Art et Architecture


May 2020

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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celebrating people

When the first issue of Azure made its debut in 1985, the Internet was in its infancy, Justin Trudeau was barely a teenager and the one or two architects that the average person could name — Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe — had been dead for decades. It wasn’t until a dozen years later, with the opening of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, that the notion of starchitecture took root, paving the way for the kind of mainstream appreciation and dissection of design we see and engage in today. As an early platform for such dialogue, Azure has always recognized how inter-related design disciplines are, that the experiences and lessons of one can be relevant to others. It’s a big-picture approach that has served us and our audience well,…

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we asked…

What design of the past three and a half decades resonates most with you? EVAN PAVKA Azure’s Associate Editor Having grown up in Afghanistan, where unactivated mines continue to endanger civilians, designer Massoud Hassani (along with his brother Mahmud) transformed a childhood toy into 2011’s Mine Kafon Ball. The wind-powered art piece — featuring bamboo legs, plastic feet and an iron core — approximates the weight of a human body to detonate latent explosives. It’s a reminder that even the most daunting of political challenges can be met with the simplicity embodied in a child’s game. What are the next big questions for design? ALICE RAWSTHORN Interviewer, “Paola Antonelli’s elastic mind” (page 74) As the world’s challenges are design’s challenges, there are many important issues to address, from tackling the climate emergency and refugee crisis to curbing…

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first + foremost

Lunaria Tables From mass and cross-laminated timber to 3D-printed alternatives, few materials are as likely to shape the next 35 years of design as definitively as wood. Crafted for Swedish brand DUX by award-winning Stockholm-based multidisciplinary studio Claesson Koivisto Rune (which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year), the Lunaria series reflects the material’s appeal in a collection of tiered side tables hewn from solid ash. Taking their irregular form (and name) from the shape of the moon when its light is refracted through the Earth’s atmosphere, the line was officially unveiled during Stockholm Design Week in February and is offered in three sizes — 39 by 50, 60 by 45 and 86 by 40 centimetres — with a wax oil finish.,…

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game changers

STATUS LOOK AND EXTREMA WAVE Italian manufacturer Flukso showcased a number of additions to its already expansive offering of fabric coverings at the 2020 edition of Heimtextil. Among them was Status Look (shown in orange) and the vibrant Extrema Wave (shown in yellow), a textured version of its eco-leather Extrema Au. The quilted surface adds depth, comfort and elasticity to the water-resistant product, which is also fungicide-treated and fire-retardant. Reminiscent of thermal insulated outerwear and available in eight tones, the scalloped design is perfectly suited for high-traffic environments. RUBBER ON Lightfast, water-repellent and stain-resistant, Austrian brand coverdec.‌one’s latest line marries cutting-edge material science with a refined futuristic aesthetic. Consisting of three unique dimensional designs — the angular Crush (shown), the faceted Diamond and the gridlike Cube — Rubber On is made from…

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speaking volumes

PUKKA BY LIGNE ROSET Paying homage to Italian legend Gaetano Pesce’s 1969 UP5 armchair, Toronto- and New York–based studio Yabu Pushelberg’s latest furniture design features an ultra-flexible polyurethane foam base wrapped in a range of stretch fabrics to form its chubby profile. REPETA 01 BY WOAK While also art directing Woak, Milan’s Andrea Steidl designed a number of new pieces for the Swiss brand, including this chunky cupboard. Featuring a marble top and ribbons of thick wood piping, the walnut or oak unit comes in six finishes, from black (shown) and blue to natural stains. OASIS BY NORTHERN Rounding out its existing Oasis line, the Norwegian brand completed this series of self-watering terracotta planters with a new 20.5-centimetre-wide version. The interlocking system consists of an upper vessel and a base that features an…

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the brutalist

“How can a detail make an object unique?” It’s the question behind Ferréol Babin’s most recent product design for German brand Pulpo: the Brut shelving line. A striking highlight amid the almost endless array of goods launched at IMM Cologne in January, Babin’s trio of units also exemplified the focus on artisanal processes that echoed throughout the annual expo. Captivated by the circular holes drilled into marble to separate larger planes of stone into smaller sections, Babin looked to both underscore and elevate this industrial process typically erased once slabs are finished. The resulting shelving series sees a range of stone ledges wrapped in three glass panels (either fluted, white or the grey pictured at left), with discreet metal supports below to emphasize the exposed edge. As a result, no two…