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Certainly extravagant
Certainly extravagant
by Martina Metzner | 28 agosto 2015

Best to protect your head from the sun by donning a hat. We have selected a few examples for you that make certain you’ll look stylish in the city or on the beach.

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Barca a motore:  Riva’s Aquarama
Barca a motore:
Riva’s Aquarama
by Thomas Wagner | 26 agosto 2015

They were the classic toys of members of high society and the jet set. Riva models such as the Aquarama can hardly be topped in the eleganza rankings.

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Flynn  Talbot
Flynn
Talbot
24 agosto 2015

: copies the moon and seeks to change space with his luminaires

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Antoine the rock
Antoine the rock
by Adeline Seidel | 21 agosto 2015

The Swiss are masters of deception when it comes to money, bunkers or shelters – like those by Bureau A.

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La macchina da corsa:  MV Agusta Tre
La macchina da corsa:
MV Agusta Tre
by Thomas Wagner | 19 agosto 2015

There are many racing motorcycles around. One of the most beautiful and the most successful of all time is the “MV Agusta Tre”.

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On concrete, books, and sand
On concrete, books, and sand
by Adeline Seidel | 17 agosto 2015

If your skin is in danger of getting a little pink from too much sun, then this beachside library offers ideal shade.

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Sandra Doeller
Sandra Doeller
14 agosto 2015

: is mad about typography and puts the Frankfurt in-crowd on paper

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Bisiluro:  Carlo Mollino and the Damolnar
Bisiluro:
Carlo Mollino and the Damolnar
by Thomas Wagner | 12 agosto 2015

A streamlined racing car that resembles a bullet. Carlo Mollino knew like no other how to blend technology and poetry.

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Under a single roof
Under a single roof
by Adeline Seidel | 10 agosto 2015

Sauerbruch Hutton have designed an open “Forum” for the Hager Group – in Obernai in the Alsace. It persuasively embodies the company’s brand values.

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Charming, Shady, Airy
Charming, Shady, Airy
by Martina Metzner | 7 agosto 2015

Hades and sails protect you against too much sun and make summery life outdoors pleasant. A selection of well-designed examples that also score high in practical and technical terms.

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Distribuzione Desmodromica:  Ducati 750 Supersport Desmo
Distribuzione Desmodromica:
Ducati 750 Supersport Desmo
by Thomas Wagner | 5 agosto 2015

The engine in the Ducati“750 Supersport Desmo” from 1974 with its desmodromic valve control is considered one of the most beautiful and sophisticated engines of all times.

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Carlo Urbinati
Carlo Urbinati
31 luglio 2015

It’s hardly surprising that Carlo Urbinati has chosen an article on a light bulb. But we wouldn’t have guessed that the modest founder of Foscarini is fascinated by as iridescent a figure as Carlo Mollino.

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Inga Sempé
Inga Sempé
29 luglio 2015

We certainly didn’t imagine that designer Inga Sempé has a soft spot for gas stations and autos.

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Gunter Fleitz
Gunter Fleitz
29 luglio 2015

Architect Gunter Fleitz likes saunas that are different, meaning not like typical saunas. Otherwise it is mainly architecture that sets him clicking or browsing.

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Stefan Diez
Stefan Diez
29 luglio 2015

Space travel, Grcic, an all-round chair, new materials, a portrait and a giant mushroom: Stefan Diez selected not one, but six favorites.

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What’s up pussycat?
What’s up pussycat?
by Martina Metzner | 28 luglio 2015

Sunglasses obviously aren’t just about protecting your eyes. Models à l’extrême always guarantee you a cool place in the summer shades stakes.

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Vettura sportiva:  Lamborghini and the Miura
Vettura sportiva:
Lamborghini and the Miura
by Thomas Wagner | 24 luglio 2015

Low, compact and very fast: In the Lamborghini “Miura” with its transversely mounted V12, the automotive fighting bull is comparatively gentle.

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Girard meets Eames
Girard meets Eames
by Andreas Kühnlein | 23 luglio 2015

Alexander Girard and Charles Eames shared a close friendship, which proved highly productive in creative terms. Works by both designers can now be found in Vitra’s “Home Complements” – and this reunion is anything but a chance encounter.

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#Architecture  for Instagram
#Architecture
for Instagram
by Adeline Seidel | 22 luglio 2015

Backdrop, sculpture or theme world? Temporary architectures in the social media age reveal more than one might at first think: an architecture analysis using Instagram.

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Working in the park
Working in the park
by Adeline Seidel | 21 luglio 2015

Summer, sun, sunburn – not for us. After all, there are places and products that provide pleasantly refreshing shade. An office in the park, for instance.

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La motoretta: The Vespa by Piaggio
La motoretta: The Vespa by Piaggio
by Thomas Wagner | 17 luglio 2015

Sun, air, love – and a “Vespa”. Mobility can’t get any more Italian and folksy than that. The little “Wasp” has long since become mythical.

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Out on  the roof, too
Out on
the roof, too
by Martina Metzner | 15 luglio 2015

Product Design students of École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne had a go at outfitting “Appartement 50” in Marseille’s “Cité Radieuse”. The result is an homage to Le Corbusier that uses plenty of color and adaptable furniture.

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Coconut fiber string in Singapore, steel caps in Paris
Coconut fiber string in
Singapore, steel caps in Paris
by Esther Schulze-Tsatsas | 14 luglio 2015

A global and forever recognizable brand combined with local architectural references. So how does that work? Cosmetics brand Aesop shows how – in its stores.

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Erik Olovsson
Erik Olovsson
12 luglio 2015

: meditates every day, and designs furniture items as if they were 3D graphics

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Walnut doesn’t need the peeling treatment
Walnut doesn’t need the peeling treatment
by Esther Schulze-Tsatsas | 10 luglio 2015

Australian cosmetics brand Aesop’s concept centers on a mix of global and local elements for the interior design of its stores. In Frankfurt, it was Philipp Mainzer who designed the store.

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Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica:  Alfa Romeo’s B.A.T. mobiles
Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica:
Alfa Romeo’s B.A.T. mobiles
by Thomas Wagner | 9 luglio 2015

Are they really beautiful, the 1950s Alfa Romeo models known as “B.A.T.” for short? Spacey all three certainly are, even if Batman was not an Italian and is not called “pipistrello”.

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Pretty hot-wired
Pretty hot-wired
by Martina Metzner | 7 luglio 2015

They were all the rage in the 1950s, now they are back again: metal-wire structures, both stable and delicate in appearance. We have picked out several large and small tables for you.

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Architecture’s quaint qualifications
Architecture’s quaint qualifications
by Christian Holl | 3 luglio 2015

Those lamenting the fact that the introduction of the Bologna Reform has sounded the death knell of the good old German diploma certificate can rest assured. It is manifestly still going strong. Take the Half-Timbered Guide Certificate, for example, which was introduced in 2010. Germany’s veteran comedian institution Loriot would have gone to town on the oh-so-typical moniker of Half-Timbered Guide Certificate. Precisely because the matter is hardly wooden.

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The lighting system shows off the architectural elegance
The lighting system shows off the architectural elegance
2 luglio 2015

It is mostly architects and users who are asked their opinion on workspace design. So what does a property developer have to say about tenants’ requirements when it comes to their office premises? Ian Cartwright of Great Portland Estates has the answers.

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Macchina da scrivere:  Ettore Sottsass and Olivetti
Macchina da scrivere:
Ettore Sottsass and Olivetti
by Thomas Wagner | 1 luglio 2015

Typewriters are hybrids, combining elements of both tools and machines. As for their design, they remained as good as interchangeable for a long time. Ettore Sottsass put a stop to all that with his designs for Olivetti: the “Tekne” and “Praxis 48” models.

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Creativity beneath  a seam of light
Creativity beneath
a seam of light
29 giugno 2015

In Amsterdam “Office for Metropolitan Architecture” (OMA) has built the new G-Star RAW corporate headquarters. Part of the architectural design brief was to encourage creativity among its employees. So, 12 months after relocating to the new premises, have expectations been met? Adeline Seidel in conversation with architect Reinier de Graaf from OMA/AMO and Design Director Pieter Kool from G-Star RAW.

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Only the watercolors  burned to nothing
Only the watercolors
burned to nothing
29 giugno 2015

How to live in orbit? Adeline Seidel talked with Galina Balashova, the interior designer of the Russian space capsules, about green floors, blue ceilings and creating a sense of homeliness in space.

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Il motore a dodici cilindri:  Scuderia Ferrari and its 312
Il motore a dodici cilindri:
Scuderia Ferrari and its 312
by Thomas Wagner | 26 giugno 2015

The Futurists exalted it to the rank of a deity. And to this day the Italians are the unrivaled masters of making the most beautiful machines. Some have red heads and 12 cylinders.

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Expert hand, fresh mind
Expert hand, fresh mind
by Martina Metzner | 25 giugno 2015

Ever since 2012, the "Japan Creative" initiative has functioned as the interface between internationally active designers and traditional Japanese crafts workshops. Most recently, Stefan Diez took even the Japanese experts by surprise – with his version of bamboo furniture.

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A footwear store with a twist
A footwear store with a twist
by Adeline Seidel | 23 giugno 2015

Fancy a new pair of shoes to go with your design classic? No problem. On the Vitra Campus, architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has established a Camper pop-up store in a domed structure à la Buckminster Fuller.

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Macchina per il caffè:  La Cornuta“ by Giò Ponti for La Pavoni
Macchina per il caffè:
La Cornuta“ by Giò Ponti for La Pavoni
by Thomas Wagner | 20 giugno 2015

At the beginning of the 20th century the Futurists exalted it to the rank of a deity: la macchina. And to this day the Italians are the unrivaled masters of making the most beautiful machines.

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Line Depping
Line Depping
17 giugno 2015

: is always searching for a reason to make a piece of furniture

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Sweating in a tin box
Sweating in a tin box
by Adeline Seidel | 15 giugno 2015

In Göteborg in Sweden, the free port is gradually being transformed into a new district – complete with a sauna designed by Raumlabor.

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Four legs and a seat shell
Four legs and a seat shell
by Thomas Wagner | 13 giugno 2015

Yes, folks, it really does exist: the universal chair of 2015. It was designed by various hands, comes in numerous versions and yet still follows a typology going back to a famous forebear. Ultimately, it is the subtle differences that count.

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New light on chairs
New light on chairs
by Martina Metzner | 11 giugno 2015

Swedish designer Alexander Lervik asked famous photographer friends of his to portray his output. Powerful pictures that lend Lervik’s furniture an extraordinary character are the result.

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The machinist’s revenge
The machinist’s revenge
by Oliver Koerner von Gustorf | 9 giugno 2015

Love, pretensions and four deaths: A new book and two films tell the story of Eileen Gray and her legendary villa E.1027.

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Axel Schindlbeck
Axel Schindlbeck
7 giugno 2015

: makes everyday items that forge links between man, technology and humor

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No perspicacity
No perspicacity
by Michael Erlhoff | 4 giugno 2015

What happens if we simply believe our eyes and always go by the images we see?

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Wake-up call with eyes and fringes
Wake-up call with eyes and fringes
by Uta Abendroth | 2 giugno 2015

Danish design has a contemporary look to it, despite many of the ideas being over 50 years old. At Copenhagen’s “3daysofdesign” there was much talk of tradition and values, and of updating classics.

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Modernism with a cummerbund
Modernism with a cummerbund
by Ralf Wollheim | 1 giugno 2015

The exhibition “Radically modern - urban planning and architecture in 1960s Berlin” on show at Berlinische Galerie compares and contrasts the architectural heritage and urban planning in East and West Berlin. And yet it misses the city’s most important structure: the Wall.

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Hear, see, ask
Hear, see, ask
30 maggio 2015

“A@W Lectures by Stylepark” during the Architect@Work in Copenhagen

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Relax,  it’s not just learning and eating
Relax,
it’s not just learning and eating
by Adeline Seidel | 28 maggio 2015

The World Expo in Milan actually has a lot to offer, and proves to be very entertaining into the bargain. As so often, it’s all a matter of perspective.

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City-Palace-Association
City-Palace-Association
by Thomas Wagner | 26 maggio 2015

There are countless reasons and the one or other ghastly story why you immediately recognize a building. So how should one deal with this? And what does it have to do with Berlin’s Municipal Palace?

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Deeply bewildering the world sends out sounds
Deeply bewildering the world sends out sounds
by Christian Holl | 24 maggio 2015

A pity that tunnels cost so much money. And involve so much work. Because actually they are perfect problem-solvers. What you’re not supposed to see simply disappears. Above them flowers bloom, trees grow, sometimes new “urban” districts arise, at others existing quarters grow together. But sometimes they also collapse and among other things take down the illusion of a perfect world with them.

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Breaking  with marble
Breaking
with marble
by Martina Metzner and Adeline Seidel | 21 maggio 2015

Frankfurt has a new restaurant. It’s called “Stanley Diamond”, has a gentlemanly flair that also has its shady sides and pleases the plate with high-end traditional cuisine.

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Boomerangs whizz overhead
Boomerangs whizz overhead
by Thomas Wagner | 19 maggio 2015

Exhibiting has a lot to do with space. At the 56th Venice Art Biennale you can see how art become theatrical and architecture becomes a stage.

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Give Tarzan  a break!
Give Tarzan
a break!
by Martina Metzner | 15 maggio 2015

If you’re happy to stay in although spring has arrived, that’s up to you! We had a look around imm cologne and the Salone del Mobile to spot the latest in outdoor furniture designers and manufacturers have created specially for the season.

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Woman, dream and mirror
Woman, dream and mirror
by Annette Tietenberg | 13 maggio 2015

Parallel to the Biennale, Palazzo Grassi is hosting a retrospective on 79-year-old Martial Raysse. Thus commemorating an artist who knows that art, fashion and the critique of political economy need not necessarily always be mutually exclusive.

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Yoy
Yoy
13 maggio 2015

: love to play with illusion and surprise

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The latest from the image factory
The latest from the image factory
by Thomas Wagner | 12 maggio 2015

Last Saturday saw the opening of the 56th Venice Art Biennale. Aspects of a first tour of the Giardini and the Arsenale.

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Industry is not a dinosaur
Industry is not a dinosaur
11 maggio 2015

On irony, provocative designs, Chair One as a grill, finding treasure troves, the necessity of securing contracts and the fun of advancing existing designs.

Konstantin Grcic in conversation with Thomas Wagner – part 3



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Spanish lace
Spanish lace
by Adeline Seidel | 11 maggio 2015

And the winner of this year’s “Mies van der Rohe Award” is…: the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin, Poland, designed by Barozzi Veiga. First prize in the “Emerging Architect” category goes to Arquitectura-G for its “Casa Luz” in Cilleros, Spain.

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Design, backstage
Design, backstage
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 7 maggio 2015

Interzum in Cologne rounds up all the big names from the furniture making and interior fittings industry, making the trade fair a treasure trove for all those in the fields of design, planning and building.

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Get stuck!
Get stuck!
by Thomas Edelmann | 6 maggio 2015

The postage stamp is celebrating a special anniversary. And while the postal service has been mostly privatized, commemorative stamps featuring architecture and design have enjoyed a growing significance. Nonetheless, is the good old stamp destined to soon become extinct and confined to the groves of collections?

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Pradapolis
Pradapolis
by Adeline Seidel | 5 maggio 2015

Rem Koolhaas and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture have converted a former distillery in the south of Milan on behalf of Fondazione Prada – and created an anthology of diverse spaces and materials.

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Deft wefts and smart warps
Deft wefts and smart warps
by Martina Metzner | 5 maggio 2015

Technical textiles energize interior design and architecture alike. We present the most inspiring product innovations from Techtextil in Frankfurt.

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Work where you have the freedom do to so
Work where you have the freedom do to so
4 maggio 2015

On art and design as a way of life, public places, the designer’s responsibility, the culture of Italian manufacturers, taste and breather Marcel Duchamp.

Konstantin Grcic in conversation with Thomas Wagner – part 2



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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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