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When it is empty the house always faces the same direction
When it is empty the house always faces the same direction
by Nancy Jehmlich | 05 February 2011

"Il Girasole" - the sunflower, is a revolving house built in the 1930s not far from Verona. Now a sensitive short film has been devoted to this extraordinary piece of architecture and its special atmosphere.

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The world is a sculpture
The world is a sculpture
by Amelie Znidaric | 03 February 2011

Isamu Noguchi was the first artist and designer in America to open his own museum. This was a good thing - because the premises in 33rd Road perfectly reflect his design philosophy.

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The kitchen is a blissful place – imm Cologne Part 3
The kitchen is a blissful place –
imm Cologne Part 3
by Thomas Edelmann | 02 February 2011

The imm cologne furniture fair is currently making a comeback, not just thanks to efforts being made to once again provide dedicated labels and manufacturers with a sophisticated platform, but also because of its grand new kitchen show, "Living Kitchen". While experienced trade fair visitors may have wondered what the name referred to ("the kitchen is alive" or perhaps "living the kitchen"?) one thing is clear: Kitchens are the new hot topic that electrifies professional visitors and the general public alike.


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The sofa as a ripe fruit
The sofa as a ripe fruit
31 January 2011

Does it look like a ripe strawberry? Or a piece of bloated crispbread? However you answer this question, the "Ploum" sofa by the Bouroullec brothers is one of the most talked-about products at this year's imm Cologne. Nina Reetzke spoke to Ronan Bouroullec about the sofa's low seat, marketing, and making films.

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Go forth and build sustainable dwellings!
Go forth and build sustainable dwellings!
by Nancy Jehmlich | 28 January 2011

The "BAU 2011" trade fair takes some beating and a main focus this year was sustainable building as one of the key challenges of the day. Many exhibitors already offer sustainable products. In the near future a major aim will be to combine them successfully.


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Carpets are back – imm Cologne Part 2
Carpets are back – imm Cologne Part 2
by Thomas Wagner | 26 January 2011

A trade fair consists of individual booths. However, this is not necessarily the best possible solution, as the new "Pure Textile" section demonstrates. There you will still find any number of light, fine, spring-fresh and elegant fabrics, but they are still all isolated. Moreover, one other thing is clear: tables and sofas are clawing their way back onto the carpet.


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Walls wearing glittery collage style
Walls wearing glittery collage style
by Nina Reetzke | 25 January 2011

Whether it is curtains, wallpaper or floor coverings - Frankfurt's "Heimtextil" trade fair is the perfect venue to explore the fundamental ingredients of interior design. Some of the wallpaper manufacturers' presentations were particularly impressive. And we even spotted a number of technological innovations among the umpteen books of specimens with their colorful ornaments.


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Wish I was a Red Indian – imm Cologne Part 1
Wish I was a Red Indian – imm Cologne Part 1
by Thomas Wagner | 21 January 2011

What emerged at the imm Cologne in 2011 was that the fair has steadied, and in the form of "Living Kitchen" and "Pure Textiles" has gained two important new areas. Thus, the Cologne hodge-podge of the diversity of homes has something for everyone, for a man of the world, a man of the masses, and for kids, too. That said, the high-end design did not live up to expectations.


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The pixel as an icon of our age
The pixel as an icon of our age
19 January 2011

London-based designer Cristian Zuzunaga weaves the very fabric of our cities into his textile prints. Nancy Jehmlich spoke with him about the digital age and intractable tasks.


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Paradise with a dotted snake
Paradise with a dotted snake
by Nina Reetzke | 18 January 2011

The two Eames, George Nelson and Alexander Girard not only worked together on joint design projects, but were also close friends for decades. However, in the public eye, prints designer Alexander Girard has always been in the shadow of his colleagues. One more reason to take a closer look at his oeuvre.

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The 1,001 colors of Nani Marquina
The 1,001 colors of Nani Marquina
by Mathias Remmele | 16 January 2011

The creations of carpet-makers Nanimarquina stand out for their marvelously designed patterns. The company has been designing, producing and distributing textiles since the 1980s. A trip into a fairytale world, on location in Spain and India.


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Design at your feet
Design at your feet
by Nina Reetzke | 15 January 2011

Parador has asked some of the giants of the design world to design its latest laminate collection. Zaha Hadid now illuminates prisms, the Bouroullec brothers enchant with colored light displays and Ross Lovegrove shocks with his 3D skeleton.


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Magic carpets
Magic carpets
by Bastian Prillwitz | 13 January 2011

For a long time architects preferred wooden and stone flooring. Industrial carpeting by the meter had a bad reputation. Often without any justification. Vorwerk's "Selected Rugs" boast unusual materials and textures, thick-pile fleeces and cool mixtures of wool and linen.


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Here we go again – Groundhog Day in the furniture world
Here we go again – Groundhog Day in the furniture world
by Thomas Wagner | 11 January 2011

It's January - and what happens in January? You know yourself. In what tends to be the coldest of all months, far too cold in fact for any serious outdoor pursuits, in Cologne Germany's "homing" event of the year takes place, namely imm cologne. So let's ask ourselves in the words of Kant: What can we know? What should we do? And: For what may we hope?


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Selected Exhibitors at imm cologne 2011
Selected Exhibitors at imm cologne 2011
11 January 2011

At the beginning of every year the trade fair imm cologne presents new international home trends. We present the list of selected manufacturers to found out which exhibitors they are, and where you can find them.


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The fashion of living in Paris
The fashion of living in Paris
10 January 2011

In the form of Maison & Objet, which will run from January 21-25, Paris seeks to further establish itself as the center of the international interior design and design world.


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Everything is illuminated
Everything is illuminated
by Andrea Eschbach | 09 January 2011

A chandelier is not only a source of light. In the palace in Versailles hundreds of candles once set the rock crystal glass sparkling; today energy-saving lamps, halogen lamps and LEDs illuminate prisms in all manner of shapes. An exhibition at Zurich's Museum Bellerive is dedicated to the "jewels of light".


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The presence of the object is only revealed through the cardboard model
The presence of the object is only revealed through the cardboard model
07 January 2011

After three years spent on development the plywood chair "Wogg 50" is to be presented as a serial-produced item at the upcoming imm in cologne. Sandra Hofmeister spoke to Jörg Boner about his design methods, the special qualities of molded plywood and the sense and purpose of furniture families.


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