• Mairi Beautyman

    Mairi Beautyman is a journalist based out of Berlin. She's been writing about design and architecture since 2001.

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    In a typical conversation about Europe’s most design-forward countries, Poland doesn’t exactly leap off the tongue. However, this former member of the Eastern Bloc is quietly hard at work smashing a dated preconception—with far-reaching results. As the third largest European exporter of furniture, Poland clocked in...

    “As someone who is creating stuff, thinking consciously is my responsibility as a human,” says Max Lamb, who produces furnishings and design objects—often of recycled or virtually indestructible material—for the likes of Acne Studios, Kvadrat, and Hermès. During 3daysofdesign in Copenhagen, the British designer...

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    The movers and shakers of the design industry once again set the world’s stage at the Milan Design Week with a bang, presenting the newest international furnishing debuts from all the big names. However, it’s not just the next line that attracts attention to the most important annual design fair – Milan is where ideas...

    What transforms the run-of-the-mill bathroom into a calm, soothing retreat? As this arena of daily life continues to leap beyond basic function to sensory experience, relaxation is an emotion companies and designers continue to explore. To Christina Biasi-von Berg, principal of Biquadra Interior Architecture, bath...

    Simple and sustainable products that are also priced to be accessible—that’s the aim of Romanian firm Ubikubi, which presented at interior furniture fair IMM Cologne for the first time this year. Founded in 2014, Ubikubi is a meeting of the minds between designer and architect Dragos Motica and entrepreneur Robert...

    Next time you step into your kitchen, look sharp: It may soon be unrecognizable. There is no place in the house that both technology and science are intersecting in such a revolutionary way—and that means robotic personal assistants, specialty tea brewed with precision temperature control, 3-D-printed healthy snacks,...

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