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Small is beautiful
Small is beautiful
by Martina Metzner | 25 March 2015

They’re back in fashion – small, light armchairs with a wooden or tubular steel frame. In the 1950s and 1960s they came to fame as “easy chairs”; now they’ve morphed into “lounge chairs”. For the office or the home.

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Ressource Africa
Ressource Africa
by Jeremy Gaines | 24 March 2015

Vitra Design Museum is devoting not just one, but two exhibitions to Africa. While the one suggests the "re-maker culture" is a blueprint for design in the Global North, the other explores how to achieve architectural independence.

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Atelier  Areti
Atelier
Areti
23 March 2015

: cast their cosmopolitan lifestyle into tasteful luminaires

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Where are all the thinking caps?
Where are all the thinking caps?
by Jochen Stöckmann | 21 March 2015

Coinciding with this year’s CeBIT exhibition, Kunstverein Hannover is examining “Digital Conditions” – and contemplating whether the user in front of the screen will soon be redundant.

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33 Quadratmeter, geknickt
33 Quadratmeter, geknickt
by Florian Heilmeyer | 19 March 2015

In revamping 250-year-old Haus Thuneke, architect Peter Grundmann concentrated on making just few specific changes – albeit to great effect. Now the stodgy farmhouse structure proudly boasts a delicate extension.

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A  soft  revolution
A
soft
revolution
18 March 2015

Jens Wendland and Andrea Weitz of Raumkontor seek to transform the usually hard world of the bathroom into a soft, textile world for water. Adeline Seidel talked to the two interior designers about their “Soft Revolution”.

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ReAct  –  walking through water
ReAct

walking through water
18 March 2015

Brandherm + Krumrey interior architecture is one of the three finalists in the “Axor Inspiration Project” competition. Sara Bertsche talked with Susanne Brandherm and Hannah Stüber about their entry.

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Spirit  –  dancing with water
Spirit

dancing with water
18 March 2015

“Spirit” is the name of the competition entry submitted by designer Youyuan Zhao: a dancer enters into dialog with water. Adeline Seidel spoke to Youyuan Zhao about his idea.

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Where water swirls
Where water swirls
by Thomas Wagner | 17 March 2015

The ISH is the world’s leading trade-fair for innovative bath design. Wellness, hygiene and health are the elements from which the physical experience in bathrooms of today are formed.

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#ish by #kaschkasch
#ish by
#kaschkasch
17 March 2015

Florian Kallus of young designer duo Kaschkasch shared his impressions at the ISH with Stylepark‘s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. An unadulterated look at water basins, pipes and open fuse boxes.

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Hot Brands
Hot Brands
by Thomas Edelmann | 17 March 2015

Anyone entering the “Energy” section of the Frankfurt trade-fair halls during the ISH is met by a broad range of different heating systems. Countless brands and technologies may leave the non-trade visitor somewhat nonplussed. The sector: between chaos and self-confident design.

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Floating with the winners
Floating with the winners
16 March 2015

In Portikus on the mini island in the River Main in downtown Frankfurt Philippe Grohe presented the prizes to the winning “Axor Inspiration Projects”.

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Dr. WC
Dr. WC
by Sara Bertsche | 13 March 2015

From “flush melodies” through medical urine test units to monitoring alcohol levels: The new high-tech WCs offer all manner of technical refinements. And above all in Japan they’re exploiting the digital potential pretty much to the full.

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Nanotechnology as the source of new cleanliness
Nanotechnology as the source of new cleanliness
by Thomas Edelmann | 12 March 2015

Nano-coatings make it easier to clean toilets, and also make lime-scale as good as a thing of the past. As does a design that eliminates the flush rim.

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Fire alone isnt enough
Fire alone isn't enough
11 March 2015

A lot is expected from modern wood burning stoves today. Not only are they supposed to look good, but they have the additional task of feeding into the heating circuit of an entire building. Uta Abendroth spoke with Stefan Diez about the wood burning stove he designed for Buderus/Bosch.

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Enjoy the ride!
Enjoy the ride!
by Sara Bertsche and Martina Metzner | 10 March 2015

Be it a wellness rocking chair, with a rainwater flush or restrooms with a back door: Students at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts have developed toilets that break with the traditional images of the WC.

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On conflicting aims and ramps in the wrong places
On conflicting aims and ramps in the wrong places
by Christian Holl | 09 March 2015

How a society deals with people with impairments says a lot about the prevailing social climate. Mind you, the way in which bureaucracy’s quaint logic often succeeds in thwarting aspirations for an ideal barrier-free world is just as insightful.

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A vortex in bathrooms
A vortex in bathrooms
06 March 2015

In the form of the “Axor Starck V” fountain mixer, Axor, Hansgrohe SE’s design brand, is entering virgin territory and conjuring up a vortex in bathrooms. Thomas Wagner talked to Philippe Grohe, MD of the Axor brand, on flowing and calm water, on vortices and other ways of making water a sensible experience.

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