Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Feb/Mar 2018 - Page 76

INTERIORWATCH THE LATEST NEWS AND PRODUCTS FROM THE COMMERCIAL INTERIOR INDUSTRY ART, TECHNOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY COMBINE IN CONTEMPORARY NEW URBAN FURNITURE COLLECTION NEWSWORTHY FLOWCRETE FLOORS WINERY Flowcrete South Africa has worked alongside the Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate to provide flooring solutions for a brand-new winery and for its artisanal craft cottages. For the new winery facility, the client wanted to combine its wine making with the latest food production materials. This meant that the floor in its facility would have to be up to the challenge of withstanding high impact conditions within a modern winery. Flowcrete the supplied antibacterial, 1,076m 2 of polyurethane resin floor system Flowfresh RT in Cream for the main processing areas. This solution was ideal, as its thick, robust nature meant that it would provide a seamless, slip resistant and operational surface. As the Flowfresh range is HACCP International certified, the floor will maintain a hygienic, food safe finish. Flowfresh includes the antibacterial additive Polygiene®. The estate also refurbished a row of cottages used by small food producers as well as a coffee shop and restaurant. By installing 450m 2 of Flowfresh MF which is impervious and its seamless finish easy to wash, this helps it keep an unblemished and attractive appearance no matter how busy the cottages get or how much food and drink is spilled on the floor. 76 After four years of development new urban furniture brand, ARPINO is here. A collaboration between Portuguese industrial designer Carlos Pereira and Angolan architectural studio, Cipro-Group, ARPINO’s OX and Urban Office collections combine art, technology and sustainability in their contemporary design. Designed and produced between Portugal and Angola , ARPINO launched in South Africa in February, before heading to Milan’s Furniture Fair for the start of Europe’s 2018 Spring/ Summer season. The 16 piece range brings high-design to the public place, adaptable to commercial builds, city streets, parks and shared spaces. Its culture-neutral style easily assimilates into different geographies and environments, adding a futuristic look to common areas in office blocks, shopping centre squares, parks, campuses and BIKE RACK airports. The new Angolan International Airport has for instance specified its full range into its urban and public spaces. URBAN BENCH “We’ve reimagined urban furniture such as bike racks, bollards and wayfinders for the global village. The pieces would look as at home in Times Square as in Cape Town’s Silo District or Angola’s Viana,” comments Pereira. ARPINO has two ranges: The Urban Office and OX. The “Office” – a LITTER BIN solar powered Wi-Fi and mobile charging station - allows the public to recharge, and connect online, for free. “In African cities where power is often interrupted and data costs high, the Urban Office is a cost-effective conduit for communities to connect without being reliant on local resources or unreliable telecoms services,” comments Pereira. The core OX range turns tradition on its head to redesign everyday, urban items. It includes stylised urban lights and wayfinders, pergolas, multimedia kiosks, bollards, bike racks, bins and benches. “ARPINO has been designed for urban spaces around the world, not an exact location or geography. It’s versatile, modular form can be fit to form however, customising places from housing estates, retail centres, public parks and high streets,” says Pereira. CARLOS PEREIRA Industrial Designer Interior Watch