Object Lessons. The Story of Material Education in 8 Chapters at the Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge Berlin

Understanding materials has helped contemporary society develop as it has. And remains as relevant today as ever. If not more

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design exhibitions october 2016

O hushed October morning mild, Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild* You’d be

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Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau present The Simultaneity of Modernism

Dessau and Rotterdam may appear unlikely brothers in arms; however, an exploration of the towns’ architectural connections helps explain International

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WerkBundHaus Berlin

With their WerkBundStadt project the Werkbund Berlin aim to redevelop an industrial site in northern Berlin into a future orientated

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Edinburgh College of Art

August in Edinburgh is Festival, Fringe & Edinburgh College of Art Masters Degree Show. We enjoyed one of the three……

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Ettore Sottsass (Photo Barbara Radice, 1984 © and courtesy Studio Ettore Sottsass)

“When I was very small, a little boy of five or six years old, I was certainly no infant prodigy,

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Divine Golden Ingenious The Golden Ratio as a Theory of Everything? at the Museum for Communication Berlin

(a+b)÷a = a÷b ≡ harmony? Or, the contemporary relevance of the Golden Ratio In addition to those artificial laws decreed

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Culticycle by Green Tractor Farm through Farm Hack Tools (Photo: By Farm Hack)

Slowly but surely September is becoming Europe’s summer. Whereas July and August increasingly fail to produce anything even vaguely “summery”,

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Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe - Rundgang durch die Lichthöfe 2016

If a central component of the Bauhaus philosophy was, in essence, to make art useful for industrial production and thus

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Vitra ( and artek) at NeoCon Chicago 2016

Although geographically the (hi)story of Vitra begins in Basel, spiritually it begins in America and arrives in Switzerland in 1957

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Merging Loops by Bára Finnsdóttir, as seen at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee Rundgang 2016

As East Berlin’s Art and Design College the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee was in many ways symbolic of East Germany’s difficult

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Balans Femini by Westnofa Workshop and Eames DCW & DAR, as seen at Modern Design at GRAM: 20th Century Furniture

“Does the world really need ever more chairs?”, is arguably the question we are most regularly asked. Alongside, “What do

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Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd - Ich will Designer werden

On the steps leading to the entrance of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd is embossed “Ich will Designer werden”

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Phenomeneon by Pieke Bergmans, part of Dream out Loud opens at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (Photo Mirjam Bleeker, courtesy Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam)

Such are the vagaries of the autumn/spring cycle in the global design exhibition industry, and it is an industry people,

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The 18th century Prussian Monarch Friedrich der Große, or Alte Fritz – Old Fritz – as he is popularly known,

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Köln International School of Design, KISD

An important commercial, financial and administrative centre since the middle ages Cologne has contributed greatly to the development of European

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Graph by Jehs+Laub for Wilkhahn

Although Stuttgart based design studio Jehs+Laub are in many respects best known as the winners of the inaugural Moormann Bookinist

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Presentation of Sitzen - Von der Idee zum Objeckt as seen at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart Rundgang 2016

With its postal address of “Am Weissenhof 1” it should come as no surprise that the Akademie der Bildenden Künste,

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Stuhlprobe by Jan Emde as seen at the Kunsthochschule Kassel Rundgang 2016

For reasons which we believe are in some form or other closely related to Ley Lines, or similar, all long

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Limerick Chair by Tom Newhouse for Herman Miller (Photo © and courtesy Herman Miller)

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a town famous for some 150 years as a, if not the, centre

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Entrance to Station Stadtpark by Otto Wagner (Photo: Manfred Helmer, © and courtesy Wiener Linien)

If the (hi)story of 20th century architecture and design is unimaginable without the contribution made by Austria/Hungary/Austria-Hungary; then the contribution

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The Youhutseymatic Table Top by Richard Hutten, as seen at Friends + Design, Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden

Tulga Beyerle, Director of the Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden, once gave us a piece of advice, the context of which we’ve long

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Design European Championship 2016 Final - Starting line-up Portugal

After four weeks of competition at venues throughout France the 2016 Design EM prepares to bid adieu, au revoir and

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New Perspective Mirror by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo (Photos © and courtesy Alain Gilles)

Whereas the careers of most product and furniture designers follow a very similar path and pattern over apprenticeship, internships and

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Berenice Abbott PhBerenice Abbott - Photographs at the Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlinotographs at the Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin

“Photography is the medium par excellence of our time. As a visual means of communication, it has no equal.”1 So

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