Posts tagged as 'Great Britain'

'Reclining chair' by Robin Day reissued by twentytwentyone

Designed year after the breakthrough, 1951 Armchair for the Royal Festival Hall commissioned

on the occasion of the Festival of Britain, this modernist ‘Reclining chair’ by the acclaimed, late British designer Robin Day has been reissued by a London-based brand specialising in classic 20th and 21st century furniture, twentytwentyone. With its effortless, pared-down appearance and distinct, steel-rod legs, ’Reclining chair’ is, along with the now-ubiquitous 1963 stacking ’Polypropylene chair‘, one of Day’s most iconic designs.

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'Kenneth Grange: Making Britain Modern' published by Black Dog Publishing

Architonic book draw: Thanks to our friends at Black Dog Publishing, Architonic is giving away 3 FREE COPIES of ‘Kenneth Grange: Making Britain Modern’ to our Facebook fans. The draw will take place on 12 August and if you’d like to get your hands on this inspiring book, all you need to do is follow the link and comment on our photo album. Good luck! >> (more…)

'Radiolarian' sofa by Liam Hopkins

'Radiolarian' sofa by Liam Hopkins

In collaboration with artist Richard Sweeney the Manchaster based designer Liam Hopkins created this range of cargboard furniture. The Honeycomb Sofa and Armchair are released at Interiors 2010 with Designersblock at the NEC Birmingham, 24-27th January 2010.

'Radiolarian' sofa by Liam Hopkins

'Radiolarian' sofa by Liam Hopkins

“The designers constrained themselves to the use of corrugated cardboard sourced locally from John Hargreaves’ factory in Stalybridge, which produces paper from recycled pulp using machinery originally installed in 1910.”

'Radiolarian' sofa by Liam Hopkins

'Radiolarian' sofa by Liam Hopkins

“The design process involved experimentation with columnar forms, which were inspired by structural forms in nature, including a wasp nest and the crystalline bone structure of microscopic sea organisms known as Radiolaria. Computer design techniques were used to generate the form of the furniture using triangular columns, which were oriented to utilise the structural properties of the cardboard. The individual components were extracted from the virtual model to create flat layouts, which were printed to create templates for transfer onto the cardboard- over two thousand components were hand cut and glued together to create the Honeycomb Sofa.”

'Radiolarian' sofa by Liam Hopkins

'Radiolarian' sofa by Liam Hopkins

'Bravais' armchair by Liam Hopkins

'Bravais' armchair by Liam Hopkins

'Bravais' armchair by Liam Hopkins

'Bravais' armchair by Liam Hopkins

to the Liam Hopkins / Lazerian website

Cardboard furniture by Frank Gehry @ Architonic

'Compas' lamp by Noon Studio

'Compas' lamp by Noon Studio

The London and Avignon based Noon Studio, founded by Gautier Pelegrin and Vincent Taïani, recently presented this simple and graphical leaning floor/wall light. The elements are fixed with a cord, so it can easily set to different heights.

'Compas' lamp by Noon Studio

'Compas' lamp by Noon Studio

'Compas' lamp by Noon Studio

'Compas' lamp by Noon Studio

Mounting the 'Compas' lamp by Noon Studio

Mounting the 'Compas' lamp by Noon Studio

to the Noon Studio website

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

Foster + Partners recently unveiled the CircleBath. It is the first hostpital the London based practice designed. CircleBath is expected to open to patients in February.

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

“The compact design encourages a sense of community and well-being with facilities more comparable to a luxury hotel rather than a traditional hospital. The three-storey hospital is set into the hills on the edge of protected green belt nine kilometres south east of Bath. It is planned around a central light filled atrium, promoting a sense of orientation and intimacy that is commonly lacking in larger hospitals.

Public entry is from the road on the north directly into the atrium on the ground level floor. The northern façade comprises dark panelling at the lower levels, while on the south, extensive glazing opens out to views over the surrounding rolling countryside. Appearing to float above this recessive skirting, the rectangular upper volume and roof, enclosing all twenty-eight bedrooms, is clad in a reflective lattice of aluminium shingles.”

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

“The double-height atrium forms the focus for patients, staff and visitors, with private consultation rooms leading from it at ground level and in-patient bedrooms arranged around it above. The main reception point, café and nurses’ station occupy the atrium where daylight, drawn through the circular sky lights, is softened by a translucent fabric ribbon tracing the shapes. The colour palette is a warm and friendly mix of ochre and rust, with natural wood acoustic panels above, interspersed with glass panels providing a visual connection to the atrium from the bedroom floor.”

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

“Throughout the building, there is an emphasis on natural light and views: operating theatres and recovery spaces on the lower level are fully glazed to the south, looking out on to a private garden. The bedrooms on the upper floor look out onto balconies, planted with herbs and shrubs, lining the building’s perimeter and oriented to maximise views across the countryside. Sympathetic landscaping emphasises the therapeutic natural environment to create the opposite of an institutional atmosphere.

Divisions between departments are minimal, easing the stress involved in consultation, treatment and recovery for patients and reducing walking distances for staff.”

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

to the Foster+Partners profile @Architonic

Tayson House by Kras Schönberg Architects

Tayson House by Kras Schönberg Architects, photos by Kraus Schönberg

The Constance and London based Kraus Schönberg Architects realised this new built extension of a Victorian warehouse building in ‘Little Germany’, a particular historical area in in central Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

Here is what the architects expalin:

“The formation of Bradford’s Little Germany took place in various stages. This can be seen in the different sizes of the warehouses.

Starting with two to three storey buildings in the early 1830s, the trend changed towards grander structures in the late 1850s. Tayson House was built around 1870 and it’s four floors have a two storey neighbour.”

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

“The new infill structure tries to mediate between the two historical buildings, making a clear statement in its own time – the present.

The new extension is hung from a steel frame creating a minimal interface with the existing buildings. By creating its own architectural language the glass, galvanised steel and timber structure can be seen as a separate entity. This allows a continuation of the industrial character of Little Germany and helps regenerating the area.”

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

Tayson House by Kraus Schönberg Architects

to the Kraus Schönberg Architects website

Thu 26.11.

‘Les French’ by Studio Glithero (GB)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 26.11.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

'Les French' by Studio Glithero

'Les French' by Studio Glithero

The London based Studio Glithero was founded by Tim Simpson and Sarah Gameren who met at the Royal College of Art. One of their latest installations is ‘Les French’, an series of furniture composed of cast bronze based and lightweight storage volumes.

'Les French' by Studio Glithero

'Les French' by Studio Glithero

“We first create ad-hoc configurations of bamboo, binding the joints with wound string, These frames are then sent to a bronze foundry and through a process of loss material casting, the fragile and unlikely structures transform to structural and permanent casts in bronze.”

'Les French' by Studio Glithero

'Les French' by Studio Glithero

“For the top part, with no predetermined idea in mind, we build the functional volumes of the furniture in response to the bronze pieces. Underlining the friction in permanence and value that takes place in the casting process, we wrap a lightweight fabrication in gum-paper strips.

The project is an exercise in process. It will grow to become a family of unique characters, that entertain a variety of principles for lifting volumes from the ground.”

'Les French' by Studio Glithero

'Les French' by Studio Glithero

'Les French' by Studio Glithero

'Les French' by Studio Glithero

All pieces available at Gallery Fumi.

to the Studio Glithero website

'Landmarks' by Sylvain Willenz for Established & Sons

'Landmarks' by Sylvain Willenz for Established & Sons

The Belgian designer Sylvain Willenz created this series of floor and table lamps which are inspired by outdoor functional devices designed to be seen from the sky. ‘Landmarks’ is produced by the British manufacturer Established & Sons.

Models for 'Landmarks' by Sylvain Willenz

Models for 'Landmarks' by Sylvain Willenz

“The Landmark Roof light, is inspired by signs found along roads which usually indicate milage and underground gas conduct trails. The Landmark Cone light takes its shape from the well known windsock, a simple textile tube on a pole, used to indicate wind direction. In low winds the wind sock droops and in high wind it floats horizontally, hence the articulated top of the light.”

Inspired by outdoor functional devices, 'Landmarks' by Sylvain Willenz for Established & Sons

Inspired by outdoor functional devices, 'Landmarks' by Sylvain Willenz for Established & Sons

more Established & Sons products @ Architonic

more Sylvain Willenz products @ Architonic

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