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In the heart of a forest in Remerschen, the architectural office of François Valentiny. A place conducive to achieving everything possible, to open-mindedness and creativity, but above all it houses, within it, an exceptional architect, an architect of convictions. Meet. From Europe to Asia, you have been the architect of many landmark buildings making you a renowned architect in Luxembourg. Why did you choose to become an architect? What was your course ?   I think it makes sense. My father was a carpenter, so I was introduced to the profession very early on before I even trained for the trade by apprenticeship. However, basically I wanted to be a painter. But it was a solid artisanal training that formed me. The architect is above all a craftsman who must understand the daily problems of life.   I started with a technical engineer diploma from the Higher Institute of Technology in Luxembourg. Then I did a first ...
Architecture is reflected in the desire not to create limits for oneself, to abolish one's own borders. Mathieu Nicol, associate architect and programmatic analyst at the prestigious architecture and town planning studio Jim Clemes Associates, is proof of this. Meet. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs from father to son, he quickly came into contact with the world of construction. He was barely 12 years old when he visited for the first time the achievements of architectural projects. School holidays and internships allow him to regularly attend architects with whom he invests himself and initially participates in the design before embarking on the realization of projects. "My first internships in an agency date back to the last century; we had almost no computer equipment. Our only tools were the Rotrings, the tee and the drawing board" he said with a smile, adding: "we still had ammonia copiers to duplicate plans and a typewriter to type mail, then some agencies embarked ...
Founded in 2005, the architectural firm Dagli + Atelier, which is currently preparing its new offices in Senningenberg, is on the rise. In offices bathed in light whose walls are covered with both inspiration and projects, Türkan Dagli gives himself open heart. Meet. A painter by vocation and a mathematician at heart, she naturally heads towards the best alternative: architecture. She studied in Düsseldorf where she met Gerhard Richter, whose work has been recognized since the 1980s as a unique artistic experience before joining the Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen. Thirsty for avant-garde and experience, she got her start at Schneider + Schumacher in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. "I learned the extraordinary there," she recalls, "or so I learned the ordinary but kept only the extraordinary." Evolution for ambition While she dreamed of Paris and French, it was finally in Luxembourg that she put down ...
In love with the arts from a young age, Caroline Thill, architect partner of Jim Clemes Associates, always knew that once she entered the artistic world, she would never leave it. Meet. Her talent owes it to her demanding gaze that she naturally focuses on what she sees, as obvious. A budding artist, she undertook an artistic baccalaureate before entering a preparatory school for art schools where she forged her rigor, discipline and methodology necessary for the foundation and development of any project. An apprenticeship allowing him to join the National School of Architecture of Paris. Since then, she no longer doubts. She knows perennially that it is in the sphere of the conception and realization of architectural projects that she will evolve and flourish. The realization of a project Inspiring teachers and meetings with experienced professionals including Jim Clemes, will participate in the architect's architectural reflections; s ...
At the crossroads of the most beautiful buildings in Esch-Sur-Alzette, aeco architecture workshop, a firm dedicated to green architecture. At its head, Natalia Collignon, advocating the contemporary and ecological style, the design of low-energy houses and renovation with respect for heritage, Consulting and Urban Planning Energy Concept (PAP).    Our Luxembourgish architect and urban planner did his first two years of studies at the Institut Supérieur d´Architecture Saint-Luc in Brussels, then the next three at the Institut Supérieur d´Architecture Intercommunal Victor Horta to work on the creative side. At the end, she began her conquest of Luxembourg alongside Tretra Lanners Associés before joining Beng Architectes Associés from 2005 to 2011 and then opened her own office aeco architectural workshop in 2011. Her husband joined her in 2012, in ...
Fans of the Scandinavian style, lovers of shimmering colors or rather adepts of ultra-design furniture ... your taste in terms of decoration says a lot about your personality. The layout of your space, the choice of colors or even the materials that you favor would be all details that would allow you to read in you as in an open book. In any case, this is what the Modsy architecture platform asserts, which has partnered with Pinpoint Predicitive to establish a cleverly developed questionnaire. The goal? Determine which style suits you best in order to live in harmony in an interior that matches your personality.   To do so, the American site The Zoe Report, reports that Modsy combines the answers of his questionnaire with the scientific model OCEAN - a model of personality analysis developed in 1990 - retaining five traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, friendliness and neuroticism. What Alessandra Wood, ...
The West is very often inspired by Japan for the decoration and the efficiency of certain construction techniques. At the border of art, home design and an ancestral technique from the 18th century from Japan, the "Shou Sugi Ban". Quite little known in Europe a few years ago, it is increasingly appealing to designers and architects both for the beauty and originality of the work, and for its many advantages. Back on the trend in vogue respecting man and nature. Coming straight from Japan, the burnt wood technique, also called Shou Sugi Ban or Yaki Sugi, consists, as the name suggests, of burning wooden slats on the surface to make them more resistant, and thus increasing their lifetime. Originally used by Japanese fishermen for the facade of their cedar house ("Sugi" in Japanese), this method has been gaining popularity recently in Western countries, especially in France.   Japanese carpenters used to pick up driftwood along the coast for its strength and worn ...
Old, massive, laminate, floating, the parquet heats and brings charm to our interiors. Praised for its warm and authentic appearance, the parquet must be regularly maintained to keep its luster. Simple gestures, habits to adopt, mistakes to avoid, Loft.lu tells you everything!   Natural, warm and robust, parquet floors give our interiors a nobility and authenticity that made them the stars of flooring again in 2020. On a daily basis, the maintenance and cleaning of wooden parquet floors are not very restrictive. However, depending on the different characteristics, certain precautions must be taken in order to prolong its service life, all of which leave excessively abrasive products and wash with large amounts of water.   VITRIFIED PARQUET Both resistant and aesthetic, the vitrified finish clearly stands out as one of the most awaited and demanded finishes and supp ...
Classic and essential, the Scandinavian style is renewed in 2020 in a more natural, more eco-friendly and less rigid version: the Scandicraft.   A worthy heir to the Arts & Craft movement behind contemporary design, the Scandinavian trend was starting to falter. More authentic, more rustic but above all more eccentric than its ancestor, the Scandicraft allows itself some fantasies. Its contours are more curved, its fibers and its natural materials. Eco-responsible, he opts for bamboo, wooden logs, woven wicker or rattan and likes to recycle handicrafts, thus giving his furniture an authentic and personal character. The 2020 trend highlights authenticity and originality by favoring unique pieces and quality and durable artisan products.
Loft.lu a sélectionné pour vous 10 chaises et fauteuils qui ont marqué l’Histoire du Design.   1. Eames Plastic chair – VITRA Lancées sur le marché en 1950 par Ray et Charles Eames, leur idée était de créer une coque d’assise d’une seule pièce adaptée à l’anatomie humaine. Pari réussi lorsqu’ils découvrent la résine de polyester renforcée de fibre de verre. Les Plastic Chairs ont été déclinées dans plusieurs versions associées à une variété de piètements différents. Aujourd'hui Vitra fabrique les confortables coques d'assise des Plastic Side Chairs et des Plastic Armchairs en polypropylène, et propose une multitude de piètements, de coloris de coques et de variantes de rembo ...
Loft.lu a rencontré l’équipe d’Architecture et Environnement qui a développé les projets de lotissements du promoteur Capelli, Les Jardins de Gabriella à Livange et Heide Park  à Beaufort.  Pierre Kelecom, administrateur, et Xavier Etienne, architecte, ont répondu à nos questions.   Quelles sont les exigences du Groupe Capelli ? PK : Lorsque nous avons rencontré le Groupe Capelli, nous étions curieux au départ, nous nous demandions en effet ce que ce Groupe français allait pouvoir apporter au Luxembourg, mais il développe un concept très intéressant. Il souhaite en effet offrir des logements bons marché, accessibles. Il n’y a pas de miracle, les prix au mètre carré étant le même partout, il faut faire moi ...
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