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March Issue #54

March Issue #54

Bathroom Delights

In our March issue, we dip into some of the most delightful bathtubs and discover the latest trends and innovations for the bathroom, notably the zero-gravity bathtub by TOTO. Cover image: Boffi’s b14 by designer Norbert Wangen (2008), “A total redefinition of the domestic spaces”. Photo by Tommaso Sartori.

Additional treats include an opinion piece on innovations in the textile industry by Philip Fimmano, a curator and trend analyst for the design industries, consulting for global companies in A&D. He co-founded TALKING TEXTILES with Li Edelkoort in 2011. A big shout out to Philip as today just so happens to be his special day: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PHILIP!!!

On a more somber note, we’d like to take a moment to recognize the sad parting of architect Alessandro Mendini.


Erin Tallman, Editor-in-Chief

March 14, 2019


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Boffi's b14 by designer Norbert Wangen (2008). Photo by Tommaso Sartori.

Bathrooms have always been places to take a break; whether from noisome colleagues or quarrelsome spouses. Now thanks to luxurious new materials and new designs, lavatories have become veritable sanctuaries with more square footage than in the past. What I am seeing is more of an emphasis on an inclusive and larger...

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Why wait for water from the shower to become hot and waste precious quantities in the process when you can get it hot, at your own preferred temperature, in an instant? French start-up INMAN has introduced an instant hot water solution in their new electronic shower mixer called INSENS at the CES Tech Show in Las...

Today’s modern technology, when applied to products effectively, can enhance user-experience, showcase better design and provide quality service to all.   At the CES last January 2019, TOTO USA, INC. unveiled their updated high-tech bathtub and toilet lines named “Life Anew NEXT” which aims to enhance the bath and...

A bathroom concept by Roca. Photo courtesy of Roca.

The bathroom is one realm where digitalization stalled. However, that slow down is no longer—as new solutions and innovations from ISH 2019, the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC and water systems, demonstrate. To highlight new smart technology in the bathroom world, online network World-Architects presented a tour...

Indissima by Matteo Thun for Inda. Courtesy of Inda.

March 2019—At this year’s ISH Trade Show in Frankfort, Inda is presenting a preview of “Indissima,” their new collection by Matteo Thun, a three-time winner of the Compasso d’Oro prize and member of the New York Hall of Fame. Indissima is mainly aimed at commercial furnishing but items can also be purchased for...

Sebastian Herkner. Courtesy of Maison&Objet.

January 2019—Maison&Objet, the renowned lifestyle show in Paris, bestowed its Designer of the Year Award on German designer Sebastian Herkner. At the age of 37, Herkner is unquestionably one of the industry’s hottest designers at the moment with 21 projects on the go in 2018 for a range of different companies...

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Photographer Stephane Aboudaram from wearecontents

It was the year of 2008 when I built a snowman in the South of France, the beginning of my life as an expat in France and the first time in thirty years snow covered the coastal streets of Marseille. That same year I discovered the delicious taste of magré de canard in Eden Roc, a small restaurant within the hotel Le...

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Philip Fimmano is a curator and trend analyst for the design industries, consulting for global companies in A&D. He co-founded TALKING TEXTILES with Li Edelkoort in 2011, an on-going program that promotes the survival of creative textiles through exhibitions, a student prize, a textile conference and New York Textile...

Courtesy of the artists and Commonwealth and Council. Photo credit: Ruben Diaz.

Frieze’s first iteration in Los Angeles, February 2019, was bound to cause some buzz and a bit of concern as to whether the traffic could accommodate so many art enthusiasts. Within the ever-looping quip of Los Angeles playing itself, the fair was set in Paramount Pictures Studios, along with site-specific... Courtesy of Pierre Franco

Created in 2018 by designer Pierre Franco, Burt is a helmet holder that straddles the lines between art, design and craft. Franco, who is ardent about motorcycles, drew from his training at the Boulle design school in Paris and experience working for Chanel to create a sculptural earthenware piece. Originally created...

Courtesy of Utopic Design

With all of its collections tagged “Made in France”, French company Utopic Design has set out to answer the industrial and environmental issue of what to do with carbon fiber production waste used in aeronautics, or more generally, what to do with waste in an ever-increasing consumer society. This is how the company...

Image by Snøhetta/Plompmozes

Learn about the world’s first powerhouse hotel in a northern climate. All the information found in this article has been written by the architects. In collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, Snøhetta has designed “Svart” the world’s first Powerhouse hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen...

Berlin’s striking Funkhaus is an icon of 1950s Bauhaus design. It once served as the central broadcasting center for the German Democratic Republic; the intriguing architectural labyrinth sprawls over several blocks, which previously housed all kinds of retail and leisure facilities for radio workers. Today, it’s a...

As people commute to work and vice-versa to their homes, breathing in fresh air during the daily grind has become a priority to maintain a quality and healthy lifestyle. Digital solutions finally give a breath of fresh air for everyone living and working in cities. German firm MANN+HUMMEL pushed forward with their...

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Ceylan Belek Ombregt is the Director at Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP). As a practicing registered landscape architect, she has led several international projects at MSP including the award-winning Beiqijia Technology Business District in Beijing, China, and the Moscow Children’s Route in Moscow, Russia. She is a...

Courtesy of Danish atelier 3XN

Fish markets don’t often conjure up images of accessible, cutting edge architecture. But the groundbreaking design for the new Sydney Fish Market, the brainchild of Danish atelier 3XN (in partnership with BVN and Aspect Studios), is a stunning reimagination of piscine commerce.       ArchiExpo e-Magazine spoke with Kim...


Philip Fimmano

Philip Fimmano is a curator and trend analyst for the design industries, consulting for global companies in A&D. He co-founded TALKING TEXTILESwith Li Edelkoort in 2011.

Monica Hutchings

Monica Hutchings is a Canadian writer and translator from Toronto who has worked on everything from technical descriptions to academic journals. She is also our in-house copy editor.

Mairi Beautyman

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

Jan D’Sa

Jan D’Sa is a Dubai based events reporter, technical writer and creative director.

Frederick Bernas

Frederick Bernas is a journalist, filmmaker and photographer living in Latin America.

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.

Hilary Edesess

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

Alex Ulam

Alex Ulam is a freelance journalist and design critic based in New York.

Erin Gigl

Erin Gigl is a freelance design and travel writer, editor and artist.

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