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Heimtextil

Heimtextil

As a leading international fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main will, from 14 to 17 January 2015, again welcome architects, interior architects, interior designers and related professions to take advantage of this first trade fair of the year to catch up with the latest developments in the field of textiles. Although products developed specifically for contract furnishing are the main reason for their annual visit to the fair, the impressive and ambitious accompanying programme is just as attractive, especially as it can be regarded as a form of advanced training that enhances the professional skills of participants. (by Ulrich Büttner)

 

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With its apertures connecting different floors, Isay Weinfeld’s Livraria da Vila bookstore in São Paulo anticipated the trend for more transparent interiors in bookshops that’s now increasingly common

With its apertures connecting different floors, Isay Weinfeld’s Livraria da Vila bookstore in São Paulo anticipated the trend for more transparent interiors in bookshops that’s now increasingly common

In the retail world, bookstore interiors are arguably changing more radically than in any other sector. Time was when bookshops appealed for being old-world and fusty, with their labyrinthine layouts, faintly musty smells and eccentrically bookish proprietors. One example might be Paris’s Shakespeare and Company bookshop, founded by Sylvia Beach in 1919. Fast-forward to the 1990s, and bookshops had become megastores incorporating cafés and comfortable leather armchairs where customers could browse for hours and sip cappuccinos. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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Wed 10.12.

Special Newsletter BAU 2015

Posted by Walter Phillips on 10.12.2014 - Tagged as:

Bodega Antión, La Rioja, Spain: exposed concrete coloured with pigments

Bodega Antión, La Rioja, Spain: exposed concrete coloured with pigments

Compared with other European building fairs, BAU München is by far the most international. This applies both to the companies exhibiting their products and the 50,000 or so trade visitors from all over the world who are expected to attend. One reason for this is the wide range of thematic areas covered at the fair, including building materials, processing technologies, facade finishes and interior decoration and fittings. All of this creates an attractive information mix that is of interest not just to skilled craftsmen, but also to the building trade in general. And BAU has succeeded better than any other trade fair in dragging architects and interior designers away from their computer screens. It is this combination that represents the real potential of the fair.

 

Given this wealth of materials, products, systems and concepts, it is essential for visitors to be able to find their way around quickly and reliably. We have therefore prepared our usual Architonic Guide to the fair, which, as always, focuses on the requirements of architects in particular. The guide can be downloaded from Architonic.com starting 22 December 2014. It will also be available at BAU itself from 19 to 24 January 2015.

 

Architonic’s Special Newsletter Heimtextil 2015 can be read (and subscribed to) here.

Wed 3.12.

Special Newsletter Heimtextil 2015

Posted by Walter Phillips on 03.12.2014 - Tagged as: ,

© Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

© Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

For eight years now, Heimtextil – the biggest international trade fair for home textiles – has been using the Contract Creations section to present its target-group product spectrum to architects and interior designers in particular, and to reinforce its profile as a major forum within this field.

 

There is special focus on the hotel business, with dedicated guided tours geared specifically to architects and hotel specialists to provide preferential coverage of the companies listed in the Contract Guide. And making a strong impact as the industry’s definitive trend show is the newly installed Theme Park, offering further specialised events such as presentations, round-table discussions and competitions.

 

Architonic’s Special Newsletter Heimtextil 2015 can be read (and subscribed to) here.

Thu 27.11.

Campus Collective Party by Laufen at Art Basel / Design Miami 2014

Posted by Walter Phillips on 27.11.2014 - Tagged as:

Laufen presents the first US presentation of the SaphirKeramik project by designers Konstantin Grcic and Toan Nguyen

Laufen presents the first US presentation of the SaphirKeramik project by designers Konstantin Grcic and Toan Nguyen

Miami Ironside’s creative community together with Laufen North America and the the Museum of Contemporary of Art North Miami will be opening their showrooms and studios for a night of music and performances, a night celebrating art and design for the Campus Collective Party on December 3, 2014.

 

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Mon 24.11.

Vortex Bordeaux by 1024 Architecture (FR)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 24.11.2014 - Tagged as: ,

Vortex Bordeaux by 1024 Architecture, photo: ©1024 Architecture - Emmanuel Gabily

Vortex Bordeaux by 1024 Architecture, photo: ©1024 Architecture – Emmanuel Gabily

An architectural fragment made from scaffolding, Vortex is a light sculpture by Paris-based 1024 Architecture built into the unique architecture of the Darwin Ecosystem Project’s green building in Bordeaux, France.

 

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Fri 21.11.

Cucula Refugees Company for Crafts and Design

Posted by Walter Phillips on 21.11.2014 - Tagged as: ,

Cucula Refugees Company for Crafts and Design, photo: © Verena Bruening

Cucula Refugees Company for Crafts and Design, photo: © Verena Bruening

Integrating artifacts from their journey across the Mediterranean, five refugees have built a series of design classics that express both their own history and their vision of a self-determined future.

 

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Wed 19.11.

Architonic Newsletter 11.2014

Posted by Walter Phillips on 19.11.2014 - Tagged as:

Richard Lindvall’s interior for a restaurant in Stockholm uses copper for a fireplace hood

Richard Lindvall’s interior for a restaurant in Stockholm uses copper for a fireplace hood

As citizens of the 21st century, we are entranced by the achievements of our civilisation and the technical possibilities they offer. We appreciate top-quality industrial products as well as the artefacts created by manual craftsmanship. We surround ourselves with design and are inspired by its perfection in terms of function and appearance.

 

However, parallel to this public side of our life and lifestyle is another element, one that is shaped by age-old desires, anxieties and preferences. In these regions of our human nature, fire takes a central position, representing warmth, protection, light, community and culture.

 

It is therefore no surprise that we always wish to integrate living fire into our lives, even if we have to domesticate its intrinsic properties for this purpose. The fireplace may be subject to the same approach and treatment as other objects within the home, but at the same time, the powerful appeal it has on us operates at a higher level. Accordingly, our lead article, ‘Hearth and Home: Why Architects Are Warming Once Again to the Age-old Hearth’, places our love of the open fire in a cultural and interior-design context.

 

Contents in brief:

 

Architonic Photo Tours: Kortrijk 2014 and Orgatec 2014
Hearth and Home: Why Architects Are Warming Once Again to the Age-old Hearth
Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’
Inspiring Search Results N° 35: Wood-burning Stoves
Inspiring Spaces N° 27: Living Areas
Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic

 

Architonic’s newsletter for November 2014 can be read (and subscribed to) here.