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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.

 

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'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…)

Fri 4.11.

2 EFH Wingert Oberweningen by L3P Architekten (CH)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 04.11.2011 - Tagged as: , ,

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.

 

Be inspired!

 

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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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The award-winning Laufen Forum in Laufen, Switzerland

On 13 October, to coincide with the opening of the AR House exhibition, Laufen, the Swiss bathroom manufacturer and the sponsor of this year’s edition of the AR House 2011 competition (which we have mentioned on Dailytonic earlier in May) is organising this rather exciting-sounding lecture which will focus on the topic of ‘Pioneering role of the house in modern architecture’ and feature two prominent speakers: Catherine Slessor, the Editor of the Architectural Review and Beatriz Colomina, an architecture historian and Professor of Architecture at Princeton University.

 

So if you happen to be near Basel on 13 October, secure your place at the seminar by registering via email and make sure you don’t miss the event which will take place at the award-winning LAUFEN FORUM in, well, Laufen. To attend the event, register (more…)

'feuille blanche' by Christian Horisberger

Just over a week ago, we had a chance to attend a vernissage of a diminutive, yet undeniably inspiring, exhibition surveying the work of 20 young contemporary Swiss designers organised by

Sachenmachen.ch. Entitled ‘feuille blanche’ – French for ‘blank page’ – the show focused on the very first, preliminary stage of a creative process and a variety of approaches adopted by each of the designers.

 

Working methods, which differ among various creative disciplines, have been juxtaposed with each other thus revealing a highly-imaginative, conceptual, almost artistic aspect of industrial design. A large, rectangular 40x50cm wooden board, the said feuille blanche, served as a focal point of the show, onto which each of the exhibiting designers has projected their work in a very individual, unique manner.

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Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret on Chandigarh's Lake Shukna in a pedal boat designed by Jeanneret, c. 1950; photo Sureh Sharma

Having received the brief to plan and design a new state capital for the Punjab, Le Corbusier, true to form, delivered a striking urban entity that’s a veritable ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’. A forthcoming exhibition at the Galerie Anton Meier in Geneva of the Swiss architect and Pierre Jeanneret’s furniture for India’s first postcolonial city demonstrates neatly the level of consideration given to the shaping this modernist gem. (by Simon Cowell)

 

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