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In the March/April 2020 issueAzure takes an in-depth look at how the design world is taking stock of a canonic but problematic material: plastic. Among the options being pursued are bio-based alternatives and creative recycling. Will they result in less waste and more diversion from our seas and landfills?

In the realm of contract furniture, meanwhile, Danish brand +Halle has adopted an unorthodox design and manufacturing plan: Gather a diverse group of design heavyweights from across the globe to brainstorm a cohesive collection under a single theme. Its first effort – overseen by Sweden’s Form Us With Love, Toronto’s MSDS and Scotland-born Nick Ross – is on the market now.

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And will Departo – an accessible home-furnishings line by Yabu Pushelberg, a studio best known for its luxury hospitality projects – resonate with the young global nomads it’s targeted at? George Yabu and Glenn Pushelburg offer exclusive insight into their latest design venture.

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Plus, Canadian homeware brand EQ3 takes on Manhattan with a striking new retail flagship, Berlin architect Sigurd Larsen designs an Alpine home offering breathtaking views from every room and Shape Architecture’s starkly beautiful remembrance centre in Edmonton functions as both a public and private monument.

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Material Science

California start-up Forust 3D-prints architectural elements from an unusual source: sawdust

Site Visit

A moody bar-restaurant in a former radiator repair shop galvanizes a derelict block in Detroit

Focus on Wall Treatments

Papers, panels and scene-making surface designer Giles Miller

Out Now: The Product Issue 2020

Read about the many innovative ways that designers and manufacturers are reshaping product creation, from new and alternative forms of plastic to a novel approach to making contract furniture.

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