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Kalashnikov with gold edging - The Fragiles exhibition at Design Miami
Kalashnikov with gold edging - The Fragiles exhibition at Design Miami
by Vera Siegmund | 20 December 2007

Be it a collector's cup, a porcelain figure, crystal glass or your favorite plate, it is often the fragile things with which we surround ourselves that could be souvenirs, commodities or cult objects. As transient as they are, they still have a fetish character. And it was this which was right at the forefront of the Fragiles exhibition. Curated by publishers "Die Gestalten Verlag", more than 50 designers and artists presented their mainly figurative glass, porcelain and ceramic visions at this exhibition as part of the Design Miami show.

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Smelting ideas - The glassLAB at Design Miami
Smelting ideas - The glassLAB at Design Miami
by Vera Siegmund | 20 December 2007

In Miami, where Art Basel and Design Miami take place simultaneously, art and design take a look at each other's playing hand and each tries to outdo the other with a perfect performance. In this glossy atmosphere, the idea of showing products live as they are being created and showing designers at work looks refreshingly unpretentious.

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The Design Annual - inside: showtime
The Design Annual - inside: showtime
by Claudia Beckmann | 12 December 2007

Messe Frankfurt and Stylepark are pleased to invite you to the third issue of The Design Annual, which will take place in the Festhalle Frankfurt am Main between July 4th and 7th, 2008. With over 10,000 visitors, the event was a great success in June 2007 and we expect nothing less next year.

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New celestial bodies by Flos
New celestial bodies by Flos
by Vera Siegmund | 11 December 2007

Look up and you see the heavens. And the sheer variety of what you can see there is something Italian luminaire maker FLOS has reinterpreted time and time again and with great poetry. With luminiares by legendary designers - including Achille Castiglioni, Antonio Citterio, Jasper Morrison, Philippe Starck and Patricia Urquiola - the company established in 1962 has brought profane living space closer to the celestial lights.

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Gira - Getting to the Point
Gira - Getting to the Point
by Vera Siegmund | 11 December 2007

From HVACR and door communication to music and light control - Gira designs switch units for overall building management. The Profil 55 function strip, for example, is a wall-mounted expansion module that boasts than can be equipped with over two hundred functions - from sockets, timers, and dimmers to sensors - without the wall having to be prised open every time.

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A colourful show - Jaime Hayon designs shoes for Camper
A colourful show - Jaime Hayon designs shoes for Camper
by Claudia Beckmann | 11 December 2007

When, in the early nineties, all the major brands started using the same design format for all their stores and showrooms in the main metropolitan shopping areas, Spanish cult shoe label Camper did things differently, investing in identity through diversity.

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Of light and other sources of inspiration - LUX8 by Foscarini
Of light and other sources of inspiration - LUX8 by Foscarini
by Vera Siegmund | 04 December 2007

Foscarini is not only an Italian luminaire manufacturer but also a supplier of insights into the multifarious aspects of light, which they gather in a variety of ways and, time and again, show that light is not just light: lighting determines the character of a room and interprets it in a certain way. Foscarini are extremely sensitive when it comes to registering these different moods and in moulding them into luminaires, the designs of which embody the different requirements placed on them with great clarity and precision.

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contractworld in Hanover from 12 to 15 January 2008
contractworld in Hanover from 12 to 15 January 2008
by Vera Siegmund | 04 December 2007

The highlight of the event, which is held annually within the framework of DOMOTEX, the world fair for floor coverings, is the presentation of the contractworld.awards, the most lucrative architecture prize worth a total of € 50,000.

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Fredrik Mattsons Swedish Profundity
Fredrik Mattson's Swedish Profundity
by Sandra Hofmeister | 01 December 2007

He plays piano in a jazz band, is a trained carpenter, and studied design in Stockholm: His friends like to call Fredrik Mattson the Chick Corea of Swedish design; although a mere 35 years old this Nordic talent, humorous yet serious has already received many prizes. Only recently Mattson received a Red Dot and some time ago the Golden Chair.

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