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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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Near the end of the tunnel
Near the end of the tunnel
by Christian Holl | 15 gennaio 2015

Initially there were not enough people talking about ecological architecture and resource-saving building, and then suddenly too many were. The debate about the energy reform and ecological responsibility didn’t do architecture in Germany any good.

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Cologne and the system
Cologne and the system
by Thomas Wagner | 15 gennaio 2015

It’s that time of year again: From January 19 – 25, the furniture industry will be meeting up in Cologne at the imm cologne and the Passagen. And the Makk will be busy trying to identify the one or other system in a world without systems.

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Selected manufacturers  imm cologne 2015
Selected manufacturers
imm cologne 2015
13 gennaio 2015

Imm cologne is the first event to present the latest home trends for Europe and overseas. Over 1,100 exhibitors will present their innovations at the furniture fair, 185 at LivingKitchen. An exhibitor schedule presents the most important manufacturers.

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Selected manufacturers   BAU 2015
Selected manufacturers
BAU 2015
13 gennaio 2015

The BAU, world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, will start at Januray 19. Our list of selected manufacturers shows you which manufacturers are to be found where.

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News for Cologne –  from Böwer to Zeitraum
News for Cologne –
from Böwer to Zeitraum
by Martina Metzner | 13 gennaio 2015

Which re-editions are being dragged from the archives this year? In which pots of paint did manufacturers decide to dip their products? Enjoy browsing our selection of up-and-coming innovations!

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Moving construction forwards
Moving construction forwards
by Adeline Seidel | 13 gennaio 2015

At Munich’s BAU trade fair, manufacturers will be presenting their building innovations. During the fair, Stylepark together with Detail and Arch+ will be casting a glance at current research and construction projects.

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The Caged Voyeur
The Caged Voyeur
by Adeline Seidel | 12 gennaio 2015

For the very first time it has devolved to two architects to design “Das Haus” for the imm cologne. Adeline Seidel spoke to Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Shanghai’s Neri & Hu Design and Research Office about their installation “Memory Lane”.

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Seat creatures and clouds of cuttings
Seat creatures and clouds of cuttings
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 8 gennaio 2015

For the third time the “Featured Editions” at imm cologne will be curated by Stylepark. It boasts 14 high-caliber installations by designers such as Werner Aisslinger, Sebastian Herkner and Studio Hannes Wettstein.

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Grounded!
Grounded!
by Stylepark | 8 gennaio 2015

Exciting interviews, articles and information relating to the new floor coverings at Innovations@DOMOTEX: Simply read the “Stylepark Paper” on DOMOTEX 2015!

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 Tutto è progetto!
Tutto è progetto!
by Sara Bertsche | 6 gennaio 2015

Based in Veneto, luminaire manufacturer Foscarini relies wholly on the strength of design. Instead of developing models itself, the company has devised a system whereby it selects convincing designs from projects.

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Milan is realigning
Milan is realigning
by Thomas Edelmann | 3 gennaio 2015

The organizers of the Milan Furniture Fair have given themselves a new structure. And Italian manufacturers and brands are also in the midst of change. The outlook for 2015.

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2 0 1 5
2 0 1 5
by Thomas Wagner | 1 gennaio 2015

And the calendar has once again moved on a number. And once again there’s a new four-figure digit to digest. So what’s behind the numbers 20 and 15?

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Mika  Barr
Mika
Barr
29 dicembre 2014

: is a design entrepreneur and she has her textiles “wrinkle” in their very own way.

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Afro-Functionalism –   architecture from and for Africa
Afro-Functionalism –
architecture from and for Africa
by Jeremy Gaines | 26 dicembre 2014

Africa’s cities are growing super-fast. So what can the small and ingenious architectural solutions contribute that many commentators so applaud? Jeremy Gaines did a reality check and explains what Africa’s cities need most.

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Behind Swedish curtains
Behind Swedish curtains
by Martina Metzner | 24 dicembre 2014

In his book “Ett Hem” painter Carl Larsson talks about the way that Swedes used to live about a century back. What has remained of their predilection for adorning their homes? A trip to Stockholm provides some answers.

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Highfliers and service design: Bogotá
Highfliers and service design: Bogotá
by Michael Erlhoff | 22 dicembre 2014

Bogotá, a place for design? And the answer is clearly "yes". Above all as regards the many service providers in Colombia’s capital.

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Tuk-tuks, daladalas   and super-highways
Tuk-tuks, daladalas
and super-highways
by Jeremy Gaines | 19 dicembre 2014

Africa is urbanizing faster than any other continent. But tends to be forgotten in the debates on ubran mobility. Perhaps because the challenges are too great? Or perhaps because we aren’t being imaginative enough.

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10 x high-tech for floors
10 x high-tech for floors
by Martina Metzner | 19 dicembre 2014

Be it digital prints, nanotech or biocomposites: the new floorings come with all sorts of extra technological features. We checked out ten exciting innovations in floor coverings.

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The world of the 113 football fields
The world of the 113 football fields
by Christian Holl | 17 dicembre 2014

Would anyone think that bad performances in a provincial theater are a reason to issue laws stating that plays can only be staged in the big theaters? Things are different in architecture. In our new column on “Building in Germany” Christian Holl sets out to find out why.

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With our best wishes!
With our best wishes!
15 dicembre 2014

The Stylepark Gift Suggestions for a merry Christmas and a happy 2015!

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Kaschkasch
Kaschkasch
14 dicembre 2014

: design objects that can more than you would expect.

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Design like a rock
Design like a rock
by Thomas Wagner | 12 dicembre 2014

Design and rock – that is just as much a success story as the “Objects” books by Antonia Henschel and Trademark Publishing. This year, the publishing arm of Frankfurt agency “Sign Kommunikation”, which works on specific projects with Stylepark, has once again brought out some exciting new books.

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Patterns for creative regeneration
Patterns for creative regeneration
by Annette Tietenberg | 10 dicembre 2014

Horst P. Horst’s fashion photography is world famous. Now a hitherto unknown facet of his oeuvre is being unveiled as part of a major retrospective at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum: his playful use of patterns of nature.

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Floors make the space
Floors make the space
by Martina Metzner | 8 dicembre 2014

The right floor covering can appreciably enhance a building’s quality. We present five good examples: A high school in Ergolding, a PR agency in Toronto, a residence for art lovers in Turnhout, Belgium, a maternity ward in Essen and an art forum complete with bar installation in Düsseldorf.

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The future of  3D printing
The future of
3D printing
by Martina Metzner | 5 dicembre 2014

At the Euromold trade fair new technologies and materials for 3D printing inspired the imagination of engineers and designers alike. Martina Metzner sums up the latest trends.

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Sulky with a third wheel:  the Bond Bug
Sulky with a third wheel:
the Bond Bug
by Thomas Wagner | 3 dicembre 2014

Must a car always have four wheels? Not at all. The “Bond Bug” not only proves that three’s enough, but also has quite a sassy feel to it. But the question remains – why is it that nature has not spawned any three-legged creatures?

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Periphery that feels  like the very center
Periphery that feels
like the very center
1 dicembre 2014

Traditional and progressive – an unusual blend. Sophia Walk spoke with the British architect Stephen Bates from London-based architecture firm Sergison Bates on building with bricks and the density dilemma.

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Open Doors. Answer Right.  Santa Claus. Christmas Bright!
Open Doors. Answer Right.
Santa Claus. Christmas Bright!
1 dicembre 2014

You know the ins and outs of design and architecture? Then take part in our special Stylepark Christmas Contest. Be it chairs, luminaires, or living room accessories – this year there are once again any number of great prizes to be won.

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Julian  Kyhl
Julian
Kyhl
28 novembre 2014

: combines wood with 3D-technology and leaves things open.

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Original fizzled out:  Zündholz by Peter Sauerer
Original fizzled out:
Zündholz by Peter Sauerer
by Thomas Wagner | 26 novembre 2014

What do a matchbox and a match have to say about the state of the world in general and of art in particular?

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 Top-drawer time bombs
Top-drawer time bombs
by Jochen Stöckmann | 25 novembre 2014

In the 1960s they designed ambitious utopias with cheeky irony. Today they build shopping malls. The exhibition “Haus-Rucker-Co – Architectural Utopia Reloaded” at Berlin’s “Haus am Waldsee” tells fairytales from a long since obsolete future.

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Elementary shapes for the floor
Elementary shapes for the floor
by Martina Metzner | 20 novembre 2014

Square one-size-fits-all carpet tiles are very yesterday – the hottest trend in floor coverings are jigsaw carpets. The result of a collaboration between Vorwerk and Berlin designer Werner Aisslinger, “Elementary Shapes” enable us to piece together personalized carpet creations from six basic geometric shapes.

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Auto-psy. Notes on automotive existence
Auto-psy. Notes on automotive existence
by Michael Erlhoff | 20 novembre 2014

It seemingly moves of its own volition, creates its own cosmos, tells us what we have to do, plays the lead in movies, has its own sound, and everything about it has to be designed: Our relationship to the automobile and the automobile to us, proves to be astonishingly diverse.

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Milanese High-Forest
Milanese High-Forest
by Martina Metzner | 20 novembre 2014

This year, surprisingly, but logically “Bosco Verticale” by Stefano Boeri won the International High-Rise Award. Will it become a role model?

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Perfectly functional:  Vesuvio by Gaetano Pesce
Perfectly functional:
Vesuvio by Gaetano Pesce
by Thomas Wagner | 19 novembre 2014

Functionalism teaches that form shall follow function. A caffettiera proves what it means to take “form follows function” literally.

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Flooring conquers the third dimension
Flooring conquers the third dimension
18 novembre 2014

Architect André Schmidt worked for renowned studios such as OMA and BIG before going it alone. In this interview with Michiko Wemmje the man who chose Berlin as his home explains what role flooring design plays in major projects – and what he finds so fascinating about the Innovations@DOMOTEX Areas he designed.

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The digital sculptor
The digital sculptor
by Sara Bertsche | 17 novembre 2014

Many items that previously had to be painstakingly made today can be realized using CNC milling. Not only does the process permit complex forms to be made quickly and precisely, some design classic also benefits from this digital manufacturing technique.



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Vera  & Kyte
Vera
& Kyte
16 novembre 2014

: whisk us away into Norway’s wilderness and flirt with Memphis in the process.

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The Rasch Brother’s universe
The Rasch Brother’s universe
by Thomas Edelmann | 14 novembre 2014

An exhibition at Marta Herford juxtaposes the lifework of Heinz and Bodo Rasch to built and dreamed utopias of the 1960s and artistic projects of today. The show attempts too much, but is still well worth a visit.



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Will donate data. Save the city
Will donate data. Save the city
by Ludwig Engel | 13 novembre 2014

The Audi Urban Future Award 2014 goes to Mexico City. With their proposal for an “operating system for urban mobility”, the interdisciplinary research group centering on José Castillo won out against teams from Boston, Berlin, and Seoul.

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Innovative from the ground up
Innovative from the ground up
by Martina Metzner | 11 novembre 2014

Explore new prospects: The Innovations@DOMOTEX at DOMOTEX, the world’s key trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, invites you to discover innovative and persuasively designed floor coverings, to gather new info at the talks and guided tours – and expand your network.

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The renaissance of the rug:  Roberto Palomba meets Jan Kath
The renaissance of the rug:

Roberto Palomba meets Jan Kath
11 novembre 2014

At the DOMOTEX 2015 press conference in Berlin the designer and special guest of Innovations@DOMOTEX, Roberto Palomba from Milan, and carpet designer Jan Kath met for the first time ever. The pair soon started chatting about tattoo carpets, silky clouds and doing creative work in the air. An interview by Martina Metzner.

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Foresight in Hindsight
Foresight in Hindsight
by Reinier de Graaf | 10 novembre 2014

Things always work out differently. Not that it stops people from loving future predictions. So who does a better job predicting things: pundits or fortune tellers?

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My colleague, the Robocar
My colleague, the Robocar
by Laura Stresing | 9 novembre 2014

Many driving instructors enjoy the driver assistance systems in today's cars. The sector is not worried that piloted driving might one day cost them their job – to the contrary actually.

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Frankfurt High-Rises  2000 to 2010
Frankfurt High-Rises
2000 to 2010
7 novembre 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Frankfurt High-Rises  1990 to 2000
Frankfurt High-Rises
1990 to 2000
7 novembre 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Frankfurt High-Rises  2010 to 2014
Frankfurt High-Rises
2010 to 2014
6 novembre 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Frankfurt High-Rises  1970 to 1980
Frankfurt High-Rises
1970 to 1980
6 novembre 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Frankfurt High-Rises  1980 to 1990
Frankfurt High-Rises
1980 to 1990
6 novembre 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Frankfurt High-Rises  1950 to 1960
Frankfurt High-Rises
1950 to 1960
5 novembre 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Frankfurt High-Rises   1960 to 1970
Frankfurt High-Rises
1960 to 1970
4 novembre 2014

Frankfurt has quite a lot to offer in terms of buildings of not insubstantial and therefore praiseworthy height. So what exactly has started to scrape the Frankfurt skies? Here’s an introduction to the most important structures among them, classified by decade.

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Buffaloes in the Swiss underground
Buffaloes in the Swiss underground
by Adeline Seidel | 3 novembre 2014

Flying parquet floorboards, a Colombian high-speed knitter and wooden buffaloes peacefully grazing: At the 15th Designers’ Saturday in Langenthal, Switzerland, the designers and manufacturers once again opted for unusual means to stage their products.

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Powerless in pool and prefab
Powerless in pool and prefab
by Clemens Bomsdorf | 2 novembre 2014

Here are the poor, there are the rich. And neither side is finding happiness – Denmark’s National Gallery in Copenhagen is dedicating a retrospective to the artist duo Elmgreen and Dragset.

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“The traffic in Berlin  is frustrating.”
“The traffic in Berlin
is frustrating.”
by Martin Lewicki | 2 novembre 2014

In Berlin, traffic often is challenging. In an interview, Susi Nestraschil talks about her own ways through the urban jungle and possibilities to improve them.



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Data make clothes
Data make clothes
by Martina Metzner | 31 ottobre 2014

Are we soon going to be wearing “digital fashion”? Will jackets with integrated solar cells, lingerie with inbuilt GPS systems and 3D-printed garments be posing a serious threat to tried-and-tested manufacturing processes?

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Beyond the upholstered world
Beyond the upholstered world
28 ottobre 2014

“Allstar” and “Hack” are the two items of office furniture that Konstantin Grcic has designed for Vitra. At the Orgatec Thomas Wagner talked with him about changes in the office world and the two newcomers.

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The   New   Order
The
New
Order
by Adeline Seidel | 28 ottobre 2014

“New Order” is the new all-rounder by Stefan Diez for Hay: A modular system for the office and the home that can be used to structure just about any space.

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Eight ideas for the home-office
Eight ideas for the home-office
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 27 ottobre 2014

At Orgatec’s “Being Home 4+4” exhibition curated by Stylepark, eight well-known designers presented their ideas of today’s home offices – giving their comment on it.

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The survival  of the office
The survival
of the office
27 ottobre 2014

Claesson Koivisto Rune’s Mårten Claesson explains why Swedes found the transition to open offices so easy and why you shouldn’t turn a lawyer’s office into a playground. An interview by Martina Metzner

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Using the social status to help society
Using the social status to help society
by Sung Gul Hwang | 26 ottobre 2014

Team Seoul uses the car to promote social engagement as a status symbol in Korea.

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Work with love
Work with love
by Adeline Seidel | 24 ottobre 2014

One thing is clear at this year’s Orgatec in Cologne: the lines dividing homes from offices are becoming very blurred. While the playful office world may still be a topic, work is being taken seriously again. We outline the key new products at the fair.

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A touch of quiet never harms
A touch of quiet never harms
by Adeline Seidel | 23 ottobre 2014

Think gray felt clouds above your desk, planks on the table and gingko leaves on the wall: At the Orgatec in Cologne, there’s a colorful and fun office world full of acoustic panels on show that constrains the communicative cacophony of open-plan offices.

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Guglielmo Poletti
Guglielmo Poletti
22 ottobre 2014

: forms metal with precise elegance and comprehend design as a way to achieving happiness.

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Sunnyside up!
Sunnyside up!
by Thomas Wagner | 21 ottobre 2014

Kortrijk’s Biennale Interieur does justice to its reputation this time. Despite the one or other error of judgment, it makes living and interiors an experience for all to enjoy.

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From “Slummerville” to “boom town”
From “Slummerville” to “boom town”
by Frederike Meier-Burkert | 19 ottobre 2014

Philip Parsons, head of Team Boston, explains the opportunities of a close collaboration between urban designers and traffic planners.

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