ARCHITECT@WORK is pleased to announce the first round of top European architectural supplier brands have been selected to participate in its two-day trade fair aimed at architects, designers and specifiers, held at Olympia National Hall on 25th and 26th January. All companies that apply to exhibit are scrutinised by a panel of judges to ensure that products are of the highest level. Innovation is always at the forefront of this show.
A total of 100 leading suppliers will showcase their new innovative products and services, including the latest in surface solutions, lighting technology as well as interior and exterior fixtures and fittings. Highlights included are:
FINISHES AND MATERIALS
Danish high-performance concrete manufacturer Hi-Con A/S will reveal its newly developed balcony connectors for the first time in the UK. This thinly cast system has very few fixing points, enabling balconies to be mounted in places where it would usually not have been possible.
One of the leading distributors and manufacturers of fibrecement, Cembrit, will showcase a wide range of facade, roofing and interior products, and will hold the UK launch of its Fibre Cement Rainscreen Cladding at the show.
Using an innovative process to combine glass and natural stone in a single surface, Spanish brand Ceptual will launch a new product called Rock Skin®, a material with the texture of natural rock and the full potential of glass for use in interactive backlighting.
There will be a wide range of high-spec decorative metal panels, street lighting and furniture by BPlan on show for both interior and exterior use, while manufacturer Knauf AMF will exhibit its new Heradesign wall absorbers and other ceiling and wall surface solutions.
Some of the world’s top powder coatings producers, including Adapta Color and AkzoNobel Powder Coatings, will be exhibiting at ARCHITECT@WORK. Adapta Color’s range includes magnetic, electrical insulation, mosquito repellent, photoluminescence and Bioproof® powder coating systems. The show will also be the UK launch of the Interpon Précis non-reflective coating by AkzoNobel. Using ground-breaking technology developed in its UK polymer centre, this durable powder coating has gloss levels as low as 5 units, delivering a perfect ultra-matt finish.
Aurubis, from Finland, have been manufacturing Nordic copper and copper alloys used to clad roofs and facades for over 20 years. Aurubis has chosen to launch their preweathered and pre-patinated copper and copper alloys to the UK market at ARCHITECT@WORK. Newer to the scene and founded in Bremen, Germany, Decorus Tubes creates unique designer metal tubes of carbon steel, stainless steel and non-ferrous metals.
The stunning collection of fine marble inlay from Budri will be punctuated by its new product designed by Patricia Urquiola, The Papiro Collection which illustrates the evolution of marble processing and is available in five patterns.
Manufactured in the Netherlands, EeStairs produces staircases in a wide range of materials including the new, highly versatile, Cells balustrade system that features attractive organic shapes and is available in any RAL colour.
WINDOWS AND DOORS
Located in Belgium and established in 1935, Louage & Wisselink will show the latest sliding door systems including their self-supporting pocket doors with an invisible latent track. Klein, established in 1931, will show Extendo©, a synchronised telescopic system for sliding glass interior panels. This synchronised opening system allows you to activate all mobile panels by moving just one.
Top-of-the-line brass, aluminium, steel and stainless steel hinges for doors and windows by Simonswerk will be on view as well as door and window handles from Intersteel, including the UK launch of the Bas König designed Fusion handles. Visit Karcher Design’s stand, which will feature door and window handles in a new oil-rubbed bronze finish.
Blackbody produces beautiful OLED’s (organic light-emitting diodes) and has revolutionised the way light is experienced. Using nanotechnology OLEDs are bright super-flat surfaces that don’t conduct heat and can be viewed without a shade. Whereas Bover, based in Barcelona, produces lighting solutions with a distinctively Mediterranean feel – for both outdoor and indoor uses. Its collections utilise a wide range of materials from wood fragments and polished aluminium to polyethylene and rubber.
Also based in Spain is Fluvia, a company that creates LED lighting designed to be versatile with powerful performance allowing for installation in high ceilings. Italian lighting manufacturer Buzzi & Buzzi will show its sleek collection of completely recessed, outdoor and surface lighting including its new Genios, Eggy and Taurus collections.
FLOOR AND WINDOW TREATMENTS
YO2 creates antique-look, contemporary carpet tiles, rugs, wallpapers and textiles with for heavily used commercial areas. This Cypriot company also produces customised products for interior design projects around the world.
One of the global leaders in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces, Tarkett will be showcasing its wide range of products, including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood and laminate, synthetic turf and athletic tracks.
Moving from floor coverings to window systems, well-established British manual and motorised curtain and blind brand Silent Gliss will be demonstrating its new Snake Wave and Electric Curtain Track 5600.
For the ultimate games room, The TrackMan golf radar helps map key data parameters, ball speed, attack angle, club path, face angle and captures the golf swing with a built in HD video camera or with the use of external cameras. TrackMan can be used outdoors as well as indoor in a golf simulator environment.
If the idea of pulling all the technologies on a project together is daunting, it’s worth visiting Ideaworks at ARCHITECT@WORK. Ideaworks creates technology for homes, superyachts, developments and hospitality venues. Ideaworks will show Turn for the first time in the UK, a beautifully crafted glass display, centred around a weighted rotating ring. It can be used to control room functions such as lighting, temperature.
The theme for ARCHITECT@WORK UK 2017 is water. To honour this the SCIN GALLERY will present an exhibition focusing on how water is used and imitated in design. There is also an impressive talks programme focusing on the theme.
Wednesday, 26th January
15:00 A bridge too far?
Roger Ridsdill Smith, Foster+Partners
Jonathan McDowell, Matter Architecture
Julia Barfield, Marks Barfield
Ben Addy, Moxon Architects
16:15 Design driven by natural forces
Chair: Eleanor Young, RIBAJ
Ana Abram, Gustafson Porter
Jerry Tate, Tate Harmer
Michael Pawlyn, Exploration Architecture
17:30 The British Land interview
Senior Figure, British Land
Interviewer: Peter Murray, NLA
Thursday, 27th January
15:00 The amphibious city
Chris Romer-Lee, Studio Octopi
Carl Turner, Carl Turner Architects
16:15 Waterway development
Chair: Phineas Harper, the Architecture Foundation
Alex Ely, Mae Architects
Peter Chowns, Canal and River Trust
Steve Webb, Webb Yates
17:30 The Argent interview
Tom Goodall, Argent
Anthony Peter, Argent
Interviewer: David Michon, journalist