In times of a growing awareness of sustainability, renewable raw materials are more in demand than ever. Of these raw materials, and as a natural product that is very versatile, wood is in the vanguard. In addition to furniture, wood can be used for floor coverings, doors, windows, stairs and even to build entire houses. Or, indeed, for veneer, which is perfectly suitable for surfaces on high-quality furniture, as well as for lamps, car interiors or even for glasses, mouse pads and sports equipment.
Whether weâ€™re in the office, behind the wheel or at home in front of the TV â€“ we sit too much and for too long. According to a survey conducted by the German market research institute GfK on behalf of the health insurer DKV and the Sport University Cologne, we spend an average of 450 minutes or 7.5 hours sitting on workdays. General tips such as regularly standing up and getting some exercise are simply not enough. Sitting correctly and ensuring that seating furniture supports correct sitting posture is vital.
Solid wood is extremely versatile, lending its strength to home building, floorings and furniture. It creates a natural indoor ambience and fuels the huge trend for individuality as each piece of solid wood is unique in its own right because every species of tree â€“ and every tree, too â€“ has a look that is entirely its own.
In 2002, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created a module shelf system, reminiscent of a cloud, that can be grouped into clusters or large-scale configurations. Eight tubular cavities pierce the flat surfaces of the modular element while also defining the form’s outer contours. Now the designers had picked up this shape again to create the vases Nuage for Vitra.
Polyethylene terephthalate or PET for short. It is the material used to make drinks bottles. Consumers in Germany can return these bottles to supermarkets after use and collect the refundable deposit. But what happens to the no-longer-needed, crushed bottles? Some of them are made into bottles again, others into T-shirts or fleeces. And some of them are made into seat covers. Brunner uses a cover fabric made from 100% recycled polyester for many of its products.
He is considered to be a protagonist of longevity; his designs are purist, geometrical, elementary and embody clarity and functionality. On 19 August 2016, Peter Maly will celebrate his 80th birthday: “I can hardly believe it,” marvelled the designer, “I see it as a milestone in the creative process, standstill is inconceivable.”
â€śDas Hausâ€ť is created anew every year at imm cologne by another designer. They have already been from London, Venice, Copenhagen, Shanghai and Offenbach. Next year the American designer Todd Bracher will design the approximately 200-square metre area in the popular â€śPure Editionsâ€ť area in Hall 2.2: a walk-in, almost habitable, fully-fitted and furnished house.
For Verzelloni, the Zoe lounge chair has been a classic which has constantly evolved and presented itself in a new guise many times over. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the company has splashed out on new clothes for its birthday child.
Whether it is for singles, families, or seniors â€“ the modern bathroom should meet everyoneâ€™s needs. It should be a stylish oasis of wellbeing, a childproof experimental space, and a safe haven all in one. In addition, we want to adapt it to our various needs. Trend researchers say that, in the future, variable floor plans and modern installation systems could enhance the bathroomâ€™s versatility so much that it will be more easily adaptable to the lives of its users â€“ provided, of course, that there are opportunities and adequate space for renovation.
Redesign walls every day to adapt them to your life: move box shelves, reposition mirrors, simply push the coat rack a metre to the left â€“ without having to drill holes or move furniture. The new magnetic board system â€śnow! magâ€ś by HĂĽlsta makes design really easy.