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Danny Cheng Interiors


A New Beginning
The Environmental Bubble is a mobile, inflatable structure that recently hosted dance workshops at various locations across New York City. The portable venue is based on an unrealised architectural project of the same name by French architect-and-artist Francois Dallegret. Originally an illustration accompanying English architecture critic Reyner Banham’s seminal article A Home is Not a Home (first published in the April 1965 edition of Art in America magazine), The Environmental Bubble became a reference point for architects who sought to challenge the dualism of public and private spaces. In order, finally, to realise the project, LA-based architect Francois Perrin and French dance choreographer Dimitri Chamblas collaborated with Dallegret, resulting in an updated bubble that responds to a new urban context. Central Park, Times Square and Main Street Park were among the places in the Big Apple where The Environmental Bubble pitched up, as part of New York’s Performa 17 arts festival.

Teutonic Taps
German shower-and-tap specialist Hansgrohe is spotlighting a new kitchen sink with mixer. The Metris two-hole single-lever kitchen mixer has an ergonomic design and a pull-out spout. The faucet can swivel 150 degrees, and a hose allows the pull-out spout to be extended to up to 76cm. The length of the hose is neatly housed in the sink’s space-saving sBox, which prevents beneath-sink clutter. A “select button” located at the near right corner of the sink allows users to control water flow with one’s elbow – a handy function when both mitts are occupied, holding hot pots and pans. The sink-and-mixer unit is available in chrome or stainless steel, and can be installed flat on a countertop, or be mounted flush.

Shining a Light
In March, the latest edition of the biennial Light + Building trade fair will take place in Frankfurt. Debuting at the coming event will be a new Young Design Zone. This space will provide newcomers to the lighting industry with a dedicated area in which they can introduce themselves and their products to a professional audience. The lamps on display will not yet be in production, with the rights for the exhibited designs still up for grabs. “We want to give young talents the opportunity to showcase their creativity and design skills and to make contact with partners, who will be able to help them further their careers,” says Light + Building director of brand management Maria Hasselman. “This is often where the foundation stones for successful collaborations between designers and manufacturers are laid – an ideal springboard for the sector.” Stands in the Young Design Zone will be let free of charge to those under the age of 35 with less than five years of design experience under their belt.

One of the themes of the main event will be Digital, Reductionist, Refined – Lighting for the Modern World. Over the last few years, the world has embraced the latest development in lighting: energy-efficient LEDs. “After a few years of ‘transition’, LEDs have become a well-established standard, and creative new approaches are now emerging from this new perspective on light and lighting that would have been unthinkable up until a few years ago,” reads the Light + Building press release. Designers are still adjusting to the sudden changes. “Whilst, until a few years ago, lighting design was still concerned with devising the most decorative models possible to create sculptural accents in the home, luminaires can now be seen to be receding into the background.” The current trend is for lamps in minimalist, reductionist forms.

Another topic that will be mulled over in Frankfurt is organic shapes versus geometric ones. The fair will explore all the latest design trends within the lighting industry. Light + Building 2018 runs from 18 to 23 March..”



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