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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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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Friends + Design at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden (Photo Marco Cappelletti © DSL Studio, Courtesy Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden)

Inaugurated in July 212 BC* the Ludi Apollinares were Roman games staged in honour of Apollo and featuring a mix

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Ursa Table Lamp by McKenzie & Keim, as seen at Guerrilla Truck Show, NeoCon Chicago 2016

Being principally an office furniture fair NeoCon doesn’t really attract “fringe events” the way home furnishing focussed trade fairs do;

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Hangout Hula-Hoop & Wall Bar by Proof of Guilt @ Salone Satellite Milan 2016

In our recent conversation with Birgit Severin and Guillaume Neu-Rinaudo about their Heimat Lamp project they told us that the

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Presto by Thorsten Franck for Wilkhahn, as seen at NeoCon Chicago 2016

At the risk of getting political, the term “neoconservative”/”neocon” hasn’t always had the best reputation, especially not in Europe where

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The demolition of flats in the Haussmannstraße, Stuttgart. (Photo Copyright Wilfried Dechau)

Cities grow, mutate, evolve, a process which, as with human development, is rarely straightforward, rarely occurs without sacrifice and/or leaving

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Workaround by Sofie Aschan Eriksson, Lund University School of Industrial Design. As seen at DMY Berlin 2016

We’re not going to claim that DMY Berlin 2016 was a vintage year, for us the 14th edition of the

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The little regarded undersides of chairs....

With the opening of the Vitra Schaudepot the Vitra Campus has not only grown by a further building, but the

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S32 by Marcel Breuer for Thonet (Artistic Copyright since 1932, Mart Stam)

“…the strict, logical lines which avoid anything unnecessary and which with the sleekest form and through the simplest means embodies

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Stuttgart reißt sich ab Architekturgalerie am Weissenhof, Stuttgart

Our five recommendations for new design and architecture exhibitions opening in June 2016 feature four in Germany and one in

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