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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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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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Sam Son Remo ZigZag
Sam Son Remo ZigZag
12 April 2015

Any number of novelties from Konstantin Grcic

Excitement’s in the air. Shortly before the Salone opens some news has leaked out as regards what KGID is coming up with.

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On the sunny side
On the sunny side
11 April 2015

Stefan Diez turns Yard into a family for Emu

Think of “dolce vita” and of the American way of life. Sun and fresh air are musts, with the sea, the beach, the pool or the patio close by.

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Fabric makes home
Fabric makes home
by Katharina Sommer | 10 April 2015

Membrane or cable-net constructions and pneumatic affairs: From the mid-20th century onward, thanks to new materials and the inventiveness of a few pioneering architects in the field of textile constructions, a new sense of lightness entered architecture.

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It has to be 48
It has to be 48
09 April 2015

“Stochastic” by Daniel Rybakken for Luceplan

The talented Norwegian has come up with a surprising luminaire – and owners can themselves decide the sculptural shape.

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Gender-sensitive design
Gender-sensitive design
by Thomas Edelmann | 09 April 2015

In Hamburg, after years of preparation, in 2014 a new platform for presentations and debates relating to design opened in the form of designxport. Currently on show: an exhibition on the gender influence in design and possible alternatives.

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Zestful balance
Zestful balance
07 April 2015

“Belleville” by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

The chairs are light, the tables stand there with gravitas, sturdily grounded.

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Not just for the lounge
Not just for the lounge
07 April 2015

Barber & Osgerby for Knoll Int.

A lounge chair, simple, slender and yet with a keen touch that makes sure it cuts a fine figure in any setting.

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Selected Manufacturers Milan Design Week 2015
Selected Manufacturers
Milan Design Week 2015
07 April 2015

The Salone with SaloneUfficio and Euroluce will open its doors from Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th April. Amazing designs can also be found at the showrooms and events across the city. A list of selected manufacturers shows which exhibitors are to be found where.

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Milan, the full Monty!
Milan, the full Monty!
06 April 2015

Given their sheer immensity, you need to plan your visit to the Salone and the Fuorisalone in Milan quite carefully. Find out below which events, places, shows and symposiums are the real musts.

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From
From
05 April 2015

: live the European idea and take a contemplative approach

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Cool twist
Cool twist
04 April 2015

“Klapp” by Steffen Kehrle for Area Declic

It may be challenging to design a chair. Even more so if it’s a folding chair.

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Light for the cave
Light for the cave
03 April 2015

“LEDS Clay” by Maarten Baas and Bertjan Pot for DGPH

The two have little truck with Mainstream. What they do like is atavistic fun.

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Hungrier for knowledge than his peers
Hungrier for knowledge than his peers
02 April 2015

Leonardo da Vinci at Palazzo Reale

Just in time for the Salone, Palazzo Reale right next to the Cathedral is hosting the largest exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci the country has ever seen.

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Surreal idols
Surreal idols
01 April 2015

Jaime Hayon showcases a “Réaction Poétique” at Cassina

Le Corbusier, not to mention Joan Mirò and other artists are secretly along for the ride when Jaime Hayon ironically evokes the spirit of Surrealism.

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Simply extravagant
Simply extravagant
01 April 2015

“Side Comfort” by Formstelle for Zeitraum

Anyone possessing a sufficient number of modules can create forever new settee worlds.

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From carpet to pullover
From carpet to pullover
31 March 2015

Inga Sempé for Golran

Following Bertjan Pot and Raw Edges, Inga Sempé got the chance to dream up rugs for Israeli manufacturer Golran. We asked the French designer what she has in store for us.

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Get the lowdown on this table
Get the lowdown on this table
31 March 2015

“Anemos” by Antonio Facco for Cappellini

There are things that are mysterious and yet very practical for precisely that reason.

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Theater eye candy
Theater eye candy
31 March 2015

“Melt” by Front for Tom Dixon

The British design company is hosting its Milan events in an abandoned theater, where novelties such as the “Melt” luminaire by designer-trio Front can be purchased on site.

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