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12 July 2016

Episode 248

30 minutes

We turn the spotlight back on itself and take a look at the state of the lighting-design industry. We talk to the man behind lighting giant Flos, visit Vienna’s brightest new-builds and meet the Danish lighting designers making it in the city.

12 July 2016

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Photo: Vincent Van Duysen

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Chapter 1

Flos CEO Piero Gandini

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With a history spanning a half-century, Italian lighting firm Flos has gained an industry-leading reputation. CEO Piero Gandini talks about striking a balance between brand integrity and commercial responsiveness and the relationship between technology and design.

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Light on the Danube

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In a city that’s otherwise dusky after dark, a trio of high-rise buildings has illuminated Vienna’s Danube Canal. Alexei Korolyov brings us this report on how they won the city over.

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James Taylor-Foster: When politics and architecture clash

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In June, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden made a rare foray into public life by denouncing British architect David Chipperfield’s design for the new Nobel Centre in Stockholm. We explore the relationship between architecture and politics with James Taylor-Foster, European editor at large of architecture site ArchDaily.

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Made by Hand

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Since 2013, Made by Hand has created lacquered-aluminium pendants and stainless-steel desk lamps, among much else. We speak to co-founder Thomas Baldur-Felskov about why the company firmly believes in keeping manufacturing in the city.

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