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 Go on thinking brightly
Go on thinking brightly
by Thomas Wagner | 27 May 2016

It’s hard to imagine a more joyous and cunning approach to the designed world: For Michael Erlhoff on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

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A community of guests – the Frankfurt way
A community of guests – the Frankfurt way
by Martina Metzner | 24 May 2016

Greetings from the ribbed Äppelwoi glass: with local color, a shared kitchen and a fictional story: Hotel “Libertine” in Frankfurt/Main seeks to make guests feel at home.

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Progress in blue
Progress in blue
by Thomas Wagner | 24 May 2016

With their Atomic Plate series, Mia Grau and Andree Weissert have created a subversive/contemporary counterpart to traditional plates for the wall.

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Germania in Venezia
Germania in Venezia
by Verena Hartbaum and Stephan Trüby | 24 May 2016

So what has gone on show here in the past? Since 1991 the German Pavilion in the Giardini in Venice has also been used during the international architecture exhibition. Verena Hartbaum and Stephan Trüby have written a book about what has since gone on show there and how the building has itself changed – and present the highlight here specially for us.

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Supermarket, super light
Supermarket, super light
by Jasmin Jouhar | 19 May 2016

Potatoes, sausages and milk – there’s the right light and the wrong light even for the everyday things in supermarkets. Jasmin Jouhar talked to the Zumtobel Group’s Ralf Knorrenschild about what challenges there are to getting the lighting right in a supermarket – and what role the Boiled Sausage Decree plays here.

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Light follows people
Light follows people
by Jasmin Jouhar | 19 May 2016

Interactive technologies make it possible: the light in the store responds to the customer’s presence. Jasmin Jouhar spoke to Dutch lighting specialist Luuk van Laake about how this principle was applied in a Issey Miyake Shop in Antwerp.

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Seven emotional types
Seven emotional types
by Katharina Sommer | 19 May 2016

A major study examined the responses of clients to different light settings in retail outlets. Katharina Sommer summarizes the findings and explains what they imply for lighting design in stores.

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Wood with a future
Wood with a future
17 May 2016

“A@W Lectures by Stylepark” during the Architect@Work in Copenhagen

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Get out those ladders!
Get out those ladders!
by Florian Heilmeyer | 17 May 2016

With Alejandro Aravena at its helm, the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice could be a particularly interesting one – despite his predecessor Rem Koolhaas being a hard act to follow. After all, who could follow in those footsteps?

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Not only Grillo had a future
Not only Grillo had a future
by Thomas Edelmann | 17 May 2016

Marco Zanuso was born 100 years ago. The Milanese architect is one of the inventors of post-1945 Italian design and for decades inspired other architects and designers.

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Blanket home coverage
Blanket home coverage
11 May 2016

At the symposium on “Adaptive Building Skins” at the Technical University of Munich architects and construction experts demonstrated and explained how adaptive facades may well change the architecture of tomorrow. We’ve documented the lectures for you.

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The submarine rises again
The submarine rises again
by Paul Andreas | 10 May 2016

The Internationale Architecture Biennale Rotterdam raises questions about a “Next Economy”.

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Unlimited baths
Unlimited baths
by Thomas Edelmann | 06 May 2016

Refinements wherever you look: What caught the eye at Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Bagno.

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No two bathrooms alike
No two bathrooms alike
04 May 2016

Be it at home or in a hotel, when it comes to the bathroom standards are definitely on the rise. Anders Bergman spoke to Susanne Brandherm of Brandherm + Krumrey Interior Architecture on trends in the world of bathrooms.

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Skeleton seeks new build
Skeleton seeks new build
by Jasmin Jouhar | 03 May 2016

In Berlin’s Haus am Waldsee, an exhibition pares Jürgen Mayer H.’s architecture down to its essentials.

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Salone Satellite Superlativo
Salone Satellite Superlativo
by Jasmin Jouhar | 02 May 2016

Ten times Tops! Hopeful talents and fresh ideas from the platform for newcomers.

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When fabrics go boingboing
When fabrics go boingboing
by Uta Abendroth | 02 May 2016

Jo Nagasaka is always good for a surprise or two. During the Salone the Japanese designer created an installation called “boingboing” for Kinnasand’s Milanese showroom. Uta Abendroth spoke to the man who loves first and foremost to work on a scale of 1:1.

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Where ideas flow joyfully
Where ideas flow joyfully
by Jasmin Jouhar | 28 April 2016

One base, five water dreams: How architects and designers are revisiting the mixer battery for Axor.

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Modern always works
Modern always works
by Thomas Wagner | 28 April 2016

Salone 3: Forget social issues. The trend in furniture is to give modern classics a contemporary tweak, a makeover that guarantees their timelessness.

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What’s on the table
What’s on the table
by Thomas Edelmann | 27 April 2016

Demonstration item for materials makers, refined object for presentation purposes or a recipe for everyday life – at the moment, kitchens have as many purposes as they have appearances.

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Go for feudal or simply say Hay
Go for feudal or simply say Hay
by Thomas Wagner | 27 April 2016

Salone 2: New interiors are all the rage, gold and saddle leather seem to be must-haves, color is even more important – and one company is really going big time.

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From New Architecture to New Celebrations
From New Architecture to New Celebrations
by Jörg Stürzebecher | 26 April 2016

Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst is showing typography and graphic design from the early 20th century through to the present.

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What touches peoples soul?
What touches people's soul?
by Uta Abendroth | 26 April 2016

Jerszy Seymour is a difficult nut to crack. His design is highly individual and not always easy to like. Uta Abendroth spoke to the artist-cum-designer, 48, about humor, poetry and happy endings.

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Milan Marginalia 2016
Milan Marginalia 2016
20 April 2016

Konstantin pursues Jasper, Franco figures things out, Marcel has no time, Vitra runs a nail studio – and vegetables tell you by touch display what they weigh.

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The Donkey in the System
The Donkey in the System
by Thomas Wagner | 20 April 2016

Salone 1: In Milan, well-being is the order of the day – Ettore patiently bears burdens,
there are benches, small tables, and large sofas.

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It’s the variety that is fun
It’s the variety that is fun
20 April 2016

In Milan, Nendo presented 50 Manga Chairs in the cloisters of Basilica Minore di San Simpliciano, a rocking horse for Kartell, marble tables for Marsotto Edizioni, and much more besides. Uta Abendroth spoke to Oki Sato, the mind behind Nendo, about materials, inspiration, and being Japanese.

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Shared space is double the space
Shared space is double the space
by Jasmin Jouhar | 20 April 2016

In large cities, there’s an ever greater shortage of affordable apartments. Automaker MINI teamed up with the architects at Yokohama’s ON design and the Berlin office of international engineering consultancy Arup to create a remarkable solution – for the Salone del Mobile 2016.

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Busnelli´s Best
Busnelli´s Best
by Thomas Edelmann | 11 April 2016

As B&B Italia turns 50, the company is still helping to kick-start change.

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Mobility formula
Mobility formula
10 April 2016

On the road, yet at home: Nils Holger Moormann’s solution for all nomads meets high aesthetic standards

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Classic C
Classic C
09 April 2016

Evidently people favor outdoor seating with a classic air, offering a protective niche.

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Joyful Fun!
Joyful Fun!
08 April 2016

Ron Arad and his furniture enjoy center stage.

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Still up to date
Still up to date
07 April 2016

The ultimate trophy cabinet for globe forming and globe inhabiting creatures may not be new, but it is up to date.

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Boredom the key to progress
Boredom the key to progress
06 April 2016

Dialecticians are a rare breed.
Lensvelt and Space Encounters work on the balance between work and play.

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 Not just for your yacht
Not just for your yacht
05 April 2016

“Dean” by Jean-Marie Massaud for Dedon

A clear and timeless appearance on the outside – full of innovative technology on the inside.

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Uomo in Cubo
Uomo in Cubo
05 April 2016

“Impronta” by Joe Colombo for Varaschin

When cube and body meet.

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Zippy stitch
Zippy stitch
05 April 2016

“Alvar” by Giuseppe Viganò for Bonaldo

Even large beds need by no means look boring.

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Eventi, Eventi!
Eventi, Eventi!
05 April 2016

You need to plan visiting Milan’s Salone and Fuorisalone with some care. As you’ll be spoiled for choice! Browse below to find out which events, spaces, shows and design presentations are absolute musts.

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Modernism diluted
Modernism diluted
by Thomas Edelmann | 05 April 2016

Our longing for yesteryear seems greater than ever. The latest trend: work on and with “modern classics”.

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Selected Manufacturers  Milan Design Week 2016
Selected Manufacturers
Milan Design Week 2016
05 April 2016

Salone del Mobile, along with the EuroCucina and the Salone Internazionale del Bagno will be opening its doors to the trade/public from April 12-17. And there’ll be countless events in town relating to it that are just as much worth a visit. Our list of selected manufacturers shows you just where you’ll find which exhibitors.

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Put it in the little house
Put it in the little house
04 April 2016

“Cabin” by Michele De Lucchi for Alessi

For anyone with no idea where to put letters, pens, photos or buttons; here is a worthy home for them.

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Strong profile
Strong profile
04 April 2016

Early work by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

In the form of the CH22 armchair, a classic is being re-issued and with the CH26 chair a close relative produced for the first time.

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Get your teeth into it
Get your teeth into it
01 April 2016

“Cork” by Paola Navone for Gervasoni

Cork is all the rage again. Paolo Navone has shaped an armchair like a tasty brownie.

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Design comes before and after design
Design comes before and after design
by Thomas Wagner | 01 April 2016

Not long now and Salone del Mobile will open its doors once more for the ultimate parade of novelties. And the Triennale is destined to offer food for thought.

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Lounge, don’t sit
Lounge, don’t sit
01 April 2016

“Pasha” by Konstantin Grcic or SCP

The idea he had back in the 1990s has now been realized as a sofa.

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Extraterrestrial
Extraterrestrial
01 April 2016

“Drum” by Mac Stopa for Cappellini

Wow – what a bold design move!

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Dresser or bureau?
Dresser or bureau?
01 April 2016

“Sol” by Team 7

Small desks are all the rage.

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Banana theft
Banana theft
01 April 2016

A whole bunch of new rugs at Nodus

Whether it’s a tree, stairs, bananas or the planet – themed rugs are definitely gaining in popularity.

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One sofa, two beds
One sofa, two beds
29 March 2016

“Twins” by Giulio Manzoni for Flexform

Elegant and practical but not suitable for young lovers.

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Two ideotypes
Two ideotypes
29 March 2016

Philippe Starck’s new chair series for Kartell

The king not only has two bodies, he also needs two chairs – Generic A and Generic C.

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My big, colorful cactus
My big, colorful cactus
29 March 2016

Paul Smith goes psychedelic for Gufram

Green is great, but definitely not enough for Paul Smith.

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Fishing up the Modern
Fishing up the Modern
29 March 2016

Sadi and Neptun Ozis at Walter Knoll

There was a time when the focus was experimentation and improvisation, not it’s on refining.

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Italdanish
Italdanish
29 March 2016

“Voyage” by GamFratesi for Porro

Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi combine Danish classicism and an Italian concept in one and the same chair.

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A little friend
A little friend
29 March 2016

James van Vossel’s side table 1025 for Thonet

There can certainly be no talk of tubular steel here.

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Refined blinds
Refined blinds
29 March 2016

“Lloyd” by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poltrona Frau

Like a fence, offering spaces to look through.

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Where there is absence
Where there is absence
29 March 2016

“Hole” by Kensaku Oshiro for Kristalia

A truly strong personality.

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Golden years
Golden years
29 March 2016

Knoll International honors Bertoia and Platner

A bit of precious metal is surely in order for birthdays.

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Simply eccentric
Simply eccentric
29 March 2016

“Kerman” by Philipp Mainzer and Farah Ebrahimi for e15

A sofa that fits any interior and yet has a clear character of its own.

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A healer of souls with  head and heart
A healer of souls with
head and heart
by Annette Tietenberg | 26 March 2016

Eames called him a “Florentine magpie”. With “A Designer’s Universe” the Vitra Design Museum is hosting a very interesting retrospective on Alexander Girard.

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Mega-mood machines
Mega-mood machines
by Thomas Edelmann | 22 March 2016

Light + Building clearly showed that light is becoming ever more digital and offers tools for emotions of all kinds. Among the mass of novelties, you could notice that good light is getting ever more rare.

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Freely connected
Freely connected
18 March 2016

An App blend virtual and physical realities. Stefan Carsten spoke to product designer Valentin Heun about his “Reality Editor”.

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I am the Smart Home
I am the Smart Home
by Stefan Carsten und Ludwig Engel | 18 March 2016

Digitalization of living spaces changes architecture. How we will interact with rooms in the future?

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Shows us your light
Shows us your light
18 March 2016

Numerous innovative products are on show in the “Trendspot Design” in Hall 1 of the Light + Building in Frankfurt. We checked out some of the highlights from all categories specially at the booths.

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Technology, play and magic
Technology, play and magic
by Thomas Wagner | 18 March 2016

At the Light + Building you can see how light, space and controls interact and what this spells for luminaire design. Moreover, there are some truly stunningly pioneering innovations on show.

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The idea must also be  to save light
The idea must also be
to save light
18 March 2016

What developments will shape the face of the lighting industry going forward? Adeline Seidel asked lighting designer Rogier van der Heide.

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A rush of water feelings
A rush of water feelings
by Anders Bergman | 17 March 2016

Tubular water scenarios: the “ReAct” water installation by brandherm + krumrey interior design remains highly promising, even after the competition as part of the “Axor Inspiration Projects”.

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An evening with many bright lights
An evening with many bright lights
16 March 2016

On the Monday of the Light + Building trade fair that special moment came again: Architects, designers, manufacturers and any number of other friends of light were invited by AD and Stylepark to cocktails at Robert Volhard’s place.

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Wannabe Jedis
Wannabe Jedis
15 March 2016

You can control all sorts of things with a movement of your hand. Ludwig Engel talks to gesture researcher Julius Hassemer.

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Why not simply rent your light?
Why not simply rent
your light?
15 March 2016

The lighting industry is on the brink of profound change. Adeline Seidel talked to Ulrich Schumacher, CEO of the Zumtobel Group, about where the journey is headed.

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Meeting point red stand
Meeting point red stand
15 March 2016

Jörg Boner designed the “Stylepark Café” and the “Stylepark Architects’ Lounge” in Hall 1.2 at the Light + Building – an ideal meeting point at the trade fair.

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The House-O-Mat
The House-O-Mat
by Stefan Carsten und Ludwig Engel | 14 March 2016

Post-War Modernism promised to make everyday life easier – at the press of a button. Is digitalization simply continuing that trend?

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Launching Urban Standards
Launching Urban Standards
11 March 2016

Urban Standards GmbH, under CEO Christian Gärtner and with its seat in Munich, is an innovative company on the cross roads of new business models for real estate developers, mobility providers and the city.

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Arrival country.  Home country.
Arrival country.
Home country.
by Adeline Seidel | 10 March 2016

Cheap apartment buildings, hostels for refugees and spaces for integration – the German Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale is slowly taking shape.

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