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Eight ideas for the home-office
A touch of quiet never harms
Workplace or playground?
Voulez vous Prouvé?

News & Stories | Light+Building 2012

A platform for all players

by Sara Bertsche

A platform for all players
Be it exhibitors, young talents or curious specialist visitors – everyone needs assistance in making their way around the Light + Building in Frankfurt. Stylepark spoke with Director Maria Hasselman and asked her about the role the trade-fair plays for experts from the world of light and building technology.
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Light – as alluring as ever
A pod – <br>tough and tender
Swedish simplicity
I like the Original
When roof tiles morph into a bar stool
Cantonal, red, tricky
Architects are now @Work in Berlin, too
12 Questions for Johannes Hemann
Going vintage ain’t enough
Young British Charisma
18 million coins for the Underground
Colour Attack!
Pleasing an entire island
To light or to illuminate – that is the question
Good designers, successful products – Milan Marathon part 3
What a relief – The Milan marathon part 1
It’s oh so quiet
Yoshioka’s mirage: Mirror, mirror, on the wall…
Membrane and Cradle: Benjamin Hubert modulates materials
Nichetto = Nendo: Working with kami no ku and shimo no ku
Mikado: Showing what you’ve got...
This That Other: Stefan Diez has a new trick up his sleeve for e15
Moormann or Milan, don’t fire my ire!
SixE: A PearsonLloyd chair for Howe
Club and More: Agape presents Mangiarotti
So that rightly flow the torrent
Design is an attitude
Now that is a great stand! <br> Part 2
Water and energy
Living labs
Architects, a thing for sliding windows<br>Part 1
Tunnels, attics and parking lots full of furniture
Flooring as an artwork and design object
Take the effort out of cooking
A creative oasis among the hustle and bustle
Brynjar Sigurdarson: Visualizing the production process
Normal Studio: A carpet aquarium and a platform made of laminate
Mirko Borsche: Patterns and colors in the third dimension

News & Stories | BAU 2013 Munich

Selected manufacturers at BAU 2013

Selected manufacturers at BAU 2013
The BAU, world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, celebrates its 20 year anniversary in 2013. A list of selected exhibitors shows you which manufacturers are to be found where.
Mark Braun: The DNA of wood

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Selected manufacturers at imm cologne 2013

Selected manufacturers at imm cologne 2013
Each year, imm cologne is the first event to present the latest home trends for Europe and overseas. Over 1,050 exhibitors from more than 50 countries will present their innovations at the furniture fair. An exhibitor schedule presents the most important manufacturers.
Diez & Domotex or<br/>From the ground up: there’s still some life in flooring design
Not the same old, same old!
Here I am an architect – if anywhere, then here!
What should offices be? A small town or a camping site?

News & Stories | Orgatec 2012

Selected exhibitors at Orgatec 2012

Selected exhibitors at Orgatec 2012
October 23rd will see the presentation at Orgatec in Cologne of all the new products for the design of offices and public spaces. A list of selected exhibitors tells you which manufacturers are attending, and where to find them.
Adorned</br>living

News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2012

On set in paradise

by Jörg Zimmermann

On set in paradise
For one week a year, during the Salone del Mobile, Milan becomes a fairground, springboard and experimental lab all rolled into one. But with a little luck, there is indeed a small piece of paradise to be found somewhere in this rowdy setting. Taking a systematic approach to the fair won't help you here, but a passion for discovery just might.
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News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2012

The new is not per se the good
Checking out Milan, part 1

by Thomas Wagner

The new is not per se the good<br>Checking out Milan, part 1
The 51st Salone del Mobile and all its side shows remains one huge cultural event. By contrast, the exhibitors at the trade-fair halls in Rho prefer restraint and no longer try to parade their novelties at any price.

News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2012

Pizzas, personalities, prototypes

Pizzas, personalities, prototypes
Milan in turmoil: for one week the Salone Internazionale del Mobile dominates life in this Italian design metropolis. Lines form in front of subways, taxi stands and restaurants, curious faces push their way through the halls of the fair and the showrooms. Stylepark presents an overview of the most important events.
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News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2012

Spring-time delicacies in the furniture world

by Thomas Wagner

Spring-time delicacies in the furniture world
It's that time of year again: From April 17 through 20, the entire design world will gather in Milan for the Salone del Mobile.
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A successful show

by Jörg Zimmermann

A successful show
The Stockholm Furniture Fair was dominated by Scandinavian manufacturers offering products that combined high design quality with traditional production in their own special way. An overview of the trade fair that considers itself to be the largest marketplace for Scandinavian design.
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What you need for building
With around 1,300 exhibitors and more than 115,000 visitors, this year's "Swissbau" in Basle was an innovative and highly successful trade fair that satisfied exhibitors and visitors alike. In 2014 "Swissbau" will be held in the architects Herzog & de Meuron's new extension to the complex. In a series of images we present you with the highlights of this year's fair.
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News & Stories | imm cologne 2012

The news on what’s new in Cologne

by Jörg Zimmermann

The news on what’s new in Cologne
Trade fairs thrive on good products and interesting novelties. Only then will the trade fair be attractive in the long term. At the imm in Cologne in 2012 there was quite a lot waiting to be discovered. The Italian big-hitters were back, but the eye-catching designs were to be found at other booths.
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A world of imagery at your feet

by Sandra Hofmeister

A world of imagery at your feet
Something is going on in flooring, be it parquet or carpets. But in the traditional craft of carpet weaving little has changed in the techniques that have been in use for centuries now. Yet today colors, materials and patterns are also determined by designers – the reason that this year's Domotex in Hanover sought to unite artisanship and technology.
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Selected manufacturers at imm cologne 2012

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In a southern light

by Thomas Edelmann

In a southern light
What makes Miami a relevant location on the world design map? Is it the flair of "Miami Vice" with the summery villas, luxury yachts and all the naked skin? Definitely not, as today the Design Miami trade fair pulls the crowds with products by Jean Prouvé, presented close to buildings by Frank Gehry and Herzog & de Meuron.
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“Nude” or preferably revealing a little less

by Nina Müller

“Nude” or preferably revealing a little less
At this time of year, the Spanish city of Valencia offers prime climatic conditions for a relaxed, short break to visit to the Design Week. But does that mean you have leave all of your clothes at home?

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Trade fairs as the drivers of urban development

by Peter Sägesser

Trade fairs as the drivers of urban development
During the Cold War, the trade fair in Zagreb was one of the few locations where NATO member countries and Warsaw Pact nations presented their wares. Today, the trade-fair complex on the banks of the Sava River is hopelessly out of date and the city is considering a new solution.

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On LEDs and other small items

by Thomas Edelmann

On LEDs and other small items
The end of the traditional light bulb clobbered the luminaire industry, which is slowly recovering. At the Euroluce in Milan the clear trend was an effort to harmonize design and technology again.

News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2011 – supported by Villeroy & Boch Tiles

New! New! New?

by Nina Reetzke

New! New! New?
How much sense does it make to show prototypes of new products at a fair? Most producers face this question, yet seldom are their thoughts aired in public. However, when you make a point of asking, some of the answers that come to light are surprisingly honest.

News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2011 – supported by Villeroy & Boch Tiles

Milan in four bags or: Design, theatrical, practical, feudal and universal

by Thomas Wagner

Milan in four bags or: Design, theatrical, practical, feudal and universal
Perhaps everything on show in Milan at the exhibition center in Rho, in the booths of Superstudio Più, in showrooms and back-yard workshops ultimately fits into four bags. Let’s see if it does. What would we write on the movable containers if we were to put in them the things we noticed among all the abundance?

News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2011 – supported by Villeroy & Boch Tiles

Milan is here again

Milan is here again

En route for Milan. It’s that time of the year; the Milan furniture salon is just round the corner and the design world is in pandemonium. To give you an idea of the countless events throughout the city we have compiled a list of what we consider to be the most promising among them.

Selected Exhibitors at ISH 2011
Every two years the fair Frankfurt invites everyone to attend ISH. From 15 to 19 March approximately 2,300 manufacturers will present the world's largest exhibition for bathroom design and building-services technology. An exhibitor schedule presents the most important manufacturers.
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The likes of tomorrow

by Meret Ernst

The likes of tomorrow
Among designers, the word "trend" is definitely a no-no to be avoided at all cost. Rightly so, as the term refers to something that purports to be new but is actually well known. Yet it is worth looking at the concept a little more closely to discern the mechanisms operating behind it.
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Shop curators

by Nina Reetzke

Shop curators
The Ambiente in Frankfurt/Main has always been considered at the trade fair of "things to put on things". Any number of accessories for the kitchen, bathroom, living room, kids' room and garden. The selection of fitting innovations for "your store" is a challenge that every purchasing manager has to survive.

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Carpets are back – imm Cologne Part 2

by Thomas Wagner

Carpets are back – imm Cologne Part 2
A trade fair consists of individual booths. However, this is not necessarily the best possible solution, as the new "Pure Textile" section demonstrates. There you will still find any number of light, fine, spring-fresh and elegant fabrics, but they are still all isolated. Moreover, one other thing is clear: tables and sofas are clawing their way back onto the carpet.
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Wish I was a Red Indian – imm Cologne Part 1

by Thomas Wagner

Wish I was a Red Indian – imm Cologne Part 1
What emerged at the imm Cologne in 2011 was that the fair has steadied, and in the form of "Living Kitchen" and "Pure Textiles" has gained two important new areas. Thus, the Cologne hodge-podge of the diversity of homes has something for everyone, for a man of the world, a man of the masses, and for kids, too. That said, the high-end design did not live up to expectations.
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Selected Exhibitors at imm cologne 2011

Selected Exhibitors at imm cologne 2011
At the beginning of every year the trade fair imm cologne presents new international home trends. We present the list of selected manufacturers to found out which exhibitors they are, and where you can find them.

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A trip through the trade fair jungle with Stylepark

by Daniel von Bernstorff

A trip through the trade fair jungle with Stylepark
The year has only just begun and already we are facing a true trade fair marathon. An overview of the most important dates and what to expect at imm, Bau, ISH, and other trade fairs.

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Design in an art paradise called Miami

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Design in an art paradise called Miami
Everything is beautiful. Art, design, people, cars. In early December, Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami transform Florida's capital into an island of bliss.
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A lonely, backlit worker

by Thomas Wagner

A lonely, backlit worker
Walls made of gold foil, dancing teabags and any number of light corridors - the 13th Designers' Saturday took place in Langenthal, Switzerland. An excursion on the "Black Line" through this charming Disneyland of design.
Work wherever you want!<br>Office worlds 2010 – part 1: of citizens, territories and islands
You will search in vain for a new paradigm or new typologies of work at the Orgatec 2010. Instead, people are busy working away at furniture systems that enable the temporary privacy of retreat in the midst of the open field of omnipresent communication.
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As you like it!

by Daniel von Bernstorff

As you like it!
The specialist trade fair architect@work is intended specifically for architects, interior designers and planners. And has long since been established in other European countries. On December 8 and 9, it debuts in Germany, with Düsseldorf as the exhibition venue.

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Selected exhibitors at Orgatec 2010

Selected exhibitors at Orgatec 2010
October 26th will see the presentation at Orgatec in Cologne of all the new products for the design of offices and public spaces. A list of selected exhibitors tells you which manufacturers are attending, and where to find them.

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Art Basel

by Peter Raue

Art Basel
This year's Art Basel would seem to be an indication that the financial crisis has been overcome, as gallery owners were pleasantly surprised by the visitors' unexpected spending spree.

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Experimental designs

by Katharina Horstmann

Experimental designs
This year's DMY Design Festival in Berlin showed experimental prototypes by young designers and injected life into the disused Tempelhof airport.

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Swedish heights

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Swedish heights
This year, and despite the economic crisis, the Stockholm furniture fair has consolidated its leading position in the Scandinavian market. And looks like emerging as a real alternative to Cologne and Paris.

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The end of Droog

by Markus Frenzl

The end of Droog
Object Rotterdam, the "autonomous design" trade fair, which was held for the second time at the beginning of February, featured in some cases surprising quality: the post-Droog generation of designers would appear to be far more earnest.

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All quiet in the West?

by Daniel von Bernstorff

All quiet in the West?
No festival of innovations such as is Milan, but then no one would have expected that. All the same, the imm cologne seems to have steadied up despite the crisis. A tour with some of the most interesting company presentations and products.

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Trade fairs: ready, steady, go!

Trade fairs: ready, steady, go!
A great many trade fairs and design events await us in the next four months. Stylepark proudly presents the most important among them.

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Room Rain or Impressions from Wellness Zone 2

by Thomas Wagner

Room Rain or Impressions from Wellness Zone  2
There are any number of trends, but only one can lead the way: The bathroom is expanding and merging with the bedroom to form one large area of relaxation and recovery. This, however, is no easy design task to be accomplished.

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The Flood or Impressions from Wellness Zone 1

by Thomas Wagner

The Flood or Impressions from Wellness Zone 1
ISH in Frankfurt calls itself the world's leading trade fair for the "The Bathroom Experience" as well as for "Building, Energy, Air Conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies". But as wonderful as this sanitary world of 21st-century wellness may seem - our old fears live on and new desires are rising to the surface.

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The human soul is like water

by Nancy Jehmlich

The human soul is like water
Wellness, spa, ritual baths, the bathroom is becoming the living room, the materials more ecological, the technical equipment more complex. The world's leading trade fair in its field, the ISH, takes place every other year and this year, in March, it is celebrating its Golden Jubilee.

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What does “autonomous” mean here?

by Anneke Bokern

What does “autonomous” mean here?
Object Rotterdam focuses on contemporary Dutch design. It initially took place two years ago as a one-off pilot project. Now it has been launched as a new trade fair, parallel to Art Rotterdam. So far so good. However, the event format needs some refining.

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Braving the crisis with power and creativity

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Braving the crisis with power and creativity
It was tough going for Cologne's furniture fair this year. But not everyone let the crisis get them down. There were some strong showings in connection with the imm cologne, but naturally this overview is incomplete and subjective.

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A mobile architectural unit

by Nancy Jehmlich

A mobile architectural unit
Designer Eric Degenhardt studied architecture, which might be one reason why dealing with space has always been high on his list of priorities. He has also long been interested in parasitic architectures. At the imm in Cologne he presented his mobile unit "Landed" together with Richard Lampert.

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Selected Exhibitors at imm cologne 2009

Selected Exhibitors at imm cologne 2009
Each year, every year: Cologne invites everyone to attend imm cologne. For all the recent debate on the future of furniture trade fairs, many will take up the invitation. Simply consult the list of selected manufacturers to found out which exhibitors they are, and where you can find them.

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The best of the best

by Daniel von Bernstorff

The best of the best
DS Awards presented for the first time at the Designers' Saturday in Langenthal

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imm cologne 2008 Weary rituals

by Markus Frenzl

imm cologne 2008  Weary rituals
Every year, when the Christmas turkey has been digested, New Year endured and maybe even a couple of days skiing successfully overcome, design aficionados, tired of all the exuberance of the festivities and about to enter a state of long-term lethargy, head to Cologne for the Furniture Fair and the Passagen program.
The  <br/>New  <br/>Order
Work with love
Sunnyside up!
Selected Manufacturers Orgatec 2014
In command on the digital bridge
Do I wish to sit on a chair that lights up?
XXL Koolhaas

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Better light and
adaptive buildings

by Thomas Geuder

Better light and <br/>adaptive buildings
Architects, designers and professionals are looking expectantly towards this year´s Light + Building, taking place in Frankfurt, March 30th to April 04th - this year focused on subjects as LEDs, networking buildings and the impact of light on the human body. At the same time the Luminale as an exciting event gives with its several highlights opportunity to discover the city.
Play area instead of furniture
Feel the three dimensional qualities beneath your feet
A brighter Modernism
Precise, coherent, Zwicky
Digitally pimped
A hungry child, a photographer and too many jokes
Dreaming of Warsaw
Light up the cardboard
Warning: Furniture subject to mood swings
Life is too short for jetlag
The path is the goal
Head for the exit, eyes closed!
Streamlined nomads – The Milan marathon part 2
An evening with Karl
The brand in the basement
Selected manufacturers at Milan Design Week 2013
Aava: Making wood flow
Craftsmanship & Design: Salone Satellite, ever young
Bikini Island: 4 questions for Werner Aisslinger
Fionda, Medici, Radice: wooden items by Jasper, Konstantin and Sam
Yoko: Anderssen&Voll dream up a luminaire for Foscarini
Gardenias: Jaime Hayon’s garden fantasies
A thousand possible worlds of water
Water: the sensual element
Synthetic flooring goes green with castor oil <br> Part 3
Selected Exhibitors at ISH 2013
Our favorite place for a bath is outdoors
Bathrooms built for indulgence
A breath of fresh air from the North
There is no standard solution for the future
Design for all!
The Barcelona Pastiche

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Less caviar, more meat & potatoes please

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Less caviar, more meat & potatoes please
This year’s Heimtextil in Frankfurt runs the danger of being memorable for its superficiality rather than its quality. However, they have come up with some real highlights – and these aren’t restricted to the “Being” trend show alone.
Martin Fengel & Martin Wöhrl: Beyond the convention
Steffen Kehrle: A labyrinthine room in bamboo parquet
Sebastian Wrong: A camouflaged carpet
Jörg Boner: A romantic look to the days of industrialization
Tomás Alonso: Furniture made of laminate

News & Stories | imm cologne 2013

Cologne – romantic, more or less

by Thomas Wagner

Cologne – romantic, more or less
It’s all go again in Cologne! Everybody is getting ready for imm Cologne, but that’s by no means all the city has to offer. We’re already looking forward to the furniture frenzy, “Passagen” Interior Design Week, Designer of the Year, and of course to Cologne, Kölsch beer and critique. Or will it all be much more romantic than we think?
One trade fair rarely comes alone

News & Stories | Orgatec 2012

Forecasting offices

by Thomas Edelmann

Forecasting offices
On the silver screen and at Orgatec, office environments are depicted as having a life of their own. What kind of image of reality do they convey? A rummage through the film archives and walkabout in the trade fair halls.
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Effortless moments of magic

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Effortless moments of magic
This year’s Designers’ Saturday held in the Swiss town of Langenthal certainly confirmed the trade fair’s standing as one of the finest and most creative design events in the world.
It’s all in the right mix
All eyes on autumn!

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Lasting Values

by Jörg Zimmermann

Lasting Values
The “Metropole Aluminum House” by Jean Prouvé was the big attraction at the seventh Design Miami Basel and the trade fair continues to be a fixed date in the diaries of vintage design collectors and admirers of classic design icons alike.

News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2012

In search of the ideal kitchen

by Thomas Edelmann

In search of the ideal kitchen
This year, those who wanted to see innovative kitchen design, were not restricted to the Milan trade fair grounds but had to traipse around the showrooms scattered across the city.
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News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2012

Selected exhibitors at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2012

Selected exhibitors at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2012
This year the Salone in Milan will be held from April 17 through 22. However, Euro Cucina and numerous events throughout the city are well worth a visit. A list of selected exhibitors shows you which manufacturers are to be found where
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News & Stories | Light+Building 2012

Energy, buildings, grids and light

by Thomas Wagner

Energy, buildings, grids and light
Light+Building, which takes place in Frankfurt from April 15 through 20 this year, will more than ever before present itself as a trade fair that combines different sectors under one roof, showcasing luminaires for the home and commercial buildings along with intelligent systems for building automation and energy generation.
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The all-rounders

by Thomas Edelmann

The all-rounders
Currently hardly a car-maker has prioritized special topics. Instead, cars are on show that can potentially do everything. Give you a sporting drive, be safe off-road, and look like a limousine.
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The beauty of simplicity

by Nina Müller

The beauty of simplicity
Socks for furniture, man-made big cats, glittering crystals or pink colored chandeliers – Maison&Objet in Paris always keeps visitors in suspense. But those who enjoy browsing will also come across a host of subtle beauties.
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Not so small, but nonetheless, wow!

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Not so small, but nonetheless, wow!
With sustainability and energy efficiency as its topics, the "Swissbau" trade fair in Basle has impressively positioned itself as a smaller Swiss alternative to "Bau" in Munich.
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News & Stories | imm cologne 2012

Purists in the country?

by Thomas Edelmann

Purists in the country?
What is "Pure Village" in Hall 3.2 at imm cologne? A new trade fair format with a strange name? A self-perpetuating village? However we interpret the "village of purists", it enables the trade fair to present both young companies and brands and established labels in one place.
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News & Stories | imm cologne 2012

A matter of home taste

by Thomas Wagner

A matter of home taste
Not only the imm cologne is on track for consolidation in 2012. An increasing number of important manufacturers in the furniture trade is remembering their traditional strengths. And these are not rarely based on an ability to fuse tradition and innovation.
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News & Stories | imm cologne 2012

Furniture fair vocabulary

by Thomas Wagner

Furniture fair vocabulary
It is January once again. You know what that means don't you? imm cologne, naturally in Cologne, on the River Rhine. I hope you are well prepared. If not, you might want to quickly brush up on your vocabulary.

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Tough landing

by Mathias Remmele

Tough landing
Berlin-based furniture and design fair Qubique aimed at setting new standards in the sector. However, its first effort at the former airport Tempelhof failed to live up to expectations. Nevertheless, the underlying conceptual approach, with the emphasis on more quality despite practical difficulties, does seem to be the right one.
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This is London

by Katharina Horstmann

This is London
London, Vienna, Beijing – at the moment there is one design week after the other. As London is still considered a design metropolis, it is worth visiting the city on this occasion. Even if the trade fair "100% Design" is becoming increasingly uninteresting, the fringe events in the city were once again impressive.
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Fascination with the tried and true

by Amelie Znidaric

Fascination with the tried and true
At Design Miami Basel above all countless classics were on show. But anyone who managed to make their way past all the Jean Prouvés, Bauhaus, Mid Century Modern and Art Deco found contemporary design by the likes of Pierre Charpin and Max Lamb waiting to be discovered.
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News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2011 – supported by Villeroy & Boch Tiles

Fiori di Fuori

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Fiori di Fuori
Anyone who digressed from the well-trodden design paths at this year’s Salone in Milan could occasionally experience startling encounters. A small, subjective selection.

News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2011 – supported by Villeroy & Boch Tiles

Black holes in an urban showroom

by Thomas Edelmann

Black holes in an urban showroom
Only 20 years ago the “jeunesse dorée” used to meet in the Zona Tortona. Nowadays the focus is on marketing the area and on advertising brands, careers, and ideas. There was still lots to see, though.
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News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2011 – supported by Villeroy & Boch Tiles

Selected Exhibitors at Saloni 2011 in Milan

Selected Exhibitors at Saloni 2011 in Milan

In just a few days thousands of design enthusiasts will be making their way to the city again and celebrate the 50th birthday of the international furniture fair "Salone Internazionale del Mobile". An exhibitor schedule presents the most important manufacturers.

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Do you still have a bathroom or are you already at home?

Do you still have a bathroom or are you already at home?
For eight years now, Spanish designer Jaime Hayon has concerned himself with bathrooms. His first collection for ArtQuitect made him renowned world-wide. Yet he was first able to truly formulate his idea of the elegant bathroom with the "Bisazza Bagno" line that he just presented at the ISH. Nina Reetzke talked with him about bathrooms, elegance and Art Deco.

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Beyond plumbing

by Thomas Wagner

Beyond plumbing
From March 15-19, the industry will gather in Frankfurt/Main for the ISH, the "world's leading trade fair The Bathroom Experience, Building, Energy, Air-conditioning Technology, Renewable Energies". So what is the state of play with our as of late "sustainable" bath culture? What has happened to enjoyment?

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Design’s alive in Stockholm

by Nancy Jehmlich

Design’s alive in Stockholm
You only need to step out of the plane to be enjoying good, plain contemporary design. What the Stockholm Furniture Fair has to present in its halls does not exist in isolation. It comes to life in the city.

News & Stories | BAU 2011 Munich

Go forth and build sustainable dwellings!

by Nancy Jehmlich

Go forth and build sustainable dwellings!
The "BAU 2011" trade fair takes some beating and a main focus this year was sustainable building as one of the key challenges of the day. Many exhibitors already offer sustainable products. In the near future a major aim will be to combine them successfully.

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Walls wearing glittery collage style

by Nina Reetzke

Walls wearing glittery collage style
Whether it is curtains, wallpaper or floor coverings - Frankfurt's "Heimtextil" trade fair is the perfect venue to explore the fundamental ingredients of interior design. Some of the wallpaper manufacturers' presentations were particularly impressive. And we even spotted a number of technological innovations among the umpteen books of specimens with their colorful ornaments.
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Here we go again – Groundhog Day in the furniture world

by Thomas Wagner

Here we go again – Groundhog Day in the furniture world
It's January - and what happens in January? You know yourself. In what tends to be the coldest of all months, far too cold in fact for any serious outdoor pursuits, in Cologne Germany's "homing" event of the year takes place, namely imm cologne. So let's ask ourselves in the words of Kant: What can we know? What should we do? And: For what may we hope?

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The fashion of living in Paris

The fashion of living in Paris
In the form of Maison & Objet, which will run from January 21-25, Paris seeks to further establish itself as the center of the international interior design and design world.

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The architect at the heart of things

by Daniel von Bernstorff

The architect at the heart of things
The first German issue of the Architect@work fair shows how relevant a focused trade fair can be. Alongside fairs such as Bau, ISH or Light+Building the more specialized fair provides a platform for innovations in the field of architecture.

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Serious designs in Berlin

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Serious designs in Berlin
In the form of "Qubique - the next generation tradeshow", which will take place for the first time at the end of October 2011 against the spectacular backdrop of the former Tempelhof Airport, the German capital is finally going to host an event in the area of furniture and Interior design that can be taken seriously and promises to be successful.
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Work wherever you want!<br>Office worlds 2010 – part 2: of sheds and queues of seats
Offices are increasingly turning into social centers. To make certain the stress of constant communication does not become too fierce and the office becomes a social flashpoint, the modern work nomad withdraws into a chic little shed or a new kind of basket-chair.
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The Return of the Phone Booth

by Nina Reetzke

The Return of the Phone Booth
Phone booths have more or less vanished from public space. Yet now they are returning in a changed shape - in offices. While they once served to provide access to phones, phone boxes now offer a touch of privacy in the world of today's open-plan offices.

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Brave new world

by Anneke Bokern

Brave new world
"Interieur 2010" in Kortrijk has as its title "The New World". And the trade fair organizers believe that the new world is characterized by optimism not pessimism, by reflection not superficiality, by color not sobriety. And thus it is that the Interieur biennial once again takes its stand as a promising place within the design universe.
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Late summer and design in Paris

Late summer and design in Paris
"Maison&Objet" is taking place in Paris from September 3 through 7, 2010.

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Design course à la Parisienne

by Lena Bopp

Design course à la Parisienne
In recent years, the Designer's Days in Paris have emerged as a summer festival, with a very mixed audience strolling through the galleries and showrooms.

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Nothing is as green as it looks

by Amelie Znidaric

Nothing is as green as it looks
Sustainability before beauty would seem to be the intention at New York's ICFF Furniture Fair and its various satellite venues in the city. However, the eco-awareness they so laud is not always real.
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Ambiente revisited

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Ambiente revisited
This year, nothing at the Frankfurt consumer goods fair Ambiente is the way it was. And a good thing, too.
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The star, design, the Paris fair and its refugees

by Daniel von Bernstorff

The star, design, the Paris fair and its refugees
In recent years, Paris-based fair Maison & Objet has grown, to the detriment of other fairs. But now it appears that this trend is being reversed.

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Less could mean more

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Less could mean more
Despite the difficult economic situation, the world's leading textiles trade fair, the Heimtextil in Frankfurt, held steady this year. The focus was less on spectacular innovations and more on strengthening the core business, with a few exceptions, of course.
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Crisis? What crisis?

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Crisis? What crisis?
At this year's ISH, the "World's Leading Trade Fair for the Bathroom Experience, Building, Energy, Bathroom, Air-Conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies" in Frankfurt the economic crisis did not take centre stage. Visitor and exhibitor numbers almost matched those of the previous year and an upbeat outlook was palpable - almost defying the crisis, as it were.

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Welcome to Mr. Ueda’s Hot Spring

by Ulrich Schneider

Welcome to Mr. Ueda’s Hot Spring
In Germany, you might raise an eyebrow if your host invited you to share a bath with him before dinner. By contrast, in Japan a shared bath in an "onsen" is the norm rather than the exception. A report on a weekend in Tokyo and a European's first encounter with the Japanese bath culture.

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Selected Exhibitors at ISH 2009

Selected Exhibitors at ISH 2009
Every two years the fair Frankfurt invites everyone to attend ISH. From 10 to 14 March approximately 2,400 manufacturers will present the world's largest exhibition for bathroom design, building, energy and air-conditioning technology and renew-able energies. An exhibitor schedule presents the most important manufacturers.

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Magpies, barbed wire and Swedish Design

by Rebecka Tarschys

Magpies, barbed wire and Swedish Design
So much is evident: The big furniture fairs face tough competition. After all, while they are moaning in Cologne about vacant booths at roughly the same time Stockholm successfully hosted a small event that was booked out. Moreover, the Stockholm Furniture Fair & Northern Light Fair have even expanded their capacities and proven that they can certainly play in the first league of the design fairs.

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Almost gone with the wind

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Almost gone with the wind
The trade fair Maison & Objet in Paris only partially exploited the sorry scene the crisis-ridden imm Cologne preented. A gale prevented total triumph.

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Once upon a time or coccooning

by Thomas Wagner

Once upon a time or coccooning
Just holding its own but lacking in innovation. This would be a reasonable description of this year's "imm Cologne" you might say. "The international furniture fair" as the Cologne event officially calls itself is losing glamour and international flair. If it wants to survive it must become innovative especially in the high-end design segment.

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City tour at behest of design

by Nancy Jehmlich

City tour at behest of design
What people look for at the fair, but seldom find, is freely available elsewhere. In Ehrenfeld, in the Art Club's exhibition rooms, and in the former Railway Board building, there is plenty going on as part of the "Passagen" - and you'll find more than just young designers there. You'll find improvised kitchens and amusing design.

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No January without Cologne

by Thomas Wagner

No January without Cologne
The old year has gone, and the Cologne furniture fair is about to come. Even if everything that glitters is not gold - we cannot do without Cologne. And so we take the imm in the best sense as an event typified by that Cologne casualness: It always somehow functioned, so it will function this time.

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Form follows performance – The DMY Festival in Berlin

by Vera Siegmund

Form follows performance – The DMY Festival in Berlin
DMY – that means: Design forever! A passionate demonstration of love – of design as creative capital. For the refreshing thing about the DMY International Design Festival is the many young designers who are presenting their works for the first time and (before) they have become big business.