• Olga Sterkhova

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    In the land of mountainous golden sand, a certain ethnic heritage is on the verge of extinction. Bedouin women in rural communities of the United Arab Emirates would produce soft furnishings and decorative accessories for camels and horses. Their products portray a traditional form of weaving, known as Al Sadu in the...

    “The Smart segment is in fact the highest sales segment of IMM Cologne,” Arne Petersen, Vice President Trade Fair Management of Koelnmesse, states in the press release. One of the most innovative and successful highlights of the Smart segment is young living trends. Often staying in urban centers and limited by space...

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    Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura wins the Hospitality Building LEAF award 2015 with his Ribbon Chapel project. The ‘metal ribbon’ is as symbolic as it is functional. Two winding staircases start at different places, intercross and finally meet—creating the ribbon. The staircases lean on ‘one another,’ doting the...

    In line with the “less is more” trend, Cape Town architects Jan and Liani Douglas, the founders of Douglas & Company, favor simple and practical design. Their studio showcases an extensive portfolio of furniture, lighting and objects as well as their work in complete interior layouts. Jan and Liani completed their...

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    The French ministry for Ecology sponsored the Clover Street Lamp project for Paris Climate Conference 2015. The selected designer, Mathieu Lehanneur, invented the urban lighting furniture collection Clover. The lamp resembles a tree: a wooden pole—only local wood used—with three petals on top that house the lighting...

    Innovation, a word often overused, requires observation and analyzation. One of the leading online platforms for architecture and design, ArchiExpo launched the i-Novo awards to identify the latest novelties discovered at trade fairs around the world. The construction trade fair Batimat, located in Paris and held...

    In the spirit of Batimat’s focus on Africa, ArchiExpo spoke with one of the leading designers in Cape Town. Laurie Wiid Van Heerden, founder of Wiid Design, specializes in interior design and focuses on the quality, authenticity and originality of his work. Wiid Design uses a lot of local and natural materials:...

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