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AZURE January - February 2018

Lively, fresh, forward-looking, but also socially relevant — this defines Azure, the leading design publication covering the expanding world of international contemporary architecture and design. Each issue delivers readers inspiring ideas and cutting-edge innovations, from state-of-the-art green building to the latest in furniture and home accessories from around the globe.

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the new azure

A week before going to press with this issue, I attended a focus group organized by Informa where various creative thinkers were gathered around the table. Their roles ranged from VP of design for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to partner at Jam3, an interactive digital design agency based in Toronto. We were tasked with answering one question: What is the biggest challenge your industry is facing right now? The answers varied as much as the people.It’s clear that seismic changes are underway in every sector, encompassing everything from reconfiguring office spaces to accommodate such features as “conversation zones” to building new methods for staying nimble in a competitive market. Legacy has its own particular challenges, too. Rami Riad, retail director for Cassina, brought up how a company like his,…

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we asked…

What architecture or design event are you most looking forward to in 2018?CAROLINE EDNIEWriter, “Life in Ruins” (page 066)The V&A Museum of Design Dundee [above] is scheduled to open in the second half of the year. Not only is it the first building designed by Kengo Kuma Associates in the U.K., but also Scotland’s first-ever dedicated design museum and the only V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London.What was the most memorable part of your assignment for this issue?JACLYN TERSIGNIWriter, “Tile Report” (page 098)I travelled to Bologna, Italy, for the big tile expo Cersaie. The show’s press conference was held at Palazzo Ducale, just outside of the city in Sassuolo, where they’re exhibiting these amazing lighting installations by artist Mario Nanni [the show is on until January 8]. The…

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the bound bench

Shown during Dutch Design Week this fall, Maarten Kolk and Guus Kusters’ Bound Bench could only have been conceived in the Netherlands, land of resourcefulness and red light districts. Consisting of scrap Forbo linoleum strapped to OSB panels with polyester rope, the trussedup seating, the duo says, was inspired by bondage. What’s truly deviant, though, isn’t the kinky allusion, but how simultaneously elegant and durable the finished product is. “We like how linoleum resembles marble in an artificial way,” Kolk and Kusters, who are based in Eindhoven, explain. “It’s a man-made material, but created through a natural oxidation process. This process doesn’t stop once the material leaves the factory.” Over time, in other words, the linoleum will develop a patina, just like natural stone. Bound comes in a variety of…

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flecks appeal

Theo Williams Studio’s Primo Terrazzo Tavolini tables for Another Brand come in a variety of sizes.Primo Terrazzo TavoliniSome 500 years ago, Venetian labourers began mixing leftover marble chips with clay to create cheap, durable flooring, using goat’s milk to seal it and to bring out its shine. Today, everything from marble, granite and quartz to recycled glass, porcelain and metal goes into making terrazzo, currently undergoing a creative rebirth – and in service of much more than floors. London’s Theo Williams Studio, for one, looked to the mottled material when developing its Primo Terrazzo Tavolini for British manufacturer Another Brand. Embedded in cement, the irregular, multi-hued fragments add depth and sparkle to the line’s geometric shapes, appearing timeless and timely at once. _KENDRA JACKSON anotherbrand.comBrodie NeillIf there’s one designer pushing…

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fjord explorer

From pools and platforms to decks and diving towers, harbourside swimming facilities are common in Danish coastal towns. A few years ago, however, the city of Aalborg, Denmark’s fourth largest, decided on a more ambitious program when it came to one such amenity. Aiming to draw more visitors to the fjord on which the city sits, the local government chose Copenhagen architecture firm Adept to convert a typical municipal pool into a 24-hour park that affords direct contact with nature. The recently opened result, executed with GHB Landscape Architects, is 15-hectare Vestre Fjord Park, an imaginative “learning and experience zone” that consists of five low-slung buildings on an isthmus dividing a basin and open-air pools on one side from open water on the other. The buildings, which house clubhouses, a…

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5 things we learned from michael ford

Michael Ford, an AIA Associate, is one of the drivers of the proposed Universal Hip Hop Museum in New York.After years of working to hip hop music as an architecture student at the University of Detroit Mercy, Michael Ford had an epiphany. “Architecture,” he says, “has always been influenced by cultural movements. Religion, for example, gave us cathedrals. And hip hop is a cultural movement, too.” At UDM, Ford dedicated himself to exploring the connections between music and design, christening himself the Hip Hop Architect. Now based in Madison, Wisconsin, where his practice, BrandNu Design, specializes in pre-development strategies, he oversees travelling youth camps that introduce a new audience to Autodesk Tinkercad and sits on the advisory board for the Universal Hip Hop Museum, part of a massive affordable-housing complex…