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Posts tagged as 'Beat Karrer'

Thu 17.10.

The Shapeshifter: material innovation Fluid Solids

Posted by Walter Phillips on 17.10.2013 - Tagged as: ,

Swiss designer Beat Karrer's 'FS Stool', which puts his innovative Fluid Solids material to the test, was awarded a 2011 Materialica Design + Technology Award in the CO2 Efficiency category

Swiss designer Beat Karrer’s ‘FS Stool’, which puts his innovative Fluid Solids material to the test, was awarded a 2011 Materialica Design + Technology Award in the CO2 Efficiency category

Nominated for this year’s Design Prize Switzerland, Zurich-based designer Beat Karrer’s material innovation Fluid Solids, with its strong ecological credentials and impressive programmability, is poised to give traditional materials like metal and plastic a run for their money. The future is fluid. (by Simon Keane-Cowell)

 

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Architonic Concept Space IV has been developed in FluidSolids®, an innovative new material by Beat Karrer

Architonic doesn’t do things by halves. For its Concept Space IV – the latest in a series of technologically innovative and architecturally led fair stands installed at the best design events internationally – it commissioned leading Swiss designer Beat Karrer to create an physical environment that is both structurally and materially striking, as well as ecologically smart. The result: a new kind of presentation space embracing a brand new material technology – FluidSolids®. (more…)

Tue 10.4.

The Making of Architonic Concept Space IV

Posted by Susanne Fritz on 10.04.2012 - Tagged as: , , ,

Mold of an element for Architonic Concept Space IV

The Milan fair provides the ideal setting for the premiere of Architonic Concept Space IV. And this will be a global first because never before has the FluidSolids® material, developed over many years and patented by the prestigious Swiss designer Beat Karrer, been processed at into a product.

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'Spin' by Beat Karrer for tossB

The Zurich based designer Beat Karrer realised this adjustable pendant light for the Belgian manufacturer tossB. ‘Spin’ will be showcased at this year’s Euroluce from 14 17 April.

Due to the asymmetric position of the mounting point the light direction can be adapted most easily. A simple yet smart mounting unit simplifies changing of the reflector which is available with different angles of radiation. The light source is LED.

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Domaine de Boisbuchet, photo: Jeroen Verrecht, Boisbuchet 2009 © CIRECA

What could be a more fitting place to experiment with biodegradable materials than on an idyllic country estate in west central France? In summer 2010, the Domaine de Boisbuchet will again be providing the venue for the renowned series of architecture and design workshops.


All those who register by 27 June 2010 have the chance with Architonic to win a free ticket for the one-week workshop by Beat Karrer from 18 – 24 July 2010.

Bioplastic workshop 2009 in Domaine de Boisbuchet

Swiss designer is, for the third time, dedicating his summer workshop in Boisbuchet to a topic he has been researching for several years: bioplastics.


* What exactly are bioplastics?
* Are they natural (bio) or artificial (plastic)?
* For what kinds of products and in which fields is their application meaningful?

Last year's workshop by Beat Karrer 'Manufactured Nature', photo: Tine Kromer, Boisbuchet 2008 © CIRECA

To discover answers to these questions, the participants of the workshop will investigate a number of bioplastics: biopolymer foils, which are transparent, waterproof, and can shrink, and which can be printed on or welded. They act like a conventional plastic foil – artificial in every way. At the same time, they are also non-toxic, biodegradable, and can (theoretically) even be eaten. Therefore they don’t create waste – they are entirely natural.

In addition to exploring the material itself, participants will develop and design objects that can be produced from these biopolymer foils.

Shaped bioplastics

Shaped bioplastics, workshop 2009

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Thu 3.12.

Molded Nature by Beat Karrer (CH)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 03.12.2009 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

Moulding pressed from PLA granulate

Moulding pressed from biodegradable PLA granulate

When half a century ago designers such as Verner Panton and Luigi Colani revolutionised people’s living rooms with their brightly coloured plastic furniture it crossed nobody’s mind that this wonder material that could be formed into any required shape would one day come to become a symbol of global rubbish and the ecological crisis.

Bioplastic made from PLA granulate, at the Vitra Workshop in Boisbuchet

Bioplastic made from PLA granulate, at the Vitra Workshop in Boisbuchet

However, there is hope: for years now international materials producers have been working on sustainable alternatives and they are now ready to launch biologically degradable plastics which can be used for a range of applications. The long-term aim is to create those everyday objects which nowadays consist of countless materials from as few components as possible in order to simplify recycling and accelerate the natural degradation process.

Material studies with biodegradable PLA fleece

Material studies with biodegradable PLA fleece

Just as with ‘normal’ plastics these bio-plastics also consist of countless chains of molecules, the polymers, which in turn are formed from a large quantity of basic components, the monomers. In contrast to synthetic polymers, which are produced from fossil raw materials, the term ‘biopolymers’ refers to the origin of the basic components for the polymers, which come from renewable resources. Biopolymers are composed of materials derived from living organisms – in other words plants, animals or bacteria. These can be starches from potatoes, wheat or maize, cellulose from vegetable cell walls or proteins such as silk, spider’s webs or hair. The properties of the material are determined by the length and molecular structure of the chains. Depending on the manufacturing process and the formulation of the material they can be regulated and optimised by additives such as natural fibres. The variety of bio-plastics which have been tested is already impressive today.

Creating a fruit bowl made from PLA fleece, at the Vitra workshop in Boisbuchet

Creating a fruit bowl made from PLA fleece, at the Vitra workshop in Boisbuchet

Creating the material is one thing but finding applications for it is another, because the cost-intensive development of new production materials is only justified by their use in series production. This is where the skills of product designers and manufacturers come in – above all those who are aiming at greater things.
One of these is the Swiss designer Beat Karrer, who together with the biochemist Michael Kangas experiments with new possibilities for processing biopolymers. The low-tech experiments in their Zurich witches’ kitchen produced promising results and these were quickly built on by cooperations with a number of materials producers and a research institute.

Beat Karrer at the Vitra workshop in Boisbuchet, France

Beat Karrer at the Vitra workshop in Boisbuchet, France

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Sat 17.10.

‘Nightshade’ by Beat Karrer for Burri

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 17.10.2009 - Tagged as: , , , ,

'Nightshade' outdoor lighting by Beat Karrer for Burri

'Nightshade' outdoor lighting by Beat Karrer for Burri

The Swiss manufacturer Burri recently launched this discreet but extremely efficient outdoor LED lamp, designed by the Swiss designer Beat Karrer. The smartness of ‘Nightshade’ resides in the newly developed principle of controlling the light – it minimizes light contamination and achieves a high efficiency as well as a targeted light distribution. Like this – and this is most essential for outdoor lighting – ‘Nightshade’ illuminates and directs, without blinding.

Laser-cut metal sheet for the reflector

Laser-cut metal sheet for the reflector

Reflector model

Reflector model

Reflector models

Reflector models

Light measurement

Light measurement

'Nightshade' by Beat Karrer for Burri

'Nightshade' by Beat Karrer for Burri

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