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A chair for 40 hours

by Mathias Remmele

A chair for 40 hours
We hardly spend as much time anywhere else as on our office chair, other than in bed that is. Only logical that the chair should help us sit comfortably and healthily. That goal may sound simple, but finding the right solution remains a challenge to this day.
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It’s set

by Sandra Hofmeister

It’s set
Tables need to be able to take the load, irrespective of their structure. Only then can you really bang your fist on them if push comes to shove. People prefer to sit around “one” table, however, as a glance at the history, metaphors and current products shows.
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The small world of multi-functional furniture

by Nancy Jehmlich

The small world of multi-functional furniture
Modular, flexible and adaptable – multi-functional appears to be the buzzword for the furniture of our times. Yet there are in fact few interior design solutions that warrant the title “multi-functional”.

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Pillar of society

by Thomas Edelmann

Pillar of society
In Germany, “Billy”, “String” and “USM Haller” can be considered some of the best-known shelves. Yet in fact, a whole plethora of shelving types has been developed in the last hundred years. Appearing sometimes as an architectural component, sometimes as a fixture in exhibitions, the shelf is, ultimately, a simple piece of living room furniture – and sometimes it even collapses.
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The shelf – furniture for public order

by Thomas Edelmann

The shelf – furniture for public order
Not only the origin of the notion, but most certainly the future of the shelf currently seems undecided. There are high-bay warehouses with them – and they’re booming. But shelves in apartments, homes, or libraries are in crisis since the digital media have seized control over the book.

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In Chair World

by Sandra Hofmeister

In Chair World
Any designer worth his salt must at some point in his career design a chair. Even the design theorists constantly refer to chairs when analyzing the latest trends. Despite all the technical innovations, the notion of the substantive and super-normal currently prevails.
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On tranquility and comfort

by Mathias Remmele

On tranquility and comfort
The English armchair was for many years considered the epitome of luxury. So what could a contemporary version look like, freed of all the historical frills and that demonstration of bourgeois power? A stroll through the history of the lounge chair, from the Eames's ideas to the Brothers Campana.

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Everything that is furniture

by Thomas Wagner

Everything that is furniture
Over the next few weeks we are engaging in a daring experiment. We will be presenting important product typologies. Not only in order to inform you about the vast array of different chairs, stool, shelves, armchairs and office furniture there is. But also to explore the ruptures, revivals and reprises in the development of the respective product families.

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The Couch. A typological construction

by Thomas Wagner

The Couch. A typological construction
Soft upholstery, cushions, sometimes with a frame around it – in the typology of the sofa there are less breaks than variants. And the potpourri that evolves as a result holds a great deal of charm.
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The Couch. A psychoanalytical fantasy

by Thomas Wagner

The Couch. A psychoanalytical fantasy
What is a sofa? A piece of furniture designed for sitting together sociably or for individual relaxation? Or both? And what does that have to do with Freud's couch and the Orient?
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Now stop jumping on the bed! The bed as a place for work, rest and play

by Annette Tietenberg

Now stop jumping on the bed! The bed as a place for work, rest and play
Beds are good for more than just sleeping, they also offer a place to read, write, eat, watch TV, chat on the phone, draw, play around, make great plans, canoodle with loved ones and indulge in amorous play. Considering that this is an item of furniture that chaperones us through life – from the day we are born to the day we die – it receives precious little attention.
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The rocking chair as a phenomenon for the arcades

by Annette Tietenberg

The rocking chair as a phenomenon for the arcades
Is the rocking chair the follow-on from the cradle? An upper? Or a nostalgic object, evidence of a time when peace and quiet was still of some help to us? But it must be more than this, for if it weren't, there the variety of design approaches and solutions would be hardly as diverse.
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How the armchair got its wings…

by Knuth Hornbogen

How the armchair got its wings…
An armchair comes with a promise of comfort. That is its strength, but at the same time also its weakness. For there is nothing mustier than that feeling of grandpaness. So much the better that models such as "EC03 Eugene" and "Alcove Highback" provide a highly contemporary take on the classic armchair.
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All the things chair can be

by Claus Richter

All the things chair can be
What do you do if you want to sit down and there's no chair handy? You take a tree stump, a concrete block, or a suitcase as emergency seating. Although it looks more DIY-fun if you take this or that element and combine them to create seating of your own choice.

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Foam meadow, stays fresh for longer

by Markus Frenzl

Foam meadow, stays fresh for longer
The legendary exhibition “Italy – The New Domestic Landscape” held in New York’s MoMA in 1972 was devoted to the work of Italian designers. To this day, the catalog accompanying the exhibition has been highlighting a creative stance that took social responsibility as second nature. Consequently, many of the issues debated are still surprisingly topical for today’s generation of designers.
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Do not lean back!

by Nina Reetzke

Do not lean back!
Few pieces of furniture are as insignificant-looking as the stool. As a small, handy object with a variety of uses it often has to take a back seat. But a few models really stand out and deserve closer attention. And without wanting to be jump the gun – the trend is stools made of straw.