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A fine flair for the user
A fine flair for the user
by Thomas Wagner | 3 maggio 2015

In Belgium’s erstwhile colliery of Grand-Hornu just outside Mons, European Cultural Capital this year, a major retrospective of the work of Jasper Morrison is now on show.

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Learning from Las Vegas  – under the shower
Learning from Las Vegas
– under the shower
30 aprile 2015

Is the bathroom a place of fine distinctions? Thomas Wagner talked with Andreas Dornbracht about “Culturing Life”, the brand’s new claim, the digitalization of the bathroom and current as well as future changes in the industry.

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Tasting the future
Tasting the future
by Adeline Seidel | 28 aprile 2015

This year’s Salone once again blazed many a trail into automotive wonderland. Think tracks made of fine marble, highlights for the senses and dreams on wheels powered by an improbability drive.

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What only the giraffe knows
What only the giraffe knows
28 aprile 2015

This year during there were once again countless items of furniture and special moments during the Milan Salone. A small photo album of memories.

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Hieronymus at the airport
Hieronymus at the airport
24 aprile 2015

On “Panorama”, the airport as a residential location, glancing sideways, digital tools, physical models, how to design a chair, and why designers cannot simply be replaced by programs.

Konstantin Grcic in conversation with Thomas Wagner – part 1.

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Propaganda  and change
Propaganda
and change
by Oliver Elser | 24 aprile 2015

An expo is not just a spectacle, an event, where everything gets torn down afterwards. Since the very first World Exposition in London key milestones in architecture have been created specially for such great occasions – and many were indeed great in size and stature. Some of them are still standing. Others mere ruins.

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Fresh from the textiles lab
Fresh from the textiles lab
by Katharina Sommer and Florian Dreher | 23 aprile 2015

Dynamic walls, luminescent concrete and polar-bear houses, a tour of the experimentation and research going into textile construction.

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A stitch in time
A stitch in time
by Franziska Eidner | 23 aprile 2015

From May 4 to 7, 2015 Frankfurt’s Techtextil trade fair will be showcasing smart textiles, luminescent fabrics, sensory garments, and much more besides. We have compiled the must-know details of the exhibition for you below.

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Clerics meet Matrizia
Clerics meet Matrizia
by Thomas Wagner | 22 aprile 2015

“An impure tongue does not taste; dulled senses only notice the sharpest stimuli, or they chew more than they feel.” – Johann Gottfried von Herder

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Milan Marginalia
Milan Marginalia
22 aprile 2015

Blue is the new black, morning engagements, parties end abruptly, council is sought, and at long last there’s a door handle by Rem Koolhaas.

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Work like the ancient Greeks
Work like the ancient Greeks
by Adeline Seidel | 22 aprile 2015

Michele de Lucchi is convinced he has found what creative work primarily need. A walk on his installation "Workplace 3.0 - La Passegiata" at the Salone Ufficio.

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Light emotions
Light emotions
by Thomas Edelmann | 22 aprile 2015

The Euroluce and the events accompanying it in Milan showed how light and luminaire makers are tackling the challenges of the electronic age: with a specific mixture in each case of tradition, technology, and private equity investors.

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I am a freaky perfectionist
I am a freaky perfectionist
21 aprile 2015

Be it at Bosa, BD Barcelona, Ceccotti, Cassina, Fritz Hansen, Magis, MINI or at the Orto Botanico: Almost anywhere you look in Milan you stumble across designs by Jaime Hayon. Uta Abendroth spoke with the all-rounder about his recipe for success.

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Between Fondue, Copy + Paste
Between Fondue, Copy + Paste
by Martina Metzner | 21 aprile 2015

Visitors were hard pressed to spot any genuine talent at this year’s Salone Satellite – many young designers were championing products made to shine in the social networks. But we did discover them, those ingenious ideas.

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A new architectural skin
A new architectural skin
by Florian Dreher | 19 aprile 2015

Somewhere between studio, lab, and manifesto: Contemporary architecture has rediscovered textiles’ countless properties and possibilities.

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The construction material of the future
The construction material of the future
by Ronny Eckert | 17 aprile 2015

Textile research institutes and corporations have in recent years researched fiber-based alternative construction materials and developed products ready for market destined to replace classic materials like steel.

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Klemens Schillinger
Klemens Schillinger
16 aprile 2015

: likes to keep things sparse and of late has moved back to his native Vienna

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From Brianza out into the wide world
From Brianza out into the wide world
by Thomas Edelmann | 13 aprile 2015

A prototypical design company: Molteni, founded 80 years ago in Brianza, now run by the third generation of family members, presents its products in a setting of Modern art.

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Pattern seeks partner
Pattern seeks partner
12 aprile 2015

“Ottoman” by Scholten & Baijings for Moroso

Fresh, but not too sporty, leisurely in shape and color, but not too elegant – a truly fine recliner-cum-seat.

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Sam Son Remo ZigZag
Sam Son Remo ZigZag
12 aprile 2015

Any number of novelties from Konstantin Grcic

Excitement’s in the air. Shortly before the Salone opens some news has leaked out as regards what KGID is coming up with.

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On the sunny side
On the sunny side
11 aprile 2015

Stefan Diez turns Yard into a family for Emu

Think of “dolce vita” and of the American way of life. Sun and fresh air are musts, with the sea, the beach, the pool or the patio close by.

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Fabric makes home
Fabric makes home
by Katharina Sommer | 10 aprile 2015

Membrane or cable-net constructions and pneumatic affairs: From the mid-20th century onward, thanks to new materials and the inventiveness of a few pioneering architects in the field of textile constructions, a new sense of lightness entered architecture.

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It has to be 48
It has to be 48
9 aprile 2015

“Stochastic” by Daniel Rybakken for Luceplan

The talented Norwegian has come up with a surprising luminaire – and owners can themselves decide the sculptural shape.

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Gender-sensitive design
Gender-sensitive design
by Thomas Edelmann | 9 aprile 2015

In Hamburg, after years of preparation, in 2014 a new platform for presentations and debates relating to design opened in the form of designxport. Currently on show: an exhibition on the gender influence in design and possible alternatives.

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Zestful balance
Zestful balance
7 aprile 2015

“Belleville” by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

The chairs are light, the tables stand there with gravitas, sturdily grounded.

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Not just for the lounge
Not just for the lounge
7 aprile 2015

Barber & Osgerby for Knoll Int.

A lounge chair, simple, slender and yet with a keen touch that makes sure it cuts a fine figure in any setting.

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Selected Manufacturers Milan Design Week 2015
Selected Manufacturers
Milan Design Week 2015
7 aprile 2015

The Salone with SaloneUfficio and Euroluce will open its doors from Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th April. Amazing designs can also be found at the showrooms and events across the city. A list of selected manufacturers shows which exhibitors are to be found where.

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Milan, the full Monty!
Milan, the full Monty!
6 aprile 2015

Given their sheer immensity, you need to plan your visit to the Salone and the Fuorisalone in Milan quite carefully. Find out below which events, places, shows and symposiums are the real musts.

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From
From
5 aprile 2015

: live the European idea and take a contemplative approach

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Cool twist
Cool twist
4 aprile 2015

“Klapp” by Steffen Kehrle for Area Declic

It may be challenging to design a chair. Even more so if it’s a folding chair.

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Light for the cave
Light for the cave
3 aprile 2015

“LEDS Clay” by Maarten Baas and Bertjan Pot for DGPH

The two have little truck with Mainstream. What they do like is atavistic fun.

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Hungrier for knowledge than his peers
Hungrier for knowledge than his peers
2 aprile 2015

Leonardo da Vinci at Palazzo Reale

Just in time for the Salone, Palazzo Reale right next to the Cathedral is hosting the largest exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci the country has ever seen.

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Surreal idols
Surreal idols
1 aprile 2015

Jaime Hayon showcases a “Réaction Poétique” at Cassina

Le Corbusier, not to mention Joan Mirò and other artists are secretly along for the ride when Jaime Hayon ironically evokes the spirit of Surrealism.

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Simply extravagant
Simply extravagant
1 aprile 2015

“Side Comfort” by Formstelle for Zeitraum

Anyone possessing a sufficient number of modules can create forever new settee worlds.

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From carpet to pullover
From carpet to pullover
31 marzo 2015

Inga Sempé for Golran

Following Bertjan Pot and Raw Edges, Inga Sempé got the chance to dream up rugs for Israeli manufacturer Golran. We asked the French designer what she has in store for us.

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Get the lowdown on this table
Get the lowdown on this table
31 marzo 2015

“Anemos” by Antonio Facco for Cappellini

There are things that are mysterious and yet very practical for precisely that reason.

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Theater eye candy
Theater eye candy
31 marzo 2015

“Melt” by Front for Tom Dixon

The British design company is hosting its Milan events in an abandoned theater, where novelties such as the “Melt” luminaire by designer-trio Front can be purchased on site.

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In praise of Italianità
In praise of Italianità
by Thomas Wagner | 31 marzo 2015

Members of the furniture industry will soon be flocking to Milan again to worship the novelties cult at the Salone. What can we expect? Or is the furniture fair merely the appetizer before the Expo?

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Seizing it by the horns
Seizing it by the horns
30 marzo 2015

Hans J. Wegner at Carl Hansen & Son, colored or round

You can always rely on someone like him – and there are said to be as many as another 3,500 furniture designs in his archive.

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In praise of the band
In praise of the band
30 marzo 2015

The “Bentwood Sofa 2002” by Christian Werner for Thonet

You need a grand gesture if a famous café chair is to morph into a state-of-the-art settee.

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Solid trio
Solid trio
29 marzo 2015

David Chipperfield designs and then thinks of e15

Originally, the Grand Master designed them for a country home in Buckinghamshire. And now e15 is bringing out the bench, table and stool as a series – in walnut or oak.

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Softened contours
Softened contours
29 marzo 2015

“Edge” by PearsonLloyd for Modus

There’s always life around the table. PearsonLloyd have created a gathering space of compelling simplicity.

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Sweetly squeezed
Sweetly squeezed
29 marzo 2015

“Juicy Salif” by Philippe Starck for Alessi

It provides fresh juice and a lot of fresh material for conversation: Philippe Strack’s lemon squeezer is available in white and in bronze to mark its 25th birthday.

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Small is beautiful
Small is beautiful
by Martina Metzner | 25 marzo 2015

They’re back in fashion – small, light armchairs with a wooden or tubular steel frame. In the 1950s and 1960s they came to fame as “easy chairs”; now they’ve morphed into “lounge chairs”. For the office or the home.

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Ressource Africa
Ressource Africa
by Jeremy Gaines | 24 marzo 2015

Vitra Design Museum is devoting not just one, but two exhibitions to Africa. While the one suggests the "re-maker culture" is a blueprint for design in the Global North, the other explores how to achieve architectural independence.

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Atelier  Areti
Atelier
Areti
23 marzo 2015

: cast their cosmopolitan lifestyle into tasteful luminaires

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Where are all the thinking caps?
Where are all the thinking caps?
by Jochen Stöckmann | 21 marzo 2015

Coinciding with this year’s CeBIT exhibition, Kunstverein Hannover is examining “Digital Conditions” – and contemplating whether the user in front of the screen will soon be redundant.

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33 Quadratmeter, geknickt
33 Quadratmeter, geknickt
by Florian Heilmeyer | 19 marzo 2015

In revamping 250-year-old Haus Thuneke, architect Peter Grundmann concentrated on making just few specific changes – albeit to great effect. Now the stodgy farmhouse structure proudly boasts a delicate extension.

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A  soft  revolution
A
soft
revolution
18 marzo 2015

Jens Wendland and Andrea Weitz of Raumkontor seek to transform the usually hard world of the bathroom into a soft, textile world for water. Adeline Seidel talked to the two interior designers about their “Soft Revolution”.

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ReAct  –  walking through water
ReAct

walking through water
18 marzo 2015

Brandherm + Krumrey interior architecture is one of the three finalists in the “Axor Inspiration Project” competition. Sara Bertsche talked with Susanne Brandherm and Hannah Stüber about their entry.

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Spirit  –  dancing with water
Spirit

dancing with water
18 marzo 2015

“Spirit” is the name of the competition entry submitted by designer Youyuan Zhao: a dancer enters into dialog with water. Adeline Seidel spoke to Youyuan Zhao about his idea.

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Where water swirls
Where water swirls
by Thomas Wagner | 17 marzo 2015

The ISH is the world’s leading trade-fair for innovative bath design. Wellness, hygiene and health are the elements from which the physical experience in bathrooms of today are formed.

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#ish by #kaschkasch
#ish by
#kaschkasch
17 marzo 2015

Florian Kallus of young designer duo Kaschkasch shared his impressions at the ISH with Stylepark‘s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. An unadulterated look at water basins, pipes and open fuse boxes.

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Hot Brands
Hot Brands
by Thomas Edelmann | 17 marzo 2015

Anyone entering the “Energy” section of the Frankfurt trade-fair halls during the ISH is met by a broad range of different heating systems. Countless brands and technologies may leave the non-trade visitor somewhat nonplussed. The sector: between chaos and self-confident design.

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Floating with the winners
Floating with the winners
16 marzo 2015

In Portikus on the mini island in the River Main in downtown Frankfurt Philippe Grohe presented the prizes to the winning “Axor Inspiration Projects”.

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Dr. WC
Dr. WC
by Sara Bertsche | 13 marzo 2015

From “flush melodies” through medical urine test units to monitoring alcohol levels: The new high-tech WCs offer all manner of technical refinements. And above all in Japan they’re exploiting the digital potential pretty much to the full.

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Nanotechnology as the source of new cleanliness
Nanotechnology as the source of new cleanliness
by Thomas Edelmann | 12 marzo 2015

Nano-coatings make it easier to clean toilets, and also make lime-scale as good as a thing of the past. As does a design that eliminates the flush rim.

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Fire alone isnt enough
Fire alone isn't enough
11 marzo 2015

A lot is expected from modern wood burning stoves today. Not only are they supposed to look good, but they have the additional task of feeding into the heating circuit of an entire building. Uta Abendroth spoke with Stefan Diez about the wood burning stove he designed for Buderus/Bosch.

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Enjoy the ride!
Enjoy the ride!
by Sara Bertsche and Martina Metzner | 10 marzo 2015

Be it a wellness rocking chair, with a rainwater flush or restrooms with a back door: Students at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts have developed toilets that break with the traditional images of the WC.

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On conflicting aims and ramps in the wrong places
On conflicting aims and ramps in the wrong places
by Christian Holl | 9 marzo 2015

How a society deals with people with impairments says a lot about the prevailing social climate. Mind you, the way in which bureaucracy’s quaint logic often succeeds in thwarting aspirations for an ideal barrier-free world is just as insightful.

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A vortex in bathrooms
A vortex in bathrooms
6 marzo 2015

In the form of the “Axor Starck V” fountain mixer, Axor, Hansgrohe SE’s design brand, is entering virgin territory and conjuring up a vortex in bathrooms. Thomas Wagner talked to Philippe Grohe, MD of the Axor brand, on flowing and calm water, on vortices and other ways of making water a sensible experience.

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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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