A new dimension in design and technology
markilux is to launch a design awning onto the market which will make a big impact and which, according to the manufacturer, provides extra convenience and comfort even in the basic version.
The latest design innovation by the awning specialist markilux is called the MX-1. It has been positioned as a high-end product for more demanding standards and is intended, in contrast to previous awnings, as a completely independent design element for your home. The statement it makes is therefore: If it is going to be visible on the facade, then with a conspicuous and effective design. Therefore, focus is placed with this model, which simultaneously acts as a small porch, on the size, which is intended to provide a lot of space for extras and comfortable standards.
The trend for increasingly small products appears to have halted. Designs are once again becoming larger and more conspicuous. The modern mobile phone designs are paving the way: many of them are now large and flat. The awning manufacturer markilux has gone for large and deep. With its new design awning, the MX-1, which the company has once again developed with the Designer Prof. Andreas Kramer from Bremen, it wishes to emphasise new features. Sven Kröner from the Development Department is convinced by the new awning model: "Awnings like the MX-1 possess the necessary self-confidence to provide a visual highlight on facades. Beautiful, purist and lightweight design can and should act as an eye-catching feature".
An in-depth look
And the cassette awning certainly does catch the eye - due to its dimensions alone. It can measure up to seven metres in width, with a projection of almost four metres and forty centimetres. But the key feature of this product, says Kröner, is the special depth of around 60 centimetres. It is based on a wall-side porch into which the awning is hooked. The porch and awning blend together visually into a housing which tapers slightly towards the front with rounded side panels. The porch lies against the wall at the top with a sealing lip. At first glance, we do not suspect the presence of an awning. It could also be a modern porch design, as the MX-1 permits use as a practical protection of windows and facades. "Using this model, we go one step further as far as our focus on design is concerned. The design, colours and material create an object with its own spatial effect". The awning product itself is not really visually perceptible, and yet remains part of the whole, with all its conveniences", explains Sven Kröner.
A lot of technology on board
Here, convenience and comfort have been tailored especially to size. Therefore, the new model is, according to markilux, technically and in terms of material already equipped for the highest demands in the standard version. In addition to the large front profile, this includes motor-driven operation via radio control, particularly sturdy folding arms with bionic tendons and a cable duct for the connection of lighting systems as well as a gutter integrated into the profile and sophisticated lounge colours. In addition, there is a series of options through which the awning can be individualised, says Kröner. "For example, on the inside of the front profile, it is possible to attach LED spotlights or an up to 6 metre-long LED line as well as illuminating a tinted visibility screen made of acrylic glass with LEDs on the outside profile. In the non-illuminated version, the panel is made of aluminium and features lounge or standard colours". The porch, too can be equipped on request with dimmable LED spotlights. And the front profile is already prepared so that it can hold the Shadeplus- an integrated electrically controlled vertical solar and visibility protection feature.
The awning has a tilt mechanism which is variable between 5 and 25 degrees in order to tilt into a sufficient pitch during extension. When the awning retracts again, it pivots back into the starting position. The MX-1 is exclusively intended as an independent system and for attachment to a wall. The preassembly of the porch, into which the awning is later hooked, makes mounting easier. The model is also available without the porch as the slightly more slim-line MX-1 compact which is only just under 40 centimetres in depth.