'Hangover_no.1' pendant light by stockwerk3
Swiss design studio stockwerk3 have created this customisable aluminium pendant light whose form can be easily modified by repositioning of its elements. In total, five various configurations can be achieved and the minimalist ‘Hangover_no.1′ is produced in Switzerland. (more…)
Swissbau 2012, as seen by Architonic
Join us on our photographic journey through the exhibition halls of this year’s edition of Swissbau which took place in Basel, Switzerland on 21 – 25. January. In the following five parts of Architonic’s ever-insightful photo tour, we have published no less than 500 images featuring some of the best manufacturers and the novelties they presented at this year’s edition of Swissbau.
to Architonic’s tour of Swissbau 2012, Part 1
including Alape, Alegna, Antoliniluigi, AOS, Apavisa, Arbonia, Argolite, Arwa, Astec, Atlas Holz, Attika, Axor Hansgrohe, Bauwerk, Berger Metallbau, Casa dolce casa, Cinier, Columbus Treppen, Cosentino, Creaton, Dauphin, Delta Tueren, Eclisse, Eternit, Gaulhofer, Hagemeister
to Architonic’s tour of Swissbau 2012, Part 2
including Bruag, Bulthaup, Dinesen, Buzzispace, Caimi Brevetti, Dornbracht, Duka, Duravit, Embru, Emco, Feller, Forbo, Forster, FSB, Galvolux, Geberit, Gessi, Grohe, Hansgrohe, Hewi, Inda, Kaldewei, Keuco, Laufen, Schaerholzbau, Schmidlin, Talsee, Tece
'Staccato' shelving unit by Atelier Oï for Röthlisberger
The multidisciplinary design practice Atelier Oï has recently realised this cleverly-constructed, natural solid ash shelving unit for the Swiss furniture manufacturer Röthlisberger. Composed of multiple interlocking shelfs, the rhythmic, multigrid structure of ‘Staccato’ is ideal for large format books as well as smaller volumes and decorative items while the unit itself can also function as a functional room divider which can be extended in endless combinations.
Peter Zumthor's Therme Vals in Graubunden, Switzerland, 1996; photo by Helene Binet
Earlier this week, we have come across yet another highly-interesting podcast, this time from World Radio Switzerland’s Swiss By Design series. In this 17-minutes-long episode, award-winning
broadcaster and journalist Jennifer Davies meets the celebrated architect and 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Peter Zumthor who tells her about his spa complex in Vals, how becoming an architect was a ‘big escape to get away’ from his father and why the ‘the smell of the earth of the area’ plays an important role while designing a building.
listen to the ‘Swiss By Design: Architectural delights’ podcast
'Mon' table lamp by Colin Schaelli for Atelier Pfister
Described by its designer as a ‘pleasant floor lamp that does not scream for exaggerated attention’, this indeed simple, monochrome light has been recently developed by the Swiss designer Colin Schaelli for Atelier Pfister. Composed of two parts; a curved base made of black-coloured metal and a contrasting, egg-shaped, white glass lampshade, ‘Mon’ emanates a soft glow while its helical, half-twisted form resembles the ‘Möbius’ strip’. (more…)
2 EFH Wingert Oberweningen by L3P Architekten; photo courtesy of L3P Architekten
The Swiss practice L3P Architekten has recently realised these two homogenous, single-occupancy detached houses located in the picturesque countryside setting of Oberweningen, Switzerland. The monolithic, asymmetrical structures have been developed as a reinterpretation of a simple detached house, which has been split in two and as a result, two ‘polygonal bodies were formed in which the mutual proximity becomes a quality.’ (more…)
Impressions from this year's edition of 'neue räume'
Following yesterday’s opening of the ‘neue räume 11′ fair, we unveil a second photo gallery with images from the exhibitions of; Holzmanufaktur, Element, Erba Italia, Wiesmann Küchen, Hugo Kretz, Blueroom, Gabaan, Wald-Haus, Materia, Manufakt and many more.
to Architonic’s ‘neue räume 11, Part II′ album on Facebook
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find out more about the fair in our special ’neue räume 11′ newsletter
Impressions from the press preview of 'neue räume 11'
It’s no news that here at Architonic, we very much enjoy our ritual travels and across-the-globe ventures in the pursuit of the latest architecture and design discoveries. And while, unlike The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy, we do not feel the need to tap our heels together three times each time we are away, there really is no place like home.
Especially when at home is where one of the best-curated furniture fairs in the world takes place. Of course, the fair we have in mind is ‘neue räume 11′, which opens today (1 November) within the stunning, historical, old industrial hall of Swiss power and automation technologies company ABB.
Showcasing a carefully selected and curated range of contemporary Swiss as well as international design, the bi-annual trade fair has been given a uniform exhibition architecture by Stefan Zwicky which, apart from the numerous fair booths also encompasses Architonic Concept Space designed by the Polish designer Oskar Zieta. See you there!
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