Mon 22.12.

Bringing Passion to Light

Posted by Walter Phillips on 22.12.2014 - Tagged as: ,

Strokable: the "Mia" table lamp in two-coloured felt is quite an experience – at both tactile and visual level

Strokable: the “Mia” table lamp in two-coloured felt is quite an experience – at both tactile and visual level

Fresh ideas filled with light and life by natural materials – the credo that lamp manufacturer DOMUS has upheld since 1966 is as simple as it is convincing! Lighting engineer Olaf Seynsche runs the family business with ambition and commitment. Under his direction, the brand has developed into a label that attracts great interest from the lighting sector and private customers alike. The lamps go by unusual names such as “Sten”, “Pit”, “Mia” or “Edward”. But that’s not the only thing they have in common: they are all the product of highly skilled craftsmanship as well. (by Atrium)

 

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House and Studio YC by RTA-Office (ES)

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House and Studio YC by RTA, photo: Lorenzo Vecchia Photography

House and Studio YC by RTA-Office, photo: Lorenzo Vecchia Photography

House and Studio YC by RTA-Office, located in Castellcir, Barcelona, is divided into five main bodies, each isolated from the other, with its own orientation and its own views to the exterior.

 

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Sun 21.12.

Design Born of Passion

Posted by Walter Phillips on 21.12.2014 - Tagged as: ,

Magnificent: the successful "RIVA" line has been continuously expanded and ranges from lounge furniture all the way to a desk. The benches and table form a harmonious ensemble and provide enough space for up to 10 people

Magnificent: the successful “RIVA” line has been continuously expanded and ranges from lounge furniture all the way to a desk. The benches and table form a harmonious ensemble and provide enough space for up to 10 people

In the late 1990s, there was only one name that came into question for anybody with a weakness for unusually attractive fireplace accessories: conmoto. A lot has happened since then! With fresh ideas and a keen instinct for trends, conmoto has established itself as a brand name for top-quality furniture and sophisticated design. We paid a visit to Johannes Wagner, the inventor and driving force behind the brand, in Münster, where art, expertise and vision enter into a fantastic symbiosis at the firm’s smart headquarters on the shores of Aasee Lake. “This is home to our creative cell, which consists of designers, design engineers, carpenters and graphic designers. This is where trends are anticipated,” explains the entrepreneur with obvious pride. (by Atrium)

 

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Fri 19.12.

‘Charity Tree’ by Hello Wood (HU)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 19.12.2014 - Tagged as:

'Charity Tree' by Hello Wood, photo: Daniel Domolky, Miklos Vargha

‘Charity Tree’ by Hello Wood, photo: Daniel Domolky, Miklos Vargha

Made of 5000 stacked pieces of firewood, Hello Wood’s ‘Charity Tree’ installation will be dismantled and given to families in need to heat their homes at the end of the Christmas season.

 

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A sinuous, fragmented display system is the focal point of Neil Barrett’s monochromatic, Zaha Hadid-designed fashion boutiques in Seoul and Hong Kong

A sinuous, fragmented display system is the focal point of Neil Barrett’s monochromatic, Zaha Hadid-designed fashion boutiques in Seoul and Hong Kong

It may sound paradoxical, but corporate store architecture today strives to be as individualistic as possible. This is partly due to necessity. Like many booksellers, high-end fashion labels are fending off fierce competition from online retailers. They hope that investing in new, ultra-contemporary stores with a unique identity will wow their customers. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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Pen Store by Form Us With Love (SE)

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Pen Store by Form Us With Love, photo: Jonas Lindström

Pen Store by Form Us With Love, photo: Jonas Lindström

A retail space that behaves like a shop, a gallery, an atelier and a supplier warehouse, the Pen Store in Stockholm designed by Form Us With Love, is not just a store, it’s a brand experience.

 

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Wed 17.12.

True Beauty Inside and Out

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Suspenseful: "Mell Lounge" by designer duo Jehs & Laub blends casual comfort with minimalist elegance

Suspenseful: “Mell Lounge” by designer duo Jehs & Laub blends casual comfort with minimalist elegance

In a manner of speaking, COR is interlübke’s younger sister. It was founded in 1954 – also by Leo Lübke, together with the then Prince of Bentheim-Tecklenburg. His Serene Highness’s coat of arms featured three hearts. And because producing outstanding upholstered furniture was a matter very close to the two co-founders’ hearts, they called the new enterprise COR, which is Latin for heart. (by Atrium)

 

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Architonic Newsletter 12.2014

Posted by Walter Phillips on 17.12.2014 - Tagged as:

Issey Miyake’s new London flagship store, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka

Issey Miyake’s new London flagship store, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka

It is in the run-up to the Christmas holidays that the changes in our shopping habits become especially clear. In addition to bricks-and-mortar stores, people tend to visit online shops, which offer extended possibilities for browsing. Accordingly, eighty per cent of all purchases today begin on the Internet. E-commerce and purchases made in real shops are already perceived as elements of a single process, and in future they will be integrated even more closely. Customers benefit from the respective advantages of both shopping alternatives: they can obtain initial information online and then actually view and experience the product at a local store, from where it might be purchased online. As our leading article reveals, the offline store has not lost its significance as a result – its function has simply changed to one of supporting the profiles of specific brands and enhancing the shopping experience with event character.

 

Here’s what you’ll find in our December Newsletter:

 

Shelf-life: Why Bookshop Interiors Are Turning Over a New Leaf
Flagship Enterprise: The Future of Corporate Store Architecture Emphasizes Individuality
Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’
Inspiring Search Results N° 36: Retail Display Lights
Inspiring Spaces N° 28: Shopping Centres
Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic

 

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