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A thousand possible worlds of water
A thousand possible worlds of water
by Thomas Wagner | 18 March 2013

The noticeable trend at the ISH 2013: Under the sign of the transformation of the energy sector in Germany, technology is once again taking front seat, and not just in the energy sector, but in the bathroom, too. Yet there are various new designs all the same. And alongside wellness, the sector is also busy discovering health.

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So that rightly flow the torrent
So that rightly flow the torrent
by Thomas Wagner | 15 March 2013

There is water flowing and circulating everywhere at the ISH fair! Which needs the right engineering. A slightly different tour of the trade fair in images.

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The art of understatement
The art of understatement
by Uta Abendroth | 14 March 2013

Pastoe, the master of Minimalism, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Since its establishment, the Utrecht-born company and its furniture have become an integral part of Dutch lifestyle history. And now, Pastoe has been honored in an exhibition at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam organized by curator Anne van der Zwaag and design critic and author Gert Staal entitled “Like Pastoe, 100 years of design innovation”.

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Water: the sensual element
Water: the sensual element
by Thomas Wagner | 13 March 2013

Good products alone are no longer a sure ticket to success in today’s market, and things are no different in the sanitary industry. They want their moment in the limelight too. In the two latest promotional videos produced by Meiré und Meiré for Dornbracht, information and sensuality go their own separate ways.

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Design is an attitude
Design is an attitude
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 11 March 2013

At this year’s imm cologne the “Featured Editions” exhibition, created in collaboration with Stylepark, formed an integral component of the new “Pure Editions” hall concept used to strengthen the trade fair’s position within the high-end segment, a concept that proved to be an instant success. Ten platforms dotted throughout the hall formed the basis of presentations by selected exhibitors. We documented a number of them on film and in interviews with the creative minds behind them.



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Hide and seek in Andalucía
Hide and seek in Andalucía
by Milenka Thomas | 08 March 2013

A new addition to Spain’s Costa Tropical, the “Non Program Pavilion” is the brainchild of architectural firm Jesús Torres García, based on the design philosophy of the famous Oscar Niemeyer. Thanks to its expansive glass front the building blends wonderfully with the surrounding nature.

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Floral formations
Floral formations
by Annette Tietenberg | 07 March 2013

In the person of Makoto Azuma, haute couture has entered the world of floristry. Rather than accepting standardization and complying with market expectations, the artist prefers to indulge in the variety of shapes and colors found in nature.



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Synthetic flooring goes green with castor oil   Part 3
Synthetic flooring goes green with castor oil
Part 3
05 March 2013

He’s not really interested in skylights. But in the third part of our tour of the “BAU” trade fair in Munich, Amandus Sattler discovers that there are in fact some well-executed specimens out there, such as those developed in collaboration with Foster+Partners. He also finds out that you can’t tar all drainage systems with the same brush either, that no two types of paint are the same, and that “green PVC” is really quite an attractive option.



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Now that is a great stand!   Part 2
Now that is a great stand!
Part 2
04 March 2013

In the second half of our trip to the Munich trade fair BAU with Amandus Sattler, he discovers some well-designed stands, tells us what he thinks of sound insulation and why he is particularly fond of façades made of translucent glass and textile-based media façades.

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What I really wanted to be was an architect
What I really wanted to be was an architect
by Ralf Wollheim | 04 March 2013

Her carpets and striped textiles are counted among the Bauhaus design icons, but there are very few who actually know the designer’s name. Now, an exhibition in Berlin will showcase Gertrud Arndt and her unusual works.

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Selected Exhibitors at ISH 2013
Selected Exhibitors at ISH 2013
01 March 2013

Every two years the fair Frankfurt invites everyone to attend ISH. From 12th to 19th March
approximately 2,300 manufacturers will present the world's largest exhibition for bathroom design and building-services technology. An exhibitor schedule presents the most important manufacturers.

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Water and energy
Water and energy
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 28 February 2013

This year’s ISH in Frankfurt boasts a list of exhibitors nearing the 2,300 mark and over 250,000 square meters of exhibition space. To make planning your trip to the fair that little bit easier we’ve compiled all the most important information for you here.



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Our favorite place for a bath is outdoors
Our favorite place for a bath is outdoors
by Thomas Wagner | 28 February 2013

Anyone who likes taking a bath would in fact much rather be doing it in the great outdoors. So why should only bathroom technology be “green”? On the surface at least the bathroom is seeking to find a connection to the garden, lake and forest.

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Bathrooms built for indulgence
Bathrooms built for indulgence
by Thomas Wagner | 27 February 2013

Is a bathroom really just a bathroom? Or is it in fact a “thermotope”? Are these decidedly personal oases of wellbeing really about nothing more than the efficient provision of warmth and wellbeing or do old-fashioned values such as magic and charm and life in a new temperate zone also come to bear?

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Living labs
Living labs
by Thomas Edelmann | 27 February 2013

Long gone are the days of simple building insulation. Architects, planners and researchers are trying out new forms of permanent construction. To this end, they are seeking to turn the private home into a power station.



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Don’t be scared of Yeti or Frutiger
Don’t be scared of Yeti or Frutiger
by Thomas Wagner | 22 February 2013

Think of all the things we could be afraid of – or at least imagine that we could be. Like a cactus forest? Or Grandpa’s wingback chair? An entertaining pocket lexicon tells us a little more on the subject.

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Kenzo Tange and Socialism
Kenzo Tange and Socialism
by Peter Sägesser | 20 February 2013

In the wake of the devastating earthquake of 1963, which almost completely destroyed Skopje, the now capital of Macedonia, Kenzo Tange devised a master plan for a new city that did in fact become a reality, as fragmentary as its formation may have been. But the vestiges of Yugoslavian Socialism made possible by its authoritarian constructs are now under threat from modern-day plans.

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James Irvine 1958-2013
James Irvine 1958-2013
by Silke Gehrmann-Becker | 20 February 2013

James Irvine, the London-born designer and one of the most eminent product designers of our time, died unexpectedly on February 17, 2013. We are both shocked and deeply saddened by this loss and would like to bid farewell to a great designer and man. An obituary by Silke Gehrmann-Becker.

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