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Architonic interviews Martin Gran from Snøhetta architects at the ‘Future²’ conference during this year’s Belgrade Design Week.


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Wed 18.5.

Talking Milan 2011

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 18.05.2011 - Tagged as: , , ,


Amidst the frenzy of Milan’s Salone del Mobile, Architonic’s editors met up with a number of prominent designers. In this film, 19 creatives including Erwan Bouroullec, Benjamin Hubert, Patricia Urquiola, Werner Aisslinger, Monica Förster, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Edward Barber, Luca Nichetto and designers of Claesson Koivisto Rune practice explain how they prepare for the fair, why it is important to be in Milan and how the show influences their work.


And if you’ve missed this year’s edition of Salone, follow the link below to view Architonic’s comprehensive photographic journey through Salone del Mobile, Salone Satelite, SaloneUfficio and Euroluce exhibitions.


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The Milan Four: Alessandro Mendini

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 18.05.2011 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

'Mobili per Uomo' ('Furniture for Man') by Alessandro Mendini for Bisazza, 1997–2008

In the second of our series of four interviews with four leading design figures from this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, Architonic meets Alessandro Mendini – designer, architect, writer, theorist and all-round provocateur. Mendini, who turns 80 this year, discusses, among other things, the importance of irony, the increasing lack of polemic in design, and why certain detractors of the 1980s postmodern Memphis movement might be talking ‘bullshit’. (by Simon Cowell)


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Northern lights: Artek shows Alvar Aalto's 'A330S' pendant lights at DROOM's Cologne showroom as part of its 75th-anniversary installation during January's furniture fair

Few design brands evoke as much warmth on the part of consumers as the heritage-steeped Finnish company Artek, currently celebrating 75 years in business. Co-founded in 1935 by the hero of Scandinavian modernism Alvar Aalto, Artek has certainly earned its design stripes. Here, its managing director, Mirkku Kullberg, in conversation with Architonic during the recent Cologne Furniture Fair, discusses how the manufacturer’s longevity is matched by its long-sighted, forward-facing vision…


Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

‘Regrets, I’ve had a few,’ sang Sinatra in his classic ballad ‘My Way’, while Piaf famously insisted that she regretted absolutely nothing. Somewhere between these two lies Ronan Bouroullec, one half of the distinguished French go-to design duo, the Bouroullec Brothers. ‘We’ve done a lot of disasters. But we’ve had the chance to do best-sellers, too. It’s a mix, really,’ he tells Architonic at the recent Cologne Furniture Fair.

(by Simon Cowell)

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'I don't go out there wearing white suits and shooting my mouth off about things unnecessarily': Paris- and London-based British designer Jasper Morrison; photo 2007, Suki Dhanda

Respected British designer Jasper Morrison has learnt many things in the course of his career. For example, how to design products that create ‘atmosphere’, as he describes it, yet have longevity, and how to ignore the marketing machine that would turn design professionals into superstars. And how a violent pink can sometimes be, well, a bit too violent. Architonic spent some time at the recent Orgatec fair in Cologne with the thinking designer’s designer.


British furniture designer Matthew Hilton: 'It's nice to show the things you've been slaving away on. It's part of the reward.'

British furniture designer Matthew Hilton’s work manages to walk that very fine line between restraint and expressiveness. It’s probably why his designs, offering as they do a kind of reassurance, are so respected by so many. But the path hasn’t always been a smooth one, as Architonic discovered when we met up with Hilton at this year’s London Design Festival.


Italian design manufacturer Cappellini's art director, Giulio Cappellini, described by British design studio BarberOsgerby as 'the single most important man in design'

This year’s London Design Festival, now in its eighth year, was not only bigger than ever, it was also more international in complexion, with a significant number of non-British brands exhibiting in their permanent showrooms, in pop-up spaces and at the somewhat-past-its-sell-by-date 100% Design fair. Part of this foreign presence, but by no means a new one in relation to the UK, came in the form of Cappellini’s exhibition at the V&A Museum, which reflected on the manufacturer’s collaborations with British designers for over two decades. Architonic was there to talk to the company’s art director and creative-talent scout, the ever dapper Giulio Cappellini.


For technical support contact Alfred Giolai When in London…: In conversation with Giulio Cappellini (IT)