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Visions of yesteryear
Visions of yesteryear
by Thomas Edelmann | 13 April 2014

In its heyday Braun set the benchmark, designing everyday objects destined to serve as “quiet assistants”. Now Braun licensee De’Longhi is relaunching some of the historical designs. But beware: What might at first sight seem to be the respectful cultivation of revered traditions is nothing but whitewash.

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A Sound-&-Light Lab
A Sound-&-Light Lab
by Sara Bertsche | 11 April 2014

As part of the Luminale, artist collective RaumZeitPiraten created an experimental sound-&-light lab in a church, evoking somber counterworlds in the process.

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The present – in transit
The present – in transit
by Thomas Wagner | 10 April 2014

“Panorama” is the name of the current Konstantin Grcic show. And you soon realize that what he displays at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein is far more than simply a glittering array of products.

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Of lenses and other lighting magic
Of lenses and other lighting magic
by Thomas Edelmann | 10 April 2014

Small firms alongside large corporations, tiny components and immense spotlights for buildings: The manufacturers at Light+Building certainly extended our sense of dimensions. Which has resulted in records this year.

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Light for all
Light for all
by Adeline Seidel | 08 April 2014

You needed an eagle’s eye to spot all the new developments at this year’s Light+Building. After the LED revolution, all the detailed and highly exciting adjustments and innovations are now coming into play. We’ve summarized the important ones for you.

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Bellini’s library and Jain’s pool
Bellini’s library and Jain’s pool
by Peter-Philipp Schmitt | 07 April 2014

Can there be anything more fascinating than catching a glimpse of other people’s homes? And particularly of those of world-famous architects? An exhibition at the Milan Furniture Fair does just that.

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For Indians, the floor constitutes a piece of furniture
For Indians, the floor constitutes a piece of furniture
by Peter-Philipp Schmitt | 07 April 2014

Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai is well-known for his architecture that is rich of traditional craftsmenship. But how does he live himself? Peter-Philipp Schmitt spoke with Jain about his house that is on view at the exhibition “Where Architects Live” at the Salone in Milan.

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Bright lights, bright minds
Bright lights, bright minds
07 April 2014

Not only trade fairs such as Light+Building but conversations, too, can occasionally be enlightening. Especially if the mood and setting are right and you meet great people. Which is why AD magazine and Stylepark repeated last year’s concept and invited people to an evening get-together in the apartment of Robert Volhard, one of Stylepark’s founders.

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Lilies of the valley in a drying hood: Mona by Lucie Koldová for Brokis
Lilies of the valley in a drying hood: Mona by Lucie Koldová for Brokis
06 April 2014

Lucie Koldová always combines glass and light in extraordinary ways. And now the Paris-based Czech designer has created the “Mona” luminaire for Czech manufacturers Brokis.

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Konstantin Grcic: Straightforward as Alvar Aalto
Konstantin Grcic: Straightforward as Alvar Aalto
05 April 2014

Not officially presented yet, but definitely a cameo piece of his exhibition at Vitra Design Museum: Konstantin Grcic’ new “Rival Chair”.

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Summer time: Grace by Samuel Wilkinson for Emu
Summer time: Grace by Samuel Wilkinson for Emu
05 April 2014

There simply can’t be too much garden furniture. To enjoy a cup of coffee or a drink outside you don’t need some super seating set, but a table and a chair, simply and practical, colorful and stable.

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Spanish sophistication: Aballs by Jaime Hayon
Spanish sophistication: Aballs by Jaime Hayon
04 April 2014

Hard to beat this for perfection: reflective ceramics, polished brass, radiant balls made of hand-blown glass – and Hey Presto you have an exquisite luminaire.

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Going local: Tatiana Bilbao
Going local: Tatiana Bilbao
by Sophia Walk | 03 April 2014

Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao makes buildings that sensitively engage with the specifics of the locations where they are erected. The result is an architecture that is pleasantly bemusing.

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In command on the digital bridge
In command on the digital bridge
by Thomas Edelmann | 02 April 2014

It all starts with switches that can be networked and electronic electricity meters. But there’s much more besides: Things around us are supposed to be coordinated and controlled via networked systems. A critical eye on new technology - and its opportunities for the future.

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Smart Cities –  Big Data, Civic Hackers,  and The Quest For A New Utopia
Smart Cities –
Big Data, Civic Hackers,
and The Quest For A New Utopia
by Anthony M. Townsend | 01 April 2014

In the cities of tomorrow high-tech networks are expected to make everyday life a lot easier. But the more complex the systems become, the more error-prone they get. Anthony M. Townsend confronts us with the extremely fragile systems of permanent enhancing efficiency.

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Simply divine: Kvadrat’s fabric festivities
Simply divine: Kvadrat’s fabric festivities
01 April 2014

It’s 30 years since Finn Skjödt premiered “Divina” for Kvadrat. To celebrate the fabric’s jubilee the Danish textile manufacturer has put together an exhibition for which it asked 24 designers to interpret the fabric in their own personal way.

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Public   Space Inc.
Public
Space Inc.
by Andreas Ruby | 01 April 2014

The Springer media corporation seeks to take its place alongside the likes of Facebook and Google. Which is why it’s having OMA design a new headquarters: a monument that can be used as an office building.

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Lights on at e15: North by Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau
Lights on at e15: North by Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau
01 April 2014

Life around the famous "Backenzahn" is getting bright: e15 is launching a luminaire collection. Including “North” by Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau. Martina Metzner chatted with the designers and with e15 MD Philipp Mainzer on the fun and frustration of light.

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Arik Levy for Lasvit: crystals from a different world
Arik Levy for Lasvit: crystals from a different world
by Thomas Wagner | 31 March 2014

Can pendant luminaires really look as if they weren’t made of glass but of “Kryptonite”, the magic green crystals from Superman’s home planet? Arik Levy is certain they can.

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Architecture with an encore: Rojkind Arquitectos
Architecture with an encore: Rojkind Arquitectos
by Sophia Walk | 31 March 2014

In a previous life Michel Rojkind played the drums for “La Gente Normal”, one of Mexico’s hottest rock bands. Luckily for us, he didn’t stay in music but decided to make architecture instead.

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Chair genius: PP Møbler + Carl Hansen & Søn celebrate Hans J. Wegner
Chair genius: PP Møbler + Carl Hansen & Søn celebrate Hans J. Wegner
31 March 2014

There’s still much to be discovered about Hans Jørgensen Wegner, who would have turned 100 this April.

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Studio image: Maarten Van Severen, OMA and Lensvelt
Studio image: Maarten Van Severen, OMA and Lensvelt
31 March 2014

Lensvelt makes furniture and OMA creates an illusion – presenting early designs by Belgium’s Maarten Van Severen, who died in 2005.

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A step up in life: Mono by Steffen Kehrle
A step up in life: Mono by Steffen Kehrle
31 March 2014

With “Mono” Steffen Kehrle is presenting a polyethylene stepstool for Richard Lampert. Practically offers you a step up in life.

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Selected exhibitors Milan Design Week 2014
Selected exhibitors
Milan Design Week 2014
31 March 2014

The 53rd edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile is ready to go from 8th to 13th April, along with the biennial EuroCucina and International Bathroom Exhibition. Amazing designs can also be found at the showrooms across the city. A list of selected exhibitors shows which manufacturers are to be found where.

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Museum with a hair-do
Museum with a hair-do
by Arquine Magazine | 30 March 2014

The new Jumex Museum in Mexico City by Chipperfield Architects speaks a pleasant, restrained architectural language.

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The Mexican storyteller
The Mexican storyteller
by Sophia Walk | 30 March 2014

Ricardo Casas is one of Mexico’s industrial designers committed to experimental interior design. In his work he makes use of wood in very many ways and in the process tells stories about spaces.

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Stone or what? – Nendo for Glas Italia
Stone or what? – Nendo for Glas Italia
29 March 2014

It could be marble, but it’s glass – painted, that is. Dreamed up Oki Sato at Nendo for Glas Italia. The collection’s called “Brushstroke” and consists of seven tables and a bench.

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Views from behind: Nivola by Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona Frau
Views from behind: Nivola by Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona Frau
29 March 2014

Small, superior groups of seats are back in vogue. As the experts at Poltrona Frau well know: With “Nivola” they’re launching a high-end ensemble that will take center stage.

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Bernardino Luini designed by Piero Lissoni
Bernardino Luini
designed by Piero Lissoni
29 March 2014

Anyone wanting not only to see furniture or stroll around on the roof of the cathedral, can take a glance at how Bernardino Luini painted and how Piero Lissoni places him in the limelight.

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Satellites are ready for take-off, countdown on
Satellites are ready for take-off, countdown on
by Martina Metzner | 28 March 2014

The “Salone Satellite” at the Milan Furniture Fair is considered the springboard for budding designers. Below we are presenting seven young talents who are well worth looking at more closely.

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A platform for all players
A platform for all players
by Sara Bertsche | 28 March 2014

Be it exhibitors, young talents or curious specialist visitors – everyone needs assistance in making their way around the Light + Building in Frankfurt. Stylepark spoke with Director Maria Hasselman and asked her about the role the trade-fair plays for experts from the world of light and building technology.

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Crossing borders: Ahnda by Stephen Burks for Dedon
Crossing borders: Ahnda by Stephen Burks for Dedon
28 March 2014

Indoor as opposed to outdoor furniture – do we actually need to make such a distinction? Dedon, for one, is set to eliminate those boundaries.

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Peeking through the keyhole: How architects live
Peeking through the keyhole: How architects live
27 March 2014

Many interior magazines thrive on being able to offer readers a glimpse inside the apartments of strangers. An exhibition during the Salone casts a glance at the private homes of Chipperfield, Ban, Bellini, Libeskind etc.

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A game for Narcissi: Loop Mirror by Front for Porro
A game for Narcissi: Loop Mirror by Front for Porro
27 March 2014

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who are the most beautiful designers of all? Yes, Front has once done magic for Porro and the result is a mirror with immense symbolic power.

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Shedding light on uncles and aunts: Kartell’s 15 years of transparency
Shedding light on uncles and aunts: Kartell’s 15 years of transparency
27 March 2014

Colorful, transparent and coherent: Kartell is celebrating transparency with uncles and aunts, and at the same time adopting a metallic and luxurious air.

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No tightrope walker: 5 questions for Nils Holger Moormann
No tightrope walker: 5 questions for Nils Holger Moormann
27 March 2014

Novelties ain’t everything. Last year Nils Holger Moormann played Ludo and didn’t bother going to Milan. This time he’s heading for the Salone, leisurely, with no furniture of his own.

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