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From our stone-age ancestors to office nomads
From our stone-age ancestors to office nomads
by Milenka Thomas | 21 November 2012

This year, PearsonLloyd took Orgatec, the specialist office & facility trade fair, to present a number of new additions to the “Parcs” and “Docklands” collections by Bene. They have now created a GIF animation demonstrating the potential of these new office typologies to change our way of working and our notion of the perfect office to boot.

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Not the same old, same old!
Not the same old, same old!
by Robert Volhard | 19 November 2012

We could not blame you for already being excited about what’s to come at the next domotex from January 12 through 15, 2013. Organizers Deutsche Messe have already caused a sensation with a preview. The leading trade fair for flooring has managed to get none other than designer Stefan Diez on board to create a setting that is attractive for exhibitors and visitors alike.

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5 questions to Steffen Kehrle
5 questions to Steffen Kehrle
16 November 2012

Which challenges are faced by young designers setting up shop on their own? How do they work? Where do they get their inspiration? And how can they organize design processes to suit them? Esther Schulze-Tsatsas and Dimitrios Tsatsas met up with Steffen Kehrle in Munich to learn his answers.

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1 Bligh Street
1 Bligh Street
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 16 November 2012

At a ceremony in Frankfurt’s Paulskirche the International High-Rise Award 2012 was bestowed on the office building at “1 Bligh Street” in Sydney designed by Christoph Ingenhoven’s studio in Düsseldorf and Architectus, Sydney. The prize-winning high-rise stands out less for its height and futuristic design than for its overall quality.

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Forecasting offices
Forecasting offices
by Thomas Edelmann | 14 November 2012

On the silver screen and at Orgatec, office environments are depicted as having a life of their own. What kind of image of reality do they convey? A rummage through the film archives and walkabout in the trade fair halls.

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The office, just a little different
The office, just a little different
13 November 2012

At this year's Orgatec trade fair, Ankara-based firm "Gug" confidently promoted a little different office design under the slogan "The Choice of the Elite".

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Keep your hands on the wheel
Keep your hands on the wheel
12 November 2012

How great an influence does the design of a car really have on the buyer? Thomas Edelmann spoke to Adrian van Hooydank, Head of Design Development at BMW Group, about new types of cars, emotions and functionality.

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Here I am an architect – if anywhere, then here!
Here I am an architect – if anywhere, then here!
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 09 November 2012

The Stuttgart edition of the architect’s trade fair Architect@Work has just come to a close and it certainly provided an impressive confirmation of the trend toward smaller, professionally curated event formats in the construction industry. There were over 3,200 professional visitors on both days, around 300 innovations on show by 165 exhibitors – and it has received a positive verdict from visitors, exhibitors and organizers alike.

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Effortless moments of magic
Effortless moments of magic
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 06 November 2012

This year’s Designers’ Saturday held in the Swiss town of Langenthal certainly confirmed the trade fair’s standing as one of the finest and most creative design events in the world.

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Foreman, scholar, organizer
Foreman, scholar, organizer
by Sandra Hofmeister | 05 November 2012

“The Architect” exhibition in Munich presents the history of a profession –a chronological round-up from master builders to the times of the ancient Egyptians to present-day organizers.

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Take what you get!
Take what you get!
by Thomas Edelmann | 02 November 2012

What direction is automotive design taking in times of hybridization? A visit to Paris’ “Mondial de l’Automobil”, the most important European automotive motor show of the year.

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Welcome to Utopia!
Welcome to Utopia!
by Jörg Zimmermann | 31 October 2012

The “Shareway” concept developed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture, winners of the Audi Urban Future Award 2012, spotlights the collaborative use of transportation structures. The other studios participating in the architecture award curated by Stylepark also focused on questions of mobility and transportation in 2030 – against the backdrop of individual needs and trends in society.

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Modern Systems
Modern Systems
by Jörg Stürzebecher | 30 October 2012

From Tokyo to Zurich, set foot in an office, medical practice or apartment belonging to some creative type and you are bound encounter his furniture: On the death of architect, engineer and planner Fritz Haller.

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What should offices be? A small town or a camping site?
What should offices be? A small town or a camping site?
by Thomas Wagner | 29 October 2012

Orgatec 2012 in Cologne presents the 21st-century office as an urban landscape in colors as fresh as spring itself. Seldom does one feel so content at work – be it alone in a cocoon or in a meeting in a sheltered seating group.

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Why the office is what it is
Why the office is what it is
by Mathias Remmele | 26 October 2012

Cell offices and cubicles are considered negative examples of office design. The era of what we would today regard as the human office started with the “Citizen Office”. Concepts such as the “Net'n'Nest” symbolize the attempt to combine networking and concentrated work. So will we in future work in a kind of adventure playground for adults?

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It’s all in the right mix
It’s all in the right mix
by Thomas Wagner | 25 October 2012

The 23rd edition of the international “Biennale Interieur” in Kortrijk, Belgium, was yet another successful, appealing trade fair though of a slightly different kind, thanks to the mixture of manufacturers’ stands, intelligently chosen projects and the presentation of new design talents.

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Thinking through building
Thinking through building
by Jörg Zimmermann | 23 October 2012

A site-specific installation by Canadian artist Cedric Bomford has radically changed the working environment in the large loft space that houses Stuttgart-based agency Dorten. The artist used found materials to create areas and installations that are surprisingly practical and have also given rise to a fundamental change in perspective.

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How the office became what it is today
How the office became what it is today
by Mathias Remmele | 22 October 2012

Are you still living or already working? Since the launch of the Internet we are not only available more or less everywhere online, but the line dividing work and living has become increasingly blurred. At least in some areas. Moreover, fixed office and work structures are increasingly dissolving. What does this mean for the contemporary office? How has it developed? Its history holds the one or other surprise in store.

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