Searching for meaningful and timeless solutions makes living and working a worthwhile experience. Sarah Maier turned her passion into a form of art. She develops creative design with wood veneer.
Elegant matched veneer on an attractive piece of furniture is no coincidence. The search for the veneer tree used to make each and every piece of furniture like the proverbial search for the needle in the haystack: Only around 200 wood species can be used for the production of veneer – and there are around 40,000 varieties worldwide. And only a few conceal the fine structures required for veneer inside them. Years of experience are needed to recognise the potential of a tree.
Only experts, who have spent years examining the individual look and the resulting deductible properties of trees, can recognise the “inner values” of the timber. It is also important to consider which veneer pattern the individual sections of a tree could be most suitable for. An overall picture is crucial for deciding whether or not to cut a tree down.
The city as showroom: Vienna Design Week’s tenth edition continued to adhere to the founding principle of being ‘a culture festival, not a fair’; photo: Kollektiv Fischka
Austria’s empire might be long gone, but its former imperial might is still writ large in its capital’s grandiose imperial architecture. In the contemporary, global scheme of things, of course, Vienna isn’t that big. And certainly for the author of this piece, who made an almost direct passage at the end of September from the London Design Festival to Vienna Design Week, there was less ground to cover in the city of coffee houses and prancing horses than on the island. (text by Simon Keane-Cowell )
Posted by Walter Phillips on 29.01.2015 - Tagged as: atrium, Nimbus
Polarising design: “Squeeze” by Karim Rashid
“I do not seek. I find.” This saying adorns the canteen wall at Nimbus and is a perfect description of the company spirit. “Searching means wanting to find something that’s already known in something new. Whereas finding – that’s something totally new,” says Dietrich Brennenstuhl in explanation of his corporate philosophy. The firm’s founder and managing director is no fan of going with the flow. Instead, for the last 25 years, he has been practising the strategy of “doing things differently” – with great success. A perfect example: ten years ago, Nimbus was the first firm in the lighting sector to commit to LED. In the meantime, LED technology plays a crucial role – and the wealth of experience the small lighting manufacturer has been able to acquire puts it at an advantage – even as compared to major corporations. When it comes to LED-based interior lighting, Nimbus continues to be regarded as an innovation leader even today. (by Atrium)
Etienne Reijnders’ ‘The Day After’ is an upcycled chair that began life as a shopping cart. Reijnders transforms run-down shopping carts into comfortable chairs. “Upcycling means adjusting an existing product into a durable product on a higher functional level” says Reijnders.
‘Glass Elephant’ Stockholm Design Week installation by TAF Arkitekter
An unusual pairing will likely be one of the main attractions at the 2013 edition of Stockholm Design Week. An installation composed of fragile glass and heavy industrial robots entitled ‘Glass Elephant’, set in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities’ Skeppsholmen Caverns, will explore the properties of glass as material and muse combined with the advanced tactile technology of robots furnished by Sweden’s ABB.
‘And A And Be And Not’ paravent by Camilla Richter
Camilla Richter’s ‘And A And Be And Not’ is a foldable room divider composed of several coloured dichroic glass segments. Light sources and the position of the glass segments makes And A And Be And Not a “mood-of-the-light-machine” says Richter. “Light and shadow, reflection, transparency, distortion, revision and colours play in the object. This colourful impression is subtle to dynamic, always depending on time and motion.”
Two key shows for designers and architects open on Monday January 14; international furnishing show imm in Cologne, and the world’s leading building & construction show, BAU in Munich. For both, Architonic has created time-saving guides to help navigate the show floors.
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