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The glance in the double mirror
The glance in the double mirror
by Thomas Wagner | 13 October 2009

Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004) is one of the 20th century's most famous fashion photographers and portrait makers. Schirmer/Mosel have now published a fascinating illustrated book entitled "Avedon Fashion", which presents a selection of fashion photographs from six decades.

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A Touch of A Thousand and One Nights
A Touch of A Thousand and One Nights
by Anneke Bokern | 12 October 2009

The new "La Diva" tile series by Villeroy & Boch truly lives up to its name. Opulent, playful and exclusive, it embodies a blend of styles that spans cultures and epochs -and is thus far more contemporary than we may initially think.

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Architecture with humor and verve: Venetian Wanderings, Part 11
Architecture with humor and verve: Venetian Wanderings, Part 11
by Georg-Christof Bertsch | 11 October 2009

How would we build if we could build how we liked? What would our cities look like, would our submerged dreams come true? Marjetica Potrč offers us answers - in a light and playful way in the Arsenale, Venice.

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How the swan went out into the world
How the swan went out into the world
by Sandra Hofmeister | 09 October 2009

Many of Arne Jacobsen's furniture designs were originally developed for special architectural projects. The Swan Chair is just one prime example. Perhaps because swans have often inspired the human imagination, the chair's sculptural quality comes into play in many locations.

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What counts is that it functions
What counts is that it functions
by Thomas Edelmann | 08 October 2009

He is more than just a man in the wings who provides the technology and experience. Not until he has developed a functioning model can the design process begin. A portrait of Egon Bräuning, long-standing Head of Development at Vitra.

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Visiting the design Mecca
Visiting the design Mecca
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 06 October 2009

The London fair 100% Design might be going through a bad patch but the city itself has a number of interesting things to see in the realm of design, art and architecture.

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Painting the Future
Painting the Future
by Thomas Edelmann | 06 October 2009

Are electric drives more a PR campaign than a serious alternative? What is currently being treated as the future face of automobility has already been around for some time. Electric cars have as yet, however, been able to establish themselves. For several reasons.

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Pretty Wraps – How the auto industry sees itself, Pt. 3
Pretty Wraps – How the auto industry sees itself, Pt. 3
by Thomas Wagner | 03 October 2009

Design is more than just providing styling, and the look of a car is more than just pretty wraps for it. But do the ad agencies know this, too?

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History is no chicken feed
History is no chicken feed
by Anne Haun | 02 October 2009

Thomas Demand' works appear to hover in the glass display case that is Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Yet that impression is deceiving, as so foten do his photographs. Under the title "Nationalgalerie" (national gallery) the artist uses curtain fabric hung freely from the ceiling and provided by the Danish company Kvadrat to showcase works whose theme is key moments in German history since 1945.

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Mushrooms à la Milanese
Mushrooms à la Milanese
by Ute Diehl | 30 September 2009

His designs attest to immense creative powers and are as unusual as is he: Angelo Mangiarotti. What was long since overdue has finally been realized by the provinces of Agape and Mantua: A retrospective in honor of the great Italian designer.

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Electromobility: About blistering wires and clever pipework
Electromobility: About blistering wires and clever pipework
28 September 2009

Dare to look into the future? Each of us will drive an electric car, will charge it overnight, while at the same time the washing machine runs because electricity will be cheaper at night. How to secure power supplies during such peak periods? Claudia Beckmann spoke to David Dallinger. They discussed how the electric car of tomorrow can be integrated into renewable decentral energy systems.

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Electromobility: Still filling up or already charging
Electromobility: Still filling up or already charging
27 September 2009

The auto's future is inextricably connected to batteries. And to power sockets. What sounds so plausible and developed in the media and at press conferences, is far from ready, and instead the major challenge we face is to develop electromobility: in the form of powerful batteries.

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Electromobility: Where is the journey taking us?
Electromobility: Where is the journey taking us?
25 September 2009

The automobile industry is the focal point of the debate about climate goals and CO2 reduction. The answer to the question about the car of the future is quite clearly electromobility. Claudia Beckmann and Nancy Jehmlich spoke to three experts about which mobility concepts are currently being discussed and the technical and economic challenges that accompany them.

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Creeping forward en route for the future: Design truths at the IAA
Creeping forward en route for the future: Design truths at the IAA
by Thomas Wagner | 24 September 2009

If we are to believe the grandiose announcements by the auto industry we will soon be driving highly efficiently in futuristically designed automobiles into a brave clean world. And the energy will come from a power socket. But a lot of what glitters as promises at IAA is simply not gold. But pie in the sky. And design is tailoring the new clothes and making do with the role of being the sub-servant of technology.

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Code stands for Copenhagen Design
Code stands for Copenhagen Design
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 23 September 2009

Copenhagen is hosting the Code 09 design fair and the Copenhagen Design Week - but it's the city that's the star.

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An intermezzo at the traffic lights
An intermezzo at the traffic lights
23 September 2009

Until September 30, 2009, six renowned architecture studios will be orchestrating in the display windows of the Frankfurt's Vitra showroom imaginative images that drivers waiting at the nearby traffic lights can observe until the light turns green.

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What a car
What a car
by Paolo Tumminelli | 21 September 2009

What role is design actually playing at the 63rd IAA car show? Are the new models keeping their promises in this respect? Or for various reasons, is design losing the requisite balance between yesterday and today?

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All green: self portrait of the auto industry 2
All green: self portrait of the auto industry 2
by Thomas Wagner | 19 September 2009

For some time now, the future has been the present as far as automobile advertising is concerned: everything must be green, efficient, economical. Such harmony between Man, Nature and Machine is, however, just a sun-drenched fairy tale, and then, just sometimes, the dim, dark night.

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