According to Axl Rose, “…it’s hard to hold a candle, in the cold November rain.” The question is surely, why

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Pip by Daniel Kern for Richard Lampert, as seen at Orgatec Cologne 2016

We must start with a confession . This High Five! is a High Four! Not because there weren’t good products

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Pacific Chair by Barber Osgerby, as seen at Vitra - Work, Orgatec 2016

When we spoke with Vitra’s Chief Sales Officer Josef Kaiser at NeoCon Chicago he told us that at “Orgatec 2016

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Part of the Wire collection by Muller Van Severen, as seen at Biennale Interieur Kortrijk 2016

On the train down to Kortrijk and the 2016 Biennale Interieur we started drafting this introduction. The talk was of

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BuzziJungle by Jonas Van Put for BuzziSpace, as seen at NeoCon Chicago 2016

“The fact that you are European allows you to be quirky. Europe has a great reputation for good design but

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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec - Rêveries Urbaines, Vitra Design Museum

In 2016 the Breton capital Rennes hosted four exhibitions of, by and from Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec; one of them

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International Marianne Brandt Contest 2016 Exhibition, Chemnitz Museum of Industry

The winners and nominated projects from the 2016 International Marianne Brandt Contest can be viewed in an exhibition in Chemnitz.

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Plane Secretary and Mobile Container by Felix Stark for Müller Möbelwerkstätten

Continuing our series of posts on creativity in Cologne, historic and contemporary, we met up with product designer Felix Stark.

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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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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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Sofa? Desk? SofaDesk! Hack by Konstantin Grcic for Vitra, as seen 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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smile!

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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