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Made by the hands of community
Made by the hands of community
by Milenka Thomas | 22 August 2012

Close to Bödigheim in the Odenwald, the dedication of a group of volunteers has resulted in the realization of a field chapel. A regional architectural firm, twelve students from Chicago and local craftsmen joined forces to complete the wooden construction.

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As though I were the star of my own celebrity culture
As though I were the star of my own celebrity culture
20 August 2012

He produces portraits of himself as a cowboy and recreated industrial objects using clay. Jon Smith studied at the Institute of Contemporary and Interdisciplinary Art in the English city of Bath and now lives as an independent artist in the Netherlands. Nina Reetzke met him for a chat.

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Anonymous, reduced and good to have
Anonymous, reduced and good to have
by Nina Reetzke | 17 August 2012

Japanese designer Nendo adheres to the following principle in his design: giving people a small “!” moment and a little surprise. One of his latest projects is the “K%” label, which brings brands such as “Muji”, “Plusminuszero” and “1%” to mind.

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A lot of nature in a small space
A lot of nature in a small space
by Milenka Thomas | 15 August 2012

Enveloped in the seclusion of Sweden’s west coast, Torsten Ottesjö’s new building "Hus-1" boasts curved contours and a squamous façade, its silhouette blending in like a natural part of the encompassing landscape.

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Prouvé in context
Prouvé in context
by Thomas Edelmann | 13 August 2012

The Lorraine city of Nancy is not just the city of Baroque and Art Nouveau, but the birthplace of Jean Prouvé too. And now the city is celebrating this relation with a series of exhibitions and showings.

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Mirror, mirror on the floor
Mirror, mirror on the floor
by Milenka Thomas | 10 August 2012

“Your glacial expectations” is the title chosen for a reflective installation that artist Olafur Eliasson realized together with landscape architect Günter Vogt for the outdoor area of the Kvadrat headquarters in the Danish town of Ebeltoft.

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The beauty in brass grommets
The beauty in brass grommets
by Nina Reetzke | 08 August 2012

What is jewelry? Surely it is much more than something made of silver or gold. For quite some time now, jewelry designers have been experimenting with traditional forms and new concepts. And theorists are also thinking more and more about the kinds of jewelry we wear today.

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Shifting spaces
Shifting spaces
by Esther Schulze-Tsatsas | 06 August 2012

It was the billowing curtains at Venice’s Piazza San Marco that provided the inspiration for the temporary art installation “Replika” by Ayzit Bostan and Gerhardt Kellermann – currently on show in Munich’s Hofgarten.

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A table, a chair, an apple tree
A table,
a chair,
an apple tree
by Milenka Thomas | 03 August 2012

ACE has now presented its second collection. The products are all made of ash wood and are certainly eye-catching with their clear, concise lines. Reduction is the determining factor for the entire concept at the young Swiss label.

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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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