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Original fizzled out:  Zündholz by Peter Sauerer
Original fizzled out:
Zündholz by Peter Sauerer
by Thomas Wagner | 26 November 2014

What do a matchbox and a match have to say about the state of the world in general and of art in particular?

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 Top-drawer time bombs
Top-drawer time bombs
by Jochen Stöckmann | 25 November 2014

In the 1960s they designed ambitious utopias with cheeky irony. Today they build shopping malls. The exhibition “Haus-Rucker-Co – Architectural Utopia Reloaded” at Berlin’s “Haus am Waldsee” tells fairytales from a long since obsolete future.

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Elementary shapes for the floor
Elementary shapes for the floor
by Martina Metzner | 20 November 2014

Square one-size-fits-all carpet tiles are very yesterday – the hottest trend in floor coverings are jigsaw carpets. The result of a collaboration between Vorwerk and Berlin designer Werner Aisslinger, “Elementary Shapes” enable us to piece together personalized carpet creations from six basic geometric shapes.

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Auto-psy. Notes on automotive existence
Auto-psy. Notes on automotive existence
by Michael Erlhoff | 20 November 2014

It seemingly moves of its own volition, creates its own cosmos, tells us what we have to do, plays the lead in movies, has its own sound, and everything about it has to be designed: Our relationship to the automobile and the automobile to us, proves to be astonishingly diverse.

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Milanese High-Forest
Milanese High-Forest
by Martina Metzner | 20 November 2014

This year, surprisingly, but logically “Bosco Verticale” by Stefano Boeri won the International High-Rise Award. Will it become a role model?

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Perfectly functional:  Vesuvio by Gaetano Pesce
Perfectly functional:
Vesuvio by Gaetano Pesce
by Thomas Wagner | 19 November 2014

Functionalism teaches that form shall follow function. A caffettiera proves what it means to take “form follows function” literally.

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Flooring conquers the third dimension
Flooring conquers the third dimension
18 November 2014

Architect André Schmidt worked for renowned studios such as OMA and BIG before going it alone. In this interview with Michiko Wemmje the man who chose Berlin as his home explains what role flooring design plays in major projects – and what he finds so fascinating about the Innovations@DOMOTEX Areas he designed.

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The digital sculptor
The digital sculptor
by Sara Bertsche | 17 November 2014

Many items that previously had to be painstakingly made today can be realized using CNC milling. Not only does the process permit complex forms to be made quickly and precisely, some design classic also benefits from this digital manufacturing technique.



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Vera  & Kyte
Vera
& Kyte
16 November 2014

: whisk us away into Norway’s wilderness and flirt with Memphis in the process.

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The Rasch Brother’s universe
The Rasch Brother’s universe
by Thomas Edelmann | 14 November 2014

An exhibition at Marta Herford juxtaposes the lifework of Heinz and Bodo Rasch to built and dreamed utopias of the 1960s and artistic projects of today. The show attempts too much, but is still well worth a visit.



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Will donate data. Save the city
Will donate data. Save the city
by Ludwig Engel | 13 November 2014

The Audi Urban Future Award 2014 goes to Mexico City. With their proposal for an “operating system for urban mobility”, the interdisciplinary research group centering on José Castillo won out against teams from Boston, Berlin, and Seoul.

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Innovative from the ground up
Innovative from the ground up
by Martina Metzner | 11 November 2014

Explore new prospects: The Innovations@DOMOTEX at DOMOTEX, the world’s key trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, invites you to discover innovative and persuasively designed floor coverings, to gather new info at the talks and guided tours – and expand your network.

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The renaissance of the rug:  Roberto Palomba meets Jan Kath
The renaissance of the rug:

Roberto Palomba meets Jan Kath
11 November 2014

At the DOMOTEX 2015 press conference in Berlin the designer and special guest of Innovations@DOMOTEX, Roberto Palomba from Milan, and carpet designer Jan Kath met for the first time ever. The pair soon started chatting about tattoo carpets, silky clouds and doing creative work in the air. An interview by Martina Metzner.

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Foresight in Hindsight
Foresight in Hindsight
by Reinier de Graaf | 10 November 2014

Things always work out differently. Not that it stops people from loving future predictions. So who does a better job predicting things: pundits or fortune tellers?

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My colleague, the Robocar
My colleague, the Robocar
by Laura Stresing | 09 November 2014

Many driving instructors enjoy the driver assistance systems in today's cars. The sector is not worried that piloted driving might one day cost them their job – to the contrary actually.

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Frankfurt High-Rises  2000 to 2010
Frankfurt High-Rises
2000 to 2010
07 November 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Frankfurt High-Rises  1990 to 2000
Frankfurt High-Rises
1990 to 2000
07 November 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Frankfurt High-Rises  2010 to 2014
Frankfurt High-Rises
2010 to 2014
06 November 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Frankfurt High-Rises  1970 to 1980
Frankfurt High-Rises
1970 to 1980
06 November 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Frankfurt High-Rises  1980 to 1990
Frankfurt High-Rises
1980 to 1990
06 November 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Frankfurt High-Rises  1950 to 1960
Frankfurt High-Rises
1950 to 1960
05 November 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Frankfurt High-Rises   1960 to 1970
Frankfurt High-Rises
1960 to 1970
04 November 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Buffaloes in the Swiss underground
Buffaloes in the Swiss underground
by Adeline Seidel | 03 November 2014

Flying parquet floorboards, a Colombian high-speed knitter and wooden buffaloes peacefully grazing: At the 15th Designers’ Saturday in Langenthal, Switzerland, the designers and manufacturers once again opted for unusual means to stage their products.

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Powerless in pool and prefab
Powerless in pool and prefab
by Clemens Bomsdorf | 02 November 2014

Here are the poor, there are the rich. And neither side is finding happiness – Denmark’s National Gallery in Copenhagen is dedicating a retrospective to the artist duo Elmgreen and Dragset.

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“The traffic in Berlin  is frustrating.”
“The traffic in Berlin
is frustrating.”
by Martin Lewicki | 02 November 2014

In Berlin, traffic often is challenging. In an interview, Susi Nestraschil talks about her own ways through the urban jungle and possibilities to improve them.



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Data make clothes
Data make clothes
by Martina Metzner | 31 October 2014

Are we soon going to be wearing “digital fashion”? Will jackets with integrated solar cells, lingerie with inbuilt GPS systems and 3D-printed garments be posing a serious threat to tried-and-tested manufacturing processes?

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Beyond the upholstered world
Beyond the upholstered world
28 October 2014

“Allstar” and “Hack” are the two items of office furniture that Konstantin Grcic has designed for Vitra. At the Orgatec Thomas Wagner talked with him about changes in the office world and the two newcomers.

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The   New   Order
The
New
Order
by Adeline Seidel | 28 October 2014

“New Order” is the new all-rounder by Stefan Diez for Hay: A modular system for the office and the home that can be used to structure just about any space.

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Eight ideas for the home-office
Eight ideas for the home-office
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 27 October 2014

At Orgatec’s “Being Home 4+4” exhibition curated by Stylepark, eight well-known designers presented their ideas of today’s home offices – giving their comment on it.

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The survival  of the office
The survival
of the office
27 October 2014

Claesson Koivisto Rune’s Mårten Claesson explains why Swedes found the transition to open offices so easy and why you shouldn’t turn a lawyer’s office into a playground. An interview by Martina Metzner

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Using the social status to help society
Using the social status to help society
by Sung Gul Hwang | 26 October 2014

Team Seoul uses the car to promote social engagement as a status symbol in Korea.

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Work with love
Work with love
by Adeline Seidel | 24 October 2014

One thing is clear at this year’s Orgatec in Cologne: the lines dividing homes from offices are becoming very blurred. While the playful office world may still be a topic, work is being taken seriously again. We outline the key new products at the fair.

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A touch of quiet never harms
A touch of quiet never harms
by Adeline Seidel | 23 October 2014

Think gray felt clouds above your desk, planks on the table and gingko leaves on the wall: At the Orgatec in Cologne, there’s a colorful and fun office world full of acoustic panels on show that constrains the communicative cacophony of open-plan offices.

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Guglielmo Poletti
Guglielmo Poletti
22 October 2014

: forms metal with precise elegance and comprehend design as a way to achieving happiness.

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Sunnyside up!
Sunnyside up!
by Thomas Wagner | 21 October 2014

Kortrijk’s Biennale Interieur does justice to its reputation this time. Despite the one or other error of judgment, it makes living and interiors an experience for all to enjoy.

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From “Slummerville” to “boom town”
From “Slummerville” to “boom town”
by Frederike Meier-Burkert | 19 October 2014

Philip Parsons, head of Team Boston, explains the opportunities of a close collaboration between urban designers and traffic planners.

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