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    Switch Abu Dhabi is the restaurant brand’s second collaboration with distinctive contemporary designer Karim Rashid, the first being Switch Dubai in 2009. The Abu Dhabi location opened in June 2017 and features curving white ceilings and lots of natural light. ArchiExpo e-Magazine spoke with Rashid about designing the...

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    European furniture and lighting manufacturers break through the challenges of culture and methodical procedures to bring their products to the Middle East. What route did they take to succeed?   Over the last decade, the Middle East has developed a booming design culture, encouraging an influx of western designers in...

    The lively, luxurious and ultramodern city of Dubai will once again house a world’s first: the Wasl Tower. Construction began in 2016 and, once completed, it will become the world’s tallest building to feature a ceramic facade, reaching 300 meters high. Commissioned by the Wasl Asset Management Group, UNStudio...

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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...

    When the Palace Hotel in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil was acquired by Fera Investments in 2011 with the intention of restoring the iconic Art Deco architecture to its former glory, the developers may not have realized the scale of their task. Last year, the restoration was finally complete—672 pillars, 471 windows, 317...

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    So fresh and so clean. Even better, so safe. Two products out on the market use advanced technology to protect us from unwanted visitors; burglars and bacteria alike. The hands-free and automatic Nuki Smart Lock first debuted in late 2015. It quickly advanced and can now work with the Amazon Echo. This secure lock...

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    The city of Paris is forecast to evolve into a newer, 2.0 version with Europa City, a visionary leisure and culture hub to be opened in 2020 in Gonesse, right in the heart of Greater Roissy. Groupe Auchan funded the project, and BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) worked on the architectural plans. The French door opened to BIG...

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    “People are asking for something more than architecture.” These words, spoken during DesignTalks, seemed to remain ever present under the gray sky and Icelandic rain as we prepared for our guided tour the following day for this issue’s In Time journey. Pink Iceland, whose no-judgments-allowed policy makes it a...

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    Cities are at a tipping point. By 2050, the United Nations estimates that 66 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.  So, where to put all the newcomers and how to reduce noise and air pollution from the increasing automobile traffic overwhelming urban cores? One place is in the dead zones...

    A few months prior to the Maison&Objet in Singapore, on November 15, 2016, its organizer SAFI announced the suspension of Asian and American editions to focus on Paris-based events and the promising launch of the digital platform MAISON&OBJET and MORE (MOM). While it has been a challenge to find international success,...

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