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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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Milan is here again
Milan is here again
06 April 2011

En route for Milan. It’s that time of the year; the Milan furniture salon is just round the corner and the design world is in pandemonium. To give you an idea of the countless events throughout the city we have compiled a list of what we consider to be the most promising among them.



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Selected Exhibitors at Saloni 2011 in Milan
Selected Exhibitors at Saloni 2011 in Milan
06 April 2011

In just a few days thousands of design enthusiasts will be making their way to the city again and celebrate the 50th birthday of the international furniture fair "Salone Internazionale del Mobile". An exhibitor schedule presents the most important manufacturers.



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Museo del Novecento
Museo del Novecento
by Nancy Jehmlich | 05 April 2011

Heading for Milan - Museo del Novecento located on the cathedral square downtown has a new face. It is home to the municipal collection of Italian 20th century art, and above all houses any amount of "Futurismo".


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Formless energy
Formless energy
by Thomas Edelmann | 04 April 2011

Designers and architects are hardly ever consulted for the design of technical appliances and energy systems. Calls that this be changed, such as by Dieter Rams, have to date largely fallen on deaf ears. If one evaluates the products recently presented at the ISH from this point of view, then above all one thing becomes clear: there is a strong need for change.


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Wraps off
Wraps off
by Jochen Stöckmann | 02 April 2011

While an exhibition in Frankfurt's Museum for Applied Art presents the "i-cosmos" of Apple and its competitors, activists bring the Bauhaus spirit into the digital world with their "physical computing".


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Those small, elegant items
Those small, elegant items
31 March 2011

There is a camel here, a small monkey there. And which soap adorns the latest washstands? Some presentations at this year's ISH were real eye-catchers, others simply a bit drab. But all were careful arrangements.


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The special things – for everyday life
The special things – for everyday life
by Thomas Edelmann | 29 March 2011

Today, faucets created by highly paid designers are ugly, or so claims Hans Magnus Enzensberger at least. The exhibitors at the ISH were no doubt more upbeat about their products, and put much effort into presenting their new fittings, basins and everything else that belongs in a bathroom.


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Summer, sun and outdoor furniture
Summer, sun and outdoor furniture
28 March 2011

The new Stylepark Magazin für Produktkultur takes a look around outside: showcasing outdoor furniture, garden cities, spring-like patterns and many other plein air specials.


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Buttoned up – a second skin
Buttoned up – a second skin
by Jochen Stöckmann | 27 March 2011

When models on the world's major catwalks present prêt-à-porter and haute couture, given the almost sculptural qualities of the fashion it is hard not to wonder whether the items can be worn in everyday life. Wolfsburg's current exhibition "Art & Fashion. Between skin and clothing" explores just how fashion and art interact.


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Do you still have a bathroom or are you already at home?
Do you still have a bathroom or are you already at home?
25 March 2011

For eight years now, Spanish designer Jaime Hayon has concerned himself with bathrooms. His first collection for ArtQuitect made him renowned world-wide. Yet he was first able to truly formulate his idea of the elegant bathroom with the "Bisazza Bagno" line that he just presented at the ISH. Nina Reetzke talked with him about bathrooms, elegance and Art Deco.

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The bathroom takes center stage
The bathroom takes center stage
by Thomas Edelmann | 23 March 2011

Is there any room left for technical innovations in our homes? Going by what is being presented at ISH, the majority of innovations are going to happen in the bathroom - which in itself is becoming ever more homely.


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Marcel and the waterless fountain
Marcel and the waterless fountain
by Thomas Wagner | 22 March 2011

The ISH is more than a trade fair. For any one wanting to stroll around it's an Eldorado full of strange things. Anyone moving through the halls will find an entire cosmos arising before him, consisting of fixed and flexible piping, water-inflow systems, drains, basins and baths, showers, urinals and perlators. A light-hearted tour of the current wonderland of water.


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