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Design and communication

Even more is possible!

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OPEN SUSTAINABILITY

Three iconic DS models manufactured fully from recycled material, equipped with the completely new lead free and environmentally-friendly refills: The DS Regeneration Pens stand for an innovative, all-encompassing sustainability concept that comprises the production of the casing and the composition of the refill. Manfred Dreher, Managing Director of Prodir Deutschland, talks about the sustainability of writing instruments that not only write but communicate as well.

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The chair isn’t so much the problem as the sitting

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OPEN RELATIONSHIP

Our story begins with a love letter in 1941. An aspiring architect wrote to a painter who he had met for the first time not long previous at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan: “I am 34 (almost) years old, single (again) and broke – I love you very much and would like to marry you very very soon”. The young man is Charles Eames and the painter is Ray Kaiser. A few months later, the couple was promptly married and together they headed for California.

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All blue tits are connected – at least somehow

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OPEN MEMORY

A couple of apes are sitting on a lonely hilltop somewhere, let’s say Africa, and together they learn a new skill. Before long, this new ability will have spread in waves across the entire planet. The acquired knowledge then pervades the entire species, becoming part of the collective memory of all apes in the process. British biologist Rupert Sheldrake is convinced that all animals of the same species worldwide can draw on a vast library of once acquired practical knowledge. What a wonderful thought. Read More

Icon with shoulder straps and legs of its own

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OPEN BAG

Ikea’s blue shopping bag may have become a fashion accessory overnight, but it’s been working its way up to fame for a couple of decades. It was conceived in 1996, when Ikea had a less than glamorous problem. Smaller things than flat-pack items were being added to the product range, but customers weren’t finding it easy to cart them around the gigantic stores. The blue bag was the solution – though it wasn’t one the furniture empire could keep within the confines of its premises. No matter how they tried, they could never quite stop customers from taking the bag home with them.

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Where’s my pan, Paul?

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OPEN KITCHEN

In the 1960s, Julia Child succeeded in turning an entire nation on to French onion soup. This is just one reason why the kitchen belonging to this American cookery icon is today housed in the same wing of the National Museum in Washington, like the Apollo 13 rocket. Both were risky, if ultimately successful missions. Read More

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