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Apr 12, 2013

smart ebike - Urban electric mobility


smart CEO Dr. Annette Winkler says "The smart ebike is a true smart – but on two wheels. It's not just an extremely well designed bicycle that is sure to draw admiring glances in the city – it's also really practical and child's play to ride. Anyone can zip through town on it with or without exerting themselves – depending on their fitness level and as the mood takes them. And it's even easier to find a parking space than with the smart fortwo." Power-assisted mobility on two wheels is in. According to the association of the two-wheeler industry (ZIV) sales figures in Germany alone rose from 70,000 in 2007 to 200,000 in 2010. In 2018 the ZIV predicts that e-bikes will make up 15 percent of all bicycle sales in Germany. And in Europe as a whole sales are booming even more. In 2007 approximately 200,000 people opted for an electric bicycle and according to the ZIV by 2009 this figure had already risen to 500,000. And in 2010 around 700,000 e-bikes were sold throughout Europe  – a plus of 40 percent compared with the previous year. With an unconventional design in line with the style of the brand, functions appropriate for city use and high technology standards that are demonstrated by the extremely efficient and high-performance drive package among other features, the smart ebike has an exceptional position.



Apr 12, 2013



From the 52nd edition of Salone Internazionale del Mobile, W® Hotels Worldwide and Design Miami/ Basel today announced the winners of the 2013 W Hotels Designers of the Future Award. The 2013 winners include Seung-Yong Song from Korea, Canadian-Dutch Jon Stam and Bethan Laura Wood from the United Kingdom. In an evolution of the Award, this year for the first time, the winning designers were sent to new or renovating W Hotels to solve a specific design challenge or need. The newly commissioned works will be unveiled at Design Miami/ Basel (June 11-16, 2013) and later installed at W Hotels in Verbier, Bangkok and Mexico City.

The brief for this year’s award commissions is entitled “Making Connections.” The designers’ projects will facilitate exchange between local communities and the international visitors who pass through them, whether for business or pleasure. The goal of these projects is to deepen the appreciation for the distinct regional characteristics found in each destination.

For the first time, each of the winning designers has been paired with a new or renovating W Hotel to create a site-specific project. Each designer has already been sent on a design visit to a specific W Hotel, finding inspiration in the hotel design concept, the destination, local craft and materials as well as investigating the cultural and material conditions of the surrounding area, all of which will inform their finished project. Jon Stam spent time in Verbier, where the W brand’s first ski retreat will open later this year, Seung-Yong Song visited W Bangkok, which opened December 2012, and Bethan Laura Wood traveled to W Mexico City, which will complete a full renovation in 2014. In addition to being showcased at Design Miami/ Basel in June 2013, their finished work will ultimately be installed at the hotel they visited, solving a specific design need.



Apr 11, 2013

Andy Warhol + Bugaboo


Andy Warhol’s innovative approach to art proved an inspiration for the mobility design company, which itself is driven by a passion for innovation. From May 2013 Bugaboo and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts start their multi-year creative collaboration with the spring launch of Warhol-inspired stroller accessories. The collaboration celebrates the artist’s love for children’s inquisitive and creative minds and his ability to create timeless work that transcends any age or time period. During these initial two years (2013-2014), Bugaboo will present multiple collections. “With every new collection we look to further unfold the authenticity, style and originality of Andy Warhol’s extraordinary legacy”, says Madeleen Klaasen, Chief Marketing Officer Bugaboo International. To many he is the personification of charisma, to most he is one of the world’s leading influential figures in contemporary art and culture. More than twenty-five years after his death, Andy Warhol’s life and work continues to excite creative thinkers worldwide from Lady Gaga to Jay-Z and from Marc Jacobs to Bugaboo.

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