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Countryside brutalism
Countryside
brutalism
by Florian Heilmeyer | 3 marzo 2015

Berlin architects Augustin + Frank have built a kind of ur-house: Marvelously positioned on the shore of Scharmützelsee and surrounded by pines – it’s as though the countryside glides through the concrete structure.

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Åke’s passion  for chairs
Åke’s passion
for chairs
by Martina Metzner | 2 marzo 2015

Many have sat on his chairs in libraries, museums and government buildings. Yet Åke Axelsson, joint owner of Gärsnäs, is only known to the cognoscente outside his native Sweden. Stylepark visited his studio.

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buroBELÉN
buroBELÉN
1 marzo 2015

: makes fabrics from wood and considers itself a “materializer”

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The   escape helper
The
escape helper
27 febbraio 2015

Is building in the countryside different to construction work in towns? Do rural edifices possibly need to have more character? Florian Heilmeyer talked to architect Thomas Kröger about three projects in the Uckermark.

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Bathroom without barriers
Bathroom without barriers
by Adeline Seidel | 26 febbraio 2015

Architect Ursula Fuss has designed an extraordinary standard bathroom for hotels. Not only does it look good, it has no barriers.

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River Clean
River Clean
by Martina Metzner | 25 febbraio 2015

Ralf Steeg has a dream: one about being able to swim in rivers running through cities again. With this in mind, this landscape designer has developed “Luritec”, a retention plant destined to help keep rivers clean.

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BAU by the dozen – from Caparol to Sto
BAU by the dozen – from Caparol to Sto
by Adeline Seidel | 23 febbraio 2015

Hemp on the wall or vintage concrete? Huge glass windows that can be slid aside with a single finger or frontage with a parametric look? A glance at the most interesting innovations at BAU 2015.

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Into the dust  with the enemies   of Brandenburg!
Into the dust
with the enemies
of Brandenburg!
by Adeline Seidel | 20 febbraio 2015

Come to Brandenburg with us! For behind its fences and trees, in the meadows and on the lakes we have discovered amazing architecture well worth exploring.



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Loft living in  the countryside
Loft living in
the countryside
by Florian Heilmeyer | 19 febbraio 2015

The former worsted yarn spinning mill in Brandenburg an der Havel is in for a makeover – the brick building is going to be home to studios, office space, a children’s daycare center, and some unusual apartments.

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Lines in space
Lines in space
19 febbraio 2015

With “Sketch” for Schönbuch Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub of Jehs + Laub demonstrate how to design a minimalist coat stand. Martina Metzner talked to the pair about their idea, pared-down design, and models of Fritt chews.

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A license to RO-CK
A license to RO-CK
by Florian Hufnagl | 17 febbraio 2015

For his lifetime achievements Nils Holger Moormann has been presented with the “German Design Award” in Frankfurt. Prompting Florian Hufnagl, former Director of the Neue Sammlung in Munich, to compose a special laudation in words and images.

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Geckeler Michels
Geckeler Michels
15 febbraio 2015

: are fans of the radical and made the “Nerd”

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Water forms
Water forms
by Adeline Seidel | 13 febbraio 2015

Not only in nature has the force of water created impressive landscapes. With the help of water people have also designed wonderful spaces. Both are places of inspiration and calm.

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A quest for clarity and simplicity
A quest for clarity and simplicity
13 febbraio 2015

More than ten years ago Antonio Citterio designed his first range of fittings for Axor, a brand by Hansgrohe. Having done two very distinct series, he created a synthesis with his third: Axor Citterio E. The designer and architect talked to us about risks, confidence and the quality of life, all of which are occasionally associated with selected products.

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Where would we be if...
Where would we be if...
by Adeline Seidel | 12 febbraio 2015

At this year’s BAU in Munich manufacturers didn’t really seem to have that much thirst for the future. The industry is stuck between pragmatism and risk minimization, which impacts on architecture for sure.

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The same only in green
The same only in green
by Christian Holl | 12 febbraio 2015

The country is something fundamentally different from the city. It is a different type of settlement, there is social control, people have more space, but shopping opportunities are not as good. In one respect though, the country is thoroughly urbanized, namely in the way we perceive it. In the country too people are viewing it the way previously only city dwellers did. And they build things the same way.

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Welcome to Mr. Ueda’s Hot Spring
Welcome to Mr. Ueda’s Hot Spring
by Ulrich Schneider | 11 febbraio 2015

In Germany, you might raise an eyebrow if your host invited you to share a bath with him before dinner. By contrast, in Japan a shared bath in an "onsen" is the norm rather than the exception. A report on a weekend in Tokyo and a European's first encounter with the Japanese bath culture.

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Flaunting a  new feel for life
Flaunting a
new feel for life
by Martina Metzner | 10 febbraio 2015

Stockholm Design Week revealed that noise reduction can look good and smartphones are also changing our furniture. But just what is behind “New Nordic”?

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Scandinavia x 12
Scandinavia x 12
by Martina Metzner | 6 febbraio 2015

News from the North? Yes, indeed! Even though the makers of the Stockholm Furniture Fair have completely revised the hall layout we managed to glimpse the hottest innovations – here are the 12 most exciting ones.

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New Sense of Comfort or GreyUrbanUnderIslandTropicAir
New Sense of Comfort or GreyUrbanUnderIslandTropicAir
5 febbraio 2015

Claudia Kleine and Jörg Kürschner together constitute “Formstelle”. At the Thonet booth at the imm cologne the designer duo presented a much-discussed lounge chair. Thomas Wagner spoke to them both about the “808”, the design process and the issue of how one can cocoon and nevertheless remain open-minded.

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Kitchen not cooking
Kitchen not cooking
by Thomas Edelmann | 3 febbraio 2015

Students’ designs and high-tech products turn their back on cooking and instead celebrate either networking and technologization or the rejection of the same. Cooking as a process, minus the process.

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Fixed on the mark
Fixed on the mark
by Uta Abendroth | 1 febbraio 2015

Inga Sempé has dragged the winged armchair into contemporary life – with “Beau Fixe” for Ligne Roset. In an interview with Uta Abendroth, the French designer explains what the design has to do with her childhood, why she likes working in a team, and why she feels attracted to small objects.

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Luminous wallpapers and 3D curtains
Luminous wallpapers and 3D curtains
by Martina Metzner | 30 gennaio 2015

At Heimtextil and imm cologne’s “Pure Textiles” wallpaper suppliers and textile editors are celebrating a gleaming metallic look, 3D structures and all manner of technical features. We present the top ten highlights of the two fairs.

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The freestyle bathroom for the whole family
The freestyle bathroom for the whole family
by Heike Edelmann | 29 gennaio 2015

From the fringes of domestic life to one of its main attractions – it’s hard to imagine any other room whose status has been so thoroughly elevated in our homes over recent decades as the bathroom. Until very recently bathroom designs opted for either opulence or functionality. Today, planners and manufacturers are striving to achieve a symbiosis of the two.

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Joyful stoves and hybrid house mates
Joyful stoves and hybrid house mates
by Thomas Edelmann | 29 gennaio 2015

Planning and the question of your own requirements play a pronounced role when having an oven or fireplace installed. Once you know what you need, the market seems well-structured and clear, despite the seeming infinite choice available.

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The Böhms
The Böhms
by Vera Lisakowski | 29 gennaio 2015

The documentary on the Böhm family is a masterpiece on the psychology of a family in which more or less everything revolves around architecture.

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Refreshing prospects
Refreshing prospects
by Sara Bertsche | 29 gennaio 2015

At the ISH trade fair in Frankfurt new bath designs, smart technologies and energy-efficient building technologies will all be on show. We’ve brought together the most important information on the fair for you.

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Heated carpets would be  one solution
Heated carpets would be
one solution
27 gennaio 2015

Ross Lovegrove, “Special Guest” at Domotex 2015, has long since transposed his futuristic design onto floors. In the interview with Uta Abendroth he explains, in which way designers, architects and manufacturers can advance the design of floorings by thinking outside the box and new material compositions.

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Full moon before the crescent
Full moon before the crescent
by Thomas Wagner | 26 gennaio 2015

Once doesn’t count, twice could be coincidence, three times sets a tradition: in occasion of imm cologne designers, manufacturers, artists and art collectors were invited by AD, Meiré und Meiré and Stylepark to meet at Marc Meiré’s home.

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Happy Birthday Gottfried Böhm!
Happy Birthday Gottfried Böhm!
by Uta Winterhager | 23 gennaio 2015

Gottfried Böhm’s oeuvre is immense and even with 95 work still has a firm hold on him. We congratulate the first German Pritzker Prize winner to his birthday and take you on a journey in time through five of his buildings in Cologne.

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Furniture Suspense
Furniture Suspense
by Martina Metzner | 22 gennaio 2015

Flying elephant stools, Chinese felt dragons and upholstered elevated chairs: For the third time, the imm cologne’s “Featured Editions”curated by Stylepark are captivating visitors.

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Forget those old banana boxes
Forget those old banana boxes
by Uta Abendroth | 22 gennaio 2015

In the hunt for the feel-good factor that straddles the tried-and-true and the surprisingly new, designers and manufacturers are busy presenting their novelties at the imm cologne and the Passagen. The clear message: Things are getting more softer and sensual.

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Fair for the senses
Fair for the senses
by Martina Metzner | 20 gennaio 2015

Anne Marie Commandeur of Amsterdam’s Stijlinstituut has conjured up a new “Theme Park” for the Heimtextil trade fair – and a tour for all the senses through the world of home textiles.

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Floors to fit
Floors to fit
by Martina Metzner | 20 gennaio 2015

The Domotex in Hanover showed the full reach of what flooring can do today, ranging from stylishly designed carpet tiles and waterproof laminates through to impressive carpet artworks.

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Fitzcarraldo   in Paris
Fitzcarraldo
in Paris
by Ralf Wollheim | 19 gennaio 2015

Its construction costs tripled, it was a good two years behind schedule, and eventually it opened before it was even completed: Jean Nouvel’s Philharmonie de Paris. All about good intentions and an architecture that reaches for the stars but sadly gets dragged down to earth by its own vanities.

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Spearhead of an avant-garde of comfort
Spearhead of an avant-garde of comfort
by Thomas Edelmann | 18 gennaio 2015

Michele De Lucchi is “A&W Designer of the Year 2015”. So who is Michele De Lucchi? The last surviving champion of post-modernism, a traditionalist or a man of today after all? A close look at De Lucchi the designer AND the architect.

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