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Thu 5.2.

Leather Heirlooms

Posted by Walter Phillips on 05.02.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Guardian of the "Hardoy Chair": Mirko Endter with the top-end model in saddle leather. Manufakturplus focuses on leathers with a natural surface

Guardian of the “Hardoy Chair”: Mirko Endter with the top-end model in saddle leather. Manufakturplus focuses on leathers with a natural surface

If anybody knows the “Hardoy Butterfly Chair” inside out it’s Mirko Endter. He knows exactly how the edge of the classic seat has to be stitched. He knows how demanding it is to produce the armchair in 4.5-mm-thick saddle leather. And he knows all about the various types of finished leather and their individual characteristics. With his company Manufakturplus, he has been producing the “Hardoy Chair” in Weidhausen, Upper Franconia for the last ten years. Back then, a customer had entrusted him with an old original chair that needed repairing – and Mirko Endter has remained faithful to the furniture legend ever since. (by Atrium)

 

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Wed 4.2.

Trend Report: Cologne 2015, Part 2

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‘Foldwork’ clothing rack, by Friederike Delius at the UDK Berlin Design Graduates stand, at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Foldwork’ clothing rack, by Friederike Delius at the UDK Berlin Design Graduates stand, at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

This is part two of a two-part Trend Report from Cologne 2015 by Le Vin Chin. See Part 1 here.

 

Going knotty

 

Here we have no one particular materials trend, but a constellation of directions, relating to wool, to weaving, to knots, and to cords and ropes.

 

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The smartphone opens and closes the hotel door by transmitting a digital key code

The smartphone opens and closes the hotel door by transmitting a digital key code

Just as over the past decade online booking systems have simplified the search for the right accommodation for the next holiday or an upcoming business trip, new communication technology combined with innovative materials will in future extend and improve the quality of hotel facilities. (by Dr. Sascha Peters)

 

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Tue 3.2.

Trend Report: Cologne 2015, Part 1

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Furniture from Oskar Zieta’s PAKIET range of modular wooden furniture. Photos © Le Vin Chin

Furniture from Oskar Zieta’s PAKIET range of modular wooden furniture. Photo © Le Vin Chin

This is the first of a two-part Trend Report from Cologne 2015 by Le Vin Chin. As ever, the mood and the buffet of design offers in Cologne reflect the location and the Zeitgeist. The imm cologne and the attending Passagen are shows with an European scope and we saw the sombre mood of Europe, and of Germany itself, in the presentations during Cologne’s design week. With economic, social and political worries spilling in from all around, it’s a time of contraction and therefore conservatism, a retreat to the safety of known quantities and values.

 

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Good Old Feelings

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Growth potential: height-adjustable stools

Growth potential: height-adjustable stools

Notice! This has nothing to do with pasta! There’s a film that plays an important role when it comes to understanding the concept behind the successful male triumvirate of Noodles Noodles & Noodles Corp., for both the company’s name and its retro industrial design conjure up flashbacks of New York in the early 20th century. The riveted steel furniture, wire mesh fronts inspired by old pantries, long wooden tables and work stools with a vintage look exude a nostalgic feel like in “Once Upon a Time in America”, the classic movie starring Robert de Niro as Noodles. It is a film that transcends generations – and timelessness is a quality the furniture makers want their products to embody as well: furniture for tomorrow with yesterday’s craftsmanship, furniture that’s built to last. (by Atrium)

 

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Mon 2.2.

Architonic Guide: Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2015

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The handy Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair  Architonic Guide for 2015

The handy Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair Architonic Guide for 2015

Architonic has created a new time-saving guide to help navigate the show floor for this week’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2015. Architonic’s indispensable show guides always feature a selection of the best manufacturers along with detailed hall plans and stand numbers. Come meet the Architonic Team at SFF and learn more about our services for manufacturers, retailers, agents, architects and designers at Entrance Hall West, Stand EH:05.

 

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The Light Phenomenon

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Elegant: the precise beam from the pendant luminaires ensures harmonious lighting

Elegant: the precise beam from the pendant luminaires ensures harmonious lighting

The launch of the crafty lighting module by the name of SLY, which was specially developed for LED technology, was nothing short of an enlightenment: smart design in the form of a flexible 7.5 cm square, in a set or solo, available as a floor, clip-on, pendant or recessed luminaire, five different colour temperatures, excellent energy efficiency with just eight watts, perfect thermal management, precise directioning, optimal brightness, natural colour rendering, customised production, resource-efficient manufacturing, an ultra-long lifespan – in a nutshell, the luminaire was compelling. At its very first exhibition – Light+Building – it was honoured with the Best of Design Plus 2010, going on to win the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany – the highest German accolade of all – in 2011. (by Atrium)

 

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The Parksafe 582 vertical lift serves two parking grids, each with up to 30 levels arranged as a tower. Ramps and traffic aisles are superfluous

The Parksafe 582 vertical lift serves two parking grids, each with up to 30 levels arranged as a tower. Ramps and traffic aisles are superfluous

When the first ‘modern automobile’ was introduced to the world, it was the year 1886. The ultramodern horseless vehicle would remain the exception for a number of years, and parking problems were unknown, and still a long way off. Wöhr was founded in 1902, just 16 years later – albeit as an ordinary metalworking shop and not as an originator or planner of parking systems. (by Ulrich Büttner)

 

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