ICFF New York 14-17 May
Atelier Vierkant presents Forms and Textures on ICFF New York , Javits Center, 14-17 May.
National Gallery Singapore
Visitors come to the National Gallery Singapore to see the biggest art collection in South East Asia and, surrounded by French architect Jean-François Milou’s lovely interior, art enthusiasts cannot fail to notice some amazing oversized clay pebbles. Their smooth shapes are both organic and mineral, as if hailing from unknown lands. “The museum director discovered our K collection in 2015 when it was on show at Club 21. Sixteen pieces were selected for the museum”, explains Dries Janssens who, together with his two brothers, is at the helm of this family company founded by his father Willy in 1992. Vierkant means square in Flemish and the name sounds rather like a statement of intent. In fact, the former horticulturalist Willy Janssens started making pots because he wanted original containers for his bay trees. Faced with increasing competition from the Dutch horticultural industry, it was vital to find new opportunities for growth so the firm took the audacious step of focussing on the container rather than its contents. “It was a question of survival. My father started making his own square pots, as there weren’t any available on the market at the time. My mother designed them. Their idea was to create a range of simple, contemporary shapes.” And it certainly turned out very well. It wasn’t long before their collections of sculptural, textured pots caught the eye of architects and landscape gardeners worldwide. Today the export market accounts for 95% of Atelier Vierkant’s turnover and some 45 people design and manufacture the collections in its workshops in Bruges and Ostend. The clay forms seem to hesitate between a state of equilibrium and a penchant for the excessive – some pieces weigh nearly a ton. The company applies its know-how and high level of quality to meet the requirements of an upmarket international clientele, such as the prestigious Cheval Blanc hotel in the Maldives.
LC Series presented at Salone del Mobile
LC Series presented at Salone del Mobile, 12-17 April, Pavilion 6, D26.
Green Wise started out in 1905 lending pots and doing landscape gardening and civil engineering. The characteristics of Green Wise, which cerebrates 111 years anniversary this year, are that it creates greening ranging from one planter to full-scale spaces such as commercial facilities. Furthermore, the company has special technology and know-how that can green any space not only outdoors but also indoors, rooftops and wall spaces. Green Wise does not simply look for beauty, it takes the environment into consideration and connects this to the conservation of biodiversity and consistently creates landscapes for local people to enjoy from the design stage right up to construction, operation and maintenance. The company has recently obtained an environment authentication system and is working on its diffusion. The company puts a lot of energy into activities that contribute to the local community. Green Wise had now expanded its fields of corporate activities such as starting up as an exclusive distributor for Atelier Vierkant in Japan. Focusing on 100 years in the future, Green Wise believes it has a responsibility to preserve nature as a company that designs green spaces.
The new Village at Westfield Topanga opened last November in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles — a community whose population of more than 1.75 million exceeds all but the four largest cities in the United States. Directly across the street from the existing Westfield Topanga shopping center, the Village is home to trendy local fashion and lifestyle brands, sensational outdoor restaurants, plus yearround events and entertainment to help create a destination experience unlike any other in the Valley.
Maison & Objet Asia
For the second year running, Atelier Vierkant will be presenting its new creations at MAISON&OBJET ASIA in Singapore. “It’s the perfect opportunity for us to meet with Asian architects. The first edition led to some marvellous projects in Japan, Bali and Thailand. Of course we will be presenting our pebbles, as well as a series of tall planters with new textures that really bring the material to life”, says Dries Janssens. The company is currently building a third workshop to provide a creative and quality response to the increasing demand.
KMPG Offices Budapest
K-Series integrated in the new offices of KPMG in Budapest, project designed by MADI Studio. Throughout their offices in the capital, KPMG offers tax and advisorial services for Hungarian and multinational companies, government entities and inward investors.
ZH launched at ICFF New York
The new series of seatings designed from a wooden frame and clay panels will be presented at the ICFF show in New York from 16 till 19th of May, Javits Center NYC, Booth 2212
Kings Plaza - Brooklyn
AUS series in different color finishes are used in the redesign of the Kings Plaza shopping mall in Brooklyn, NY. The are displayed throughout the different spaces and planted with a variety of Grasses, Sanseveria and Hedera.
UF Series Decorate the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku designed by Zaha Hadid
Sofaz Tower - Baku
Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azarbaijan recently opened the new headquarter of SOFAZ, the State Oil Fund. The SOFAZ tower is the new administrative building of the State Oil Fund and it is a unique project which combines ancient history of Azarbaijani Carpet Schools with the most recent technological innovations in line with the highest international standards.
Large scale AH vases where used in the design of Europabank's new headquarter in Ghent, Belgium
Walsh Residence, San Francisco, where a series of MU100 in black athracite clay is put in place next de steps towards the entrance of the house. Project realized by Pacific Peninsula Group.
No house in San Francisco’s fabled Russian Hill better reflects the magical promise of California living better than the Butterfly House. Tucked between the historic townhomes and Deco towers that cling to the crooked streets that ascend to the top of the hill, the house’s mannered modernist façade belies the verdant courtyards and spiraling living spaces that lead to a rooftop aerie with panoramic connections the City and the San Francisco Bay. In a city known more for its exuberant, inward- looking painted ladies, this Butterfly House represents the road not taken, offering its occupants inside-outside living.
Private Garden - Oehme von Sweden
This one-acre coastal getaway is located in Amagansett, New York, on the East End of Long Island. The cedar shake house is situated on the ocean block of the Lanes, a group of quiet streets that lead to the Atlantic Ocean. The front garden is serene and is layered with Astilbe, Actea and Lysmachia, as well as Carex and Ilex among others. The clustered white blooms of the subdued palette guide a guest from the Bernard Venet steel sculpture at the garden’s gate, to the home’s front door. Exiting the home into the rear garden, a guest steps down limestone stairs into a landscape reminiscent of the nearby dunes that features ornamental grasses and a profusion of seasonal color. The rear garden begins with a gravel courtyard which features a trough water feature. The guest is lead from the water feature, towards a swimming pool and cedar arbor which reflects the home’s architecture.
Sa Ferradura - Romano Arquitectos
Sa Ferradura Island is -in fact- a peninsula connected to Ibiza Island by the small beach of Pas de s’Illa. It is a promontory that protects the Port of San Miguel from the wild north winds. The project consisted in the total refurbish- ing of the existing house and its garden. We were charged of both the architecture project, the interior design, and the landscape concept. The volume and the footprint of the construction was to be strictly respected due to the specific restriction of the area -Coastline, landscape protection, wild- life preservation. Romano Arquitectos undertook a severe landscape process to recuperate the original skyline of the island reintroducing the endemic Mediterranean vegetation in the perimeter and eradicating the invasive species of the rockery. The east side is milder with wide meadows opened to the stunning views of the surrounding cliffs while the core of the garden keeps its original subtropical vegetation around the lagoon pool.
Campus SFR - Jean-Paul Viguier & Associés
The new 130,000 square meter SFR headquarters in the Landy-Pleyel boasts nearly 8,500 employee workstations. The building, designed by Jean-Paul Viguier, “adopts the metaphor of the tree, which experiences continual growth and rebirth, adapting constantly to external conditions. The project takes the form of a campus, atop a trunk with protruding branches leading to terraces and large multi-level gardens.” The principle is based on the idea of unity and union, with four main buildings presented both as a unified whole and as discrete spaces, in other words several buildings which must form a visual whole and reflect the corporate culture in detail: strong roots (the trunk) and various business units characterised by their diversity (the branches).
Hotel Marignan Paris five star is ide- ally located at 12 Rue de Marignan, a quiet street in the 8th Arrondissement, which connects the Champs-Elysees and the Avenue Montaigne, Mecca of Parisian shopping, in the center of the famous “Triangle d’Or of Paris”. As the hotel sits only steps from the Grand Palais as well as from many pres- tigious art galleries, its address has a natural association with both art and cul- ture. The interior architect Pierre Yovano- vitch, icon of New French Style, trans- formed the Hotel Marignan Paris into an island of contemporary luxury, a serene and confidential stop in the heart of the capital. For the entrance, the owners of the hotel have opted for black anthracite AHS and CBH vases, and some smaller ZB seats along the façade.
The Jane - Sergio Herman
Three-star chef Sergio Herman opened his newest restaurant, The Jane, this past spring in a completely restored chapel in the middle of the Groen Kwartier (Green Quarter) and the former military hospital in Antwerp. A team of various artists, designers, and deejays worked together to bring The Jane into being. René Nijboer implemented the interior design drawn up by Piet Boon. The staff wear specially designed clothing. Other eye-catchers are windows printed especially for The Jane, a neon skull and a 800-kg chandelier sporting 150 lights. There are two AUB130 planters, in white with a rough struc- ture and planted with grasses, along both sides of the entrance. The elegant AUSX80 planters were incorporated on the terraces, between the rugged seating designed by Piet Boon.
Maggies Cancer Care Centre
Peace and serenity combine in the wonderful, swirling structure of Maggie’s Swansea. Built in 2011 and designed and conceived by the world renowned Japanese architect Kisho Kurokowa, the build- ing joins the East with the West, and brings a sense of calm and tranquility to all who visit it. The garden, designed by Kim Wilkie, attracts wildlife, heightening the natural and tranquil feel, and there is also a fully functional allotment. The Centre sits among a small wooded area, and the wings of the design also help to shelter the outside seating areas, meaning that visitors can enjoy sitting out for as much of the year as possible. Along the façade, Kim used a repetition of 3 black anthracite UF100 vases planted with trees.
Atelier Vierkant App
Design your terrace and garden: introduce Atelier Vierkant vessels and benches into your own project.
Anthem of the Seas
A wide range of custom sized BRL-vessels in white finish are displayed on the deck of the Anthem the of the Seas, cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International
New Collection at Showroom San Francisco
The new collection on textures and seats has been launched officially beginning of May at the San Francisco showroom.
In the Al Bateen quarter, close to the centre of Abu Dhabi, last year a private residence was con- structed from a desert like plot. Architect Deborah Trombetta spent a couple of years, together with her father, living literally on the project site, to realize the ideas and wishes of her client. Result is a contemporary villa, a fascinating water play and a minimalistic interior where objet d’art are spread around the house. Two large UF vessels planted with grasses decorate the front terraces, creating a focus and reference point in the open space, while a series of 3 UK with red interior engobe stand along the garden pavilion, tilted each in another direction. On the top terraces, the architects chose for a the same constellation of UF vases, with an additional series of horizontally striped BRF planters. For the interior, the client opted for round MF-vases with decorative branches. Photography Bart Van Leuven.