Out Now: The Trends Issue

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Spanish studio Ensamble's monolithic Domo sculpture at the Tippet Rise art centre in Montana.
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Diller Scofidio + Renfro's medical education centre for Columbia University in New York.
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High-tech product for the ultimate smart home.
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In Rotterdam, MVRDV's massive temporary staircase had visitors climbing to the top.
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Architect Jean Verville turns a Montreal pedestrian mall into an interactive dance floor.
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Azure's annual trends forecast for the coming year.
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Barrier-free staircases define the interior of Ghat House, by Chilean architect Max Núñez.
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OMA's gem of a jewellery flagship for Repossi in Paris.

In Azure’s annual October trends issue, we reveal the spectacular materials, patterns and more that will be defining the coming year. We also explore Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s vertically skewed medical centre in New York, and travel to central Chile’s coastline, where a concrete house responds to its landscape in dramatic fashion.

From the return of bricks and mortar to rich metallic sheens and oddball material explorations, our trends issue – now on newsstands – presents the best of what’s to come in 2017. Gleaned from international design fairs, our finely curated selections include the hottest products, furniture, architecture and lighting, plus interviews with industry trendsetters.

In New York, DS+R’s latest unveiling, a medical education centre with an outwardly cantilevered stairwell, seemingly defies physics. Shifting in size, shape and orientation from floor to floor, the glazed stairs and landings turn students’ movements into a public event. Over in Paris, Repossi’s diminutive flagship by OMA delivers high impact with lustrous mirrored and metal surfaces; and nestled in the rugged beachfront of central Chile, a stunning concrete house by architect Max Núñez uses railing-free staircases to breathtaking effect.

Plus, extra-large-scale sculptures transform Montana’s open range; high-tech tools for the wired home; two interactive installations in Montreal and Rotterdam that encourage public engagement; and stylish fireplaces and radiators to warm things up as the temperature goes down.

The October 2016 issue of Azure is now available in Canada, and hits U.S. newsstands on September 26. Get yours now: for single copies go to shop.azuremagazine.com; to subscribe, go to azuremagazine.com/getazure.

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