Architexture: textiles go constructional

Architexture: textiles go constructional

Its roots may lie in transient structures, but contemporary textile architecture, with all its creative, functional and ecological possibilities, is definitely here to stay. Read
Wild and wet: the new bathrooms getting in touch with nature

Wild and wet: the new bathrooms getting in touch with nature

It’s a long time since bathrooms were regarded as purely functionalist, private spaces for performing perfunctory, daily ablutions. For the past 20 years or so, they’ve been elevated to a potentially communal space people choose to linger in. Take clean-lined, open-plan wet rooms — redolent of hammams and, free of clunky shower screens and trays, appealingly spacious —which are still in vogue today. Or the freestanding bath positioned mid-bedroom, though this looks dated now.
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The Materialists: strasserthun

The Materialists: strasserthun

Stick a pin in the middle map of Switzerland and the chances are you've landed near Thun, a small town that's home to a big player in terms of materials know-how. Long-established, high-end carpenters and fitters strasserthun invite architects, planners, designers and end-clients to visit them on their home turf at their game-changing new Punkt6 showroom.
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Noises Off: Das Kranzbach's unique retreat experience

Noises Off: Das Kranzbach's unique retreat experience

When young English aristocrat Lady Mary Isabel Portman commissioned an Arts-and-Crafts-style mountain hideaway near Garmisch-Partenkirchen on the eve of the First World War, little did she know that it would, a century later, become a one-off, design-led hotel destination.
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A high-temperature laboratory for glass and light

A high-temperature laboratory for glass and light

The name of both the company and the brand is labo crème brûlée. It's a name which suggests fire and flames, and Christian Seltmann, his wife Tania Theler Seltmann and his brother Philipp are full of burning enthusiasm for their new project. The fourth generation of a porcelain-manufacturing family from Franconia ‘felt like doing something new’, which led to the establishment of their company in Majorca in the year 2009. However, since 2013 the firm has had its HQ and production facilities in Berlin. Here, they occupy a top location in a historic coach house between Mommsenstrasse and Kurfürstendamm, where there is also a showroom.
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