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Respelling Bauhaus
Respelling Bauhaus
by Martina Metzner | 25 July 2014

The Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin has announced a new corporate design along with a new font. “bayer next” by L2M3 borrows from the Universal font designed by Herbert Bayer in 1926 at the Bauhaus – carefully transposing it into the present.

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A building must help define its surroundings
A building must help define
its surroundings
23 July 2014

Not that long ago the label “residential high-rise” brought to mind images of cheap tenements and social flashpoints. Thomas Wagner talked to Claudia Meixner and Florian Schlüter of Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten about new, attractive and high-quality projects.

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A new Nordic perspective
A new Nordic perspective
by Martina Metzner | 21 July 2014

And we continue our explorations at "3DaysofDesign" in Copenhagen to find out if it's really true the Danes produce their wares sustainably and in their own country.

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Hot Spots: swimming in   the city or in the river
Hot Spots: swimming in
the city or in the river
by Thomas Wagner | 18 July 2014

Is there anything nicer than having a cool dip on a scorchingly hot day? Best of all downtown.

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In the good-life lab
In the good-life lab
by Martina Metzner | 16 July 2014

As regards design, Denmark certainly has its finger on the pulse of things. Is this anything more than a re-edition of Danish Modernism? Are objects being made sustainably inside Denmark? A trip to “3DaysofDesign” in Copenhagen provides the answers.

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Hot Spots: The One-Man Sauna
Hot Spots: The One-Man Sauna
by Thomas Wagner | 14 July 2014

Forget about the mixed sauna! In Bochum, people not only analyze urban interstices, they also get in a sweat all by themselves.

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The thing inside the sawmill
The thing inside the sawmill
by Franziska Horn | 11 July 2014

Madrid’s architect duo of Langarita Navarro is among the emerging young representatives of the “Movida Madrileña”: Their latest work, the Medialab building for Prado, stands for an unpretentious and ironic take on history.

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Great fake tortoiseshell
Great fake tortoiseshell
by Martina Metzner | 09 July 2014

Acetate was invented about 150 years ago as the first bio-plastic. Today it is primarily used for spectacle frames. Young designers such as the likes of Jean Baptiste Fastrez, Joséphine Choquet and Virgile Thévoz also create frames, tables and luminaires from it.

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A prize for the  wrong decisions
A prize for the
wrong decisions
by Dark Horse | 08 July 2014

The Berlin company “Dark Horse” consists of 30 partners who all have equal status – and has done so for five years. Can a hierarchy-free enterprise really succeed?

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The right Kit(t)
The right Kit(t)
by Martina Metzner | 06 July 2014

Take a backrest, a seat and four legs, add a touch of Scandinavia, pack it all in a box, and you’ve got “Kitt”, the breezy chair Stefan Diez designed for Hay.

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Bauhaus, the digital muse and a pearl
Bauhaus, the digital muse and a pearl
by Sophia Walk | 04 July 2014

During the “Digital Bauhaus Summit” in Weimar there was much discussion of creative collaboration in a digitized world of work.

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Cosmopoverty
Cosmopoverty
by Reinier de Graaf | 02 July 2014

Urban hurrah or unhappy rural exodus? People who live in the city are considered cosmopolitan. And yet: The flipside of this humungous influx to the cities reveals quite a different kind of international living: poor cosmopolitans, deprived of urban benefits.

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Lively, spontaneous, Brazilian
Lively, spontaneous, Brazilian
by Ralf Wollheim | 30 June 2014

The “Lina Bo Bardi: Together” exhibition at Deutsches Architektur Zentrum (DAZ) in Berlin focuses on an architect who came to fame as a passionate champion of subsidized building in Brazil. Yet she remained an outsider at the “Escola Paulista”.

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Fast tube to enjoyment
Fast tube to enjoyment
by Uta Abendroth | 29 June 2014

Astonishing things are happening on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein. Anyone climbing Carsten Höller’s “Slide Tower” will find not just an amazing view beckoning, but a slide with a great ride down. Added to which, grand master Álvaro Siza has created a new promenade that offers a novel route round the campus.

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Voulez vous Prouvé?
Voulez vous Prouvé?
by Uta Abendroth | 27 June 2014

At Design Miami, which took place in parallel to Art Basel, the French galleries presented an awful lot of Jean Prouvé originals. The icing on the cake: Konstantin Grcic transformed an Audi TT into a mobile living machine.

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Cocoon by fashion patterns
Cocoon by fashion patterns
by Antje Southern | 27 June 2014

Compared to last year’s Serpentine Pavilions, the new one by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić’s is certainly the most astounding and unpredictable yet.

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Charles Brooking’s world of windows
Charles Brooking’s world of windows
by Barbara Basting | 25 June 2014

So have we simply accepted the fact that nowadays one window looks just like any other?
This wonderful collection from England demonstrates just how much variety in window shapes and materials there once was.

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Well made and pleasant
Well made and pleasant
by Thomas Edelmann | 23 June 2014

For “Berlin Design Week”, philosopher Hannes Böhringer, photographer Hans Hansen and designer Axel Kufus invited representatives of a variety of disciplines to a conference to discuss the notion of ‘elegance’. The result: unusual and exciting stimuli for design.

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Digital Bauhaus
Digital Bauhaus
22 June 2014

Can the idea of the Bauhaus be transposed onto the digital age? This will be
the issue tackled at the “Digital Bauhaus Summit” at the end of June in
Weimar. Adeline Seidel interviewed the conference curators Philipp Albers,
Holm Friebe, Mads Pankow and Kathrin Passig via the cloud.

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The dream of an open society
The dream of an open society
by Adeline Seidel | 20 June 2014

The Dutch pavilion celebrates Jaap Bakema and with him the achievements of a form of post-War Modernism whose architecture is shaped by the institutions of the welfare state.

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Import – Export
Import – Export
by Franziska Eidner | 18 June 2014

Modernist architecture as a symbol of emancipation or occupation? Freedom or disenfranchisement? The country contributions from and about African countries provide many an idea in this regard.

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A Clockwork Modernism
A Clockwork Modernism
by Thomas Wagner | 17 June 2014

What course did Modernism take in Britain? “Clockwork Jerusalem” takes a glance at William Blake to paint a surprising picture.

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Modernism   and its uncle
Modernism
and its uncle
by Thomas Wagner | 17 June 2014

A fun-loving uncle resides in the French pavilion. He’s called Hulot, was invented by Jacques Tati, and shows in an amusing way all the things that can go wrong in the world of Modernism.

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Please touch
Please touch
by Barbara Basting | 16 June 2014

A new pragmatism has changed Japanese architecture as if it has bid farewell to dreams – as can be discovered in the Japanese pavilion: “The Real World” is an unusually cluttered exhibition.



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Germany’s  Ex-Top Models
Germany’s
Ex-Top Models
by Thomas Wagner | 15 June 2014

In the form of “Bungalow Germania” Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis have created one of the best exhibits in the Biennale and realized an unsettlingly instructive piece on the political instrumentalization of architecture.

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Architecture Know-How   in Museum and Archive
Architecture Know-How
in Museum and Archive
by Adeline Seidel | 13 June 2014

A great deal of hard work went into the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. The curators of the national pavilions kindly searched the archives and Rem Koolhaas had all manner of architectural elements brought to the Giardini. A tour of a surprisingly didactic exhibition.



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Italian affairs
Italian affairs
by Oliver Elser | 11 June 2014

For the exhibition “Monditalia” 41 teams were asked to design a piece about the country of Italy. The result: a show that is diverse, chaotic and at times pure kitsch.



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Rem Koolhaas’ foundations
Rem Koolhaas’ foundations
by Thomas Wagner | 10 June 2014

Rem Koolhaas has assembled a marvelous architecture biennial that mines Modernism to uncover its foundations in a bid to address the urgent issues of building in the 21st century.



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If you want to understand Modernity you need to have fun with it
If you want to understand Modernity you need to have fun with it
by Thomas Wagner | 10 June 2014

“Fair Enough” reads the lettering heading the pavilion of the Russian Federation. In other words: Very well! Or could it indeed imply that someone is fed-up with economization? In any case, this pavilion is great fun – while smart and critical at the same time.

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Sun, moon and marble
Sun, moon and marble
by Martina Metzner | 09 June 2014

When it comes to designing fragile luminaires that have a minimalist, elegant look-and-feel, Michael Anastassiades, a Cypriot-born designer now living in London, is considered a master in his field. He even succeeds in teasing extraordinary shapes from a solid block of marble.

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Directly ahead of the Windsors
Directly ahead of the Windsors
by Antje Southern | 08 June 2014

Traditional tools and techniques governed the aesthetic flavor at Clerkenwell Design Week. Young UK companies like Dare Studio, Deadgood, Case and James UK celebrated their British roots and personalities – presenting a breed of truly British future antiques.

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Simple city life
Simple city life
by Adeline Seidel | 06 June 2014

“Yourtopia” is the name Dutch architects SeARCH have given their pavilion located next to Het Nieuwe Instituut. An urban “Walden” and a call for us to leave our comfort zones.



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Resisting fitting the grid
Resisting fitting the grid
by Christian Holl | 04 June 2014

“A structure I have always wanted to demolish” was the title of a design assignment that Arno Lederer gave several times at Stuttgart and Karlsruhe universities. Not that the architect had always been hell-bent on tearing down the buildings belonging to the Stuttgarter Hospitalhof complex. Now he has had them demolished after all – and in their place realized a very convincing alternative that exudes nothing but perfection. Almost.

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Gondola! Gondola!
Gondola! Gondola!
03 June 2014

June 7 sees the opening of the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice. Rem Koolhaas has chosen the basics of building as the main theme, along with “Absorbing Modernity 1914 – 2014”. So whom has gondoliere Rem welcomed on-board for the ride?

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Mr Hashimoto’s Chou Chou effect
Mr Hashimoto’s Chou Chou effect
01 June 2014

Yukio Hashimoto is one of Japan’s top interior designers and imbues hotels, spas and restaurants with a very special look and feel. Martina Metzner met the architect and asked him how he blends tradition with modern aspects, and why restaurants need dramatic lighting effects.

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Supercube reloaded
Supercube reloaded
by Sophia Walk | 30 May 2014

The architects at Dutch firm Personal Architecture planned the partial refurbishment of the cube complex that Piet Blom built in 1980s Rotterdam. Now the “Supercubes” have been reintegrated into Rotterdam’s urban fabric and society.

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Making a man into a chair
Making a man into a chair
by Franziska Horn | 28 May 2014

From Merano to London: Alto Adige-based product designer Harry Thaler melds originality with a quantum of international appeal. He delivers what many are still striving for: a fresh take on the tried-and-trusted.

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Budapest concrete
Budapest concrete
by Peter Sägesser | 26 May 2014

Budapest’s fourth metro line opened this spring. Hopes of additional urban development projects are associated with this infrastructure project.

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High density alone is not enough to have a city
High density alone is not enough to have a city
25 May 2014

On the occasion of the fifth annual conference on global urbanism at the Columbia University, New York, Catriona McLaughlin talked to thinker Saskia Sassen about the relation between invisible and visible mobility, the power of open-source-systems and her ongoing research on “urbanizing technology”.

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Of ants, data donators   and Ferris wheels
Of ants, data donators
and Ferris wheels
by Adeline Seidel | 23 May 2014

In the Audi-Forum in Ingolstadt the teams in this year’s Audi Urban Future Award allowed the public a first look at their research.



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Super interfaces and super trains
Super interfaces and super trains
by Catriona McLaughlin | 21 May 2014

Big Data, sharing systems and super-trains: At the “Mobilities in Cities” conference in New York urban planners, architects and transportation experts met to swap ideas on past, present and future mobility.

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The dreamed-up house
The dreamed-up house
by Franziska Eidner | 19 May 2014

With the Director’s Villa and the Moholy-Nagy House the ensemble of Gropius’ master houses in Dessau is complete again – and that includes a wall and the Mies van der Rohe kiosk. Repairs, reconstruction or radical reinterpretation, ghastly houses or gesamtkunstwerk, experiment or irritant?

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Transport, not ecstasy
Transport, not ecstasy
by Barbara Wildung | 18 May 2014

Can a KIA “Picanto” write design history? Is there even any justification for cars’ continued existence in the future? Journalist Niklas Maak, philosopher Martin Gessmann and architect Max Schwitalla sat down in Cologne to discuss the most popular form of auto-motion.

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On Spokes and Shadows – Spokes by Studio García Cumini for Foscarini
On Spokes and Shadows – Spokes by Studio García Cumini for Foscarini
16 May 2014

Designers Vicente García Jiménez and Cinzia Cumini presented their new magical piece for Foscarini in Milan: A spacious ceiling-mounted luminaire that is thoroughly well conceived technologically speaking, and entrancingly light.



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Disc music
Disc music
by Ulf Meyer | 13 May 2014

In 1996, Austro-American architect Raimund Abraham designed his “House for Music”. Today, 18 years later, the unusual home for music is now built – on the missile base of Stiftung Insel Hombroich nr. Neuss in the Rhineland.

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May we introduce Rupert?
May we introduce Rupert?
by Vaidas Norkus | 12 May 2014

In an idyllic countryside near Lithuania's capital Vilnius, the Rupert Art and Education Centre offers artists and designers a working retreat. It was designed by Audrius Ambrasas, one of the country’s most famous architects.

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On travels after dictation
On travels after dictation
by Sophia Walk | 11 May 2014

At long last it’s OK to like postmodern architecture again. Why? Found out in the exhibition “Mission: Postmodern – Heinrich Klotz and the DAM Chamber of Marvels” at Frankfurt’s Deutsches Architekturmuseum.

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Leif in the park
Leif in the park
09 May 2014

Takashi Ueno, Mamoru Naito, Keizaburo Honda and Mizuho Naito are the creative minds behind Leif.designpark. Uta Abendroth met the Japanese team to talk about nature as a source of inspiration, their strong links with Europe and about sweeping sofas in Japanese apartments.

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A chair, as taut as a bow Kyudo by Konstantin Grcic for Magis
A chair, as taut as a bow
Kyudo by Konstantin Grcic for Magis
07 May 2014

Konstantin Grcic has fallen in love with archery, at least as regards materials. For “Kyudo”, a chair he’s designed for Magis and which went on show at the Salone in Milan, he combined beechwood veneer and carbon laminate.

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Harmonie très française Uncino by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Mattiazzi
Harmonie très française
Uncino by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Mattiazzi
06 May 2014

The Bouroullec brothers have once again demonstrated why they are one of the driving forces in design. “Uncino” is their second chair for Mattiazzi, and boasts a harmonious combination of wood and metal.

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Oliver Elser  on a postmodern mission
Oliver Elser
on a postmodern mission
05 May 2014

On May 9, 2014 the exhibition “Mission: Postmodern” opens at Deutsches Architekturmuseum. Sophia Walk talked with Oliver Elser, the show’s curator, about Heinrich Klotz, his chamber of marvels, and postmodernism.

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Thonetology
Thonetology
by Thomas Edelmann | 04 May 2014

Can a show about Thonet bring any new insights? The Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Leipzig is hosting “Sit, Recline, Rock – Thonet Furniture” thru’ September 14, highlighting what chapters there are still to be discovered in the “Thonet saga”.

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Couture meets Collage
Couture meets Collage
by Silke Bücker | 02 May 2014

Dries Van Noten is an idiosyncratic couturier who has never obeyed the laws of the fashion world and instead favors slowness and quality. Through August, Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs is hosting an elaborately designed exhibition on his work tracing the art and fashion sources that inspired his unique creations.

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TXTMSG with Ross
TXTMSG with Ross
by Adeline Seidel | 29 April 2014

Ross Lovegrove presented his new chair “Diatom” in Milan at the Moroso booth. Adeline Seidel conducted a series of txt-msgs with him on his diatomic passions.



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World panorama and digitalized top
World panorama
and digitalized top
by Thomas Wagner | 28 April 2014

The days where information could simply be provided are long since over. Today the news is dished up, explained, elaborated on in depth, and commentary given. The design of news studios plays an important role in this regard. Among others, the new “Tagesschau” studio for Germany’s ARD channel shows just how many things can change around a news desk.

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Patricia is everywhere
Patricia is everywhere
27 April 2014

Once again, Patricia Urquiola was omnipresent in Milan. The reason is simple: Most established design brands, be it B&B Italia, Moroso, Glas Italia, Molteni, Mutina or Kvadrat, are featuring her products. Uta Abendroth spoke with the designer, who has chosen Milan as her home, about the innovations she is presenting at the Salone, prototypes in her own home, and the family factor.

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Standalones, sapphires  and a strudel king
Standalones, sapphires
and a strudel king
by Thomas Edelmann | 25 April 2014

Found pieces instead of orchestrated spaces: Designs relating to the cool, cleansing liquid substance as are on view at the Salone del Bagno Milan and in the Fuori Salone showrooms, are rich in innovative materials and champion the familiar purist style elements.

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French finesse  Hermès Maison at Palazzo Serbelloni
French finesse
Hermès Maison at Palazzo Serbelloni
23 April 2014

French fashion fabs presented dreams in leather at the Salone: “La Lanterne d’Hermès” by Yann Kersalé, “Pantographe” and “Harnais” by Michele de Lucchi and other re-editions of Jean-Michel Frank.

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Having a coffee with Claudio Luti
Having a coffee with Claudio Luti
by Robert Volhard | 23 April 2014

It is not yet ten in the morning and the first day of the fair, but Claudio Luti, President of Cosmit, the organizers of Salone del Mobile, is offering coffee. In the second year as president he continues to emphasize change.

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Mobilonomics: Team Boston
Mobilonomics: Team Boston
by Adeline Seidel | 22 April 2014

How is urban space changing with piloted parking? Can one estimate what impact infrastructure projects will have on urban space? These are the questions the Boston team are tackling, in an effort to expand the limits of the mobility market.



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Autoethnography: Team Seoul
Autoethnography: Team Seoul
by Sophia Walk | 22 April 2014

Phone, city, house – everything becomes smart. Also cars? How does the digitalization of our everyday life change car functions and the requirements autos must meet? This is the focus the ethnographer Sung Gul Hwang, the urban planner Cho Taek Yeon and the product designer Yeongkyu Yoo.



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Showered by golden time pieces – Citizen’s “Light is Time” installation
Showered by golden time pieces – Citizen’s “Light is Time” installation
22 April 2014

At this year’s Triennale di Milano Citizen presented an enchanting installation composed of most delicate and minute watch parts, entitled “Light is Time”.



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Kitchen, channels  and any amount of Ki
Kitchen, channels
and any amount of Ki
by Thomas Edelmann | 22 April 2014

EuroCucina, which runs parallel to Milan’s Salone del Mobile, offers furniture for people who would love to cook. And shows the latest status objects that straddle architecture and design. A tour.

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System optimization: Team Mexico
System optimization: Team Mexico
by Adeline Seidel | 21 April 2014

Mexico City is renowned for its gridlocks. Each day, commuters spend more than two hours in traffic jams. José Castillo, Carlos Gershenson and Gabriella Gomez-Mont are hunting for solutions to this problem.



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Swarming behavior: Team Berlin
Swarming behavior: Team Berlin
by Sophia Walk | 20 April 2014

If you need to get from A to B in Berlin you need above all two things: patience and time. Architect Max Schwitalla, neuroscientist Arndt Pechstein and transit-manager Paul Friedli want to change this, and in their efforts have investigated the swarming behavior of animals.



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Dance of the Machines
Dance of the Machines
by Sara Bertsche | 19 April 2014

Building automation with a difference: An industrial robot on Frankfurt’s Hauptwache plaza practices East Asian martial arts and prompts all manner of responses during the Luminale festival.



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Architecture’s creative struggle
Architecture’s creative struggle
by Reinier de Graaf | 18 April 2014

Architecture as a non-artistic discipline struggles between being a creative process and functional parameters. How could architecture transcend its eternal dilemma: the obligation to be critical in the face of inescapable submission?

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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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