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What’s up pussycat?
What’s up pussycat?
by Martina Metzner | 28 July 2015

Sunglasses obviously aren’t just about protecting your eyes. Models à l’extrême always guarantee you a cool place in the summer shades stakes.

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Vettura sportiva:  Lamborghini and the Miura
Vettura sportiva:
Lamborghini and the Miura
by Thomas Wagner | 24 July 2015

Low, compact and very fast: In the Lamborghini “Miura” with its transversely mounted V12, the automotive fighting bull is comparatively gentle.

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Girard meets Eames
Girard meets Eames
by Andreas Kühnlein | 23 July 2015

Alexander Girard and Charles Eames shared a close friendship, which proved highly productive in creative terms. Works by both designers can now be found in Vitra’s “Home Complements” – and this reunion is anything but a chance encounter.

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#Architecture  for Instagram
#Architecture
for Instagram
by Adeline Seidel | 22 July 2015

Backdrop, sculpture or theme world? Temporary architectures in the social media age reveal more than one might at first think: an architecture analysis using Instagram.

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Working in the park
Working in the park
by Adeline Seidel | 21 July 2015

Summer, sun, sunburn – not for us. After all, there are places and products that provide pleasantly refreshing shade. An office in the park, for instance.

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La motoretta: The Vespa by Piaggio
La motoretta: The Vespa by Piaggio
by Thomas Wagner | 17 July 2015

Sun, air, love – and a “Vespa”. Mobility can’t get any more Italian and folksy than that. The little “Wasp” has long since become mythical.

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Out on  the roof, too
Out on
the roof, too
by Martina Metzner | 15 July 2015

Product Design students of École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne had a go at outfitting “Appartement 50” in Marseille’s “Cité Radieuse”. The result is an homage to Le Corbusier that uses plenty of color and adaptable furniture.

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Coconut fiber string in Singapore, steel caps in Paris
Coconut fiber string in
Singapore, steel caps in Paris
by Esther Schulze-Tsatsas | 14 July 2015

A global and forever recognizable brand combined with local architectural references. So how does that work? Cosmetics brand Aesop shows how – in its stores.

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Erik Olovsson
Erik Olovsson
12 July 2015

: meditates every day, and designs furniture items as if they were 3D graphics

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Walnut doesn’t need the peeling treatment
Walnut doesn’t need the peeling treatment
by Esther Schulze-Tsatsas | 10 July 2015

Australian cosmetics brand Aesop’s concept centers on a mix of global and local elements for the interior design of its stores. In Frankfurt, it was Philipp Mainzer who designed the store.

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Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica:  Alfa Romeo’s B.A.T. mobiles
Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica:
Alfa Romeo’s B.A.T. mobiles
by Thomas Wagner | 09 July 2015

Are they really beautiful, the 1950s Alfa Romeo models known as “B.A.T.” for short? Spacey all three certainly are, even if Batman was not an Italian and is not called “pipistrello”.

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Pretty hot-wired
Pretty hot-wired
by Martina Metzner | 07 July 2015

They were all the rage in the 1950s, now they are back again: metal-wire structures, both stable and delicate in appearance. We have picked out several large and small tables for you.

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Architecture’s quaint qualifications
Architecture’s quaint qualifications
by Christian Holl | 03 July 2015

Those lamenting the fact that the introduction of the Bologna Reform has sounded the death knell of the good old German diploma certificate can rest assured. It is manifestly still going strong. Take the Half-Timbered Guide Certificate, for example, which was introduced in 2010. Germany’s veteran comedian institution Loriot would have gone to town on the oh-so-typical moniker of Half-Timbered Guide Certificate. Precisely because the matter is hardly wooden.

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The lighting system shows off the architectural elegance
The lighting system shows off the architectural elegance
02 July 2015

It is mostly architects and users who are asked their opinion on workspace design. So what does a property developer have to say about tenants’ requirements when it comes to their office premises? Ian Cartwright of Great Portland Estates has the answers.

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Macchina da scrivere:  Ettore Sottsass and Olivetti
Macchina da scrivere:
Ettore Sottsass and Olivetti
by Thomas Wagner | 01 July 2015

Typewriters are hybrids, combining elements of both tools and machines. As for their design, they remained as good as interchangeable for a long time. Ettore Sottsass put a stop to all that with his designs for Olivetti: the “Tekne” and “Praxis 48” models.

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Creativity beneath  a seam of light
Creativity beneath
a seam of light
29 June 2015

In Amsterdam “Office for Metropolitan Architecture” (OMA) has built the new G-Star RAW corporate headquarters. Part of the architectural design brief was to encourage creativity among its employees. So, 12 months after relocating to the new premises, have expectations been met? Adeline Seidel in conversation with architect Reinier de Graaf from OMA/AMO and Design Director Pieter Kool from G-Star RAW.

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Only the watercolors  burned to nothing
Only the watercolors
burned to nothing
29 June 2015

How to live in orbit? Adeline Seidel talked with Galina Balashova, the interior designer of the Russian space capsules, about green floors, blue ceilings and creating a sense of homeliness in space.

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Il motore a dodici cilindri:  Scuderia Ferrari and its 312
Il motore a dodici cilindri:
Scuderia Ferrari and its 312
by Thomas Wagner | 26 June 2015

The Futurists exalted it to the rank of a deity. And to this day the Italians are the unrivaled masters of making the most beautiful machines. Some have red heads and 12 cylinders.

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Expert hand, fresh mind
Expert hand, fresh mind
by Martina Metzner | 25 June 2015

Ever since 2012, the "Japan Creative" initiative has functioned as the interface between internationally active designers and traditional Japanese crafts workshops. Most recently, Stefan Diez took even the Japanese experts by surprise – with his version of bamboo furniture.

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A footwear store with a twist
A footwear store with a twist
by Adeline Seidel | 23 June 2015

Fancy a new pair of shoes to go with your design classic? No problem. On the Vitra Campus, architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has established a Camper pop-up store in a domed structure à la Buckminster Fuller.

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Macchina per il caffè:  La Cornuta“ by Giò Ponti for La Pavoni
Macchina per il caffè:
La Cornuta“ by Giò Ponti for La Pavoni
by Thomas Wagner | 20 June 2015

At the beginning of the 20th century the Futurists exalted it to the rank of a deity: la macchina. And to this day the Italians are the unrivaled masters of making the most beautiful machines.

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Line Depping
Line Depping
17 June 2015

: is always searching for a reason to make a piece of furniture

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Sweating in a tin box
Sweating in a tin box
by Adeline Seidel | 15 June 2015

In Göteborg in Sweden, the free port is gradually being transformed into a new district – complete with a sauna designed by Raumlabor.

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Four legs and a seat shell
Four legs and a seat shell
by Thomas Wagner | 13 June 2015

Yes, folks, it really does exist: the universal chair of 2015. It was designed by various hands, comes in numerous versions and yet still follows a typology going back to a famous forebear. Ultimately, it is the subtle differences that count.

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New light on chairs
New light on chairs
by Martina Metzner | 11 June 2015

Swedish designer Alexander Lervik asked famous photographer friends of his to portray his output. Powerful pictures that lend Lervik’s furniture an extraordinary character are the result.

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The machinist’s revenge
The machinist’s revenge
by Oliver Koerner von Gustorf | 09 June 2015

Love, pretensions and four deaths: A new book and two films tell the story of Eileen Gray and her legendary villa E.1027.

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Axel Schindlbeck
Axel Schindlbeck
07 June 2015

: makes everyday items that forge links between man, technology and humor

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No perspicacity
No perspicacity
by Michael Erlhoff | 04 June 2015

What happens if we simply believe our eyes and always go by the images we see?

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Wake-up call with eyes and fringes
Wake-up call with eyes and fringes
by Uta Abendroth | 02 June 2015

Danish design has a contemporary look to it, despite many of the ideas being over 50 years old. At Copenhagen’s “3daysofdesign” there was much talk of tradition and values, and of updating classics.

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Modernism with a cummerbund
Modernism with a cummerbund
by Ralf Wollheim | 01 June 2015

The exhibition “Radically modern - urban planning and architecture in 1960s Berlin” on show at Berlinische Galerie compares and contrasts the architectural heritage and urban planning in East and West Berlin. And yet it misses the city’s most important structure: the Wall.

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Hear, see, ask
Hear, see, ask
30 May 2015

“A@W Lectures by Stylepark” during the Architect@Work in Copenhagen

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Relax,  it’s not just learning and eating
Relax,
it’s not just learning and eating
by Adeline Seidel | 28 May 2015

The World Expo in Milan actually has a lot to offer, and proves to be very entertaining into the bargain. As so often, it’s all a matter of perspective.

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City-Palace-Association
City-Palace-Association
by Thomas Wagner | 26 May 2015

There are countless reasons and the one or other ghastly story why you immediately recognize a building. So how should one deal with this? And what does it have to do with Berlin’s Municipal Palace?

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Deeply bewildering the world sends out sounds
Deeply bewildering the world sends out sounds
by Christian Holl | 24 May 2015

A pity that tunnels cost so much money. And involve so much work. Because actually they are perfect problem-solvers. What you’re not supposed to see simply disappears. Above them flowers bloom, trees grow, sometimes new “urban” districts arise, at others existing quarters grow together. But sometimes they also collapse and among other things take down the illusion of a perfect world with them.

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Breaking  with marble
Breaking
with marble
by Martina Metzner and Adeline Seidel | 21 May 2015

Frankfurt has a new restaurant. It’s called “Stanley Diamond”, has a gentlemanly flair that also has its shady sides and pleases the plate with high-end traditional cuisine.

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Boomerangs whizz overhead
Boomerangs whizz overhead
by Thomas Wagner | 19 May 2015

Exhibiting has a lot to do with space. At the 56th Venice Art Biennale you can see how art become theatrical and architecture becomes a stage.

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