april 2013 / celebrating salt

Hotels that use locally-sourced materials are all the rage, so for developers looking to build accommodation on a Bolivian salt plain, it would make sense that some of the white stuff would naturally find its way into the restaurant’s mills. However, the builders behind the ‘Palacio de Sal’ resort, at the edge of the Salar … Continue reading


1. InnoMateria – 14 – 15 May 2013 Where Experts of the Innovative Materials Sector come together Taking place from 14 to 15 May, 2013, InnoMateria will coincide with interzum – International Fair for the furniture and interior construction industries’ supplying sections. Apart from the existing foci of lightweight construction, mobility and energy a new … Continue reading

december 2012 / tile talk

Building with tiles has been around for centuries.  The Portuguese hand painted, tin-glazed ceramic tile work, better known as Azulejo is typical within the Portuguese culture, having been produced without interruption for five centuries. They constitute a major aspect of Portuguese Architecture as they are applied to walls, floors and ceilings.  Not only as an … Continue reading

letter from london | june 2012

by Melanie Nelson The Jubilee and the weather dominated June. Unseasonal baking heat (for London) immediately followed by the misery of cold and rain just in time for the country’s biggest party since the last one. The main beneficiaries, being the purveyors of flags and bunting. I shall be happy if I never ever see … Continue reading

makerbot industries | robots that make things!

Pretty cool news for people who design things! Make your own prototypes with your own robot – meet the desktop 3D printer made in New York: MakerBot Industries was founded in 2009 by Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer, and Zach Smith to democratize manufacturing. The MakerBot Replicator™ is a personal 3D printer with MakerBot Dualstrusion™ (2-color … Continue reading

people | mike atkin hong kong architect

Hong Kong based Mike Atkin of HEAD Architecture and Design Limited was awarded one of Hong Kong’s Ten Outstanding Designers in 2009 & with more than 70 interior projects to his name around Asia, we hear what makes him tick… What is your favorite material product and why? Tracing paper.  It allows us to draw … Continue reading

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