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Sawdust, noodle bars and flip flops
Sawdust, noodle bars and flip flops
by Nancy Jehmlich | 04 May 2011

Be it limited editions or series products, jackets or protective goggles – during Milan's Design Week the Ventura Lambrate design district featured well-curated, surprising design displayed between fair-face concrete and car repair shops.

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Exploding our idea of the customary
Exploding our idea of the customary
by Thomas Edelmann | 04 May 2011

The idiosyncratic name “kkaarrlls” is a smokescreen for the Karlsruhe’s design academy, the Hochschule für Gestaltung, or rather for Volker Albus and some young designers. They have now for the third time presented selected projects during the Milan Salone – which will soon go on show at Badisches Landesmuseum, too.

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The evening, the chairs, their designers and their music videos
The evening, the chairs, their designers and their music videos
by Nancy Jehmlich | 04 May 2011

Konstantin Grcic listens to Elvis, the Bouroullecs to Björk, Sam Hecht grew up listening to Depeche Mode, and Nitzan Cohen, as a music video, would be a mix of Chris Cunningham, Björk and El Gincho. In Milan, a fine exhibition not only displayed new chairs but also revealed the musical preferences of their designers.

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New! New! New?
New! New! New?
by Nina Reetzke | 27 April 2011

How much sense does it make to show prototypes of new products at a fair? Most producers face this question, yet seldom are their thoughts aired in public. However, when you make a point of asking, some of the answers that come to light are surprisingly honest.

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Design as a culture of dialogue
Design as a culture of dialogue
27 April 2011

Jasper Morrison is the talk of town right now with his chair “HAL”. Thomas Edelmann met the British designer and spoke with him not about “HAL 9000” from Stanley Kubrick’s “2001. A Space Odyssey” but about maturing into adulthood, working in different locations, shell seats and designs that are conceived in discussions.

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Black holes in an urban showroom
Black holes in an urban showroom
by Thomas Edelmann | 27 April 2011

Only 20 years ago the “jeunesse dorée” used to meet in the Zona Tortona. Nowadays the focus is on marketing the area and on advertising brands, careers, and ideas. There was still lots to see, though.

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Milan in four bags or: Design, theatrical, practical, feudal and universal
Milan in four bags or: Design, theatrical, practical, feudal and universal
by Thomas Wagner | 27 April 2011

Perhaps everything on show in Milan at the exhibition center in Rho, in the booths of Superstudio Più, in showrooms and back-yard workshops ultimately fits into four bags. Let’s see if it does. What would we write on the movable containers if we were to put in them the things we noticed among all the abundance?

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Two furniture manufacturers – two worlds
Two furniture manufacturers – two worlds
by Sandra Hofmeister | 20 April 2011

Times of crisis spawn new ideas, such was the consensus at Salone in Milan two years ago. Today the, back then, new, young furniture labelssuch as Skitch and Moustache, have matured somewhat. We take stock.

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A license to loot
A license to loot
by Nina Reetzke | 20 April 2011

Many of us dream of having a design classic in their living room. Yet often such dreams are simply beyond our budgets. Thus, the one or other lover of design flirts with an unlicensed copy of the desired object which he or she can order for little money on the Internet. We are taking stock of the value of creative achievement.

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The Milan Kaleidoscope
The Milan Kaleidoscope
by Thomas Wagner | 20 April 2011

Milan, viewed through a splintered mirror: everything that happened, what messages we had to endure, and what else ended up on our note pads. Or: scenes from the Salone, the showrooms and the rear courtyards.

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Top notch for living
Top notch for living
by Sandra Hofmeister | 19 April 2011

Boasting perfect details and serene comfort Hermès Maison came a clear winner. The company's tradition in craftsmanship, its finishing techniques for leather and fabric, combined with singular patterns constitute the brand's image in furniture as well. The collection was presented at Pelota hall in a house installation by Shigeru Ban.

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Ideas are revolutions
Ideas are revolutions
16 April 2011

Eco-management systems, eco-labels, sustainability certificates – the need for information on ecological aspects of production is growing by the day. Some companies, such as Italian manufacturer Arper, have already pinned proof of the eco-friendliness of their products to their masts.

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Pink with music
Pink with music
by Ralf Wollheim | 14 April 2011

Today, hotels are not hotels are not hotels. In cities such as Milan and Berlin, just being a hotel would not suffice to attract the necessary attention. Which is why "nhow" at Berlin's Osthafen has added a spectacular "superstructure" of studios, guitars, music clips, and a lot of pink courtesy of Karim Rashid. Without the singer of the same name, of course.

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Perfectly staged
Perfectly staged
by Meret Ernst | 11 April 2011

What is more important, the product or the image that remains of it? The exhibition “Zoom” at the Vitra Design Museum focuses on design photography. Down through the decades, Aldo and Marirosa Ballo recorded the buoyant course of Italian design.

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All my sofas are islands
All my sofas are islands
10 April 2011

Piero Lissoni’s sofas have an almost legendary reputation. In the design process, he draws inspiration from the Italian lifestyle, and not boring functionalism. Sandra Hofmeister talked to the Italian designer about sofas and royalties, beauty and rituals.

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Speedy Gonzales
Speedy Gonzales
by Thomas Edelmann | 08 April 2011

Kurt Weidemann defined the public image of such major companies as Deutsche Bahn and Daimler Benz. The typographer and graphic designer saw himself as an intermediary between content and observer, not as an artist. The master of lettering and language, who himself said he had seen too much to be good, passed away on March 30.


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From fashion brand to brand world
From fashion brand to brand world
by Sandra Hofmeister | 06 April 2011

Heading for Milan - An increasing number of fashion labels are discovering the world of residential interiors and inflating their image into that of outfitters for all walks of life. To what extent furniture manufacturers dare to enter other product segments in the future remains to be seen.


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Cowboys stay mobile
Cowboys stay mobile
06 April 2011

With “Chassis” by Stefan Diez, office furniture specialist Wilkhahn is presenting a chair at the Salone del Mobile in Milan that is more than just a chair and can do more than simply shine in an office or conference room. For “Chassis” is now also available with various fabric covers and interchangeable seat shells, Thomas Wagner spoke to Jochen Hahne, Burkhard Remmers and Stefan Diez about the “Chassis” system.



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