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Digital Locomotion
Digital Locomotion
by Adeline Seidel | 15 April 2014

Stylepark is curating the Audi Urban Future Award for the third time. This year, the focus is firmly on connectivity: How can we utilize data to improve infrastructure and thus make more efficient use of urban space?

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Visions of yesteryear
Visions of yesteryear
by Thomas Edelmann | 13 April 2014

In its heyday Braun set the benchmark, designing everyday objects destined to serve as “quiet assistants”. Now Braun licensee De’Longhi is relaunching some of the historical designs. But beware: What might at first sight seem to be the respectful cultivation of revered traditions is nothing but whitewash.

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A Sound-&-Light Lab
A Sound-&-Light Lab
by Sara Bertsche | 11 April 2014

As part of the Luminale, artist collective RaumZeitPiraten created an experimental sound-&-light lab in a church, evoking somber counterworlds in the process.

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The present – in transit
The present – in transit
by Thomas Wagner | 10 April 2014

“Panorama” is the name of the current Konstantin Grcic show. And you soon realize that what he displays at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein is far more than simply a glittering array of products.

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Of lenses and other lighting magic
Of lenses and other lighting magic
by Thomas Edelmann | 10 April 2014

Small firms alongside large corporations, tiny components and immense spotlights for buildings: The manufacturers at Light+Building certainly extended our sense of dimensions. Which has resulted in records this year.

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Light for all
Light for all
by Adeline Seidel | 08 April 2014

You needed an eagle’s eye to spot all the new developments at this year’s Light+Building. After the LED revolution, all the detailed and highly exciting adjustments and innovations are now coming into play. We’ve summarized the important ones for you.

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Bellini’s library and Jain’s pool
Bellini’s library and Jain’s pool
by Peter-Philipp Schmitt | 07 April 2014

Can there be anything more fascinating than catching a glimpse of other people’s homes? And particularly of those of world-famous architects? An exhibition at the Milan Furniture Fair does just that.

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For Indians, the floor constitutes a piece of furniture
For Indians, the floor constitutes a piece of furniture
by Peter-Philipp Schmitt | 07 April 2014

Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai is well-known for his architecture that is rich of traditional craftsmenship. But how does he live himself? Peter-Philipp Schmitt spoke with Jain about his house that is on view at the exhibition “Where Architects Live” at the Salone in Milan.

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Bright lights, bright minds
Bright lights, bright minds
07 April 2014

Not only trade fairs such as Light+Building but conversations, too, can occasionally be enlightening. Especially if the mood and setting are right and you meet great people. Which is why AD magazine and Stylepark repeated last year’s concept and invited people to an evening get-together in the apartment of Robert Volhard, one of Stylepark’s founders.

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Lilies of the valley in a drying hood: Mona by Lucie Koldová for Brokis
Lilies of the valley in a drying hood: Mona by Lucie Koldová for Brokis
06 April 2014

Lucie Koldová always combines glass and light in extraordinary ways. And now the Paris-based Czech designer has created the “Mona” luminaire for Czech manufacturers Brokis.

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Konstantin Grcic: Straightforward as Alvar Aalto
Konstantin Grcic: Straightforward as Alvar Aalto
05 April 2014

Not officially presented yet, but definitely a cameo piece of his exhibition at Vitra Design Museum: Konstantin Grcic’ new “Rival Chair”.

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Summer time: Grace by Samuel Wilkinson for Emu
Summer time: Grace by Samuel Wilkinson for Emu
05 April 2014

There simply can’t be too much garden furniture. To enjoy a cup of coffee or a drink outside you don’t need some super seating set, but a table and a chair, simply and practical, colorful and stable.

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Spanish sophistication: Aballs by Jaime Hayon
Spanish sophistication: Aballs by Jaime Hayon
04 April 2014

Hard to beat this for perfection: reflective ceramics, polished brass, radiant balls made of hand-blown glass – and Hey Presto you have an exquisite luminaire.

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Going local: Tatiana Bilbao
Going local: Tatiana Bilbao
by Sophia Walk | 03 April 2014

Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao makes buildings that sensitively engage with the specifics of the locations where they are erected. The result is an architecture that is pleasantly bemusing.

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In command on the digital bridge
In command on the digital bridge
by Thomas Edelmann | 02 April 2014

It all starts with switches that can be networked and electronic electricity meters. But there’s much more besides: Things around us are supposed to be coordinated and controlled via networked systems. A critical eye on new technology - and its opportunities for the future.

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Smart Cities –  Big Data, Civic Hackers,  and The Quest For A New Utopia
Smart Cities –
Big Data, Civic Hackers,
and The Quest For A New Utopia
by Anthony M. Townsend | 01 April 2014

In the cities of tomorrow high-tech networks are expected to make everyday life a lot easier. But the more complex the systems become, the more error-prone they get. Anthony M. Townsend confronts us with the extremely fragile systems of permanent enhancing efficiency.

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Simply divine: Kvadrat’s fabric festivities
Simply divine: Kvadrat’s fabric festivities
01 April 2014

It’s 30 years since Finn Skjödt premiered “Divina” for Kvadrat. To celebrate the fabric’s jubilee the Danish textile manufacturer has put together an exhibition for which it asked 24 designers to interpret the fabric in their own personal way.

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Public   Space Inc.
Public
Space Inc.
by Andreas Ruby | 01 April 2014

The Springer media corporation seeks to take its place alongside the likes of Facebook and Google. Which is why it’s having OMA design a new headquarters: a monument that can be used as an office building.

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