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May the dodecahedron gleam
May the dodecahedron gleam
by Sandra Hofmeister | 03 November 2009

It has the charm of most things Viennese, once hung in a bespoke tailors and in the "American Bar" - the luminaire Adolf Loos designed for Knize back in 1909. And now it has emerged in the 21st century as a redesign.

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90% of all cell phones in Europe are still black
90% of all cell phones in Europe are still black
01 November 2009

It is not easy to avoid his judgment: As the Director of Die Neue Sammlung in Munich, when it comes to design Florian Hufnagl is not only an excellent connoisseur but also an enthusiast. Franziska Horn talked to him about design expertise in companies, the qualities of products that survive for longer than one season and non-existent mega trends.

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How the future unfolds
How the future unfolds
by Markus Frenzl | 30 October 2009

Sometimes the future really is cardboard. Yet it is not only paper models that have gained new standing in the design process, paper itself has emerged as a highly regarded material. And so now for the very first time an entire book addresses the topic of paper as a sculptural material.

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Pain in Marilyn Monroe’s wardrobe
Pain in Marilyn Monroe’s wardrobe
by Thomas Wagner | 28 October 2009

Ever more frequently exhibitions are attempting to explain the current relationship between art and design. This is also true of "Entre deux actes - Loge de Comédienne" at Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. This particular exhibition, however, relies too much on art and an antiquated concept of design.

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Why should I be a chicken?
Why should I be a chicken?
by Sandra Hofmeister | 26 October 2009

Nacho Carbonell's freewheeling fantasies on the origin of the world of ideas.

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Smart Surfaces – from form to content and back again
Smart Surfaces – from form to content and back again
by Silke Gehrmann-Becker | 24 October 2009

Antimicrobial plastic coatings, dust-repellent textiles, flexible displays - surfaces are becoming ever smarter. Birkhäuser Verlag has just brought out a book on the subject. But is it as exciting as the subject promises to be?

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Even Obama has a Doge
Even Obama has a Doge
by Ute Diehl | 22 October 2009

The Italian furniture company Estel not only stands for a long family tradition. For generations it has also developed a good nose for the right design decisions. It was not until last year that Estel extended its empire to include five additional brands, including Dino Gavina's company "Simon". Ute Diehl met the company's President Alberto Stella and asked him what it means to adopt Gavina's legacy and take it forward into the future.

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The Paradise Society of a Subversive
The Paradise Society of a Subversive
by Ute Diehl | 21 October 2009

He is one of the figureheads of design and was always surrounded by a cluster of the greats of his trade. Without producer Dino Gavina, the international success of Italian design would have been inconceivable. His self-image was manifest on his visiting card, on which was printed: "Dino Gavina. Sovversivo". A Portrait of a Subversive.

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Concrete – so much more than the gray friend in the background
Concrete – so much more than the gray friend in the background
20 October 2009

The new Material Edition will showcase many other types of concrete including, for example, glass-foam concrete, translucent concrete, colored and recycled concrete. Be inspired by the sheer wealth of possible uses!

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New concretes for Architecture and Design
New concretes for Architecture and Design
by Juergen Glaesle | 20 October 2009

Concrete is by no means simply gray and monotonous. Recent years have seen the development of numerous new concretes that reveal the various uses to which it can be put.

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The GINA Studio
The GINA Studio
by Frank Barkow | 18 October 2009

In fall 2008 Chris Bangle and Frank Barkow ran a workshop at Harvard Graduate School of Design based on Gina technology, a flexible outer skin, which produced astonishing results and creates totally new Utopias in which to live and reside.

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The hidden beauty of the sewer rat
The hidden beauty of the sewer rat
by Nora Sobich | 15 October 2009

Concrete is the epitome of the Neues Bauen movement and linked inseparably to Modernism. Yet despite the multifarious opportunities for use it still has a hard time being perceived in terms of its aesthetic qualities as well.

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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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