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Going Under

Shovel to dirt, we head underground to dig up some of the latest innovations in subterranean construction. We offer information on The Lowline, an underground park set to open in N.Y.C., and expand on international projects taking place in Pushing the Boundaries of Underground Construction.

We wander to Copenhagen to visit Space10, IKEA’s innovation hub, and Toulouse to the Bauhaus exhibition with Thonet, considered a more innovative version of IKEA well before its time; don’t miss our exclusive interview with Thonet that offers advice. This issue kickstarts our “In Time” collection where we encounter some of the most reputable designers and architects located in specific regions. We begin in the south of France.

We take you to Frankfurt for Ambiente, London to visit the Garden Bridge, Stockholm for the New Way Out exhibition and more. From Europe to South America, we cover Brazil’s most promising and important furniture fair Movelsul and there’s a lot of young talent worth hearing about.

**Respects to Zaha Hadid, whose much-beloved works will continue to honor her name.

**Respects to Gillis Lundgren, the designer of IKEA’s Billy bookcase (1978), who has passed away at age 86.

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    To kickstart our collection of “In Time” pieces, where we encounter some of the most reputable designers and architects located in specific regions, we’ve gone digging in the south of France. Here’s a great ensemble of designers you too will want to meet.

    We began by chatting with product designer Margaux Keller in Marseille about her Gelati pendant light. Think gelati, think Italian; she also reveals some information on a special surprise she’ll present in Milan this April. Go see her bag of goodies at Salone del Mobile.

    We talked over tea with designer and artist Bernard Moise, who spoke about the Slate by iskn that takes drawings on paper and converts them into numeric images; an incredible tool, but will it really do the trick?

    Interior architect SW Cobigo offers a cultural treat by discussing her recently released academic book Innover par le Design.

    Next stop: Cassis to visit Marc and Caterina Aurel whose office building is located next to a vineyard with a mountainous backdrop. They mentioned their RATP project in Paris and their collection of connected ceramics objects for urban areas they’ll present this June.

    Back in Marseille: We met Julien Mauviel, the founder, designer and craftsman of a rather new light brand called Lampari. The beautiful lamps discovered Maison&Objet Paris for the first time this year!

    We headed north to Aix-en-Provence for our last stop to see designers Vincent Dauphin and Pierre Violet, currently collaborating on their exhibition Spacy Fair that will take place this May in Geneva for online gallery Antedman.

    All exclusive information in the timeline below.

    *In Time: Interviews conducted and words by Erin Tallman; selection of designers by content expert Pierre Franco; portrait photos by AMWade Photography for ArchiExpo e-mag. Certain interviews can be caught on our Soundcloud channel.

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    Venetian freelance designer, teacher and creator of ADG Design Davide G. Aquini fashions witty furniture and lighting design products in collaboration with larger brands. He is also an accomplished self-producer and has a background in graphic design and advertising. ArchiExpo spoke with the designer to discuss his limited-edition Macarons / Postmodern lampshades made for FuoriSalone Ventura Lambrate 2015. He also reveals details on an upcoming project.

    ArchiExpo: Why “digital folk textures” and “mixed pastel colors” for the Macarons lampshades?

    Davide G. Aquini: Macarons are a French tradition. I decided to research vintage flavors and match each color with a certain taste. The folk pattern is an opportunity to have a vintage touch, but I didn’t want it to be a vintage project. So I decided to digitalize and pixilate the patterns. The digital folk style was born.

    ArchiExpo: What is important about this style?

    Davide G. Aquini: The postmodern style is one of the examples of Italian design during the 80’s; I think it was very contemporary during those days

    ArchiExpo: What are you working on right now?

    Davide G. Aquini: I’m working on a new exhibition for FuoriSalone for May 2016. In November 2015, I introduced Gran Turismo Lamp, dedicated to the Alfa Romeo 6C2300 Gran Turismo and made of marble and brass. Now I’m going to make a bigger version using different marble. The marble is Rosso Verona and comes from Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet. It has a beautiful red hue.

    ArchiExpo: What else will you submit to FuoriSalone 2016?

    Davide G. Aquini: Another project in Carrara marble called Petit, produced by Apuana Corporate It is a collection of small vases that hold a single flower, like in the French novel The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

    Aquini can be found this April 2016 during Salone del Mobile at Milano Lambrate, via Massimiano 25.

    ArchiExpo: Any advice for young designers?

    Davide G. Aquini: Personally, I love self-production because of my education in graphic design. I like to be involved with the choice of materials and manufactures. Self-production is more complete. But it’s interesting to work with big brands because you have the opportunity to experiment with different kinds of production systems with a larger budget.

    Petit Aquini

    Petit by Aquini. Courtesy of the studio.


    Ana Luiza Daltro

    A native of São Paulo, Ana Luiza Daltro is a former economics and business reporter from VEJA magazine who currently writes for three e-magazines within VirtualExpo group.

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    Rory Gale

    Rory Gale is an English teacher, interpreter and writer.

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    Ludovic Nachury

    Journalist and innovation enthusiast for more than 10 years, Ludovic Nachury is ArchiExpo e-magazine’s editor-in-chief.

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    Amelia Card

    Amelia Card is a freelance writer and author currently based in Los Angeles, California.

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    Erin Tallman

    American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.

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    Hilary Edesess

    Hilary Edesess is a freelance journalist based in Marseille, France. She blogs about culture, art and urban design.

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    Daniel Allen

    Daniel Allen is a writer and a photographer. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including CNN, BBC, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Discovery Channel.

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