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Showcase: Architect@Work, Kensington Olympia

Last week we visited the Architect@Work exhibition in Kensington Olympia, which showcased some of the most recent innovations in the industry. Here are 5 of our favourites:

Sensory Sky by Dornbracht

The exhibit most hotly anticipated by the Boundary Space team, Dornbracht’s Sensory Sky rain shower aims to “stimulate all the senses”. Inspired by natural elements and weather, it has choregraphed patterns of warm rain, light, fog and essential oil aromatherapy to make you feel like you’re showering in the open air. With cool minimalist design, this is what we all want in our bathrooms for 2015.

Water Light Graffiti by Antonin Fourneau, in co-production with Art2M

Probably our highlight of the night, Antonin Fourneau has created a wall of LEDs which light up when they come into contact with water. Defying the common perception that water and electricity are incompatible, and definitely the most playful innovation of the night, we spent quite some time with the paintbrush and de-ionised water, marvelling as our names appeared in lights.

Antonin Fourneau Water Light Graffiti

Antonin Fourneau Water Light Graffiti

Magnetic Architecture by Space Group Architects

On first impressions filthy pane of glass with magnets stuck on it, Space Group Architects have created a magnetically controlled “fluid metal” sandwiched between two glass panes, which can be manipulated by sliding the magnets around. It’s a novel and exciting way to control light transmission, solar reflection, privacy and colour.

Space Group Architects

Space Group Architects

Magnetic Architecture

Magnetic Architecture

Cast Iron Prototype by 6a architects

6a architects presented a prototype of a cast iron panel installed with resounding success in Paul Smith’s Mayfair store, and exhibited at the Design Museum for its nomination for Design of the Year 2014. Inspired by the ubiquitousness of cast iron on London streets it is a blend of historical design (the pattern is based on a Regency balustrade), digitally modelled and manufactured through several complicated processes, the design merges London’s past with design technology’s future.

6a architects Cast Iron Prototype

6a architects Cast Iron Prototype

Handmade Portuguese Ceramics by New Terracotta

Handmade by Portuguese craftsman practiced in the art of Azulejo, New Terracotta ceramics has produced a line of beautiful tiles by combining traditional techniques with modern aesthetics. The collection ranges in palette and colour, from the “Basic” and “Matt” colours, to the more unusual “Oxide Explosions” and “Special Firing” effects. We particularly loved the “Vintage Metallics” though, with crackled ‘Old Gold’ and sultry ‘Black Nickel Eruption’.

New Terracotta Portuguese tiles

New Terracotta Portuguese tiles

 

By Helena Louise Cuss

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