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Houe: new garden chairs with “click” effect

The design label Houe offers elegant garden furniture with Scandinavian charm. The Danish manufacturer is now expanding its CLICK collection with five new models.

With the CLICK product family, Houe dedicates itself to outdoor furniture that is as delicate as it is robust. In the process, the label attaches special value to a large selection of seating options. Houe has therefore expanded its assortment with five new products for the outdoor season 2016.

The new models include the CLICK Chair without armrests, the CLICK Tall Dining Chair and the CLICK Sunlounger. Now also available is a footrest. The name “CLICK” stands for extraordinary design freedom. All seating surfaces and backrests are available in twelve colours and in two already defined colour combinations, but can also be designed according to your own wishes. The plastic lamellae of the chairs can be exchanged with a “click”. This flexibility enables permanent repair or modification of the chairs.

Library with garden: project by Stewart Hollenstein

Stewart Hollenstein have recently been awarded an honourable mention in the international design competition for the Regional Library in Varna, Bulgaria. The competition was organised by the Varna Municipality and the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria.

Varna is a major tourist destination located on the edge of the Black Sea and is often referred to as the summer capital of Bulgaria. The Stewart Hollenstein scheme picks up on the rich history of Varna as a city of generous public gardens, merging this with the library program. A series of stacked landscapes, each with their own distinct character, provide a multitude of indoor and outdoor spaces for library and civic activity. The library is envisioned as the heart of cultural life in the city.

The design features a Children’s floor with an adventure garden, a flexible youth zone with hammocks, mobile shelving and pot plants, a quiet study floor with native garden and a roof top events terrace with views to the city and Black Sea beyond. The ground floor is an event hub, connecting the library with the activity of the street and adjacent town hall and bringing the landscape inside. The ground plane is designed as a highly inviting and open space with every side of the library activated with public programs including exhibitions, conferences, public program rooms, café and a generous public foyer.


Green Towers: Residential Project by MAD

The concept of “Cloud Corridor” by Chinese architectural office MAD addresses the concern of sprawl in cities and presents a typological alternative: the high-density vertical village. By reorienting the streets vertically, nine interconnected residential towers redistribute the urban fabric to cohere disparate neighborhoods into a vertical village with public spaces and gardens in the sky. Connective corridors weave circulation between towers to foster a sense of community among residents and activate the towers as a bustling village within the city.

Proposed as an urban landmark, “Cloud Corridor” expresses a devotion to nature. Each floorplate boasts gardens to accompany residential units. The garden patios and courtyards provide a lush environment amid the surrounding urban density, and provide a retreat from the everyday among nature.  Elevated corridors and multi-level garden patios shape the city skyline and provide viewing platforms for residents to overlook the bustling activity below and the natural landscape beyond. “Cloud Corridor’s” podium dually serves as a public park and as a transportation hub. The sculpted area is covered with a grass lawn and punctuated by trees; the transformation of its massing suggest the image of rolling hills.

Schaffner AG: Honoured by the German Design Award

Swiss manufacturer of garden furniture Schaffner has been awarded with the German Design Award for its garden chair Lamello.

The weatherproof and stackable chair is available in fresh colours. „Lamello is a stylish shell chair that stands out for its timelessly elegant and colourful design“, said the jury. Every year, top-quality submissions from product and communications design are awarded with the German Design Award, all of them are in their own way ground-breaking in the international design landscape.

Schaffner AG was founded in 1954 and is specialised in the production of furniture for outdoors. The quality of the products has made the company the largest producer of garden furniture in Switzerland. Simple design and high manufacturing quality characterize the products of the company. “We are well known for our retro products, but the Lamello is a new creation, with which we can now obviously succeed in the market,” said CEO Martin Schaffner concerning the award.

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Glatz: Sunshades with Light

Whether in the outdoor area of ​​private homes, restaurants  or Hotels: Sunshades from Glatz offer much more than shadows. One example is the new innovation of Glatz – the FORTELLO® LED and the LED FORTELLO easy. With this screen models of the Swiss manufacturer we can turn our night into day – thanks to the integrated LED lights.

In daytime the sunshades function as a protection from sun, rain and wind; in the nighttime they ensure warm light thanks to the LED’s. Concerning the LED’s, one can optionally choose from two levels of brightness. The cables are conveniently integrated in the pursuit. The sunshades are available in round or square design. In addition, both screens are easy to handle and to transport due to their low weight and a practicable opening system. Due to its stable construction and the wide range of applications, they are perfect for both: private use as well as hospitality industry.

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