special issues

Special issue: ISH 2011: New Bath Trends
Bathrooms are becoming more and more homey: As straightforward as the major trend in 2011 might sound, its impact on the sanitary sector and conceptual opportunities with regard to bathroom design are revolutionary. And expectations as regards aesthetics and functional fittings are rising accordingly. continue...

Special Issue: Where to Study Design
The first Advanced Design Project I ran at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, which was sponsored by Nokia, involved the Graphics and Product Design Departments at the college working together, and they needed a mediator. This particular person, a former head designer at Texas Instruments, was intended to arbitrate in possible communications and responsibility conflicts between the graphic design and product design students taking part as an interdisciplinary pro-ject of this nature was an absolute novelty at ACCD. And boy, did we need him. Without him Nokia would cer-tainly never have seen any clever ideas for future com-mu-nication devices on time. That was in the late 1990s. continue...

Special Issue: Fascinating Materials
Design is not possible without Materials - reason enough to dedicate a special supplement to the subject again. In it you will get to know Myon, a robot with a large round eye. Thanks to special technology, its individual body parts can be removed without this impairing functionality – moreover, they independently acquire knowledge. And things are moving on the plastic cutlery market: in collaboration with BASF, ding3000 has developed a set consisting of knife, fork and spoon that not only boasts a knife that really cuts, but can also definitely be used as decorative additions to the set table. Last but not least, Nina Saller and Michael Lanz from Designaffairs in Munich tell us all about their latest project: the newly launched Material Dock. continue...

Special Issue: Ideas for Interiors
How might or will we have to live in future? At the Expo in Shanghai the focus is on urban development, a topic that not only the Chinese are itching to know all about. “Better City, Better Life” is the motto under which 242 nations are presenting themselves across some five square kilometers of exhibition space. Falk Jaeger was in Shanghai for us and took a close look. But this is just one of the interesting topics of our Special Issue...There is also a portrait of Jürgen Mayer H. in Berlin, one of the most innovative, creative figures in Germany who repeatedly explores the limits of architecture, interior design and furniture design. And o lot of product news for interior and exterior... continue...

Special Issue: Light + Building 2010
Five hall levels, more than 240,000 square meters, some 2,200 exhibitors: held every two years, the Light + Building fair in Frankfurt /Main is an April highlight (11th –16th). This year’s theme is “Energy Efficiency,” and on show are innovations and energy-saving system solutions relating to light, electrical engineering, and building services engineering. In the field of LED technology in particular there are several new exhibitors who will be presenting the trends for the coming years. continue...

Special Issue: New Projects
It's all about being new and innovative! In our special issue we present the latest projects of designers and companies, as a kinetic spatial sculpture called i:wing by Phoenix Design and an attractive vacuum flask by Jörg Boner. And Volker Albus has taken a detailed look at Franco Clivio's new fountain pen for Lamy. Not to mention the presentation of any number of other new products by the manufacturers or design studios. continue...

Special Issue: Designing Architecture
Hardly any designer builds houses, but many architects design furniture. Is this a question of a big ego – or might architects be the better designers? Our Special Issue deals with furniture and other objects designed by architects. Moreover, we reconsider the discipline of hotel design. Here, the boundaries between architecture and design really do become fluid. But what is it that actually makes a hotel a design hotel? Are a few items of classic furniture in the lobby enough or is more required? Finally, we feature a portrait of this year's Pritzker prizewinner Peter Zumthor. His attitude to design is somewhat ambivalent – and this starts with such basics as terminology. "With architects, design tends to leave a slightly bad taste in the mouth," he says, "creation is better." continue...

Special Issue: Products in the Long Run
What is a longseller? And how does it differ from a design classic? Rido Busse, who has been bestowing the Longlife Design Award on the best products in this category for 31 years now, gives us his definition in our Special Issue. And we ask him: Does this necessarily imply that longsellers are well-designed? We have also asked renowned designers and manufacturers whether they think there is such a thing as timeless design. Moreover, under the topic “Universal Design” we shed some light on the tension-filled area in between usability and aesthetics design classics as well as longsellers have to deal with. continue...

Special Issue: The Magic of Materials
The creative minds of this world just love materials. Designers and architects are constantly on the lookout for those new, extravagant and special materials with which to turn their ideas and designs into reality. But it would seem that for some now, it is no longer sufficient to simply use a manufacturer’s material and convert it into a new application. An increasing number of designers are developing their own new materials and production processes – thus turning classical knowledge of technology-driven innovation upside down. It is not without reason that last autumn at the “creative industries – made by design” conference at the Essen Zollverein the question was whether a “creative pull” would now follow the “technological push.” continue...

Special Issue: ISH 2009
Taking as its motto “Pop-up the Bathroom” the Association of the German Sanitation Industry (VDS) recently identified ten distinct trends for current bathroom design. “Soft bathroom,” “Green bathroom,” “Fashion bathroom,” “Easy bathroom,” “Design for a better bath,” “Private spa,” “Water love,” “Techness,” “Interior concepts” and “Homing” are the names that they have given to these different and yet complementary trends. They are being presented in a location known as the “Water lounge” within the framework of the VDS stand at the ISH trade fair. Here we present the three most important trends. continue...

Special Issue: Material trends 2008
High Tech meets low Tech
In designing products today one should not limit oneself to the newest high tech materials. Many designers today avail themselves of simple ideas and conventional materials, extract these from the original contexts or combine them with highly complex innovations. We demonstrate how high tech and low tech can complement one another. continue...

Special Issue: Orgatec 2008
What’s new in the office and for the office?
From Oct. 21-5, it is Orgatec times again, the trade fair for office and business worlds. Dynamic sitting, elegant waiting, intelligent conferencing, and beautiful storage – these are the trends on show this year in Cologne. In our special issue we bring together all the key products for you, and report on the innovations in the furniture world. How can an office kindle inspiration and foster creativity? To find out, we visited renowned designers at their desks and asked them about their working environment and philosophies. Moreover, different specialists such as Hansjerg Maier-Aichen give us their opinion on the office of tomorrow. Here you can download the special issue as a PDF and already gain an idea of what Office & Object 2008 has in store. continue...

Special Issue: Light + Building
Bridges over Main and Rhine, the future European Central Bank, not to mention cathedrals and ruins, the Loreley and Mathildenhöhe, subterranean labyrinths and Frankfurt’s skyline at night: These are some of the approximately 200 showplaces of the Luminale 08. The curator of the Luminale, Helmut M. Bien, gives some insights and outlooks. continue...

Special Issue: Picta 2008
Horst Moser is one of the greatest collectors of and experts on magazines. As he tells it, he has more than 1,000 covers in his head. And his archive fills a 500 square meters hall. The 56-year-old is the owner of the Munich-based design office Independent Medien-Design and Art Director of customer magazines such as „Leica World" and of several German publishing houses. We wanted to find out from him how he selects pictures and what makes a good magazine cover. Moser's entire trend study is to be found at www.independent-medien-design.
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Special Issue: Exciting Materials!
The question of which material is best suited to which product has become much more important to designers. Today, there are so many more new material developments available that they often comprise the stimulus for the design process itself – thus bringing about an even closer cooperation between engineers and designers. continue...

Special Issue: Design Classics
Be it a Thonet chair, a Wagenfeld luminaire or an Eiermann table: Today, design classics are better known and more popular than ever. As precious originals, as careful re-editions or as cheap copies, they are a firm part of our offices and homes. But anyone hunting for them, collecting them and using them on a daily basis should take care. continue...

Special Issue: PICTA 2007
Christian Boros is one of Germany’s most successful communication designers. At present the pas-sionate art collector is attracting attention with a major project: He is in the process of transforming a Berlin bunker into a private museum. He talked
to us about his approach to pictures, Wolfgang
Tillmans, and the influence of art on advertising. continue...

Special Issue: Bath Solutions
When it comes to baths, the ISH in Frankfurt is the trend-setting venue. Here, leading manufacturers present their latest products and show us today what the bath of tomorrow might look like. For form, English graphic designer Andrew Rae gave a free rein to his ideas on the theme of bathing. continue...

Special Issue: Orgatec 2006
How Designers design their Studios
Desk sharing, paperless offices and home offices are a much discussed subject these days. Designers are participating directly in this change in the world of work and communication structures – because they are the ones who design the respective office furnishings and fittings. But how do the designers themselves work, and in what sort of environments? We visited a few studios to find out. continue...

 

 
 
 
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