Friday, 21 March 2014 11:23

Terra Tones - Royal Mosa

Mosa BIGDutch ceramic surface specialist Royal Mosa creates colourful and innovative collections such as Grey Green, the latest addition to the Terra Tones concept. The concept blends a variety of colour shades and tile sizes on walls, floors and facades to create bespoke surfaces in numerous combinations for a functional yet diverse look. The Grey Green collection can be seen at the Mosa Architectural Ceramics Center in Clerkenwell, London.

www.mosa.nl

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 10:46

Glassheart range - Solus Ceramics

Solus-CeramicsBSolus Ceramics introduces the new Glassheart range, a luxurious and elegant glass tile that can be applied to both walls and floors. Individually hand crafted by master glassmakers and featuring transparent glass cast with a vibrant colour transplanted beneath, the tiles have a smooth but rustic texture similar to set molten glass. The range comes in a number of sizes and shapes, including hexagons and more unusual rounded shapes. Available in 18 eye-catching colours such as orange, blue, violet and green, there is also a metallic option with a range of designs including waves and woven print.

www.solusceramics.com

Tuesday, 14 April 2009 16:34

OPA!

F-Zein Active’s fresh and dynamic profile in the Greek tourism market is represented perfectly by its new office fit-out.  With trekking expeditions, paint-balling, skiing, river rafting, mountain biking, canyoning and 4x4 trips in its arsenal of organised activities for adrenaline junkies and extreme sport enthusiasts , it’s no wonder the company’s new offices reflect a free-spirited, ‘go get ‘em!’ attitude. “The people that work inside the office work outside as well. They’re very young, the office has the spirit of a creative environment like an advertising agency, but instead they do other things – like take a jeep full of people into the mountains,” says Konstantinos Labrinopoulous, of KLAB Architects, who had the considerable job of transforming a drab industrial building in an Athens suburb into a modern office environment. One of the biggest hurdles, he says, was that the project was under the constraint of a very tight budget. In the end, though, the financial limitations may have helped KLAB deliver an office that has the fun edginess that F-Zein stands for.At planning stage, the expectation was that the company would expand rapidly over the following years. “For this reason, the F-Zein’s relationship with the office space had to be dynamic, which meant a sense of movement and instability,” explains Labrinopoulous. “We wanted to experiment with low budget materials and our aim was to create something that could be dismantled and carried away in a few minutes. This formed the basis of our concept, which surprisingly got approved.”The three-storey building was broken down into zones: open plan work area on the top two floors, private offices, reception and a conference room on ground level and storage in the basement. Translucent curved partitions made from corrugated polyester rolls and steel scaffolding poles are the core element of the main work areas – flexible enough for various configurations and, as Labrinopoulous is keen to point out, dirt cheap. The structures can be moved easily as they are not bolted to the ground, plus they look good. “The poly rolls give a really nice sense of the light coming in because they have fibres inside, so the effect is very interesting,” he adds. “We wanted to create a sense of transparency and duality where everybody is working together and alone at the same time, a sense of both non-permanent and fixed use of space.”Galvanised steel discs, 1.5m in diameter, are suspended from the orange ceiling to create an organised, albeit funky, light grid pattern that hides electrical cables. Each disc is connected to the ceiling at only one point at its centre plus each has been laser cut with three slots for linear fluorescent light bulbs. Transparent orange Perspex discs dangle in the voids of the stairwell, which shimmy and shake with the slightest gust of wind.These sorts of high impact, low-tech details were integral to the success of the project because the budget didn’t permit much else. Seven people - Labrinopoulous, his wife and five others - did the bulk of the work themselves. The linoleum floors were low cost and the walls got only a lick of paint.“We are very interested in the materiality – we want to investigate working with different materials,” he says. “For us, it’s easy to do good architecture with very expensive materials. Sometimes it’s more difficult to use the very simple stuff with simple details, but use them in a way that is interesting and clever and doesn’t look like crap or kind of cheap.”The striking façade is a bit more involved, and was the last part of the building to take form – though the idea behind it is simple and functional. In order to reduce heat during the blistering Greek summers, KLAB sourced canes from a nearby reed bed and used them as a kind of vertical sunscreen. The canes are fixed to the steel sub frame with the sort of plastic joints usually used for electrical cables. This was a fairly cheap solution, says Labrinopoulous, but it also references a common Greek practice of using canes as shade over pergolas. It also ties in nicely with F-Zein’s business: “We thought about it – they do things with nature, these guys – and the building is in a suburb of Athens but in an industrial area where there are a lot of small factories and manufacturing buildings. But there happens to be a stream next to it with a lot of canes, like you find in nature, and you could hear frogs,” says Labrinopoulous. “We said ‘ok, we want to hold that feeling that we are close to a stream. So we just went and got some canes and once again to our surprise, the client accepted the proposal.” It’s an innovative project, especially for Greece, he says, where innovation in office design is slow. “We have been watching a lot of the things happening here, they’re trying to be funky by using coloured glass but that’s about it. This project is more holistic because we did the façade, the floors, ceilings and partitions – we actually made it with our hands. When the client gives you a low budget, you’re freer. If you can do it, you can do it. It was a great experience for us.”
Published in Projects
Monday, 09 March 2009 10:39

Kingpin

We meet by a sculpture of Ozymandias in the atrium of Kings Place, best known as the new home of the Guardian newspaper in Kings Cross. But unlike the protagonist of the Shelley poem, which is concerned with the hubris of mankind, this office building’s architects and developer have something more philanthropic and inclusive in mind.

Published in Projects
Monday, 09 February 2009 12:22

Match point

How, feasibly, could a sparkling new office block coexist on the same site with the old Bryant & May match factory (a unique Liverpool landmark with decorative red Lancashire roses affixed on the white columns of the façade) that also bears an uncanny resemblance to a giant piece of birthday cake? It’s not the most obvious combination.
Published in Projects
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 17:12

Spatial equality

JWT is one of the oldest and largest advertising agencies in the world. When it turned to Clive Wilkinson architects, however, to convert its New York headquarters, the notion was to reinvent the agency to appeal to the up-and-coming generation of advertisers.

Published in Projects
Wednesday, 15 October 2008 11:26

Freudian slip

Those working in the media and creative sectors are probably familiar with London venues such as the Frontline Club in Paddington or The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, which offers bars, lounges, private cinemas and a rotating collection of contemporary art.

Published in Projects
Wednesday, 15 October 2008 10:37

Music box

There can’t be many architects whose professional life has brought them into contact with Simon Cowell. It must just be the circles that Linda Morey Smith moves in. The designer has recently completed a challenging rebuild for Sony BMG on a prime piece of Kensington real estate.

Published in Projects
Monday, 22 September 2008 13:40

Hardwood flooring-EDWARDS CHESHIRE

To support the sustainable requirements of specifiers and consumers, Edwards Cheshire has expanded its range of FSC-certified, pre-finished and unfinished hardwood flooring. Offering a selection of over 150 stock lines of FSC-certified solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring, teamed with direct deliveries from its Cheshire base, Edwards Cheshire is a first choice for environmentally and ethically sourced timber floors.

www.edwardscheshire.co.uk

Published in Flooring
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 11:31

Reiss is the word

David Reiss is best known for two things: his clothing company, which spans the divide between high-end and luxury fashion brand, and being one of the few remaining founder-owners in the British retail sector.

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