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AZURE November - December 2014

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.

Country:
Canada
Language:
English
Publisher:
Azure Publishing Inc.
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8 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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cast of colours

THE CHILLERRoss Barney Architect’s chilling plant at Ohio State University features dichroic glass fins from Goldray Industries. Through these embellishments, the sun casts polychromatic shadows across the concrete facade, an effect that changes throughout the day. r-barc.comSHIMMER TABLEGlas Italia commissioned Patricia Urquiola to design a set of low tables using laminated and glued glass. The iridescent coating gives an ethereal finish that appears to move, like gasoline floating on water. Available in transparent and acid-etched styles. glasitalia.comSKYTTLEBRON BRIDGEThis bridge in Lund, Sweden, offers pedestrians and cyclists a sunset-hued view of a drab part of the city. Metro Arkitekter chose four colours of glass, one for each set of stairs that connects to the railway platform below. metroarkitekter.se3FORM’S PATTERN+These wall panels, a customizable addition to the Infinite Glass line, can be…

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out of sight

1 Backstage by B&B ItaliaAntonio Citterio’s wardrobe system features unique pivoting hinges to minimize door clearance and to enable easy access. The doors, available in three widths, come in sucupira wood or 15 lacquers. Leather and bronzed nickel finishes throughout lend a luxe feel. bebitalia.it2 Collect by InterlübkeRolf Heide and Peter Kräling’s slick system can be customized with endless lacquer and size choices, plus cut-outs for cable routing and power outlets. interluebke.com3 Stilt by Living DivaniThis bedside table by Marco Guazzini, in right or left versions, is made of MDF with elm or oak veneer. It contains two compartments and a trinket drawer, and is available in three heights. livingdivani.it4 Cover by RimadesioSuitable for the bedroom or the living room, Giuseppe Bavuso’s Cover is a system of hinged glass doors,…

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contributors

WE ASKED: WHAT IS THE ESSENTIAL TOOL FOR ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS? “A camera. Collecting reference images is essential, and a way of remembering what we see in the world, not what others show us.”George Whiteside – now in his third decade of creating fine art photography – took his camera to picturesque Prince Edward County, Ontario, to capture the Drake Devonshire’s eclectic interiors. → Page 78 “Thick skin. Design critics can be harsh, but they rarely get personal, so don’t take the negative comments to heart.”Matthew Hague, who launched his journalism career after studying architecture at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, toured the Drake Devonshire and its stunning lakeside surroundings for “Drake by the Lake.” → Page 78 “A sketch pad. You cannot see until you’ve drawn. Similarly, you cannot…

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asia + australia china hong kong japan korea taiwan

39 EMPEROR BY MOOOI Neri & Hu turned to the Hans Christian Andersen tale “The Nightingale” for the cage shape of this bamboo lamp. In table, floor and pendant versions. $2,460, moooi.com40 BLENDER BY MUJI The minimalist retailer has launched a collection of appliances that includes a toaster, a blender, a kettle and a rice cooker designed by Naoto Fukasawa of Tokyo. $50, muji.com41 HOMME PLISSÉ BY ISSEY MIYAKE This new line for men, inspired by Brazilian capoeira martial arts, is defined by thick pleated cotton in a palette of neutrals and bolds. $375, isseymiyake.com42 ALPHA GALAXY BY SAMSUNG The South Korean tech giant’s latest smart phone in five colours features a 4.7-inch screen, making it smaller and sleeker than its S5 predecessor. $700, samsung.com43 VILLAGE BY HÄAGEN-DAZS To evoke…

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three sides to a quad

URSITIES HAVE LONG BEEN BUILT AROUND THE IDEA OF THE OPEN QUAD-rangle, a geographic and emotional centre of campus where students can gather and exchange ideas. For the University of Southern Denmark, in Kolding, Copenhagen firm Henning Larsen lopped off one side of the quad and embraced the humble triangle. The result is a building animated by dynamic, angular interior spaces for connection and collaboration.The university, founded in 1966 and now with campuses in six Danish cities, had previously housed its Kolding program (focused on design, communication, business and entrepreneurship) in a former hospital. “Our old building didn’t give students space to come together between lectures,” says Per Krogh Hansen, campus manager and head of the Department of Design and Communication. “There was no place to make those interdisciplinary links.”Henning…

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cathedrals of culture

Neue Road Movies (6 × 26 minutes)IF BUILDINGS COULD SPEAK, what would they say about us? This is the starting point for a new film series that premiered in 3-D at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year. Six international directors, helmed by New German cineaste Wim Wenders, give voice to six iconic buildings.In Wenders’ music-infused episode at the Berliner Philharmonie, the director puts his skill for evoking place to good use. His floating lens reveals Hans Scharoun’s modernist building from unusual perspectives, including that of a maintenance technician on the aluminum-clad roof and a piano tuner in a rehearsal room. These images unfold with ease to the venue’s disembodied female voice: “As buildings, we have more influence on the world than you let yourself think.”This idea is picked…

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