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Projects We Love 2013

We collected some of our most beloved projects and presented them in a magazine named Projects We Love. The magazine features interesting interviews, beautiful projects and compelling facts about the company.


Grey Bolon woven vinyl floor tiles in the office of 18 Feet and Rising in London, UK
Bolon floor tiles in the office of 18 Feet and Rising in London, UK
Basic Instinct

10. Projet: 18 Feet & Rising

18 Feet & Rising is both daring and different and this attitude needed to be reflected in the design of its London office. Naturally, they chose Bolon.

Inspired by four buzz words given to architects at Studio Octopi by the 18 Feet & Rising board – emergence, vortex, action and illusion – concepts for the design came quickly. “It was theatrical surprising and whim ­ sical,” says Chris Romer-Lee, who proposed, amongst other things, a dark but decorative tunnel for the middle of the office. “The unit is very well lit from all the perimeter windows which meant that the design could play with perception. It was essential to make the agency look bigger than it was, so the desks we designed were arranged on a curve… almost as a cog.” The floor plan of the building and the ample natural light serving it meant that the famously light -sensitive Bolon weave could be exploited. “We laid Bolon as parquet planks, twisting their way around the cog.”

With the guidance of London-based Flooring Concepts, a Bolon partner, the architects were able to get Bolon tiles cut into plank -shapes to form a parquet -effect area. For other areas (besides the aforementioned tunnel and boardroom) the tiles were alternately quarter-­turned providing an attractive ‘blocky’ contrast. “With the light falling across the unit, the results were outstanding and so much more powerful than we had initially predicted. In the boardroom we wanted a more punchy but understated response.

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14. Interview avec Luis Pedra Silva

There is a lot of creativity in science too

One of the practice’s recent projects has led architect Luis Pedra Silva to a different Portuguese city: Porto. Asked to design the interior of the city’s Fraunhofer scientific research institute, he turned to Bolon for inspiration.

A wave of the company’s Botanic Lotus flooring surges through the institute and the office is adorned by coloured stripes. “There is almost a curved plane that runs through the office, and the curve breaks and creates different areas,” says Pedra Silva. “So you have individual offices, lounges, chill-out rooms and client rooms. The undulating wave continues into the main meeting room, which is the centrepiece of the office, where it covers the floor, ceiling and two walls.”

This was the first time Bolon flooring had been used in such a way and it presented a number of challenges for the architect. “The biggest challenge was that we had very high expectations for the acoustic levels in the room, so we perforated the Bolon ceiling to help with this,” he says. This involved gluing the woven vinyl material onto wooden board and drilling 6mmwide holes in it, every 8mm.

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Bolon flooring in Lebuïnuskerk Church in Deventer, Netherlands
Contrasts give rise to magic, as in the Dutch church Lebuïnuskerk from the 15th century featuring a modern, Swedish floor from Ulricehamn.

38. Interview avec Giulio Cappellini

Giulio Cappellini is one of Bolon’s first Designer Friends and the collaboration had its start in 2008 when Giulio was asked to furnish the entrance hall of the Stockholm Furniture Fair.

How’s business? Things have been pretty tough for the design world since 2008. Are you feeling positive about 2013, so far?

“The geographical spread of the design business is shifting. Italy and old Europe are suffering (except the Scandinavian countries!) but fortunately there are new areas such as middle East and East India that are growing rapidly. The timetable for penetration in these countries is long and slow but they are new alternatives for the future. So, I’m cautiously optimistic for 2013.”

From a design point of view, do you think the financial crash has had any positive affects on the way we view the world and spend our money?

“Absolutely! Today people spend more cautiously and carefully consider the right quality/price ratio. In the 21st century we need to be making serious quality products, that are useful and effective, that are long-lasting… without losing our creativity of course.”

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