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All quiet in the West?
All quiet in the West?
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 26 January 2010

No festival of innovations such as is Milan, but then no one would have expected that. All the same, the imm cologne seems to have steadied up despite the crisis. A tour with some of the most interesting company presentations and products.

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Less could mean more
Less could mean more
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 21 January 2010

Despite the difficult economic situation, the world's leading textiles trade fair, the Heimtextil in Frankfurt, held steady this year. The focus was less on spectacular innovations and more on strengthening the core business, with a few exceptions, of course.

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Modules for floor images
Modules for floor images
by Thomas Edelmann | 18 January 2010

For Vorwerk Carpets the architect Hadi Teherani creates the new design tile collection „Scale" with visitors to the Passagen program accompanying Cologne furniture fair invited to try out the tiles.

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Trade fairs: ready, steady, go!
Trade fairs: ready, steady, go!
16 January 2010

A great many trade fairs and design events await us in the next four months. Stylepark proudly presents the most important among them.

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Fuel at the six-legged dog
Fuel at the six-legged dog
by Nancy Jehmlich | 15 January 2010

At the beginning of the 1950s, Italian oil company Agip came up with the idea of linking gas station architecture to the company's corporate identity. An exhibition at Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt presents Italy's gas station architecture during the economic recovery of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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The Windmills of Cologne
The Windmills of Cologne
by Thomas Wagner | 12 January 2010

It is January again and so the venue is Cologne for "imm cologne" and "Passagen". The aim behind the slogan "Creating Spaces" is to breathe new life into a trade fair that in the last few years has become somewhat sluggish and, with the presence of "manufacturers with an affinity for design", to demonstrate a clear market focus. Will this work?

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Selected exhibitors at imm cologne 2010
Selected exhibitors at imm cologne 2010
12 January 2010

The imm cologne is held at the beginning of each year. Below you will find a list of the most interesting exhibitors in Cologne.

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In front of and behind the curtain
In front of and behind the curtain
by Thomas Wagner | 10 January 2010

Textiles, and that includes high-tech membranes and foils, have been increasingly gaining significance in contemporary architecture. In "Textile Architecture" Sylvie Krüger presents the most important applications.

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Felt fawns
Felt fawns
by Markus Frenzl | 08 January 2010

In the form of the "Fortune Factory" in Erbach in the Odenwald forest, Koziol recently opened a corporate museum that outlines the company's 80-year-plus history, from its origins as ivory carvers through to the design-keen manufacturer of plastic products.

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Average Joe always wins
Average Joe always wins
by Amelie Znidaric | 06 January 2010

Many things are different in America. Design, for example. Which is supposed to be good, cheap and something for John Doe. As can be seen from the New York exhibition "Design USA. Contemporary Innovation" that presents the winners of the National Design Award.

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The Beneficial Feel of Painting it Big
The Beneficial Feel of Painting it Big
by Markus Frenzl | 03 January 2010

In Miami's Viceroy Hotel Philippe Starck has created a spa that flummoxed anyone expecting the reduced Zen aesthetics of many wellness interiors.

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Twentyten
Twentyten
by Thomas Wagner | 01 January 2010



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The Powers of Ten (Muppet Version)
The Powers of Ten (Muppet Version)
by Claus Richter | 31 December 2009

TEN! That would be more fitting for the decade and the coming new year. And back with Jim Henson's great numbers films. In our case the special focus is on the number TEN.

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Modernism’s Ugly Duckling
Modernism’s Ugly Duckling
by Nora Sobich | 29 December 2009

The Boston City Hall is one of the most controversial examples of American Brutalism. Once celebrated as avant-garde, today it gets greeted only with scorn - and is gradually falling apart.

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Jaime in diamond fever
Jaime in diamond fever
27 December 2009

Driven by creativity and shaken by diamond fever, Spanish designer Jaime Hayon created the concept for the Kuwait store for the jewelry label "Octium".

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Treading a thin line in Moïtel
Treading a thin line in Moïtel
by Andrea Eschbach | 21 December 2009

Experiments with materials, poetry and diversity are typical for the work of Atelier Oï. Projects for all over the world evolve at their new base, a former motel in La Neuveville.

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Stone that goes with the flow
Stone that goes with the flow
by Nancy Jehmlich | 19 December 2009

Ströhmann Steinkult, a company based in Central Germany, devotes itself to experimenting with stone, especially with stone surfaces. What they achieve by combining the effects of materials, shapes and light is quite astonishing.

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