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Apr 15, 2013

smart ebike design tour Milano


 

On the occasion of the „2013 Salone del Mobile in Milan“ mobility brand smart offers a design tour through the metropolis’ most exciting cultural hotspots, which can be experienced while seated on a smart ebike.

 

From April 9th 2013 onwards Bettery Magazine will start to editorially feature the project and introduce the tour’s stations on the site. Here below you will find an overview on the selected venues.

 

NICHETTO=NENDO EXHIBITION // GREEN ISLAND // WONDER WALLPAPER // CASCINA CUCCAGNA // GIARDINI DELLA GUASTALLA // LOGGIA DEI MERCANTI // GIORGIO DE CHIRICO – PARCO SEMPIONE // THE TOOLBOX // GALLERIA ROSSANA ORLANDI // SMALL PUBLIC WORKS – QUARTIERE UMANITARIO //

 

Find here our report about the nichetto=nendo exhibition here at bettery magazine 



 

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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.



 

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Apr 12, 2013

W HOTELS DESIGNERS OF THE FUTURE AWARD


 

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.



 
 
 
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