by Carsten Krohn | 5/25/2017
In the rooms at the Parisian Le Cinq Codet hotel a bathtub by Bette plays the main role.
The open kitchen space in a loft in Prague was outfitted with “Merano” by Ton.
by Thomas Wagner | 5/22/2017
Here and there it’s fun to take part, but it comes at a price. The central “Viva Arte Viva” exhibition orders art by concept and evokes the power of origins. Observations at the 57th Venice Art Biennale.
by Erlhoff Michael | 5/19/2017
Nothing is safe. A column by Michael Erlhoff
by Florian Heilmeyer | 5/18/2017
The name Otto Bartning may not immediately come to mind to someone compiling a list of the most important German architects of the 20th century. A major exhibition in Berlin shows that this is a mistake.
by Patrik Schumacher | 5/18/2017
The theories of Patrik Schumacher, which explain why parametrism is the architectural language of the 21st century, are controversial. Here we put them up for discussion on the basis of a lecture he originally gave in Munich.
Be it on castors, suspended, or a fold-out: We present sun recliners which you will simply want to stay lying on.
For nearly 270 years Villeroy & Boch has been shaping advancements in bathroom ceramics. Its newest material "TitanCeram" allows for washbasins that are not only exceptionally fine, but incredibly robust.
by Thomas Wagner | 5/12/2017
For the first time in its history the Documenta is taking place not only in Kassel. The first exhibition venue is Athens. Impressions from a city that is meant to be a prime example of the precarious state of our present age.
by Fabian Peters | 5/10/2017
With a textile pavilion, Ben van Berkel, the founder of UN Studio, has demonstrated what we may soon see being used for high-rises. Fabian Peters spoke to the architect about his research.
At the forthcoming Interzum in Cologne furniture component suppliers will be presenting their latest innovations. With topics such as upcycling and customization the trade fair is geared more strongly to architects.
Materials shouldn’t be condemned to the garbage, but rather re-introduced to the value chain. A genuine circular economy relies not only on recycled materials, but also on return systems.
by Florian Heilmeyer | 5/9/2017
The Fondation Beyeler in Basel is extended by a historic park, Peter Zumthor has designed here three new buildings. They form a strong contrast to the 20-year-old Renzo Piano Museum.
In the luxurious bathrooms at Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa Axor’s “Axor Montreux” collection sets the tone.
From programmed wood via blossoming surfaces to self-assembling furniture: 4D printing promises magic potential.
Gira’s HomeServer lets you control the facility technology centrally.
by Fabian Peters | 5/4/2017
What do your children play with? Do you buy them Lego Ninjago or wooden toy building blocks? And will that influence their future?
by Florian Heilmeyer | 5/3/2017
No Black Forest cottages here, only washed concrete: How Frankfurt artist Guido Zimmermann came upon “the thing with the cuckoo clocks.”
He came to fame with his photos of the construction of the new capital city of Brasília. A new monograph shows that photographer and architect Marcel Gautherot not only captured the modern architecture.
Composite materials are making strong inroads into the world of design and architecture. We have compiled a selection of the most exciting developments.
Sopoteka: a library where every visitor can find a spot to disconnect or socialize with "BuzziHub" and "BuzziBooth".
Colt International has created a customized façade louver system for the Fanuc Academy in Neuhausen in South Germany.
The Swissôtel Amsterdam has moved in a building of HP Berlage and offers its guests elegant rooms with premium bathroom facilities from Villeroy & Boch.
by Michael Erlhoff | 4/27/2017
Musings on the olfactory system. A column by Michael Erlhoff.
What is currently being developed for outer space and will soon also be used on Earth – is something that is right up the alley of Arnaud Runge, who researches high-tech textiles for medical applications for the European Space Agency. In interview with Fabian Peters he gives us an idea of his work.
Stylepark and Architect@Work are hosting the "A@W Lectures" in Zurich. The focus this time: Textile architecture.
by Thomas Edelmann | 4/24/2017
Nemo was founded together with Cassina. In two steps the luminaire brand was then acquired by entrepreneur Federico Palazzari. In conversation with Thomas Edelmann he talks about the proven approaches and pragmatic experiments.
Ernst&Young has outfitted its Milan branch with office furniture by Arper.
There’s no longer any talk of a change in technology – it’s long since here to stay. A propensity for large decorative shapes is in evidence at the Euroluce in Milan and the various events around town.
The office furniture manufacturer Koleksiyon is opening a spacious showroom in Dusseldorf.
The Millennium Dome in London is one of the largest domes made from textile in the world. Now a spectacular roofwalk leads over the dome.
Travel with UN Studio to Mars to discover new products and new applications for lightweight architecture: We present the highlights of this year’s Techtextil in Frankfurt.
by Thomas Wagner | 4/18/2017
Børge Mogensen wasn’t interested in sculptural shapes and experiments. He preferred historical furniture types that he then tweaked for the better. A very readable monograph presents the Danish designer.
No, the past wasn’t more tinsel, things are still fun today. And while it the past it was only metal that glittered, while wood played modest, today the lacquers really gleam.
by Martina Metzner | 4/18/2017
Exhibiting at the Salone Satellite has certainly boosted the one or other career. So what does the up-and-coming talent look like?
by Anna Moldenhauer | 4/17/2017
Carpets with bullet holes, straight out of a 3D printer, or with patterns inspired by ciliates – this year there are all manner of surprises beneath our feet.
The pavilion that UN Studio and MDT-Tex have designed for the Amsterdam Light Festival is inspired by luminescent fish from the depths of the ocean.
Furniture, luminaires, glass, porcelain, bathroom ceramics, loudspeakers – Cecilie Manz is a past master of the entire design spectrum. Uta Abendroth spoke to the Danish maestra about her outdoor furniture for Gloster.
by Thomas Wagner | 4/13/2017
The whirlwind of new products blinds the eye to the true innovations. These are now taking place in the field of recycled materials.
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 4/13/2017
Gloster and Stylepark invited guests to the presentation of Cecilie Manz’s new Outdoor collection on the roof terrace of Hotel Il Duca – and it was a truly memorably evening.
by Anna Moldenhauer | 4/13/2017
Velvet, fringes, cushions and love seats galore: The current sofas and easy chairs are ideal for creating a cozy lounge.
by Thomas Wagner | 4/12/2017
The current upper middle class loves opulent and exclusive things. That said, things are getting upgraded in far less lofty regions of the furniture world.
by Jasmin Jouhar | 4/11/2017
Whether proudly presenting or skillfully concealing their contents, the new bureaus, sideboards and shelf units at the Milan Furniture Fair deserve our complete attention.
Be they short or long of leg, simply unique or extravagant: there’s no end to the variety of tables in Milan.
At Dutch manufactory Arco almost everything revolves around tables. What makes the new model, called “Trestle”, so special? Jorre van Ast, designer and MD of the family-owned company, explains – in interview with Uta Abendroth.
by Thomas Wagner | 4/10/2017
If everything becomes virtual, then the solid gets its day, be it heavy or light in appearance. Konstantin Grcic and Jasper Morrison prove this in very different ways.
Bobo the Beaver was there, Patricia went picnicking, there were no-calorie petit fours, pink flamingos and colorful bears – and whoever so wanted could even walk on water. Yes, really!
by Jasmin Jouhar | 4/10/2017
In Milan, MINI LIVING is exploring contemporary forms of living with a confined footprint. The “Breathe” installation, devised in collaboration with New York architects SO - IL in a Milan inner courtyard, provides space for up to three people, developing new urban space for occupation.
by Martina Metzner | 4/10/2017
Be it chairs with playful wickerwork, large modular sofas, or colorful lightweights – when it comes to outdoor furniture the choice is ever greater.
by Anna Moldenhauer | 4/10/2017
Concealed plastic, retro chic and stackable elegance: the number-one furniture item and its many facets.
The light guidance system by Ado Lights for the new Museum of Moeda in Luanda even withstands tough climatic conditions.
by Jasmin Jouhar | 4/2/2017
Phones, speakers, headphones, vacuum cleaners: Cordless devices are gradually taking over our daily lives. And now we’re seeing portable luminaires too. We present the most exciting models.
On the gravity of tradition, hybrid furniture items and updatable design: in conversation with Thomas Wagner Mike Meiré explains what he feels is most important when repositioning long-standing corporation Flötotto.
by Martina Metzner | 3/31/2017
With its small, yet refined Interno Italiano line Giulio Iacchetti seeks to offer an alternative to the Big Brands. Typical Italian products from chairs to trays and even vases.
Daniel Rybakken and Luceplan have done their magic – and the result is an extensive ceiling luminaire using an inconceivably simple principle.
As of this year, Molteni&C holds the exclusive rights to re-editions of Gio Ponti furniture – and has immediately brought out the “D.156.3” lounge chair.
GamFratesi have designed the “Kite” armchair for Porro. It seems to truly demand you sit down on it.
On behalf of Paola Lenti, Francesco Rota is now also concerning himself with dining – and has created the new "Adele" chair and "Nesso" table.
"Kazimir" is the name of the new table of Philipp Mainzer for e15 that looks quite statically.
In the form of “Pro,” Konstantin Grcic created a universal chair that has been getting sitting moving for a good five years. Exclusively on Stylepark, Flötotto shows in a digital trade fair booth at the Salone del Mobile 2017 the whole variety of this amazing chair family.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have invested two years in the new carpet "Semis" that Danskina will present in Milan.
The designer duo Alberto Lievore and Jeanette Altherr have created a collection called "Arcos" for Arper.
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 3/28/2017
At this year’s Salone del Mobile Milan studio Ciarmoli Queda is curating the special show "DeLightFul." We were able to take an exclusive look at the promising project in advance.
by Martina Metzner | 3/27/2017
At a glance: the most important events, exhibitions and parties at the Milan Design Week.
Dinesen has outfitted an old Copenhagen blacksmith’s workshop that has been converted into a home with "HeartOak"-planks.
The Lindner Group ensures a good acoustics in the concert hall "Pierre Boulez" of Frank Gehry.
by Thomas Wagner | 3/27/2017
The design scene is soon set to meet up once again in Milan where it will riotously celebrate a festival of creativity centered around the Salone del Mobile. Following a crisis-induced pause for breath, the pace of things is stepping up again.
The bathroom of tomorrow will also involve healthcare. At the ISH Thomas Wagner spoke with Andreas Dornbracht about the new concept of the LifeSpa and general trends in the bathroom experience.
by Thomas Edelmann | 3/22/2017
Get rid of those old bulky things and bring in new design radiators – for example colorful ones with a matt finish or specially backlit.
by Anna Moldenhauer | 3/22/2017
It’s not always easy to find design ideas for small bathrooms. So all the nicer that at the ISH you can even view stylish systems for compact rooms, too.
by Thomas Wagner | 3/22/2017
Be it split logs or pellets, heating using renewable materials is being optimized by the minute. Pellet stoves are now digitally controlled and can be integrated into your heating system.
The washlet, invented by the Japanese, is now being championed in Europe. Toto presents “Neorest,” a mixture of motorcycle seat and space capsule.
by Fabian Peters | 3/22/2017
Gold, silver and bronze for fittings at the ISH. Almost enough to give you wings.
by Thomas Edelmann | 3/20/2017
For many manufacturers, be it of bathroom or heating appliances, electronics is the key. Sometimes this results in gimmicks, other times in convincing innovations.
by Martina Metzner | 3/20/2017
Be it ceramic or solid surface materials – alongside bowls with extremely fine edges there are now extra-large washbasins with integrated rests and extravagant models from the star designers.
by Thomas Wagner | 3/20/2017
The ISH is truly a fair that focuses on the future. Here, everything revolves very practically around water, energy and climate. And wherever you look you encounter the image of the digital worker.
Mosa has fitted out the four-star hotel Van der Valk in Antwerp with the new, enlarged “Solids” tiles.
You can take a shower anytime. Those who appreciate luxury and coziness can’t do without them: The bathtub is returning to the bathroom as a freestanding feature.
Colt International has installed an extensive fire ventilation system in the new Docks shopping center in Brussels.
by Anna Moldenhauer | 3/17/2017
The bathroom as wet room has well and truly served its purpose. At the ISH it is clear: In future, fitness and healthcare will take place in the home. And even include automatic urine analysis.
by Florian Heilmeyer | 3/14/2017
Fuhrimann Haechler toyed with the temporary nature of rural architecture when converting an old farmhouse in Switzerland.
Instead of enjoying the view from just one room, guests at the new ski lodge “Oberholz” in the Italian Dolomites have a choice of three, each of whose panorama windows faces a different mountain.
by Fabian Peters | 3/13/2017
by Jasmin Jouhar | 3/13/2017
Designer Werner Aisslinger was responsible for the interior design of the new Stockholm hotel “Hobo”, set to open next week. He explained his concept on a car ride through Berlin.
by Anna Moldenhauer | 3/13/2017
This year, the space&interiors platform in Milan focuses on architectural lightness.
Pedrali has fitted out the Ore restaurant in Versailles château with comfortable Ester upholstered armchairs.
by Martina Metzner | 3/10/2017
India Mahdavi has designed a cafe for the Ladurée macaroon pâtisserie in Geneva, and turned to Alice in Wonderland for inspiration.
by Nadin Heinich | 3/8/2017
Curator Joanna Warsza has already devised exhibition projects in St. Petersburg and at the Venice Biennale. Next year she will be active in Munich, too.
If you feel comfortable in the shop, you also buy more. The right light plays an active role. Three examples show how lighting can affect us during shopping.
by Thomas Edelmann | 3/7/2017
The Netflix series “Abstract – The Art of Design” is an entertaining take on designers at work and at home. In passing, it discusses what design is currently understood to mean.
Leicht has developed an open living room-cum-kitchen for a new build – with a view out over nature.
by Florian Heilmeyer | 3/6/2017
Norwegian architects Gartnerfuglen have developed a mobile mini-hut for the ardent one among you who want to go ice fishing. And the only materials needed are wood, chicken-wire and water for the walls.
It’s the 20th anniversary of Münchner Stoff Frühling. In the jubilee year, 28 international textile makers and publishers will be presenting their latest creations – and the fabrics and spring will themselves be highlighted in a gala dinner complete with fashion show.
by Florian Heilmeyer | 3/2/2017
Anyone who put their money on RCR as winner of the Pritzker Prize 2017 against all the odds would have really won big time. Was it justifiable to bestow the award on the three Catalan architects?