The Cutting Edge of Glass
Wednesday, 6 February 2019
“Glass is performance art… from its fluidity to the way it scatters light in space. We are making spaces to put people in touch with the magic of glass.” Thomas Phifer, Architect
Glass is one of the most phenomenal building materials ever created. It is not surprising that it is used in the construction of almost every home, office and public building worldwide. Giving access to natural light, colour combinations and the capacity to mix interiors with exteriors, this unique material can be used to transform a building into a thing of beauty.
Glass is one of the greenest materials. Lighting up a building during the day with natural light saves money and energy resources, while advances in technology now control heat, keeping offices and homes cool in the summer and warm in winter. Its recyclable properties also make it sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Glass has no longer become a practical commodity, but leading Architects and Designers are using glass in their iconic buildings to make them not just practical, but ingenious and aesthetic.
As pictured above: The Louvre in Paris is a breathtaking example of the inventive use of glass in architecture
The large glass pyramid situated in front of the Louvre in Paris is a superb example of the inventive use of glass. It was designed by the architect I M Pei and was completed in 1989. The striking space-like structure is in sharp contrast with the French Renaissance style of the Louvre Museum behind it. The pyramid is stunning in daylight, but at night it is transformed, being lit with colour to create a dazzling sight.
Designed by Vlado Milunić, is the Nationale-Nederlanden building in Prague, nicknamed The Dancing House. The inspiration for the building is said to come from the movement of dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The use of glass is extensive throughout the building, particularly in one of the towers, where shaped glass panels give the impression that the tower is leaning into its more upright neighbour.
King’s Cross historic station has stood as the entryway to London for many visitors to the Capital for years. The station underwent an ambitious renovation that was completed in time for the 2012 Olympics. One of the projects was the restoration and refurbishment of the station’s original dual-arched roof, where all of the Victorian-designed details were preserved alongside a new installation of solar panels, which provide a large portion of the station’s energy demands. The company Romag had a key role in the restoration of the roof; their building-integrated photovoltaic tiles contribute 175,000 kWh of electricity and save over 100 tonnes of CO₂ emissions per annum.
A new innovation in glass is switchable Smart Glass that illuminates environments, creating multi-functional spaces that adapt and respond to the needs of users at the flick of a switch. Award-winning Pilkington is a company at the forefront of glass innovation too, with its new Safety Mirror and cutting-edge glazing to the 5-star Park Hotel Imperia in Italy.
Nendo's Oki Sato has also designed a series of cast glass chairs for Venetian brand WonderGlass, which feature a U-shaped base formed by the effects of gravity on molten glass.
As pictured above: Nendo's Oki Sato has also designed a series of cast glass chairs for Venetian brand WonderGlass and The Cattelan Italia Phoenix Suspension Light is made from handmade glass and is available at Lime Modern Living
Lime Modern Living has some stunning new cutting-edge glass products for the home, including the Cattelan Italia Phoenix Suspension Light with handmade glass and the Calligaris Puro Console Table with a choice of tempered colourful glass. Not forgetting the Connubia Calligaris Mikado Table with a transparent tempered glass top combined with a statement Beech Wood feature base.
It is not surprising that with all that is happening in the glass industry, 2019 looks to be an interesting year in interior design trends.
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Pantone Colour of the Year: Coral
Saturday, 19 January 2019
Renowned colour institute, Pantone, recently announced ‘Living Coral’ as its 2019 Colour Of The Year.
Fusing a representation of the modern world this bright, pinky-orange choice symbolises the energetic aspects of colour found in nature with the vibrant rush of digital technology and social media that is heavily immersed into our daily lives.
As pictured above: The Bonaldo Lovy Sofa From Lime
Described by Pantone as ‘sociable and spirited’, Living Coral delicately maintains the nurturing aspects we have seen in its selection over the past couple of years. This life-affirming yet warming hue embodies a universal desire for ‘optimism and joyful pursuits’ that ultimately ‘enable connection and intimacy’.
An elusive, enlivening presence that is indicative of the mesmerising colours displayed below the sea, the Lovy Sofa by Bonaldo demonstrates how to utilise Living Coral and its golden undertone as a plush textile finish on furniture to punctuate and add playfulness into your space.
As a bold wall covering, Living Coral alludes to the protective role coral reef plays when sheltering a myriad of colour and living organisms that reside in the underwater ecosystem; transposing an intimate, cocooning ambience we need at home.
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Sunday, 13 January 2019
Seeking character and one-of-kind designs, artisan-inspired products became increasingly popular last year. In 2019, this shift is set to continue with a strong focus on sustainability, presenting an era of furniture that brings both purpose and practicality.
Moving forward, the second-hand aesthetic that sustainable design conjures is set to take a back seat in favour of modern clean lines and slick materials. For the environmentally conscious, Calligaris present a pivotal selection of eco-friendly ceramic tables, with responsibly recyclable options that are chic and maintainable.
As pictured above: The Calligaris Omnia table at Lime
Offering remarkable strength and durability, both the Eminence and Omnia feature a tough ceramic table top that is exceptionally resistant to scratches, stains, impact, temperature and chemical products. Crafted from a 2mm thick porcelain tile merged onto 8mm of tempered float glass, opt for this quintessential ceramic design for a suitable all-round everyday table at home.
Easy to clean and hygienic, ceramic is a safer option for grazing. From on-trend decorative food displays to mucky toddlers, this finish does not absorb or emit harmful substances, making it suitable for contact with food, with the added benefit of thermal resistance that will withstand shock from hot pans and plates.
An essentially earthy style statement with longevity, consider your space and coordinate this artisan material in a range of finishes including white, dark grey, hazelnut, cement or sophisticated marble for an instantly grounding table with added elegance.
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The Environment - Future-Forward Furniture
Tuesday, 8 January 2019
“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” Mother Teresa
Eco-friendly, better for the planet, or environmentally safe. These are all terms used in the definition of sustainable.
But how sustainable is our furniture? There are certain characteristics that make any furniture sustainable – the use of materials, the manufacturing process, transportation from where it was manufactured, and how useful it is.
Sustainable furniture is made from materials that have certain characteristics. These materials may be recycled. Anything that is made from materials that had previously been used for something else and are then reused in the making of new furniture.
As pictured above (from left to right): Sits Sofas maintain an Environmentally Friendly Ethos and Look for Certification from Authorities such as the FSC
Sustainable furniture can also be made from a material that is renewable. Bamboo grows easily and can be replaced quickly, so it can be used as a renewable resource, so cane chairs may be a popular choice. Bontempi Casa is renowned for its non-polluting, metal-free and plastic-free paints. Its manufacturing processes and finishes are emission-free and many of its products are recyclable.
Using sustainable materials is only part of producing sustainable furniture. Responsible manufacturing practices matter just as much and have a great impact on our planet.
Manufacturing practices have to be safe for the environment, which means that manufacturers should make sure that they do not pollute the environment by checking carbon emissions, and they should practice fair trade and not harm communities or destroy sensitive environments to find material for their products. Look for certification from authorities such as FSC, or the Forest Stewardship Council.
Since transportation of finished products or even raw materials for manufacturing also uses energy, responsibility in transporting is also part of producing a sustainable product.
Any furniture that increases efficiency by providing greater utility for the user, such as multifunctional furniture is always a good option. It will take up less space and effectively solve the problem that it was meant to address. For instance, the Calligaris Quadro Bar Table is the perfect space-saver, made to operate easily and is a useful piece of furniture. Bonaldo Sofa Beds are also great examples of multifunctional furniture.
Sits also maintain an environmentally friendly ethos and work closely with the local community. Skilled seamstresses and upholsterers craft each product, while Sits work hard to source as many eco-friendly materials as possible.
The future of the planet and of next generations depends on us. That is why we must invest in environmental sustainability, through the responsible use of our resources and not continue to live in a throwaway society.
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