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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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On Saturdays we bath in water for Canitoga
On Saturdays we bath in water for Canitoga
by Silke Gehrmann-Becker | 19 March 2011

What actually influences our relationship to water and using it? Possibly it is far less rational and far more shaped by the media than we would like to know. A short history of German socialization as regards H2O.

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New angled vision thanks to remmidemmi
New angled vision thanks to remmidemmi
by Thomas Wagner | 17 March 2011

We know him as the man behind extravagant buildings, experimental furniture and bed clothes that store body heat. Now architect Jürgen Mayer H. has designed a sunglasses collection for the "ic! Berlin" label. A complete break with symmetry.

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Learning from the land of water
Learning from the land of water
by Nina Reetzke | 16 March 2011

Water destroys, heals, seduces. In hardly any other country is this more apparent than Indonesia, country of countless islands. While in the West, water tends to be managed mechanically, and of late digitally, in Indonesia it is a design element in spatial planning, architecture and interior designs.


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Selected Exhibitors at ISH 2011
Selected Exhibitors at ISH 2011
14 March 2011

Every two years the fair Frankfurt invites everyone to attend ISH. From 15 to 19 March approximately 2,300 manufacturers will present the world's largest exhibition for bathroom design and building-services technology. An exhibitor schedule presents the most important manufacturers.


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