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TXTMSG with Ross
Do I wish to sit on a chair that lights up?
When roof tiles morph into a bar stool
With merry wishes
Hallingdal and its successors
Divine sense of detail
Dramatic weave
Globalized eating habits
All in Mini or fashion is the car
Take your dromedary to the beach
A Magic Spell – in Spanish
Eiermann felt the ostentatious was highly suspect
The state of design in Germany and Europe
Others were more radical
10 Questions for Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (OMA)
Bauhaus in Calcutta
Warning: Furniture subject to mood swings
Life is too short for jetlag
To light or to illuminate – that is the question
An evening with Karl
Streamlined nomads – The Milan marathon part 2
Membrane and Cradle: Benjamin Hubert modulates materials
Nichetto = Nendo: Working with kami no ku and shimo no ku
Mikado: Showing what you’ve got...
Fionda, Medici, Radice: wooden items by Jasper, Konstantin and Sam
Yoko: Anderssen&Voll dream up a luminaire for Foscarini
Club and More: Agape presents Mangiarotti
Britain can make it
So that rightly flow the torrent
Water: the sensual element
Now that is a great stand! <br> Part 2
Our favorite place for a bath is outdoors
Bathrooms built for indulgence
A breath of fresh air from the North

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A chair of distinction

by Markus Frenzl

A chair of distinction
Plastic Chairs for all! How one 1950s chair design became an expression of the desire for individuality that shapes our times.

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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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Let there be fire

by Nina Reetzke

Let there be fire
If nothing else, open rooms and changing furnishings alter the building requirements made of open fireplaces and stoves. These should not be built firmly into hearths, but positioned freely in homes and gardens in line with the owners' wishes.
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Forwards into the Past or Back to the Future

by Marcus Botsch

Forwards into the Past or Back to the Future
For his "Hotel Dresden: A gesamtkunstwerk" project, Berlin-based designer Hermann August Weizenegger has donned the role of a 19th-century artist-cum-architect. A daring experiment.
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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.
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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Pfister enters new territory

by Andrea Eschbach

Pfister enters new territory
In mid-August, the Swiss Pfister furniture store launched the Atelier Pfister Collection. Thirteen design studios, curated by Alfredo Häberli, designed more than 120 pieces of furniture and accessories for the Collection. The goal has been clearly defined: High quality based on sound craftsmanship and timeless design.

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The drapes and the Porsche

by Thomas Wagner

The drapes and the Porsche
Anyone who expects to find a book about cars between the covers of "The Porsche Book" will be wrong. The focus here is instead on the stagings by photo designer Frank M. Orel. The cars tend to play only a secondary role.
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Return of the grid

by Markus Frenzl

Return of the grid
System furniture was long considered the epitome of no-fun and über-rational design, but now it is undergoing a revival. The new items of system furniture are proof that functionalist Modernism is being seen in a new light and mark the end
of the heyday of design art and limited editions.
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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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Juuri or the genie of the bottle

by Nancy Jehmlich

Juuri or the genie of the bottle
One basic design, six variations, three colors, countless combinations: the vessel "Juuri" of young designer Sarah Böttger delights with its special design and material language.

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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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Berlin in May – The new DMY International Design Festival

by Nancy Jehmlich

Berlin in May – The new DMY International Design Festival
What initially still looks like Design Mai Youngsters, has changed its name. From this year it will be called Daily, Monthly, Yearly (DMY). This year, the established format for young design is opening up its frontiers with the “Allstars.” From May 21 until 25, the main players in the international design scene will meet at the DMY.

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Shaping space

by Sophia Muckle

Shaping space
The company Alape was set up more than a hundred years ago by Adolf Lamprecht. Located in Penig, Saxony it initially made enamel products before gradually shifting its focus to the bathroom. Production concentrated on sinks and bathroom furniture, and over the years a close cooperation with designers and architects evolved.

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Arik Levy, Design as Discovery

by Sophia Muckle

Arik Levy, Design as Discovery
The Black_Honey bowl that Arik Levy designed for Materialise.MGX looks like a natural, flexible structure that has solidified in full flight. The company is primarily known for the opportunities provided by its rapid prototyping and is regarded as the market leader in 3D printing.
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With our best wishes!
Beyond the upholstered world
Visions of yesteryear
Play area instead of furniture
Monomade in Tokyo
Certainties – <br/>shaken, not stirred
Seeing the light
Driving, light
Can you show me the way to the techy toilet?
A New Industrial Revolution?
Going with the data flow and sharing means of transport
The longing for a studiolo
Three chairs and the Lithuanian design
Design or, at the end of the day, only business promotion?
Dreaming of Warsaw
Viva Lina! An Italian in Brazil
It’s not art but does that make it design?
18 million coins for the Underground
Colour Attack!
The path is the goal
Head for the exit, eyes closed!
It’s oh so quiet
Yoshioka’s mirage: Mirror, mirror, on the wall…
Aava: Making wood flow
Craftsmanship & Design: Salone Satellite, ever young
Bikini Island: 4 questions for Werner Aisslinger
Moormann or Milan, don’t fire my ire!
SixE: A PearsonLloyd chair for Howe
Gardenias: Jaime Hayon’s garden fantasies
A thousand possible worlds of water
The art of understatement
Synthetic flooring goes green with castor oil <br> Part 3
Water and energy
Living labs
5 Questions to Benjamin Graindorge
Tunnels, attics and parking lots full of furniture

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Triumph of Good Design

by Andrea Eschbach

Triumph of Good Design
As the original producer, the Zurich dealer Wohnbedarf is launching a re-edition collection of furniture by Max Bill. A representative of the Zurich school of Concrete Art, Bill played a decisive role in shaping the face of the long-standing company. The re-edition of products such as the "Ulm stool" draws on this past collaboration.
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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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The mountains are calling – let’s head down into the valley!

by Nina Reetzke

The mountains are calling – let’s head down into the valley!
Originally sleds were used as a means of transport for people and freight. In recent years, sleds have undergone a transformation from leisure to sports equipment. Let's take a trip to the snow-covered mountain tops.

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Like a nap?

by Nina Reetzke

Like a nap?
In some countries a midday snooze is part of everyday culture, in others it is treated with disdain. Science has long since proven that a noon nap boosts a person's performance during the rest of the day. Hardly surprising then that there's a broad array of representative recliners and napping chairs available for rest areas in offices.

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What Bauhaus could never have imagined

by Nina Reetzke

What Bauhaus could never have imagined
The latest tubular steel product from Thonet is a floor luminaire called "Lum". With its curved shape, it seems to bridge the gap between classic and contemporary tubular steel furniture. Let us take you on a tour of the history, spanning decades, of its development.

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Finding out about the world of objects

by Silke Gehrmann-Becker

Finding out about the world of objects
With his book "Design-Atlas von 1850 bis heute" Enrico Morteo presents a broad range of desirable worldly objects, and on 200 double pages explains how they were made, the effect they have, and the background to them.
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When everyday life becomes a discovery

by Sandra Hofmeister

When everyday life becomes a discovery
"Hidden Heroes: the Genius of Everyday Things" is the title of a new exhibition at Vitra Design Museum. Not only can you familiarize yourself with these simple heroes of everyday life in the masterfully designed exhibition in the Buckminster Fuller Dome on the Vitra Campus in Weil, but you can explore them online too.
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The pig and the racing car

by Thomas Wagner

The pig and the racing car
In the media age racing cars not only have to be fast, they also have to look fast and stand out on the racing track thanks to colors, lines, numbers and logos. In "Go Faster" Sven Voelker illustrates that this was not always so and shows what characterizes those models with particularly successful styling.
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Comfort in the bathroom

by Bastian Prillwitz

Comfort in the bathroom
Brothers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec have realized their bathroom vision for Hansgrohe's Axor design line. The result of the six-year developmental study is a complex, 85-piece bathroom series. With their design approach, the Bouroullec brothers have opened up the bathroom into the living area.
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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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The hidden beauty in the loop

by Markus Frenzl

The hidden beauty in the loop
The light bulb was once perceived as too bright by many. Today, the purportedly unseemly compact fluorescent lamp tends likewise to be hidden beneath most luminaire designs. With "Koi", Naoto Fukasawa has been the first designer to create an office luminaire series that emphasizes the unpopular lamp's intrinsic and aesthetic beauty.

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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.

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The legendary bling bling

by Sophia Muckle

The legendary bling bling
Over 100 years ago, in 1895 to be exact, the inventor Daniel Swarovski moved to Tyrol in Austria, where he installed his new machine to cut and polish crystal glass. From these early beginnings, his sparkling crystals revolutionized the world of fashion and transformed the family business into a global market leader for crystal in fashion, jewelry and, since a few years ago, increasingly in the fields of lighting, architecture and interior design as well.

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Freiheit, Licht und Rapid Manufacturing

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Freiheit, Licht und Rapid Manufacturing
Produzieren, wo der Kunde ist: Die Leuchtblumen von Janne Kyttänen leiten eine neue Ära im Produktdesign ein.

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MYTO Chair by Konstantin Grcic for Plank

by Daniel von Bernstorff

MYTO Chair by Konstantin Grcic for Plank
"MYTO", a fully synthetic cantilever-based chair was created in what has been an unparalleled cooperation between a designer, a furniture manufacturer and an industrial corporation.