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Completely familiar,  absolutely revolutionary - Part 2
Completely familiar,
absolutely revolutionary - Part 2
by Thomas Wagner | 27 settembre 2016

Evidently it is harder to dispense with the hand and its skills than one might think. It is especially trained and kept fit through writing. And those who write also train their capacity to think.

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Fun was yesterday
Fun was yesterday
by Fabian Peters | 27 settembre 2016

An exhibition in Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum shows that young designers in the Netherlands have made it their mission to save the world.

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Weissenhof on the Spree
Weissenhof on the Spree
by Jochen Stöckmann | 27 settembre 2016

Mathildenhöhe, Weissenhof, Hansaviertel: Experimental housing estates have a real tradition in Germany. One that WerkBundStadt is destined to continue.

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The magic of light
The magic of light
by Anna Moldenhauer | 26 settembre 2016

For 25 years now the Zumtobel Group has had artists design the annual reports. For the jubilee edition, New York architect Elizabeth Diller has devoted herself to the light of the blue hour.

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The obsessive boss
The obsessive boss
by Thomas Edelmann | 23 settembre 2016

In conversation with Thomas Edelmann, the CEO of Danish textile icon Kvadrat, Anders Byriel, explains, why quality is the most important thing for him, almost all the employees in the company are a little obsessed and his firm is keen to continue expanding its competencies

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Completely familiar,  absolutely revolutionary - Part 1
Completely familiar,
absolutely revolutionary - Part 1
by Thomas Wagner | 20 settembre 2016

Today, who still writes by hand? Will we soon only be typing, swishing and clicking? Or do we acquire abilities when learning to write that we will need in future, too?

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The ringmaster and his circus
The ringmaster and his circus
by Fabian Peters | 19 settembre 2016

On the occasion of the presentation of the “Circus” Collection designed by Marcel Wanders, Fabian Peters spoke to Alberto Alessi about Dutch design and the Alessi book – and about why he really doesn’t care what his company will be doing in five years’ time.

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A hothouse of homeliness
A hothouse of homeliness
by Paula Pohle | 16 settembre 2016

This year’s edition of the interior design show Formex in Stockholm is dedicated entirely to nature. The diversity of Scandinavian home design might stretch all the way to the tropics, but it nevertheless remains within easy grasp.

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Ten sweet years
Ten sweet years
by Jasmin Jouhar | 15 settembre 2016

From the Margareten district to Brno, from copperplate etching to industrial design: Vienna Design Week 2016 is celebrating its tenth anniversary from September 30 through to October 9 in a true-to-form colorful fashion, promising to inspire visitors with a mélange of popular projects and challenging topics.

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Alibaba and the Black Cloud
Alibaba and the Black Cloud
by Jeremy Gaines | 13 settembre 2016

The future belongs to e-mobility, that much is certain. Whereas in the Global North people are mostly complaining about low ranges, in the South an e-car’s battery can be charged using solar energy while parked.

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Parking guided by invisible hands
Parking guided by invisible hands
by Fabian Peters | 12 settembre 2016

Forget that endless driving around the block – soon cars will be finding their own parking spaces, all on their own.

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Sow multistory carparks,  harvest traffic
Sow multistory carparks,
harvest traffic
by Thomas Wagner | 9 settembre 2016

Multistory carparks are the storage medium of the automobile age. Here, traffic comes to a planned halt.

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Where changes are lived
Where changes are lived
by Florian Heilmeyer | 9 settembre 2016

Right at the top of the parking garage at Berlin’s “Neukölln Arcaden”, for some years now the “Klunkerkranich” has happily existed in its very own urban biotope. A local meeting point, and not just for hipsters.

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Chemnitz showpiece
Chemnitz showpiece
by Florian Heilmeyer | 6 settembre 2016

For a long time, the old railway station hall in Chemnitz was nothing more than a relic of East Germany. Now Grüntuch Ernst Architekten have transformed it into a pleasant, open and covered urban space.

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City landscape with car terrace
City landscape with car terrace
by Fabian Peters | 6 settembre 2016

Photographer Constantin Meyer’s new exhibition at Cologne’s Design Post is called “Parklandschaften”. Yet his images show places that aren’t especially idyllic: German multi-story car parks.

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Arty Advertizing
Arty Advertizing
by Fabian Peters | 6 settembre 2016

Museum August Kestner is looking back at 70 years of advertising from Hanover – encountering many an avant-garde poster in the process.

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High-profile criminals
High-profile criminals
by Michael Erlhoff | 5 settembre 2016

In light of recent events, a look at the criminalization of design research

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Monsieur...’s vacation
Monsieur...’s vacation
by Thomas Edelmann | 29 agosto 2016

So what actually is a vacation? There’s no simply vacationing. You need approval. In the third part of our summer series our author asks: Where have architecture and design got to while we are on the road?

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Monsieur...’s vacation
Monsieur...’s vacation
by Florian Heilmeyer | 23 agosto 2016

In the second part of our summer series the focus is on an atlas of unfinished places. It exclusively records those destinations which our author has never visited yet and will not manage to visit this summer either.

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I felt like a chameleon
I felt like a chameleon
by Thomas Edelmann | 19 agosto 2016

Peter Maly is one of the Grand Old Men of German furniture design. He turns 80 today. Thomas Edelmann talked with him about his own career path and industry trends in recent decades.

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Monsieur...’s vacation
Monsieur...’s vacation
by Thomas Wagner | 16 agosto 2016

The sun’s shining, we’re on holiday, and have escaped everyday life. During the one or other leisurely hour we notices how many exciting questions raised in recent years have still not been answered. We’ve selected a few for you.

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Completely carefree
Completely carefree
by Paula Pohle | 9 agosto 2016

Shopping malls are playing an every greater role in the architectural typology of commerce. An exhibition in Munich presents examples from all over the world.

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In the dunes of Fire Island
In the dunes of Fire Island
by Uwe Bresan | 8 agosto 2016

Horace Gifford never made a secret of his homosexuality. He loved life on the beach and he loved some of his clients. His life is closely linked with the liberalization of homosexuality in the second half of the 20th century.

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 Apolda Anchorage
Apolda Anchorage
by Florian Heilmeyer | 8 agosto 2016

Out on Modernism’s top deck: The young Egon Eiermann skillfully advanced the basic structure of a factory building in Thuringia. All that was lacking – a user for the restored icon.

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Konstantin’s study
Konstantin’s study
by Thomas Wagner | 2 agosto 2016

Konstantin Grcic recently presented five furniture sculptures at Galerie Kreo in Paris. They create a space in a space and it is no coincidence that they are all called Hieronymus.

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When the future began to glow
When the future began to glow
by Thomas Wagner | 29 luglio 2016

Karl Hugo Schmölz is among the most important post-War German architecture photographers. But was forgotten for many years. Now a digital photobook places his elegant images on our screens.

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Pyramid or just a bunker?
Pyramid or just a bunker?
by Jeremy Gaines | 28 luglio 2016

With the Switch House, the Tate Modern recently opened its long-cherished extension on the South Bank of the Thames. So what exactly have Herzog & de Meuron built?

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The draughtsman’s contract
The draughtsman’s contract
by Florian Heilmeyer | 26 luglio 2016

An exhibition in Berlin offers you an unadulterated view of the urban scenery in some Japanese anime films.

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Berlin Particle Theory
Berlin Particle Theory
by Florian Heilmeyer | 22 luglio 2016

Roger Bundschuh dissects a house into three parts. To create any number of views outwards and inwards.

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The Magnificent Seven Friends
The Magnificent Seven Friends
by Uta Abendroth | 22 luglio 2016

Dresden’s Kunstgewerbemuseum has invited seven international designers to Schloss Pillnitz to contemplate friendship in design in an age of omnipresent rivalry.

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Architecture and possibility
Architecture and possibility
by Michael Obrist | 19 luglio 2016

Was the “Endless House” the original model for architecture without properties? The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna is devoting an exhibition called “Life Visions” to the visionary Frederick Kiesler.

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Superarchitettura
Superarchitettura
by  Barbara-Brigitte Mak and Ludwig Engel | 18 luglio 2016

50 years ago, one of the most influential and radical architecture groups of the 1970s was founded in Florence: Superstudio. Rome’s Maxxi Museum celebrates the anniversary with a big retrospective.

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One huge nightmare
One huge nightmare
18 luglio 2016

Superstudio was consciously radical and critiqued progress. Barbara-Brigitte Mak and Ludwig Engel talked with Gabriele Mastrigli, curator of the jubilee exhibition, about the group’s legacy and importance today.

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Higher stakes
Higher stakes
by Paul Andreas | 18 luglio 2016

Not only has Constant’s archive been unpacked in The Hague: the show at the Gemeentemuseum also considers the future of a “New Babylon”.

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Space capsules are passé
Space capsules are passé
by Thomas Wagner | 18 luglio 2016

When the cities learnt to walk in superstructures – people stayed where they were, left to their own devices. Is this why yesterday’s future visions and utopias are suddenly back en vogue in architecture?

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Tradition creates future
Tradition creates future
by Paula Pohle | 12 luglio 2016

Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) is showcasing Studio Mumbai in a major exhibition in Frankfurt/Main, in which it demonstrates how contemporary construction can be a successful symbiosis of Indian tradition and Western Modernism.

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The barkeeper and the penguin
The barkeeper and the penguin
by Jeremy Gaines | 11 luglio 2016

Fast-growing Frankfurt/Main now has an unusual governing coalition of Conservatives, Social Democrats and Greens. A look at the coalition’s policies on urban design and the city reveals: sadly no vision.

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The Fine Particle Vacuum Cleaner
The Fine Particle Vacuum Cleaner
by Paul Andreas | 9 luglio 2016

Artist and environmental designer Daan Roosegaarde talked with Paul Andreas about his Smog Free Tower, a smart highway and light-intensive projects that can nevertheless be sustainable.

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Wolfing it up
Wolfing it up
by Thomas Edelmann | 5 luglio 2016

Explorations by a new museum director: The exhibition “Wolfsburg Unlimited” stages a journey through the history and present of an exemplary drawing-board city.

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Not just the ball is round
Not just the ball is round
by Michael Erlhoff | 5 luglio 2016

How football ornamentalizes people

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A perfect bachelor
A perfect bachelor
by Uwe Bresan | 3 luglio 2016

Sometimes the history of architecture is full of irony. The same is true of Charles Moore’s house in New Haven, which featured in “Playboy” in 1969.

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A marquee for art
A marquee for art
by Christian Holl | 1 luglio 2016

For the 13th Small-Scale Sculpture Triennial, Kuehn Malvezzi created an impressive exhibition architecture hung from the ceiling in Alte Kelter in Fellbach.

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Déjà-vu in Basel
Déjà-vu in Basel
by Uta Abendroth | 27 giugno 2016

The Design Miami trade fair takes place parallel to Art Basel – but this year only featured very few highlights. There was a lack of real innovations or an exciting exhibition.

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Kortrijk Boogie Woogie
Kortrijk Boogie Woogie
by Jasmin Jouhar | 27 giugno 2016

Silver lining in October: The Biennale Interieur celebrates its 25th edition with a wide-ranging cultural program and some 250 selected exhibitors from the design world.

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Modernism with the wrong rendering
Modernism with the wrong rendering
by Paul Andreas | 24 giugno 2016

Taking five buildings by Mies van der Rohe as examples, an exhibition in Heerlen demonstrates how successful good refurbishment in line with the original can be.

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Grab your equipment, men!
Grab your equipment, men!
by Thomas Wagner | 21 giugno 2016

Enough of yoga. Photographs depicting young men competing in the traditional games in Finland show how fitness was practised by less slender Europeans around 1900.

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The furniture basilica
The furniture basilica
by Thomas Edelmann | 21 giugno 2016

In a more or less sealed building by Herzog & de Meuron, the Vitra Design Museum presents selected items of furniture from its collection. The Schaudepot is an addition to the Vitra Campus, opening it up more towards Weil and Basel.

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The Glass Bottom Secret
The Glass Bottom Secret
by Uwe Bresan | 16 giugno 2016

Paul Rudolph’s New York penthouse has lots of levels. Even today, architectural history is divided on the true significance of the building in which Rudolph lived with his partner Ernst Wagner.

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 Siza celebrates with everyone
Siza celebrates with everyone
by Florian Heilmeyer | 14 giugno 2016

Almost 40 years after construction work started, a subsidized public housing project by Álvaro Siza is being continued in Venice. A superb exhibition turns it into the Portuguese country exhibition at this year’s Architecture Biennale – and shows us that sometimes the front runs right past our front foors.

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Grand Tour of the Country Exhibitions
Grand Tour of the Country Exhibitions
by Florian Heilmeyer | 14 giugno 2016

So who has the time to see everything at this Biennale? We’ve chosen a few of the really eye-catching exhibitions for you.

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Rough walls – but charming
Rough walls – but charming
by Thomas Wagner | 14 giugno 2016

So many unfinished buildings: The Spanish pavilion focuses on unfinished and abandoned structures and thus discovers more than just the legacies of a burst property bubble.

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Getting Your Fingers Dirty
Getting Your Fingers Dirty
by Jasmin Jouhar | 13 giugno 2016


Aravena’s main exhibition celebrates hand-made architecture, as can be sensed from all the materials and smells. But does that suffice for the major challenges?

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A nation in a refugee camp
A nation in a refugee camp
by Florian Heilmeyer | 7 giugno 2016

Since their expulsion 40 years ago the Sahrawis have lived in refugee camps in Algeria, where they have established their own state. Florian Heilmeyer spoke to Manuel Herz about the Western Sahara Pavilion.

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Achieving the breakthrough
Achieving the breakthrough
by Thomas Wagner | 7 giugno 2016

How to make Heimat? The German Pavilion opens its walls and the curators put forward hypotheses on what cities should look like where people not only arrive, but want to stay.

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New build in blue
New build in blue
by Florian Heilmeyer | 7 giugno 2016

In the Arsenale’s Corderie the eye is caught by a large, blue model. It’s full of real proposals for a new, revolutionary way of building houses. Could an “Arrival City” really succeed in this way? Florian Heilmeyer spoke to Jörg Leeser of BeL about the concept.

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Alliance of Enthusiasts
Alliance of Enthusiasts
by Franziska Eidner | 7 giugno 2016

Just landed temporarily in Venice. The “Sarajevo Now” exhibition wants to save the museum back home using an unusual packaging idea.

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A Patchwork of Alternatives
A Patchwork of Alternatives
by Thomas Wagner | 6 giugno 2016

The exact line the Aravena Front runs between the central exhibition and the country pavilions is unclear. Whistle in the dark? Or hands-on and act?

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Architecture – daring to do more
Architecture – daring to do more
by Florian Heilmeyer | 1 giugno 2016

In his lively and powerful main exhibition at the Biennale, Alejandro Aravena shows just how much zest architecture can have, and how much power architects can have.

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Beautifully cast in concrete
Beautifully cast in concrete
by Paula Pohle | 31 maggio 2016

In the “Modern Forms” picture book Nicolas Grospierre serves up a subjective selection of purist 20th-century concrete buildings.



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 Go on thinking brightly
Go on thinking brightly
by Thomas Wagner | 27 maggio 2016

It’s hard to imagine a more joyous and cunning approach to the designed world: For Michael Erlhoff on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

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A community of guests – the Frankfurt way
A community of guests – the Frankfurt way
by Martina Metzner | 24 maggio 2016

Greetings from the ribbed Äppelwoi glass: with local color, a shared kitchen and a fictional story: Hotel “Libertine” in Frankfurt/Main seeks to make guests feel at home.

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Progress in blue
Progress in blue
by Thomas Wagner | 24 maggio 2016

With their Atomic Plate series, Mia Grau and Andree Weissert have created a subversive/contemporary counterpart to traditional plates for the wall.

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Germania in Venezia
Germania in Venezia
by Verena Hartbaum and Stephan Trüby | 24 maggio 2016

So what has gone on show here in the past? Since 1991 the German Pavilion in the Giardini in Venice has also been used during the international architecture exhibition. Verena Hartbaum and Stephan Trüby have written a book about what has since gone on show there and how the building has itself changed – and present the highlight here specially for us.

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Supermarket, super light
Supermarket, super light
by Jasmin Jouhar | 19 maggio 2016

Potatoes, sausages and milk – there’s the right light and the wrong light even for the everyday things in supermarkets. Jasmin Jouhar talked to the Zumtobel Group’s Ralf Knorrenschild about what challenges there are to getting the lighting right in a supermarket – and what role the Boiled Sausage Decree plays here.

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Light follows people
Light follows people
by Jasmin Jouhar | 19 maggio 2016

Interactive technologies make it possible: the light in the store responds to the customer’s presence. Jasmin Jouhar spoke to Dutch lighting specialist Luuk van Laake about how this principle was applied in a Issey Miyake Shop in Antwerp.

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Seven emotional types
Seven emotional types
by Katharina Sommer | 19 maggio 2016

A major study examined the responses of clients to different light settings in retail outlets. Katharina Sommer summarizes the findings and explains what they imply for lighting design in stores.

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Wood with a future
Wood with a future
17 maggio 2016

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

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Get out those ladders!
Get out those ladders!
by Florian Heilmeyer | 17 maggio 2016

With Alejandro Aravena at its helm, the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice could be a particularly interesting one – despite his predecessor Rem Koolhaas being a hard act to follow. After all, who could follow in those footsteps?

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Not only Grillo had a future
Not only Grillo had a future
by Thomas Edelmann | 17 maggio 2016

Marco Zanuso was born 100 years ago. The Milanese architect is one of the inventors of post-1945 Italian design and for decades inspired other architects and designers.

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Blanket home coverage
Blanket home coverage
11 maggio 2016

At the symposium on “Adaptive Building Skins” at the Technical University of Munich architects and construction experts demonstrated and explained how adaptive facades may well change the architecture of tomorrow. We’ve documented the lectures for you.

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The submarine rises again
The submarine rises again
by Paul Andreas | 10 maggio 2016

The Internationale Architecture Biennale Rotterdam raises questions about a “Next Economy”.

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Unlimited baths
Unlimited baths
by Thomas Edelmann | 6 maggio 2016

Refinements wherever you look: What caught the eye at Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Bagno.

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