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Notes on Milan
Notes on Milan
16 April 2014

Here today, gone tomorrow: In Milan we put in quite a few kilometers. Given the ground covered, the editorial team of course spotted the one or other thing along the way. So before we threw away all our bits of paper with the jottings, we reviewed them first.

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See me! Believe me!
See me! Believe me!
by Martina Metzner | 16 April 2014

Be it fold-out wall tables, plain LED rod luminaires, or stools made of soy resin, wood and foam: At the Salone Satellite the flock of young designers demonstrated how they want to design the world of tomorrow.

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Backstage, side room
Backstage, side room
16 April 2014

The various venues of the Milan Salone must shine in all their splendor. Behind and next to the main stage however, on the show’s periphery, one can observe a whole host of smaller sensations. A slightly different kind of picture book, with photographs by Barbara Wildung and Thomas Wagner.

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Like Swiss cheese: Celebrating the revival of the Landi chair!
Like Swiss cheese: Celebrating the revival of the Landi chair!
16 April 2014

This veritable design classic has the Swiss National Exhibition to thank for its name. Now Vitra is reissuing Hans Coray’s “Landi” chair from 1938.

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Jaime Hayon or for the love of amphorae
Jaime Hayon or for the love of amphorae
16 April 2014

Being original is especially difficult in the realm of the decorative. Once again Jaime Hayon has done just that with “New Roman”.



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The front bench: Zinta by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper
The front bench: Zinta by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper
16 April 2014

All the things the Barcelona trio of Lievore Altherr Molina have created for Arper have hit the mark. And with “Zinta” they are now presenting a bench that leaves no secrets unshared.

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Iridescent floor coverings: Raw Edges for Golran
Iridescent floor coverings: Raw Edges for Golran
16 April 2014

We didn’t hear a whole lot about them for a while: At the Salone del Mobile, Raw Edges now presented carpets for Golran, which can do far more than you might imagine at first glance.

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Digital Locomotion
Digital Locomotion
by Adeline Seidel | 15 April 2014

Stylepark is curating the Audi Urban Future Award for the third time. This year, the focus is firmly on connectivity: How can we utilize data to improve infrastructure and thus make more efficient use of urban space?

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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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A Mexican collection
A Mexican collection
by Isabel Martinez Abascal | 26 March 2014

To know more about why and how the Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura in Mexico City intends to become a reference for the discussion of design in Latin America, Isabel Martínez Abascal talked with its director, Regina Pozo.

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More space for moving images
More space for moving images
by Arquine Magazine | 26 March 2014

Rojkind Architectos’ National Cinematheque in Mexico City offers not only new spaces for the film museum and film archive, the architects also created a new public space for open air film events.

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Book treasures in the Tobacco Factory
Book treasures in the Tobacco Factory
by Arquine Magazine | 26 March 2014

The “La Ciudadela” is an example for a sensible restoration of an historical building, showing the flexibility of its use – and how wonderful it is to be surrounded by books.

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Productora – producing architecture
Productora – producing architecture
by Sophia Walk | 26 March 2014

Productora – stands for unusual yet pragmatic furniture by four young architects from Argentina, Mexico and Belgium, respectively.

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Tord Boontje: Minimalism on the 22nd floor
Tord Boontje: Minimalism on the 22nd floor
26 March 2014

Tord Boontje isn’t picking flowers this time, but has opted for a hard-edged, cool look. For Moroso the Dutchman has created the “22nd Floor” modular sofa, with an aluminum base frame, marble inserts and a table.

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Tom Dixon: Welcome to the club
Tom Dixon: Welcome to the club
26 March 2014

Tom Dixon has always felt at home in the world of bars and night-life. And now he’s bringing out his own special collection: “Club”, boasting luminaires, an armchair and bar accessories.

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April fools many, and I know I need never care...
April fools many,
and I know I need never care...
by Thomas Wagner | 26 March 2014

Welcome! It’s Salone del Mobile time again soon. While the design world may be as capricious as the month of April, the Milan cornucopia is filled to the brim again in 2014. Wanna know what’s happening where, how and when?

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Derek Dellekamp’s fine feel for interspace
Derek Dellekamp’s fine feel for interspace
by Sophia Walk | 26 March 2014

Derek Dellekamp is one of the group of architects who helped rebuild the architectural scene in Mexico following the economic crisis there in the 1980s and 1990s. A portrait of one of the protagonists in Mexican architecture who is still successful today.

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Number 5’s alive: Cassina re-issues LC5
Number 5’s alive: Cassina re-issues LC5
26 March 2014

In Paris it stood in Master Corbu’s living room and is a typical design of the team of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. And now Cassina is re-issuing the LC5 sofa in its “I Maestri Collection”.

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Everyday but definitely special
Everyday but definitely special
by Sophia Walk | 22 March 2014

Cecilia León de la Barra’s design objects are so pragmatic and colorful that you could be forgiven thinking they were already a firm part of every Mexican household.

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10 of the over-40s
10 of the over-40s
by Sophia Walk | 21 March 2014

Anyone visiting Mexico City should put aside some time to visit the marvelous buildings erected in the megapolis before 1980. We’ve compiled a hit list of the ten most interesting buildings aged over 40.

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Simple and smart –  perfect working from home
Simple and smart –
perfect working from home
by Martina Metzner | 21 March 2014

Working from home – a convenient alternative in today’s networked age. Working at the dinner table or cram heavy-duty desks is not necessary – considering the abundance of small, delicate, readily movable and well-designed alternatives. We present the best choices.

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New India Design
New India Design
by Uta Abendroth | 21 March 2014

A luminaire that boasts floral themes from the Onam festival or a silver beaker clad in copper that offers the user good health. But two examples of how Indian design combines tradition and innovation – on display with others at the “Samskara – Made in...India” design show.

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Do I wish to sit on a chair that lights up?
Do I wish to sit on a chair that lights up?
by Leyla Basaran | 20 March 2014

The idea is unusual, possibly even revolutionary. In the form of “Natevo” Italian bed specialist Flou has involved the public in the design process – and brought glowing furniture to market.

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Light – as alluring as ever
Light – as alluring as ever
by Armin Scharf | 20 March 2014

More efficient, better quality and less expensive: the LED has morphed into the new standard in lighting and enables innovative design. Light+Building 2014 looks likely to hold the one or other surprise in store here, with OLEDs still occupying somewhat of a backseat.

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Culture in Construction
Culture in Construction
by Arquine Magazine | 20 March 2014

Javier Sanchez Arquitectos and Arquitectura 911sc have modernized a building in Mexico City which dates from the 18th century and is now used by the Spanish Cultural Center.

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Book machine
Book machine
by Arquine Magazine | 20 March 2014

The Vasconcelos Library by the architect Alberto Kalach combines a library and a botanical garden – and looks like a version of Cedric Price’s Fun Palace.



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Selected manufacturers Light & Building 2014
Selected manufacturers Light & Building 2014
20 March 2014

Light+Building is a biennial event held in Frankfurt/Main. From our list of selected exhibitors you can see which manufacturers will be presenting their newest products there this year.

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Mexico City’s   Gordian knot
Mexico City’s
Gordian knot
by Alejandro Hernández Gálvez | 18 March 2014

Almost everything is a challenge in this megalopolis with over 20 million inhabitants and a metropolitan area that includes 40 municipalities of the State of Mexico. Alejandro Hernández Gálvez, chief editor at the mexican architecture magazine Arquine, explains why.

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Mextropoli
Mextropoli
by Arquine Magazine | 18 March 2014

Mexican architecture journal Arquine is hosting a conference for the 15th time. This year it centers on the Mexico City metropolis and is accompanied by a highly diverse festival program.

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XXL Koolhaas
XXL Koolhaas
by Ralf Wollheim | 18 March 2014

In Berlin, Rem Koolhaas has just presented the program for this year’s architecture biennial in Venice. The expectations are high: This biennial is to be larger, longer, and of course completely different.

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Anthology with friends
Anthology with friends
by Michael Peters | 16 March 2014

He owned a drugstore, but ever since his passion was design. He encouraged, motivated, he was design entrepreneur, consultant and museumsfounder. With Anthologie Quartett he edited designs by Ettore Sottsass, Elizabeth Garouste und Mattia Bonetti. A memorial to Rainer Krause, who died in June 2013.

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Keep your energy for after the ride
Keep your energy for after the ride
by Michael Baumgartner | 14 March 2014

More and more city dwellers are taking to the roads on bicycles that rely on electric motors to add zest to the daily commute. Like no other, “Footloose” by Korean automotive supplier Mando is emblematic of a new generation of e-bikes poised to capture the bike market. So what has it got to offer?

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Once upon a time there was a bunker ...
Once upon a time there was a bunker ...
by Sophia Walk | 12 March 2014

What happens to military installations when they are no longer needed? Examples from Germany and the Netherlands show what potential such places have.

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A pod –  tough and tender
A pod –
tough and tender
10 March 2014

In the wake of "Ploum" Ligne Roset is now presenting another upholstered group based on a shell shape: "Cosse". Martina Metzner talked with designer Philippe Nigro about his new creation, his items for the Hermès fashion house and what he learned during his time with Michele De Lucchi's studio.

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Welcome to the Plastivorizene
Welcome to the Plastivorizene
by Jochen Stöckmann | 09 March 2014

Today’s overabundance of plastic waste is the focus of the exhibition “An Ecosystem of Excess” currently on show at the Schering Foundation in Berlin. Artist Pinar Yoldas has designed a laboratory featuring plastic-digesting monstrosities.

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Londons change of things
London's change of things
by Reinier de Graaf | 07 March 2014

London engages modernity on its own terms: hosting modern architecture without ever really entering into the obligation to modernize as a city.

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I’m no can
I’m no can
by Thomas Wagner | 05 March 2014

It’s 30 years since Apple launched its first Macintosh computer complete with a spectacular Ridley Scott commercial – laying down the gauntlet for then market leader IBM. The workstation’s user-oriented design is to this day considered revolutionary. Now Apple has presented its new “Mac Pro”, which features a strikingly surprising design.

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