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A pod – <br>tough and tender
You need the right opportunities to create the new
15 Questions to Paul Cocksedge
12 Questions for Johannes Hemann
10 Questions for Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (OMA)
Design is an attitude
9 Questions to Dario Rinero
Technocrats make the world a duller place
Martin Fengel & Martin Wöhrl: Beyond the convention
Sebastian Wrong: A camouflaged carpet
Steffen Kehrle: A labyrinthine room in bamboo parquet
Tomás Alonso: Furniture made of laminate
5 Questions for Giulio Cappellini
5 Questions for Roberto Gavazzi
Keep your hands on the wheel
Urban-Think Tank or Connections in the third dimension
Superpool or Involving citizens
Long-lasting and attractive

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As though I were the star of my own celebrity culture

As though I were the star of my own celebrity culture
He produces portraits of himself as a cowboy and recreated industrial objects using clay. Jon Smith studied at the Institute of Contemporary and Interdisciplinary Art in the English city of Bath and now lives as an independent artist in the Netherlands. Nina Reetzke met him for a chat.
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News & Stories | Craftsmanship – nostalgia, innovation or luxury?

Out of love for materials

Out of love for materials
For “design publisher” Thomas Eyck craftsmanship translates into the utmost care in the use of materials. Juliane Grützner spoke to the Dutchman about his collection of hand-crafted objects.

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The art of vaulting

The art of vaulting
He conquered America’s inner cities with the old technique of the Catalan vault: Spanish engineer Rafael Guastavino. Today his works are experiencing a revival. Nora Sobich met Guastavino expert John Ochsendorf for a chat.

News & Stories | Light+Building 2012

Light is just light

Light is just light
What is the difference between light and lighting? With “Verto”, Naoto Fukasawa has designed a luminaire for Belux that is based upon the principle of reflection. Nina Reetzke met the Japanese designer for a chat.

News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2012

Serving ideas

Serving ideas
The success of Japanese designer Oki Sato is closely bound up with the Milan Salone Satellite. The straightforward approach to various design disciplines he experienced there was his inspiration when he set up his company Nendo. Ayako Kamozawa discusses this with Oki Sato.
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2 questions to Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
2 questions to Konstantin Grcic
2 questions to Simon Pengelly

News & Stories | Light+Building 2012

In search of better light

In search of better light
For Tobias Grau there is not much separating design and technological development. He is driven not so much by a search for new forms as a search for better light. An interview with Jörg Zimmermann.
Designed down to the very last detail
Her portfolio is full of surprises, her career international. The young Spanish product designer, Inma Bermúdez, works both for Ikea and Spanish porcelain manufacturer Lladró as well as being an assistant to Sigga Heimis, Jaime Hayon and CuldeSac. Talking to Nina Müller, she explains what designers have in common with engineers and how to really fire up the inventive spirit of a designer.
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He was always on the look-out for the archetype of an object
Ever since the death of its founder Studio Hannes Wettstein has been run by several managing directors. Alongside new projects, the focus is on looking after his estate. Meret Ernst spoke with Simon Husslein about this balancing act.
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So anyone who to read the documents …
The "German Design Award" is being hotly debated. A new and independent concept, or just an old thing in new wrapping? Jörg Zimmermann asked Andrej Kupetz, CEO of the German Design Council, what he thought.
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If it has a switch, you can turn the artwork on

If it has a switch, you can turn the artwork on
His works seem familiar and strange at once. Martin Brüger makes simple additions to everyday objects. Sometimes the proportions change, then the color effect alters, or a kind of frame is created. Nina Reetzke spoke to the Darmstadt artist about his views on the things that surround us.

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The American friend

by Nora Sobich

The American friend
In the 1950s, architect Benjamin Thompson brought European design to the United States. His "Design Research" company thereupon became legendary. Nora Sobich talked to Jane Thompson, the architect's widow, in Boston.

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The City as Built Forest

The City as Built Forest
Thanks to the last architecture biennial a new generation of Japanese architects became known in Europe. One of them was Sou Fujimoto, who previously drew attention with his “Tokyo Apartment” and the“Primitive Future House”. Ayako Kamozawa met Sou Fujimoto in Tokyo and talked to him about his concept of order.
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News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2011 – supported by Villeroy & Boch Tiles

Design as a culture of dialogue

Design as a culture of dialogue
Jasper Morrison is the talk of town right now with his chair “HAL”. Thomas Edelmann met the British designer and spoke with him not about “HAL 9000” from Stanley Kubrick’s “2001. A Space Odyssey” but about maturing into adulthood, working in different locations, shell seats and designs that are conceived in discussions.

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All my sofas are islands

All my sofas are islands
Piero Lissoni’s sofas have an almost legendary reputation. In the design process, he draws inspiration from the Italian lifestyle, and not boring functionalism. Sandra Hofmeister talked to the Italian designer about sofas and royalties, beauty and rituals.

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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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If you cannot let people try, the distance is really dangerous – part 1

If you cannot let people try, the distance is really dangerous – part 1
Paola Antonelli is in charge of design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and thus for the department which, in the view of the founding director Alfred Barr was destined to show everyone the opportunities for including art in their own lives. Jochen Stöckmann speaks to Paola Antonelli about design exhibitions in an art museum, about how important it is despite computers to create things by hand, about mobile phones and the criteria for selecting items for inclusion in the collection.
The pixel as an icon of our age
London-based designer Cristian Zuzunaga weaves the very fabric of our cities into his textile prints. Nancy Jehmlich spoke with him about the digital age and intractable tasks.
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If you ask me, everything should be white.
British Pop Art artist Richard Hamilton designed the legendary cover of The Beatles' "White Album". The seemingly unprinted sleeve lent the album its name and set it apart optically from all the brightly colored albums. Franziska von Bethmann asked Richard Hamilton how the cover came about.
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Reluctant ethnologist

Reluctant ethnologist
Philippe Bestenheider's designs are often reminiscent of the aesthetics associated with primitive peoples. If anything, though, that is unintentional. The Swiss designer simply loves playing with geometry.
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Everyday objects with that human touch

by Alexandra Goebel

Everyday objects with that human touch
Mathias Hahn, a talented young product designer from Germany, moved to London six years ago in order to gain a foothold in the design community. He has made an international name for himself within a very short space of time, with his sympathetic, straightforward and functional everyday products.
Normal, active and passive: sitting
Danish designer Kasper Salto dreamed up new chair for Fritz Hansen, a shell chair that allows for any number of different seating positions. Because you only sit healthily if you keep on changing your position. Nancy Jehmlich in conversation with Salto about today's challenges of designing a chair.
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Visions for a future urban platform

by Sandra Hofmeister

Visions for a future urban platform
Our economy is based on growth, but growth has its limits. And thus our current urban planning stands on wobbly foundations. Architect Peter Haimerl and his team are working on a new city for the future. "Zoom Town" is an urban concept that coordinates various forms of mobility with each other in an overarching urban fabric.
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In the design world we all like each other

In the design world we all like each other
On behalf of Munich's Neue Pinakothek Alessandro Mendini has curated a retrospective of the last 30 years of Italian design. Sandra Hofmeister talked with him about the "Objects with a Soul" and eclecticism in design.
Not something that passes by
In the works by Swedish design group "Front" the divides are blurred. After all, what you see is not always what you feel. During the Cologne furniture fair the magazine Architektur&Wohnen and Audi awarded the "A&W Designer of the Year" prize. Nancy Jehmlich talked to the designers about animals as designers, good design, and working as a threesome.
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America has lost its design identity

by Nora Sobich

America has lost its design identity
US designers are by no means as innovative and experimental as they were in the mid-twentieth century. But things are starting to move again: Design company "Vessel" is headquartered in Boston. A conversation on US designer careers and Chinese toothbrushes.

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Design as a way of reconsidering life

by Sandra Hofmeister

Design as a way of reconsidering life
The Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana have come to Weil am Rhein on the occasion of the opening of their major exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum. Talking to Stylepark, the brothers describe their experiences as cultural ambassadors of Brazil, explain their idea of self-respect in design and the possible ways of fusing high-tech and traditional craftwork.

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They called it a dog bed

by Nancy Jehmlich

They called it a dog bed
He is a Brazilian superstar. Idolized at the Salone in Milan, wherever he goes and wherever he stands, South American fans want to have their picture taken with him - Sergio Rodrigues. We caught up with him at ClassiCon in Munich, took a seat in his squashy leather armchair Mole and talked about his life.

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9/11 also destroyed design

by Nancy Jehmlich

9/11 also destroyed design
Every morning I have my tea from a cup that he designed. The favourite hotel of a friend of mine originated in his work. Matteo Thun is undoubtedly one of the great designers of our time. For Parador, he created several floor designs. We talked with the architect about the tactile appeal of wood and the decline of design.

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It’s not the era of Leonardo, nowadays you need specialists!

It’s not the era of Leonardo, nowadays you need specialists!
During the recent Cologne Orgatec, Claudia Beckmann and Thomas Wagner talked with Antonio Citterio about the office of tomorrow, the relevance of research for the design process, and design's social responsibility.

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Designer and Manufacturer are like Mother and Father

by Nancy Jehmlich

Designer and Manufacturer are like Mother and Father
The designers Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub have been working together under the name Jehs+Laub for over 14 years now. We met them at Orgatec in Cologne, and spoke to them about their relationship with manufacturers, the quality of entrances, trends, sustainability, and the strengths and weaknesses of the other.

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The time is rife - digitalization first made open-plan offices possible.

The time is rife - digitalization first made open-plan offices possible.
"Net 'n' Nest" is the name of Vitra's office concept - which loosely means being linked in a relaxed way. No other manufacturer at Orgatec displayed such a wide range of models for communicative working in the office. In Cologne Claudia Beckmann and Thomas Wagner spoke to Hanns-Peter Cohn, CEO of Vitra, about the idea of collage, the significance of the digital office, globalization and CO2 reduction.

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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Feel the three dimensional qualities beneath your feet
Curator with heart
All in Mini or fashion is the car
13 Questions to Diébédo Francis Kéré
18 million coins for the Underground
5 Questions to Benjamin Graindorge
A sofa is like an island
Brynjar Sigurdarson: Visualizing the production process
Mirko Borsche: Patterns and colors in the third dimension
Normal Studio: A carpet aquarium and a platform made of laminate
Mark Braun: The DNA of wood
Jörg Boner: A romantic look to the days of industrialization
9 Questions to Harald Sommerer
5 questions to Steffen Kehrle
Höweler+Yoon or The New American Dream
CRIT or There is more than one future
NODE or People-friendly infrastructure
Smart shells
Tailor-made tiling
We’re always moving
Each model is an interpretation
There’s a very close relationship between making architectural models and photography. A surprising discovery for Oliver Elser, curator of the exhibition “The Architectural Model – Tool, Fetish, Small Utopia”, at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt. An interview by Nina Reetzke.
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News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2012

Toying around with a classic

Toying around with a classic
The “Hallingdal 65” exhibition by Kvadrat that was held in Jil Sander’s showroom during this year’s Salone del Mobile presented conceptual designs by young designers created using a textile classic by Nanna Ditzel. And Hansjerg Maier-Aichen was in charge of selecting participants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Text by Sandra Hofmeister and interview by Markus Frenzl.
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News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2012

I am happy when they are happy

I am happy when they are happy
Marva Griffin is one of those dazzling figures on the international design scene. Venezuelan by birth, she used her curatorial skills to make Salone Satellite one of the most important platforms for up-and-coming designers from the outset. Some may think that she is thinking about retirement but for a long time now she has been turning her thoughts to South America. An interview by Robert Volhard and Jörg Zimmermann.
2 questions to Nitzan Cohen
2 questions to Sebastian Herkner
2 questions to Philipp Mainzer

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A little hardship could do architecture good

A little hardship could do architecture good
For Sauerbruch Hutton, appealing to the senses and passion are integral to architecture. Sandra Hofmeister spoke to Matthias Sauerbruch about sustainability in its various facets.

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The social significance of design critique is huge

The social significance of design critique is huge
It should not only be in times of crisis that we stop to think about critique, says Benita Braun-Feldweg in keeping with the tradition of her grandfather Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg who considered writing a part of design. To foster design-focused debate in society, the Braun-Feldweg Prize is now to be awarded for the sixth time. Nina Reetzke took the opportunity to meet and talk to the granddaughter of the German design mastermind.
Everyday objects that are always the same bore me
Fernando Brízio has kept every single one of his creations, even from his university years, and now it's paying off: For there is currently an extensive solo show of the Portuguese designer's works in Lisbon including a number of previously unseen pieces. And of course, the "Restart" dress made of fabric colored with felt pen could not be left out. Sandra Hofmeister met and interviewed Fernando Brízio for Stylepark.
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I always fight for my ideas

I always fight for my ideas
A hotel is always a major investment. All the more important, then, for it to have the right concept. Over the past few years interior designer Yasmine Mahmoudieh has made a name for herself, and not only with "Haus Rheinsberg". Nina Reetzke met up with Yasmine Mahmoudieh for an interview.
Paris is not ready for the future
French designer Inga Sempé is one of the most interesting phenomena in the current design scene. Nancy Jehmlich talked with her about the status design has in France, about her experience with manufacturers, about expensive and cheap products, and about her favorite places in Paris.
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The bathroom as a functional landscape

The bathroom as a functional landscape
"Axor Bouroullec" is a variable system of washbasins, storage units and fixtures. Thomas Wagner talked to Philippe Grohe, grandson of company founder Hans Grohe and manager of the "Axor" brand, about bathroom landscapes, the integration of the user and the future of the bathroom.

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

We always remain authentic

We always remain authentic
Two years ago, Foscarini and Diesel presented their first luminaire collection. Initially, the joint venture struggled owing to the fallout from the global economic crisis, but now it is receiving feedback from a recovering market. Sandra Hofmeister spoke to Carlo Urbinati about luminaires between product design and fashion design.

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Ideas are revolutions

Ideas are revolutions
Eco-management systems, eco-labels, sustainability certificates – the need for information on ecological aspects of production is growing by the day. Some companies, such as Italian manufacturer Arper, have already pinned proof of the eco-friendliness of their products to their masts.

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Cowboys stay mobile

Cowboys stay mobile

With “Chassis” by Stefan Diez, office furniture specialist Wilkhahn is presenting a chair at the Salone del Mobile in Milan that is more than just a chair and can do more than simply shine in an office or conference room. For “Chassis” is now also available with various fabric covers and interchangeable seat shells, Thomas Wagner spoke to Jochen Hahne, Burkhard Remmers and Stefan Diez about the “Chassis” system.

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We need to kill the label “green” – part 2

We need to kill the label “green” – part 2
In the second section, Jochen Stöckmann talks to Paola Antonelli, design curator at New York's MoMA, on the current significance of design, the specificities of a museum, the @ sign in the collection, on green design, and on weapons in a design exhibition.

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The sofa as a ripe fruit

The sofa as a ripe fruit
Does it look like a ripe strawberry? Or a piece of bloated crispbread? However you answer this question, the "Ploum" sofa by the Bouroullec brothers is one of the most talked-about products at this year's imm Cologne. Nina Reetzke spoke to Ronan Bouroullec about the sofa's low seat, marketing, and making films.
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The presence of the object is only revealed through the cardboard model

The presence of the object is only revealed through the cardboard model
After three years spent on development the plywood chair "Wogg 50" is to be presented as a serial-produced item at the upcoming imm in cologne. Sandra Hofmeister spoke to Jörg Boner about his design methods, the special qualities of molded plywood and the sense and purpose of furniture families.

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How people experience food processors

How people experience food processors
Oliver Grabes heads the design department of the long-standing company Braun and in conversation with Jens Müller explains his way of looking at things. What is the design process at Braun like today, how does the company deal with Dieter Rams' legacy, and why are Apple products so successful compared with Braun?
People should feel at home in my buildings
At present, the London Design Museum is holding a retrospective on the works of John Pawson. Alexander Menden met the British architect and talked with him about the difference between "building" and "architecture", fleeting ideal states and his failed attempt to become a Buddhist monk.
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There is a design world outside Italy!
Luca Nichetto is one of the few Italian designers in the upcoming generation. Sandra Hofmeister talked to him about the life and death of his furniture, about new perspectives in Scandinavia and about the meaning and meaninglessness of national borders in design.
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The journey to objects

The journey to objects
The topic of this year's Halle Design Prize was "Travelling" and the exhibition of the best designs was held in an old tram depot. Jury member Thomas Edelmann spoke to the curator Vincenz Warnke.
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Living in nine tubo

Living in nine tubo
The symposium on "Regionalism in current industrial design from Japan and Europe" offered an opportunity to converse with designer Makoto Koizumi who does not yet have a presence outside Japan. In conversation with Nina Reetzke he explains what his furniture collection "Tetsubo" and his new interpretations of the "9tubohouse" are all about.
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News & Stories | Salone del Mobile Milan 2010

Things that show we are alive

Things that show we are alive
Dutch designer duo Scholten & Baijings add subtle patterns and colors to forms, make fabric rhubarb stalks objects of communication, envelop design classics with their "Colour Plaids" and reinterpret traditional Dutch items of furniture. At the Milan Furniture Fair, they premiered designs with Established & Sons. Markus Frenzl caught up with the designers in Rotterdam and Milan.
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Anybody can make thick shelves…

by Sandra Hofmeister

Anybody can make thick shelves…
The company Wogg focuses consistently on continuity and new technologies. Sandra Hofmeister talks to Mark Werder, manager of the Swiss furniture company, about roll-front systems, precision perfection and the playful use with unusual materials.

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Beneath the brand’s skin

by Nancy Jehmlich

Beneath the brand’s skin
British designer Simon Pengelly has, among other things, designed the "Nuur" table for Arper. The title alludes to the clear and calm lake of the same name that lies in the midst of the Mongolian steppe. A conversation about sensitive and quiet design.

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Formations in the Sky

by Sandra Hofmeister

Formations in the Sky
Meeting in Copenhagen: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have come to Øresund to put the finishing touches to the first Kvadrat showrooms in Denmark shortly before they are opened. Sandra Hofmeister met them there and spoke with Erwan Bouroullec.

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My stuff is fat-free, that’s how humans, how life should be.

by Markus Frenzl

My stuff is fat-free, that’s how humans, how life should be.
At the ISH Ross Lovegrove presented his new "Freedom" collection for Turkish baths maker VitrA. We talked to him about the change in bathrooms, biomorphic shapes, fat-free design, the responsibility of a star designer, and design in an age of crisis.

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An industrial revolution

by Nancy Jehmlich

An industrial revolution
We spoke to the Managing Director of furnishing and decorating fabric manufacturer Backhausen at "Nutec", the first Cradle to Cradle fair congress in Frankfurt. We discussed how easy or difficult it is to manage sustainability.

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Connect the nuances in their mind

by Nancy Jehmlich

Connect the nuances in their mind
They leave everything else in a creative dead-end. CuldeSac, a 17-strong design team from Valencia, works on various interdisciplinary projects, devising both individual products and complete design concepts at once. And there will be even greater demand for this in the future. We visited CuldeSac in their old and new studio.

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Designers have to think of their career as a job, not a show

Designers have to think of their career as a job, not a show
In the past lots of things were much easier. Perhaps being Art Director as well. In an interview with Stylepark Rodolfo Dordoni, chief designer at Minotti, spoke about what it means to be in charge of the artistic side of a major company.