Design/Architecture Briefing— Global


A cot made from sustainable Brazilian wood, a colourful nursery in Finland and a bank that's breaking the mould in Denmark

Bobby Dekeyser, Brazil, Denmark, Redecker, Switzerland, daycare centre, furniture

Teak that

Switzerland [FURNITURE]

To complement the building design of the Swiss Pavilion at this year’s Shanghai Expo, Basel-based Inch Furniture has designed a new six-piece furniture collection. Made of teak and steel, the tables and chairs are produced at craft schools in Indonesia, where the founders once lived.

Bank slate

Denmark [BANK]

Danish firm 3xn’s head office for Middelfart Savings Bank is a new landmark on the island of Funen. Openings in the roof filter light through all three levels of the 5,000 sq m building and ensure…

Q&A - Bobby Dekeyser

Chairman of Dedon


Bobby Dekeyser, the founder of furniture maker Dedon, has turned hotelier and teamed up with Daniel Borer, owner of Switzerland’s Hotel Giardino, for his new venture, Dedon Places.

What is Dedon Places?
We’re opening our first hotel, Dedon Island Resort in the Philippines called Siargao in December. We also have a chalet planned, a project in Africa and a hotel in New York or Hamburg.

What does Dedon Places offer?
On the island we only have 10 houses. It’s very personal – you’re not a guest, you’re at home.

What’s next for Dedon?
We have a furniture collaboration with Philippe Starck called Play and in July we’re launching a 2011 collection in South Africa.


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