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Eiermann felt the ostentatious was highly suspect
Eiermann felt the ostentatious was highly suspect
by Thomas Edelmann | 21 June 2013

In our present age, often over-emphasizing contemporaneity, it can’t hurt on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the German Design Council to cast an eye over its history. Including surprising.

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The state of design in Germany and Europe
The state of design in Germany and Europe
by Stefan Diez | 19 June 2013

What future is in store for design in this country? What has altered? At the “Second German Design Debate” designer Stefan Diez held a highly-acclaimed talk on the current state of design.



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Design or, at the end of the day, only business promotion?
Design or, at the end of the day, only business promotion?
by Thomas Edelmann | 19 June 2013

The “German Design Council” has turned 60 and is feting itself with a “Second German Design Debate” at Frankfurt’s Paulskirche.



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Going vintage ain’t enough
Going vintage ain’t enough
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 16 June 2013

The Design Miami trade fair, which runs parallel to Art Basel, was not very convincing. It lacked a clear curatorial thrust, exciting exhibitions and statements. And not least there was no clear position on contemporary design, although this is so sorely needed.

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Dreaming of Warsaw
Dreaming of Warsaw
by Leyla Basaran | 14 June 2013

The mood was good, the atmosphere great: The DMY Design Festival at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport complex showed what 500 new design talents can come up with if they try. Innovations were in short supply, however, for all the party feeling and Poland as guest country.

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Bridging a gap or a bridge to urban disaster?
Bridging a gap or a bridge to urban disaster?
by Thomas Edelmann | 13 June 2013

Hamburg thrives on its port and on occasion subordinates quality of life to the port’s needs. A new city highway is expected primarily to ease commercial traffic. First up, a design for a new bridge was highlighted. It is stunningly beautiful, but the overall project remains dubious.



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The Serpentine Cloud
The Serpentine Cloud
11 June 2013

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto created this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. Daniel von Bernstorff, Stylepark, spoke to Sophie O’Brian, Senior Exhibition Curator, about the idea behind, the choice of Fujimoto and the Pavilion as an interdisciplinary platform.



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The Truth About Comets  Art Biennale Part 2
The Truth About Comets
Art Biennale Part 2
by Thomas Wagner | 10 June 2013

The central exhibition at the 55th Art Biennale of Venice tries to gather the intuitive knowledge of art in a “Palazzo Enciclopedico”. Another sets out to reconstruct a legendary 1969 show.



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13 Questions to Diébédo Francis Kéré
13 Questions to Diébédo Francis Kéré
07 June 2013

Diébédo Francis Kéré’s works on the premise that building with mud and clay is not only inexpensive and sustainable; it also constitutes a unique cultural asset. Özlem Özdemir spoke to the architect from Burkina Faso about why mud’s appeal as a building material, knowledge transfer in his homeland and the responsibility to preserve one’s own culture.

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Wonderland is Everywhere  Art Biennale Part 1
Wonderland is Everywhere
Art Biennale Part 1
by Thomas Wagner | 06 June 2013

The art world is changing ever more swiftly. For the most part the country pavilions at the 55th Art Biennale in Venice hardly staged much more than opinions. Yet there were a few exceptions.



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Young British Charisma
Young British Charisma
by Antje Southern | 05 June 2013

Three intensive days in May on Clerkenwell Design Week are brought to a close. Catching up with a truly British interpretation of international design impulses and gaining glimpses of the thought processes that drives creative studios.



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10 Questions for D. Hager & M. Sauerbruch
10 Questions for D. Hager & M. Sauerbruch
02 June 2013

Sauerbruch Hutton has designed a forum for the Hager Group at its head office in Obernai, Alsace. Robert Volhard talked to Daniel Hager, CEO of the Hager Group, and architect Matthias Sauerbruch on the requirements the new building had to meet, the human resource factor and the advantages of flexible, open structures.

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Others were more radical
Others were more radical
by Mathias Remmele | 31 May 2013

At the moment, as part of the Van-de-Velde Year, Erfurt’s hosting an exhibition on architect and designer Peter Behrens. While there can be no doubting his status as the father of Modernism, in retrospect the one or other of his designs seems decidedly a product of its day.



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What can the city do for me?   What can I do for the city?
What can the city do for me?
What can I do for the city?
by Martina Metzner | 29 May 2013

Our cities are already bursting at the seams. We need new forms of mobility to shape life in the megacities of tomorrow. In New York experts from Audi teamed up with architects, urban planners and academics to seek answers to one of the most pressing questions of the future.

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Light up the cardboard
Light up the cardboard
by Kerstin Baumgartner | 26 May 2013

For their 25th annual setting, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair brought environmental awareness to New York.

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A kaleidoscope of aviation
A kaleidoscope of aviation
by Mathias Remmele | 24 May 2013

Not just for aviation enthusiasts: The photo book “Swissair Souvenirs” affords readers an insight into all areas of civil aviation and at the same time makes for a new piece of photography history.

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Viva Lina! An Italian in Brazil
Viva Lina! An Italian in Brazil
by Uta Abendroth | 22 May 2013

Disappointed by political developments in her home country, after World War II Lina Bo Bardi turned her back on Italy. In Brazil, the architect followed the new social trends and took part in designing Modernism there – and to this day has taken a back seat to great colleagues such as Oscar Niemeyer.

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10 Questions for Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (OMA)
10 Questions for Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (OMA)
19 May 2013

The new collection by Rem Kohlhaas’ OMA for Knoll International is one of the positive surprises of this years Salone. Daniel von Bernstorff spoke to Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, head of the OMA design team, about the cooperation with Knoll, the poetry of moving marble and about the end of signature design.



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