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Kenzo Tange and Socialism
Kenzo Tange and Socialism
by Peter Sägesser | 20 February 2013

In the wake of the devastating earthquake of 1963, which almost completely destroyed Skopje, the now capital of Macedonia, Kenzo Tange devised a master plan for a new city that did in fact become a reality, as fragmentary as its formation may have been. But the vestiges of Yugoslavian Socialism made possible by its authoritarian constructs are now under threat from modern-day plans.

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James Irvine 1958-2013
James Irvine 1958-2013
by Silke Gehrmann-Becker | 20 February 2013

James Irvine, the London-born designer and one of the most eminent product designers of our time, died unexpectedly on February 17, 2013. We are both shocked and deeply saddened by this loss and would like to bid farewell to a great designer and man. An obituary by Silke Gehrmann-Becker.

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Architects, a thing for sliding windows Part 1
Architects, a thing for sliding windows
Part 1
by Robert Volhard | 19 February 2013

What exactly are architects interested in when visiting the BAU trade fair in Munich? We decided to find out. Robert Volhard joined Amandus Sattler, founding partner of “Allmann, Sattler, Wappner Architekten”, as he made his way around the fair, and there were certainly a few surprises in store.

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5 Questions to Benjamin Graindorge
5 Questions to Benjamin Graindorge
by Uta Abendroth | 15 February 2013

He learned to see with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, he’s always good for a surprise and he loves Japan. Uta Abendroth met the 33-year-old Frenchman, a real up-and-comer in the design world, at imm Cologne where he presented his “Lace” stool for Ligne Roset.

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A breath of fresh air from the North
A breath of fresh air from the North
by Thomas Wagner | 14 February 2013

Scandinavian design stands for simplicity, reliability and high-quality craftsmanship. At this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair we were met with attempts to redefine such values in the 21st century.

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Tunnels, attics and parking lots full of furniture
Tunnels, attics and parking lots full of furniture
by Thomas Wagner | 12 February 2013

When the fair comes to town, as in the Stockholm Furniture Fair and the Northern Light Fair – galleries, studios and showrooms across the whole of Stockholm open their doors and the crowds come flocking. There’s always something new waiting to be discovered – in homes, in an old building near the docks, a repurposed parking lots, or even an attic. The Stockholm Design Week team even went so far as to fill a tunnel with robots.

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A chair of distinction
A chair of distinction
by Markus Frenzl | 08 February 2013

Plastic Chairs for all! How one 1950s chair design became an expression of the desire for individuality that shapes our times.

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9 Questions to Dario Rinero
9 Questions to Dario Rinero
06 February 2013

In Italy, the highly traditional furniture sector is undergoing a phase of renewal. Robert Volhard talked to Dario Rinero, CEO of Poltrona Frau Group, about the current situation and the changes ahead.

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Agro-art
Agro-art
by Thomas Wagner | 05 February 2013

Down through the years, sculptor Claus Bury has photographed anonymous architectural works made of straw. And now thanks to a new picture book we can marvel at his images of such “farmed architecture”.

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A sofa is like an island
A sofa is like an island
by Uta Abendroth | 04 February 2013

For Didier Gomez a sofa is the key piece of furniture in any apartment – on it, people live, work, lounge and relax. Uta Abendroth talks to the Spaniard, who started out on a career as an opera singer before switching to design, about his latest creation, “Nils” for Ligne Roset, his role models in the field, comfort and perfection.

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There is no standard solution for the future
There is no standard solution for the future
by Julius Streifeneder | 31 January 2013

As the “world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials, systems” BAU in Munich offers a wealth of information for architects, planners and anyone with an interest in today’s building solutions, or tomorrow’s. That said, this time round highly customizable standard solutions took center stage while true innovation remained scarce.

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Flooring as an artwork and design object
Flooring as an artwork and design object
by Uta Abendroth | 29 January 2013

The times when flooring led an existence as the Cinderella of the interior design world are over. The whole industry has discovered its creative side and carpeting has received something of an image makeover over the past few years. But wooden and laminate flooring aren’t far behind. This year, Domotex in Hanover even put on a special show on its leading theme “Flooring Deluxe”, curated by designer Stefan Diez.



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Design for all!
Design for all!
by Esther Schulze-Tsatsas | 28 January 2013

At this year’s “Maison&Objet” in Paris the focus was on more than just tradition and craftsmanship. Another trend we noted: in an attempt to address a wider audience, design manufacturers demonstrated an increasing consideration of new product categories in the areas of accessories.

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Aestheticizing the seemingly imperfect
Aestheticizing the seemingly imperfect
by Uta Abendroth | 24 January 2013

During imm Cologne, the Museum für Angewandte Kunst opened a special kind of exhibition: “Isn’t it romantic? – Contemporary Design Balancing between Poetry and Provocation”. An homage to the longing for a world that isn’t always perfect.

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Take the effort out of cooking
Take the effort out of cooking
by Thomas Edelmann | 22 January 2013

Touch-screen displays, adjustable work surfaces, sensor-controlled coffee making: “Living Kitchen”, the biennial fair parallel to imm Cologne, presented technology as an aid to a better life.. A vision that even proves rather convincing on occasion.

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The Barcelona Pastiche
The Barcelona Pastiche
by Thomas Wagner | 21 January 2013

The imm Cologne is swiftly getting back on an even keel. And how are designers and manufacturers making use of the opportunity? A tour of the trade fair shows that they often resorted to the tried-and-true, reanimating and dressing it up for contemporary use. Even Konstantin Grcic opted for a tongue-in-cheek approach to a design classic.

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A creative oasis among the hustle and bustle
A creative oasis among the hustle and bustle
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 18 January 2013

“Featured Editions” developed by the imm Cologne in collaboration with Stylepark and premiering at this year’s fair presented a broad spectrum of concepts that were both creative and artistic. The new format saw a positive response from exhibitors and visitors alike – plans for the next installment in 2014 are already in the pipeline.

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Still crazy after all these years
Still crazy after all these years
by Mathias Remmele | 17 January 2013

In honor of his 70th birthday, Architecture Forum Aedes in Berlin has doffed its metaphorical cap to Wolf D. Prix, dedicating a small retrospective to the architect and his firm Coop Himmelb(l)au.

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