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Concrete wastelands
Concrete wastelands
by Nora Sobich | 01 August 2012

Can you even “design” parking lots? In the USA, where there is more paved space for parking cars than anywhere else in the world, the calls to take these “lost spaces” more seriously in their role as public spaces are growing louder and louder.

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Pottery in white matt
Pottery in white matt
by Nina Reetzke | 30 July 2012

The title “Pottery from Hameln” stretches across the entire cover. The heavyweight publication (it boasts 640 pages) presents hundreds of photos of ceramic collector’s items. Here is an exclusive glimpse at the photo series “white matt”.

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Munich’s showcase
Munich’s showcase
27 July 2012

Jürgen Mayer H. installs a temporary building for the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

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So where to put the car?
So where to put the car?
by Sandra Gottwald | 25 July 2012

Parking is by definition the temporary placing of vehicles on a space foreseen for this. In reality, however, the automobile does not get placed somewhere temporarily: they get driven temporarily. So where to put the rising number of vehicles not running? In car parks!


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Oh, if only we could walk through ebony peacock gates and enter florally decorated, elegant high-rise palaces
Oh, if only we could walk through ebony peacock gates and enter florally decorated, elegant high-rise palaces
by Claus Richter | 23 July 2012

Where everything centers on being youthful today what is our attitude to Art Nouveau? Is it as young and new as the name claims and as Adorno admonished nothing but “puberty declared as a permanent state”? Has it become a dream world far removed from our box culture? Or is it making a cinematic return?

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Aesthetic enlightenment
Aesthetic enlightenment
by Nina Reetzke | 20 July 2012

Nina Yashar is head of the Nilufar gallery in Milan, known for its eclectic installations. Here oriental rugs can be found alongside furniture classics, together with new creations by young designers. Now there is a collection of furniture, lighting and accessories under the label Nilufar Unlimited.

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Between the poles
Between the poles
by Nina Reetzke | 18 July 2012

Companies bring in designers to join forces with craftsmen to develop new products, which are subsequently produced in structurally-weak regions. Such approaches are quick to label themselves sustainable, as advocates of ethical consumption. But which projects have actually been consistently done through the years? A selection of ten examples between industry and craftsmanship.

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Enjoying the material
Enjoying the material
by Meret Ernst | 16 July 2012

In their inhouse Matériothèque the designers at Atelier Oï play around with materials such as birdseed, paper, fabric, ropes and gelatin. The resulting products for Atelier Pfister, Bulgari, Swatch and other manufacturers are now on display in the monograph “Workshop Guide Atelier Oï”.

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Opposites attract
Opposites attract
by Milenka Thomas | 13 July 2012

French Label “La Chance” recently presented its first collection of furniture and lighting, “Jekyll & Hyde”. True to its literary role model, each object has a contrasting counterpart.

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Tailor-made tiling
Tailor-made tiling
11 July 2012

When a room requires a particularly personal touch, the Villeroy & Boch Artefactur is one of the first places people head for. Thomas Wagner spoke to Jacqueline Bauer and Heike Koltes from Villeroy & Boch Fliesen about the world of possibilities at the Artefactur.

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When apartment blocks are built of asparagus
When apartment blocks are built of asparagus
by Sandra Hofmeister | 09 July 2012

Designs by architect Terunobu Fujimori present an encounter between the archaic and the futuristic. Up to now, all of his buildings have been in Japan. Now Villa Stuck in Munich is presenting his first major show in Europe. And Fujimori has even created a vision made of asparagus and other eatables especially for the Bavarian capital.

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Melons made of cork
Melons made of cork
by Nina Reetzke | 06 July 2012

At young Italian label “Discipline” the focus is on creating furniture using simple shapes and natural materials. Lars Beller was moved by wrack found on the beach when designing a stool for them, while Sarah Illenberger cut up a bunch of fruit and vegetables for the label’s first campaign.

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Out of love for materials
Out of love for materials
04 July 2012

For “design publisher” Thomas Eyck craftsmanship translates into the utmost care in the use of materials. Juliane Grützner spoke to the Dutchman about his collection of hand-crafted objects.

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We’re always moving
We’re always moving
02 July 2012

Why should someone design a tilting chair like “Tip Ton”? Nina Reetzke asked Edward Barber about his personal viewpoint on statics and dynamics.

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Wooden novelties
Wooden novelties
by Nina Reetzke | 29 June 2012

Nicola Stattmann is considered an expert on new materials and technologies. In a joint venture with her brother she is now presenting “Stattmann Neue Möbel” and in doing so takes her family’s joinery into its fourth generation. The first designs illustrate that there are still a great deal of opportunities for development innate in reputedly traditional wooden furniture.

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The experience of nostalgia: Craftsmanship has a future
The experience of nostalgia: Craftsmanship has a future
by Thomas Wagner | 27 June 2012

Craftsmanship – is it a thing of the past? Not at all. More and more frequently we see designers and manufacturers making recourse to traditional technical know-how and craftsmanship. And not only when it comes to luxury products.

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Lasting Values
Lasting Values
by Jörg Zimmermann | 25 June 2012

The “Metropole Aluminum House” by Jean Prouvé was the big attraction at the seventh Design Miami Basel and the trade fair continues to be a fixed date in the diaries of vintage design collectors and admirers of classic design icons alike.

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Constellations: Rietveld and the revolution of space – part 2
Constellations: Rietveld and the revolution of space – part 2
by Thomas Wagner | 22 June 2012

Architecture for Rietveld is spatial art. The Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht is not the only example of open-space constructions by Rietveld that foster a new lifestyle.

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