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RADAR Classic celebrating its 20st birthday

Sustainability, modularity, flexibility. If there were a republic of design, it could do a lot worse than having these three tenets as its founding principles. If there were a product poster-boy for this new landscape, it could quite possibly be RADAR, the highly architectural, modular shelving system for both contract and residential spaces, produced by Swiss aluminium-furniture specialists Adeco. Completely new, however, this super-rational, super-clever, but visually modest programme, isn’t.

A millimetre of aluminum profile doesn’t naturally make you think of robustness, perhaps. But this is where the constructional cleverness of the design comes in. The folded, ziggurat form of the side panels transforms thinness into strength.

© Simon Keane-Cowell | Editor-in-Chief | Architonic Ltd.

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RADAR R13

The modulable construction of RADAR R13 offers the simplicity and flexibility that life today requires. Space may be arranged individually thanks to the different depths of 25cm, 34,5cm and 50cm and standard heights from 40cm up to 238cm. A simple mechanism allows to assemble, remove, extend and modify this storing system without any special tools. Thanks to highly precise processing without adhesives, a traditional connection through innovative application is used to assemble the elements of the shelf.
The unique material features of SwissCDF compact density fibreboard allow the material to be reduced by up to 10mm resulting in a light and delicate appearance. SwissCDF renewable energy consists of 90%, the wood used is derived from sustainably managed forests

Design: greutmann bolzern designstudio Zurich

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RADAR R13 - The Symbiosis Of Aluminium And Wood

greutmann bolzern designstudio took the chance in re-designing the classical aluminium shelf RADAR. Based on a new, small aluminium profil the side parts come in SwissCDF boards. SwissCDF is a compacted, black coloured wood fibreboard. With the support board and the multi-ply structure, Swisscdf sets new standards in both design-oriented and structrual interior design. Stability, scratch resistance, splash water resistance and flame retardancy are among the positive characteristics of this natural wood material. The flush fitting end profile takes a discrete effect. RADAR R13 comes in the usual depth of 34cm and new in 25cm. The small 25cm shelf may be used as book shelf or, as a deposit for any kind of utensils or as a room divider.

Design: greutmann bolzern designstudio Zurich

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RADAR R13

Zurich-based design office greutmann bolzern was commissioned to work on a new iteration of the existing RADAR shelving, one which would address those aesthetically polarising side elements. The new system, called RADAR R13, would see aluminium replaced with high-quality SwissCDF, an innovative, compact-density fibreboard, which, while looking similar to MDF, possesses the robust technical characteristics of a material like high-pressure laminate. (The thinking is Swiss design, using Swiss materials, delivered by Swiss manufacturing... You get the picture.)

Design: greutmann bolzern designstudio Zurich

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RADAR R13

With any kind of glueing eschewed in favour of a classic harpoon connection, the R13’s SwissCDF sides measure 10 millimetres in width, allowing ultra-stable, modular constructions of up to 3 metres in height. ‘All you need are two good hands and an Allen key,’. ‘No third hand necessary. Building it is a bit like meditation.’ Aside from the new elements, the rest of RADAR design remains unchanged. This is still a system with pleasingly haptic, smooth-to-the-touch aluminium at its core, reflecting light modestly, never with glare. When RADAR is empty, it’s almost like work of art. But it recedes when it’s full. It’s never dominant. Always elegant.

Design: greutmann bolzern designstudio Zurich

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RADAR R13

No glue is what you’d expect from a system that prides itself on its sustainability credentials. Aluminium, in addition to being lightweight and strong, is infinitely recyclable. Production of aluminium from recycled metal saves more than 90% of the energy required for its primary production, according to North America’s Aluminum Association. Eyebrow-raising stuff. ‘The wonderful thing about aluminium, is that it can be recycled countless times and each time you’re left with 100% aluminium. There’s no degradation, as there is with glass, plastic or paper. You can recycle aluminium a thousand times and you’d still have 100% aluminium.’ And, just in case you’re wondering, SwissCDF is made from Swiss wood from sustainably managed forests, with 90% of the energy used during production coming from renewables.

Design: greutmann bolzern designstudio Zurich

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RADAR R13

When Hollywood remakes a classic, it’s often (let’s face it) a disappointment, and leaves you wondering ‘Why?’. What Adeco have achieved with their rebooted RADAR system is a significant development in aesthetic and engineering terms that retains the spirit and splendour of the original. A bit like the Goldberg Variations. The reinterpretation of a classic that’s immediately a classic in itself. Play on, RADAR, play on.

 

Design: greutmann bolzern designstudio Zurich

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RADAR Classic

Aesthetics of lightness. The modular storage system RADAR with its 1mm lateral profile parts enables  a maximum of stability, flexibility and functionality. RADAR Classic is easy to mount and available in five sizes, two widths and one depth. With drawers, CD-racks, flaps, filing cabinets.
The filigree constructions in aluminium and inox stand for a consistent and resource conserving production. The high aesthetic level is reflected in a permanent development of the construction. Sustainability is one of the basic principles of business aesthetics. Products should achieve their designation stable of value over years in a changing environment and thus respect the environment.

Design : Heinrich Gerhard

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A millimetre of aluminum profile doesn’t naturally make you think of robustness, perhaps. But this is where the constructional cleverness of the design comes in. The folded, ziggurat form of the side panels transforms thinness into strength. ‘The idea wasn’t to launch a shelving system with folded side elements because there wasn’t one on the market already,’ explains Sturzenegger. ‘The brief was to develop a system based on a 1-millimetre-wide aluminium sheet.’ And that they did. Form truly followed function.

 

© Simon Keane-Cowell | Editor-in-Chief  |  Architonic Ltd.


Design : Heinrich Gerhard

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RADAR Classic

If there were a product poster-boy for this new landscape, it could quite possibly be RADAR, the highly architectural, modular shelving system for both contract and residential spaces, produced by Swiss aluminium-furniture specialists Adeco. Completely new, however, this super-rational, super-clever, but visually modest programme, isn’t. This year will see the 20th anniversary of RADAR’s launch, the brainchild of architecture and designer Heinrich Gerhard. ‘Reducing to the max,’ is the essence of the design, which sees a filigree use of anodised aluminium played out across an impressively minimal set of dimensions – 2-millimetre-thick shelves, 1.5-millimetre drawers, and side panels measuring a mere 1mm in profile.

 

© Simon Keane-Cowell | Editor-in-Chief  |  Architonic Ltd.


Design : Heinrich Gerhard

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