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Foreword:

Dear Readers, dear Friends of form,

After an interruption of almost six months, I am very pleased to be able to present to you the latest issue of form magazine. The bankruptcy proceedings relating to Birkhäuser Verlag in Basel (the previous publishers of form) are now at an end and as of April 2012 I am proud to say that I am now the new owner of Verlag form and the publisher of the magazine. The primary objective of both myself, as the publisher, and all those involved in form is to ensure that, given its great tradition, the magazine appears regularly once again. And in future we will continue to strive to offer you an incisive, high-quality magazine documenting and analyzing the very best of contemporary design culture.
The present issue no. 242 is the last to have been created under the direction of the long-standing editor-in-chief Gerrit Terstiege. It was ready to go to press at the end of last year, but its publication was delayed owing to the structural changes related to the bankruptcy. We have not altered the issue in anyway, and have merely updated the advertising, schedule and preview as necessary.
We are bringing out this issue unchanged as is fitting given our very special respect for Gerrit Terstiege and his entire team. We would like to thank them for their efforts and commitment, which have in the past guaranteed the regular publication of a discerning design magazine.
We have made one small change however, and that is to dedicate the poster that traditionally comes with the magazine to the designer Dieter Rams who celebrates his 80th birthday in May. Happy Birthday Professor Rams! At the Business of Design Week 2011 in Hong Kong last autumn, Dieter Rams gave a memorable lecture on the need for sustainable design. We are delighted to present this lecture to you for the first time in printed form on the poster.
From now on, Verlag form and the form main editorial office will be located in Frankfurt/Main in Germany. In the next issue the new editorial team will introduce themselves for the first time and be ready to fire your enthusiasm with inspiring content well into the future.

With my best wishes
Peter Wesner 
Topics of this issue
The Clash of Art and Design: How are everyday objects manipulated by artists? +++ Tobias & Chris Rehberger: Gerrit Terstiege met the artist Tobias Rehberger and his brother, graphic designer Chris Rehberger, for an interview +++ The Album Exhibition: Nature plays an important role in the Bouroullecs’ drawings and sketches +++ Brad Downey, Downtown: American artist Brad Downey walks the line between art and “civil disobedience” +++ Drawing Attention to Type: Lita Talarico and Steven Heller’s “Typography Sketchbooks” offers a view behind the process of type design +++ Adidas on the Move: “Laces,” the new building on Adidas’ premises in Germany has a spectacular guidance system, designed by Büro Uebele +++ The Calculated Revolution: Oliver Herwig reports about the use of the SKO method with students
of the industrial design department at the University of Applied Sciences in Magdeburg-Stendal +++ The Exemplary Meta Project: the graduation project “metaform” by Daniel Michel, a German product and jewelry designer 

 
 

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