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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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Give Tarzan  a break!
Give Tarzan
a break!
by Martina Metzner | 15 May 2015

If you’re happy to stay in although spring has arrived, that’s up to you! We had a look around imm cologne and the Salone del Mobile to spot the latest in outdoor furniture designers and manufacturers have created specially for the season.

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Woman, dream and mirror
Woman, dream and mirror
by Annette Tietenberg | 13 May 2015

Parallel to the Biennale, Palazzo Grassi is hosting a retrospective on 79-year-old Martial Raysse. Thus commemorating an artist who knows that art, fashion and the critique of political economy need not necessarily always be mutually exclusive.

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Yoy
Yoy
13 May 2015

: love to play with illusion and surprise

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The latest from the image factory
The latest from the image factory
by Thomas Wagner | 12 May 2015

Last Saturday saw the opening of the 56th Venice Art Biennale. Aspects of a first tour of the Giardini and the Arsenale.

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Industry is not a dinosaur
Industry is not a dinosaur
11 May 2015

On irony, provocative designs, Chair One as a grill, finding treasure troves, the necessity of securing contracts and the fun of advancing existing designs.

Konstantin Grcic in conversation with Thomas Wagner – part 3



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Spanish lace
Spanish lace
by Adeline Seidel | 11 May 2015

And the winner of this year’s “Mies van der Rohe Award” is…: the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin, Poland, designed by Barozzi Veiga. First prize in the “Emerging Architect” category goes to Arquitectura-G for its “Casa Luz” in Cilleros, Spain.

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Design, backstage
Design, backstage
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 07 May 2015

Interzum in Cologne rounds up all the big names from the furniture making and interior fittings industry, making the trade fair a treasure trove for all those in the fields of design, planning and building.

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Get stuck!
Get stuck!
by Thomas Edelmann | 06 May 2015

The postage stamp is celebrating a special anniversary. And while the postal service has been mostly privatized, commemorative stamps featuring architecture and design have enjoyed a growing significance. Nonetheless, is the good old stamp destined to soon become extinct and confined to the groves of collections?

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Pradapolis
Pradapolis
by Adeline Seidel | 05 May 2015

Rem Koolhaas and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture have converted a former distillery in the south of Milan on behalf of Fondazione Prada – and created an anthology of diverse spaces and materials.

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Deft wefts and smart warps
Deft wefts and smart warps
by Martina Metzner | 05 May 2015

Technical textiles energize interior design and architecture alike. We present the most inspiring product innovations from Techtextil in Frankfurt.

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Work where you have the freedom do to so
Work where you have the freedom do to so
04 May 2015

On art and design as a way of life, public places, the designer’s responsibility, the culture of Italian manufacturers, taste and breather Marcel Duchamp.

Konstantin Grcic in conversation with Thomas Wagner – part 2



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A fine flair for the user
A fine flair for the user
by Thomas Wagner | 03 May 2015

In Belgium’s erstwhile colliery of Grand-Hornu just outside Mons, European Cultural Capital this year, a major retrospective of the work of Jasper Morrison is now on show.

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