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November Issue #51

November Issue #51

The Art of Construction

Dear Readers,

In preparation of this issue on the art of construction, ArchiExpo e-Magazine had the honor of traveling throughout Asia last August. We feature several artisans including the brick master of Katamama—this issue’s front cover—in our article “Constructing Artisanal Luxury Hotels in Asia”. In our video “Identifying Authentic Bamboo Production”, you’ll learn about sourcing and the manufacturing processes.

It’s another lively issue with event coverage of Orgatec, BDNY and UK Construction Week. We also highlight some beautiful new materials. Take advantage of two interviews which offer insight: one, on how a design brand’s e-store is shaking up the local furniture market in Indonesia; two, how regulations against harvesting teak wood led to the recycling of it for furniture brand Koi.


Erin Tallman, Editor-in-Chief

November 19, 2018

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Courtesy of Katamama

ArchiExpo e-Magazine toured the island of Bali in Indonesia and Panglao in the Philippines to met the artisans behind the best luxury hotels in both areas.   Certain luxury boutique hotels in Southeast Asia are gaining popularity for their regional identity, having commissioned local artisans, craftsmen and artists....

Article by Erin Tallman; IBUKU & BambooU interviews by Vanessa Liwanag; Image: ArchiExpo e-Magazine

Watch our video report and travel with us to Bali, Indonesia, to learn how to identify authentically produced bamboo for your projects. We talk to representatives of architecture and furniture brand IBUKU and education center BambooU who highlight the proper manufacturing and use of bamboo. They also give us a glimpse...

Collection Cuir de Bois by Chloé de la Chaise

At Ground Control, during Paris Design Week in September, we were instantly drawn into one of the young designers’ exhibition: Chloé de la Chaise had put together a modest stand comprising various products made from a material she invented on her own. Cuir de Bois, as she had originally named it—but regulations...

Courtesy of Luisa Rubisch & Rasa Weber

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The German Design Awards listed Luisa Rubisch and Rasa Weber as newcomer finalists for 2019. Through their project Urban Terrazzo, they developed a new construction material from the existing remains of building materials and construction debris. This new material supports the idea of a closed material cycle and is in...

November—UK Construction Week invited Mace as a guest speaker during the event to highlight their work in innovating the world of construction. The 2012 Olympic Games pushed Mace to revise the way they construct. The company needed to deliver an eight-story podium, two wing buildings and two towers to create 482 homes...

Courtesy of New Designers 2018


At the New Designers 2018 exhibition, several emerging designers expressed how design thinking can address public health challenges and nurture social wellbeing. Three products stand out which touch on air quality and artificial lighting. Poppy Pippin created a series of tiles that promote moss growth which remove...

Courtesy of Orgatec

A ball drops on a foosball table and six players ready their tiny, rod-mounted teams in order to shoot on not two but three different goals. This is the Y-Kicker by Ben Beyer, just one of the experimental design objects showcased in “Plant 10.1,” an installation at Orgatec 2018. This year the office design trade show,...

Courtesy of Fabelio

How can young business and design-savvy entrepreneurs crack the code for their local market? Jakarta-based furniture brand Fabelio, founded in 2015, explains how they succeeded in doing just that in this interview with ArchiExpo e-Magazine. Indonesia is one of the world’s fastest growing markets. Its long history of...

Urban Collection. Courtesy of Koi Furniture.

ArchiExpo e-Magazine visited the Koi Gallery, in Kemang, south of Jakarta and discovered that the company continues using recycled teak wood in its products. When teak wood trees were overcut in 1997 in Indonesia, a ban on using it was enforced that created a crisis for many manufacturers and designers. From this...


November—BDNY, a boutique design trade fair in NYC, invited guest speakers to touch on some of most concerned topics of today: renovating historic buildings, modular architecture for hotels and sustainability. As we race away from the “throw away” trend that has led to our worldwide pileup of trash—the build, tear...

Rendering courtesy of Michel Rémon & Associés.

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HospitaCité is a joint project between the Belgian firm VK Architects & Engineers and the French company Michel Rémon & Associés to renovate the Saint-Luc University Clinic in Brussels in order to make it “more human.”  HospitaCité will reconnect the hospital to the university town and use architecture to...


Celia Sampol

Celia Sampol has been a journalist for 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation). She’s now the editor-in-chief of MedicalExpo e-magazine.

Mairi Beautyman

Mairi Beautyman is a journalist based out of Berlin. She’s been writing about design and architecture since 2001.

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.

Vanessa Liwanag

Vanessa Liwanag, is an MBA alumni of the prestigious Mod’Art International in Paris and founder of Creative Talents Worldwide.

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