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On the 15th May I checked out what’s new at Architect@work fair (Zürich chapter). The exhibition, created by C4 -Creative Fo(u)r, is known for showcasing innovations in the fields of building envelopes & systems and interior finishings. Among the main trends, a renewed focus on well-being both in terms of materials and colours, on customisation and how technology can be integrated into our homes. View my favourites from Architect@work Zürich 2019.

Messe Zürich – Architect@work set up


Improving human well-being through materials – There is an increasing focus on adopting solutions that combine aesthetics with durable and environment friendly materials and systems. Traditional materials such as ceramic are making a big comeback and are employed to create, among the others, ventilated rainscreen façades that help reducing energy losses (see Florim). Ceramic is making a step further taking advantage of new technologies. Fiandre launched a collection of anti-bacterial, anti-pollution, self-cleaning and anti-odour floor and wall ceramics. This material is also a big player when it comes to talk about outdoor design and furniture. New collections of small as well big format ceramic tiles are now offered in natural shades to improve the creation of healthy environments.

Courtesy of Florim
Material board Color Studio 6mm collection – courtesy of Porcelaingres GmbH

Keyword: customisation – We are experiencing a shift from mass production to mass personalisation (read more on This is not a trend that characterises only small brands anymore but also big companies spanning from fashion to retail, from services to interior design. Customisation means that each individual consumer can get what he or she wants. Materials can be personalised in their patterns, colours and even be printed using a photo or a logo. This is what happens to laminates such as Polaris by Abet Laminati, a new generation of surfaces that are highly resistant to scratches and heat, as well as being anti-fingerprint.

Abet Laminati, Polaris – Courtesy of Abet Laminati
Dinner on Stage at Triennale Miano – Photo courtesy ABET Laminati
Design your slab – Photo courtesy: Iris Ceramica Group

A new focus on acoustics – Sound systems and acoustic fabrics have never been so beautiful (as well as practical). Minimise noise transmission has a significant impact on health and well-being and companies are now showing high-technology and beautifully designed solutions. No formaldehyde, easy maintenance, fire resistance and great acoustic performance are all characteristics that can be found in the new Flat sound system and in the Botanica collection by Caimi Brevetti. Both the products received the Greenguard Gold certification, meaning they are low-emitting-products and do contribute to improve indoor air quality. More on the Snowsound technology here.

Flat Sound System designed by Alberto & Francesco Meda for Caimi Brevetti – Photo courtesy Caimi Brevetti
Botanica Collection designed by Mario Trimarchi for Caimi Brevetti – Photo courtesy Caimi Brevetti

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