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Book Reviews

Adorn New Jewellery

Adorn: New Jewellery, by Amanda Mansell and published by Laurence King in October 2008 is a showcase offering a global view of exciting work from nearly 200 cutting-edge jewellery designers.

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People Portraits

The official Verner Panton reference portal

NOW online

He made design history with his visionary creations. Verner Panton revolutionised the way the Sixties looked at design, especially with his interiors. The mans modest and impassioned manner was in considerable contrast to the image of the enfant terrible which the international design scene liked to associate with him. Today, fifty years later, his designs are among the most popular icons of the 20th century. What is remarkable above all is that his conceptual and formal ideas are only now being fully adopted in architectural and design trends, and are being used as the basis for further development made possible by computer-aided design and production processes. Verner Panton was ahead of his time.

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Event Reports

imm cologne 2009: Trendboard + trend book

The latest trend book edition for the imm cologne features the Interior Trends for 2009. The overwhelming response received in previous years demonstrates that this annual book provides a detailed reference work not only for exhibitors, visitirs and journalists but also for architects and designers.

This year´s board consisted of five members:
- Eero Koivisto | Claesson Koivisto Rune, Stockholm/Sweden
- Arik Levy | L design, Paris/France
- Stephen Burks | Readymade Projects, New York/USA
- Giulio Ridolfo | designer, textile expert, Udine/Italy
- Markus Fairs | editor-in-chief dezeen.com, London/GB

DESIGNSPOTTER was invited to the exclusive press preview, which was taking place in Barcelona on September 4th.

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City + Country Portraits

The Sky is no Limit

German architects Christian Dieckmann and Robert Wetzel want to reawake the awareness for the significance of the "Colonius", Cologne´s TV tower, which is distinctive for the cityscape of the city.

During the PLAN08, the panel for architecture in Cologne/Germany, taking place from 19 - 26 Sept, they tranformed the TV tower by illumination and caused a lot of attraction.

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City + Country Portraits

shrinking cities report

Whether in the USA, Britain, or Belgium, Finland, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan, or China: everywhere, cities are shrinking.

The dramatic development in eastern Germany since 1989, which has led to more than a million empty apartments and to the abandoning of countless industrial parks and social and cultural facilities, has proven to be no exception, but a general pattern of our civilization.

Shrunken cities contradict the image, familiar since the Industrial Revolution, of the "boomtown", a big city characterized by constant economic and demographic growth. Shrunken cities spur a reconsideration not only of traditional ideas of the European city, but also of the future development of urban worlds.

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Book Reviews

Jewelry Design by daab

Jewelry is commonly perceived as a beautiful piece of wearable art: stand-alone, sculptural, and aloof. However, in order to understand contemporary jewelry design, we need to view the work as we would the product of any design field: as conceptual projects, as material studies, as social commentaries, and as connections to the past.

The various creations by international designers presented in this book give us an outline on current trends and developments in the field of jewelry. Their work is presented as a snapshot of individual practices, a broad sampling of innovative creations and forward-looking designers. What unites them are everyday considerations on context and production.

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Event Reports

Our FAB FIFTY

The imm 2007 proved to be a huge success for all involved, for you the exhibitors as well as for us.

For January 2008 we planned to break all boundaries.

From January 14th untill 20th DESIGNSPOTTER offered the great opportunity to present young designers products in the heart of the imm 2008 to a wide audience of experts and visitors.

Close your mouths and open your eyes because DESIGNSPOTTER.com @ imm 2008 meant

> 50 international designers
> 450 square meters exhibition space
> more than 110.000 visitors

Watch out for our picture and video gallery.

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