Working It, Living It: Arper's new 'soft-tech' furniture

Working It, Living It: Arper's new 'soft-tech' furniture

Premium Italian design brand Arper has made it its job to look at our jobs – the ongoing changes in the where and the how we work – responding with a collection of high-performance furniture designs that don't slack off in the aesthetics department. Read
Textile Facades: State of the Art at Techtextil 2015

Textile Facades: State of the Art at Techtextil 2015

Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, will open its doors in Frankfurt, Germany, from 4 to 7 May 2015. Besides countless other applications of these products in the context of industrial manufacturing processes, applications for architectural use are only one aspect – but an obviously very attractive one. Some exhibitors’ exemplary reference projects already indicate the sector's enormous range and capability. And it’s in the nature of things that, when it comes to textile architecture, it’s almost invariably a matter of highly customised solutions – sometimes the material itself, but always its specific application. Here at least, architects and manufacturers sing from the same hymn sheet, so to speak.
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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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Vintage Scandinavian furniture

Vintage Scandinavian furniture

It’s a real phenomenon, an undeniable success. How did designers from different countries who share common values, manage to create a style more than sixty years ago, that retains a remarkably modernist appeal, and continues to fuel the demand for reissued furniture?
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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 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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