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MOTION 04 Anne Boenisch

Tendence 2012 at Messe Frankfurt: Anne Boenisch

Judging from economic news of late, the one word most associated with Germany is "austerity." However, at Tendence, the home trends show taking place August 24–28 in Frankfurt, the young designers are taking a more playful and less severe tack with a new crop of wares that are interactive, instructive, or just plain intriguing to the eye. One such up and comer is Anne Boenisch, who exhibited her designs for lighting, furniture, and accessories in the Talents section of the fair. We trace the evolution of her work in this slideshow.
August 25, 2012
Living Center by Joe Colombo

A Movable Fete

Flash back to the 1970s for visionary Italian designer Joe Colombo’s Living Center, a mod take on a casual soirée.
August 23, 2012
Exterior View of Renovated Airstream Trailer

7 Airstreams We Love

In our September 2012 "Open House" issue, we covered the renovated airstream of Austin, Texas's Stubb's. With the help of designer Burton Baldridge, the renowned concert venue received a new green room in which their performers can kick back and relax before a set or wind down afterward. As a complement to the story, we've rounded up seven of our favorite Airstream flips and facelifts. 
August 21, 2012
Outdoor sunken seating area with concrete fire pit

Sunken Outdoor Fire Pit

Hufft Projects carves out a sunken seating area in an outdoor scheme designed for entertaining.
August 21, 2012
folditure chairs table loft

Hideaway Furniture by Folditure

The Leaf, a thin and lightweight chair designed by Folditure, will soon be joined by a table counterpart: the Cricket. An aluminum folding table, designed by architect Alexander Gendell, the Cricket uses a complex system of hinges and moving parts to quickly transform a room when that unexpected guest arrives for dinner. Gendell hopes his line of furniture alters the perception of how we organize and move around our living spaces, enabling our environment to become as adaptable and accommodating as a folding chair.
August 21, 2012
Modern interior with colorful vases

3 Tips for Mid-Century Modern Collectors

One of the great pleasures of visiting the McKenzie Residence in our September 2012 story "Borrego Springs Eternal," is owner Stacey Chapman Paton's collection of mid-century furniture and decor. Paton has always had an eye for design: "From age five I have been really into cars. You could show me a hubcap and I'd know what it's from," she reports. Though her tastes run through pottery, vintage clothing, posters, and jazz, her collector's instincts have never abated. Here are three tips from a master shopper on how to get your collection of vintage goods underway.
August 20, 2012
Murray Moss portrait by Riccardo Vecchio

The Ringmaster

In February, Murray Moss closed his landmark SoHo design emporium to open a smaller headquarters. Now he’s pursuing a new agenda: marrying art and design in a 21st-century Wunderkammer.
August 20, 2012
Modern party furniture pieces

Guest Services

August 19, 2012
Wohnung by Le Van Bo

Democratic Design: The Work of Le Van Bo

Van Bo Le-Mentzel arrived on the shores of Germany as a young refugee from Laos. He was fascinated by Spiderman and dreamed of the day when he could help the helpless. Today, he still prefers to wear blue and red, in homage to his superhero, and—after studying architecture at Beuth Hochschule, a University of Applied Sciences in the working class Wedding district of Berlin—has found a way to emulate him. Like Peter Parker, he has a day job, though Van Bo has a few: as a celebrated hip hop-rapping MC, a prolific radio and television show broadcaster, a graffiti-artist, a social media king and ambassador for startnext.de, the German version of Kickstarter, and as a full-time employee at Dan Pearlman Communications and Branding. By night—and this is the Spiderman part—he moonlights as a guerilla furniture designer. Inspired by Berlin’s Bauhaus legacy and the cool factor of DIY, he creates the plans for beautiful, affordable furniture and releases them for free from his website hartzivmoebel.de. “This gives the power to the people to make their world a more aesthetic, more social, more uplifting place, without government, police or multinational interference,” he says. “They are plans for happiness—and change starts with you.” In exchange for the free plans, he has asked the furniture makers to send him pictures of their finished products along with stories of its making and uses. The result is the book Le-Mentzel & The Crowd: Hartz IV Moebel.com, published by Hatje Cantz in July—a delightfully inventive showcase of a brave new world where virtual crowds and furniture can change your life.
August 17, 2012
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