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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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Creativity beneath  a seam of light
Creativity beneath
a seam of light
26 May 2015

In Amsterdam “Office for Metropolitan Architecture” (or OMA in short) 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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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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Learning from Las Vegas  – under the shower
Learning from Las Vegas
– under the shower
30 April 2015

Is the bathroom a place of fine distinctions? Thomas Wagner talked with Andreas Dornbracht about “Culturing Life”, the brand’s new claim, the digitalization of the bathroom and current as well as future changes in the industry.

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Tasting the future
Tasting the future
by Adeline Seidel | 28 April 2015

This year’s Salone once again blazed many a trail into automotive wonderland. Think tracks made of fine marble, highlights for the senses and dreams on wheels powered by an improbability drive.

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What only the giraffe knows
What only the giraffe knows
28 April 2015

This year during there were once again countless items of furniture and special moments during the Milan Salone. A small photo album of memories.

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Hieronymus at the airport
Hieronymus at the airport
24 April 2015

On “Panorama”, the airport as a residential location, glancing sideways, digital tools, physical models, how to design a chair, and why designers cannot simply be replaced by programs.

Konstantin Grcic in conversation with Thomas Wagner – part 1.

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Propaganda  and change
Propaganda
and change
by Oliver Elser | 24 April 2015

An expo is not just a spectacle, an event, where everything gets torn down afterwards. Since the very first World Exposition in London key milestones in architecture have been created specially for such great occasions – and many were indeed great in size and stature. Some of them are still standing. Others mere ruins.

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Fresh from the textiles lab
Fresh from the textiles lab
by Katharina Sommer and Florian Dreher | 23 April 2015

Dynamic walls, luminescent concrete and polar-bear houses, a tour of the experimentation and research going into textile construction.

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A stitch in time
A stitch in time
by Franziska Eidner | 23 April 2015

From May 4 to 7, 2015 Frankfurt’s Techtextil trade fair will be showcasing smart textiles, luminescent fabrics, sensory garments, and much more besides. We have compiled the must-know details of the exhibition for you below.

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Clerics meet Matrizia
Clerics meet Matrizia
by Thomas Wagner | 22 April 2015

“An impure tongue does not taste; dulled senses only notice the sharpest stimuli, or they chew more than they feel.” – Johann Gottfried von Herder

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Milan Marginalia
Milan Marginalia
22 April 2015

Blue is the new black, morning engagements, parties end abruptly, council is sought, and at long last there’s a door handle by Rem Koolhaas.

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Work like the ancient Greeks
Work like the ancient Greeks
by Adeline Seidel | 22 April 2015

Michele de Lucchi is convinced he has found what creative work primarily need. A walk on his installation "Workplace 3.0 - La Passegiata" at the Salone Ufficio.

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Light emotions
Light emotions
by Thomas Edelmann | 22 April 2015

The Euroluce and the events accompanying it in Milan showed how light and luminaire makers are tackling the challenges of the electronic age: with a specific mixture in each case of tradition, technology, and private equity investors.

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I am a freaky perfectionist
I am a freaky perfectionist
21 April 2015

Be it at Bosa, BD Barcelona, Ceccotti, Cassina, Fritz Hansen, Magis, MINI or at the Orto Botanico: Almost anywhere you look in Milan you stumble across designs by Jaime Hayon. Uta Abendroth spoke with the all-rounder about his recipe for success.

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Between Fondue, Copy + Paste
Between Fondue, Copy + Paste
by Martina Metzner | 21 April 2015

Visitors were hard pressed to spot any genuine talent at this year’s Salone Satellite – many young designers were championing products made to shine in the social networks. But we did discover them, those ingenious ideas.

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A new architectural skin
A new architectural skin
by Florian Dreher | 19 April 2015

Somewhere between studio, lab, and manifesto: Contemporary architecture has rediscovered textiles’ countless properties and possibilities.

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The construction material of the future
The construction material of the future
by Ronny Eckert | 17 April 2015

Textile research institutes and corporations have in recent years researched fiber-based alternative construction materials and developed products ready for market destined to replace classic materials like steel.

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Klemens Schillinger
Klemens Schillinger
16 April 2015

: likes to keep things sparse and of late has moved back to his native Vienna

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From Brianza out into the wide world
From Brianza out into the wide world
by Thomas Edelmann | 13 April 2015

A prototypical design company: Molteni, founded 80 years ago in Brianza, now run by the third generation of family members, presents its products in a setting of Modern art.

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Pattern seeks partner
Pattern seeks partner
12 April 2015

“Ottoman” by Scholten & Baijings for Moroso

Fresh, but not too sporty, leisurely in shape and color, but not too elegant – a truly fine recliner-cum-seat.

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