wernfried Fesenberg, Managing Director of Schlau E… continue

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Material Tendencies: Morten Schmidt | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-morten-schmidt/7001550 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The Architonic team recently caught up with Morten Schmidt to find out which building material is particularly popular at the moment. Morten Schmidt: Timber will take a big turn, there is no doubt. Universities around the world, in countries that are known for having a lot of trees and production of timber, they are already investing in researching how to develop the timber into something that can load, for instance, which can span longer, grow faster and which can be fire-protected in a better and more healthy way. It is a question of the very conservative building industry taking over these kind of materials one day. <b>Please describe a recent project of your choice.</b> Dokk1 is a project that we completed last year in Aarhus, Denmark. This public library is part of a new development of the waterfront, which is now being taken over from when it was an industrial harbour. Our building sits right on the edge between the harbour and the river. To connect the area both visually a… continue

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The ‘avventura’ continues: Presenting Ventura Lambrate & Ventura Centrale 2017 – 9 February 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-lambrate-the-avventura-continues-presenting-ventura-lambrate-amp-ventura-centrale-2017-9-february-2017/7001549 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <b>The undiscovered station vaults – Ventura Centrale</b> Imagine walking into the scenic, abandoned vaults of one of Italy’s major train stations. The heritage status of the spaces and the endless possibilities dazzled us with excitement. This was the feeling that Margriet Vollenberg, director of Ventura Projects, experienced when first encountering the potential of these ‘theatrical’ spaces. Ventura Centrale was born and the newly found spaces were easily matched with the right exhibitors. Maurizio Borletti expresses the desire of Grandi Stazioni Retail to inject new life into these connected warehouses situated alongside the famous train station. With the initiative of presenting the site-specific design installations to the public, the vaults are coming back to life. SALVIATI The two installations of glass craftsmanship by Salviati (in collaboration with Luca Nichetto and Ben Gorham) will interact forcefully with the light in the station’s old warehouses, forming a great exa… continue

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When Beat met Lukas: FluidSolids | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-when-beat-met-lukas-fluidsolids/7001548 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Beat Karrer knows how to pay a compliment. ‘He gets shit done,’ says the seasoned Zurich designer and founder of game-changing material innovators FluidSolids of his fellow Swiss industrial designer Lukas Scherrer. Like creative, entrepreneurial brethren, but without any of the rivalry and psychodrama that you find in real families, Karrer and California-based Scherrer have, as commercially successful, company-owning designers in their own right, designed an ongoing, collaborative partnership that sees them cleverly cross-leverage their respective competencies and contact databases to maximum enterprising effect. It all started when they were both invited to run student workshops at a Swiss university. ‘We both drove the students the same way,’ explains Scherrer, former senior designer at the Palo Alto office of international design consultancy IDEO and founder of SHIBULERU, a San Francisco design firm that innovates for high-profile start-ups and Fortune 500 clients. ‘We weren’t in… continue

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Constructive Thinking: new school architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-constructive-thinking-new-school-architecture/7001547 Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 At the risk of preaching to the converted, architecture has the power to affect its users, not only on a physical and behavioural level, but on affective, emotional one, too. This we know, right? Why, then, has school design dropped off the agenda for so many national governments? These are environments, which, possibly more than any other building typology, display a direct causality between quality of space and the performance of those who interact with it. Better architecture, better marks. The UK’s RIBA, for one, is lobbying hard for a revitalised building programme for schools. Its Better Spaces for Learning report published last year argues that schools ‘play an important role in widening our outlook and life chances’, calling for a comprehensive review of school-building in the country. <b>Frederiksbjerg School, Aarhus, Denmark</b> Internationally, a number of recently delivered projects demonstrate how creative and literal investment in architecture for schools can transf… continue

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Ceramic masterpieces | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-ceramic-masterpieces/7001546 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Text: Katja Reich Villeroy & Boch AG Saaruferstraße 66693 Mettlach Germany Your contact for projects: Xiaoming Bai projects@villeroy-boch.com +49 (0) 68 64 / 8 10 continue

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Architecture from the Air: Zurich's Zollfreilager | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/hochparterre-ag-architecture-from-the-air-zurich-039s-zollfreilager/7001545 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <p>Leading Swiss architecture journal Hochparterre has taken to the skies with a drone, creating a striking, bird's-eye film of Zurich's Zollfreilager – a vast 1920s warehouse, cleverly transformed into a vibrant, mixed-use urban district. Click below for more info... <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/hochparterre-ag-architecture-from-the-air-zurich-s-zollfreilager/7001545">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/hochparterre-ag-architecture-from-the-air-zurich-039s-zollfreilager/7001545 Naturalness | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-naturalness/7001544 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Sometimes, a stroke of genius can be perfectly simple – as Elite Beds proves with its latest creation. A boxspring bed made entirely of natural components: the WoodenBoxspring. Based in western Switzerland, the company accomplished the innovation in collaboration with Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) by developing filigree yet hardwearing wooden springs as a natural alternative to their conventional metal counterparts. “Customers have become more demanding, especially here in Switzerland,” explains François Pugliese, CEO of Elite Beds. “They don’t just want a mattress or a bed any more, they want to know what’s in it and where the materials come from.” In the case of Elite Beds, the answer is very simple: the vast majority are from Switzerland. The solid wood for the wooden springs and the wool and blond horsehair used for the inner lining of the mattress come from local producers. “Our intention is to source everything we possibly can from Switzerland, even if that means high… continue

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Von adipösen Enkelinnen, Hundehütten und Leuchttürmen | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/karin-frei-rappenecker-von-adiposen-enkelinnen-hundehutten-und-leuchtturmen/7001542 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Karin Frei: Architekten nutzen Modelle als 3D-Visualisierung einer Idee. Das eigentliche Werk / die eigentliche „Kunst“ ist aber der architektonische Bau selbst. Welche Funktion haben Modelle in Deinem Werk? </b> <b>Tobias Rehberger:</b> Es gibt Modelle, die im ganz klassischen Sinne, wie beim Autobauer oder beim Architekten, in Vorbereitung für grössere Arbeiten entstehen. Andere Modelle dienen als Vorlage für die Ausführung in einem anderen Massstab durch Dritte, wie dies bei mir beispielsweise mit den Garagen-Arbeiten der Fall ist. Dann gibt es auch Arbeiten, die im Unterschied zur klassischen Verwendung von Modellen, wie Du es beschreibst, in ihrem Status der Modellhaftigkeit auch die endgültigen Arbeiten sind. <b>Wie zum Beispiel?</b> Wie zum Beispiel die „adipöse Enkelin“, die zwar ein Modell für ein Baumhaus und auch im Baum installiert war, die aber nicht dazu gedacht war, dass man ein wirkliches Baumhaus danach baut. Dadurch, dass es ein Modell war, hatte es eine ande… continue

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Fresh ideas | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-fresh-ideas/7001541 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 “Young, international and a woman to boot.” Those were the attributes that Nathalie Felber brought to the company when she took the business over from her father in 2011 – initially with her sister, now alone. “I don’t know which of those three characteristics was the decisive factor, but the company culture has changed quite a lot since I joined the firm. We were a bit set in our ways. Everybody focused on their own thing without necessarily considering the bigger picture. I thought it was time to change that and introduced an open communication culture that means everybody pulls together for the good of the company. Our staff’s ideas and suggestions are just as important as feedback from our customers. But it’s essential to keep communication paths short. There’s nothing I hate more than endless minutes and long emails that nobody even reads, let alone acts on. We’ve always got furthest by talking to one another, face to face,” says Nathalie Felber. You sense this fresh approach to d… continue

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Rethinking radiators | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-rethinking-radiators/7001540 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Text: Katja Reich Tubes Radiatori srl Via Boscalto 32 31023 Resana Italy Your contact for projects: tubes@tubesradiatori.com +39 0423 7161 continue

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Aesthetics in the bathroom | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-aesthetics-in-the-bathroom/7001538 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Due to the bathroom’s image change, the various surfaces, such as the floor tiles, are now subject to additional requirements. Accordingly, they now not only need to be functional and hygienic, but also have special technical and aesthetic properties. Besides offering comfort, tiles should primarily be resistant to moisture and chemical cleaners. Stoneware is particularly suitable due to its extremely low porosity. It easily meets a large number of requirements, including with respect to abrasion, stains, wear and chemical agents. And thanks to the latest technology, stoneware now also offers a wide range of possibilities for realising an individual style and look in the bathroom. Modern tile designs are heavily influenced by current surface trends. They are mostly manufactured with a contemporary, urban used look that is special and reminiscent of materials such as cement, plaster, resin and oxidized metals, and this in turn lends apartments an urban character. Wood looks create a war… continue

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“Sinfonia” by Création Baumann lights up at IMM Cologne 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/creation-baumann-sinfonia-by-creation-baumann-lights-up-at-imm-cologne-2017/7001537 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Since 2012, IMM Cologne has been presenting “The House” design event, a project giving young influential designers the opportunity to try out their visions for contemporary living in real life. For IMM 2017, famous New York product designer Todd Bracher was nominated to show his interpretation, where he is breaking free from the traditional concept of individual rooms to focus on merging zones for provisions, relaxation, and hygiene. Todd Bracher’s imaginative concept does away with most of the traditional exterior walls by cladding the majority of the house, i.e., the provisions area, with a semi-sheer skin made form textile fabric. The creative American chose Création Baumann as his competent partner and their “Sinfonia” fabric. “Sinfonia”, a classic curtain fabric, has been part of Création Baumann’s collection since 1978 and offers ideal characteristics for Todd Bracher’s experimental home. The designer uses this semi-sheer fabric to replace the missing windows, askin… continue

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Dream Weaving: Techtextil 2017 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ulrich-buttner-dream-weaving-techtextil-2017/7001536 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Building with textiles today means much more than stretching huge spans across building exteriors, and it is among the textile sectors that foresee significant growth. In many points, the characteristics and functions of high-tech textiles clearly and impressively outstrip those of traditional materials. Intensive research and development has brought great progress in all areas of technical application for textile solutions and concepts. Yet many innovative solutions go virtually unnoticed, as they do their work largely hidden from view. Of the 12 fields of application represented at Techtextil (Agrotech, Oekotech, Geotech, etc.), Hometech and Buildtech are likely to be the biggest draw for architects with an affinity for textiles. To inform themselves on the current state of these technologies, these attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the presentations and discussions to be held from 9 to 12 May 2017 in Halls 3, 4 and 6 at Messe Frankfurt. Techtextil, the world’s largest tr… continue

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Design made of stone | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-design-made-of-stone/7001534 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Inlay meets industrial design – an unusual combination, seeing as inlay stands for a filigree, elaborate craftsmanship and exceptionally aesthetic design. Lithos Design has transferred this richness of detail to natural stone using industrial methods. The “Opus” collection lives up to its name and presents six models in 25 different shades out of a total of 38 different kinds of marble. The unusual wall and floor coverings were created in collaboration with the -designer Raffaello Galiotto. “Opus is a reinterpretation of the technical and aesthetic characteristics of traditional inlay and is based on the repetition of certain patterns”, explains Raffaello Galiotto. “The biggest difficulty has been to develop an industrial manufacturing process that makes it possible to produce a serial product of the highest quality such as Opus. For each of the six models in the collection, a separate production process has been developed.“ The selection of specific technologies -allows the hidden bea… continue

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Innovation is change | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-innovation-is-change/7001533 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Showrooms in capital cities like New York, Paris and Tokyo, more than 55,000 rolls of fabric in stock, 130 years of company history, more than 15 awards and prizes in the last four years alone – the facts about family-run firm Création Baumann are impressive to say the least. The company owes much of its success to its willingness to invest in new, innovative technical developments. “Because our products are made in Switzerland, we can’t beat our competitors when it comes to price. So we have to rely on ideas instead: developing innovative products is crucial for our survival,” says Philippe Baumann. An interdisciplinary team is constantly in search of new themes and subjects every idea to a critical assessment. At most, one in ten has the potential to be taken to market – although it can be years before the new product is actually launched. “You need a lot of staying power during that time. You have to overcome resistance and fight for the idea. If you don’t believe you can create som… continue

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Architects’ top brands | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-architects-top-brands/7001532 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 As the world’s leading and most reliable research tool for high-quality architecture and design products, Architonic can offer its users relevant and valuable insights into the latest developments in the architectural and design markets. We are pleased to present to you – as part of our ‘Architonic Trend Analysis’ series – Architonic’s most popular bathroom manufacturers in 2016 from the 1,500+ premium brands in our extensive and curated database. Our methodical approach: All the traffic information was collected from April to September 2016 on architonic.com. The ranking is based on the number of page views of the relevant Architonic member brand. Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of architectural and design products in the premium segment. Our curated database currently contains more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,400 designers. Each year, 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts use Architonic as a guide whe… continue

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Premium quality in the bathroom | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-premium-quality-in-the-bathroom/7001531 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 With its enamelled shower areas, and bathtubs and washbasins made of steel-enamel, Kaldewei enables architects and planners to design bathrooms with perfectly coordinated materials, shapes and colours. “Kaldewei can be found in luxury and 5-star hotels around the world – clear confirmation of the unique quality of our products, because these establishments set the highest standards when it comes to their fixtures and furnishings”, says Roberto Martinez, Senior Vice President International Sales & Project Management. It is not only the hotel industry that appreciates the unique material properties of steel enamel. The housing industry, too, as well as health care organisations turn to the premium manufacturer when sourcing products. Developers in particular benefit from their durability and robustness. Even with intensive use and frequent tenant changes, replacement cycles are long, and they thus contribute significantly to cost optimisation. In addition to bathtubs and washbasins, the… continue

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Lighting and Architecture: EuroShop 2017 | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ulrich-buttner-lighting-and-architecture-euroshop-2017/7001530 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The fair, which welcomes visitors from 5 to 9 March, is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and attributes its success to its fairly unusual cycle of being held every three years. In view of the medium-term nature of innovations in shop-fitting, the trade show was switched from a two-year to a three-year cycle as long ago as 1975. This proved to be a good decision, because it has since then provided exhibiting organisations with enough time to drive forward their ideas and product developments while at the same time providing visitors – shop operators and planners – with innovations that will really benefit them. In an age when online retailing is becoming more and more widespread, the retail industry is responding intelligently, highlighting its USPs and presenting its best features in modern shopping worlds that can have a breathtaking impact. Brand shops, retail chains and individual specialist stores are pulling out all the stops to create customer appeal that is both emotional… continue

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TOP 10 FREE-STANDING LIGHTS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-top-10-free-standing-lights/7001529 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products. Our curated database currently provides information about more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,400 designers. 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts annually choose Architonic as their guide to the very best. This gives us an insight into developments in the architecture and design markets, which we would like to share with our community. For the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017, we have identified the Top 10 free-standing lights on architonic.com from SFF 2017 exhibitors. The ranking is based on the number of page views on architonic.com, which depends on different traffic sources linking to the respective product, such as navigation on architonic.com, direct links via Google and advertising campaigns linking to the product among others. The rankings are limited to Architonic Member brands exhibiting at Stockholm Furnitur… continue

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Smart products for more comfort | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-smart-products-for-more-comfort/7001528 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Individualisation, intuitive controls and extra comfort offer the user a distinct advantage when it comes to daily bathroom rituals – whether in private homes or hotel rooms. One example is the Allure F-digital line of fittings. Its digital control features familiar symbols such as the start-stop sign, and thus can be intuitively used not only by a younger, tech-savvy target group. Recurring features such as a favourite temperature for washing hands or the fill-level for the bath tub can also be saved and retrieved at the touch of a button. GROHE F-digital Deluxe brings a touch of luxury by transforming the shower into a private spa with unique water experiences using modern technologies. The individual modules for coloured light, music and steam can be combined according to individual preferences to create a personal feel-good atmosphere. All these are easily controlled using the GROHE SPA® app and a mobile device such as a smartphone. Text: Katja Reich Fotos: © Grohe Grohe Deut… continue

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Ambiente 2017: Currently Trending | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/britta-rohlfing-ambiente-2017-currently-trending/7001527 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Surfaces like ice crystals or wind-sculpted sand; objects featuring expressive printed patterns; original, authentic design – Stilbüro is on the go year-round, tracking down trends. For fifteen years, the fashion designers and agency founders Annetta Palmisano, Claudia Herke and Cem Bora have been jetting around the world, driven by their passion to bring together influences from art, fashion, design and architecture. “Milan, with its fairs and fashion shows, provides us with important stimulus,” says Claudia Herke, “as do our trips to Japan, where we’re inspired by new tendencies and currents.” And again this year, the style experts are making a key contribution to Ambiente. They have distilled the relevant developments, summarising them in four trend directions: Jumbled Pattern, Delicate Structures, Honest Material and Notable Shapes. At the Messe Frankfurt they are creating a special exhibition in which visitors can immerse themselves in these thematic spheres. Annetta Palmisano exp… continue

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Young ideas for building with textiles wanted – Student competition with cash prizes worth a total of € 8,000 | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/techtextil-young-ideas-for-building-with-textiles-wanted-student-competition-with-cash-prizes-worth-a-total-of-eur-8000/7001526 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 A part of many elements, from membrane roofs and smart façades to lightweight constructions, fibre-based materials are a component part of architecture and building. With its ‘Textile Structures for New Building’ competition for students, Techtextil, International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, aims once again to put the spotlight on young people and invites students of civil engineering, product design and related disciplines, as well as young professionals, to enter the competition with their ideas for building with textiles or textile-reinforced materials. <b>Assignment</b> The competition covers all aspects of building with textiles and entrants are free to choose any subject of relevance to this. Both supervised and unsupervised projects will be accepted. The assignment for students and young professionals participating in the ‘Textiles Structures for New Building 2017’ contest which will be presented at Techtextil 2017 is to create solutions in the followi… continue

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TOP 10 CHAIRS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-top-10-chairs/7001525 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products. Our curated database currently provides information about more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,400 designers. 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts annually choose Architonic as their guide to the very best. This gives us an insight into developments in the architecture and design markets, which we would like to share with our community. For the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017, we have identified the Top 10 newly launched chairs on architonic.com from SFF 2017 exhibitors. The ranking is based on the number of page views on architonic.com, which depends on different traffic sources linking to the respective product, such as navigation on architonic.com, direct links via Google and advertising campaigns linking to the product among others. The rankings are limited to Architonic Member brands exhibiting at Stockholm Furnitu… continue

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Comfort can also be attractive | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-comfort-can-also-be-attractive/7001524 Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Functionality, ergonomics, aesthetics – these three aspects have for years characterised FSB’s ErgoSystem®. The proven stainless-steel system called E300 for barrier-free design in complex bathroom settings has now been supplemented with a powder-coated aluminium version (A100). It extends the possibilities in terms of budget attractiveness, handling and interior coordination to include other applications, such as incorporation into private bathrooms. What both system versions have in common is the basic idea of the diagonal orientation of an oval handle cross-section, which is unique in the market. It systematically follows the laws of grip ergonomics, enabling greater comfort and a more secure hold when gripping with less force. The new versions in different-colour aluminium considerably expand the functional and optical design possibilities with all system components. Six different colour combinations in different sheens, ranging from completely matt to high gloss, are offered. The… continue

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A calling for cabinetry | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-a-calling-for-cabinetry/7001523 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Full of pride, the craftsmen stand in front of the newly erected kitchen and admire their work. And the Bettwil-based kitchen maker’s display at the Bauen & Modernisieren trade show is certainly impressive. Two exhibits particularly stand out: the dark beauty with the golden wall panels and the small, simple but sophisticated modular kitchen made of Swiss pine. From Rolls-Royce to Mini convertible: when it comes to designing kitchens, Brunner Küchen pulls out all the stops and is a virtuoso in whatever genre is called for – from opera to yodelling. “It’s what our customers want that matters,” says Adrian Bernhard, who has been in charge of the company since 2015. “And it’s often the case that what they want doesn’t stop at the kitchen but includes the surrounding living space as well. The trend is definitely towards us designing the fixtures for the entire interior rather than just the kitchen. Since the kitchen has become the focal point of the home, the adjacent spaces are often esse… continue

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Impressive in every shape | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-impressive-in-every-shape/7001522 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Corian® has always been particularly strong in the kitchen and bathroom area. The powerful high-tech material is used to create products that are sustainable, versatile and durable. In combination with wall coverings, splash guards and other surfaces made of Corian®, the new range of bathtubs and shower trays can be used to create homogeneous, aesthetic and functional bathroom solutions – for the private as well as the commercial sector. Pre-moulded parts such as washbasins, shower trays and bathtubs made of Corian® play a major role in bathroom furnishings. The visually seamless connection of these Corian® mouldings and panels enables beautiful, high-quality, hygienic and reliable solutions to be planned and executed. For example, the range of pre-moulded washbasins was recently extended, and now offers more design freedom for diverse style worlds. 22 models in nine product families are currently on offer, including two models for the healthcare sector. Apart from the shape diversity… continue

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For Real?: sooii | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bettina-krause-for-real-sooii/7001521 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Can you tell a photograph from a visualisation? If you can, you are blessed with more than just a trained eye, because these days even experts who constantly deal with “genuine” and well-made “simulated” images can’t differentiate between the two. In the past, visualisations often appeared artificial or excessively technical, and the available software simply wasn’t capable of creating authentic-looking images. This has changed, with new technology having advanced to the point that true experts can now produce visualisations that are indistinguishable from photos. One specialist in this field is the Wuppertal company sooii. The firm creates high-end 3D visualisations in the areas of architecture, interiors and products. “We see ourselves as setting the pace for the new possibilities in virtual image production,” says sooii founder and managing director Arndt Johannes. “What we’re doing is a far cry from conventional visualisations.” Johannes knows that in virtual architecture today, an… continue

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Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink: BLANCO | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/sabina-strambu-everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink-blanco/7001520 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Back in 1949 architect and artist Max Bill, known not least as the originator of the Ulm stool, pleaded in his famous essay on "Beauty from function and as function" for aesthetics to serve a dual purpose. Beauty – not just as an expression of great design but also in the service of functionality? This could serve as an apt expression of the philosophy of the southern German firm of BLANCO, which has long set itself the target of creating good design not just for its own sake but in order to enhance the functional value of its products. At almost the same time as Max Bill was studying at the Bauhaus in Dessau, the 28-year-old businessman Heinrich Blanc laid the foundation stone in Oberderdingen, Baden-Württemberg, for a corporate group which would later have operations and production on a worldwide basis. One interesting aspect of the history of BLANCO is that the company has always responded very flexibly to the specific requirements of a particular era. Whereas in 1925 it was still m… continue

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Run to the Hills!: new cabin architecture | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-run-to-the-hills-new-cabin-architecture/7001519 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Geopolitical turbulence isn’t the half of it. Factor in the increasing stress levels that attend modern urban life, not to mention winter and its vitamin-D-stripping cruelty, and you’d be forgiven for wanting to seek out some splendid isolation. Man, nature, and a whole lot of wood. Architectural grandee Le Corbusier understood how the simple life could achieved in built form when he designed his Cabanon, the minimal-is-beautiful, programmatically perfect holiday cabin on the Côte d’Azur, which, 65 years after its construction, still serves as a creative touchstone for micro architecture today. (The design process was, allegedly, diminutive too, taking under an hour.) <b>TOM'S HUT, WIENERWALD, AUSTRIA</b> A raft of architects internationally have been getting back to basics recently, rediscovering the joys of designing cabins – predominantly timber structures out in the wiles – for clients motivated by a desire for physical recuperation, mental relaxation and creative inspiration.… continue

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Design icons in a historical context | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-design-icons-in-a-historical-context/7001518 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The restoration and conversion of the 18th century farmhouse into a spectacular duplex is ground-breaking, with the architectural concept starting from two premises: Preservation of the historic building fabric while introducing spatial innovation. Thus, the interior of the former stable is now defined by a concrete cube that is rotated by 45 degrees and inserted into the roof, which is aligned to the geometry of the existing building and extends across its entire length. Alongside it, a second residential unit has been created that preserves the historic as far as possible and allows it to be perceptible. The bathrooms, too, within this contrasting architectural field of tension are unique. Using exposed concrete and expressive lighting, planners have created unique spaces, which in turn provide a unique context for the use of Dornbracht’s iconic designer fittings. Their design language is based on five principles: proportion, precision, progressiveness, personality and performance. T… continue

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Dante-Goods and Bads at Imm Cologne 2017. "Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?“ | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dante-goods-and-bads-dante-goods-and-bads-at-imm-cologne-2017-quotwould-you-like-an-adventure-now-or-shall-we-have-our-tea-first/7001517 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Parallel Choice Assortment</b> A mystery collection, an assortment by association. Colors mixed with feelings, materials full of innuendo, ghosts and shadows and something we can’t quite put our finger on: welcome to Dante’s 2016 Collection, Parallel Choice Assortment. When we thought about this year’s theme, we let our mind wander and marveled at the very strange places it took us. Association is a curious thing, it doesn’t follow any obvious logic, but, like Alice goes down the rabbit hole, leads us into a world full of the subjective: fragments, dreams, the half forgotten, the semi-conscious. Parallel Choice Assortment is inspired by the whimsical aesthetic of this world. Each year, Dante invites a Guest to inspire, mentor or collaborate. For Parallel Choice Assortment we found the perfect match in French photographer Camille Vivier, whose artistic style is permeated by the peculiar spirit we sought for this collection. A style, as she herself puts it, of emotions a… continue

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Maison&Objet Paris, January 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/maison-ampobjet-paris-january-maison-ampobjet-paris-january-2017/7001516 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Another highlight is a repositioned textile offering that will spotlight home linens in Hall 4 and 5A, while decorative textiles will be presented throughout the entirety of the show. For specifiers, Hall 5B will be dedicated to architectural solutions and techniques with over 50 specialized exhibitors, and there will also be a shuttle bus that will connect this hall to Halls 7&8. The KIDS section in Hall 6 has been moved upmarket over time and now presents a complete range of products including toys, furniture and accessories from baby to infant, as well as being specialised for both gift retailers and concept stores in addition to established brands. Every kid’s dream! To define the ‘French touch’, M&O Paris has partnered with French furniture manufacturers (l’Ameublement française) to identify the characteristics of French design. There will be an international exhibition launched in 2017 in partnership with the VIA entitled: “No taste for bad taste”! So A foretaste of good taste? 2… continue

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When Architects Go to the Bathroom: talsee | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-when-architects-go-to-the-bathroom-talsee/7001515 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 “Never the same, only similar” was a tongue-in-cheek pearl of Eastern wisdom I was once offered in a Chinese restaurant many years ago by a waiter – a humorous response to my request to order the same as my dining companion. Beyond this wry piece of wit, there was perhaps a more serious point being made here: we’re all individuals and, therefore, experience things differently, based on our fundamental difference in need and desire. Switzerland has managed to turn its tradition of expert production and fine craftsmanship into one of the alpine nation’s core brand values. Quality as standard. But in the bathroom sector, there’s one manufacturer that’s gone off-piste, as it were, continuing to adhere to the mantra of quality first while offering its customers non-standardised, customised solutions for their individual projects – be they contract or residential. Same quality, different end-product. In business since 1896, award-winning bathroom brand talsee has made it its business from th… continue

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Wood in its purest form | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-wood-in-its-purest-form/7001514 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 It’s hard to think of any other material that has its held ground in our homes over the centuries as persistently as wood. Through the ages, it has been used as a facade for simple wooden huts, as the basic material for furniture and, in modern times, as complex indoor and outdoor panelling. In short, wood is a versatile material that never goes out of fashion – and that is precisely what makes it is so very valuable for our living space. Our appreciation of wood has changed over recent years – and not just among experts: consumers are also increasingly mindful of various aspects such as how the material has been processed. “Customers have become much more sensitive to the fact that we need to take a sustainable approach to what nature gives us,” says Klaus Brammertz, CEO of the Bauwerk Boen Group. This philosophy influences the entire processing chain. The woods that Bauwerk Parkett selects for its flooring and interior design products are sustainable in use. Some parquet floors can e… continue

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the editions – Zumtobel’s First Capsule Collection | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/zumtobel-lighting-the-editions-zumtobels-first-capsule-collection/7001513 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The limited mini-collection titled <b>the editions – Capsule collection #01</b> stands for the forward-thinking and innovative mindset of the Zumtobel brand and is meant to support projects that meet special requirements and challenges. The luminaires speak for themselves with their clear design and ability to offer creative solutions and technological innovation. Each product has its unique story of creation and was developed in collaboration with well-known architects and designers that have all made history in their own way with Zumtobel. <b>the editions – Capsule Collection #01</b> include five special luminaires: <b>TIGNUM</b>: For customized workspace ambience Grazer designers Benjamin and Markus Pernthaler developed an ergonomic lighting solution for the desk. The elegant and exceptionally flexible table light permits individual and targeted working zone illumination for various visual tasks. TIGNUM is also ideally suited when working on screens and with tablets. <b>DIAMO</b>:… continue

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Material Tendencies: Claesson Koivisto Rune | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-claesson-koivisto-rune/7001512 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Architonic met up with the multidisciplinary architecture and design studio recently to dip a toe into the nordic design landscape. <b>Which material would you choose if you had to restrict yourself to working with just one for the next three years?</b> Mårten Claesson: I have three kids and you are asking me to choose a favourite. Wood perhaps. After all, we are from Scandinavia. We are pretty accustomed to working with wood. It is a material that tends to be both hard and soft at the same time. And it has a kind of warmth. Eero Koivisto: I am a little bit excited about concrete right now. I like that it is a very plastic material that allows you to create different shapes. There might be a strong movement towards materials that you can mould things with. It has not really been there for 10 or 15 years, so I think this could be the future. Mårten Claesson: One of the trends that have been quite strong over the last few years, I think, are sort of back-to-basic materials such as dif… continue

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Material Tendencies: Oki Sato of nendo | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-oki-sato-of-nendo/7001511 Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Trained as an architect, his varied and often surprising collection of works are a result of him noticing the small things in everyday life. Architonic spoke to Oki Sato as part of our ongoing Material Tendencies series. Oki Sato: I would maybe choose clay, because nendo means clay in Japanese. It's the flexibility of designing things. Clay can become any kind of shape, size or colour. Also, when I was a small child, I liked playing with clay. So if I had to choose one material to play with, it would be clay. But I really don’t think about materials in the beginning. It is always about emotions. I come up with small stories that I first tell with my drawings and then at the end we start thinking about the materials, colours and textures. It is almost like a puzzle. We try to find the best-matching piece. continue

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Detailed discreet luxury | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-detailed-discreet-luxury/7001510 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 It all began in 1973 with a small shop in Frankfurt am Main. Today, the company is one of the leading suppliers in the segment, both nationally and internationally. As the company has grown, so has the philosophy that makes its products unique: discreet luxury. The philosophy contains three key points worthy of highlight: rigorous design, quality and exclusivity. A characteristic design language shapes a brand. Thus, the company’s products do not correspond with fashionable, historical or flamboyant models, but instead are simply timeless. Underlying them is the style-defining discovery that has resulted from intensive and comprehensive study of this topic: timeless beauty appears spontaneous and remains exciting. Such beauty also calls for a second dimension: outstanding quality. It should be reflected not only in the appearance but also in the feel of the product. Good quality feels heavy and is comfortable to hold, and the fine sensors in the human hand automatically recognise high… continue

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Stand and deliver: RENZ | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/susanna-koeberle-stand-and-deliver-renz/7001509 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The “dead letter office” is the U.S. Postal Service facility that deals with undeliverable mail. Today, the expression “dead letter” seems to be taking on literal meaning as actual letter-writing nears extinction. Digitisation is transforming package shipment as well, however, with traffic in parcels on an upward trajectory, primarily as a result of the growth in e-commerce. Changing purchasing behaviour is also bringing changes in the delivery of goods. When we no longer go shopping, the things we buy must find their way to us. This everyday matter, which we generally pay little attention to in our busy lives, can quickly lead to snarls in our tight schedules. For example, when in the lead-up to a holiday trip we realise that a new swimsuit or some other urgently needed item must be ordered on the internet. But that nobody can be at home to take delivery (and the only neighbours we know have inconveniently already left town) and we don’t have the time or patience to queue for 20 minut… continue

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Lighting the way | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-lighting-the-way/7001508 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 It was the inadequacies of an Italian standard lamp that prompted Rico and Rosmarie Baltensweiler to develop a floor lamp of their own back in 1951. Easy to adjust and simply designed, the model the electrical engineer and interior designer came up with has become a classic in the Baltensweiler collection. But as a smiling Rosmarie Baltensweiler reveals in a film celebrating the firm’s 60th anniversary, it didn’t even have a name for a long time. Only when somebody ordered “the one that looks like a sun” did she and her husband decide it was time to give it a proper name and christened the floor lamp TYPE 600. What started out as a way to meet their own needs and with no commercial intentions struck a chord – initially with architects and friends – and eventually laid the foundations for the Baltensweiler company and its lighting collection. The products are characterised by the fact that their design and technology are always geared towards the development of the light sources, result… continue

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TOP 10 FRENCH BRANDS LISTED IN VIRTUAL SHOWROOMS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-top-10-french-brands-listed-in-virtual-showrooms/7001507 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products. Our curated database currently provides information on more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,400 designers. 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts annually choose Architonic as their guide to the very best. This gives us an insight into developments in the architecture and design markets, which we would like to share with our community. For Maison&Objet 2017, we have identified the top 10 most-listed French brands in our partners’ Virtual Showrooms. The ranking is based on the number of listings in our partners’ Virtual Showrooms, which depends on the sales strategy of the brand, the focus on the showroom, and market requirements. The rankings are limited to Architonic Member brands. All information was collected in November 2016. © Architonic continue

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Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair the world’s largest meeting place for Scandinavian design | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/stockholm-furniture-amp-light-fair-stockholm-furniture-amp-light-fair-the-worlds-largest-meeting-place-for-scandinavian-design/7001506 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Every year, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair draws approximately 40,000 visitors of which around 10,000 are foreign buyers, architects, designers and journalists from more than 60 countries. About 700 companies, including 300 international companies, set up exhibitions in Stockholmsmässan’s 70,000 sqm. Around 80 percent of the exhibiting companies come from Scandinavia. <b>Here are some highlights for 2017: </b> <b>Guest of Honour 2017 - Jaime Hayon </b> Every year Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair invites a highly acclaimed international designer or design studio to create an installation in Stockholmsmässan’s entrance hall. This time the assignment has gone to Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon, known for his playful expression and versatile production. <b>Design Bar 2017 - On Everybody’s Lips </b> The Design Bar, which is a cross between an exhibition and a top-class restaurant, is being created this year by Note Design Studio. Using the concept Sulla bocca di tutti, whi… continue

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TOP 10 DRINKS CABINETS | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/architonic-top-10-drinks-cabinets/7001505 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Architonic is the world’s leading research tool for the specification of premium architectural and design products. Our curated database currently provides information about more than 300,000 products from 1,500 brands and 10,400 designers. 16 million architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts annually choose Architonic as their guide to the very best. This gives us an insight into developments in the architecture and design markets, which we would like to share with our community. The ranking is based on the number of page views on architonic.com, which depends on different traffic sources linking to the respective product, such as navigation on architonic.com, direct links via Google and advertising campaigns linking to the product among others. The rankings are limited to Architonic Member brands exhibiting at IMM 2017 and their products. All information was collected in the period March to November 2016. © Architonic continue

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Modular sliding window, extremely slim profiles | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-modular-sliding-window-extremely-slim-profiles/7001504 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Located in the beautiful Swiss mountain region, at the foot of the Chavalard in the district of Fully, is a very unusual family villa, which also includes an independent dwelling. The spectacular hilly landscape underlines the unique location. The owner wanted the object to be designed so that the mountains would be shown to their best advantage from all points of view and form a decorative frame. The low building already arouses interest and curiosity from the outside with its clear, right-angled lines. The outer façade is enveloped in anthracite slates, while the entrance area was clad with aluminium panels. So what is hidden behind the puristic walls with their matter-of-fact design? <b>Design-oriented, clear lines, intelligently solved.</b> The interior forms the true heart of the villa: a dynamically shaped empty space consisting of an extensive patio including a spacious green area. A concealed room-in-room was created here that is meant to be a private retreat for the residents… continue

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Material Tendencies: Vincent van Duysen | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-vincent-van-duysen/7001503 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 <b>Architonic spoke with Vincent van Duysen about the philosophy behind his architecture, interiors and design projects, and about his passion for natural colours and materials.</b> Vincent van Duysen: I love to work with any kind of wood, from lighter to darker colours. For both my designs and architectural projects, I mainly use natural materials. I like the sensual perception of wood, stone, natural fibres, and so on. You can see, feel and even smell the material. I don’t believe in any kind of materials where technology dominates. My architecture is in a way about the essence of space. I try to create balanced spaces that are bathed in natural light and then I add layers of, for the most part, natural colours and materials to create ambiences that are more contemplative, serene and calm. I think it is essential to give space to the objects that surround us. Open spaces in between help to calm your restless mind. We have very hectic lives and are living in a world that is dominat… continue

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Sustainably innovative | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-sustainably-innovative/7001502 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Thanks to the high-quality technical features, the reinterpretation of products, and the development of new shapes, Ceadesign has positioned itself in the world of bathroom fittings as a company with a future-oriented outlook. The kitchen and bathroom fittings are made of stainless steel, which is a clean, resistant and sustainable material. It is 100% recyclable and is not chemically treated. The design is supported by the functionality of the material, which is hygienic and resistant to salty or calcified water. Requiring minimal care, the fitting remains beautiful for years. The company also invests in research and development to create new technical solutions. New ideas are often inspired by nature, as exemplified by the environmentally-friendly surfaces “Black Diamond”, “Copper”, “Bronze” and “Light Gold”. In conjunction with steel, they emphasize the natural qualities of the material and ensure increased hardness, lustre and radiance. Text: Katja Reich Photos: © Ceadesign Cea… continue

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On the right lines | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-on-the-right-lines/7001501 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 The name says it all. Translated literally, Alinea means in line or linear, perhaps even straightforward. And the furniture that leaves Atelier Alinea in Heimberg near Thun is very definitely understated and fuss-free. In typography, however, Alinea also means to start a new line – and Atelier Alinea picks up on that thread as well. The evolution of objects is something the company cares deeply about. In that sense, you could say it likes to set its products on a new line, continuing to develop them until a texture emerges, a product family that is consistent within itself. One of Atelier Alinea’s best sellers is its garden furniture collection, consisting of classics whose design goes back to the early 1960s. The garden table folds up for easy storage and is largely produced by hand. The tabletop is made of galvanised, powder-coated sheet steel and rests on a tubular steel frame with a hot-dip galvanised finish. A tubular steel frame also forms the backbone of the garden chairs’ const… continue

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The specialist for elegance | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-the-specialist-for-elegance/7001500 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Bette, a family-owned company that dates back more than 60 years, specialises in steel forming and enamelling. Manufacturing takes place exclusively in Germany at its base in Delbrück. The company’s range includes more than 600 different models of shower trays, bathtubs and washbasins in a variety of surface colours. The main focus is on bathroom furnishings and fittings made of titanium-refined steel and the finest enamel. Bette offers harmonious bathroom architecture in a uniform material, thus enabling a harmonious water experience. During manufacturing, high-tech industrial production is combined with customised factory work, with more than half the products customised to meet customer requirements. The natural raw materials – glass, water and steel – are used to create products that with their TÜV-certified BetteGlaze glazing combine durability with sustainability in an exemplary manner. High stability and durability are coupled with a flawless, durable and hygienic surface. Since… continue

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Larging It: London's new Design Museum | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/klaus-leuschel-larging-it-london-039s-new-design-museum/7001499 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Paraphrasing a quote from Andy Warhol: “The most beautiful thing in New York is MoMA. The most beautiful thing in Vienna is MAK. The most beautiful thing in Seoul is the Dongdaeum Design Plaza. Berlin and Moscow don't have anything beautiful yet.” And London? Well, it used to have a nice little white cube at Shad Thames, which “did not meet the Design Museum’s ambitions”, as Deyan Sudijc, its director, put it. He was hired by design grandee Sir Terence Conran (who has been credited with introducing design to the British public at large), in 2006 to, among other things, find a new home for the institution. It is widely acknowledged among curators that architecture and design have been traditionally the most difficult of creative and cultural forms to display. Nevertheless, Sudijc and his team proved at their white cube on the Thames “how a permanent collection could engage with the public, how we could become a centre for learning and nurture the next generation of design talent.” After… continue

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Interaction in the bathroom | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-interaction-in-the-bathroom/7001498 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100 With it, Hansgrohe SE’s luxury brand presented its first interactive control for the shower. Simple, intuitive and with a modern design, it makes controlling shower functions easier and simultaneously creates a spacious feel. “Together with Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, we have realised the idea of a central control element for the shower with an interactive, purely mechanical contact area. In this way, showering becomes a sensual experience”, explains Silke Giessler, Head of Axor Brand Marketing. The new, interactive shower control is both a calming influence and an eye-catcher for the senses. It combines several shower-control functions and water temperature regulation and flow into one unit. “Axor One enables water to be controlled in a new way in the shower. By bringing together several control components onto one single element, the thermostat fitting increases the attractiveness and functionality of the bathroom”, explain Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. Various shower functions c… continue

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Heimtextil 2017: High-calibre information and training sessions for contract business | Fairs | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/heimtextil-heimtextil-2017-high-calibre-information-and-training-sessions-for-contract-business/7001497 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100 From 10 to 13 January 2017, architects, interior architects, hoteliers and interior designers coming to Frankfurt will not only find the biggest selection of contract textiles in the world – Heimtextil is also putting together a high-calibre range of training and information services for this field with the new title “Interior.Architecture.Hospitality”. Visitors can look forward to an exciting mix of new inspiration for their planning and experienced partners for their construction and interior design projects. Trade fair tours and a range of talks designed specially for architects, interior architects and designers and hoteliers will provide valuable input and opportunities for networking. <b>Trade fair tours for architects, interior architects and designers and hoteliers</b> The Salon Interior.Architecture.Hospitality will welcome all interested parties as the first point of contact and meeting point at the fair. This is also where the trade fair tours start from, which have been… continue

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Lightness perfected | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-lightness-perfected/7001496 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100 As a manufacturer, Alape stands for technical and functional quality standards as well as innovative and inspiring design solutions. Its aesthetic washbasin solutions are suitable for private and semi-public areas in architecturally-oriented environments. Alape views the bathroom as an architectural space in which both its own requirements and those of the user should be met. With its diverse product range, the manufacturer aids with the planning and realisation of individually-designed bathroom architecture. This encompasses not only a wide variety of shapes and materials, but also innovative developments and the highest-possible production quality. The manufacture, for example, of washbasins and washstands with clear lines from “enamelled steel” is extremely impressive. The robust yet lightweight steel body is thereby coated with a high-quality, homogeneous glass surface, with the two combining to form a unit in the combustion process. This leads to robust and at the same time skin-f… continue

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