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form 229 – November/ December 2009

Cover Story: Fabrics That will Move you.
Thanks to new chemical and mechanical properties textiles are not only revolutionizing architecture and vehicle design but also clothing. Our material experts Sascha Peters writes about fabrics that can contribute to electricity production, fabric covered cars and bags that glow. Moreover: a portrait on Swiss textile designer Stephanie Baechler, who questions increasing digitalization in her dissertation project – and in the process discovered the aesthetics of hardware.

Other topics
A Making of about Icon A5, an amphibian light aircraft, designed to make flying as easy as driving. Fair report: Lutz Fügener went to the IAA for us and presents the highlights. And two designers who travel the world tell of their experiences as as „idea nomads“. And we visited the young, London design team Okay Studio. In discussion: An excerpt from Wolfgang Fritz Haug’s updated “Critique of Commodity Aesthetics” we also took a look at the exhibition “Bad Things” in Berlin, asked Philippe Starck about his latest kitchen design and puzzled over why a small table fan by Braun once stood on John F. Kennedy’s lectern.


Interview: Thomas Demand
The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin is currently devoting a solo show to Thomas Demand. We met the artist in the exhibition and spoke to him, amongst other things about his relationship to design.

Furnished by Sagmeister
Fantastic sabbatical! Stefan Sagmeister spent a year on Bali. Now this year’s winner of the Lucky Strike Designer Award is back in New York – and has brought startling surprises with him: a typographic cane chair, glowing egg boxes and a luminaire that is dog-gone cool.




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