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Tue 10.2.

Flair and Sensitivity

Posted by Walter Phillips on 10.02.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Mix and match: the sideboard boxes from the "Nex" series are combination artists that permit maximum individuality. Central element in high gloss acqua

Mix and match: the sideboard boxes from the “Nex” series are combination artists that permit maximum individuality. Central element in high gloss acqua

A perfect blend of detail-conscious design, harmonious proportions, high-precision production technology and subtle colours is the hallmark of the modular systems by Piure: furniture made in Germany with Italian impressions, based on clean lines and clever ideas, modern – but definitely not inspired by fleeting fashions. The success story behind Piure began in 2006, when Simone Spang and Ludger Köhler pooled their many years of experience in creativity and management and passionately set about turning their subtle interior visions into reality. (by Atrium)

 

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‘What use is the biggest and most attractive hotel suite to me’, states architect Ursula Fuss, ‘if I'm unable to use the bathroom because I can't get into it with my wheelchair, or the shower is constructed in such a way that I can't access it’

‘What use is the biggest and most attractive hotel suite to me’, states architect Ursula Fuss, ‘if I’m unable to use the bathroom because I can’t get into it with my wheelchair, or the shower is constructed in such a way that I can’t access it’

People with physical disabilities are dependent on buildings being designed in such a way that they provide disabled access. This principle has for the most part been applied in public facilities, even though there is still ground to make up in this respect. In hotels, on the other hand, the picture looks very different, and architect Ursula Fuss from Frankfurt, Germany, is therefore all the more pleased that Samsung Chemical Europe recently entrusted her with the challenge of designing a hotel bathroom with disabled access. (by Anna-Maria Wiede)

 

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Soba Table and Bench by Stefan Diez for Japan Creative, photo: Jonathan Mauloubier

Soba Table and Bench by Stefan Diez for Japan Creative, photo: Jonathan Mauloubier

For Japan Creative, Munich based designer Stefan Diez has created a series of easy to assemble bamboo and kevlar rope tables and benches that can be flat-packed.

 

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A white STARON® facade module (left) in combination with the insulating material FOAMGLAS® and LED backlighting at BAU 2015. In practice the modules can be mounted simply and in a single operation

A white STARON® facade module (left) in combination with the insulating material FOAMGLAS® and LED backlighting at BAU 2015. In practice the modules can be mounted simply and in a single operation

Ever since the mid-nineties, flowing and organic forms that shape facade and roof design have been a prominent trend in contemporary architecture, with figures such as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Peter Cook as prominent practitioners of this formal architectural idiom. Whereas in the past the implementation of special facade solutions required architects to cooperate with a whole series of different specialists and partner companies, the design and construction of 3D facades has now been vastly simplified by an innovation developed by Samsung Chemical Europe GmbH. (by Dr. Sascha Peters)

 

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Fri 6.2.

At the Heart of Things

Posted by Walter Phillips on 06.02.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Head of the table: Willi Notte is the second generation of his family to run the business

Head of the table: Willi Notte is the second generation of his family to run the business

This is craftsmanship at its best: with its 14 highly motivated employees, the Notte carpentry company from Bitburg/Eifel creates exclusive furniture and sophisticated built-in furnishings that have been impressing customers from all over Germany with their looks and quality for decades. Founded in 1956, the company is currently headed by Willi Notte, the second generation of his family to run the business, and his oldest son is already playing an active role in the firm. Continuity is evident elsewhere too: what was originally the workshop has recently been converted into a light-flooded residence that doubles as a showroom. It treats visitors and customers alike to a casual and very convincing demonstration of the company’s conceptual prowess. (by Atrium)

 

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Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2015

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2015

Architonic is in Stockholm, Sweden this week for the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2015, the world’s largest meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design, for both home and public environments. Here below are four initial Facebook galleries featuring a review of the best designs direct from the show floor.

 

> to Architonic’s tour of Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2015, Part 1
Manufacturers shown include: Modular, Kateha, Engelbrechts, Scherlin, Normann Copenhagen, Bsweden, Mater, BAUX, KFF, Object Carpet, string furniture, Massproductions, GUBI, Blond Belysning, Secto Design

 

> to Architonic’s tour of Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2015, Part 2
Manufacturers shown include: Erik Jørgensen, Fredericia Furniture, by Lassen, Saum & Viebahn, Made By Hand, Bryndís Bolladóttir, Jonas Ihreborn, Northern Lighting, CHAT board, ZERO, Örsjö Belysning, Holmris Office, Louis Poulsen, Bolon, Wästberg, Gärsnäs, HOWE, Pedrali, Stouby, Valoa by Aurora, Greenworks, Swedese, Karl Andersson, Innermost, DuPont Corian, LEMA, Lange Production, Källemo, FLOS, Horreds, LUCEPLAN

 

> to Architonic’s tour of Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2015, Part 3
Manufacturers shown include: Gabriel, Montana Møbler, Mobel, LUCTRA, Ifö, Sunbrella, Marset, ZilenZio, Isku, Ragnars, Skandiform, Kinnarps, Magnus Olesen, Materia, Création Baumann, Martela Oyj, SA Möbler

 

> to Architonic’s tour of Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2015, Part 4
Manufacturers shown include: SA Möbler, Carpet Concept, Interstuhl, LEDS-C4, Helland, &TRADITION, Muuto, Blå Station, OFFECCT, Vitra, Kvadrat, Artek, Nikari, Abstracta, Lammhults

Leather Heirlooms

Posted by Walter Phillips on 05.02.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Guardian of the "Hardoy Chair": Mirko Endter with the top-end model in saddle leather. Manufakturplus focuses on leathers with a natural surface

Guardian of the “Hardoy Chair”: Mirko Endter with the top-end model in saddle leather. Manufakturplus focuses on leathers with a natural surface

If anybody knows the “Hardoy Butterfly Chair” inside out it’s Mirko Endter. He knows exactly how the edge of the classic seat has to be stitched. He knows how demanding it is to produce the armchair in 4.5-mm-thick saddle leather. And he knows all about the various types of finished leather and their individual characteristics. With his company Manufakturplus, he has been producing the “Hardoy Chair” in Weidhausen, Upper Franconia for the last ten years. Back then, a customer had entrusted him with an old original chair that needed repairing – and Mirko Endter has remained faithful to the furniture legend ever since. (by Atrium)

 

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Wed 4.2.

Trend Report: Cologne 2015, Part 2

Posted by Walter Phillips on 04.02.2015 - Tagged as: , ,

‘Foldwork’ clothing rack, by Friederike Delius at the UDK Berlin Design Graduates stand, at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Foldwork’ clothing rack, by Friederike Delius at the UDK Berlin Design Graduates stand, at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

This is part two of a two-part Trend Report from Cologne 2015 by Le Vin Chin. See Part 1 here.

 

Going knotty

 

Here we have no one particular materials trend, but a constellation of directions, relating to wool, to weaving, to knots, and to cords and ropes.

 

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