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9 Questions to Harald Sommerer
9 Questions to Harald Sommerer
30 November 2012

We like things light and bright. But the lighting required to do so consumes a great deal of energy. Robert Volhard spoke to Harald Sommerer, CEO of the Zumtobel Group, about sustainability, new technology and the correlation between light and architecture.

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Eye-catcher in rust red
Eye-catcher in rust red
by Milenka Thomas | 28 November 2012

Set in among an array of villas and boathouses, Zurich-based architects Kaufmann Widrig have now built a detached house on the banks of Lake Geneva. The rust-red object aims to blend harmoniously with its surroundings while at the same time creating contrasts in its uniqueness.

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5 Questions for Roberto Gavazzi
5 Questions for Roberto Gavazzi
26 November 2012

Ever since people have taken to settling in one place, the kitchen has formed the heart of the home. So in today’s market what sets one kitchen apart from the rest? Robert Volhard spoke to Roberto Gavazzi, CEO of Boffi, about the connections between kitchens and cars and how kitchens can improve our lives.

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Tea, coffee and architecture
Tea, coffee and architecture
by Thomas Wagner | 23 November 2012

The “Tea & Coffee Towers” project, initiated by Alberto Alessi and Alessandro Mendini in 2002, has long since enjoyed legendary status. Now, three interviews have been released in which David Chipperfield, Greg Lynn and Gary Chang explain how they went about it.

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From our stone-age ancestors to office nomads
From our stone-age ancestors to office nomads
by Milenka Thomas | 21 November 2012

This year, PearsonLloyd took Orgatec, the specialist office & facility trade fair, to present a number of new additions to the “Parcs” and “Docklands” collections by Bene. They have now created a GIF animation demonstrating the potential of these new office typologies to change our way of working and our notion of the perfect office to boot.

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Not the same old, same old!
Not the same old, same old!
by Robert Volhard | 19 November 2012

We could not blame you for already being excited about what’s to come at the next domotex from January 12 through 15, 2013. Organizers Deutsche Messe have already caused a sensation with a preview. The leading trade fair for flooring has managed to get none other than designer Stefan Diez on board to create a setting that is attractive for exhibitors and visitors alike.

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5 questions to Steffen Kehrle
5 questions to Steffen Kehrle
16 November 2012

Which challenges are faced by young designers setting up shop on their own? How do they work? Where do they get their inspiration? And how can they organize design processes to suit them? Esther Schulze-Tsatsas and Dimitrios Tsatsas met up with Steffen Kehrle in Munich to learn his answers.

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1 Bligh Street
1 Bligh Street
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 16 November 2012

At a ceremony in Frankfurt’s Paulskirche the International High-Rise Award 2012 was bestowed on the office building at “1 Bligh Street” in Sydney designed by Christoph Ingenhoven’s studio in Düsseldorf and Architectus, Sydney. The prize-winning high-rise stands out less for its height and futuristic design than for its overall quality.

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Forecasting offices
Forecasting offices
by Thomas Edelmann | 14 November 2012

On the silver screen and at Orgatec, office environments are depicted as having a life of their own. What kind of image of reality do they convey? A rummage through the film archives and walkabout in the trade fair halls.

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The office, just a little different
The office, just a little different
13 November 2012

At this year's Orgatec trade fair, Ankara-based firm "Gug" confidently promoted a little different office design under the slogan "The Choice of the Elite".

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Keep your hands on the wheel
Keep your hands on the wheel
12 November 2012

How great an influence does the design of a car really have on the buyer? Thomas Edelmann spoke to Adrian van Hooydank, Head of Design Development at BMW Group, about new types of cars, emotions and functionality.

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Here I am an architect – if anywhere, then here!
Here I am an architect – if anywhere, then here!
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 09 November 2012

The Stuttgart edition of the architect’s trade fair Architect@Work has just come to a close and it certainly provided an impressive confirmation of the trend toward smaller, professionally curated event formats in the construction industry. There were over 3,200 professional visitors on both days, around 300 innovations on show by 165 exhibitors – and it has received a positive verdict from visitors, exhibitors and organizers alike.

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Effortless moments of magic
Effortless moments of magic
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 06 November 2012

This year’s Designers’ Saturday held in the Swiss town of Langenthal certainly confirmed the trade fair’s standing as one of the finest and most creative design events in the world.

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Foreman, scholar, organizer
Foreman, scholar, organizer
by Sandra Hofmeister | 05 November 2012

“The Architect” exhibition in Munich presents the history of a profession –a chronological round-up from master builders to the times of the ancient Egyptians to present-day organizers.

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Take what you get!
Take what you get!
by Thomas Edelmann | 02 November 2012

What direction is automotive design taking in times of hybridization? A visit to Paris’ “Mondial de l’Automobil”, the most important European automotive motor show of the year.

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