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“F&B concepts in the hotel industry” symposium

Another symposium organised by the journal Hotelbau was held on 21 March 2019 at Le Méridien at the main railway station in Munich. As usual, emco was one of the sponsors for this event. This time, the symposium focussed on planning, design and operations in the Food & Beverage sector.

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Trusted design – new level of comfort

Elegant soap dispensers from various emco bath ranges of accessories have been popular for decades thanks to their design and flawless functionality.

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Life is easier with liquid soap

Poor Lady Macbeth! Constantly washing her hands would have been so much easier if liquid soap had already been by invented then. Instead of which, she had to scrub her soft hands with large pieces of curd soap.

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The Robot Science Museum in Seoul

The Turkish architectural practice Melike Altınışık Architects (MAA) has won the international bid for the Robot Science Museum in Seoul (South Korea). The city’s local government called for museum concepts raising public awareness and interest in robotics and robots.

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Architecture as a forum for art

Art has many forms, but it always needs a stage – whether this is in a public space, museum or theatre. One of these locations is the Stage Theater im Hafen on the River Elbe in Hamburg, which was built in 1994 with a tent-like design. At the time it was the venue for the musical Buddy.

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The stuff that arts are made of

Linguistically speaking, the German word for art (“Kunst”) could be said to be made of plastic (“Kunststoff”). So the name suggests something else entirely than disposable cutlery and throw-away shopping bags. The Germans also use the word “Plastik” to refer to a sculpture, which makes it seem only right to create a sculpture out of plastic. Indeed, the 20th century material has had a considerable influence on the art of this era. It has democratised and trivialised art, removed the value from the raw material and transformed the artist from a lonely workshop creative to a designer of mass goods. With 105,000 tonnes of plastic rubbish produced every year in Germany, we are not far away from the concept of throw-away art.

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“I fight for the reputation of plastic.”

400 Fontanes, 500 Beethovens, 600 Nuremberg Madonnas: Ottmar Hörl is famous for his monumental sculptures of plastic figures. A career involving more plastic than practically any other artist’s career. And he has fought more consistently than any other artist against the elitist pricing policy of the art world.

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Lake Verea: Paparazza Moderna

The “Lake Vera: Paparazza Moderna” exhibition will be held at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein from 2 February to 7 July 2019. The exhibition reveals the homes of great masters of modern architecture – in an unusual way.

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Architecture at one with nature

Architecture to emphasise and reflect the natural beauty of the mountains. In the 1960s, a traditional farmhouse stood here, not far from the small Italian town of Bolzano. Today, in the same location in the middle of the Dolomites in the South Tyrol, there is a unique building, which blends in with the beauty of the surrounding natural scenery and mountains thanks to a mirrored façade.

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Colourful plastic for fresh office helpers

Get away from grey office life and into some colour: white walls, grey floors – most offices aren’t colourful, but rather sad and demotivating. …

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Architecture for the Northern Lights

Jávri Lodge is a boutique hotel in Saariselkä, Finland. The building was once used as a ski lodge by former President Urho Kekkonens – and he also welcomed state visitors here. In 2017, the building was extended to include a new main entrance, a dining room and four new hotel rooms – in three additional copper-clad volumes with their very own architecture.

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emco light system – for the perfect lighting mood in the bathroom

Light is a crucial factor in the overall feel of a room – nowhere more so than the bathroom which, with adapted scenarios to suit the time of day, can either help you to wake up in the morning or encourage you to relax after a stressful day. Creating the perfect lighting for a bathroom is a specialised art form.

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[Translate to English:] Zwei Sportler kämpfen im Fußball ihre Konkurrenz aus

From the cradle to the grave: is competition the be-all and end-all?

“Competition is good for business.” We certainly know this to be true at the emco Group, where we spend every day striving to be among the best in our field and working to set new standards. But how do other people perceive the principle of competition – the driving force behind our economic system?

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[Translate to English:] Ausstellungsstück des Künstlerkollektiv „formafantasma“

Mastermind’s creation: Office furniture made from recycled waste

For the NGV Triennial at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, design duo “formafantasma” presented a piece of work that forms part of an ambitious research experiment looking at the recycling of electronic waste. Among other things, the “ore streams” project features furniture concepts which were developed using discarded computers and phones.

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[Translate to English:] Portrait vom Interviewgast Tobias Koch

Interview: Design as a backdrop

What characterises good hotel design? We met Tobias Koch, associate and architect at Concrete Amsterdam, in Stuttgart, where he was speaking at the “Trends in Hotel Design” symposium which was supported once again by emco in its role as platinum partner.

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