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PIA Exhibition

PREVIEW

The Product Innovation in Architecture (PIA) forum will be showcasing its members' best and most inspirational ideas at a new exhibition in London's Building Centre. With its focus on innovation in the use of material, technology and structural design in the built environment, the exhibition aims to promote good design by bringing together the creative and production process. See the exhibition from 25 April - 14 May at the Building Centre, Store Street, London WC1. For more information on the PIA, or to join, visit www. piaforum. org

The Disc table is part of a new range of glass furniture by Wills Watson + Associates and London-based manufacturer I-Glass. A high-strength bonding method ensures no other components are required. The Blade edge-lit shelf complements the table.

The D-Form range of caststone street furniture was designed by Wills Watson + Associates, with precast manufacturer Trent Concrete. The D-Form Bollard has a halogen uplighter and the stone colour can be matched to other Trent-supplied architectural items.

Xanadome is a super-span structural system capable of covering sports pitches and aircraft hangers. Partowned by Fraser Brown Mackenna Architects, the system comprises an articulated arch restrained by two fans of cables, with each joint held rigidly in position by the balance of forces in the structure.

Sottsass Associati designed the Aero light for Zumtobel Staff for a new method of illumination in the workplace. An acrylic panel with a microprism structure uses internal reflection to distribute light from a seemingly hidden source.

Fraser Brown MacKenna also designed this Mobile Lunch Vendor for sushidelivery company Ichiban Boshi. The insulated pod with food-display dome can contain up to 50 lunchboxes and is fi xed easily to any bicycle chassis using a modified seat-frame.

In an attempt to clear the streets of unsightly clutter, Gekko Design Studio designed the Inforail range to offer a combination of guardrailing, signage, street furniture and accurate information.

Units can be replaced and upgraded with ease or customised to reflect the character of an area.

Wills Watson + Associates worked with Grant Wes tfield to produce the ClipClad walling system. A range of fi nishes and performance characteristics is offered, while special cam adjusters ensure the deadsquare alignment of the panels for any application.

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