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News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2012

Clearing out the comfy corner

by Jörg Zimmermann

Clearing out the comfy corner
Architect Ferdinand Kramer not only made his name with modern, unadorned buildings and urban planning, but also, throughout his life, designed furniture whose formal vocabulary was clear and functional. At the Salone des Mobile in Milan e15 is showing a re-edition of Kramer's furniture, featuring eight of his designs.
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News & Stories | Scandinavian Design ‒ Sturdy comes first?

About tables and benches

by Klaus Meyer

About tables and benches
Be it park benches, conference tables or outdoor chairs – there's always an additional use to Thomas Bernstrand's designs, even though they stand in the tradition of classic Scandinavian design.
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News & Stories | imm cologne 2012

Patricia’s Bohemian Rhapsody

by Thomas Wagner

Patricia’s Bohemian Rhapsody
Shortly before imm cologne opens its doors, the magazine A&W has elected its "Designer of the Year". A quite extraordinary designer has been chosen this year in the person of Patricia Urquiola who has changed the face of middle-class interiors to a greater extent than almost anyone else in the field.
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A master’s apprenticeship

by Nina Reetzke

A master’s apprenticeship
It seems to be a regular sculptor's chisel. It just happens to have a strangely short blade. Frankfurt-based artist Jürgen Krause needed two and a half years to grind the originally more than ten centimeters long blade down by hand – the chisel has thus become proof of the grinding process.
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A Jules Verne of architecture

by Amelie Znidaric

A Jules Verne of architecture
The creative Villa Villekulla in Brooklyn, New York serves as the headquarters of the architecture cooperative Terreform ONE. This is where ideas are generated for the city of the day after tomorrow. And where mobile houses and soft cars are designed.

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The world is a sculpture

by Amelie Znidaric

The world is a sculpture
Isamu Noguchi was the first artist and designer in America to open his own museum. This was a good thing - because the premises in 33rd Road perfectly reflect his design philosophy.
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The 1,001 colors of Nani Marquina

by Mathias Remmele

The 1,001 colors of Nani Marquina
The creations of carpet-makers Nanimarquina stand out for their marvelously designed patterns. The company has been designing, producing and distributing textiles since the 1980s. A trip into a fairytale world, on location in Spain and India.
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The activist

by Nina Reetzke

The activist
In the 1930s, Charlotte Perriand was convinced that it was necessary to fight for a better future. Not only did she strive for new forms in design, but she also sought to improve social conditions through design and architecture. She employed large photo collages on which she had applied layers of writing to communicate her political and social messages. The Museum of Design in Zurich is now holding an exhibition dedicated to these works.

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The house as anchorage for the soul

by Thomas Wagner

The house as anchorage for the soul
The villas Richard Neutra built in the 1930s and 1940s, primarily in California, are regarded as icons of Modernism. However, the fact that he also completed projects in Europe has to date gone pretty much unnoticed. An extraordinary exhibition at Marta Herford Museum showcases Neutra's European villas, which were built in the last ten years of his life.

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Feeling for design

by Franziska Horn

Feeling for design
For over ten years now, Eva Paster and Michael Geldmacher have been creating classic industrial design, whereby since 2005 the focus has been on furniture. What makes the designs by the Munich duo who go by the name of Neuland stand out: the profound and logical approach, yet with an easy feel to it, characterized by a strong sense of rhythm and clear structures.
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The Great, Enlightening Illusionist

by Mathias Remmele

The Great, Enlightening Illusionist
Once again, with his "Innen Stadt Außen" (Inner City Outside) exhibition Olafur Eliasson proves that he is able to achieve great effects with relatively modest means.
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A Minor Master of Modernism

by Mathias Remmele

A Minor Master of Modernism
Herbert Hirche - only the design cognoscente tend to know his name today. Now Werkbundarchiv in Berlin is hosting a retrospective to mark the 100th anniversary of the designer's birthday. It gives an idea of the breadth and quality of Hirche's oeuvre.
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Nurturing intellectual independence

by Sophia Muckle

Nurturing intellectual independence
It is well known that the beginnings of innovation are to be found on the periphery of a discipline, where there are no longer any clear boundaries, where an experimentation results in something new, where there are exceptions to rules. As someone who routinely criss-crosses borders Mike Meiré would appear to have specialized in driving developments forward and searching for new design approaches.
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Enjoying the material

by Meret Ernst

Enjoying the material
In their inhouse Matériothèque the designers at Atelier Oï play around with materials such as birdseed, paper, fabric, ropes and gelatin. The resulting products for Atelier Pfister, Bulgari, Swatch and other manufacturers are now on display in the monograph “Workshop Guide Atelier Oï”.
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On the death of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche

by Thomas Edelmann

On the death of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche
Chief designer, founder of the Porsche Design Studio as well as Chairman of the Supervisory Board – these are just some of the outstanding stages in the life of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who died in Salzburg on April 5.

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Simply because it is simple

by Andreas Ruby and Nathalie Janson

Simply because it is simple
Going by the name of "Neue Tische", Berlin-based Mathis Burandt and Frank Skupin design furniture that is at once simple and sophisticated. The two architects do not consider items of furniture objects that stand in the space, but as physical extensions of the space itself.
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A feel for the theatrical

by Thomas Edelmann

A feel for the theatrical
Marc Newson originally studied jewelry design and sculpture, then switched to designing spaceplanes, sports boats and even fashion collections. And he has just won the Lucky Strike Designer Award in Hamburg. There, he commented on early influences, on urgency in the fashion industry and on how the present suppresses the future.
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A decent guy

by Mathias Remmele

A decent guy
The work by (interior) designer Francesc Rifé stands out for its clarity and reduction. This is particularly surprising, as if anything, traditional Spanish design is known more for its shrill tones.
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How the gods live

by Amelie Znidaric

How the gods live
Even the architecture gods of classical Modernism are only people, each in his own way. This can be seen -- and smelled - from the houses they lived in. A visit to the Eames House near Los Angeles and to Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan.

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Paradise with a dotted snake

by Nina Reetzke

Paradise with a dotted snake
The two Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard not only worked together on joint design projects, but were also close friends for decades. However, in the public eye, prints designer Alexander Girard has always been in the shadow of his colleagues. One more reason to take a closer look at his oeuvre.

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American Modernism Dressed up in a Cocktail Dress

by Adelheid Komenda

American Modernism Dressed up in a Cocktail Dress
We have recently seen the 100th anniversary of the birth of US architecture photographer Julius Shulman would have recently turned 100. With Richard Neutra as his patron, in the 1950s the self-taught photographer swiftly emerged as one of the most important architecture photographers in the United States. To this day, the narrative feel if his images is enthralling, evoking a world somewhere between reality and fiction.
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Raumlaborberlin and the revival of the urban style

by Katja Szymczak

Raumlaborberlin and the revival of the urban style
The projects by the artists' and architects' collective "Raumlaborberlin" are far from being conventional. The group of eight, which is at present developing the exhibition architecture for the "Audi Urban Future Award" that is curated by Stylepark, is currently presenting a very special kind of installation at Kunsthaus Bregenz.
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From volcanoes to universe by spaceship

by Nina Reetzke

From volcanoes to universe by spaceship
Jerszy Seymour conjures up a society of amateurs, but not in the sense of "unprofessional", but rather of "lovers and friends". And when it comes to volcanoes, the designer himself becomes an amateur. A trip into a passionate and explosive world.
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Living in stacks

by Peter-Philipp Schmitt

Living in stacks
U.S. American artist Mike Bouchet is showing a dismantled prefabricated house, model "Sir Walter Scott" in Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle. The sculptural exhibit was developed from the installation "Watershed" that Mike Bouchet erected in the harbor of the Arsenale in Venice as part of the Biennial.

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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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Treading a thin line in Moïtel

by Andrea Eschbach

Treading a thin line in Moïtel
Experiments with materials, poetry and diversity are typical for the work of Atelier Oï. Projects for all over the world evolve at their new base, a former motel in La Neuveville.
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A fighter to the end

by Daniel von Bernstorff

A fighter to the end
On the death of Dino Gavina, one of the last "great masters" of Italian design. Typical somehow, the tardiness in writing about the death of one of Italy's really greatest designers. All the more Dino Gavina retreated from the public eye in the last decades, all the less was published on his sudden death on April 6.