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.
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February 2016, ArchiExpo visited IKEA-sponsored innovation hub Space10 located in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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The showroom Galvani in Toulouse welcomed the first exposition in France withBauhaus classicsedited by Thonet. Sixty pieces from designers such as Marcel Breuer, Mart Stam and Mies van der Rohe were on display from March 2 to April 2, 2016.
Philipp Thonet, the 5th generation to Michael Thonet who founded the company in 1819, presented the company’s historical chain of events, including its collaboration with Bauhaus and the latest products.
Learn more about the two remarkable inventions by Thonet in the timeline below. Their signature bentwood is a hard one to match; and whilemany might look to IKEA—founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad—as the industrial king, Thonet exemplifies an even greater strategy well before this time.
After his presentation, Philipp Thonet took time to speak to ArchiExpo about the forgotten years (1930-1950) when the company—much like the world—took a hit and Thonet’s collaboration with other companies like the Japanese shop Muji. Thonet also gives some advice on how designers might propose their ideas to the company.
Philipp Thonet: It was after World War II. All the factories in Czechoslovakia were taken away by the State. Nothing was really left, but the one factory in Germany.Thonet was forced to shrink from seven factories with 5,000 employees to only one. That’s when the collaboration with Bauhaus came up and we took a different direction. The factory in Frankenberg was the only factory at that time that had a steel shop where steel was worked with and also bent.
ArchiExpo:Different challenges today?
Philipp Thonet:At the time when Michael Thonet invented the bentwood technology, labor was really inexpensive and materials were expensive. So what he did was minimalize the use of materials and employ a ton of workers. Today, labor cost is much higher than the cost of material. We have to consider that it’s a totally different situation. Back then, the number 14 chair cost about 3 kilograms of pork or 10 liters of beer.
Philipp Thonet: Many designers just throw their ideas at us and say “Do you want to produce this?” It’s kind of cute. It might have worked twenty years ago, but we have such tight product planning today with a lot of requirements that it’s not possible to work this way. You need to know the market, what the company needs and the other factors that influence a product. If you’ve studied the product line, you can brief yourself to come up with a proposal and perhaps it’ll catch our interest and meet our needs.
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.
Venetian freelance designer, teacher and creator of ADG DesignDavide 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.