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AZURE March - April 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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Who is your all-time favourite design icon?ELIZABETHPAGLIACOLOWriter, “Amazing Concrete” (page 078) My all-time favourite designers are definitely the Eameses. They epitomize the ideal creative life – from their furniture to their futuristic concepts, from their films to their relationship, everything they worked on was thoughtful, heartfelt and important.What architectural photographer do you admire most?ALEX FRADKINPhotographer, “Winy Maas’s Excellent Chinese Adventure” (page 066)A former professor of mine, Henry Plummer, introduced me to the “poetics of light” when I was an architecture student. I learned from him that photography is not just a process of documentation, but a means to evoke emotion, a different way of observing and seeing. From that moment on, I was transfixed by the extraordinary symbiotic relationship of light, form, architecture and photography.What was the most memorable part…

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first + foremost

Geo KnobsAs a long-time designer of movie sets, Shayne Fox has seen a lot of cabinetry hardware. She hasn’t been overly impressed. The kind of pieces that appeal to her – handcrafted yet clean-lined, with a timeless, rustic appeal – have proved elusive, she says. So Fox decided to create them herself. Her eponymous firm, Shayne Fox Hardware, launched last year in Toronto, aiming to provide “unique cast-bronze hardware for all interior applications.” Her debut hardware collection – the Geo series of 30-millimetrelong knobs inspired by crystals – is made the old-fashioned way, from bronze that is hand poured when molten, then tumbled to a supple finish once cool. To accommodate bolts of various lengths, the threads drilled into the knobs are deep, making them suitable for cabinets and furniture…

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memphis redux

Wronko WoodsIt’s a testament to the Memphis school’s universal appeal that even a Canadian studio known for its handcrafted, mostly wood furnishings would find inspiration in its po-mo theatricality. Showcased at IDS Vancouver last fall, the Memphis collection of furniture and objects by Carson Wronko of Edmonton downplays the bright shades and plasticity of its forebear in favour of quiter tones and natural materials such as bleached maple and blackened walnut. But the whimsy and sculpturality are extant in pieces such as the cabinet (pictured) featuring udder-like legs and graphic surface symbols. wronkowoods.comCamille WalalaFor a short-lived movement that embraced the anarchic fusion of bold patterns, geometric shapes, DayGlo colours and synthetic materials, the Memphis style sure has legs. These days, the list of designers who claim the 1980s aesthetic as…

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5 things we learned from liz diller

As a principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the interdisciplinary New York studio she co-founded with Ricardo Scofidio in 1981, Liz Diller has realized her progressive ideas about space making through many of her home city’s most iconic projects, from the High Line and the revamping of Lincoln Center’s public areas to one of next year’s most anticipated unveilings: the Shed, a 19,000-square-metre art and performance structure created in collaboration with the Rockwell Group. The mammoth new building, on Manhattan’s west side, boasts a telescoping outer shell that doubles its footprint as needed. Recently, Diller sat down to discuss the challenges of working on landmark projects in an ever-changing metropolis, offering a few key lessons in the process._1 Take full advantage of enlightened municipal leaders.Under Mayor Giuliani there was no…

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floor show

_Leisure Center _Vancouver_Casper Mueller Kneer ArchitectsIf time is the new luxury, how do brick-and-mortar retailers convince people to spend more of it with them? By offering everything a shopper could want in a single location, says Mason Wu, co-founder of Leisure Center, a high-end concept space in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood.Offering upscale fashion and design, beauty and wellness products, art, books, private lounges and even a seminar space for community events (such as pop-up meditation sessions), the 1,860-square-metre store, which occupies two levels of a repurposed 1930 building, was envisioned as a place for consumers to spend not only their money but as much of their leisure time as they choose, explains Wu, who recruited Casper Mueller Kneer Architects to overhaul what was formerly a decorative-furnishings shop.Black mirrored partitions delineate display…

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meshing around

_Chicago Architecture BiennialThe performers at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory were cocooned in air-filtering fabric mesh commonly used in HVAC systems.An art gallery covered in a chain-link veil. A canopy made from perforated aluminum. Dividing walls constructed from stretched gauze. Almost every one of SO-IL’s architectural projects is defined by an element of semi-transparency. Principal Florian Idenburg says it’s his interest in breaking down the barrier between walls and the outdoors that informs most of what he and partner Jing Liu have built since they started their New York practice in 2008. “We’re always aware of that threshold between exterior and interior,” he says.When Idenburg was invited to create something new for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, he naturally chose the leafy environs of Garfield Park Conservatory, where indoors and out already…