Mairi Beautyman

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

When Peter J. Lassen left Fritz Hansen in 1979, it wasn’t under the best of circumstances. He was CEO, and times were rough for the Danish furniture manufacturer. “We were forced to sell the family company – and in some ways of course it was a catastrophe, but it was also a new chance,” his son Joakim Lassen explained...

We dig into the theme of this year’s Salone del Mobile which splits into three categories: classic, design and timeless luxury.   Last week, the city that holds the global title of de facto design capital was once again hit by storm, with the 57th edition of Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Held April 17-22 in Milan,...

An Italian treasure in the heart of the Brera design district, Foscarini showcased its new outdoor furniture and lamp collections. Pre-event, Foscarini President and Co-founder Carlo Urbinati and designer Marc Sadler spoke to ArchiExpo e-Magazine about the inner workings of the company. Learn how not having a factory...

There’s a lighting revolution going on at the moment—and its forever-changing built environments as we know them. Thanks to a few recent major scientific breakthroughs, we now know that a life spent mostly indoors has a profound impact on our health. And not in a good way. In response, and pushed by organizations such...

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Developers are increasingly realizing that if you are going to integrate the latest smart technology in a building, it is critical to include the latest in building security. During the Light + Building trade fair from March 18 to 23 in Frankfurt am Main, several manufacturers focused on the most futuristic building...

To commemorate the Stockholm Design Week, Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Søn takes us on a journey through the Scandinavian design movement.   Founded in 1908 as a woodworking shop, Carl Hansen & Søn has long symbolized quality and craftsmanship in Scandinavian design. A breath-taking list of Danish masters...

Predicting the future is an art form, but it’s slightly easier when you have some 1,400 exhibitors showcasing some of the best home furnishings design from 51 countries in one spot. At IMM 2018, visitors kicked off each morning with a 90-minute trend tour by Anton Van Der Lande. Here are four hot trends which will be...

How do you create a local design culture from scratch? For cultural players in the United Arab Emirates, the answer was two-part: launch creative outlets and build a design district. This systematic approach was wildly successful. In five short years, the Arabian Peninsula nation has made its creative economy a force...

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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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