There is an old German saying, “He who doesn’t dare, doesn’t win.” It could be said that Armin Fischer’s most courageous professional move came when he entered a competition in 2003 to design the debut 25Hours Hotel. Not only did he dare—he won! This one-time cabinetmaker from the small German city of Augsburg had come fully of age as a world-class designer, launching his studio, Dreimeta, following the victory. And should anyone doubt Fischer’s place on design’s main stage, he need only step inside the playful, quirky, intentionally hyperbolic 25Hours Hotel Hamburg Number One. The bright, youthful vibe that runs through the entire 25Hour’s brand DNA owes much to Fischer’s signature style here.
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For our fourth print installment of “Further Thoughts,” we heard from Chris Sanderson, co-founder and CEO of The Future Laboratory, a world-leading strategic foresight consultancy specializing in trends intelligence, strategic research, and innovation strategy. The dark clouds over political and economic discourse at the present moment, he says, have an unseen silver lining. Continue reading “Chris Sanderson of the Future Laboratory
on the brighter side of Brexit”
When your partner in business is also your partner in life, it can be a challenge to keep your office and home lives separate—as Irene Kronenberg and Alon Baranowitz know all too well. “Our daughters say that they have a brother,” says Kronenberg. “He’s called Work, and he’s very high-maintenance.” Continue reading “The narrative aesthetic of Israeli design duo B+K”
For our third “Further Thoughts” installment, we heard from Ben Pundole, who, as the editor in chief of the online travel magazine A Hotel Life and vice president of brand experience at Edition Hotels by Ian Schrager and Marriott, is an influential figure in the contemporary travel industry. In the 2018 Transformation Issue of Directions, he spoke about his own recent personal evolution and how his rising sense of awareness has led him to make important changes across his working life. Continue reading “Ben Pundole: “There’s an evolution happening””
Eons ago, the theory goes, back when human beings first began planning structures, the buildings they designed were of two types. There were houses, to satisfy everyday needs, and there were temples, to satisfy the need for something beyond the everyday. In both cases, the function of architecture was to nurture culture by uniting souls, joining families and congregations into societies and states. Continue reading “Nicolas Schuybroek, Belgium’s master of minimalism”
For the second installment of our “Further Thoughts” series in the 2018 Transformation Issue of Directions, Spencer Bailey, a renowned journalist who currently serves as the editor in chief of Surface and editorial director of Surface Media, discusses the changing media landscape and the need for a new kind of coverage. Continue reading “Spencer Bailey on the need for “slow media””