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São Paulo: Using city, making city
São Paulo: Using city, making city
by Isabel Martinez Abascal | 30 November 2013

Instead of foregrounding architects and architecture, the X. São Paulo Architecture Biennale addresses the cities and transforms the Brazilian metropolis itself into one gigantic exhibition space. Our author Isabel Martinez Abascal set off for Stylepark and visited the Biennial sites, discovering many controversial city views along the way.

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Grasping carpets
Grasping carpets
28 November 2013

Domotex, second time. For the next round in January Stefan Diez is back on board. This time as the chairman of the jury of the newly-created “Innovations@Domotex” platform. The Munich-based designer chats here about his renewed involvement, the oohs and aahs of floor coverings, and his preference for made-to-fit, hand-made carpets.

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Over-the-counter masterpieces
Over-the-counter masterpieces
by Martina Metzner | 27 November 2013

A year ago Amsterdam’s Rijksmusum launched its Rijksstudio, an online platform that allows users to download images of the museum's artworks for free and edit them at will. Sellout or seductive?

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Beautiful homes rising from the dust
Beautiful homes rising from the dust
by Thomas Wagner | 22 November 2013

Neat glossy pictures of gorgeous buildings and smart interiors shape the face of architecture in today’s media age. But if you take the plunge and treat your house or apartment to a makeover, you will soon find yourself confronted with noise, dust, dirt – and those who cause it.

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New threads and colors
New threads and colors
by Jochen Stöckmann | 22 November 2013

At Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg you can admire how artistic woven and knotted products can be – and how they can grace installations, canvases and house façades. The “Art & Textiles” exhibition featuring works from Beuys to Richter is more than merely another thread in the argument.

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Functional, with style
Functional, with style
by Silke Bücker | 20 November 2013

The “to-go” mentality of today’s globalized world calls for fashion that affords maximum freedom of movement and stylistic diversity. Couturiers at the summer 2014 “Sport Couture” thus presented zestful color combinations and unusual material mixes. Part 2 of our catwalk analysis.

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Battle of innovations
Battle of innovations
19 November 2013

Domotex is set to undergo yet another makeover in 2014. At the press conference for the new concept Robert Volhard spoke with Jochen Köckler, Board Member at Deutsche Messe AG, about trade fairs and “Innovations@Domotex”, the new communications program Deutsche Messe AG has co-developed with Stylepark.

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Certainties –  shaken, not stirred
Certainties –
shaken, not stirred
by Thomas Edelmann | 17 November 2013

In his discerning but chatty volume, Michael Erlhoff draws our attention to the potential and ideas innate in design. A book for anyone who views aesthetic debate as something more than just a matter of theoretical edification.



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It’s emotions, not concepts
It’s emotions, not concepts
by Silke Bücker | 15 November 2013

What are the cutting-edge trends for summer of 2014 fashion? Will designers stay stitched to the retro style or are they ready to embrace new expressive ideas? Reporting from the shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, we take a glance at the obvious – and not so obvious – statements made by contemporary fashion. Part 1 of the catwalk-analysis.

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The pattern that connects
The pattern that connects
by Thomas Wagner | 13 November 2013

Patterns, once shunned by Modernism, have long since become ubiquitous in art, architecture and design. A noteworthy exhibition in Lingen explores the question what makes patterns so attractive in all these fields – and why they are so easy on the eyes.



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A panoramic view –  with obstructions
A panoramic view –
with obstructions
by Jochen Stöckmann | 10 November 2013

Imagine roadblocks, barbed wire obstacles and sandbag barricades against a backdrop of deserted ruins: A leading member of Magnum Photos, Josef Koudelka took his panoramic camera to document the landscape along the route of the barrier that separates Israel and Palestine. His latest volume “The Wall” presents these images in an album that is as somber as it is impressive.

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Prêt-à-porter living
Prêt-à-porter living
by Julia Macher | 08 November 2013

Turning the crisis into an opportunity: Spain’s architects are discovering prefab homes as a cost-efficient and attractive alternative. With their transportable miniature dwellings Madrid firms “Abaton” and “Sistema Modulab” are spearheading this new trend.

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MEGALOPOLI(TIC)S
MEGALOPOLI(TIC)S
by Reinier de Graaf | 06 November 2013

Cities are the main arena in which globalization takes physical form. So far the city has failed to register as a political entity in its own right. A pleading for the world as an archipelago of city-states.

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New found design
New found design
by Jeremy Gaines | 06 November 2013

On a rocky outcrop of Newfoundland, where there’s nothing between you and the Artic, the Fogo Island Inn has since May of this year proved that good design can foster tourism and thus create jobs.



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The joy of having power sockets in trains
The joy of having power sockets in trains
06 November 2013

Office work today is highly dependent on there being power available and access to data networks. Adeline Seidel talked with Steffen Waldminghaus, Managing Director of “Schulte Elektrotechnik”, about how power and data can be made available everywhere and how the flexible world of work can be rendered more efficient.

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Light – to each according to their needs
Light – to each according to their needs
05 November 2013

Today, a working environment without light is simply inconceivable. Yet only rarely can the lighting be adjusted to individual users’ needs. Precisely that is about to change. Adeline Seidel spoke with Stefan von Terzi, Marketing Director at “Zumtobel”, on trends in lighting design for the workplace.

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See you  at the  bus stop
See you
at the
bus stop
by Martina Metzner | 03 November 2013

The small village of Krumbach in Austria’s Vorarlberg region provides the stage for seven of architecture’s biggest names, including Wang Shu und Sou Fujimoto, to put their ideas of what goes to make a perfect bus shelter into practice. The first “Wartehüsle”, as the Austrians call it, has already been put up.



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Hallingdal and its successors
Hallingdal and its successors
by Uta Abendroth | 01 November 2013

What would Verner Panton’s furniture be like without the bright fabrics from Kvadrat? From the very outset, the Danes collaborated closely with designers to create striking highlights. Now there’s a book describing the company, which is one of the world’s leading makers of home textiles today. A glance behind the scene.

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