In accordance with the increasingly present wave of the „new“ romanticism in design, Chinese design is showing its first fruits in the time just ripe for this aesthetics, manifested as poetic romance. Bundshop is among the first online platforms just launched with the goal to present a new generation of Chinese designers from Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Hangzhou and Xiamen.
The European Hotel Design Awards for 2012 were acknowledged on 21st November in London. Among Europe’s most recently completed and outstanding hotel projects – The Corinthia Hotel, The Mirror Hotel, Hotel Valentinerhof and Superbude St Pauli – in the category of Newbuild the winner is a Design Hotel Lone (Maistra) from Croatian architects 3LHD.
In a time of crisis, of alienation, of social networks and virtual reality and of rapid mobilisation, we are becoming increasingly critical of the notions of norms, eternal progress and economic growth. As loss creates longing – an empty space opens that needs filling. „Isn’t it romantic?“ is an exhibition that will try to gauge the wave of romanticism in design. At the beginning of 2013, the exhibition will open at the Museum of Applied Art Cologne curated by Tulga Beyerle, director of the Vienna Design Week.
Copenhagen fashion brands are First Movers towards a more Sustainable Fashion Industry. Le Neu Black – a new brand and online shop – presents carefully handpicked Danish designers and brands that create and produce with consideration to the environmental and social impacts throughout the product’s lifecycle.
Segment is a cutting-edge sofa designed by Numen/ForUse for Kvadra, the Croatian brand of upholstered furniture. Apart from solving the hierarchical principles of assembling the components of modular upholstered furniture, its strength originates from its identity: the form of its main component part – double-sided ends sloping at a 45° angle!
Orgatec has brought us many novelties, among them the new Thonet S774 high-tech chair where for the first time carbon fibre, plastic and epoxy resin are ‘amalgamated’ using the new resin transfer moulding technique (RTM). The chair’s design is based on Eddie Harlis’ classic S 664 chair from the 1950s with its signature wooden seat shell.
The ambience of artists’ studios, theatre stages and literary cafés provided the inspiration behind this new chair for Thonet, designed by Berlin-based industrial designers Julia Läufer and Marcus Keichel.
Do you want a chance to win the prestigious INDEX: Award 2013 and have your share of the €500.000 cash prize? Index: Award 2013 calls you to nominate your own design or a design of someone you know, as long as you yourself can justify that the design in question is in deed a life-improving one.
Owing to the Generation Y – the fastest growing segment of today’s workforce – the workplace is undergoing a true revolution. The Belgian brand BuzziSpace heralds this niche and has just presented its 5 office revolutions at Orgatec in Cologne, while its products are already omnipresent at IT giants such as Facebook and Google.
Patricia Urquiola’s Hosu designed for Coalesse showcases a new working space that transends the office in our interconnected world. It’s designed for the ‘creative class’ – mobile and networked knowledge workers who decide for themselves where, when and how they want to work.