Out Now: The Products Issue

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In Shanghai, furniture manufacturer Stellar Works produces collections by the likes of Yabu Pushelberg, Neri&Hu and David Rockwell.
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Patricia Urquiola on the danger of following trends and the power relationships.
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A/D/O studio, a new multi-maker design hub in Brooklyn, New York.
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The Aura Powered Suit by Yves Béhar's Fuseproject and Superflex combats age-related muscle atrophy.
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Toronto architecture firm Uufie's Echo table combines liquid metal with hair-thin wood.
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Brooklyn's Fort Standard's materials palette often includes wood, marble and soapstone.
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Francesco Meda's sculptural Pigreco stools, made from Versylis marble with cedar seats (for Henraux and Riva1920).
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Marmoleum Cocoa linoleum sheet flooring by Forbo incorporates actual cocoa husks to enhance surface tactility.

Radical changes are being made within the product design world. Our May issue spotlights 10 makers and manufacturers who are leading the revolution. Plus, Alberto Meda’s son Francesco carves his own path, what we saw and loved at Toronto Design Week and IMM Cologne, and more.

From Yves Béhar’s sensor-embedded clothing that combats age-related muscle atrophy and Othr’s made-by-order 3-D-printed accessories to clocks that elicit an emotional response, the product design world is experiencing a revolution. The May 2017 issue of Azure – on newsstands now – focuses on 10 makers and manufacturers who are leading the charge.

Also in this issue, we visit the Eindhoven studio of Raw Color, the design firm who has successfully fused the worlds of graphic design, product design and brand identity; while in Shanghai, furniture manufacturer Stellar Works is raising the bar for mass production. In Milan, Francesco Meda – son of Alberto – talks about carving his own path while collaborating with his father.

Plus: What we saw and loved at Toronto Design Week and IMM Cologne; Patricia Urquiola on the power of relationships; a trade school aiming to increase the enrolment of women and other under-represented groups through well-considered architecture; and are flat-pack refugee shelters the answer for protecting the most vulnerable?

The May 2017 issue of Azure is now available in Canada, and hits U.S. newsstands on April 3. Get yours now: for single copies go to shop.azuremagazine.com; to subscribe, go to azuremagazine.com/getazure.

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