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Morphosis Architects Unveil Design of New Luxury Hotel in Vals, Switzerland

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NEW YORK, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Morphosis Architects and 7132 Ltd are proud to announce their collaboration for a new luxury hotel in Vals, Switzerland. The design for the hotel is driven by the desire to create an unprecedented experience of the alpine landscape, and was unveiled at a celebration in New York on March 23rd.

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The unveiling of the design follows an international competition launched by 7132 Ltd last June, in which eight of the world’s leading architectural practices contended for the opportunity to design the hotel. Morphosis was selected by the client for the strength of their proposal, which uses a minimalist approach to help the hotel blend with the mountain landscape at the existing resort campus. The new hotel and arrival is defined by three forms: a podium linking the building with neighboring structures; a cantilever containing a restaurant, café, spa, and bar – public amenities shared with the town; and a tower holding a sky bar, restaurant, and 107 guest rooms with panoramic views.

With the completion of the hotel, the 7132 resort will feature buildings by three Pritzker Prize winning architects, including the internationally renowned Therme Vals spa designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and the Valser Path by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, which is slated for completion in 2017.

“The transparent and slim ‘7132 Tower’ designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis will create a completely new world of hospitality in Vals,” Ando says. “I believe it will harmonize in the beautiful landscape and will attract and impress various guests and visitors from all over the world. I would like to respect ‘Vals Therme’ by Peter Zumthor and look forward seeing the harmony with ‘7132 Tower’ by Thom Mayne and ‘Valser Path’ by myself in the village of Vals.”

The resort’s ongoing development is born out of the collaboration between the complex’s long-time Executive Director Pius Truffer and 7132 Ltd founder Remo Stoffel, both local residents who were born and raised in Vals. The group has owned and operated the Therme Vals since 2012, when 7132 Ltd purchased the resort from the municipality. As a local company, 7132 Ltd is committed to supporting a thriving, carefully guided model for tourism in the valley, especially with consideration for a growing world-wide interest in alpine tourism.

The new hotel and arrival represents the first project in Switzerland for Morphosis Architects. The architectural firm, which was founded in 1972 by Design Director Thom Mayne and today is based out of Los Angeles and New York, is renowned for their design of buildings and masterplans that prioritize social interaction and sustainability. Representing a wide range of building and client types, the firm’s work often appears in urban settings that demand careful attention to context.

Commenting on the opportunity, Mayne says “Specificity is really the central driver in our practice. Each design starts from unique conditions in site, program, performance… The architectural solution generated is correspondingly unique to each project. For the 7132 hotel and arrival, the incredible setting demands reducing materiality and presence in the design so that, as in all our work, the connection to site becomes paramount. As much as possible, the hotel is a minimalist act that re-iterates the site and offers to the viewer a mirrored, refracted perspective of the landscape.”

About Morphosis
Morphosis is a collaborative architectural practice negotiating the technological, political, and cultural intersections of architecture, urbanism, and design. With projects built internationally, our work traverses a broad range of typologies, scales and contexts across the public and private sector. Drawing from iterative, integrative methodologies and driven by research, we endeavor towards innovative solutions that are responsive to and generate from the specificity of each project. We challenge advanced technologies to reconfigure the intersection of form and performance, yielding buildings and urban environments that are iconic and sustainable. Since its founding in 1972 by Design Director Thom Mayne, Morphosis has received 25 Progressive Architecture awards, over 100 American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards, and numerous other honors. Morphosis buildings and projects have been published extensively; the firm has been the subject of 25 monographs and numerous exhibitions. We maintain offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Shanghai. Further information for Morphosis may be found through the firm’s website:

About 7132 Ltd
When the people of Vals decided at the ballot box to sell their thermal baths and Hotel – until then public property – to entrepreneur Remo Stoffel, they not only handed him the town’s architectural jewel, but also a high level of trust.

The construction of Peter Zumthor’s Therme with its distinct Valser Stone facades initiated Vals’ reputation as an architecture Mecca. Mr. Stoffel, himself a native of Vals, is dedicated to maintaining and cultivating this identity with regard to further developments.

After the purchase, he renamed the enterprise 7132, after the town’s post code. What an unusual name for a hotel! 7132 is in private hands, but the area of communal responsibility extends beyond the Therme gates. 7132 is more than a branding stunt. It is a bold vision for Vals, proposing a new tourism model for the Swiss Alps, away from mass tourism. We are aiming at offering a subtler and more exclusive hotel experience. For this purpose, 7132 sought the partnership of world-renowned architects who will help create a truly unique tourism product. The commissioning of Morphosis, Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma demonstrates that Vals will continue to appeal to those with an affinity for extraordinary architecture and design.

Mr. Stoffel has teamed up with Pius Truffer, who has played a crucial role in putting Vals on the map of modern architecture. Together they make up the management board of 7132. Mrs. Sonja Dietrich acts as managing director of the hotel, a position she already held previously. Furthermore, the company employs 150 people at its current size. It is one of the largest hotels in Switzerland.

Source: Morphosis Architects

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March 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Interior Design Trends That Are Here To Stay

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-Recent Market Trends in Interior Design & Consumers’ Preferences

SINGAPORE, Nov. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Creating dramatic impacts from simplicity is the new black! And it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop just there in the upcoming year.

As the new generation of home buyers travel and become more exposed to the latest international trends via the internet, they also knew exactly what they want in their homes. Instead of just simply buying a house, more and more buyers are buying properties based on their exterior and interior designs. These days, planning and design starts right from the beginning. Gone are the days where you simply purchase an empty house and worry about the interior design later.

Whether you buying a new property or updating the look of your home, all it takes are a few simple steps or changes to breathe life into familiar spaces.

6 fresh interior design trends to watch out for in 2015!

Alright, you may have seen some of these ideas around for some time, but there’s always a time when some of them tends to take the lead when it comes to the latest trends. Here’s our Interior Designer Picks for 2015. From the unique characters and charming details of it, we will say it’s going to be a year of personality, serenity and versatility.

1.     Brass is the new class

More and more interior designers are using brass as one of their interior highlights. When done right, brass not only looks classy but timeless too. In fact, brass has been unveiled as one of the rising trends, particularly in the kitchen, bath tubs, lamp stands and other ornamental pieces. Since it has been gathering the nods from industry experts in 2014, we foresee it to be one of the hottest trends in 2015. If you have not yet implement this, this is a perfect time.

2.     Floral Influence

We have seen these floral designs and chint textiles in the 80s and now they are back! Yes, you heard us right. Floral textiles makes a great option for any new designs. They have not only taken over the fashion design world, but also the interior design world, and since they overlap in more than one market, we will say that this trend has the staying power.

3.     Pastel hues & watercolours

A must-have hue for fabrics and walls, says PROZfile interior designers and interior decorators. Pastel hues and water colours with soft, undefined edges and lightweight materials that are reminiscent of water are expected to be the in-thing in 2015. For finishes, mirrored finishes and materials that appear pearl-like, opaque or milky will be the next big favourite.

4.     Lighter-tone woods

Thanks to the overzealous use of gloomy lumber over the past few years, light, fresh looking, honey-toned woods have taken over the trend. Oak and Cherry woods are the in-thing as they are both fantastic in durability and aesthetic appeal. PROZfile Pte Ltd suggest home owners to go for high quality versions that they not only make a good investment, but also an elegant and exquisite show piece for generations to come.

5.     Rustic and retro styles

2015 will be the year for reinventing classy luxury and versatility. With their inviting colours, rustic and retro themes are anticipated to be popular for creating functional living spaces. There will be a surge of reusable and recyclable ideas in terms of design and decoration, and these styles will add an individual look for those looking to instil self-identity into modern interiors. A popular trend for some time in the international arena, PROZfile Pte Ltd is pleased to announce that these trends will remain popular in the local scene for the next few years as more home owners opt for increased self-identity.

6.     Soft Black & White

A well-known pairing which has become the staple and default colours in interior design. Gone are the harsh tones, instead we will be seeing a shift to softer tones of black and white which is more comfy and relaxing on the eye in the upcoming year. An almost timeless trend, these softer tones look like they are going to stay for a long time.

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Source: PROZfile Pte Ltd

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November 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Carlson Rezidor Recognised as Fastest Growing Hotel Chain in India

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SINGAPORE, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group ‘s leadership position in India has been reaffirmed when it was presented with the Fastest Growing Hotel Chain Award by the Honorable Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture for India at Today’s Traveller Awards in Delhi recently. Organised by Today’s Traveller India, the Awards celebrate excellence in the sectors of tourism and travel, transportation, technology and fashion.

Over the past few years, Carlson Rezidor has successfully maintained its pole position as the number one international hotel operator in India by number of hotels. Currently, it has over 110 hotels in operation and development throughout 40 cities across the country. These hotels are representative of its five brands — Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns and Suites. This year, it has opened seven hotels in India and is expected to open two more before year-end.

“The recognition of being the fastest growing chain in India attests to our deep commitment to India, one of the world’s top most important markets. Our 15 year commitment has seen Carlson Rezidor grow in tandem with India’stourism. We have established a strong presence in capital cities such as Delhi where we have more than 20 hotels and are often the first to establish an international hotel in up and coming cities such as Guwahati, Bhatinda and Mysore. This year, we are introducing two new hotel brands Radisson Red and Quorvus Collection which will fit well with India’s tourism agenda to attract international tourism and grow domestic travel,” said Thorsten Kirschke, President, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Asia Pacific.

Apart from winning the Fastest Growing Chain Award, Carlson Rezidor’s Chairman for South Asia, K. B. Kachruwas the sole recipient of Today’s Traveller Legends Award (2013 – 2014) for his pioneering contribution to India’shospitality sector. In addition to the two major accolades, seven hotels within the Carlson Rezidor’s portfolio were also recognised for their exceptional performance in various categories:

  • Park Inn by Radisson, New Delhi – IP Extension – Upcoming Trendiest Business Hotel in Delhi
  • Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Alibaug – Best 5-Star MICE Hotel in Mumbai Suburbs
  • Radisson Blu New Delhi Paschim Vihar – Best 5-Star MICE Hotel in Delhi
  • Radisson Blu Indore – Best Business Hotel in Indore
  • Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi – Best Business Hotel in Delhi
  • Radisson Blu Pune Kharadi – Best Business Hotel in Pune
  • Radisson Blu New Delhi Dwarka – Best Wedding Hotel in Delhi

“We are delighted to once again receive an industry award that speaks of the strength of Carlson Rezidor in India,” said Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “Having been in the country for over 15 years and growing steadily despite intense competition, we attribute this success to the dedication and expertise of our local teams in the regional offices and hotels. Our teams have a deep understanding of the market needs and customize products and programs to address these. The team’s passion coupled with India’s immense unlocked potential keeps us focused and bullish on the growth of our business.”

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups and includes more than 1,350 hotels in operation and under development totaling 180,000 rooms and a footprint spanning 105 countries and territories. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes a powerful set of global brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites ByCarlson. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club Carlson, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group employs 88,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium. Visit for more information.


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October 10, 2014 at 10:40 am

Different facets of Transformed Tokyo’s Akihabara District

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-The new market reflects the seamless integration of the traditional and the modern

TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — Akihabara Electric Town, with its endless variety of electric appliances and its colorful anime signboards, has become the unique and dynamic business center that is a must-see stop for every visitor in Tokyo. The area has come a long way from its previous incarnation as a street market under the elevated railway tracks mainly selling radio parts. These days, tourists and visitors alternately know Akihabara as the world-renowned Electric Town, the center and source of Otaku culture and the home base of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. However, most visitors are not yet familiar with Akihabara’s “handicraft street”, which seeks to create new value from the area’s traditional culture.

Above: 2k540; Lower left: Leather shop (b3Labo) inside 2k540; Lower right: CAFE&Japanese liquor (N3331) inside mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI
Above: 2k540; Lower left: Leather shop (b3Labo) inside 2k540; Lower right: CAFE&Japanese liquor (N3331) inside mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI

The handicraft market “2k540” born under the elevated railway tracks

“2k540” is located underthe elevated railway tracks between the JR Akihabara and Okachimachi stations, about a 6-minute walk from the Akihabara station. The name“2k540” originates from Japanese railway terminology designating the area and stands for the distance from Tokyo Station.

The district has a long history of handicraft making, having been well known as a burgeoning center for craftsmen and artisan culture since the Edo period (1603-1867). It is now home to many handicraft artisans producing leather products and jewelry. Officially known as “2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN”, you can experience a new Akihabara that combines tradition and novelty.

“2k540” provides a feel of the good old ages of Akihabara, encompassing close to 50 workshops and craft shops that provide accessories, leather, clothing, stationery, and household products. Various art exhibitions and interactive events are held every month including handmade workshops instructed by craftsmen. Visitors make new and different discoveries each time they return.

“mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI” —  modern shops are lined up along the red-brick viaduct

On one side of Kanda river is the bustling Akihabara district and on the other, the “mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI” with its red-brick viaduct and the continuous line of archway doors stretching out along the river. Visitors can not only stroll through the uniquely designed shops in the “retro” viaduct, but also take a break with a cup of coffee in the cafe as they watch the trains speeding by through the glass windows. The power of both integration and creativity enables “mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI” to become an exquisite “retro” venue, which were fully renovated to deliver its rich appearance.

Similar to “Haji Lane” in Singapore and “Tianzifang” in Shanghai, “2k540” and “mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI” are Tokyo landmarks. Tourists visiting Tokyo will not want to miss the newly transformed Akihabara.

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Source: East Japan Railway Company

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August 5, 2014 at 10:39 am

Frost & Sullivan: Increased Conventional and Unconventional O&G Explorations Drive New Investments in Latin American Positive Displacement Pump Market

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— Brand awareness campaigns and training programs on the applications of positive displacement pumps are vital for market success

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina /PRNewswire/ — Strong investment in the oil and gas (O&G) and petrochemical industries in Latin America is fueling the demand for positive displacement pumps in the region. The development of the infrastructure and food and beverage manufacturing industries to meet the accommodation and consumption needs of the expanding population, is also adding momentum to the market.

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Oil Platform

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Latin American Positive Displacement Pump Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $464.5 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $626.7 million in 2020. Although Latin America’s gross domestic product is expected to decelerate to an average of three to four percent, the demand for positive displacement pumps will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4.4 percent mainly due to new applications in the O&G and petrochemical industries. The study covers rotary, reciprocating and peristaltic pumps.

“With the mining industry in Latin America garnering major interest from state governments and international companies, opportunities for positive displacement pump manufacturers are also emerging in this space,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation & Process Control Research Analyst Aida Paola Conti.

However, the price sensitivity of end users and their limited awareness on the advantages of positive displacement pumps and alternative technologies have been major obstacles to market development. In addition, the unstable economic condition in some leading Latin American countries has dampened consumer confidence and led to project delays. Along with the expected decrease in foreign direct investment, these factors are challenging positive displacement pump manufacturers.

“In this scenario, successful brand awareness campaigns are critical to gain market acceptance and differentiate products from the competition,” stated Conti. “Training programs on the current and new applications of positive displacement pumps are also important to attract end users across Latin America.”

For more information on this study, please email Francesca Valente, Corporate Communications,

Analysis of the Latin American Positive Displacement Pump Market is part of the Industrial Automation & Process Control ( Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Global Sanitary Pump Market in the Food and Beverage Industry, Global Pumps Market in the Chemicals Industry, Pumps and Valves in the North American Shale Industry, and Global Metering Pump Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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Analysis of the Latin American Positive Displacement Pump Market

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July 31, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Second Edition of Indonesia International Furniture Expo, IFEX 2015, Officially Announced

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — At a press conference and ceremony held at the Ministry of Trade inJakarta on 15 July, the launch of the second edition of the Indonesia International Furniture Expo was officially announced. The annual IFEX furniture tradeshow is organised by the Indonesia Furniture and Craft Association (AMKRI) and PT Dyandra UBM International and will be held from 12-15 March 2015 at the Jakarta International Expo exhibition center.

Second edition of Indonesia International Furniture Expo, IFEX 2015, officially announced
Second edition of Indonesia International Furniture Expo, IFEX 2015, officially announced



Speaking at the launch event, Mrs. Nus Nuzulia Ishak, Director General for National Export Development of the Ministry of Trade, said: “I sincerely hope that IFEX 2015 will spur further growth of the Indonesian furniture and craft industries and will inspire innovation and creativity of domestic artisans.”

Mr. Soenoto, Chairman of AMKRI remarked: “Indonesia’s furniture exports last year totaled US$1.7 billion, making us the 18th biggest furniture exporter in the world. I am certain that this exhibition will play a significant role in helping Indonesia achieve its target of US$5 billion in exports of furniture and craft products within the next four years.”

The first edition of IFEX, held in March this year, had over 400 exhibiting companies from 13 countries and attracted 6,113 buyers, of which one-third were from overseas. More than 80% of the available exhibit space for the 2015 show has already been reserved, reflecting the strong success of the first show. The organisers are increasing the exhibition space to accommodate the strong demand from exhibiting companies. In addition, the organisers announced that there will be a “Hall of Excellence” that will showcase the highest grade of furniture and furnishings produced in Indonesia.

Mr. Ernst Remboen, President Director of PT Dyandra UBM International said: “Right from the start, IFEX has established itself as one of the most important furniture exhibitions in AsiaIndonesia has abundant supplies of raw materials for furniture making, such as woods and rattan, a large and skilled labour force, and a rich tradition of craftsmanship and design. It is well positioned to supply the world market with high-quality furniture items to suite all tastes and budgets.” Reflecting these comments, the organisers have chosen “Merging local traditions with modern touch” as the slogan for IFEX 2015.

Facts and Figures about IFEX 2014

Organised by:

PT Dyandra UBM International and Indonesia Furniture and Handicraft Association (AMKRI)


11-14 March 2014


Jakarta International Expo

Exhibition size:

30,000 sqm (gross), 17,000 sqm (net exhibit space)

Number of exhibitors:

400 companies

Number of visitors:

6,113 (2,021 overseas from 108 countries; 4,092 domestic)

For press enquiries, please contact:

Jennifer Law, Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications
UBM Asia
Tel: +852-2516-1691
Fax: +852-3749-7342

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July 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm