The Blog

Sit Down Interview: Bolon Sisters Discuss Elements

Posted by Bolon on October 11, 2018

Balance and calm are vital ingredients for any work area. That’s what Bolon’s new collection Elements sets out to achieve: a quiet statement. Join us as we dive deeper into the collection together with Bolon sisters Annica and Marie Eklund

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5 Stunning Museum Designs: Art on Every Surface

Posted by Bolon on October 09, 2018


We've come across some architecture and design candy in the form of museums that are well-worth a visit for their architecture alone. Here they are:

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Biomimicry: Bringing Biologists to the Design Table

Posted by Bolon on October 03, 2018

Sustainability, A Future Without Footprints, Trends

Japanese bullet trains based on the streamlined beak of the kingfisher bird. Wind turbines inspired by the shape of humpback whales. Sealant for vascular surgery copying the features of worms glue. By way of copying the unique attributes of natural processes and the animal kingdom, humans have been able to come up with the most advanced solutions in science, tech, design and architecture. But what is biomimicry and how has it previously been applied to solve problems humans have been grappling with? 

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Bolon inspiration: Top 3 Hotel Design Projects

Posted by Bolon on September 25, 2018

Hotel Design, Bolon by you, Projects we love

As the summer comes to a close, we're listing our top hotel design projects published in the months of June, July and August 2018.

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2019 Material Reinvention: Recycled plastics

Posted by Bolon on September 18, 2018


Crowned the material of the year at the London Design Festival 2018, plastic has become forefront of material choice for several designers. Here’s three waste-plastic innovators not to be missed during London Design Festival, held between 17-23 September 2018.

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Inside Maaemo: Oslo's Culinary Design Haven

Posted by Bolon on September 04, 2018

Projects we love

Shaped by a harsh climate and scarce resources, Norway’s culinary tradition is nevertheless rich inspiration for the world’s youngest triple Michelin-starred chef.

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3 Striking Healthcare Designs To Be Inspired by

Posted by Bolon on August 09, 2018


As research suggests better healing from better hospital design, creating a calming healthcare environment has become a top priority among hospital executives. Not only does it support healthcare staff's working practices but also demonstrates how interior design can help patients to relax and recover.

Below we've listed three inspiring healthcare designs intended to foster both creativity and wellbeing. 

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What is BIM? Mapping the Future of Architecture

Posted by Bolon on April 10, 2018

Definition, Know how, Trends

Architecture is seeing its biggest transformation since the introduction of digital technologies, with Building Information Modelling (BIM) transforming every part of the building process. But what is BIM and what are its benefits?


The future of BIMBuilding Information Management. Photo courtesy: Autodesk

Defining BIM:

BIM - a way of working

BIM or Building Information Modelling is a digital, model-based process providing architects, engineers and constructors a tool to create and manage data across a building project's lifecycle. This digital process ultimately produces a digital building model, a BIM model, which contains a digital description of every aspect of the building.

Alexander Montell, Sales Director at the world’s largest BIM object database, BIMobject, highlights the importance of understanding that BIM is a process and not a physical entity:

“There is a common misunderstanding that BIM represents an object. Rather than thinking of BIM as a material object, BIM is best described as the digitisation of the whole construction industry”, Montell explains.

From_BIM_to_VR_MJ_750x340VR combined with BIM used to virtualise building models. Photo courtesy: Chalmers

How BIM Works:

1. Common Data Environment

Moving away from a separate set of drawings, BIM details the process of designing a facility collaboratively using one digital system. In this digital system, those involved in the projects generate and share their data in a mutually accessible online space, called the Common Data Environment (CDE). From the CDE, which is typically a server or a cloud based system, one can access, share and collect data about the project; from drawings to non-visuals, such as schedules, cost plans and performance requirements. All in one place.

2. Digital BIM model

Based on the data collected in the CDE, a real-time Building Information Model, is produced. This digital model (often 3D) encompasses building geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information etc. – as well as building components. A building component, as an example, could be Bolon’s flooring,  an object which the architect downloads from BIMObject and places into their project in the BIM process via CAD or another software program.

Using Bolon's Botanic Viva in ArchiCad 

As all products used in the facility are accessible through the digital building model; architects, clients, suppliers, builders, environmental managers – and anyone else involved in the project – can explore the model and access information about every objects.

For example, by clicking on different parts of the digital model, such as the flooring, one can access its data; the manufacturer, cost, durability, environmental certifications, when it needs to be replaced and where to get it from. The more data put into to the project, the more detailed information can be accessed here. 

 building info modellingAn example of a BIM model. Photo Courtesy: CK Vango

BIM Benefits:

More efficient project planning

By moving away from drawing on paper and toward an online, real-time sharing of data, the process ensures transparency, collaboration, control and eventually better outcomes since everyone involved in the project is viewing the same digital drawing, and will be aware of potential changes as soon as they occur. Shared information should result in coordinated data which will, in turn, reduce both time and cost on the project as there is less of a need for rework and duplication of drawings.



Benefits of the BIM process. Photo courtesy: Tekla

 A safer process – reduced risk of building mistakes

With a constructable model, the structure can be prototyped virtually and solutions can be tried on the digital model before they are performed on the building site. This allows for a safer building process in which mistakes are likely to happen digitally instead of in real life. 

BIM – the key to becoming more sustainable?

BIM can be used to illustrate the entire lifecycle of a building 'cradle to cradle' – from the planning stages to demolition and material replacements. This allows for better understanding of the building components, materials and products which have been installed in the project; how sustainable they are, which environmental certifications they have and when they will have to be replaced so that we can achieve minimal product life cycle environmental impact.

It seems evident that BIM is changing the industry for the better by making the building process more efficient, safe and collaborative – but we are convinced that the inherent power of BIM could be found in its potential to support sustainable building by contributing to less wasteful construction.

This is where BIM truly makes a difference.



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Modern Workplace: Designing For Future Generations

Posted by Bolon on March 14, 2018

Trends, Office design

‘Modern Workplace’ is becoming the new buzzword as Millennials start to dominate the workforce. But what do we really mean by ‘Modern Workplace’ and how do we best design office environments for future generations?

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The Effectiveness of Universal Design: Ensuring Equal Access

Posted by Bolon on February 21, 2018

Office design

Through universal design, we can better accommodate visitors with disabilities, but the real benefit of universal design is that it allows for engagement of the whole community. The Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD) uses universal design as a powerful tool to create a harmonious environment meeting the needs of all people, regardless of disability.

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