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Tuk-tuks, daladalas   and super-highways
Tuk-tuks, daladalas
and super-highways
by Jeremy Gaines | 19 December 2014

Africa is urbanizing faster than any other continent. But tends to be forgotten in the debates on ubran mobility. Perhaps because the challenges are too great? Or perhaps because we aren’t being imaginative enough.

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10 x high-tech for floors
10 x high-tech for floors
by Martina Metzner | 19 December 2014

Be it digital prints, nanotech or biocomposites: the new floorings come with all sorts of extra technological features. We checked out ten exciting innovations in floor coverings.

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The world of the 113 football fields
The world of the 113 football fields
by Christian Holl | 17 December 2014

Would anyone think that bad performances in a provincial theater are a reason to issue laws stating that plays can only be staged in the big theaters? Things are different in architecture. In our new column on “Building in Germany” Christian Holl sets out to find out why.

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With our best wishes!
With our best wishes!
15 December 2014

The Stylepark Gift Suggestions for a merry Christmas and a happy 2015!

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Kaschkasch
Kaschkasch
14 December 2014

: design objects that can more than you would expect.

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Design like a rock
Design like a rock
by Thomas Wagner | 12 December 2014

Design and rock – that is just as much a success story as the “Objects” books by Antonia Henschel and Trademark Publishing. This year, the publishing arm of Frankfurt agency “Sign Kommunikation”, which works on specific projects with Stylepark, has once again brought out some exciting new books.

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Patterns for creative regeneration
Patterns for creative regeneration
by Annette Tietenberg | 10 December 2014

Horst P. Horst’s fashion photography is world famous. Now a hitherto unknown facet of his oeuvre is being unveiled as part of a major retrospective at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum: his playful use of patterns of nature.

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Floors make the space
Floors make the space
by Martina Metzner | 08 December 2014

The right floor covering can appreciably enhance a building’s quality. We present five good examples: A high school in Ergolding, a PR agency in Toronto, a residence for art lovers in Turnhout, Belgium, a maternity ward in Essen and an art forum complete with bar installation in Düsseldorf.

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The future of  3D printing
The future of
3D printing
by Martina Metzner | 05 December 2014

At the Euromold trade fair new technologies and materials for 3D printing inspired the imagination of engineers and designers alike. Martina Metzner sums up the latest trends.

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Sulky with a third wheel:  the Bond Bug
Sulky with a third wheel:
the Bond Bug
by Thomas Wagner | 03 December 2014

Must a car always have four wheels? Not at all. The “Bond Bug” not only proves that three’s enough, but also has quite a sassy feel to it. But the question remains – why is it that nature has not spawned any three-legged creatures?

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Periphery that feels  like the very center
Periphery that feels
like the very center
01 December 2014

Traditional and progressive – an unusual blend. Sophia Walk spoke with the British architect Stephen Bates from London-based architecture firm Sergison Bates on building with bricks and the density dilemma.

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Open Doors. Answer Right.  Santa Claus. Christmas Bright!
Open Doors. Answer Right.
Santa Claus. Christmas Bright!
01 December 2014

You know the ins and outs of design and architecture? Then take part in our special Stylepark Christmas Contest. Be it chairs, luminaires, or living room accessories – this year there are once again any number of great prizes to be won.

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Julian  Kyhl
Julian
Kyhl
28 November 2014

: combines wood with 3D-technology and leaves things open.

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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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