Riverside Museum of Transport in Glasgow: Colour coded Inside and Out

The summer of 2011 saw the opening of Glasgow’s Riverside Museum of Transport, and in May 2012 it received the ‘European Museum Academy Micheletti Award’ in recognition of its status as ‘the most innovative museum for technology, work and social history.’ This development was the first major public building contract won by Zaha Hadid in Great Britain, where she now resides. The building is clearly in her personal style — a combination of powerful zigzag and sweeping contours — and now stands as an important landmark in Glasgow Harbour, once the vital location for shipyards and busy port traffic. The hope is that the new museum will form a link to Glasgow’s maritime history and engender new life in the old quayside areas, much of which is in disuse. The historic three-mast steel-hulled barque Glenlee sailing ship is anchored in the River Clyde in front

The Riverside Museum skyline is rather like the letter Z turned on its side, with the edge right on the outer margin of the site. The museum has a 36-metre glass façade to the river, with the zigzag roofline not unlike waves on the water. The windows are darkened to protect the exhibits from solar glare, yet reflect the local environment, the shimmering silver roof seeming almost to blend with the sky. The roof construction follows a gentle, wavy, partly angular line. The height and width of the individual roof sections vary along the entire length of the structure. A cut-edge ridge crowns the pointed roof. Zaha Hadid: “The most important thing is the overall flow – the flow of things, the non-Euclidian geometry – in which nothing is repeated; in brief, a reordering of the space.”

The museum also houses a cafeteria. ‘Twin’ chairs were selected for the outside areas – a robust item suitable for contract applications. This plastic-coated steel chair is from Brunner: fresh, lightweight and in youthful design and cast in a single unique style, it harmonises ideally with the technical ambience embodied in the museum. The Twin is finished in apple green, following the colour scheme systematically used inside the museum – from the lime-green hall to the luminescent green stairs, through to the many details presented in a wide variety of green tones. The multi-functional and weather-resistant all-round Twin chair was designed by Archirivolto, and in April was chosen for inclusion in Die Neue Sammlung (‘new collection’) – one of the biggest museums of industrial and product design.

White is the Fitness Colour

Holiday time is here at last, but what about the weather? There’s no other choice, than to catch a ‘plane to the sunny south; or maybe, a hotel with a luxurious health centre and spa where you can ‘let it all hang out’, surrender to the luxury of health and beauty treatments and recharge the batteries. However, it takes the right good quality equipment and furniture to create the right atmosphere; the colour of choice is white, which has long since come to symbolise purity and clarity. It gives a room a generous and elegant appearance, and relaxes the eyes.

The new generation of spa furniture from Projectform is in-line with this trend but with subtle differences: ‘silk-white’ incorporates a light beige in the weave, while ‘seashell’ shimmers in unobtrusive grey. In spite of its enclosed shape, the compact ‘Lotus’ lounge-landscape appears lightweight and striking. By contrast, ‘Embrace’ allows for many combinations and arrangements of chairs, tables and stools.

The vast available range of choice extends from hot-stone massage to algae-packs and herbal baths, but in the final analysis the choice is a subjective one, just like one’s personal niche. If the lounge seats demand too much strength, maybe Projectform’s wellness couches are the answer. They combine functionality with design, adjustable head- and foot-rests, or ergonomically shaped couch surfaces, conforming with the entire body shape to guarantee a comfortable resting posture. The ‘Gardino-Geflecht’ (‘Gardino Weave’) is particularly suited for spa areas: it dries quickly, is easy to clean, strong, and has a long service life.

Petals on the lawn! Red dot product design award 2012 for “shallow swing”

The design of “shallow swing” represents lightness and was inspired by the idea of petals on a lawn. The hand-crafted wooden frame curves gently and is glued together by hand with a lamination process that provides weatherproofing.

The wooden frame is covered with fabric. Gisbert Baarmann, the designer of this generously sized wooden form, calls it a “hyperbolic parabola”. A circular base has been twisted in a way which creates two pairs of high and low points opposite one another. “shallow swing” is a lightweight, dimensionally stable and yet elastic, transparent structure for dozing or gently rocking as well as offering protection from the sun.

“shallow swing” won the red dot product design award 2012. The jury´s statement: “shallow swing is a highly attractive piece of gardenfurniture for both sitting and rocking. It is the expression of an innovative design concept that brings together design and handicraft. shallow swing provides an effortless transition between the outdoor and the indoor worlds.”

Further information: shallowswing.de

Manutti: Outdoor Furniture for the Smaller Design Fans

Outdoor living und play: the days are now gone when children have to be content with garish plastic chairs in the garden at home, hotels or restaurants. Belgian outdoor furniture manufacturer Manutti has decided that the youngsters deserve better, with the exclusive Kiddy Collection.

The collection is derived from the company’s adult armchair and chair designs, but adapted and optimised to the size and weight requirements of smaller children. The Kiddy Collection is built to the same high quality standard in weather-resistant materials; the seats not only withstand the worst that wind and weather can do, but also the punishment meted out by children romping on the terrace, in the garden or bedroom.

The range of comfortable children’s armchairs and chairs is derived from the Mood, Atlanta, San Diego and Orlando product lines, and available in up to eight different colours.

Further information: manutti.com

 

VDM Survey: The Materials of Choice for Outdoor Furniture?

People continue to invest ever-larger sums of money in their gardens, balconies and terraces. For which reason the VDM Association of German Furniture Manufacturers wanted to find out what materials have the greatest market share in the construction of outdoor furniture. Recent research by the VDM showed that at present 35 percent of German Garden furniture is made of wood – with the trend continuing upwards.

Wood is a natural and renewable resource, and increasingly popular with customers. Not far behind, about 30 percent of outdoor furniture is made of plastic, including the highly popular and robust basket-woven fibre products. The ‘smallest’ main materials sector is that for metal furniture.

Of course, all three materials are often found in combination with each other, together with other materials such as stone and glass. The survey also included mention of other materials making up less than ten percent, such as rattan, cork and textiles.