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 Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:00:20 +0200 A new age | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/detail-zeitschrift-fur-architektur-baudetail-a-new-age/7001684 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Axolight has always adopted an international outlook and picked up trends from all over Europe. This flexibility has resulted in collaborations with various designers, such as Dima Loginoff, Karim Rashid, Ryosuke Fukusada, Sandro Santantonio, Timo Ripatti, Brian Rasmussen, Manuel Vivian, Serge and Robert Cornelissen and Rainer Mutsch. Over the last 20 years, the company has acquired extensive know-how in various materials such as glass, crystal glass, fabric, ceramics, metal, aluminium and ABS in order to successfully realise the designs. This has resulted in products for the living area as well as for the hospitality and business sectors. The new brand identity is the tangible result of long-standing corporate development, and is reflected most strongly in the new logo. The mid-20th century, i.e. the 50s and 60s, was a time of reorientation. It was a golden design epoch in which people looked forward to the future without fear and with enthusiasm – an emotional attitude also reflected… continue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Biodynamic light – easily implemented | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/waldmann-biodynamic-light-easily-implemented/7001627 Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Plug & Light</b> Thanks to the external controller PULSE NET, the natural light effect of the Waldmann light management system PULSE VTL can be easily combined with room luminaires such as the IDOO family by Waldman for biodynamic lighting. During installation the autonomous DALI real-time controller PULSE NET is mounted in the building. It provides information on light level and light colour for several luminaires. This information is stored on an SD card. The intelligent controller guarantees that in the presence of several luminaires light colour and brightness work synchronously in the direct and indirect light components. No read-in of individual luminaires or storing of time schedules or groups is required. <b>Stimulating light effect</b> PULSE VTL provides motivating light in the office. All day. The innovative light management system brings the dynamics of natural daylight to the interior of the building and expands the emotional and ergonomic aspects of light quality. Bio… continue

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Brasília: Eine Stadt in Bewegung (Teil II) | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/modulr-brasilia-eine-stadt-in-bewegung-teil-ii/7001626 Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 21. 4. 2016: Die Stadt ist still, denn heute ist ein Nationalfeiertag in Brasilien. Gewürdigt wird der Dragonerleutnant genannt Triadentes, der als Anführer einer Gruppe von Freiheitskämpfern am 21. 4. 1792 hingerichtet wurde. Zugleich ist es der Jahrestag von Brasília, denn JK hatte die Einweihung genau auf diesen Termin gelegt, weil der revolutionäre Zusammenschluss 1789 erstmals die Forderung nach einer Hauptstadtverlegung in das Landesinnere erhob. Im nach JKs Frau benannten Parque da Cidade Dona Sa-rah Kubitschek, der mit 4,2 km² Fläche als Lateinamerikas grösster Stadtpark gilt und auch die Liste der lokalen Superlative bereichert, findet ein Megapicknick statt. Üblicherweise hält man sich im «grünen Herzen» Brasílias zum Spazieren, Joggen, Walken, Fahrradfahren oder Skaten auf. Heute wird indes in grossem Stil gegrillt, geplaudert, getanzt, geruht. Vor vier Jah-ren organisierte die Initiative «Picnik» zum ersten Mal ein Event, um die Bevölkerung und die Kreativwirtschaft Brasíli… continue

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Glenn Sestig: Architectural Lines | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-glenn-sestig-architectural-lines/7001625 Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 His interiors are urban, almost an extension of the outside world. They are rigid and precise like a city grid yet refined in their composition. With a limited selection of high-quality materials, Glenn Sestig is able to evoke visions of old-school grandeur and elegance but to call him a minimalist would be too easy. His is a muted kind of luxury, informed by modern life and the essentials of space and utility. The Ghent-based architect has put his stamp on shops, galleries, nightclubs, offices and private residences across his native Belgium. Yet in order to find the common denominator in his eclectic portfolio, one must look beneath the surface at the thought process that goes into each project he executes. Discussing his latest projects with TLmag, Sestig reveals an architecture that is specific to the place and the moment. <b>Your work is characterised by an architectural approach to volume and perspective. What inspired you to apply these principles to interior design? </b> To continue

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Elbphilharmonie Hotel Hamburg | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/villeroy-amp-boch-elbphilharmonie-hotel-hamburg/7001624 Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>Landmark with "inner" qualities Where the Elbphilharmonie provides a silent retreat</b> The Elbphilharmonie is now open and the critical voices have quickly turned into a cheering orchestra. The world of architecture agrees – Herzog & de Meuron has created a masterpiece. But not only the quality of the building from the outside is what people notice. The transparent façade also caters for special moments inside. The floor-to-ceiling windows especially in the bathrooms in the Westin Hotel offer unparalleled views over the busy port life. The hotel designer Tassilo Bost with his compelling concept has laid the foundation for guests to have an unforgettable experience in the bathrooms. <b>The glass bathroom Extroverted privacy next to the façade </b> In a world that is getting ever louder, people are increasingly looking for more peaceful moments. Hotels especially have to combine the contrasting poles of “openness” and “privacy” to ensure guests feel comfortable. Bathrooms pla… continue

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Breathe the Light: Linea Light Group at Euroluce 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-linea-light-group-breathe-the-light-linea-light-group-at-euroluce-2017/7001623 Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Synecdoche. “Rhetorical figure of speech whereby one uses a word figuratively to mean more or part of its whole.” This is how Linea Light Group decided to interpret the technological design of the 6 top products in the stand at Euroluce. The theme was dealt with by extrapolating the main characteristic of each lighting fixture to describe its entirety. The products were installed in such a way as to enhance not only the design itself, but also the material component, highlighted by installations that suggested shapes without, however, translating them into meaning. In this way six environments were created with iconic forms, characterised by pure, almost dreamlike elements, which complemented and at the same time drew attention to the minimalist lines of the products on display. These environments featured 5 products from the Material & Design Lighting collection: Mongolfier, Monarque, Diphy, Oxygen and Flurry in brand new versions with new finishes, sizes and shapes. Adde… continue

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Young Pioneers | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-young-pioneers/7001622 Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 A good ten years ago, Reseda started out with the idea of making solid wood furniture to order in its local region. Today the concept is more in demand than ever: individual designer furniture that reflects its users’ personality and is made to last. A careful and thoughtful approach to materials is one of the company’s top priorities: the wood, for instance, is only ordered in the required measurements once an order has been placed – a sustainable idea that Reseda pursues at various levels. An example: the same three designers have been shaping Reseda’s product repertoire for five years. “We’re interested in long-term collaboration with people who are on the same wavelength and can help us move forward,” says managing director Andreas Niederer of the company’s philosophy. Any piece of furniture – whether it’s a dresser, shelving unit or cabinet – can be configured at the showroom, using a specially developed programme to select the size, colour and materials. That ensures there are no… continue

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WantedDesign Programming 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/wanteddesign-wanteddesign-programming-2017/7001621 Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <b>WantedDesign Brooklyn</b> will take place from May 17-23rd at Industry City in Brooklyn Terminal Stores – 238 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY 1123. <b>WantedDesign Manhattan</b> will take from May 20th- 23 at the Terminal Stores building in Chelsea/ Manhattan-11th Avenue between 27th and 28th Street, NY 10001. <b>Design Schools Workshop at WantedDesign Brooklyn</b> Conceived as a collaborative activity rather than a competitive one where teams in this activity are composed by students from different schools and backgrounds. <b>The program is an important part of WantedDesign, and has been very successful in promoting the schools, fostering the creation of an international network of young designers, as well as in initiating partnerships between schools and manufacturers. The International group of students will be asked to explore this year’s theme: “HyperHybrid”.</b> Conducted by the Pratt Institute with Constantin Boym, Industrial Design Chair, and Ignacio Urbina Polo, Associate… continue

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Alfredo Häberli: Special Guest at DOMOTEX | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-alfredo-haberli-special-guest-at-domotex/7001620 Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 DOMOTEX, the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, opened in the new year on 14 January in Hanover, Germany. This year’s special guest, Alfredo Häberli, takes a sensitive, straightforward approach to his work, constantly striving for a truly elegant twist. The art of floor coverings is not really about using techniques. It’s about the craft of carpeting a room, mixing together different media and sensory experiences to produce new textures, prints and patterns that enhance our quality of life. TLmag spoke with the designer about the fair. TLmag: You were chosen as the guest of honour by the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, DOMOTEX. What was your role there? A.H.: One of our first experiences as babies or young children is exploring the new world through touch, taste, smell, sound and sight. The feeling of our feet on different kinds of floors is an essential experience, whether we are walking on the beach, the grass, pebbles, carpetin… continue

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Villa Seaside | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/keller-villa-seaside/7001619 Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Standing on the banks of a lovely canal near to the Belgian town of Lokeren, the very modern Villa SeaSide dazzles with its impressive design. The commissioned architect conjured up an innovative property in a wonderful location from a building in need of renovation. The proud concrete facade of the front side of the house completely shuts out the prying eyes of passers-by and protects the family's privacy. Visible is the angular construction, which is dominated by light-coloured building blocks. Only a large fixed window sits loftily above the notched gable and supports the plain appearance of the facade on this side. The adjoining building block on the right-hand side containing the garage sets itself apart stylishly in terms of colour thanks to the special choice of material. <b>Fabulous atmosphere</b> That is contrasted by the rear side, which gleams in a modern look thanks to its unreserved openness to the surrounding nature. A look at the rear side of the building shows: one… continue

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Sink Rethink: Franke's Innovative New Chef Center | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/simon-keane-cowell-sink-rethink-franke-039s-innovative-new-chef-center/7001618 Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 When is a sink not a sink? When it’s Franke’s new game-changing Chef Center. Never happy with the status quo of things, Franke – the leading kitchen-systems provider internationally as well as the world’s largest manufacturer of stainless-steel sinks – is always cooking up something innovative. Questions such as ‘How can we do this better?’ and ‘How can we improve people’s lives?’ are their constant bread and butter – and whatever else you can find in the creative cupboard. Take their popular Frames by Franke system, launched two years ago. Supremely modular and emphatically architectural, it’s the market’s first-ever total product line, allowing architects, planners and other specifiers to frame their kitchen projects according to their exacting professional expectations. The 2017 edition of ICFF, the New York high-end luxury fair, sees the launch into the North American market of the latest paradigm-shifting concepts from Franke’s in-house design team – with all the consideration… continue

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Brasília: Eine Stadt in Bewegung (Teil I) | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/modulr-brasilia-eine-stadt-in-bewegung-teil-i/7001616 Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Tatsächlich hat man mir nicht zu viel versprochen: Bei der Ankunft im April ist das Wetter strahlend, bilderbuchhafte Wolkengebilde zieren das Firmament. Es bietet sich an, als Erstes den von Lúcio Costa entworfenen Fernsehturm in der Mitte der Planstadt zu erklimmen. Aus luftiger Höhe betrachtet wird schnell klar: Weniger der Himmel ist hier anders, denn die konzeptionelle Stadtanlage. Die ungewöhnlich flache Ausdehnung und luftige Bebauung dürfte Einwohnern und Besuchern Anlass zur Wahrnehmung eines besonders himmlischen Flairs geben. 1957 gewann Lúcio Costa den Wettbewerb zur Gestaltung der neuen Hauptstadt Brasi-liens. In letzter Minute hatte er seinen Vorschlag mit Text und Skizzen abge-geben. Unter den 26 eingereichten Pro-jekten brasilianischer Architekten ver-mochte sein augenscheinlich schlichter, doch von deutlichem Gestus geprägter «Plano Piloto» (Leitplan) die internati-onal besetzte Jury zu überzeugen. Die Stadt müsse von Anfang an einen Haupt-stadtcharakter vorweisen, not… continue

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Design in a New Dress: Bette | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/barbara-jahn-rosel-design-in-a-new-dress-bette/7001615 Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 In 2017 it is, unexpectedly, not the Italians but the Danes who are telling us which way the trend is going. And the buzzword here is ‘hygge’, denoting warmth, comfort and security – qualities we all desire and seek out. We can find this primarily at home: in the kitchen, the living room, the bedroom and, yes, now also the bathroom. The bathroom industry, too, is attempting to serve the need for a new, decelerated lifestyle-rhythm. Some of the approaches it is taking are interesting and abstract – at first glance provoking grins of amazement, but mainly piquing our curiosity. When we consider a material like enamelled steel, after all, it isn’t the notion of domestic comfort that most immediately comes to mind. Yet this traditional material isn’t so far removed from cosiness as one might think, as the Delbrück-based enamelled steel specialist Bette demonstrates. In a new bathroom series, Bette has perfectly united the advantages of two contrasting components, showing that they indeed b… continue

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Material Tendencies: Jun Aizaki of Crème | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-material-tendencies-jun-aizaki-of-creme/7001614 Mon, 08 May 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> I must say wood is the material that comes close to me. I don’t think I could do anything without it, whether it is reclaimed wood or new. I like the organic nature. For me it is like coming back to the basics. Both wood and metal are globally pretty available. Any city with an industrial district has a metal- and a woodshop. It is kind of like the corner stone of making things. <b>What makes a space comfortable for you?</b> People feel comfortable in spaces that feel warm and inviting. Lighting is absolutely key and the choice of materials. In our studio we strive to design spaces that have a good balance. We don’t want to just ‘wow’ people. We’d rather have the ‘wow’ almost come naturally, when you visit that space multiple times. It does not have to be the first time. We like things that age and get worn out. We think about it in a longer lifespan.… continue

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BKLYN DESIGNS Kicks Off NYCxDESIGN May 5-7 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/bklyn-designs-bklyn-designs-kicks-off-nycxdesign-may-5-7-at-the-brooklyn-expo-center-in-greenpoint/7001612 Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 This weekend from <b>May 5-7, BKLYN DESIGNS</b> kicks off the first weekend of the citywide <b>NYCxDESIGN</b> initiative at the spacious and light-filled <b>Brooklyn Expo Center</b> in the creative hub of <b>Greenpoint</b>. Interactive installations, design service providers, pop-up shops, live demos, workshops, panel discussions, local vendors, and kid-friendly programming makes the show a must-attend event for trade professionals and design lovers of all ages. Founded by the <b>Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce</b> in 2003, the show serves as an incubator for emerging designers as well as a platform for established brands producing a range of creative products across furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles, and jewelry. Brooklyn is world-renowned for its community of talented woodworkers, which can be seen in native New Yorkers such as <b>Mark Jupiter</b>, a fourth generation woodworker, as well as recent arrivals like <b>Christopher White</b> who studied woodworking in Bordeaux and… continue

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Conspicuously Unobtrusive | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-conspicuously-unobtrusive/7001611 Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Looking back, says Jürg Ammann, he was pretty audacious and naive when he took the plunge and set up his own business 18 years ago. Today the designer and interior designer produces bespoke one-offs and pieces for his own label Piuric: simple furniture reduced to the essentials. At his own workshop, Ammann carries out almost every step in the process himself. He works away at prototypes, welds, mills and shapes, sews and upholsters. The upholstered furniture is particularly challenging to make: sofas and chairs with seats so slender they almost seem to defy the laws of statics. In order to achieve the necessary stability, Ammann also designs the metal legs for the furniture himself. “Developing a good cast metal base can easily take three months. I use a little foundry at Lake Hallwil; later on, the bases are sanded and polished by hand. That comes at a price, but it definitely pays off,” says the designer. Ammann sources his fabrics from Switzerland or Europe. “Suppliers who sell prem… continue

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Les Arts décoratifs de Paris: Cosmopolitan French Taste | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-les-arts-decoratifs-de-paris-cosmopolitan-french-taste/7001610 Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Paris entered the history of applied arts in the 1860s. First, French taste vied with English taste, and then it quickly took the lead. Today, the French applied arts organisation, Les Arts décoratifs, keeps its finger on the pulse of the expectations of both the public and of young industry professionals ranging from designers to craftspeople and interior designers. Education and knowledge transmission are among the organisation’s primary challenges. Additionally, Les Arts décoratifs champions the notion of French taste. TLmag recently had a lively discussion with Managing Director David Caméo and Museums Director Olivier Gabet at the organisation’s offices facing Paris’ famous Jardin des Tuileries. <b>TLmag: How would you describe today’s Musée des arts décoratifs?</b> David Caméo: Les Arts décoratifs is a rich, complex institution that encompasses both museums and art schools. The museums are the Musée des arts décoratifs on the rue de Rivoli and the Musée Nissim de Camondo on th… continue

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Looking Back on Ventura Lambrate 2017 | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/ventura-lambrate-looking-back-on-ventura-lambrate-2017/7001609 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 All the praise we received from the press, from architects, buyers, designers, stylists and other visitors demonstrated to us once again that there is a consistent wish for a curated event that shows an overview of what's happening in contemporary design. We are delighted to have brought this again to the Milan Design Week! Over <b>115.000 visitors</b> found their way to the Lambrate area and the opening event has never before been so well visited. Those who came to the area saw the varied designs of <b>126 exhibitors</b>, showing experimental material research, social projects, thrilling movements in lighting and other thought-provoking design trends. <b> Ventura Lambrate 2017 Highlights </b> One notable visitor was <b>the mayor of Milan</b>, Beppe Sala. The former commissioner of the Expo Milan 2015 World Fair was more than happy to see every single exhibition. Both from the perspective of the cultural development of the city, as well as from the perspective of someone who knows t… continue

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The Outsiders: Varaschin | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/dominic-lutyens-the-outsiders-varaschin/7001608 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 One common thread – literally – runs through the history of Italian company Varaschin: a passion for weaving. Back then, this family-run firm, founded by Ugo Varaschin in 1969, specialised in rattan and wicker furniture. Today, its forte is outdoor pieces – from dining chairs to more informal low-level, modular sofas – all covered in handwoven fabrics, which blend comfort with innovative design. These elegant, contemporary designs, with a strong Mediterranean flavour, dissolve the traditional divide between outdoor and indoor furniture. Made of synthetic woven fabrics, wood and metal elements that withstand harsh weather conditions, they are highly durable. Given the carefree spirit of Varaschin’s furniture, it’s appropriate that the brand is based in the Prosecco-producing area of Treviso in Veneto, northern Italy. After all, its outdoor dining chairs clustered around large dining tables and its sofas are naturally conducive to festive gatherings. It should come as no surprise to hea… continue

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The Four Elements | Industry News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/press-office-cleaf-the-four-elements/7001607 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 “The Four Elements” is the new CCube exposition concept, the Cleaf corporate showroom, designed by Studiopepe. An immersive pathway that explores the versatility of Cleaf surfaces through the theory of the four elements of Nature: water, air, earth and fire. A multisensory environment in which the visitor can move freely to discover the multiplicity of finishes and decorative papers which interact with each other through the law of the 'harmony of the elements'. CCube's light and airy rooms occupy 700 sqm of floorspace on four levels to provide: a site specific installation in the central area, a series of abstract compositions on the walls of the four main rooms and four exposition platforms on the two basement floors. The space is completed by a lounge and consulting area in the wings of the entrance and a meeting area on the top floor. <b>Site specific installation (central area)</b> A forest of melamine faced panels in different shapes and sizes welcomes the visitor and guides the… continue

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Leading Designers tell Architonic what is their Superpower | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-leading-designers-tell-architonic-what-is-their-superpower/7001605 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 <p>Always in the thick of the action - this time at Salone del Mobile 2017 in Milan - Architonic recently asked some of the heroes that shape the design world today what superpowers they rely on. Full of news and valuable insights, we will soon follow-up with full-length interviews. Here is a first glimpse. Architonic regularly checks the pulse of the markets, and when visiting international trade fairs and design events, we ask renowned designers what materials they particularly favour right now. Their reflections provide the basis of our ongoing <b>MATERIAL TENDENCIES</b> series, as part of our Architonic Trend Analysis. <a href="https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-leading-designers-tell-architonic-what-is-their-superpower/7001605">continue</a></p> https://www.architonic.com/en/story/anita-hackethal-leading-designers-tell-architonic-what-is-their-superpower/7001605 Renaat Braem: Between Geometry and Fluidity | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/tlmag-renaat-braem-between-geometry-and-fluidity/7001604 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Renaat Braem (1910-2001), a 1935 graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, is one of the most notable figures in Belgian 20th century architecture. Between 1936 and 1937, he found himself working for Le Corbusier in Paris. There he explored the French master's sensibility for space and form. Whereas his early projects from before World War II were still rooted in a rectangular, formal language, his work from the 1950s slowly took on the softer forms of new organic approaches. This new work appeared on the scene at the same time that interest was growing in the concrete plasticity of later Brutalism. During the 1950s and 1960s, Braem combined his interest in expressive architectural forms with his bent for social responsibility. He completed a series of housing estates in Antwerp, including the Kiel neighbourhood (1951–1958) and the Arenawijk neighbourhood (1960 - 1965), in addition to other large-scale housing complexes in Leuven, Brussels and Boom. Meanwhile, Braem also b… continue

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Survival of the Fittest: Tribù | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths-survival-of-the-fittest-tribu/7001603 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 According to Einstein, “the measure of intelligence is the ability to change” – a maxim that certainly holds true for businesses operating in such volatile markets as the furniture industry. Belgian outdoor furniture brand Tribù has consistently demonstrated its capacity to adapt to changing circumstances, reinventing itself several times to ensure it stays ahead of the competition. Tribù’s origins can be traced back to 1967, when businessman Henri De Cock founded a company for importing garden furniture. Following Henri’s death in 1987, his son Lode took control and shifted the focus of the business onto producing furniture that combined discreet luxury with architectural design. Working with industrial designer Wim Segers, Lode De Cock helped to pioneer the trend for outdoor furniture that functions as an extension of a home’s interior. The furniture Tribù produced in the early 1990s was a departure from the heavy wood and cheap plastic options available at that time. The Natal colle… continue

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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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Seamless Perfection | News | Architonic https://www.architonic.com/en/story/atrium-magazin-fur-wohnkultur-design-und-architektur-seamless-perfection/7001592 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200 Today’s customers want holistic interior concepts that incorporate every room. Or to put it another way: the furnishings should create the impression of a seamless, harmonious whole. This is where Orea comes in. Besides producing coherently designed kitchens, the company also creates entire interior concepts that extend throughout the living space and include the flooring, furniture and bathrooms. The company’s philosophy plays a key role: the kitchen maker believes that each and every product – regardless of whether it is an accessory, a piece of furniture or a kitchen – should meet three criteria: it should be elegant, meticulously crafted and give the customer added value. Because a kitchen is not a short-term investment: in most cases, it remains an important part of the living space for more than 15 years. The kitchen furnishings and accessories are produced at the kitchen factory in Muotathal – mainly from Swiss wood. An efficient combination of fully automated and manual steps h… 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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