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Selected Exhibitors at Light+Building 2010
Selected Exhibitors at Light+Building 2010
25 March 2010

Every two years, Light+Building takes place at the Frankfurt trade fari complex - it's the leading world trade fair for light, electronics and home and building automation. This year, the dates coincide with that of the major lighting fair at Milan's Salone del Mobile and therefore requires a certain amount of organizational brilliance. A list of the exhibitors specifies the major manufacturers present for you.

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One building is not enough
One building is not enough
by Thomas Wagner | 23 March 2010

The VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron in Weil am Rhein is now open. What is the concept behind the building? And how does its architecture go together with the Vitra Home Collection whose diversity is spread throughout the spectacular stack of buildings?

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Creativity moods 2: On the sound of rooms
Creativity moods 2: On the sound of rooms
by Ulf Meyer | 18 March 2010

Erich Mendelsohn refers to it as "charm", Peter Zumthor as "spiritual quality" when architecture creates an atmosphere that appeals to all the senses, when rooms jingle, light dances, and materials and colors are carefully combined.

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Creativity moods 1: Does art come from studios?
Creativity moods 1: Does art come from studios?
by Anne Haun | 02 March 2010

At the moment everything produced seems to be committed to being creative. But where, and under what conditions is it possible to work creatively? Is it true that art is still produced in studios? Has our idea of what a studio is fundamentally changed?

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Global Design
Global Design
by Katharina Altemeier | 02 March 2010

The Zurich Museum of Design is tackling a tough topic in its show on "Global Design". It sets high standards, but only partially meets them.

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Audi Urban Future Award 2010
Audi Urban Future Award 2010
02 March 2010

The automobile manufacturer Audi, in collaboration with Stylepark, has established a competition for the Audi Urban Future Award. In the first year of the competition, six internationally renowned architectural firms will develop scenarios and visions for the city of the future under consideration of issues of mobility. The results will be presented in Venice parallel to the Architecture Biennale.

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Swedish heights
Swedish heights
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 26 February 2010

This year, and despite the economic crisis, the Stockholm furniture fair has consolidated its leading position in the Scandinavian market. And looks like emerging as a real alternative to Cologne and Paris.

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Ambiente revisited
Ambiente revisited
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 24 February 2010

This year, nothing at the Frankfurt consumer goods fair Ambiente is the way it was. And a good thing, too.

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More than the sum of little houses
More than the sum of little houses
by Katharina Altemeier | 24 February 2010

Expectations were very high when Herzog & de Meuron were commissioned to build the domicile for Vitra's Home Collection in Weil am Rhein. The VitraHaus has now been completed and it is astonishing. The array of houses stacked one on top of the other is much more than just the sum of little houses.

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The end of Droog
The end of Droog
by Markus Frenzl | 18 February 2010

Object Rotterdam, the "autonomous design" trade fair, which was held for the second time at the beginning of February, featured in some cases surprising quality: the post-Droog generation of designers would appear to be far more earnest.

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Fretting our way into the future
Fretting our way into the future
by Georg-Christof Bertsch | 16 February 2010

In the form of the "Chrome" hotel, Kolkata has got a new design spaceship in which Western and Indian elements create a very special blend.

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Indian Art in London
Indian Art in London
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 13 February 2010

The new show of the Saatchi Gallery in London which has just opened is "The Empire strikes back - Indian Art today" presents young art from India, once a British Crown Colony and today the world's largest democracy.

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Architecture en miniature
Architecture en miniature
by Franziska Horn | 11 February 2010

In Munich, at an exhibition entitled "Architekturchen" Ingo Maurer is presenting surprising works by Italian design star Michele de Lucchi. They show how working with wood can trigger new thought processes and inspire new ideas.

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Tear down the old to welcome the new?
Tear down the old to welcome the new?
by Andreas Rossmann | 09 February 2010

Investors and developers usually have their problems with our aesthetic heritage, especially as the cycles of rejection and appreciation in architecture are unlike those in fashion or design. All the same, the discussion on 1960s architecture is currently growing, becoming more vocal and more differentiated.

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The fun theory
The fun theory
by Thomas Wagner | 05 February 2010

Does the world simply change or can it be changed? For example by changing people's behavior? In Sweden advertising shows that neither being determines consciousness nor does consciousness determine being, but rather fun determines our behavior.

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The hidden beauty in the loop
The hidden beauty in the loop
by Markus Frenzl | 04 February 2010

The light bulb was once perceived as too bright by many. Today, the purportedly unseemly compact fluorescent lamp tends likewise to be hidden beneath most luminaire designs. With "Koi", Naoto Fukasawa has been the first designer to create an office luminaire series that emphasizes the unpopular lamp's intrinsic and aesthetic beauty.

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Not something that passes by
Not something that passes by
02 February 2010

In the works by Swedish design group "Front" the divides are blurred. After all, what you see is not always what you feel. During the Cologne furniture fair the magazine Architektur&Wohnen and Audi awarded the "A&W Designer of the Year" prize. Nancy Jehmlich talked to the designers about animals as designers, good design, and working as a threesome.

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The star, design, the Paris fair and its refugees
The star, design, the Paris fair and its refugees
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 31 January 2010

In recent years, Paris-based fair Maison & Objet has grown, to the detriment of other fairs. But now it appears that this trend is being reversed.

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