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Warning: Furniture subject to mood swings
Warning: Furniture subject to mood swings
by Leyla Basaran | 06 May 2013

From parasitic furniture design to depressing lighting, to poetic wall projections. The young generation of designers at SaloneSatellite turned out to be both fresh and experimental in their approach. And in the competition to be crowned the best young designer at SaloneSatallite it was Portuguese designer Tania da Cruz who came out on top with her range of sustainable cork products.

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Life is too short for jetlag
Life is too short for jetlag
02 May 2013

Jean-Marie Massaud lives and works according to the motto “Design is nothing, life is everything.” Uta Abendroth spoke to the Frenchman about his “Lightwing” design for Foscarini, the quality of light, the right way to grow and life outside of work.



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Pleasing an entire island
Pleasing an entire island
by Thomas Edelmann | 30 April 2013

Hamburg is building 6'000 new homes each year. The city is upping its density. And now it is presenting exemplary urban development in the form of the international building exhibition “IBA Hamburg”. Or not?

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Teeth on a string and a Matterhörnli in a box
Teeth on a string and a Matterhörnli in a box
by Andreas Bee | 29 April 2013

A Swiss army knife with the head of a bearded man hidden somewhere among the blades and tools but that despite its multitude of capabilities can’t do what Peter Sauer does, namely, carve. It is joined by a Matterhörnli chocolate in a box, Jochen Rindt’s ruined Ferrari in a nutshell – and a Swiss passport as a catalog, which provides a coveted insight into Sauerer’s “Miniversium”.

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The path is the goal
The path is the goal
by Uta Abendroth | 26 April 2013

This year’s Ventura Lambrate was part of the FuoriSalone for the fourth time. The meeting point for next-generation design, experiments and ambitious individual exhibitors had a real feel of work in progress about it. Development and manufacturing processes played a major role.

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Curtain raised in Weil am Rhein
Curtain raised in Weil am Rhein
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 25 April 2013

The Vitra Campus gleams resplendent with a new building designed by masters of the trade: the production hall for Vitrashop by Japanese architectural duo SANAA. A classy contribution to contemporary industrial culture and not least a paramount example of formally perfected weightlessness.

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Head for the exit, eyes closed!
Head for the exit, eyes closed!
by Pino Grigio | 24 April 2013

It would seem obvious that a sensitive nose need not necessarily offer a good handle on things. And designers of all ages should be making sparing use of spaghetti, leather scraps, iron pipes, champagne buckets, wooden laminate and most certainly erotic objects. The seven deadly Salone sins show just who ignored this advice.




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To light or to illuminate – that is the question
To light or to illuminate – that is the question
by Thomas Edelmann | 24 April 2013

For quite some time, manufacturers of decorative luminaires were hard hit by the innovation of LEDs. What to do with their traditional designs that were built around lamps and spots? They have since overcome the future shock and the industry is now fielding new products in all shapes and sizes.



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Good designers, successful products – Milan Marathon part 3
Good designers, successful products – Milan Marathon part 3
by Thomas Wagner | 23 April 2013

No, there was no revolt. Even Ventura Lambrate had nothing on offer that even came close to a taste of the future. Instead it was above all Konstantin Grcic who once again showed just what contemporary design can do.

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What a relief – The Milan marathon part 1
What a relief – The Milan marathon part 1
by Thomas Wagner | 17 April 2013

Milan 2013, a mixture of prudence, consolidation and solid design work. A little less hype and fewer prototypes, too. This is certainly doing the industry good.



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An evening with Karl
An evening with Karl
by Robert Volhard | 17 April 2013

None other than Karl Lagerfeld graced this year’s Salone del Mobile with his presence. The master of elegance held court with Cassina, for whom he immortalized a selection of furniture classics on film. A marriage of icons the likes of which has never been seen before. And a one-off, almost one-to-one evening with Karl.

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It’s oh so quiet
It’s oh so quiet
by Martina Metzner | 17 April 2013

Beyond the hustle and bustle of the fair, BMW joined forces with the Bouroullec brothers and presented an installation that aims to articulate the automotive marque’s new orientation toward sustainability and electromobility. A chat with Head of Design Adrian van Hooydonk sheds light on an unconventional vision of mobility for the future.

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Streamlined nomads – The Milan marathon part 2
Streamlined nomads – The Milan marathon part 2
by Thomas Wagner | 17 April 2013

And on we go. To make headway, we up the pace a little and cast a glance at fluorescent yellow shoes, peek into showrooms, inner courtyards, gardens and historical buildings.



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Like a snowdrift on the slope
Like a snowdrift on the slope
by Robert Volhard | 11 April 2013

Be it in summer or winter, the highest café in Austria offers a breathtaking view of the Eastern Alps. The architects at “Baumschlager Hutter Partners” have certainly succeeded in creating something quite extraordinary in the form of the new upper station of the “Wildspitzbahn” cable car route.



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Escape to the country?
Escape to the country?
by Thomas Wagner | 11 April 2013

Architects, urban planners, hipsters and geeks, all speak of the city and indeed megacities as a place that will prove decisive for the fate of humanity. But a countermovement has been emerging for some time now. Publications such as the German magazine “Landlust” show us “the beautiful side of country life” and depict a fictive rural paradise.

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The brand in the basement
The brand in the basement
by Thomas Edelmann | 11 April 2013

An international trade fair for heating, sanitation and climate, not only did the ISH present a plethora of well designed bathrooms, but new combinations of heating and hot water technology too.

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Yoshioka’s mirage: Mirror, mirror, on the wall…
Yoshioka’s mirage: Mirror, mirror, on the wall…
04 April 2013

Can a mirror be anything more than a mirror? Tokujin Yoshioka responds to this question in the affirmative, and with a great deal of finesse at that.

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