• Archive for: November, 2015

    In the spirit of Batimat’s focus on Africa, ArchiExpo spoke with one of the leading designers in Cape Town. Laurie Wiid Van Heerden, founder of Wiid Design, specializes in interior design and focuses on the quality, authenticity and originality of his work. Wiid Design uses a lot of local and natural materials:...

    In the spirit of connected and smart cities and objects, a theme presented during trade fair Batimat in Paris, digital technology in textiles mixes design, art and sociology. Popkalab team Ricardo O’Nascimento, Erik Overmeire and Tineke Van Hilten created pillows that talk, a project commissioned by BLESS. The pillows...

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    A space dedicated to the sub-Saharan Africa at Batimat 2015 presented current architecture opportunities in six countries experiencing sustained growth: Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Gabon, Nigeria, Senegal and Chad. Development in Africa as a whole brings up the question of local and international participation. Most...

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    French company Midlightsun has come up with a fiber optic fabric that emits light, presented at this year’s exhibition Batimat. Tagged “Made in France,” the optical and textile fibers are weaved together to create a similar effect to that of synthetic or jacquard fabrics. The fabric emits light when connected to LEDs....

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    The award-winning luminescent concrete was as impressive on site as on paper. ArchiExpo followed the tour given by French journalist Cyrille Maury and learned more about the product first-hand. The group Lumineo blends fiber optics into cement to create their translucent material Lumistone. It appears paper-thin but...

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    An abundance of wood products brought nature to the trade fair. We were handed a square wooden block at one of the stands. The award-winning Accoya wood felt smooth, so we spoke to Mathieu Blanc, sales manager at Accoya, for more details. ArchiExpo: What is Accoya wood? Mathieu Blanc: We modify wood at the molecular...

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    While running through the Batimat halls with French journalist Cyrille Maury, a construction specialist who led the Lumière et Transparence guided tour around Batimat, we spotted colorful, high-quality and well-designed stools unlike anything we’d seen before. Florent Ardouin, marketing and publications director for...

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    Our Batimat tour bus pulled up near the end of the afternoon November 3, 2015. The Parisian sky, cluttered with clouds of various grays, blended with the façade of our last visit. Deep purple faded to silver, then to black, reflecting the celestial mood. The shape of a bird, repeated 200,000 times in aluminum...

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    From November 2 to 6, 2015, Paris brought together three exhibitions under one roof: French construction trade fair Batimat, Interclima+Elec and Idéobain. Located at the exhibition center Parc des Expositions, the event focused on innovation, training and business opportunities. Various panels of experts selected 82...

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