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Were thinking
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Your thoughts. Our knowhow.
The all new Allura collection luxury vinyl tiles with a diference.
For more information visit www.forbo-fooring.co.uk/yourthoughts
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Presenting a continuous
run of flush-fitting panels
that seems to float
100mm above the floor,
ribbon offers unique
style and sophistication.
Cleverly rebated doors
conceal typically robust
aluminium frames and
our patented hydraulic
closing mechanism.
Careful positioning of
the stainless steel foot
combines with the neat,
flush-fitting, stainless
steel lock to complete
the look, while the range
of high pressure laminate
or timber veneer finishes
confirms the quality.
Doors are rebated at the edges to
give a flush external surface.
Ribbon appears to float above the
floor with no visible support.
Discreet stainless steel locks are
the only external sign of a cubicle.
ribbon. Defies gravity. Defines quality.
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With the T50 range, Techo underlines its
reputation for innovative offce chairs.
The T50s articulated tilting mechanism
and supple yet supportive mesh backrest
offers an unrivaled combination of sound
ergonomics, comfort and fexibility at a
surprisingly reasonable price. Whats
more, unlike most offce chairs, these
can be supplied with easily replaceable
seat covers which free you from the
tyranny of the usual black or grey.
The range of additional colours shown
here will enable your customers to
brighten up their workstations and offce
areas, ring the changes for a particular
client, project or event, or simply keep the
work environment fresh and appealing.
Your dealer can supply new coloured
The Techo T50 chair from Sidiz Inc.
Even better value in colour.
Barry Foley is CEO of Techo UK. Please call him on 020 7430 2882
Email: barry@techo.com Website: www.techo.co.uk
Techo 1.indd 1 07/06/2011 10:48
seat covers from as little as 15 each,
dependent on fabric.
And it doesnt stop there. If you feel the
need for even greater variety, just ask
about other fabric choices stocked by
the factory. The T50 range also offers
optional lumbar support, coat hangers
and headrests as well as meeting and
visitor chairs with matching style and
appearance.
Best of all, ringing the changes need
hardly dent your budget. So, why not
seize the opportunity to change that
everyday offce into a brand new offce
every day?
We understand its your reputation
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We know washrooms.
Premium new range of
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products.
Exceptional materials
and fnishes.
Bespoke washroom
solutions to ft your
environment.
A selection of cubicles from our hugely popular V2 mid-range. Its the small details that make a big impact.
Our new brochure is available soon. To reserve your copy, call 01474 353333. www.venesta.co.uk
Venesta ad 1.indd 2 07/06/2011 10:51
We know washrooms.
Premium new range of
innovative and inspiring
products.
Exceptional materials
and fnishes.
Bespoke washroom
solutions to ft your
environment.
A selection of cubicles from our hugely popular V2 mid-range. Its the small details that make a big impact.
Our new brochure is available soon. To reserve your copy, call 01474 353333. www.venesta.co.uk
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We know washrooms.
We know washrooms.
Equinox
A true style icon, Equinox
brings you a modern
washroom system with a
difference. Its streamlined,
curved pilasters and
elliptically formed hardware
are unique design features,
available in a choice of three
fnishes.
Contemporary streamlined design. Equinox, from our hugely popular V2
mid-range has a distinctly different fnish small details that make a big
impact. Our new brochure is available soon. To reserve your copy,
call 01474 353333. www.venesta.co.uk
Venesta ad 2.indd 2 07/06/2011 10:54
We know washrooms.
We know washrooms.
Equinox
A true style icon, Equinox
brings you a modern
washroom system with a
difference. Its streamlined,
curved pilasters and
elliptically formed hardware
are unique design features,
available in a choice of three
fnishes.
Contemporary streamlined design. Equinox, from our hugely popular V2
mid-range has a distinctly different fnish small details that make a big
impact. Our new brochure is available soon. To reserve your copy,
call 01474 353333. www.venesta.co.uk
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Head Office: 01908 391600 | London: 020 7781 2162 | design@clarkerendall.com | www.clarkerendall.com
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Clarke Rndall.indd 3 07/06/2011 11:00
WINNER
2010
Acting sustainably is what we do.
With our beginnings in Australia, for over
26 years now we have been designing and
manufacturing commercial furniture products
and components for global workplace
environments. With sustainability at the core
of everything we do, we are dedicated to the
minimisation of environmental impact from
our products.
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WINNER
2010
Acting sustainably is what we do.
With our beginnings in Australia, for over
26 years now we have been designing and
manufacturing commercial furniture products
and components for global workplace
environments. With sustainability at the core
of everything we do, we are dedicated to the
minimisation of environmental impact from
our products.
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Bisley FX 460x300mm DPS Ad.pdf 1 18/02/2011 10:24
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FRESH INFLUENCE
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A NEW TAKE ON CLASSICAL ELEGANCE MEETS MELAMINE FACED PANELS. RICH, DARK TONES WITH MARKED CATHEDRALS AND FLOWER
MOVEMENTS IN THE GRAIN. MIX WELL WITH CONTEMPORARY UNICOLOURS AND COMBINE WITH MODERN LINES. FOR SAMPLES OR THE
NEW FRESH 2 BROCHURE CONTACT MARKETING@KRONOSPAN.CO.UK OR VISIT WWW.KRONOSPAN.CO.UK
D8339 / Walnut Avellino with U7184 / Colorado and U7168 / Taupe
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Beautiful, high quality contemporary
design fooring for commercial spaces.
The Karndean Opus Collection.
When image
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For more information
Call: 0845 605 6770
Email: commercial@karndean.co.uk
Visit: www.karndean-commercial.co.uk
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Beautiful, high quality contemporary
design fooring for commercial spaces.
The Karndean Opus Collection.
When image
is everything,
choose Karndean.
simply
beautiful
foors
For more information
Call: 0845 605 6770
Email: commercial@karndean.co.uk
Visit: www.karndean-commercial.co.uk
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Awards night: 29th November 2011 To enter: Go to www.fxdesignawards.co.uk. Any queries contact Ros Blackmore on
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Contents
June 2011
FXmagazine.co.uk June 2011 29
Regulars
Diary ............................................................... 31
ForuM Your letters ......................................... 32
heaDliner Margate goes for fne art, with
Turner Contemporary now open ..................35
news Teen cancer ward wins prize; ACID
moves to safeguard IP; Zaha Hadids
Glasgow Guggenheim opens; Nigel Coates
quits post at the RCA ..................................37
top 5 Pick of the best new products ..............41
Business BIG practice leads winning group
for major Islamic centre; architecture inspires
interiors for London City offces ..................43
proFile The name behind innovative
lighting installations, Bruce Munro...............46
one to watCh Furniture designer Edward
Robinson ..........................................................51
iF only... we could express ourselves
beautifully, says Giles Miller .......................154
eye witness In this new photo feature, the
marketing communications group Engine
puts the fexible into fexible working ...........80
Projects
raiFFeisen Bank, zuriCh A new design
statement is made by NAU Architecture .......52
azure oFFiCes, kiev Sergey Makhno and
Vasily Butenko put Ukraine on the design
map with their intriguing offce scheme .......58
getty iMages Bluebottle Architecture and
Design reworks the offces of photo agency
Getty Images, using the companys own
picture archive to great effect .......................63
Features
Festival oF Design In 1951 the Festival of
Britain celebrated the end of post-war austerity,
and todays designers cant get enough of the
Fifties aesthetic, says Pamela Buxton ............66
think pieCe Aidan Walker fnds a forum
that promotes business success through eco
responsibility and belies the belief that Italians
dont care about sustainability .........................83
speak easy A new design language is evolving
that refects the breakdown of boundaries
which defned the industry sectors, says Sharon
Turner of Swanke Hayden Connell ..............77
FX Focus
Flooring 24 pages are devoted to the
fooring sector, with design consultancies
challenged to create an alluring lobby
through fooring for a new make-believe hotel
group, and designers and architects giving
their views on the psychology behind
choosing specifc foor coverings ...................87
Tech Spec
teCh speC Ergonomics expert Levant aglar
puts the new Herman Miller task chair Sayl
through its paces ...........................................112
light + teCh Student lighting designers
havent lost their creative edge, despite lessons
in manufacturing realities, if entries to the
latest LA Student Lighting Design Awards
are anything to go by, says Jill Entwistle .....114
Materials From villain to hero there
are plastics that are more eco-friendly, says
Annabelle Filer ..............................................118
Cover story: Page 52 NAU Architects celebrates Zurichs
famous residents through its largely white and textured
interiors for the citys Raiffeisen Bank
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Basque Living
20-21 June
Euskalduna Conference
Centre, Bilbao
In its second year, this
event brings together
architects, consultants,
designers and media
specialists from
leading home, offce
and contract design
& supply companies
in the Basque region
of Spain, to create
business opportunities
and strengthen bonds
with their European
counterparts.
basqueliving.com
Design Inspiration
14 July 1.30pm-5pm
Civic Centre,
Gateshead
Architecture critic
Hugh Pearman
and contemporary
developer Nick
Johnson will be
looking at trends,
fashion and the impact
of eco targets on style
in the session, for this
RIBA CDP, as well as
reminding architects
of why they joined
the profession in the
frst place.
architecture.com
Worktech 11
North
27-28 June
BBC Media City UK,
Manchester
With the assistance
of expert speakers
from the felds
of architecture,
design, executive
management, property
and technology,
Worktech 11 North
will provide an insight
into the latest strategy
and technology
trends in the
workplace.
unwired.eu.com
Show RCA 2011
24 June-3 July
Royal College of Art,
Kensington Gore,
London SW7
This culmination of
RCA postgraduate
work in design, art,
art, architecture,
communications,
fashion and textiles,
fne art and humanities
will showcase
simultaneously, for
the frst time since
2007, the work
of more than 400
graduate students.
rca.ac.uk
FXmagazine.co.uk June 2011 31
W
e have some big hitters
for you to read about
this month, not least
the Festival of Britain marking
its 60th anniversary and the
current design surge towards all
things mid-20th century brings.
We take a look at the work of
the Festivals contemporaries -
not least Robin and Lucienne
Day, whose work is the subject
of a posthumous exhibition this
summer and garner opinion
from contemporary designers
on the merits and infuences of
the Fifties on their work.
Next up is Bruce Munro,
that lighting designer who has
brought us such extraordinary
pieces as Field of Light, seen
at the Eden Project, and Water-
Towers for Salisbury Cathedral,
to name just two. In a profle
interview we learn how he
literally dreams up his pieces.
We wouldnt expect anything
less from such a unique talent.
More a big picture than a big
read, but no less intriguing for
it, is Eye Witness, in which we
see staff of Engine putting the
fexible into fexible working -
youll just have to have a look!
Our Focus on fooring, in
which architects and designers
talk about the psychology
behind fooring choices and
design consultancies take on a
brief for a make-believe hotel,
is not to be missed, as indeed is
the rest of this issue.
Theresa
Dowling
Editor
Welcome
Diary
whErE to
go this
month
Free Range
31 May-25 July
The Old Truman Brewery, London E1
This gathering of design talent is a great place to spot the
latest trends and new designers, as this show acts as a
launch pad for the careers of design-course graduates.
Now in its 11th year, Free Range has become the largest
show of graduate work in Europe.
free-range.org.uk
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INTERNSHIPS: EXPLOITATION BY ANOTHER NAME?
A
s a recent graduate in interior design who
really loves this contract industry, I am
shocked to only be able to fnd employment
if its free of charge for the employer.
It has been over two years since I
graduated, and ever since Ive been
continually employed as an intern, but
thanks to some generous companies who pay
travel expenses I dont have to fnd my own
bus fares. Big deal.
This American fashion for interns is surely
another byword for companies dodging
paying the minimum wage. Dont get me
wrong Ive been grateful for the hands-
on practical experience after college. Well,
certainly to start with, but surely theres a
point when I can earn money?
So far I have done two three-month
placements and one ongoing 12-month
placement, all of which I can certainly say
I have mostly enjoyed and benefted from,
with practical experience on interior design
projects.
Im not after a fat pay cheque and Im
grateful for the recognition that all the
companies Ive worked for have provided.
Its not that Im left to do menial tasks
of fling or admin or fetching coffees; the
companies concerned have allowed and
trusted me to work closely with their valued
clients and to project manage suppliers, and
liaise with contractors. And theyve been good
enough to mentor me and appreciate me.
But isnt what Im doing the same as what
a (paid) junior interior designer does? How
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can these companies continue to use my free
labour knowing they are earning an obvious
proft off the back of it, yet not pay me?
My parents live in London and have been
generous enough to support me by providing
accommodation and food. But its a lonely life
without enough funds of ones own to even
fnance more than one beer with friends.
And this internship lark is, as deputy
prime minister Nick Clegg mentioned
recently, becoming the preserve of the sharp-
elbowed and the middle classes. Now the
middle classes are being exploited, like the
poor Victorian inmates of the workhouses of
yesteryear? Would they, I wonder, be called
junior interns today?
Some of my colleagues from college are
working in menial jobs outside the industry
if they cant get a design role as they need to
pay their way and are not as fortunate as
me, living in London and having parents still
able to support me. Most catering roles are
peopled by graduates waiting for a proper job
as far as I can see.
Im not sure that these circumstances are
either unusual or indeed brought about by
the current economic situation. It seems that
they are more driven by exploitation and
proft and shouldnt the professional arm of
interior designers be outraged that we interns
are taking their jobs for no pay? How has this
ever come to be legal and acceptable in
this industry? I want a wage, minimum
or otherwise.
Name and address supplied
Some design graduates are fnding they have to do catering jobs just to earn some money while they try to get
a job for which they trained, and those who take on internships can fnd themselves working for long periods
without being paid, says our correspondent
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Designed by internationally acclaimed
architect David Chipperfeld, winner of the
2007 RIBA Stirling Prize and RIBA Gold
Medal for Architecture, Margates new
Turner Contemporary gallery is one of the
largest and most important spaces for art
outside London.
Named after the artist JMW Turner, who
spent much time painting in the area, the
gallery will always have examples of his work
on display alongside revolving exhibitions
from international artists. This new national
monument of a building is located on the
seafront, on the site of a guesthouse where
Turner used to stay.
Having been appointed in 2006 to the
project, David Chipperfeld Architects main
goal was to develop something that resembled
an artists studio rather than a traditional
gallery, while using the locations sea views
as inspiration for the extensive use of broad
windows and skylights.
We developed the design to take maximum
advantage of such a dramatic setting with its
extraordinary views, says Chipperfeld. Our
building looks out to the sea, connects itself
to the town and captures the same unique
light that inspired Turner.
Positioned on a plinth to protect it
against fooding, the building consists of
six interlocking rectangular forms and has
a strong sculptural presence.
The ground foor houses a double-height
gallery and a large events space with an
external terrace. The frst foor is also gallery
space but offers a learning space as well, and
sees northern light fowing through the entire
foor through windows and skylights.
Lighting was an important element for
Chipperfeld after he stated he wanted to
recreate the type of natural lighting that
Turner himself would have enjoyed while
painting in this area.
The behind-the-scenes elements to the
gallery offces and storage are positioned
at the back-of-house on both foors, along
with workshop space.
The brilliant thing about Turner
Contemporary is that it has given people
hope that things are going to change here
and also has put Margate back on the map,
said artist Tracey Emin, who grew up in
the Kent seaside town and who opened
the gallery alongside musician Jools Holland
on 16 April.
Words by Anna Lewis
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The Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Birmingham Childrens
Hospital, which featured in FX in last month, is among 57 projects
to have been recognised by the Civic Trust Awards at a ceremony held
at the Peoples History Museum in Manchester.
The TCT Unit, with an exterior and interior by architecture
practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, was one of 24 commendation
winners, which the Civic Trust Awards defne as projects that make
a considerable contribution to the quality and appearance of their
environment.
The other categories were community regional winners, projects
that make a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic beneft
to the local community; special award winners, which included awards
for restoration and refurbishment, and award winners.
The V&A Medieval and Renaissance galleries by MUMA and Julian
Harrap Architects received a special award for sustainable design.
The Civic Trust Awards was established in 1959 to recognise
the best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art,
with awards given for projects that make a positive cultural, social or
economic contribution to the local community. A full list of winners can
be viewed on the Civic Trust Awards website. civictrustawards.org.uk
The ACID (Anti Copying in Design)
organisation has launched a new web-
based fle transfer system designed to
protect against the theft of design drawings
and other intellectual property sent by email.
The IP tracker will monitor emails
sent to third parties by giving the sender
confrmation of delivery, while ACID will
retain records of the correspondence.
Launched on World Intellectual Property
Day on 26 April, the IP tracker is billed as
a simple, cost-effective digital method of
tracking delivery of IP-led and confdential
information.
The service automatically acknowledges
delivery of information, and the recipient
is required to confrm their acceptance and
agree to the terms of confdentiality
of intellectual property.
The ACID IP Tracker will cost 3.50
per transmission for ACID members and
5 for non-members.
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Furniture designer
Tom Dixon has
published a new
book, entitled
Extremism.
Produced in
collaboration
with global paper
manufacturer
UPM and edited
by design writer
Laura Houseley,
the book contains
seven image-led
chapters focusing
on the extremist
design that inspires
Dixons own work.
It also features the
latest Tom Dixon
collection, which
premiered at the
Milan Furniture Fair
in April.
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Nigel Coates is
to leave his post as
head of architecture
at the RCA in London
after 16 years in
the job.
Throughout his
tenure Coates
has been active
as a designer,
architect and writer,
and is leaving to
concentrate on his
own design practice.
Coates is perhaps
best known for
designing the Body
Zone at Londons
Millennium Dome
and the National
Centre for Popular
Music in Sheffeld.
He is also a prolifc
furniture designer.
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The V&A in London
has named German
academic, curator
and professor Martin
Roth as its new
director.
Currently director
general of the
Dresden State Art
Collections, the
56-year-old was
appointed by the
museums board
of trustees and the
Prime Minister. He
will take up the post
in September.
Roth replaces Mark
Jones, who has led
the V&A since 2001,
and who leaves to
become master of
St Cross College,
Oxford.
vam.ac.uk
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Glasgows new 74m Riverside Museum
of Transport, designed by Zaha Hadid
Architects, is to open to the public on 21 June.
The 11000 sq m venue on the banks of the
river Clyde will be Hadids second completed
building in Scotland and her third in the UK,
and will house the citys transport collection
that was previously displayed at the Kelvin Hall
exhibition centre.
The new development, which has been
called Glasgows Guggenheim a reference
to the outpost of the Guggenheim Museum
which has helped to reinvigorate the Spanish
city of Bilbao comprises three interwoven
galleries clad in 24,000 zinc tiles, which were
made on site.
The building itself is described by the
architect as a tunnel-like shed, which is open
at opposite ends to the city and the Clyde.
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Indoor Garden
Design clinched a
bronze medal at the
Chelsea Flower Show
last month for its
Living Workstation
garden scheme.
The companys
creative director Ian
Drummond crafted
the design for the
scheme to show
how plants make
offce interiors more
looked-after and
clean. I wanted
to create an
aesthetically pleasing
and stimulating work
space that improved
mind, body and soul,
he said. The judges
obviously agreed.
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The National Trust
has appointed Nick
Bell Design to create
an exhibition space
at Chartwell in Kent,
the former home of
Winston Churchill.
The specialist
exhibition designer
pitched against
three other practices
for the job, and
will lead a design
team including Nick
Coombe Architecture
and exhibition
contractor The Hub.
The new exhibition
will add to the
existing Chartwell
experience and
provide biographical
context for the house
and its collections.
nickbelldesign.co.uk

A Maggies Cancer
Care Centre in
Cheltenham,
designed by MJP
Architects, has won
a civic award from
Cheltenham Borough
Council and the
Cheltenham Civic
Society.
Presented by
Angela Brady,
president elect of
the RIBA, the award
promotes good
design in a historic
environment.
Day Building
Contractors also
worked on the
project, which
has Pietra Serena
sandstone foors
and oak furniture.
maggiescentres.org
FXmagazine.co.uk June 2011 39
the riverside
museum is
architect zaha
hadids third
completed uk
building
Contract furniture
specialist KI has
contributed furniture
and design expertise
to a refurbishment
project at University
College Dublin, led
by architect 3KA.
KIs Concerto
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was used in two new
lecture theatres, built
to accommodate
250 students in the
Universitys Newman
building.
KIs also helped to
convert two 50-seat
classrooms into a
144-seat lecture
theatre and installed
KIs Sequence
Lecture Room
Torsion Seating.
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Business
Architecture practice Bjarke Ingels
Group (BIG) is to lead a team of six
practices in the design of a new 27,000
sq m Islamic cultural complex in Tirana,
the capital of Albania.
The group, including lighting design
specialist Speirs + Major, engineering frm
Buro Happold and architecture practice
Gensler, won an international competition
initiated by the mayor of Tirana to design
the complex. With two recently completed
churches in the area it will cater for
Albanias three main religions of Orthodox
Christianity, Catholicism, and Islam.
BIGs design, comprising a mosque,
Islamic centre, a museum of religious
harmony in three separate buildings, outside
space for public prayer and a minaret, beat
proposals by architects including Zaha
Hadid and Andreas Perea Ortega.
The design incorporates subtly twisted
buildings, which allow the upper foors to
line up with the city grid while the lower
foors face Mecca.
Speirs + Major is responsible for the
way in which natural and artifcial light
is used in the complex, and will draw on
its experience of designing the Grand
Mosque of Abu Dhabi. Thousands of small
apertures in the buildings concrete facades
will allow daylight in, and will glow with
artifcial light from the interior after dark.
Speirs + Major will also design a large
chandelier as a focal point for the interior
of the mosque.
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FXmagazine.co.uk June 2011 43
Furniture company
Steelcase donated
four of its Amia
chairs to be used in
a new production
at a theatre in
Battersea.
The chairs were
the only set used
in Sold, a comedy
written by Suzie
Miller and set in the
offce of a fctional
estate agents.
Set designer
Garance Marneur
said: We really
wanted to capture
the modern, iconic
offce look, and
needed high-quality
chairs as they are
constantly in motion
[during the play].
The chair was
designed by
consultancy IDEO
and Steelcase.
steelcase.com
Product designer
Moritz Waldemeyer
has created a
2.8m-tall obelisk
made of Corian
to display a new
jewellery collection
by designer
Hannah Martin.
Built for the
window of Dover
Street Market, a
designer retail space
in Mayfair owned by
fashion label Comme
des Garons, the
display is made of
black Corian and
surrounded by
beams of red light
created by LEDs.
It holds a pyramid-
shaped ring by
Martin at its centre.
waldemeyer.com
Some of the UKs
top architects
exhibited one-off
installations in shop
windows on Regent
Street last month.
Organised by the
RIBA, the Regent
Street Windows
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10 architecture
practices. It included
Ian McChesney
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created a sculpture
inspired by water
and made of more
than 100 pairs of
Levis jeans for the
Levis fagship store.
Scott Brownrigg
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FXmagazine.co.uk June 2011 45
Interdisciplinary design practice BDP
is celebrating its 50th birthday. Celebrations,
announced by BDP chairman Tony
McGuirk, began in May with an exhibition
at the RIBA London of the frms work from
the past 50 years. It will move on to the
Manchesters Cube Gallery in October.
The practice will also publish a book,
entitled BDP 61\11 Continuous Collective
and written by architecture critic and
commentator Hugh Pearman, and release
a flm by director Camilla Robinson called
Five Cities, Five Places, One Day.
Last month the company held a bike ride
in memory of Joanna Yeates, the murdered
landscape architect who worked for BDP.
The event involved 200 employees, who
between them cycled between all of BDPs
studios in the UK and the Netherlands to
raise money for the charity Missing People.
Founded in Preston by George Grenfell
Baines in 1961, BDP employs more
than 1,000 staff in the UK, Ireland, the
Netherlands, India, China and Abu Dhabi.
bdp.com

Retail design
consultancy HMKM
has begun work
on phase two of a
project for Selfridges
in Manchester.
As part of a 20m
redevelopment,
HMKM has
redesigned fve
foors, the atrium and
the glass facade.
The stores lower
ground foor, which
previously housed
a food court, will
now be a beauty
department called
Destination Beauty.
This fnal phase
of the project is due
to be completed in
September.
hmkm.com
Buckinghamshire-
based Scandia
Furniture is now the
sole distributor in the
UK and Ireland of
Dutch furniture brand
Magnus Olesen.
Martin Long,
previously MD of
chair manufacturer
Interstuhl, founded
Scandia Furniture
in January and
announced the deal
with Magnus Olesen
in April.
Founded in 1937,
Magnus Olesen
produces home and
contract furniture by
leading designers
including CF Mller
Design.
scandiafurniture.co.uk

Pernille Stafford has
joined architecture,
interior design
and town planning
practice TP Bennett
as a design director.
Stafford will be
responsible for
growing the frms
interior design
business and brings a
wealth of experience
from her 20 years in
the business.
Most recently she
was design director
at Scott Brownrigg,
where she worked
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including Google,
Green & Blacks and
British Telecom.
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Fit-out specialist The Interiors Group and Scott Brownrigg
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London for Russian fnancial services provider Otkritie.
The two companies took their inspiration for the scheme from the
strong architectural features of the Richard Rogers-designed building
in the City, which has distinctive diagonal bracing on its facade. In the
reception, for example, Scott Brownrigg Interior Design set several
diagonal, seamless slot lights by Via Bizzuno into the ceiling to mimic
the pattern of the external bracing.
The reception and a boardroom are designed with muted colours
and clean lines so as not to detract from impressive views over the
Barbican development and the City.
Computer terminals previously on the trading foor have been
moved to a central communications room to improve space effciency;
this also reduces the amount of energy required to cool the offce. The
trading foor also now has access to a roof terrace, which will serve as
a breakout area with illuminated dining and lounge areas.
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Profile
The creator of amazing
lighting installations, some
on massive scales, some in
cathedrals and some bound
to bemuse aircraft pilots,
tells Jamie Mitchell about
how his lighting dreams have
literally become reality
Bruce
Munro
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48 June 2011 FXmagazine.co.uk
Profile
I
n 2006 two Chinook helicopters fying
over Wiltshire at dusk observed a strange
phenomenon on the ground below: they
circled a couple of times, watching thousands
of tiny globes of light pulsate across the
darkening landscape. And then, suddenly,
the lights went out.
I had to laugh, says lighting designer and
installation artist Bruce Munro, the man behind
the mysterious apparition. They must have
thought aliens had landed! Munro had been
testing his frst major lighting installation, Field
of Light, a public artwork made of thousands
of acrylic stems containing fbre-optic cables
and lit by metal halide projectors.
But confusing the military was never the
point. Field of Light was the realisation of an
idea conceived when Munro was in his 20s
and travelling across Australia. The landscape
was so powerful, he remembers. It felt like
electricity was coming out of the ground.
He wrote the idea down in his notebook (his
most valued tool) where it stayed for 19 years,
nagging at me. It just had to be done, he says.
Having studied fne art at Bristol Polytechnic
Munro had been living in Australia for several
years, briefy trying his hand at advertising
before stumbling upon the material he would
use to make his frst light sculpture. Passing
a shop window one day, he noticed a kind
of plastic that glowed when irradiated with
ultraviolet light. He bought a load of it wholesale
and started making lights, using cardboard
boxes and painting them black very basic
stuff, he says. He was doing a course with
Saatchi and Saatchi at the time, and the agency
commissioned one of his lights for an awards
dinner. More commissions followed, and
eventually Munro was able to start a small
lighting company of his own.
But his epiphany came later, when after
selling his company he and his fance decided
to return to England. We were doing a bit of
travelling before we went back and I thought to
myself: Right, Bruce, youve really got to have
a go at the things you love to do.
As well as keeping a notebook, Munro has
always painted. And although he describes
himself as an atrocious painter, the medium
has played a surprising role in his success.
Back in London he found work with Kevin
McCloud, who was also then working as a
lighting designer. Kevin was doing these really
quirky chandeliers and he looked at my dreadful
paintings and said: I think you could handle
the fnishes for them. Then one day
I was in my studio and a friend asked
about one of my paintings. I told him it
was an idea I had for a feld of light and
he said: Oh, youll never do that. Well,
that was like a red rag to a bull. I said:
Right, you bastard I will do it.
In essence, Munro spent the next
few years building up his own lighting
design company, creating schemes for
luxury houses including ones in the
Caribbean and France, as well as making
bespoke pieces. But the more artistic
and sculptural ideas in his notebook
still nagged at him.
The breakthrough fnally came with
a commission to create a window display
for the department store Harvey Nichols
in London, which then evolved into
Field of Light. My wife and I had just
moved into a house in Wiltshire and it
had its own feld. I suddenly thought:
Theres the feld Ive been looking for
all this time.
The project was a big success and
Munro was asked to create another Field
of Light at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
CDSea (see previous page), a shimmering
surface made of 600,000 unwanted CDs
donated by the public, followed. It lasted only
10 days before the grass began to come through
and the effect was lost. I like that, says Munro,
the feeting nature of the work.
Munro now employs trained lighting
designers to look after more of the commercial
stuff, leaving him time to explore his artistic
interests. Ive never stopped dreaming up my
installations, and thank God thats all now
starting to come to fruition, he says.
Theres an ethereal quality to Munros work
that makes it perfect for religious buildings, and
last year he was commissioned to create two
installations for Salisbury Cathedral.
The frst, to mark the beginning of Advent
in November last year, was Light Shower,
an installation of 1,984 optic fbres ending
in clear teardrop-shaped diffusers. It looked
like thousands of illuminated raindrops that
had been frozen as they cascaded from the
cathedrals spire crossing.
The second was Water-Towers, an
installation of 69 towers, each made of 216
illuminated plastic water bottles. They line two
sides of the cloistered walkway and change
colour in synchronisation with a musical score.
The Water-Towers idea had been in
Munros notebook in one form or another
since he was 21. I had read a novel called Gifts
of Unknown Things by Lyall Watson, which
describes a young girl who possesses the gift
of synesthesia seeing sounds in colour, he
explains, and Id always wanted to explore
that idea in my work.
Nowadays Munro has more freedom than
ever to explore his own ideas. Hes currently
working on an exhibition for next year in
Philadelphia and is also hard at work on what is
literally a dream project. I was in the Caribbean
and I had a dream about a building with light
coming through the walls, he says. The point
of the building is that its lit by daylight and
candlelight no electricity and it would be
a place where people could go to meditate,
though its not to do with religion at all. Id love
to do that in fact I will do it.
Thankfully for Munro, his growing
reputation means it no longer takes decades
for him to see an idea come to fruition.
The time lapse between thinking of an idea
and actually being able to do it is shrinking and
thats really exciting, he says. People are
starting to ask me what I would like to do as
opposed to telling me what theyd like me to do,
which, after all these years, is a really lovely
thing to be able to say.
Above, Water-Towers,
at Salisbury Cathedral
Light Shower,
also at Salisbury Cathedral
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One to watch
EDWARD ROBINSON
1. Harbour chair
This chair, with its
wing-like protruding
arms, is made of
aluminium coated
in a soft, rubberised
paint and has
upholstered cushions.
The large arms
incorporate storage
space and the user
even has a place to
rest their head.
2. SSB Chair
This handmade
lounge chair from
2009 comes with a
footstool and open-
weave cushions.
From a single sheet
of laser-cut stainless
steel, the main form
is folded no bends
or score lines and
sits on a strong, white
beech frame.
WHO:
Furniture designer Edward
Robinson graduated from
Northumbria Universitys furniture
and product design BA in 2009
and quickly set up his own studio at
home. He exhibited his SSB lounge
chair, Spun Stool and Spun Vase at
New Designers in 2009, where he
met product and furniture designer
Thorsten van Elten who then put
his very rst product, Spun Stool,
into production.
In 2010 he featured in the
Wallpaper* Graduate Directory
and went on to produce the Ikebana
Vase for Petite Friture. He also
showed several new products at
100% Design 2010, including the
Bramcote shelf and Harbour chair.
3. Spun Stool
Showing an
appreciation for
simple form,
craftsmanship and
traditional skills,
Robinson worked
with a Birmingham-
based metal spinner
to manufacture Spun
Stool, now produced
and distributed by
Thorsten Van Elten.
WHY:
Robinsons furniture, which is often
made using innovative production
processes, would be equally at
home in a commercial or residential
setting it just demands to be put
somewhere special, he says.
WHERE:
edwardrobinson.org
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Raiffeisen Bank // A long-time centre for
banking, Zrich is now forging ahead in bank
design, with a striking all-white creation that
not only delivers 21st-century services but
also makes an emphatic design statement...
Client: Raiffeisen Banking Group // Design: NAU Architecture; Drexler
Guinand Jauslin Architects // Size: 400 sq m // Completion time: Two years
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Designer banks are still a rarity, but it should
come as no surprise that Zrich a city
synonymous with banking and renowned for its
high standards of living is the place to fnd one.
Located in the fashionable quarter of
Niederlassung once home to some very
famous writers, artists and intellectuals, including
Albert Einstein this fagship branch of the
Raiffeisen banking cooperative turns traditional
banking design on its head with an ultra-modern,
minimalist interior by Drexler Guinand Jauslin
Architects and NAU Architecture.
The use of modern technology, such as
touch-screen monitors, allows the banking
infrastructure to be largely hidden from view:
employees access terminals concealed in
bespoke furniture, while the use of a robotic
retrieval system allows 24-hour access to
safety deposit boxes.
All this allowed the designers to break free
from convention and design something that feels
more like a high-end retail space than a hallowed
hall of banking.
The main open-plan space has a bespoke
reception desk in white Hi-macs that wouldnt
look out of place in a fashionable boutique or
a designer offce. Except for its terrazzo foor,
every surface of this room is white a colour
chosen to emphasise the clean, uncluttered look.
To the left of this space, an anteroom
contains a touch-screen kiosk with integrated
bench seating in Corian. Designed by NAU
Architecture and created in conjunction with
technology company Iart Interactive, the touch
screen allows customers to check their accounts,
catch up on the news, and even learn about the
history of the locale. It also acts as an informal
area for clients and bank staff to meet before
deciding whether they need to move to one of
the adjoining meeting rooms for more privacy.
The banks minimalist design perfectly suits
its location in a new mixed-use building by
Kyncl Schaller Architekten, but the designers
also wanted to reference some of the many
famous people to have lived in the city, including
architect Gottfried Semper, Heidi author Johanna
Spyri, and Einstein.
Collaborating with architecture consultancy
Rippmann Oesterle Knauss, NAU Architecture
and Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architects created
feature walls made of panels of Hi-macs, which
have been precision milled by CNC machine so
that triangular cut-outs in their surfaces create
abstract portraits of these and other famous
Zrich residents.
It was a very interesting and challenging
design process, says Jean-Lucien Gay of NAU
Architecture. We made various tests regarding
the type of openings, the material and the
colours, trying out as many variations
as possible.
Described by the designers as a membrane
mediating between the open public spaces
and intimately scaled conference rooms, these
decorative walls also play a practical role:
according to Gay, they have been carefully
planned to control views, creating different levels
of privacy while maximising daylight throughout
the scheme.
Gay says that creating a balance between
open-plan design and providing the privacy
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milled out of Hi-macs
panels (detail above)
to create images
of Zrichs famous
residents. Below, a
change to a warmer
colour in private
meeting rooms, where
lighting by Tom Dixon
adds an extra homely
touch to the space
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Above staff work
stations are discreet
set into bespoke
furniture, with leather
chairs and desk inlays
matching those in
the private meeting
rooms. Below, a
touch-screen monitor
set into a bench seat
in Corian sits under
a dynamic ceiling of
curved and perforated
gypsum board
expected from a bank was one of the most
challenging aspects of the project. The main
diffculty was to reconcile the idea of the open
bank a contemporary foor plan without barriers
with the more traditional characters of the
bank, especially the need for discretion and
a certain sense of representation, he says.
The portrait walls instantly grab the attention,
but the ceiling is also a stand-out feature of the
design: made of gypsum board, it has perforated
panels to improve acoustics and curvilinear
ceiling troughs ftted with fuorescent tubes.
I think the ceiling works very well as a design
element, says Gay. It ties the whole bank
together and adds dynamism to the various
spaces. It also invites the visitor to follow the
lines made by the lights, and to discover the
various areas of the bank.
The meeting rooms have been given a slightly
softer treatment as a foil to the stark minimalism
of the open-plan area. Here, bespoke tables in
white Hi-macs have leather inlays and powder-
coated steel bases and are paired with Wilkhahn
chairs upholstered in mid-brown leather. Pendant
lights by Tom Dixon add a more homely look
though automatic doors by Dorma make it feel
like a spaceship.
Its no surprise to see Switzerland at the
vanguard of banking design, but with new
technology such a touch-screen computers
allowing banks to go interactive not to mention
ferce competition for customers isnt it time
we all had a designer bank on our high street?
Words by Jamie Mitchell
Main suppliers Acoustics: Braune Roth
brauneroth.ch // Ceiling: Rigips rigips.com //
Digital media: Iart interactive iart.ch // Digital
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Ruckstuhl ruckstuhl.com // Lighting: Sommerlatte
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pgmm.ch // Site supervision: Archobau archobau.ch
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Azure offce, Kiev // The intriguing use
of surfaces and colour for these offces
breaks new ground for interior design in
eastern Europe, with a traditional offce
seeming to lurk behind a surreal new skin
Client: Azure // Design: Sergey Makhno and Vasily Butenko // Size: 126 sq m
// Completion time: Twelve months
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Ukraine may not be the frst place youd look
for great interior design, but as this project in Kiev
by architect, designer and artist Sergey Makhno
and his design partner Vasily Butenko shows, the
axis of European design may well be shifting.
Makhnos career as a designer has been
somewhat unconventional. After graduating
from Kiev National University of Building and
Architecture and the Academic School of Design
in Moscow, Makhno worked as a karate
instructor and later as a writer and furniture
designer before founding his eponymous design
practice in 1999 and teaming up with interior
and furniture designer Butenko.
Makhno and Butenko often use contrasting
materials and design styles in their work, and the
Azure offce is no exception. The scheme blends
wood, concrete and Corian to create a surreal,
almost Daliesque, interior which is both practical
and fantastic.
The walls and ceilings are clad in blue Corian,
which peels away in places to reveal wooden
storage units underneath almost as if a more
sober, traditional-looking offce is trapped inside
an azure monster.
The walls and ceilings are slightly convex,
which adds to the surreal effect of the scheme,
while a trio of fuid, teardrop-shaped pendant
lights by Benjamin Hopf and Constantin
Wortmann gives a further Daliesque twist.
Much of the furniture comes from Butenkos
own range, including wine-red Origami chairs,
which are set around a simple white table in the
smallest of the meeting rooms. Above the table,
three black Silly-Kon pendant lights by Ingo
Maurer hover like stylised birds.
Butenko also designed
the comfortable blue sofa
in the main meeting area
and the black Blobby
chairs, which have
been paired with simple
wooden desks in the
private offces.
Surreal though it may
be, the Azzure offce
never feels like a case
of style over substance.
Furniture has been
chosen for practicality
as well as to make bold
statements. According to Makhno, the most
successful thing about the scheme is the way it
represents the companys fun, almost eccentric,
side on the one hand and its serious, business-
like nature on the other.
Azure wanted the space to refect the main
characteristics of the company, which produces
design accessories, says Makhno, so the offce
interior communicates to both its employees and
clients an interesting design concept told through
two different stories.
Its this subtle interplay between synthetic
materials such as Corian and natural ones,
including nut wood, and between the bold,
curving forms of Butenkos furniture and the
sober, straight lines of the desks, tables and
storage units that really makes this scheme work.
Words by Jamie Mitchell
Main suppliers Furniture and lighting: Stylepark
stylepark.com //
Previous page, Corian
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reveal wooden storage
beneath. This page,
clockwise from top,
Bobby chairs are used
in conjunction with
simple slab desking
and suspended strip
lighting; rippling walls
and ceilings add to the
surreal effect; Origami
chairs are designed by
Butenko; concrete and
a trough sink give a
utilitarian aesthetic
to a washroom
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Getty Images // If a picture is worth
1,000 words then this tower of Getty
archive images, created as the centrepiece
of a radical makeover of the company
offces, speaks volumes about design
Client: Getty Images // Design: Bluebottle Architecture and Design // Fit-out:
The Interiors Group // Size: 2,000 sq m // Completion time: Eight months
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When Bluebottle Architecture and Design
and The Interiors Group were asked to inject
a bit of personality into the London offce of
stock photography company Getty Images,
inspiration was close at hand. Theres such an
incredible database of images to draw from,
says Bluebottle Architecture and Designs
David Bishop, so the starting point for the
project was asking how to use that imagery in
a sophisticated, timeless and intelligent way.
It was decided early on that pictures from
the companys image library would feature
prominently in the design, but the offce needed
more than just a face lift services were
positioned on the perimeter of the offce space,
blocking natural light from the windows, so the
designers decided to strip out all of the existing
ductwork and reposition it in a central bulkhead
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The main offce foors are furnished with
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carpets from Interface FLOR. Large-scale
pictures from the Getty Images library are
applied to walls though, on the whole, these
spaces are deliberately understated.
We concentrated most of the design on the
central staircase, which links the offce foors
and the reception area, says Bishop. Here,
walls have been painted dark grey and the focal
point, occupying the centre of the stairwell, is
a 16m-high light box, covered in a mosaic of
5,000 photographs selected by the Getty Images
creative team.
Parts of the grey walls are clad in panels of
MDF spray-painted in the companys corporate
colours of fuchsia, green, blue and yellow.
The other main area of interest is the reception,
which is visible from the street and functions as a
kind of marketing tool for the company.
We wanted to display Getty Images moving
imagery, which is a growing part of the business,
so we created a media wall a 108in plasma
screen, placed at portrait orientation, which is
visible to passers-by and displays Gettys moving
image stock, says Bishop. The screen is mounted
on a glass wall, which separates a meeting room
from the rest of the reception. A long desk, with a
white Corian top, and a smooth white-tiled foor
provide a subtle backdrop to the media wall.
Getty Images senior facilities manager
Zelda Hogg has called the offce an engaging
environment that truly refects our products and
culture. But, according to Bishop, things didnt
always run smoothly. The client was worried that
we painted the stairwell dark grey to highlight the
light box, he says. But they loved it in the end.
For Bishop, the light box is unquestionably the
highlight feature of the project. It was a monster
to build but I think it works really well, he says.
Every time I visit, I notice a new image and
I have to stop and look at it for a moment. That,
for me, is what this project is all about.
Words by Jamie Mitchell
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The end of post-war austerity was
celebrated by the Festival of Britain
in 1951. Sixty years on todays
designers are lauding the design that
was a hallmark of the festival and the
Fifties era. Pamela Buxton reports
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id-century design,
specifcally that of the Fifties, is having
something of a moment, with the
celebrations this summer of the 60th
anniversary of the Festival of Britain
and a new exhibition on the work of
Robin and Lucienne Day. The famous
Skylon and Dome of Discovery may
be long gone but the imagery and
infuence of the 1951 event lives on.
Theres festival-themed wallpaper
from Mini Moderns, wall paint with
newly issued Fifties paint colours from
Fired Earth and mid-century nostalgia
at Wayne Hemingways Vintage event
in July. But this trend hasnt popped
up out of nowhere.
For the past decade, the appeal
of post-war design has been steadily
growing, so much so that what was
once considered quirky retro is
heading for the mainstream. And in
the auction houses, mid-century design
has become increasingly collectible as
interest in Victorian and Edwardian-
era furniture has waned.
At the time, the Festival of
Britain offered a fresh, colourful
and optimistic outlook to a country
of rations and austerity. Instead of
the heavy, upholstered furniture of
previous decades, work by young
designers such as Robin Day and
Ernest Race seemed light and jaunty
in contrast. Textiles by Lucienne
Day and graphics by Abram Games
were colourful and lively, and the
architecture was exhilarating.
Every single person that went
to the Festival of Britain enjoyed it.
There was a sense of fun think how
unusual that was in life, says festival
expert Paul Rennie, head of context
in graphic design at Central Saint
Martins College of Art and Design.
His personal collection of festival
ephemera formed a recent exhibition,
Tonic to the Nation.
Most people were looking for
a glimpse of the future. It wasnt
necessarily that they wanted to live in
it then, he adds. Its taken 60 years
for people to become comfortable with
that idea of modernity.
Cherrill Scheer, whose family (of
Hille furniture fame) collaborated
with Robin Day for decades, attended
the event as a child. It was forward-
looking and offered a whole new feel
for design after all the austerity it
was simply good design, she says.
Core to the spirit of the festival
was the desire, personifed in the
subsequent work of the Days, to
showcase work that was well designed
and could be mass produced for
a wide audience. This was something,
adds Scheer, that is very much needed
today. Use of innovate materials and
techniques such as that demonstrated
by Days Polyprop chair required
considerable investment.
The tooling was very expensive
Robin was very focused that he
wanted to bring good design that
was accessible for everyone wherever
they were schools, hospitals, sports
grounds, says Scheer. It paid off
Polyprop was licensed in 40 countries
around world and sold in millions.
While the Festival of Britain and
the work of designers such as the
Days have been topics for design and
architecture students ever since, its
taken the broader public audience
longer to embrace the particular brand
of British modernism that emerged
from the event.
Lucy Ryder Richardson has been
co-running the Midcentury Modern
selling shows for the past eight years
and has seen the appeal of that era of
design soar and widen in that time:
Our audience has grown. Originally
it was architects and designers but
seems to have expanded to a middle
market, even expanding into the
Home Counties. Where people would
normally have bought Victoriana, now
theyre mixing styles.
She reckons the appeal of mid-
century vintage has been fuelled by the
recent recession, that people feel more
secure with the pieces they grew up
with in their homes. Nostalgia gives us
a feeling of security, she says.
Theres defnitely something fresh
and attractive about the Festival of
Britain, adds Rennie, who has also
seen a surge in interest in the Fifties,
particularly recently, with the era
seeming to have recession-chic appeal.
Another issue is sustainability,
especially for the sort of consumer who
is tired of buying short-lived furniture,
and instead is looking at investing in
more lasting pieces such as those from
the mid-century modern era.
It [mid-century modern] appeals to
the eco-generation. They dont want to
buy landfll, says Ryder Richardson,
who is excited by a new wave of
designers such as Zoe Murphy who
are up-scaling mid-century pieces to
create reworked furniture.
Meanwhile, the growth of interest
in mid-century design shows no
sign of abating and the anniversary
celebrations this summer should
further broaden appreciation of the
era. Here we talk to contemporary
designers about the continuing appeal
of mid-century design and how it has
infuenced their work.
AnniversAry
of the
festivAl of
BritAin
until september 4
southbank Centre,
Belvedere road,
london
www.southbank
centre.co.uk
vintAge At
southBAnk
Centre
July 29-31
www.vintageby
hemingway.
co.uk
roBin And
luCienne dAy:
design And
the Modern
interior
until June 26
Pallant house
gallery,
9 north Pallant,
Chichester,
West sussex
www.pallant.
org.uk
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Mid-century modern has mainstream appeal among people
who appreciate design. It mainly appeals because its
stood the design test of time so well. It has longevity and
timelessness plus British quirkiness. Its bright and cheerful
without being cheesy. Was it optimistic or just good design?
Good design is just good design.
A lot of furniture designers today are creating art rather
than something you can be comfortable with unlike in
the Fifties, when it wasnt just about making an artistic
statement. At the time, Robin Day was a quiet name.
Design is one of the only industries where you dont
think you should look back its accepted that in music you
take something great and turn it into a new, 2011 musical
genre. These celebrations are keeping great design alive.
Wayne Hemingway

design consultant and organiser of Vintage,
southbank centre, london
Above, furniture and
textile work by Robin
and Lucienne Day
is on show in Robin
and Lucienne Day:
Design and the
Modern Interior,
at Pallant House
Gallery, Chichester
until 26 June.
Included is Herb
Antony Yellow
screen-printed
cotton (1956), Olive
Calyx screen-printed
linen (1951), and
Festival Hall
armchair (1951),
all pictured left
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Chris Eckersley
furniture designer
Ive always looked back to the past and used it as a feeding
ground. The Fifties is a period thats important to me, but
not the only one or the most important. When I was at art
school, the Festival of Britain was talked about a lot but
I thought Fifties design was pretty ugly. I liked art deco.
But later on in my working life I began to appreciate the
Fifties more. Its hard to know why people identify with a
certain period at a certain time. I think it could be nostalgia
theres defnitely an appreciation of the Fifties, Sixties,
Seventies right now and it does seem to help peoples
appreciation of modern design. Maybe the appeal is an
imaginary view of what the Fifties and Sixties were like.
We look at these things with distorted views. There must
have been a lot of optimism around but it was pretty tough
in the Fifties. For me, Robin Day isnt a visual infuence but
I have respect for his achievements as someone who was
successful in design in Great Britain.
Matthew Hilton
furniture designer
Retro-looking
sideboard, by
Chris Eckerley
I dont think many designers are deliberately setting out to
make retro-styled pieces, its just that many of the pieces
we admire date from the Festival of Britain era, and so
sometimes work comes out with a mid-century feel. Its
not always a question of styling, its just that if you accept
the tenets of the Design Council, and its predecessor the
Council of Industrial Design, you will naturally want to
design furniture that is honest, uncluttered, forward looking,
and well made. Its also desirable that pieces are designed
with ease of manufacture in mind so that good design is
available to as many people as possible.
Im not convinced that the current popularity of mid-
century modern is due to a similarity between post-war
austerity and post-credit-crunch Britain; I think its more
that in a better-educated and better-informed society
the modern movement has fnally achieved the popular
approval it deserves.
Mid-Century Colours
by Kevin McCloud for
Fired Earth is a paint
palette inspired by
the Festival of Britain
and launched to
coincide with its
60th anniversary
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One of the many reasons I feel a personal relationship with
the Fifties era is that all my inspiration comes from my
home town of Margate, and Margates heyday was in the
Fifties and Sixties. Its super-interesting that everyone is so
into the Fifties at the moment. It was a very optimistic time,
especially in the USA in the Kennedy era. There was room
for growth, and it felt like a time to do things properly and
freshly. We can relate to it now, when we fnd ourselves in a
time with involvement in foreign wars, and having to tighten
our belts in a recession and rein in consumption. The Fifties
were like that too, and the era is something we can look
back to when the family was important and people were still
making most of their own clothes and cooking meals from
scratch. In my work, I like to reuse furniture from the Fifties
and Sixties such as G-Plan or Unifex. This was the last
time that things were really well made, screwed together not
glued together. I print or paint retro-inspired imagery on to
pieces in bright, optimistic colours.
Zoe Murphy

designer
There is defnitely a boom in mid-century design, albeit
cherry-picked from that period. There was a real air of
optimism surrounding the Festival of Britain and maybe we
need that at the moment. Today theres a real appreciation
of craftsmanship and well-made, beautifully proportioned
pieces. A lot of what was coming out of the mid-century
period was to that brief.
Mid-century design has always appealed to me. There
were genuinely some amazing designs. Id hate for our
work to be seen as Fifties but there are obvious [mid-
century] infuences. The bits that appealed to me are
where the sculptural meets the practical. The sculptural
isnt domineering, but is quietly engaging, like Ernest
Races chairs at the Festival of Britain. Theres also the
craftsmanship. We like to make in the UK and expose the
makers mark, and a lot of our furniture is handmade. That
sort of thing came naturally in the mid-20th century.
Russell Pinch
of furniture designers Pinch design
Margate Drawers,
created by Zoe
Murphy from restored
retro furniture
reworked with
imagery of Margate
and patterns inspired
by Formica cafe
colours on the front
Shown here is Pinch
Designs Pendel
two-seater with Clyde
side table in elm and
walnut. Below, Imo
folding stool in elm
and walnut
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KS: Weve always loved the Fifties and are avid collectors
of Festival of Britain memorabilia. We started in the
Eighties when it was considered kitsch. I think its an
enduring style. The Festival of Britain is an infuence
because of the optimism after post-war austerity and
because of the new British designers. The festival was about
a very British slant on modernism. It gave birth to a lot
of pattern designers when much European and American
design wasnt so pattern based. With the introduction of
hire purchase, new design was available to everyone. There
are also parallels with the new austerity.
MH: Theres been a hard-core of real design afcianados
interested in a pure form of Fifties design for some
time. Now the appeal is more mainstream. The spirit
of optimism, when things were bright and purposeful,
is something were really desperate for after a decade of
design icons and trophy purchases. Perhaps the interest in
the Fifties is a move back to good design principles. People
want to invest in things with some longevity. Items from
that era are established as the new collectibles. The bottoms
fallen out of the brown furniture market and dealers are
looking at post-war onwards.
The Festival of Britain has always been a central
infuence in our work we are infuenced by the optimistic
mood. We wanted our Festival wallpaper range to look like
it was commissioned for the festival and used traditional
production methods. Its the fastest-selling wallpaper weve
ever done. In July were introducing a Festival tea service.
Keith Stephenson & Mark Hampshire

of Mini Moderns
Ercols Chiltern
nest of tables (right)
designed in 1956
by Lucian Ercolani,
returns in 2011 as
the Celebration nest
of tables, in patriotic
colours (left)
Mini Moderns has
produced Festival
wallpaper, plus
rug and cushions,
shown here in grey,
inspired by the
Festival of Britain
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blurring and it is now converging into
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I
recently watched back-to-back
episodes of Mad Men and, like
many designers, revelled as much
in the graphics, interiors, clothes and
product design as in the storyline itself.
Its all so stylish, so coolly formal
and so full of design symbolism. There
are very different design characteristics
in each space type the offces, the
bars, the restaurants, the hotel rooms.
Only three things prevail in each of
these settings alcohol, smoking and
the casual sexism.
For an offce designer its a
fascinating visual reminder of how
design captures the essence of a
particular period of time from what
is worn to the offce, to the types
of workspaces, to the materials and
fnishes and of the total absence of
information technology. The private
offces are the great status symbol
of corporate hierarchy, denoting the
occupants rank and importance.
They are confdential and personalised
places, and their boundaries are closely
guarded by loyal secretaries.
This slice of design in time has
all the hallmark characteristics of
offce design of the period the solid
walls, the very private spaces, the
demarcation in fnishes, the executive
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aspects of offce design are now
integrated into hotel design early
attempts, the business centre, are
now mainly deserted by guests in
favour of their own rooms.
Hotel designers now recognise
that people do actually work in their
rooms and have adapted the traditional
design characteristics accordingly. The
inexplicably oversized furniture has
been scaled down for laptop use. The
chair arms now mostly slide under
the desk space. Power sockets no
longer take feats of agility to reach and
wireless connectivity is commonplace.
From retail design offce designers
have borrowed the highly visual and
branded characteristics of the high
street. A defning feature of retail
environments is how quickly they are
redesigned as trends, materials and
colour palettes continuously change.
The use of large-scale photographic
imagery and megagraphics are now
commonplace design features in
offce space, with the choice of
imagery often being themed around
the business activity. This inexpensive,
high-impact and easily changed
solution is replacing the traditional
approach to artwork in offces.
Technology is providing a further
convergence as the moving images
and messages so successfully deployed
in transport systems and the high
street are being used as graphic and
communication tools in offce design.
The huge popularity of coffee bars
has blurred the boundary between
working and socialising. Practically
every offce has borrowed in some
way from the high-street retail coffee
bars the wireless access, the choice
of seating styles, the colourful, buzzy
atmosphere. Some larger companies
now outsource their offce cafe /
breakout spaces to the retail operators.
Such brand concession retailing
was once the proviso of departments
stores but now is a feature of the
contemporary offce.
Our familiarity with, and reliance
on, IT systems in the offce is now
permeating the design of retail outlets
and local services. In many cases, this
is a less successful design transition as
it relies entirely on faceless electronic
instructions.
The supermarkets are investing
in new store design and specifcally
self check-out. Assuming that we
are all so comfortable transacting
with a computer screen, this new
development will improve the
shoppers experience and the stores
proft margins. However, witness the
queues at the only staffed check-out,
huddling in collective defence of being
served by a human being.
At the self-check-out two types of
shopper are evident the brave soul
cowering from the repeated electronic
slap on the wrist as the tortuous
bloop announces their incompetence
at placing things in a plastic bag. The
second? The smug one.
Residential design and offce design
have also been borrowing from each
other. The home offce is now sold
fat-pack from catalogues, allowing
us to extend our offce space into our
houses and fex our working day. Our
home offces are subject to health
and safety checks, and compliance
with corporate guidelines. But we can
personalise them. Unlike many offces
that have a strict clear-desk policy,
the home offce allows us to blend our
domestic preferences with the design
themes of the offce. But even that is
beginning to change.
The vast and serried ranks of
open-plan desks are beginning to be
replaced with smaller scale, more
individual environments. The aspect
of personal choice is becoming a more
predominant design theme. We are
not all the same we have preferences
we work better in the types of
workspace that suit not just the activity
but us, ourselves.
Domestic themes are converging
with the offce with work settings called
the kitchen table, dens, and lounges.
Personality is being expressed in a
less overtly corporate way picture
galleries of the kids, walls decorated
with hand prints, choices on materials
and fnishes rather than mandated
from above.
In offce design I think a version
of the private offce will make a
comeback, although not as a traditional
symbolism of corporate hierarchy but
recognising the need for periods of
privacy, concentration and analysis.
I constantly hear people saying that
it is getting harder to get anything
done when they are in the offce. It
is commonplace to see people with
headsets on, and with that all the
changes of etiquette involved to
disturb or not disturb by waving,
tapping, coughing? They are a barrier
as effective as a traditional offce wall
and a door.
As all these design sectors converge
through the choices technology has
enabled, offce design will be less
specifc and will loose its reliance
on acres of open plan. Our houses,
hotels, shops, restaurants, will have a
more streamlined and similar design
language which will be translated
across all these sectors.
Sharon Turner principal, workplace
consulting & interior design,
Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
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It reminded me how contemporary
offce design has cast off so much of
this formal design language. Putting
open-plan workspace aside, the offce-
design sector now heavily relies on
design characteristics borrowed from
other design sectors retail, hotel
and hospitality, and residential.
Sector-based interior design is
now less structured, less clear-cut.
The edges are blurring as technology
and mobility enable the traditionally
separate design sectors to converge
into a sort of design Esperanto.
Approaches to offce design
were at their most polarised during
the dot.com boom. The new trail-
blazing business revolution led by
small companies had a teenage
confdence and brazenly non-
conformist approach. Not for them
the conservative culture and design
language of offce design in the
past but a radically different and
determinedly young and personalised
response to offce design.
Although bring your dog to work
and dress down everyday have faded
from memory, the dot.com boom
period was infuential in changing our
attitudes to what work was and where
it could be done.
Then, and for some time, we have
had the almost wholesale adoption
of open-plan working supported by
the ubiquitous break-out space. In
too many cases this results in soulless
workplaces stuffed to the gills with
serried ranks of desks on over-dense
foorplates. These environments
reduce the costs of real estate but
they are not conducive to analytical
tasks, high levels of concentration,
problem solving, creative thinking
or individuality.
With 24-hour communications,
workplace mobility and individual
choice all playing a part in the
future design of the offce, there
is a convergence of design styles
emerging a set of design
characteristics that translate across
sectors instead of being specifc
to them.
Aspects of contemporary hotel
design are being incorporated into
offce design and vice versa. Offce
reception design is now more akin to
the high quality of welcome and front-
of-house services in good hotels. Its
about recognising the visitor as a guest
and providing a level of customer
experience by providing concierge-
type services, a business lounge,
access to showers and luggage
stores. In some cases overnight
accommodation is being provided
within commercial offce space.
The reciprocal swap is where
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THINK PIECE
I
didnt go to Milan this year. The
whole #milanuncut Twitter thing
passed me by, not least because
I cant see a whole lot of sense in
hammering on about designers not
getting paid enough in royalties. We all
know that, and always have.
Its worth upsetting people if you
have a solution; if not, its not. And to
say it was Milans main story, as some
commentators have, is little more than
self-promotion, if were honest; it was
those very commentators that punted
the story in the frst place.
While were being honest, although
a number of practical hurdles got in
the way (including 250 a night hotel
rooms), I didnt go mostly because
Ive kind of lost the urge to gawp
at yet another chair. I quoted Alice
Rawsthorn on this subject a year ago
(I was saying do we need another
chair? 10 years ago, but I doubt Alice
reads me, so well give her the beneft
of the doubt.)
She, with the insight that typifes
her commentaries, was saying that its
in the design of digital devices where
the really interesting thinking is going
on, not coming up with yet more
things with four (or three) legs that
you sit on or eat off. Which is, to my
mind, absolutely true, and also which,
Aidan Walker discovers CLASS, a multinational
forum with strong links to the textiles industry,
which promotes establishing high-level eco-sensible
credentials to create new business opportunities
class act
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lets hope, can lead us directly to the
other main issue in design, the one
Im always ranting on about, largely
because there isnt anything more
important, in my view. You know.
The S word.
I have to resort to quoting Naomi
Cleaver, a lovely woman, good mate
of mine, excellent designer, eloquent
writer and sharp thinker. She went to
Milan and she didnt enjoy it. What
was striking about the entire event,
she blogs at naomicleaver.typepad.
com/naomis_notes_on_design was the
paucity of intellectual rigour in many
of the exhibits and groups thereof:
not just a failure, but a kind of stupid
determination to completely ignore
the enormous confict that exists in
design when it comes to sustainability,
in terms of both environmentalism
and the sort of high-quality, enriching
aesthetic that can be cherished for
years to come. Got both senses of
sustainability in there Naomi,nice one.
Last year in Milan, I was faintly
encouraged by some hints of eco-
awareness, but it is a familiar feeling,
and one that I have also experienced
looking at student graduate work, that
so much of this stuff is entirely missing
the point. If it isnt designs job to fx
THINK PIECE
our problems of habit and habitat,
what the hell is it?
Ive been reasonably convinced for
a while now based on my limited
knowledge that youll fnd more, and
more mature, thinking and designing
around eco issues in northern
European countries, including the UK,
than you do in Italy. But Im having
to reconsider, because I recently met
Giusi Bettoni, who runs CLASS, in
Milan, London and New York, with
collaborators in each country, notably
Emma Tweedie of Teacake Tuesday
in London.
Their work, which is rooted in the
textile industry, seems to indicate that
there is eco-thinking in Italy that is a
good way ahead of the UK, in both the
design and industrial contexts.
As far as I understand it, CLASS
is a mixture of advisory body,
business consultancy, materials
library, campaigning institution, and
a marketing and communications
organisation. I dont know of anything
quite like it in this country.
Bettoni, who started as a marketing
and communications exec in the Italian
version of the International Institute
for Cotton in the early Eighties,
has served her time in big textile
companies such as ICI and DuPont,
and now has created a hub of expertise
and information that benefts not only
the fashion but also the furnishing
industries. Note I say furnishing, not
furniture, because the former is textile
based, and thats where Bettonis core
knowledge comes from.
Her colleague Emma Tweedie
claims Europe in general is much
further ahead with eco across both
fashion and interiors than the UK.
Fashion is leading the way but the
interiors element is much quicker at
adopting the technological advances
in some instances.
Many of the technologies are born
from fashion know-how but in some
instances its easier for the interiors
industry to translate them.
Im not sure I entirely agree, but
were still debating. What is certain
is that Bettonis work, and indeed the
said technological advances of the
textile manufacturers (not all of them
Italian), puts these forward moves in a
much bigger industrial context than we
are so far accustomed to in the UK.
Thats not to say cool eco fabrics
arent being made here, but the
indigenous UK companies doing
it tend to be small and craft-based,
while the multinationals, with bases in
Europe and the USA, already have a
great deal of serious technological and
commercial development behind them.
Bettoni puts her fnger on it
when she starts talking about
communication. There are all sorts
of fascinating and innovative
materials, she says: ICI Tactel
[micro-fbre from 25 years ago],
DuPonts hi-tech materials;
scientists and designers make the
product together, but people dont
know how to use or market them.
Communication skills are required.
Its not enough to show the material.
We have to translate the message
from upstream to downstream.
From making to using, essentially.
To this end, CLASS collaborated
with the national fashion bodies of
fve Scandinavian countries together
calling themselves the Nordic Fashion
Association in a fashion design
competition in December 2009,
using high-tech natural, recycled or
renewable materials. The clothes look
fab, and they are just about as eco as
you can get.
All good so far, and thats even
without the business angle that Bettoni
and CLASS push so hard. She claims
its a new way of doing business.
The eco agenda (in fashion)
started with active wear, she says.
It lasted three or four years. Talking
about green has always been there,
but that is mostly marketing; it
wasnt for companies to make as
a commercial proposition. About fve
years ago it became more serious for
furnishing, because interiors last longer
than fashion.
The green idea is all about being
long lasting, sustainable but that
is not an ideal concept for fashion!
Sustainable is not sexy. CLASS
says you can be glam and sustainable
at the same time.
It has to be attractive, seductive,
to have eye appeal. It has to be
innovative no one wants to go
back. And perhaps most importantly,
it has to be responsible. This is
what makes it attractive to the
contemporary consumer.
Thus the competitive advantage
for companies becomes based on their
ethical and eco responsibility, not their
quality or quantity of product.
CLASS is a centre for new business
dialogues, brand development and
connecting all areas of the supply
chain, bringing together like-minded
companies and brands to amplify their
own eco-credentials through their
synergy. And, as Tweedie claims, We
are fnding groups of manufacturers
starting to work together for a greater
good rather than an old style of
working competitively.
Sounds wonderful, and potentially
debunks the Italians arent eco
enough idea. Lets hope we see more
of this new business behaviour
surfacing in the UK.
Below, former
marketing and
communications
exec Giusi Bettoni
runs CLASS, a
textiles forum to
create business
opportunities
through innovative
and responsible
eco-sensible
products being
designed
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DESIGNERS
CHALLENGE
PSYCHOLOGY
OF FLOORING
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Contents
Johnny Tucker sets a ooring
challenge for the lobby of a make-
believe hotel, while designers and
architects give their views on the
sub-conscious effects of ooring
FLOORING
FOCUS
Follow the footprints set in concrete in
the lobby of Sleep London, in a scheme
conceived by Marta Nowicka
Sponsored by:
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SHH / Stay Madrid
the red and white colourway for Stay
Madrid is inspired by the citys own fag
(red with white stars), while the Spanish
tradition for using mosaic (including
Gaudis work) infuenced the design
treatment, especially for the fooring.
the most important starting point for our
design language, however, came from
the dynamism and space-age futurism
of cars from Fifties USa, brought to
mind by the logo, and in particular the
use of chrome a material that remains
iconic as a datum line or edging for key
elements of the scheme.
Hotel lobbies should provide an
Stay
Europe
CREATIVE
Three consultancies took up our
challenge to design the foyer
with an emphasis on the fooring
used for a fctitious new self-
service hotel opening up in three
European cities
ThE BRIEf:
Flooring for a new chain of independent
budget hotels with design aspirations
called Stay. You will come up with a
scheme for the unmanned lobby areas
that will be replicated in sites around the
UK and the rest of Europe. Each lobby
will be about 15 sq m. There will be the
entrance from the road and a security
door leading to the rooms. There will
also be a machine at which guests
can check in and get the card keys
for the security door and their room.
The target audience is young (25-35)
urban professionals on city breaks. The
identity has a Fifties futurist feel and
the client would like the identity, which
also features the name of each city, to
be incorporated into the fooring. The
colours of the identity (except the word
Stay) are intended to change to refect
each location, while staying within an
unspecifed Fifties palette. You choose
the colours for the identity and foor
depending on which location you are
designing for. Also provide two colour
options for the walls, which will be
painted for ease of maintenance and
refreshing. The fooring material must be
easy to maintain and have longevity.
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For Stay Madrid, a red
and white colour scheme
was selected by SHH
to echo the citys fag,
while the modern mosaic
fooring treatment
continues up the walls
to enhance the Fifties
American car theme
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instant hit of high impact and this lobby
certainly does that. An evolved Stay
logo announces the hotel at the main
entrance, while the word Madrid is inlaid
into the foor within a mosaic version of a
welcome mat. The visitors eye is drawn
straight to the back of the space, where
an interactive wall with touch-screen
technology for checking in, along with
hotel and local information, is housed in
a chrome installation referencing Fifties
car grilles.
The ceiling and upper section of the
walls are in white, while the fooring
features a mosaic chrome circular
tile set into black grout for a strong
contemporary look, which is also robust.
The fooring treatment continues up the
walls, mirroring Fifties cars two-tone
datum line. The full Stay Madrid logo
also appears on the back wall, while a
wall display of clocks, styled to match
dashboard instruments, shows the times
at other hotels in the group and alerting
customers to the brands presence in
other European cities. Lighting and lobby
chairs are in clean white spherical shapes,
with both a retro and a space-age feel.
Pricing for fooring: in the region of
110 per sq m, supplied and ftted.
Top and inset, the main logo is at the
main entrance, with the location set into
the fooring as a mosaic welcome mat.
Here, a wall of chrome clocks echoes the
retro theme while underlining the brands
presence around Europe
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BDGworkfutures
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Stay amSterdam
an unmanned lobby presents two main
challenges how do we ensure that it is
comfortable, welcoming and effcient for
hotel guests, and yet not a place that the
general public would want to linger. the
design solution needs to be durable and
create sense of place and continuity,
depending on which city the guest is in.
BdGworkfutures has specifed Graphic
Concrete, which allows the imprinting of
patterns and images on to the surface.
the result is a contemporary, hard-
wearing fnish with imprints of tulips,
clogs and canal houses, a clear reminder
that you are in amsterdam.
the lighting solution is by Flos Soft
architecture and seamlessly integrates
with the ceiling. each light is circular,
creating a vertical connection with the
imprints on the foor to highlight this
feature. In addition, an Led lighting
system is low maintenance and cost
effective over a period of time.
In keeping with the Fifties futuristic
space-like feel, the walls are painted
in soft pastel hues of cool blue, which
provide a neutral backdrop to allow the
logo to stand out.
the overall ambience of the space
is attractive and effcient for the visitor
to pass through to their room without
tempting them to spend any length of
time in the space.
Main image, ceiling lighting by Flos Soft
Architecture seamlessly integrates into
the ceiling, while walls in soft pastel hues
of cool blue refect the futurist-Fifties
palette required. Right, top row, images
of Amsterdam will feature as graphics
in concrete fooring. Right, bottom row,
examples of fooring by Graphic Concrete
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Marta Nowicka /
Stay London
the foor of the lobby is a fne, smooth
in-situ concrete foor.
the Stay logo has been made as
a stamp in varying sizes, which once
pushed into the wet concrete foor will
leave an imprint.
the Stay logo is directional, leading
the guesttowards the self-check-in
doorway and beyond to the bedrooms.
to make the fooring very city specifc
the person doing the imprints of the logo
will haveshoes that are site specifc for
example in London the person will be
wearing dr. Martens. In Madrid theyd be
Camper shoe imprints, in Barcelona, bare
feet, and so on!
they would walk through the doorway
making imprints, then have to wait there
till the concrete dries as the logo leads In
only. the concrete foor will be fnished off
with a sealant.
For the walls a Fifties pattern has been
printed on to vinyl at an enlarged scale
and papered to the wall onward display
at 84 Berwick Street, London W1F 8tt can
print from artwork and hang it.
Certain colours from that print have
been selected for the other walls in this
instance two colourways of Farrow and
Balls Hay 37 and dead Salmon 28 have
been used.
the black-clad check-in doorway
has been angled towards the space, It
is constructed from plywood laminated
in Black Gloss Polyrey, and has back-
wash lighting illuminating the edge and
soffted ceiling.
the Stay logo points to the entrance
where the visitor just swipes their credit
card for access and a room number.
Informal seating in the lobby is
provided by the Harry Bertoia chair model
number 420C, proposed to be hung from
the ceiling rods, minus the base as a
playful twist.
From top to bottom, directional logos
lead guests to the self-check in; one wall
is papered with a Fifties pattern, with colours
from the artwork picked out for
paint treatment on the opposite wall
namely Farrow and Balls Hay 37 (shown
middle) and Dead Salmon 28 (shown right)
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Walk
this way
analysis
From vinyl to the fnest marble, the
feel under foot of different types
of fooring says a huge amount
about everything from the interior
environment to the brand. Over
the next seven pages six designers
and architects working across
a wide range of projects discuss
the importance of the subliminal
messages fooring sends out
n any environment
the fooring treatment
can directly affect how
people interact and use
a space.
When designing a
commercial interior, it is
imperative to consider
the reasoning and
apportionment of all
surface treatments and how they are
intended to be used.
The approach to fooring can often
be the anchor point from where to
express an overall design concept.
It is the one surface of any space that
requires a level of robustness and
longevity while providing visual interest
to strengthen and support a broader
design framework.
Such treatments enable an
opportunity to better connect other
built elements, as well as provide a
gentle guide as to navigating and using
a space, how to interact or behave in
it such as whether to pass through or
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linger, or to engender a sense
of privacy.
The break-up of foor pattern can
delineate locations for both built and
loose elements, to defne movement
through a space. Often it is about
interpreting a materials various
textures and capabilities to express
your intentions for how a space is to be
occupied, whether that be with differing
pile heights, construction methods
or how contrasting fnishes interface
one another.
Baldwin Spencer building, Melbourne
This is something we have aimed to
explore with the Baldwin Spencer project
at the University of Melbourne, Australia;
a playful burst of abstracted forms, which
act as an exaggerated version of the
elements that sit on it.
It is intended for users to feel free
to inhabit the space in an informal
manner, within its comparatively formal
architecture. With restraint underpinning
the learning and exhibition areas, the
student lounge provided the opportunity
to celebrate pattern and colour.
Throughout the rest of the building these
textiles and patterns occur in smaller,
singular palettes in very specifc pockets
of space. In the student lounge we dared
to bring the palette into collision. The
palette provides a total immersion in
colour, a contrast to the seriousness of the
learning spaces.
With this we were able to create direct
contrast of extreme colour and texture
against a minimal, monochromatic
architectural setting.
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Nicola osborN
director, MoreysMith
looring in a commercial
environment sends out
many messages about
the company, the client
and the brand. It also
sends signals regarding
the intended use of the
space (for example if it
is for concentrated work,
informal presentations, a
cafe or a free-time breakout) and
how visitors and employees are
expected to behave.
The foor covering is usually the
most expansive fnish feature specifed.
In receptions it will instantly give an
impression and signify the quality of
the building, brand and company. This
is not always what you might expect
high-gloss does not necessarily
mean high quality, and concrete does
not always signify a budget ft-out
MoreySmith has used concrete in high-
end projects to create a raw, industrial
feel. In the offce environment, while
carpet is traditionally thought of as
the foor covering for meeting rooms
MoreySmith installed Marmoleum to a
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creative media companys boardroom.
Carpet would just be the wrong
representation of this company.
Many fnishes are labelled according
to the perceived effect of their physical
qualities, for example stone is often
described as creating a cold feel,
whereas carpet is warm. But stone can
be a warming foor fnish when the
correct texture, colour and size is used,
and carpet can be harsh and cold.
Floor covering can defne areas and
give messages regarding the use of the
space. MoreySmiths design for the Red
Bull reception/bar features different sizes
of textured slate tiles; these sit next to
reclaimed timber fooring in the Red
Bull lounge. In the offce exposed-metal
raised foors contrast with neutral carpet
in the open-plan work space. Each foor
covering signifes arrival in a different
area and creates the appropriate
atmosphere. These materials may
have traditionally been seen as hard
foor fnishes, but this does not mean
the environment is harsh, indeed
the opposite is true due to the lively
atmosphere and warmth created.
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Refurbishment often goes hand in hand
with working with existing foor fnishes
while meeting the brief to change the
image and psychology of the space. The
21-storey building 200 Aldersgate is a
case in point, where existing stone foors
in the reception areas and frst-foor
podium were largely retained.
We created a business lounge and
cafe at the podium level. In the cafe we
changed the fooring to a matt white
porcelain foor fnish. This leads to
striking Bisazza mosaic tiles in the cafe
window seating area, differentiating
this space from the servery and the
main cafe circulation areas. Both
changes successfully reduce the scale,
defne the spaces and change the
perception of the existing stone. The
result is a vibrant environment with the
feel of a high-end brasserie.
In the business lounge large
rugs were laid on the existing stone,
softening and warming the space
and adding a hotel lobby feel. The
impression achieved is of calm perfect
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he choice of fooring
in retail space can say
a great deal about the
brand and the triggers
that appeal to their
target customer.
The large granite
slabs in Apple, often dry
jointed and laid with
such precision, defne
the brand as one that cares about
detail, longevity, a substantial brand
with long-term ambitions.
By choosing this as opposed to a
less substantial vinyl, Apple is saying
it is the opposite of cheap, adequate,
good enough... that it is real, quality,
appropriate and solid.
Psychologically, the foor plays
a key role in defning brands.
The sometimes random-looking
specifcations are often based on an
agreed strategy that dictates every
material choice should support the
brand ambitions and create a unique
combination for the brand in that location.
In recent years we have seen a shift
from ubiquitous limestone of the past
decade into a more dramatic, more
textural solution refecting the trend
for concretes and honed slates, the
opposite of the light, refective stone
options they have replaced.
We have gone from an optimistic,
white box architecture where ftting
in was paramount, to a more fexible
approach, where to select a darker,
richer, moodier foor can symbolise
fashionability, attitude or confdence.
This move to darker foors has
refected a generally darker interior
trend, epitomised by the moody
interiors of Abercrombie, Hollister
and even Tom Ford.
Our message to clients has been
clear: light the stock, not the foor,
and dont be afraid of the dark.
This has led to a certain
homogenisation of the high street,
where every brand wants to have a dark
grey foor, thinking that is a formula
for success. The recent award-winning
Topshop Oxford Circus development
uses that monolithic grey foor as a
unifying element in a very eclectic
and lively environment. All colours and
fnishes look stunning against
this backdrop.
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Superdrug
Our challenge now is to fnd suitable
alternatives that deliver the desired
effect with an element of ownership,
a distinct personality.
This has led to a rediscovery of
timber, mid to dark-toned, in real
or vinyl form.
Superdrug in Wimbledon (inset)
recently launched with a rich, dark vinyl
timber plank that brings a humanity,
a natural tone to an otherwise sharp,
monochrome concept.
The reassurance of a timber texture
and colour lets the customers know
this is a concept for them. It would be
so different had it been white ceramic
or dark granite. The concept is far from
domestic, but the timber gives that feel
to the space.
John Lewis Oxford Street (main
image, above) womenswear delivers a
very premium look and feel with a mid-
tone ceramic foor that really lifts the
offer. No walkways, a natural fow to the
space and a very appropriate foor spec
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NightiNgale
associates
t Nightingale Associates,
we strongly believe
that in our healthcare,
education, science and
offce refurbishments
that frst impressions are
lasting impressions.
The choice of fooring
we use, unique to the
overall interior design
scheme, helps us to create a strong
and cohesive bespoke design. We are
involved in several public-sector projects
currently, each with its own mandate on
fooring design and products.
Floors have helped us to sculpt
and defne areas, colours and textures
bringing greater awareness to space
and function.
Sustainable and responsible foor
coverings are now the norm as we seek
to fnd innovative designs that dont cost
our clients the Earth.
Our healthcare work poses the
greatest of challenges. Infection control,
rigid cleaning regimes and health and
safety issues, all compound the need for
greater quality and resilience. Our recent
project at St Francis Hospice in Havering
focused on a foor covering which
enhanced the quality of the place and
provided the client with a foor that was
easy to service while still maintaining a
more domestic quality.
executive Business centre,
Bournmouth University
In our education sector, the Executive
Business Centre (EBC) (above) at
Bournemouth University used its fooring
to defne learning spaces and create
a dynamic fusion between elements.
The ground foor of the EBC is a cafe
environment, which provides a dynamic
central hub for all users of the building,
used linoleum fooring to generate a
wave feature which creates a clear
delineation between the public cafe and
the private study space, while minimising
physical and psychological barriers.
The innovative use of fooring, running
from the ground and seemingly up and
over the walls, has proved successful in
promoting a practical workhorse of an
open-plan environment that remains
both effective and inviting.
As a component of offce design,
fooring is important for the frst
impression made on a visitor or client
when arriving in a space. The choice of
fooring, woven into the overall interior
design scheme, can set the tone for the
company or organisation; whether it be
fun, relaxed and inviting or more serious
and corporate.
For example, large partnerships of
lawyers or barristers will ft-out their
boardrooms in plush, contemporary
carpet tiles, giving off a sense of
professionalism, verging on austerity. On
the other hand, the Googles of this world
will rely on their fooring of fake grass
and comical imagery to tell a story and
sell the space as the fun, contemporary
working offce that it is.
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looring performs a
major role in infuencing
the psychology
of shopping.The
fascination for me is how
the performance of the
surface which customers
are walking on can offer
so many subliminal
messages which also
infuence all of our senses.
An intelligent choice of fooring can
dominate so much of how an interior
performs, from the choice of colour,
pattern and tone to communicate the
brand, through to the sound which it
makes when customers walk across
it. Quite simply, the texture underfoot
controls the pace of how customers
engage with a retail environment.
For instance a highly textured,
hard fooring in the entrance or
feature areas of a retail space will
slow customers down and encourage
them to engage with the merchandise
in a more receptive state of mind. A
timber or stone foor can signal a more
natural and warm feeling to the space.
Timber foors give the added beneft
of producing sound from customers
walking on it as well as a positive scent
from the polish used to maintain it.
Polished tiles communicate exclusivity
and cleanliness, while carpet creates a
more intimate and hushed feel.
The choice is endless and as wide
as your imagination, from resin and
polished concrete, to rubber, parquet,
mosaic or Helen Yardley handmade
rugs. In my view the fooring choice is
the most important silent partner of
any interior design.
Yet despite the immense choice
available when sourcing materials for
a scheme, for me the opportunity to
up-cycle an existing foor inherited
from a previous tenant is always one
to relish. There is nothing more
satisfying than bring an existing timber
or stone foor back to life and making
its inherited charm the hero of the
design scheme.
It does happen occasionally and
it is a joy when it does.
F
Lakeland and Harriet Kelsall
Before starting my own company
I was creative director of two recent
design projects that demonstrate how
an environment is infuenced by the
fooring. Lakeland Kingston (top left),
the kitchenware retailer, had 4237 sq m
of fooring to consider, while jewellery
designer Harriet Kelsall (above right)
in Cambridge is located in a more
compact space of 83 sq m.
Lakelands highly regarded product
range requires a mix of high-volume
merchandising combined with more
considered purchasing, so the fooring
is a mix of new Kahrs Oak timber, green/
grey Brazilian slate tiling to table
display areas, and high-wear carpet
Donegal Twist from Ulster Carpets in
olive to the feature staircase.
On the other hand Harriet Kelsall
sells bespoke jewellery and the interior
was created as a studio setting to give
the space a more intimate feel, using a
Polyfor timber effect of dark, brushed
oak combined with a shaggy carpet in
chinchilla from Christy Carpets.
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Steve thomaS
Creative ServiCeS
Manager, Sheridan&Co
looring is a key element
in retail design and part
of the overall experience
you give the customer.
it is one of the visual
planes that defne the
retail space. after the
retail display, furniture,
walls, ceiling and
lighting, the foor can
be considered the extra dimension.
and just as colour, texture, material
and so on in fxtures and fttings sends
out overt and subconscious cues and
messages, so the same applies to what
is underfoot. Whether in a standalone
store or when used to defne the
threshold of a concession or shop
within a shop, to subtly reinforcing
a brands USPs fooring is at the heart
of the retail design mix.
What fooring we designers choose
depends on the overall concept and
practicalities of the site. ideally we
create and lay a foor to enhance and
complete the experience.
one example is the fooring for a
Clarins pop-up shop we designed and
installed. it was fresh, light and bright
and therefore in tune with the brands
testing of its daily energizer concept.
a different emotional response was
delivered by a carpet we specifed for a
temporary display for the Urban decay
beauty brand. Woven with our design,
the carpet was edged in rubber and was
easily rolled up for transporting to more
than 20 venues across europe.
Using fooring that stands out in
its setting can be powerful, such as
when we used metal tread plate for
the absolut rock limited edition vodka
when it toured airport retail. to walk
on that metal fooring amid the carpet
tiles of airside retail immediately
communicated some of the absolut
brand via the soles of the feet.
Weve also used fake turf (for a
golf-related whisky promotion) and
have sealed tennis balls under acrylic
for a walk-on stand at the atP tennis
tournament at the o2 arena.
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Clarins pop-up shop
a Clarins pop-up shop (above) occupied
the insight store, Sheridan&Cos
experimental retail space in Londons
West end, for two weeks at the
beginning of 2011.
Clarins was testing its daily
energizer range, aimed at older
teenagers and young women, ahead
of a wider launch later this year. the
pop-up was designed to immerse early
adopters and opinion formers among
consumer groups and the media to
create a buzz and expectation ahead
of the full launch.
the Clarins foor was a printed vinyl
that could normally be permanent but
in this case was only in situ for four
weeks. it was cut to shape and coated
with an anti-slip laminate.
Printed with the Clarins logo, the
fooring communicated the fresh,
light and bright feel which the pop-up
shop was presenting to its young 20-
something visitors, a new demographic
for Clarins.
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All you need to know about everything
from ergonomics to materials to lighting,
with three experts in their own felds, plus
nine pages of the best products around
The experTs
Tech spec
FXmagazine.co.uk June 2011 111
Annabelle Filer
Creative director, SCIN
Annabelle calls herself an architectural deviant with
a passion for materials. She is the creative director
for SCIN, the materials sourcing and research
company, and prefers to spend her evenings
snuggled up to Plastics Federation Monthly and the
like, much to the dismay of her family and friends.
Jill Entwistle
Editor & writer
Jill is an editor and writer who specialises in
architectural lighting, following 12 years as editor
of Light magazine. She has authored two
Designing with Lighting books: Hotels, and Bars
and Restaurants, and is an affliate member of the
International Association of Lighting Designers.
Levent aglar
Ergonomics consultant, FIRA
Levent heads the ergonomic unit at FIRA (Furniture
Industry Research Association), one of Europes top
three furniture technology centres. He is recognised
as the key UK ergonomics expert in offce and
school furniture, and has worked with designers
to create some iconic furniture pieces.
Test Bench 112
Levent aglar puts Herman Millers new
Sayl task chair to the test, and gives details
of three rivals
Light & Tech 114
Student lighting designers creativity has
hardly been dimmed by fnancial realities,
judging by their entries into the LA awards
Materials 117
Annabelle Filer takes a further look at
the more friendly members of the plastics
family
PRODUCT CATEGORIES
122, 123, 125, 127, 128 Flooring focus;
131 Surfaces; 133 Offce furniture;
134 Contract furniture; 137, 139 Kitchens
and bathrooms; 140 Lighting; 143 Doors
and partitioning; 145 Stop press
Page 114, The Reverse
pendant, created by a
Swiss student, has a
fip base to allow either
directional light or
diffused illumination
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This new chair, designed by Yves Bhar for
Herman Miller, was launched at Orgatec in
October. Ergonomics expert Levent aglar
puts it through its paces, and compares its
performance to three main rivals
SAYL WORK CHAIR
BY HERMAN MILLER
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Test bench
GENERATION BY KNOLL INTERNATIONAL
Many design features promote very dynamic,
comfortable sitting in multiple postures.
Elastomer net on backrest frame, the top of
which can fold over as an armrest when sitting
sideways. Seat pad tilts in any direction. Good
lumbar support. Lightweight and sustainable.
MONEYPENNY MESH BY BOSS DESIGN
Chair with wide, high, mesh backrest on
frame, giving thoracic support and comfortable
dynamic motion. Lumbar support from
upholstered pad. Waterfall effect at front of
seat pad; optional forward tilt. Fits all heights
of users well. Sustainable.
ARA BY ORANGEBOX
Comfortable with good ergonomic features.
Wide backrest from more rigid elastomer with
a frame. Firm lumbar support even without
the optional lumbar pad. No forward tilt but
forward-sloping front third of seatpad. Soft,
wide armrests. Highly sustainable.
THE RIVALS
DYNAMIC SITTING
In forward tilt mode, you can
benet from the full range
of Sayls dynamic potential,
although the tension may
need to be adjusted. The chair
becomes alive, supporting
your full back whether leaning
forward or reclining. You do
not feel that you are slipping
forward or that the backrest is
pushing you too much, so are
inclined to make the movements
that reduce pressure on your
abdomen and keep your back
in a healthy posture. There
is a good reclining range
and, when using forward tilt,
you can limit this at several
positions. Even when selecting
an upright limiting position,
some recline is provided. When
not using forward tilt, the most
upright sitting position may
be too reclined for some users,
though reclined postures are
comfortable.
SUSTAINABILITY
Sayls eco-friendly design
minimises the use of materials,
incorporating hollow plastic
components and no PVC. More
than 90 per cent of the chair is
recyclable but only 10 per cent
of its components are made
from recycled materials.
DESIGN
Sayl has been designed to be
ecologically responsible and
comfortable at an affordable
price. Designer Yves Bhar
has minimised the use of
material to provide a chair
with no backrest frame,
reminiscent of a suspension
bridge in the way the
elastomer backrest is hung
from a Y-shaped central
column. Viewed from the
side, the elegant curvature
of the elastomer formed by
its innovative link to the seat
base and armrest posts gives
the impression of a sail.
You can choose from a range
of matching or contrasting
colours for backrest, seat pad
and arm pads.
ADJUSTABILITY
Sayl can be adjusted to t a
wide range of users. Controls
are easy to reach and operate.
The movements of the levers
and knobs are intuitive, but
you do have to remember to
lean back in order to engage
the forward tilt. You may
need a few attempts to get the
right height for both armrests,
which use a ratchet system for
adjustment. The slim armpads
are comfortable and recline with
the chair so, if you tilt forward,
they point downwards and your
arms may slide off them.
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BACKREST
The varying size of holes and
thickness of the elastomer web
provides greater tension in some
areas and exibility in others,
promoting dynamic sitting. The
elastomer deforms according to
body weight and provides good
support when leaning back.
When working upright, users
may nd it does not support
their upper back unless they
choose the forward tilt. The
backrests lumbar protrusion is
not very pronounced and some
users may nd it rather low.
The optional lumbar device
may be suitable for those who
want greater support, as may
be the upholstered backrest
option. The backrest shape
allows you to move your elbows
back and open up your chest
for more oxygen and alertness.
Together with the lack of frame,
this gives you good sideways
dynamic movement.
VERDICT Sayl provides a comfortable, affordable chair that is easy to use. It promotes dynamic sitting well, particularly in the forward tilt mode.
Some users may prefer a higher or deeper lumbar support, which the optional lumbar device could provide. Sayls very distinctive design,
especially in translucent white elastomer, gives a light and airy feeling despite the size of the chair and its mechanism housing.
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Financial realities of manufacturing and marketing
may have reined in the more exuberant ideas by
student designers, but they still havent lost that
joyful knack of coming up with highly creative
ideas. Jill Entwistle looks at entries into the LAs
latest Student Lighting Design Awards
W
here lighting is concerned, student entries for
design competitions are less radical than they
used to be now that colleges are dinning into
them the realities of manufacture and marketing.
Freewheeling thought processes were always a joy
though it is still difcult to shake off the image of
the giant knobbly condom affair conceived by a past
student for the LAs Student Lighting Design Awards.
But as the latest crop of iF student lighting entries
shows, creativity has not been crushed by commercial
constraints, just tempered a little by pragmatism. In
most cases.
BRIGHT TYPES
1
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Light + Tech
The Hanover-based 2011
iF competition for young
design talent attracted more
than 8,000 student entries
almost twice as many as last
year from 52 countries.
A jury of international
designers, professors and
lecturers fltered out 300
fnalists. In a second round,
a second expert jury selected
the Best 100 including
these lighting concepts
as the winners of the iF
concept award 2011. The
12 most outstanding entries
shared prize money of
30,000 euros.
For the full winners list see
www.ifdesign.de/awards_
concept_index_e.
3.
Never FiNished
Design: Yung-Hsun CHen,
national taiwan universitY,
taipei, taiwan
Entirely about aesthetics
rather than breaking new
technical ground, Never
Finished was inspired by
the prototype of a tubular
lamp. It does not include
a lampshade and is designed
to encourage the creativity
of the user, who can add
any type of cloth to create
a lampshade and decorate it
in their own style. Additions
and changes can be made
to the lamp whenever the
mood takes.
1.
reverse
Design: saraH Huegin,
universitY of applieD
sCienCes nortHwestern
switzerlanD (fHnw)
The Reverse pendant is a
universal, compact lighting
system designed for limited
spaces that combine working
with living. The disc base
can be simply adjusted
to provide either diffuse
or degrees of direct light
according to mood or task.
2.
Bus Crosswalk
Design: Jung Hoon lee, Ki
sang Yoon, Jung eun Kim,
su min Jung, samsung art
anD Design institute (saDi),
seoul, soutH Korea

The Bus Crosswalk is
designed to increase the
safety of boarding and
leaving buses after dark,
where the bus is not
stopping curbside. It is
installed in the bus and
projects a light out, frst with
a sign that spells stop in
red letters to alert any traffc.
It then switches to a green
crosswalk, so that passengers
can safely exit the bus.
2
3
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4.
Moon
Design: Won Chul hWang,
saDi, seoul, south Korea
Moon is a foating balloon
light made of lightweight,
resilient rubber material
flled with an LED light
and helium. It can be
recharged with solar power
in a recharger cradle.
When charged the light
can be released anywhere
in the house. A switch on
the line allows the light
intensity and the lighting
time to be adjusted.
7.
GyM
Design: DaviD saupe, aaron
rauh, College of fine arts
(hfBK), hamBurg
The main point of Gym is
its ability to be bent into any
shape, where it will remain.
It can be set into any number
of positions to provide light
(from LEDs) exactly where
it is needed. It apparently
has a highly complex
interior based on a patented
magnetic grid connection
which controls all three
swivel joints of the modular
system. As a result, the arm
sections can be set in any
position and locked securely.
5.
DayliGht
reflector
Design: felix WilDen,
lunD university, sWeDen
The refectors of the
lamp redirect the daylight
streamed indoors by highly
refectant surfaces with a
refection factor of 98 per
cent outside the window.
As in conventional daylight
linking, a sensor registers
when daylight levels fall,
bringing on LEDs which
can also simulate changing
daylight colours.
6.
GuarDian laMp
Design: Bo mai, xin Chen, Wu
lin, haifei yao, south China
agriCultural university,
guangzhou, China
The Guardian Lamp is a
night light for children. In
itself not a radical concept,
but it literally has an energy
saving twist. The base of the
light is turned to adjust the
time its on on the calibrated
dial. The lamp stays lit
for this time, gradually
diminishing in brightness so
it doesnt disturb the sleeper.
Once the time has elapsed,
the light automatically
switches off.
6
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4
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Annabelle Filer takes a further look at plastics
that are considered more eco friendly than their
generally revilled cousins
P
lastic, to many environmentalists,
is the devil incarnate. Research
into the holy grail of eco plastics
continues unabated and many see
bioplastic as the answer.
This is a plastic from plant-based
sources, which marks a return to its roots.
There are questions though about its
pedigree however: Is it really more energy
efcient to produce than synthesised from
oil? What impact does this biopolymer
have on our agricultural food production?
Exactly how biodegradable is it?
The sad fact is that any product
degraded using the wrong process,
biobased or otherwise, is ineffective
in its degradation. Indeed, certain
bioplastics are not biodegradable
whereas certain oil-based ones, with the
use of particular additives, are.
There is no doubt that plastics and
their effect on the environment is a
complex, contradictory situation.
This month we take a look at plastics
that are regarded as more eco friendly, for
a number of different reasons.
DEVIL PLASTIC
TURNS ANGEL
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Materials
Microkinetic Materials
Research in conjunction with
developments in hybrid materials throws
up theories about the potential to work
on the structural composition at sub-
millimetre level and for the designer
to control the structural reinforcing
geometry.
Early on, using high-precision
rapid prototyping and composite lay-
up techniques, Sarat Babu created a
elastomer-polymer hybrid. He was able
to alter the elastic properties of the
silicone and elastomer, thus creating
different responses when the material
was stretched, compressed or fexed.
While current work is more product
orientated, a material structure has
been created that can dynamically
create surface texture when pulled,
which had some quite bizarre haptic
opportunities, says Babu. There
was also a joint research project with
Gennaro Senatore, a fellow UCL
researcher and architect for Expedition
Engineering, which looked at scaling up
the technology to control the pattern
of steel reinforcement in concrete for a
conceptual pavilion at Athens.
Research: Joint programme between UCL
and Bread. Applications: Architectural
and surface, products from bike helmets
to new interfaces, including medical.
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This dye-coloured, woven polyethylene
has been around for 30 years but it is
still considered to be groundbreaking,
while having the advantage of proven
track record. Time, after all, is a
commercial asset.
This textile, with the right backing
or material partner, is robust enough
to be used in many surface areas. It
is a material chameleon and can go
from textile for upholstery to wall
covers to worktops, and it has excellent
light refectivity.
Xorel is an environmental alternative
to vinyl; it is free from chlorine,
plasticisers, heavy metals, toxic dyes
and ozone-depleting chemicals, and is
low in volatile organic compounds.
It may be recycled and will not
release toxic gases if incinerated. In
addition it is dimensionally stable, stain
and fungal-resistant, strong, breathable
and inherently fame retardant.
You can almost forgive this one for
being plastic.
Manufacturer/distributor: USA. Size:
Made to order. Colour and range: 40
patterns and 500 colourways, thickness
ranging up to 12.5mm. Applications: Wall
covering, upholstery, panels, and with
Xorel, surfaces retail display, counters
and dividers. Other: Cradle to Cradle
Silver certifcation. xorel.com
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seating at the Newman Building and Sequence Lecture Hall seating with Torsion chairs at the newly constructed
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Carbo e-therm
Warmth is considered an expectation
by many in the West, not as a luxury,
and the ceramic foor tile is a material
which taints our haptic experience when
it is cold underfoot.
Future-carbon, a specialist in
carbon nanomaterial manufacturing,
has developed Carbo e-therm, an
acrylate and water-based coating system
containing carbon nanotubes that may
be heated, using a low-voltage system,
to 100 deg C.
This coating may be applied
to redefne a surface as a thermal
conduit, delivering quick and
evenly heated areas.
The advantages other than it uses
12/24 voltage, is that this coating may
be rapidly applied, similar to paint, over
surfaces of many material fnishes and
reliefs. On a more mundane level, Carbo
e-therm is useful in mould prevention;
it simply heats, and therefore dries,
damp spots.
Manufacturer/distributor: Germany.
Colour & range: Carbo e-Therm LT
for temperatures to 100 deg C; Carbo
e-Therm HT to 250 deg C;Carbo e-Therm
UHT to 500 deg C. Size: 4 sq m.
Applications: Laminate and ceramic foor
fnishes and wall treatments including wet
areas; frost protection; stone worktops.
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eCo-resin Flow Chair
Plastic is a natural ally for creating
organic shapes, and its thermoplastic
properties were born for experimental
use. The Flow Chair is one such
example of plastics fuidity, and yet
its material content lends credence to
the fact that waste (through a material
interface) can be desirable and striking.
The chair is made from Varia
Ecoresin, a co-polyester resin composed
of 40 per cent re-ground, post-industrial
material. It does not contain plasticisers
or stabilisers and, due to additional
reinforcements, surface textures and
colour ranges, it plays a leading role in
the visual success of the chair.
Creator Jennifer Trans played with
the malleable state that heated plastic
becomes, producing free forms, and her
studies evolved into a more functional
piece in which material familiarity
became integral to the fnal product.
Manufacturer/distributor: USA/UK.
Colour & range: Seven surface fnishes,
six ranges organics, moderna, play,
texture, colour and graphic. Size: 122
cm x244cm, 122cmx305cm and some
ranges in 152.5cmx305cm from 1.6mm
to 25mm gauge. Applications: Furniture,
interior panels. Other: Contributes to LEED
qualifcations and has Greenguard
Indoor Air Quality Certifcation. jennifer-
tran.com / 3form.co.uk
syntrewood
When can a carrier bag be a comfy seat?
Answer: When its Syntrewood.
This is an immortal plastic, owing
much to all that discarded plastic as
it contains between up to 95 per cent
recycled polyolefn, a composition of
polypropylene and polyethylene.
Manufacturer Lasentiu is one of a
number of companies that have deserted
more traditional raw materials to make
products that already have had a service
life. With Syntrewood, thei aim is to
reuse discarded post-consumer plastics
destined for landfll or the furnace. In
Spain, plastic use has been increasing
and in its frst year (2004) Lasentiu
processed 2,000 tonnes of waste, 0.013
per cent of the annual plastic generation.
The fgures are impressive given that the
company was new, and it demonstrates
the impact we have have even very early
on. Most importantly, Lasentiu has
simultaneously made an environmental
and commercial contribution.
Syntrewood is a rare breed, a
substitute material that matches in terms
of practicality as the woods, plastics and
laminates it was intended to replace.
Manufacturer/distributor: Spain/UK.
Size: (980mmx660mmx190mm). Colours
& range: Shades of grey. Applications:
Urban furniture, but open to requests.
lasentiu.com
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TarkeTT Marley
The Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle,
the largest concert and exhibition venue
in the North East, and ranked the 10th
busiest music venue in the world, called
on Tarkett to provide the new fooring.
Around 175m2 of Tarketts ID Premier
light oak vinyl planks were specifed, as
Paul Tappenden, Marketing Director
for SMG North East explained: We
chose this product to replace the old
slotted wooden fooring because it had
the look we wanted, but was more hard-
wearing and resistant to spillages for
this busy area.
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DorseT WoolliscrofT
The vast range of Dorset Woolliscroft fooring solutions
presented by Designworks offers fully vitrifed
slip resistant tiles for both internal and external use.
Offering exceptional performance and safety standards
within industrial, commercial, domestic and leisure
markets, these tiles have been developed with specifc
areas of usage in mind and can be confdently specifed for
use in the most exacting of installations. The range also
complies with all industry standards.
Designworks is Original Styles dedicated contracts team.
Original Style is one of the UKs leading manufacturers
and suppliers of tiles, mosaics, glass and natural stone for
all commercial and residential projects.
www.dorsetwoolliscroft.com enq 301
Junckers
Junckers are launching an entirely new look. Their new
Design Collection features tactile brushed fnishes and
appealing colours both natural tones and brights.
Junckers have developed their new foor by using a special,
hard brushing technique to remove the softer wood from
the surface of the plank. This leaves the grain of the timber
more prominent and gives the wood that coveted hand-
fnished look to a solid hardwood foor as opposed to
engineered boards.
The Texture & Colour Design Collection is available on
20.5mm thick solid Oak planks in Junckers three Wide
Board widths: 129mm, 160mm and 185mm.
www.junckers.co.uk enq 303
nora


nora rubber foor coverings are ideally suited for the contract market, recent
projects include Ideas Store, Whitechapel, Heathrow and Gatwick new airport
terminals, Marks and Spencer Flagship stores and City of Westminster College.
Over 200 standard designs and colours makes design possibilities almost
endless, nora rubber foorings are environmentally compatible PVC free and
BREEAM A rated (913 mix).
nora rubber foorings provide superior underfoot comfort and fatigue
reduction, they also have excellent sound absorption qualities. nora rubber
fooring are highly durable and provide excellent slip resistance. Because of its
high durability and ease of maintenance, rubber is an excellent choice for high
foot traffc and public areas. www.nora.com enq 304
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cfs carpeTs
The Tredline collection from CFS
Carpets, one of the UKs largest foor
covering specialists, offers a modern linear
heavy contract carpet tile in 9 colours to
satisfy the design needs of any installation.
Tredline is a loop pile tile made using
100% Xentrys Nylon 6, giving long-
lasting appearance retention and excellent
soil hiding properties. Tredline also
comes with a 10-year guarantee and is
suitable for most commercial spaces. All
colours are stocked in large volumes by
Carpet & Flooring, which offer a 24-hour
delivery service in the UK.
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de Christo
de Christo have supplied and ftted oak fooring and walls
for the refurbished, grade-II-listed farm buildings of High
House Production Park in Purfeet, Essex. The Royal
Opera House has moved its production department to the
new development, which also provides facilities for the
adjoining Royal Opera House Workshop.
de Christo worked very closely with architects The
Regeneration Practice, working for Thurrock Thames
Gateway Development Corporation. The oak foors are
ftted with black polyamide flling and a lacquer fnish give
an authentic rustic look. The walls are of mixed-width oak
with an oil fnish and hard-wearing sealant.
www.dechristo.co.uk enq 305
Karndean
When considering fooring for offce interiors MG Group Interiors recently
specifed Karndeans latest portfolio addition, the Opus fooring range, which
was specifcally developed to meet the needs of the commercial market.
MG Group Interiors have 25 years of experience as specialists in interior
solutions, and due to expansion have relocated to offces on the Vesty
Business Park in Merseyside. MG Group Interiors wanted their offce space
to demonstrate to clients what their company could achieve, and chose to
demonstrate this with aesthetically pleasing and practical stone effect fooring
from Karndeans Opus range. www.karndean.co.uk enq 306
antron
Carpets made with Antron carpet
fbre can have up to 40% lower
energy consumption and greenhouse
gas emissions (expressed as CO2
equivalents) than the majority of
competitive carpets, maximising
frst life performance, according
to combined life cycle analysis and
performance testing results.
The data was derived from real-world
performance testing of Antron
carpets versus competitor carpets.
These results were then combined
with an eco-profle of Invistas
manufacturing processes developed
by a recognised third-party expert in
environmental life cycle evaluations.
The eco-profle of the combined life
cycle analysis and performance testing
was developed in accordance with
ISO 14040 standards.
www.antron.net enq 307
Khrs
Khrs has received FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
certifcation for 13 wood foors produced throughout its
range, refecting its long-term environmental focus. They
include eight oak foors from its Original and Linnea
Ranges and all sports foors from its Activity Range,
available in a choice of wood species.
Last year, 73% of all wood used in foor production
came from Swedish forests surrounding its 40 hectare
manufacturing site in Nybro, Sweden. During production,
tree bark waste that is recovered from Khrs sawmill
is used to provide district heat for its 75,000m plant,
neighbouring homes and businesses.
www.kahrs.co.uk enq 308
Burmatex
Innovative fooring manufacturer
Burmatex has completed a
refurbishment project with design
and build company Claremont and
their client, US marketing company
Acxiom, who recently relocated their
UK operations to a warehouse in
Hatfeld, London, previously occupied
by Granada Television.
The design brief was to deliver a
positive user experience for staff
through colour, space and layout.
Loop pile carpet tile Sector was
specifed for the buildings main areas
in Acxioms corporate colour, and
bright colours in tufted cut pile tile
Axis and linear loop pile tile Scan were
used to defne breakout areas and
meeting rooms.
www.burmatex.co.uk enq 309
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Vorwerk Carpet
The infuence of organic growth that defned Japans
avant-garde metabolism movement can be found in the
design and colours of Arata Isozakis design for Vorwerk
Carpet, which combines complexity with astonishing
simplicity. Produced on tufted nylon cut pile velour, the
broadloom carpet is available as part of Vorwerks Object
collection for corporate environments. RIBA Gold Medal
architect Arata Isozaki has created buildings such as the
Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the
Qatar National Library, and is recognised as the head of
Japans architectural family.
www.vorwerkcarpet.com enq 310
Milliken
Paste Up is the latest performance carpet tile to be manufactured in the UK from
Milliken. Designed by Todd Van Der Kruik, the Paste Up collection consists
of fve modular carpet designs inspired by street art, in particular the layers and
textures formed where paper and glue meet the uneven surface of a wall.
The collection features complex neutral colours, as well as impact colours such as
rich aubergine, bright turquoise, vibrant tomato and the latest shade of chartreuse.
Paste Up is PVC-free and can be supplied with the bio-based TractionBack
adhesive free installation system to eliminate off-gassing and VOCs.
www.millikenportfolio.com enq 311
Forbo Flooring SySteMS
The extraordinary breadth of design
and colour in Forbos Flotex focked
fooring portfolio can now be seen in
an integrated brochure which brings
together Classic collection favourites,
vibrant HD designs with superior
aesthetics, the avant garde Sottsass
collection, Flotex Tiles and Flotex
Artline.
With so many aesthetic styles and a
unique combination of performance
benefts, Flotex provides an ideal
solution wherever hardwearing,
attractive and hygienic fooring is
needed, combining the hardwearing
and washable characteristics of
resilience with the warmth, comfort
and acoustic properties of carpet.
All Flotex foor coverings have BRE
global accreditation.
www.forbo-fooring.co.uk/moreinfo
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atkinSon & kirby
The desirable and distinctive appearance of Platinum
Fineline fooring from Atkinson & Kirby has been achieved
by rotating the grain 90 degrees to show the true colour
variation of the wood. Available in a variety of species,
ranging from the classic White Oak to the exotic Doussie,
Platinum Fineline fooring creates an ultramodern,
contemporary feel for any high-end design project. With
a 15mm x 190mm x 2100mm engineered board as its
foundation and a 3.6mm hardwood wear layer, Platinum
Fineline has been manufactured to last.
www.akirby.co.uk enq 313
DeSSo
Dessos Cradle to Cradle certifed
Scape carpet tiles have been specifed
by Nightingale Associates for the
new seven storey development of
Bournemouth University Executive
Business Centre.
Joanna Ackah comments, As a
designer it is important to me to
specify products which are not
only aesthetically pleasing but have
as little environmental impact as
possible. I know that Desso make the
environment a priority. The ft out at
Bournemouth University Executive
Business Centre was over seven foors
and I needed a product that I knew
would perform for years to come and
would prove cost effective.
www.desso.com/businesscarpets enq 314
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FLOORING CONCEPTS
Leading foor specialists Flooring Concepts, the exclusive
partners for Bolon in the UK, unveil the brand new
Artisan collection.
Winner of this years internationally renowned Red Dot
Design Award for Product Design, Artisan has been
inspired by traditional handicraft, fused with todays
technologies using a proprietary developed fbre to create
unique style fooring.
Developed to be hard wearing, for use in large, high traffc
areas, suitable for the workplace, retail and hotel spaces.
The range is available in a rich palette of craftsman-like
colours from burnt clay to dark blue, ultramarine to
smoky red. Available as carpet tiles, sheets and planks
measuring 216 x 648mm to create a parquet-style foor.
www.fooring-concepts.co.uk enq 316
WHITE & WHITE LONDON
With clients such as Harrods, Royal
Festival Hall, Victoria & Albert
Museum, The Ritz Hotel and
Buckingham Palace, White & White
London is a unique fooring company
that embraces luxury foor design
with an unrivalled level of customer
service, from consultancy through
to fnal installation. Visit White &
White Londons stunning showroom
to discover their outstanding selection
of wood, natural stone, porcelain,
composite, carpet and soft fooring.
The companys team of design
professionals are all leaders in their
respective felds, and can offer
guidance and advice on the best
fooring for each individual project.
www.whiteandwhitelondon.com enq 317
REED HARRIS
Feel like a giant walking over this new range of porcelain
tiles designed by Diego Grandi. This bold range of stylised
street maps can cover foors and walls turning them into
your very own birds eye view. Made with 40% of pre-
consumer recycled materials, this collection adds to the
growing number of eco- conscious products available from
Reed Harris. www.reedharris.co.uk enq 318
TuTTOPARquET
Less is often more this also goes for fooring. Great power lies in the simplicity of
Admonter White Oak knotless fooring. The fnish highlights the natural beauty of
wood and meets the practical and functional requirements of any project.
The fooring features 3 layer construction, micro bevelled edges and top and
bottom layers of oak for improved stability and balance. It is suitable for under
foor heating and available in various widths, up to 240mm.
The tuttoparquet range of foors is not ordinary building material, but furniture for
the foor. www.tuttoparquet.co.uk enq 319
GASKELL MACKAY
Metro Stripe is a new tufted range
aimed at the hotel bedroom market
while the just released Vogue
collection is a stylish addition to
Gaskell Mackays existing stock
Axminster ranges.
Gaskell Mackay has worked with the
hospitality sector for many years and
has a really good understanding of
what the industry needs and requires
when it comes to foorcoverings,
said Gaskell Mackays sales director,
Stephen Donlan. Both Metro Stripe
and Vogue have been developed
with this market in mind. They are
very different products but bang on
the money for where the hospitality
industry is right now.
www.gaskell.co.uk enq 315
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Forbo
Single-malt scotch whisky brand
Glenmorangie has a new state-of-
the-art bottling plant and offces
in Livingston West Lothian,
incorporating a selection of Forbo
Flooring Systems products across its
project vinyl, carpet tile and safety
fooring ranges.
Forbos Tessera Atrium loop-pile
tiles were used throughout the offce
annex, fnishing the main open-
plan offce areas, while Effect Linea
project vinyl and Safestep Grip
safety vinyl were specifed for the
canteen area. Both products provide
a durable surface that maintains their
aesthetic properties, whilst Safestep
Grip provides a slip resistant-fnish,
meeting the projects brief in terms of
durability, aesthetics and BREEAM
specifcation needs.
www.forbo-fooring.co.uk enq 320
Khrs
Khrs Oak Nouveau Snow has been specifed for use
in the refurbishment at Fenwick Department store, in
Tunbridge Wells. The one-strip wood foor features a
brushed surface, distinct bevelled edge and durable white
lacquer pre-fnish. All fooring was installed by De Witt
Floors and supplied by Lambeth Dixon.
The recent refurbishment at Tunbridge Wells included the
upper ground foor, with Khrs fooring installed foating
throughout 310 square metres.
Crafted in Sweden, from sustainable timber, Oak Nouveau
Snow features Khrs award-winning, eco-friendly multi-
layered construction, patented by Khrs in 1941.
www.kahrs.co.uk enq 321
Antron
INVISTAs Antron LegacyTM carpet
fbre, featured in Christy Carpets
Spice Route broadloom carpet, has
been ftted in the main study area
of Oxford Universitys Doctoral
Training Centre. Joining a custom
colour carpet tile also from Christy
Carpets, the multi-tonal stripe of
Spice Route is ideal in areas such as
the 400m2 study area, adding visual
interest while helping to minimise
the appearance of soiling. Antron
Legacy fbres have maintained
Environmentally Preferable Product
Certifcation in North America, where
they are manufactured, since 2002.
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AMtICo
Amtico International is embarking on its biggest and most
radical product launch in its history. Over 50 per cent
of the 2011 collection will be made up of striking new
designs.
The 2011 product range is grouped according to shade
or tone. Designers and specifers can now choose from
Wood, Stone and Abstract ranges.
The powerful new range of designs, formats and cutting
options opens the door even wider for designers, enabling
them to express their creativity in a more daring way,
comments Lorna Williams, Design Manager.
www.amtico.com enq 323
InterFACeFlor
For this years Clerkenwell Design Week, InterfaceFLOR transformed its
London showroom to refect an edgy interpretation of classic fables, providing
a dramatic backdrop for the launch of its Once Upon A Tile collection.
To launch the new collection, InterfaceFLOR joined forces with design and
trend specialist agency Checkland Kindleysides to provide a thought-provoking
insight to the inspiration behind the imaginative designs. Refecting the trends
of the moment, whilst evoking nostalgia for all things past, the latest collection
includes a wide variety of colours, textures and installation techniques, allowing
customers to create an ultra-modern interior with a certain timeless quality.
www.interfacefor.com enq 324
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Hunter Douglas
Ceiling contractor Gyplok have
recently installed 452m2 of Hunter
Douglas Luxalon 300A closed ceiling
system for the lecture theatres and
concourse areas at the Edinburgh
Universitys Adam Ferguson Building.
Luxalon 300A panels, available as
standard in 0.6mm stove enamelled
galvanized steel strip or from 0.7mm
thick pre-painted stove enamelled
aluminium strip, are both lightweight
and strong and are also fully
recyclable. They can be supplied
in any length up to 6000 mm (as
standard) and are free spanning up to
2400mm length. Aluminium carriers
in combination with aluminium panels
and a special locking clip can also be
used for exterior applications.
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aBet
PizzaExpress restaurant in Richmond, Surrey, has been
reinvented with colourful laminates from Abet Laminati.
Ab Rogers Design (ARD) transformed the restaurant
into a Living Lab using experimental design, restaurant
acoustics and an energised approach to display and service,
achieving an atmosphere inspired by Naples open food
stalls. ARD used a variety of laminates, including brightly
coloured gloss HR LAQ for counterfronts and booths,
and black and white striped core Stratifcato for tables and
shelving. Laminates from Abet Laminati exceed European
and British performance standards for resistance to wear,
heat, moisture, impact and scratching.
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ParaPan

4mm acrylic Parapan is now being


used for a variety of commercial
applications. Designers are realising the
versatility of this highly practical material
and specifying it to create feature walls
and decorative panelling.
The high gloss of Parapan
now available in 23 colours from
sophisticated neutrals to vibrant brights
offers UV-stable brilliance and
consistency of colour that will not fade.
Tough and lightweight, 4mm Parapan
can be cut to size, thermoformed to
create any radius of arc and then simply
adhered into place. It wont warp, rot or
delaminate, and minor blemishes can be
fully repaired.
www.parapan.co.uk enq 327
nevamar By Panolam
Nevamar Armored Protection (ARP) is a tough laminate
fnish that resists scuffs and abrasions. ARPs patented
manufacturing process blends hard aluminum oxide particles
with clear resins. The result: a laminate that is harder than
most everyday materials and does not compromise on design
subtleties and depth. Furniture and fxtures using ARP
maintain their original gloss, color and feel far longer than
products made of conventional laminates. ARP has proven
frst-class performance in punishing environments such as
airports, hotels and hospitals, and can do the same in homes.
ARP exemplifes Nevamars commitment to innovation,
creative design and the highest quality.
www.nevamar.co.uk enq 328
Caesarstone
Hart-Woods Signature Kitchens, located in Prestbury, Cheshire, is a magnifcent
showroom which boasts style and sophistication. When they required new kitchen
displays which would uphold their excellent reputation, they turned to CaesarStone.
Jon Hart-Woods, owner of Hart-Woods Signature Kitchens and award-winning
designer, commented, For us, CaesarStone was the perfect choice. Their range
of quartz worktops are not only aesthetically stunning, but are signifcantly practical
too. One of our displays features the 13mm range in 4170 Black Rocks, which
not only complements our contemporary showroom, but also durable and hard-
wearing. www.caesarstone.uk.com enq 329
Surfaces
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Offce furniture
EBORCRAFT
The latest project commissioned
from offce furniture manufacturer
Eborcraft demonstrates how slight
modifcations to a basic design can
transform the appearance of the
fnal build. The featured reception
counter was constructed using
modules from Eborcrafts fexible
Fusion range, combining curved and
rectangular units. A black line inlay
and aluminium trim enhanced the
counters contemporary appearance,
while a bullnose edge detail softened
its lines. The counter was designed to
accommodate a central DDA unit and
high-level counter tops were specially
modifed to conceal large computer
monitors. www.eborcraft.co.uk enq 330
BBI
Facilities support company Beacons Business Interiors
(BBI) has completed a high quality 140,000 refurbishment
of the reception and atrium area in the prestigious One
Kingsway building in the centre of Cardiff.
The refurbishment provides an impressive welcome
to the six-storey building, which is owned by fnancial
services group Canada Life. The reception is now stylish
and colourful, with sculptured polished plaster panels,
a vending desk, large curtain heaters, and a new ceiling
and lighting system. The refurbishment was logistically
complex, and required specialist knowledge and equipment
to complete. www.bbi-uk.com enq 331
THE INTERIORS GROUP
The Interiors Group has implemented
Scott Brownriggs design for the
expansion and relocation of the new
offces of Russian fnancial services
providers Otkritie in Wood Street,
City of London.
The ethos of the scheme was to use
contrasting materials juxtaposed with
the strong design lines already present
in the building. The offce is a spring
board for further expansion to wider
markets and one Otkritie are proud
to call their London Headquarters.
The Interiors Group understood that
the speed of the project was essential
and completed it within three months
from the initial instruction to the
designers.
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MAINE OFFICE
When Halcrow relocated to new corporate headquarters in
London, they specifed Maine storage and fling for their
new premises. Halcrow chose the Maineseris31 range to
adapt seamlessly to its open-plan offces and provide a
functional yet stylish storage solution. The ranges open
top units allow for quick and easy access to fles, and also
beneft from secure fling below. Maineseries31 is one of
the most fexible storage and fling solutions on the market,
utilising a wide range of heights and widths to adapt to
different working environments. www.maine.co.uk enq 333
VIASIT
Scope, a complete family of seating, embodies the Viasit philosophy in its
purest form and is the result of a collaboration between designer Martin
Ballandat and the companys own product development team.
The unique swivel conference chair, available with a mesh or upholstered
back rest, combines good design, clean crisp lines, style, stunning beauty and
unparalleled levels of comfort. www.viasit.com enq 334
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Ki
Lyra from Ki is a new range of fresh,
modern and visually compelling
seating comprising club and lounge
chairs, stools, sofas and tables
suitable for a variety of environments
including offce, educational, health,
hospitality, leisure and government
reception areas.
A preformed veneered plywood back
in beech, maple or natural walnut is
available on the Lyra club and lounge
chairs, and the KI Lyra club chair is
also available with a painted wood
back. Bases include a steel sledge, an
automatic return disk pedestal base
in a chrome or painted fnish, and a
wood base. www.kieurope.com enq 335
Jennifer newman
Specialists in hand-made aluminium
furniture, Jennifer Newman Studio
provide architects with the opportunity
of customising products to suit their
schemes,resulting in individuality at
affordable prices. All Newman designs
have a timeless simplicity and are built
for long-life, giving the products strong
sustainability credentials. Jennifer
Newman herself is an acknowledged
colour expert and her input is part of
the service offered by the studio. A
totally bespoke service is also available
for architects wanting unique products,
and prototypes can be produced to
order. High profle architects such as
Swanke Hayden Connell Architects,
Dyer and Schmidt Hammer Lassen
are working with the studio for clients
such as Imperial College, Westminster
College, 02 and the BBC.
www.jennifernewman.com enq 337
morgan
The Manhattan Collection, designed by Morgan Design Director Katerina
Zachariades, is a versatile modular system with clean lines and a contemporary
style, with a steel leg or show wood leg detail. A multitude of confgurations
can be achieved incorporating chairs, sofas, bench seats and seating booths.
The system is based on three main elements: seat module, screen and plinth.
These create the main assemblies onto which arms, legs and headrests can be
added. www.morganfurniture.co.uk enq 339
Contract Furniture
CouCh Potato ComPany
Couch Potato Company, the sole UK and Ireland
distributor and retailer for Stouby, have introduced the
new Frost chair, designed by prize-winning Danish duo
FurnID. Frost is made from a solid foam exterior and soft
foam interior, all upholstered in either fabric or leather
with natural oak or beech legs in a range of fnishes. This
combination gives the chair both a classic and futuristic
look which sits well with older design classics as well as
modern furniture, making Frost equally suitable for private
homes or commercial situations such as waiting areas and
hotel rooms. www.couchpotatocompany.com enq 338
sCandia
Designed by the Busk and Hertzog, Danish furniture
manufacturer Magnus Olesen, through its exclusive
distributor Scandia Furniture, is pleased to present its
Session wooden framed stacking chair to the UK market.
Session is a beautifully designed, high quality, well
proportioned chair that can stack up to 10 chairs high.
Available in a variety of solid timbers and stains, including
Beech, Oak, Maple and Cherry, the Session chair subtly
enhances any area that it is placed in. Session has also
been designed to link in rows and has an easily detachable
seat pad. Please contact us for more details.
www.scandiafurniture.co.uk enq 336
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AIR UNO
The latest trend in kitchen design is to make your extractor
an intrinsic part of the decor. With Air Unos new Aida
hood, you can discreetly hide away the extractor behind
elegantly frosted glass panels that conceal a shelving unit.
The unit is powered by a separate remote motor which
is placed in the ducting and cleverly takes the noise away
from the kitchen. www.airuno.co.uk enq 340
ROcA
H&H is a brand new furniture range from Roca designed to offer maximum
choice when it comes to storage solutions. Developed to complement the Hall
and Happening basins, H&H comprises eleven modular, square base units
in varying sizes and formats together with a coordinating wall-hung column
unit. All units come with the option of legs allowing them to be wall or foor
mounted providing greater fexibility for installation. Drawers feature soft and
self-closing technology for ease and added luxury, and have integrated chrome
handles. The units are available in three fnishes: Walnut; Gloss Anthracite
Grey and Gloss Beige. www.roca.com enq 341
JIS EUROpE
JIS Europe of Haywards Heath has
launched a new heated towel rail, The
Alfriston. It is manufactured in an
elegant round section shape, with nine
horizontal rails and a stylish 90-degree
angle on the top rail, giving an
appearance of refned luxury.
The Alfriston rail can be used in central
heating, electric or dual fuel formats. It
is durable and hygienic, manufactured
in 100% stainless steel, pressure-tested
to 12 bar. It is available in a polished
fnish with a brushed satin fnish also
available to order, and comes with a
25-year guarantee.
www.sussexrange.co.uk enq 342
LG
The HI-MACS bathroom design from the Private
Space Furniture collection, which is designed by Jannis
Ellenberger, is just a step away from well-trodden paths.
The design offers true innovation with HI-MACS, and the
bathroom includes a washbasin, two-level worktop, a towel
rail, and racks for toothbrushes and other small items such as
jewellery. www.himacs.eu enq 343
SchELL
The angle valve offers a simple way
to cut off water for tap maintenance
or to save resources by supplying a
regulated fow of water. Angle valves
have been used on the Continent for
years but are a recent visitor to the
UK. Schell, one of Europes leading
suppliers of bathroom hardware, has
supplied angle valves for over a year
and now introduces a range of four
competitively priced angle valves to
complement basin or bath taps. The
SONO, PINT, WING and 4WING
styles all have a quality chrome fnish
over a brass body.
www.schell.eu enq 344
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Castello
Castello baths proudly unveils our
new Oceanus therapy bath. A
truly spectacular bath in its own right
we have added to this bath our new
technologically advanced air injection
system supplied by Koller whirlpool.
Our unique design enables us to
incorporate the complete system inside
the bath. The silent air jet system
covers the base of the bath allowing
for vertical massaging and relaxing
bubbles across the full length and
width of the body. The invigorating
hydrotherapy experience relaxes,
massages and soothes the body
muscles... a truly blissful experience!
www.castellobaths.co.uk enq 345
lG Hi MaCs
The unique Marosi kitchen island is the result of dedicated
research and product development from Miton. The island
unit includes nearly 200 different pieces, all made from
HI-MACS acrylic stone a new-generation solid surface
ideal for the preparation of food in Alpine White. The
central part of the structure may be raised electronically
and then returned to its resting position back inside the
worktop to create a smooth surface. This revolutionary
product allows designers to quickly change the look and
feel of a kitchen, while always maintaining its modernity
and originality. www.himacs.eu enq 346
Cifial
Ideal for wetrooms, Cifals 300mm
concealed Shower Light and Spectral
Light shower heads are available in
round or square options. The Shower
Light has a clear LED light trim,
whilst the Spectral Light version is a
chromotherapy multi-coloured light
head which runs through a sequence
of colours starting from green, then
orange, red, purple and ending on
blue, then repeating the cycle. Each
head is supplied with a sturdy fxing
frame and wiring for a separate light
switch. www.cifal.co.uk enq 347
Geberit
Geberit has introduced a new mint fnish to its award-
winning Monolith sanitary module for wall-hung WCs.
Ideal for converting a foor-standing WC to a wall-hung
version, the Geberit Monolith is a slimline sanitary module
with integrated cistern that can be connected to existing
plumbing work just as easily as a close-coupled toilet,
without the need for chiselling or retiling. With its clean
lines and high-quality materials, the Geberit Monolith
is a compact and attractive alternative to conventional
visible cisterns. Also available in white and black glass with
brushed aluminium sides and lid.
www.geberit.co.uk enq 348
bristan
Leading taps and showers expert Bristan has announced the launch of RARE
by Bristan, a new range of showers, taps and shower accessories.
Featuring seven new co-ordinated jewel-themed ranges (Peridot, Amethyst,
Rubellite, Sapphire, Coral, Aquamarine and Citrine), the RARE collection
offers distinctive yet affordable designs that represent a range of contemporary
bathroom style trends from across the world.
Every product within the RARE collection comes with a 15 year guarantee and
the backing of BristanCare, Bristans dedicated after-sales service. A separate
range of accessories is also available. www.rarebybristan.com enq 349
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Zumtobel
Zumtobels new Panos Infnity LED
downlight range makes tomorrows
lighting quality, effciency and design
available today. From May 2011, the
square Panos Infnity Q model and
various LED wallwasher versions will
be added to the downlight range.
With a minimalist design and a
luminaire effciency of up to 77
lumens per watt, high-quality LED
technology is now outcompeting
traditional compact fuorescent lamps
in terms of effciency and lighting
quality the LED downlight is
more than 70% more effcient than
downlights ftted with conventional
compact fuorescent lamps. The
luminaire range is available with three
output levels.
www.zumtobel.com enq 350
iGuZZini
The new iGuzzini Refex Easy LED range of luminaires
provide high luminous effciency and constant chromatic
quality of light. The body of the Refex Easy has been
designed to effciently dissipate heat, ensuring the
maximum chromatic stability of the light source over time,
achieving a class beating L80 performance. The luminaires
come with a variety of optics for wide usage and fexibility,
especially the double asymmetric for corridors such as
hotels and retail aisle applications.
Refex Easy luminaires can be connected to a DALI
management systems to reduce the light output for
considerable energy saving such as daylight linking.
www.iguzzini.co.uk enq 351
Hamilton litestat
Decorative electrical wiring accessories and lighting control
manufacturer Hamilton Litestat has launched a new crystal
clear range of switch plates and sockets. The stylish new
Perception range, which features completely concealed
fxings, has been designed to blend subtly against walls,
allowing the wall covering to be visible through the clear
plate. The snap-on front plates allow simple fxing onto
paint, or wallpaper, for which a template is provided for a
seamless fnish. The switch and socket inserts are available
in a range of colours and fnishes to complement all types
of wall coverings, from traditional to contemporary.
www.hamilton-litestat.com enq 353
Jay Watson
Casting an ethereal spell of shadow and diffused light, Anemoi pendant
uplighters by Jay Watson exploit the energy-effcienteleganceof LEDs and the
malleability of Corian to beautiful effect. The decorative ceiling-hung fttings
are available in a choice of fve translucent Corian Ice colours and three sizes
from 45x18cm to 71x30cm (or as clusters confgured on request). The
shade is removable for easy cleaning and the exposed metalwork is anodised
aluminium. Fully dimmable on standard systems, thehigh-brightnessLEDs
offer a colour temperature of 4000k and are rated up to 100,000 hours.
Delivery is six weeks to order. www.jaywatsondesign.co.uk enq 354
Lighting
Dernier & Hamlyn
Dernier & Hamlyn has extended
its extensive lighting range with the
addition of this beautifully subtle
candle wall light. Like most of our light
fttings, it can be manufactured to any
materials specifed and in a variety of
sizes to suit the environment in which
it will be installed. Shown here with a
bronze fnish, this ftting can be wired
to accept either a standard tungsten
lamp or a four pin 18 watt compact
fuorescent lamp.
Globally recognised designers
and manufacturers of historic
lighting, Dernier & Hamlyn has
built a reputation for highly skilled
craftsmanship and service.
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Formica
Constantly used, often abused, doors can take a great
deal of punishment. Formica High Pressure Laminate
(HPL) is a material perfectly suited to use on interior
doors, with decorative qualities and inherent performance
properties to meet the rigours of any interior environment.
Hygienic, stain, wear and impact resistant, Formica
laminate provides the perfect quality fnish for all types of
performance doors, and its low-maintenance properties
mean that it will continue to look good with the minimum
of effort. Formica ColorCore is a particularly robust
material suitable for areas prone to scratching and impact.
The Formica Doors range offers a selection of the
most popular, practical colours and designs for door
construction. All are available in a sheet size ideal for the
majority of standard doors to reduce wastage. Additional
sizes are available for large door dimensions.
www.formica.com enq 340
Planet Partitioning
Planet Partitioning, the UKs largest independent partitioning specialist, has
completed a prestigious ft-out for the Sunderland Royal Hospital as part of
its newly built, four storey wing housing a state-of-the-art ICCU (Intensive
Coronary Care Unit). Planet harnessed the latest in liquid crystal glass
technology with its Spacelite product for the facades, doors and dividing walls
of the 18 single bed rooms within the ICCU; and also constructed a double
glazed 30/30 fre-rated window, with integral blinds, in the rear wall of each
room. An intuitive in-room control system allows each wall and blind to be
individually operated, providing privacy and dignity for patients at the fick of
switch. www.planetpartitioning.co.uk enq 341
oPtima
Architects TP Bennett, have helped O2,
the communications company, develop
a stylish new building connected by a
glass link to its Slough headquarters.
With careful attention to detail and
to ensure a productive working
environment, TP Bennett specifed
a range of partitions from Optima
Products to create offces and the main
boardroom. www.optima-group.co.uk
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SaS international
Manufactured by SAS International, System 8000 can
be installed in single or double fully glazed partitioning
systems, providing acoustic performance to 49dB and up
to 60 minutes fre performance (integrity and insulation).
It is constructed with aluminium, hardwood or steel
head and base profles. Used in conjunction with SAS
Internationals award winning C-Joint a clear yet robust
fnish for jointing both fully single and double glazed
partitioning can be achieved. Saving vital time on site, the
C-Joint is installed at the same point as the partitioning
glass. As a solid extrusion it provides a consistent 1.5mm
compression joint between glass modules to create the
appearance of butt jointed glass. www.sasint.co.uk enq 343
Solarlux
Solarluxs versatile horizontally sliding
walls are thermally insulated individual
glass panels. The SL60-HSW is suitable
for shops, shopping malls, hotels,
restaurants and the leisure industry, or
any location where variable openings are
required.
The SL60-HSW is a top-hung system
with maximum panel sizes of 1,200mm
wide x 3,500mm high. A fush foor
track allows barrier-free entry, or
raised when a barrier to the weather
is important. As many panels can be
opened as required, and others locked
in place with a 24mm throw bolt.
An entry/exit panel can be integrated
into any position in the completed
installation. www.solarlux.co.uk enq 344
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Armstrong Ceilings
Armstrong Ceilings have produced an
animated robot to advise architects and
interior designers on acoustic ceiling and
wall solutions.
Alph-E features in Armstrongs
new acoustic mini-site, www.
acousticalceilings.co.uk, which shows
how the correct use of ceiling and wall
solutions to optimise acoustics means
building users can be understood but not
overheard or disturbed and explains how
the manufacturers portfolio of three
dedicated ranges of ceiling tiles meets
these individual requirements.
Armstrongs portfolio includes medium-
density ceilings, its dB range of higher-
density ceilings and the OP range of
lower-density ceilings. Other Armstrong
products featured include mineral, wood
and metal tiles and canopies.
www.acousticalceilings.co.uk enq 345
FrAnke sissons
The new Portsmouth Cruise and Ferry terminal has
achieved a BREEAM rating of very good replacing the
previous 1970s building.
The terminal is in the style of an airport with check in
desks and an arrival /departure area, while a mezzanine
area offers views from the bar and cafe.
The green achievement for the 16,5m facility has
included the use of sea water in the washroom with the
installation of Franke washroom products.
Individual Franke Sissons stainless urinals are used in
the terminals washroom facilities where savings are
secured though the use of electronic water control valves
specifcally for sea water use. Stainless steel adds to the
environmentally benefcial building as it is fully recyclable.
www.franke-sissons.co.uk enq 346
roCA
Akvaton, a leading Russian bathroom
manufacturer, has just been acquired
by Roca. This acquisition marks
a very important step in Rocas
consolidation in this strategically
important market, and at the same
time strengthening its leadership
position worldwide. Roca will now
be able to satisfy increasing internal
demand in the Russian market
currently being driven by strong
economic growth. Roca recognised
the exciting potential for substantial
growth when it frst entered the
Russian bathroom business in 1990
and the company intends to build on
its presence with the ultimate aim of
becoming the market leader in this
country. www.roca.com enq 347
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order. It is the best selling reference to the NCS System.
The colour range can be used for specifying many interior
and exterior products: paint from all major companies,
hard fooring, laminates, ceramic tiles, carpets, kitchens,
radiators and much more. For exteriors: paint, render,
cladding and powder coating. The NCS Index has a
sturdy cover and is a handy size to keep on the desk or
take on site. The stripe card layout is useful for edge to
edge comparison. A4 and A6 sheets can be ordered when
larger samples are required. All products can be seen and
ordered online.
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Throughout the month of June Strata Tiles will be exhibiting our fantastic
STSVerde collection at our renowned Clerkenwell showroom Studio 62. Strata
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known for high amounts of wastage
Eco- friendly without compromising on style, STSVerde offers a stylish palette
of tones with up to 95% recycled content. By offering cast aside materials a new
life, STSVerde works to conserve our planets resources with a sleek and chic
fnish that designers crave. Available in pitch black, stormy greys and earthy
browns, STSVerde will provide you with effortless style and low environmental
impact. www.stratatiles.co.uk enq 349
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By offering a bespoke linear
solution, Oldham Lighting is
cementing its position as one
of the worlds leading bespoke
linear lighting specialists and
handing back the design flair
to the designers.
Oldham Lighting Ltd
+44 (0) 1372 459999
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sales@oldhamlighting.co.uk
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Kemps Architectural
Lighting Ltd
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Energy Saving Lighting Controls
With energy prices forever going up and
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we have real solutions to decrease your carbon
footprint and ultimately save you money.
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Using built-in microwave detection to reduce consumption in unoccupied areas
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North 4 Design Ltd
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Architectural Vision Panels
Easy installation in doors & walls
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Variety of glass finishes
Custom etching/signage
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Bespoke design service available
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Suppliers of finest stone artwork tiling.
Beautiful handmade, quality marble and stone mosaics for
wall and floor tiling. Mosaics made to your bespoke design
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Sustainable SVL Oregon pine
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Totally unique look
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Philip Watts Design
T: 0115 926 9756
www.philipwattsdesign.com
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Lee Filters
Tel: 01264 366 245
www.leefilters.com
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Tel: 01672 562878
www.sphelix.com
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OMK
Tel: 020 7631 1335
www.omkassociates.com
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OMKSTAK STACKING CHAIR
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Morgan
Tel: 01243 371111
www.morganfurniture.co.uk
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Decospan
Tel: +32 (0) 56 52 88 00
www.shinnoki.com
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Turnstyle Designs Ltd
Tel: 01271 325 325
www.turnstyledesigns.com
enq 324
VitrA UK Ltd
Tel: 01235 750 990
www.vitra.co.uk
enq 331
North 4 Design Ltd
Tel: 020 8885 4404
www.north4.com
enq 327
Vision Panels for doors & walls
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AXIOM BY FORMICA

Lustre captures the translucent effect of natural quartz


particles, emulating the look of softly polished luxury stone.
It combines tactile features with visual ones, reflecting light
to create a subtle shimmer which creates depth and
intensifies the surface.
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enq 333 www.axiomworktops.com
C:SCAPE
c:scape is a workplace system composed of 4 elements:
desk, low storage, mid storage and screens.
c:scapes clean and light design is harmonious and innovative.
c:scape removes the barriers to great connections and
encourages collaboration.
STEELCASE
T. +44 (0)20 7421 9000
enq 334 www.steelcase.co.uk
The e2 infinitely height adjustable load bearing system is now
used in industries like Office Furniture, Bespoke Furniture,
Shop Fitting and Shelving to name but a few.
Used on projects from BSI, Lloyds Bank.
ETHOS:
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THE NEW SL97
A super efficient folding glass door from Solarlux combines
four core elements that enable the door to achieve a
U value of 0.80Wm2K. Suitable for luxurious private homes,
high-quality rented or owner-occupied flats.
SOLARLUX:
E. info@solarlux.co.uk T. 01707 339 970
enq 336 www.solarlux.co.uk
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Bespoke is a modular open lighting system with recessed
channel, suitable for housing accent and indirect-lighting
fixtures. The system minimises the presence of the
fixtures in the space by incorporating all the components.
Two spotlights are available - small body for 100mm openings
and large body for 180mm openings.
Overlapping connections are possible for the fluorescent
tubes in order to achieve continuous lines of soft light
IGUZZINI:
E. info@iguzzini.co.uk T. 01483 468 000
enq 338 www.iguzzini.com
HIGHLUX 100 LED
IMPACT IN A NEW DIMENSION
Winner of Best Energy Saving Product
Lighting Design Awards, Interiors 2011
Illuma introduce the HIGHLUX 100 LED, featuring the latest
LED technology from Philips. Only 100mm in diameter, this
33W LED downlight combines a discreet aspect with high a
high output of 60+ lumens per watt and an IP44 rating.
info@illuma.co.uk
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FRAMELESS GLAZING
Virtually seamless finish
Single and double flush glazing
Various joint options
Fully demountable and relocatable
Tested to the highest British Standards
PLANET PARTITIONING: T. 0800 3289561
enq 339 www.planetpartitioning.co.uk
THE MISCEA HAND HYGIENE SYSTEM

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A new standard. A revolution in hand hygiene.
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Westin are the only UK Company to manufacture and supply
custom-built domestic kitchen extractors, providing a
bespoke service without the designer price tag. Come and
talk to Westin at KBB 2010 - stand F15.
WS WESTIN LTD. Phoenix Mills, Leeds Road,
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On Target Recruitment Ltd has been successfully placing high calibre sales
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Ref: V02410, Essex/London24,000 - 27,000
This company offers a wide selection of office design
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Designer who is proficient in AutoCAD, Vectorworks and
Photoshop and preferably Sketchup with relevant
experience and a good knowledge of Building Regulations.
Ref: V02409, DorsetNeg
This exhibition design and build company need a CAD
Exhibition Stand Designer with at least 3 years designing
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D Max (or similar).
Ref: V02408, London25,000 + car
This bathroom, kitchen, paint and tiles specialist seek a
Designer to raise the profile of the Bathroom Design
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bathroom design and sales, CAD literate and excellent time
management, customer service skills and a clean driving
license.
Ref: V02406, Essex/HertsNeg
This premier designer and producer of contemporary
domestic and hotel lighting seek a talented individual
with imagination and ambition to take designs through to
production. With 2+ years product design engineering
experience you will need a good knowledge of
manufacturing processes, literacy in Solidworks (or similar)
and good technical skills. Lighting Design experience would
be an advantage but not a necessity.
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if only...
we could
express
ourselves
beautifully
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says Giles Miller of Studio Giles Miller
With my studios recent focus on the development
of wall coverings for architectural and interior projects,
the starting point for this happy imagining was a wall.
After scouring London we found a wall that is not
only magnifcently large, but also well placed to share
our message. The wall in question is the large and
forbidding one that surrounds the bank of England.
Giles Miller Surfaces, part of Giles Miller Studio,
develops materials that display imagery through the
medium of light refection and texture rather than
more-traditional methods of using colour.These
materials are made to order, and some even allow the
user to draw their own patterns.
The Princes Street Mural would be a large-scale
brass installation, from which millions of tiny brass
faps protrude, ready to be manipulated in varying
directions to display imagery.
I would draw English roses, but I hope that the
more accessible areas of the wall will be exploited as a
medium for communication and creative expression.
The location of the mural on the side of the Bank
of England may make it an appropriate context for
messages perhaps it could a way for passers-by to
voice their frustration over the banking crisis, or just be
a place where pretty patterns could help us to look on
the bright side.
Giles Miller
Giles Miller studied
furniture design
at Loughborough
University and
helped found the
design collective
Farm before doing
an MA at the RCA
and founding
London-based Giles
Milller Studio.
The studio
designs furniture,
interiors and
surfaces for clients
that include Bombay
Sapphire, Stella
McCartney, and
Londons Design
Museum. It also
recently launched a
range of innovative
surface fnishes,
and its work can
be found in design
stores, galleries and
museums around
the world.
www.gilesmiller.com
If you have an If Only vision youd like to
share it doesnt matter how extraordinary
or far-fetched it seems email details to the
editor at tdowling@fxmagazine.co.uk
We ask
designers and
architects what
they would create
if they had carte
blanche
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