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Countryside brutalism
Countryside
brutalism
by Florian Heilmeyer | 03 March 2015

Berlin architects Augustin + Frank have built a kind of ur-house: Marvelously positioned on the shore of Scharmützelsee and surrounded by pines – it’s as though the countryside glides through the concrete structure.

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Åke’s passion  for chairs
Åke’s passion
for chairs
by Martina Metzner | 02 March 2015

Many have sat on his chairs in libraries, museums and government buildings. Yet Åke Axelsson, joint owner of Gärsnäs, is only known to the cognoscente outside his native Sweden. Stylepark visited his studio.

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buroBELÉN
buroBELÉN
01 March 2015

: makes fabrics from wood and considers itself a “materializer”

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The   escape helper
The
escape helper
27 February 2015

Is building in the countryside different to construction work in towns? Do rural edifices possibly need to have more character? Florian Heilmeyer talked to architect Thomas Kröger about three projects in the Uckermark.

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Bathroom without barriers
Bathroom without barriers
by Adeline Seidel | 26 February 2015

Architect Ursula Fuss has designed an extraordinary standard bathroom for hotels. Not only does it look good, it has no barriers.

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River Clean
River Clean
by Martina Metzner | 25 February 2015

Ralf Steeg has a dream: one about being able to swim in rivers running through cities again. With this in mind, this landscape designer has developed “Luritec”, a retention plant destined to help keep rivers clean.

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BAU by the dozen – from Caparol to Sto
BAU by the dozen – from Caparol to Sto
by Adeline Seidel | 23 February 2015

Hemp on the wall or vintage concrete? Huge glass windows that can be slid aside with a single finger or frontage with a parametric look? A glance at the most interesting innovations at BAU 2015.

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Into the dust  with the enemies   of Brandenburg!
Into the dust
with the enemies
of Brandenburg!
by Adeline Seidel | 20 February 2015

Come to Brandenburg with us! For behind its fences and trees, in the meadows and on the lakes we have discovered amazing architecture well worth exploring.



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Loft living in  the countryside
Loft living in
the countryside
by Florian Heilmeyer | 19 February 2015

The former worsted yarn spinning mill in Brandenburg an der Havel is in for a makeover – the brick building is going to be home to studios, office space, a children’s daycare center, and some unusual apartments.

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Lines in space
Lines in space
19 February 2015

With “Sketch” for Schönbuch Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub of Jehs + Laub demonstrate how to design a minimalist coat stand. Martina Metzner talked to the pair about their idea, pared-down design, and models of Fritt chews.

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A license to RO-CK
A license to RO-CK
by Florian Hufnagl | 17 February 2015

For his lifetime achievements Nils Holger Moormann has been presented with the “German Design Award” in Frankfurt. Prompting Florian Hufnagl, former Director of the Neue Sammlung in Munich, to compose a special laudation in words and images.

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Geckeler Michels
Geckeler Michels
15 February 2015

: are fans of the radical and made the “Nerd”

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Water forms
Water forms
by Adeline Seidel | 13 February 2015

Not only in nature has the force of water created impressive landscapes. With the help of water people have also designed wonderful spaces. Both are places of inspiration and calm.

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A quest for clarity and simplicity
A quest for clarity and simplicity
13 February 2015

More than ten years ago Antonio Citterio designed his first range of fittings for Axor, a brand by Hansgrohe. Having done two very distinct series, he created a synthesis with his third: Axor Citterio E. The designer and architect talked to us about risks, confidence and the quality of life, all of which are occasionally associated with selected products.

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Where would we be if...
Where would we be if...
by Adeline Seidel | 12 February 2015

At this year’s BAU in Munich manufacturers didn’t really seem to have that much thirst for the future. The industry is stuck between pragmatism and risk minimization, which impacts on architecture for sure.

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The same only in green
The same only in green
by Christian Holl | 12 February 2015

The country is something fundamentally different from the city. It is a different type of settlement, there is social control, people have more space, but shopping opportunities are not as good. In one respect though, the country is thoroughly urbanized, namely in the way we perceive it. In the country too people are viewing it the way previously only city dwellers did. And they build things the same way.

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Welcome to Mr. Ueda’s Hot Spring
Welcome to Mr. Ueda’s Hot Spring
by Ulrich Schneider | 11 February 2015

In Germany, you might raise an eyebrow if your host invited you to share a bath with him before dinner. By contrast, in Japan a shared bath in an "onsen" is the norm rather than the exception. A report on a weekend in Tokyo and a European's first encounter with the Japanese bath culture.

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Flaunting a  new feel for life
Flaunting a
new feel for life
by Martina Metzner | 10 February 2015

Stockholm Design Week revealed that noise reduction can look good and smartphones are also changing our furniture. But just what is behind “New Nordic”?

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Scandinavia x 12
Scandinavia x 12
by Martina Metzner | 06 February 2015

News from the North? Yes, indeed! Even though the makers of the Stockholm Furniture Fair have completely revised the hall layout we managed to glimpse the hottest innovations – here are the 12 most exciting ones.

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New Sense of Comfort or GreyUrbanUnderIslandTropicAir
New Sense of Comfort or GreyUrbanUnderIslandTropicAir
05 February 2015

Claudia Kleine and Jörg Kürschner together constitute “Formstelle”. At the Thonet booth at the imm cologne the designer duo presented a much-discussed lounge chair. Thomas Wagner spoke to them both about the “808”, the design process and the issue of how one can cocoon and nevertheless remain open-minded.

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Kitchen not cooking
Kitchen not cooking
by Thomas Edelmann | 03 February 2015

Students’ designs and high-tech products turn their back on cooking and instead celebrate either networking and technologization or the rejection of the same. Cooking as a process, minus the process.

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Fixed on the mark
Fixed on the mark
by Uta Abendroth | 01 February 2015

Inga Sempé has dragged the winged armchair into contemporary life – with “Beau Fixe” for Ligne Roset. In an interview with Uta Abendroth, the French designer explains what the design has to do with her childhood, why she likes working in a team, and why she feels attracted to small objects.

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Luminous wallpapers and 3D curtains
Luminous wallpapers and 3D curtains
by Martina Metzner | 30 January 2015

At Heimtextil and imm cologne’s “Pure Textiles” wallpaper suppliers and textile editors are celebrating a gleaming metallic look, 3D structures and all manner of technical features. We present the top ten highlights of the two fairs.

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The freestyle bathroom for the whole family
The freestyle bathroom for the whole family
by Heike Edelmann | 29 January 2015

From the fringes of domestic life to one of its main attractions – it’s hard to imagine any other room whose status has been so thoroughly elevated in our homes over recent decades as the bathroom. Until very recently bathroom designs opted for either opulence or functionality. Today, planners and manufacturers are striving to achieve a symbiosis of the two.

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Joyful stoves and hybrid house mates
Joyful stoves and hybrid house mates
by Thomas Edelmann | 29 January 2015

Planning and the question of your own requirements play a pronounced role when having an oven or fireplace installed. Once you know what you need, the market seems well-structured and clear, despite the seeming infinite choice available.

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The Böhms
The Böhms
by Vera Lisakowski | 29 January 2015

The documentary on the Böhm family is a masterpiece on the psychology of a family in which more or less everything revolves around architecture.

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Refreshing prospects
Refreshing prospects
by Sara Bertsche | 29 January 2015

At the ISH trade fair in Frankfurt new bath designs, smart technologies and energy-efficient building technologies will all be on show. We’ve brought together the most important information on the fair for you.

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Heated carpets would be  one solution
Heated carpets would be
one solution
27 January 2015

Ross Lovegrove, “Special Guest” at Domotex 2015, has long since transposed his futuristic design onto floors. In the interview with Uta Abendroth he explains, in which way designers, architects and manufacturers can advance the design of floorings by thinking outside the box and new material compositions.

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Full moon before the crescent
Full moon before the crescent
by Thomas Wagner | 26 January 2015

Once doesn’t count, twice could be coincidence, three times sets a tradition: in occasion of imm cologne designers, manufacturers, artists and art collectors were invited by AD, Meiré und Meiré and Stylepark to meet at Marc Meiré’s home.

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Happy Birthday Gottfried Böhm!
Happy Birthday Gottfried Böhm!
by Uta Winterhager | 23 January 2015

Gottfried Böhm’s oeuvre is immense and even with 95 work still has a firm hold on him. We congratulate the first German Pritzker Prize winner to his birthday and take you on a journey in time through five of his buildings in Cologne.

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Furniture Suspense
Furniture Suspense
by Martina Metzner | 22 January 2015

Flying elephant stools, Chinese felt dragons and upholstered elevated chairs: For the third time, the imm cologne’s “Featured Editions”curated by Stylepark are captivating visitors.

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Forget those old banana boxes
Forget those old banana boxes
by Uta Abendroth | 22 January 2015

In the hunt for the feel-good factor that straddles the tried-and-true and the surprisingly new, designers and manufacturers are busy presenting their novelties at the imm cologne and the Passagen. The clear message: Things are getting more softer and sensual.

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Fair for the senses
Fair for the senses
by Martina Metzner | 20 January 2015

Anne Marie Commandeur of Amsterdam’s Stijlinstituut has conjured up a new “Theme Park” for the Heimtextil trade fair – and a tour for all the senses through the world of home textiles.

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Floors to fit
Floors to fit
by Martina Metzner | 20 January 2015

The Domotex in Hanover showed the full reach of what flooring can do today, ranging from stylishly designed carpet tiles and waterproof laminates through to impressive carpet artworks.

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Fitzcarraldo   in Paris
Fitzcarraldo
in Paris
by Ralf Wollheim | 19 January 2015

Its construction costs tripled, it was a good two years behind schedule, and eventually it opened before it was even completed: Jean Nouvel’s Philharmonie de Paris. All about good intentions and an architecture that reaches for the stars but sadly gets dragged down to earth by its own vanities.

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Spearhead of an avant-garde of comfort
Spearhead of an avant-garde of comfort
by Thomas Edelmann | 18 January 2015

Michele De Lucchi is “A&W Designer of the Year 2015”. So who is Michele De Lucchi? The last surviving champion of post-modernism, a traditionalist or a man of today after all? A close look at De Lucchi the designer AND the architect.

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Near the end of the tunnel
Near the end of the tunnel
by Christian Holl | 15 January 2015

Initially there were not enough people talking about ecological architecture and resource-saving building, and then suddenly too many were. The debate about the energy reform and ecological responsibility didn’t do architecture in Germany any good.

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Cologne and the system
Cologne and the system
by Thomas Wagner | 15 January 2015

It’s that time of year again: From January 19 – 25, the furniture industry will be meeting up in Cologne at the imm cologne and the Passagen. And the Makk will be busy trying to identify the one or other system in a world without systems.

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Observations on the way to the bathroom - part 2
Observations on the way to the bathroom - part 2
by Thomas Wagner | 14 January 2015

What is the purpose of the bathroom or baths? Purification or complete regeneration? And what will the 21st-century bathroom look like? In the second part of our brief cultural history of bathing we move briskly toward the present.

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Observations on the way to the bathroom - part 1
Observations on the way to the bathroom - part 1
by Thomas Wagner | 14 January 2015

Different ages, different bathrooms. The way an era shapes bathing rituals and the associated rooms and buildings and fits the bathroom into the cultural world per se sheds light on its essence. At least according to cultural historian Sigfried Giedion, who tells the fascinating tale of the bathroom.

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Selected manufacturers  imm cologne 2015
Selected manufacturers
imm cologne 2015
13 January 2015

Imm cologne is the first event to present the latest home trends for Europe and overseas. Over 1,100 exhibitors will present their innovations at the furniture fair, 185 at LivingKitchen. An exhibitor schedule presents the most important manufacturers.

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Selected manufacturers   BAU 2015
Selected manufacturers
BAU 2015
13 January 2015

The BAU, world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, will start at Januray 19. Our list of selected manufacturers shows you which manufacturers are to be found where.

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News for Cologne –  from Böwer to Zeitraum
News for Cologne –
from Böwer to Zeitraum
by Martina Metzner | 13 January 2015

Which re-editions are being dragged from the archives this year? In which pots of paint did manufacturers decide to dip their products? Enjoy browsing our selection of up-and-coming innovations!

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Moving construction forwards
Moving construction forwards
by Adeline Seidel | 13 January 2015

At Munich’s BAU trade fair, manufacturers will be presenting their building innovations. During the fair, Stylepark together with Detail and Arch+ will be casting a glance at current research and construction projects.

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The Caged Voyeur
The Caged Voyeur
by Adeline Seidel | 12 January 2015

For the very first time it has devolved to two architects to design “Das Haus” for the imm cologne. Adeline Seidel spoke to Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Shanghai’s Neri & Hu Design and Research Office about their installation “Memory Lane”.

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Seat creatures and clouds of cuttings
Seat creatures and clouds of cuttings
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 08 January 2015

For the third time the “Featured Editions” at imm cologne will be curated by Stylepark. It boasts 14 high-caliber installations by designers such as Werner Aisslinger, Sebastian Herkner and Studio Hannes Wettstein.

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Grounded!
Grounded!
by Stylepark | 08 January 2015

Exciting interviews, articles and information relating to the new floor coverings at Innovations@DOMOTEX: Simply read the “Stylepark Paper” on DOMOTEX 2015!

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 Tutto è progetto!
Tutto è progetto!
by Sara Bertsche | 06 January 2015

Based in Veneto, luminaire manufacturer Foscarini relies wholly on the strength of design. Instead of developing models itself, the company has devised a system whereby it selects convincing designs from projects.

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Milan is realigning
Milan is realigning
by Thomas Edelmann | 03 January 2015

The organizers of the Milan Furniture Fair have given themselves a new structure. And Italian manufacturers and brands are also in the midst of change. The outlook for 2015.

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2 0 1 5
2 0 1 5
by Thomas Wagner | 01 January 2015

And the calendar has once again moved on a number. And once again there’s a new four-figure digit to digest. So what’s behind the numbers 20 and 15?

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Mika  Barr
Mika
Barr
29 December 2014

: is a design entrepreneur and she has her textiles “wrinkle” in their very own way.

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Afro-Functionalism –   architecture from and for Africa
Afro-Functionalism –
architecture from and for Africa
by Jeremy Gaines | 26 December 2014

Africa’s cities are growing super-fast. So what can the small and ingenious architectural solutions contribute that many commentators so applaud? Jeremy Gaines did a reality check and explains what Africa’s cities need most.

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Behind Swedish curtains
Behind Swedish curtains
by Martina Metzner | 24 December 2014

In his book “Ett Hem” painter Carl Larsson talks about the way that Swedes used to live about a century back. What has remained of their predilection for adorning their homes? A trip to Stockholm provides some answers.

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Highfliers and service design: Bogotá
Highfliers and service design: Bogotá
by Michael Erlhoff | 22 December 2014

Bogotá, a place for design? And the answer is clearly "yes". Above all as regards the many service providers in Colombia’s capital.

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Tuk-tuks, daladalas   and super-highways
Tuk-tuks, daladalas
and super-highways
by Jeremy Gaines | 19 December 2014

Africa is urbanizing faster than any other continent. But tends to be forgotten in the debates on ubran mobility. Perhaps because the challenges are too great? Or perhaps because we aren’t being imaginative enough.

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10 x high-tech for floors
10 x high-tech for floors
by Martina Metzner | 19 December 2014

Be it digital prints, nanotech or biocomposites: the new floorings come with all sorts of extra technological features. We checked out ten exciting innovations in floor coverings.

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The world of the 113 football fields
The world of the 113 football fields
by Christian Holl | 17 December 2014

Would anyone think that bad performances in a provincial theater are a reason to issue laws stating that plays can only be staged in the big theaters? Things are different in architecture. In our new column on “Building in Germany” Christian Holl sets out to find out why.

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With our best wishes!
With our best wishes!
15 December 2014

The Stylepark Gift Suggestions for a merry Christmas and a happy 2015!

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Kaschkasch
Kaschkasch
14 December 2014

: design objects that can more than you would expect.

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Design like a rock
Design like a rock
by Thomas Wagner | 12 December 2014

Design and rock – that is just as much a success story as the “Objects” books by Antonia Henschel and Trademark Publishing. This year, the publishing arm of Frankfurt agency “Sign Kommunikation”, which works on specific projects with Stylepark, has once again brought out some exciting new books.

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Patterns for creative regeneration
Patterns for creative regeneration
by Annette Tietenberg | 10 December 2014

Horst P. Horst’s fashion photography is world famous. Now a hitherto unknown facet of his oeuvre is being unveiled as part of a major retrospective at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum: his playful use of patterns of nature.

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Floors make the space
Floors make the space
by Martina Metzner | 08 December 2014

The right floor covering can appreciably enhance a building’s quality. We present five good examples: A high school in Ergolding, a PR agency in Toronto, a residence for art lovers in Turnhout, Belgium, a maternity ward in Essen and an art forum complete with bar installation in Düsseldorf.

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The future of  3D printing
The future of
3D printing
by Martina Metzner | 05 December 2014

At the Euromold trade fair new technologies and materials for 3D printing inspired the imagination of engineers and designers alike. Martina Metzner sums up the latest trends.

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Sulky with a third wheel:  the Bond Bug
Sulky with a third wheel:
the Bond Bug
by Thomas Wagner | 03 December 2014

Must a car always have four wheels? Not at all. The “Bond Bug” not only proves that three’s enough, but also has quite a sassy feel to it. But the question remains – why is it that nature has not spawned any three-legged creatures?

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Periphery that feels  like the very center
Periphery that feels
like the very center
01 December 2014

Traditional and progressive – an unusual blend. Sophia Walk spoke with the British architect Stephen Bates from London-based architecture firm Sergison Bates on building with bricks and the density dilemma.

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Open Doors. Answer Right.  Santa Claus. Christmas Bright!
Open Doors. Answer Right.
Santa Claus. Christmas Bright!
01 December 2014

You know the ins and outs of design and architecture? Then take part in our special Stylepark Christmas Contest. Be it chairs, luminaires, or living room accessories – this year there are once again any number of great prizes to be won.

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Julian  Kyhl
Julian
Kyhl
28 November 2014

: combines wood with 3D-technology and leaves things open.

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Original fizzled out:  Zündholz by Peter Sauerer
Original fizzled out:
Zündholz by Peter Sauerer
by Thomas Wagner | 26 November 2014

What do a matchbox and a match have to say about the state of the world in general and of art in particular?

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 Top-drawer time bombs
Top-drawer time bombs
by Jochen Stöckmann | 25 November 2014

In the 1960s they designed ambitious utopias with cheeky irony. Today they build shopping malls. The exhibition “Haus-Rucker-Co – Architectural Utopia Reloaded” at Berlin’s “Haus am Waldsee” tells fairytales from a long since obsolete future.

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Elementary shapes for the floor
Elementary shapes for the floor
by Martina Metzner | 20 November 2014

Square one-size-fits-all carpet tiles are very yesterday – the hottest trend in floor coverings are jigsaw carpets. The result of a collaboration between Vorwerk and Berlin designer Werner Aisslinger, “Elementary Shapes” enable us to piece together personalized carpet creations from six basic geometric shapes.

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Auto-psy. Notes on automotive existence
Auto-psy. Notes on automotive existence
by Michael Erlhoff | 20 November 2014

It seemingly moves of its own volition, creates its own cosmos, tells us what we have to do, plays the lead in movies, has its own sound, and everything about it has to be designed: Our relationship to the automobile and the automobile to us, proves to be astonishingly diverse.

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Milanese High-Forest
Milanese High-Forest
by Martina Metzner | 20 November 2014

This year, surprisingly, but logically “Bosco Verticale” by Stefano Boeri won the International High-Rise Award. Will it become a role model?

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