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People, Places, Spaces

In our May issue, we focus on the heart of urban settings: people! Our freelance journalist Frederick Bernas visited Sao Paulo, a gray city going green, and talked to Movimento 90º about the Green Corridor architecture project. You’ll enjoy the video interview with Guil Blanche, the founder of Movimento 90º. We also get into some great furniture and places for public spaces in Thinking Urban: Furniture & Public Spaces for People.

In line with the theme of this issue, we decided to highlight architecture and design studio Associated Trades from Argentina for their hands-on manner of working together and collaborating. We think you’ll enjoy learning about the studio, born out of a friendship among architects, blacksmiths and carpenters.

We have a nice collection of art and design for you this month with articles on the new wallpaper design for FEATHR, Benjamin Shrine’s fabric sculptures, the ICFF event in NYC and more.


Erin Tallman, Editor-in-Chief


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Contemporary living in three categories: classic, design and luxury
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We dig into the theme of this year’s Salone del Mobile which splits into three categories: classic, design and timeless luxury.


Last week, the city that holds the global title of de facto design capital was once again hit by storm, with the 57th edition of Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Held April 17-22 in Milan, the 2018 fair drew some 300,000 visitors from over 165 countries – all keen to soak up the vast array of new contemporary furnishings. This year, more than 2,000 exhibitors showcased their wares at Fiera Milano, Rho—while above-average temperatures brought a taste of premature Summer. ArchiExpo e-Magazine was live on the scene, gleaning the hottest launches from all the show’s offerings. Here are a few of our favorite finds.


Classic: Tradition in the Future


Brushing the dust off long-forgotten designs continues with great success. In many cases, traditional craftsmanship only needed a few light touches for a modern upgrade and 21st-century appreciation. Case in point, in tribute to the 100th birth anniversary of designer and architect Achille Castiglioni, Zanotta reintroduced the Albero flower pot stand, a striking tree-like form sprouting with plant pedestals originally launched in 1983.

Marta Zanotta, marketing and communications manager for Zanotta, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, told ArchiExpo e-Magazine:

These days young people are less into status symbols and more trying to find their own personality and passion to express in their home.

Italian lighting manufacturer Flos also celebrates the Castiglioni milestone, unveiling two humorous lamps for the occasion. The Ventosa can be stuck via a suction cup on nearly all surfaces while Nasa, a wire reading light, can be clipped into just about any place—including the nose (which Castiglioni demonstrated, an old photo proves).

Carl Hansen & Søn dug down into its expansive archives to uncover a 1952 design by Hans J. Wegner. Not produced since the late 1970s, the upholstered CH71 lounge chair and CH72 two-seater sofa have a section of unexpectedly exposed solid wood on armrests, in the form of handles.

The CH71 lounge chair and CH72 two-seater sofa by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. Photo courtesy of Carl Hansen & Søn.

The CH71 lounge chair and CH72 two-seater sofa by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. Photo courtesy of Carl Hansen & Søn.

Design: Functionality and Innovation


The days of that frustrating conundrum – form or function? – are numbered, products in the Design category prove. A playful and youthful new brand by Spanish firm Gandia Blasco descends with a bang on the outdoor category, which all too often sacrifices style for weather-proofing. Diabla creatively focuses on outdoor furniture at an economical price, while introducing fresh young designers and offering products online—a first for Gandia Blasco. Alejandra Gandía-Blasco Lloret, Gandia Blasco’s deputy director of creative and communication told ArchiExpo e-Magazine:

This is our way of keeping in touch with a lot of young designers all over the world. And since we just produce small collections of individual objects and no large collections, we can experiment.

Gandía-Blasco Lloret had two of her own contributions to the first collection: Pilsy, a small portable lamp shaped like a handbag that can be charged wirelessly and Valentina Outdoor, a casual and elegant furniture system that is also lightweight and therefore portable – expanding location possibilities. For soft pool- or beach-side seating in an arena that isn’t usually so cushy, there’s the weather-resistant Donut stool by Japanese designer Mikiya Kobayashi inspired by the trademark form of the deep-fried pastry.

The Donut stool by Mikiya Kobayashi. Photo courtesy of Diabla.

The Donut stool by Mikiya Kobayashi. Photo courtesy of Diabla.

Likewise, Italian lighting manufacturer Foscarini kicks off production of its first outdoor collection. A supersized version of its popular coated fiberglass Twiggy lamp by Marc Sadler is one highlight, and an elegant edition to a garden oasis. After an innovative revamp of manufacturing processes, the four-meter high lacquered fiberglass composite, painted metal, and aluminum Twice as Twiggy Grid bends with the wind and incorporates less material. Sadler told ArchiExpo e-Magazine:

Experimentation often opens up new worlds to new adventures. We redid parts of the machines and the programs and were able to make the machines smaller and more efficient.

Once again blending style and function, Zanotta’s aluminum alloy and polyurethane Elipse chair by Patrick Jouin is distinguished by the circular cutout in its back. “Elipse looks perfect from any point of view, even from the rear, and you can easily carry it,” Zanotta explains.

The Elipse chair by Patrick Jouin for Zanotta. Photo couresy of Zanotta.

The Elipse chair by Patrick Jouin for Zanotta. Photo couresy of Zanotta.

Czech designer Lucy Koldova’s high-backed Chips lounge chair, which premiered in Germany at IMM Cologne’s experimental home Das Haus 2018, will now be produced, along with an ottoman, by bentwood furniture company Ton. Framed by hand-bent wood, Chips has an oversized backrest made from perforated fabric—for a statement piece that Koldova describes as “visually light yet intentionally oversized.”


Luxurious yet Contemporary


Luxurious materials remain a driving force. The upholstered high-backed chair Asko by Patrick Jouin for Erik Jørgensen is available in a buttery leather, for example. Six different marbles can be paired with the slim brass pipe base of the flexible Palladio coffee table by husband and wife duo GamFratesi. A play on geometry and material produced by Porro, the table is available as three different models—circular, rectangular, or trapezoidal—that stand alone or tuck in together as a family.

Solid oak is a rare material when it comes to office cabinets. However, the Chess range of sheet metal cabinets by Konstantin Grcic for Italian manufacturer Magis employs it on handles across all models and on recessed pedestals, lifting the cabinets off the floor. Developed in collaboration with Fami, an Italian firm known for its high-quality metal cabinets, Chess is offered in powder-coated white or wine-red finishes.

Designed with a nod to Gregori Warchavchik, the Russian-Ukrainian architect credited with kickstarting modern architecture in 1920’s Brazil, the Casa Modernista upholstered sofa by Nipa Doshi & Jonathan Levien is part of Italian manufacturer Moroso’s new home collection, an expansion of the Modernista series which launched last year. With its deep seat and brushed steel base, the Casa Modernista sofa surprises with a dash of femininity in the form of central buttons.


The Casa Modernista sofa by Nipa Doshi & Jonathan Levien for Moroso. Photo courtesy of Moroso.

The Casa Modernista sofa by Nipa Doshi & Jonathan Levien for Moroso. Photo courtesy of Moroso.

Choice is also a luxury, the minds behind Moroso know. Therefore the Chamfer sofa by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso is available in five different versions, varying in depth as well as length. It’s named after the sloped edge of its form.


The Chamfer sofa by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso. Photo courtesy of Moroso.

The Chamfer sofa by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso. Photo courtesy of Moroso.

The young designer platform SaloneSatellite once again selected the top three amazing products. Find out who won in our article here.

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    When it comes to public and private bathroom trends, styles and choices can provide a unique experience for guests. Product design can reflect niche cultural interests while offering a feel-good, clean environment for adults and kids alike.

    Perhaps kids fight going to the bathroom because they’re not kid-friendly? Well, Villeroy & Boch won the Universal Design Award 2018 in two categories, the Universal Design Consumer Award and the Universal Design Expert Award, for its O.novo Kids bathroom collection.   

    The new state-of-the-art children’s collection originated from a crowdsourcing campaign, showing consumer interest. We know children react differently and have particular needs. The products in this collection consider children’s needs and abilities in relation to the use of toilets and washing facilities. The O.novo Kids bathroom collection is a great choice for nursery schools, daycares and primary schools as it incorporates the practical experience of nursery school teachers and the requirements of project planners and decision-makers.

    The O.novo Kids bathroom collection. Courtesy of Villeroy & Boch.

    The O.novo Kids bathroom collection. Courtesy of Villeroy & Boch.

    As for us adults, we also have needs and although bathroom design may be following the downsizing trend with smaller spaces, certain brands are adding a splash of elegance and fun.

    The new Moxy Times Square interior designed by Yabu Pushelberg utilizes an open room plan with camping-esque-like furniture, the sink’s in the same space as the bedroom. Kids actually may love this one, too.

    Moxy Times Square bathroom design. Courtesy of Yabu Pushelberg.

    Moxy Times Square bathroom design. Courtesy of Yabu Pushelberg.

    Korean brand Lagom bath has also recently released a small-space bathroom collection designed by Norm architects.  

    While spaces are shrinking and becoming multi-purpose, me-time and meditative moments are a higher priority today, thus bigger bathtubs and spa-like elements. Dornbracht’s luxury shower Aquamoon is a highly sensory experience, bringing the spa to the bathroom. 

    Korean brand Lagom bath has also recently released a small-space bathroom collection, designed by Danish studio Norm architects. The extremely minimalist collection is complete with bathroom cabinets, toilet roll holders, towel rails and hooks.

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    “We are an architecture studio, and we’re not an architecture studio,” says Santiago Vaca Guzman, a founding partner of Oficios Asociados (Associated Trades) in Buenos Aires.

    Gathered in a bright warehouse where the firm’s new nerve center is currently under construction, Vaca Guzman and his two partners feel equally comfortable sketching ideas at the drawing board or welding iron bars on the workshop floor. Vaca Guzman continues:

    Anything that can be made in the workshop is made here, because we believe that defines our identity.

    A trained psychologist and self-taught metalworker, he started the hybrid practice with two architect friends—Esteban Rodriguez and Manuel Nesta—who shared the same vision.

    That desire to take complete control over all aspects of the architectural process, from concept to construction, sets Associated Trades apart from many conventional studios who outsource the task of realizing their ideas to separate building companies.

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    From new residences to renovations, art pieces and bespoke furniture, the firm maintains a broad portfolio of projects—brought together by the philosophy of uniting form and function as closely as possible, along with a deep, organic crossover between design, production and installation.

    At an expansive carpentry workshop on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, the minimalist iron structure allows a maximum amount of light to enter through glass windows that occupy almost the entire wall surface. And the walls themselves actually slide back and forth, becoming huge doors which make it easy to bring in heavy machinery and materials, as well as ventilate the space.

    The studio. Courtesy of Movimento 90º.

    Back in the cramped central zones of Argentina’s capital, the firm is often called upon to find creative ways of gaining extra square feet. For example, at a plush duplex apartment in trendy Palermo, they are remodeling a terrace area, building a new balcony with separate sections made from concrete and iron.

    The iron grill is both solid enough to stand on and open enough to let more light enter the building from above, while the concrete platform can accommodate tables and chairs—perfectly placed to enjoy a panoramic view of the neighborhood.

    Courtesy of Associated Trades.

    Courtesy of Associated Trades.

    Esteban Rodriguez told ArchiExpo e-Magazine that his main idea was to create “a different relationship between interior and exterior” which “flows in a harmonious way.” As well as physically broadening the space by knocking down walls, glass facades will be installed to create a feeling of greater openness.

    The seamless juxtaposition of iron, wood and glass has become a hallmark for Associated Trades—along with a minimal aesthetic which evokes the simple lines of the renowned Eames House in California.

    As a former studio architect who rediscovered his love for bricks and mortar, Manuel Nesta believes technology has become a distraction to many of his colleagues.

    People want to recreate their renders, even though some designs don’t really have a technical base. That means there is a chasm of dissatisfaction with the finished building, which don’t end up looking as good as those images.

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