New trends and innovative interior concepts: Every January, Cologne becomes the glamorous design metropolis and hotspot of the interior design scene. Kick-off is on January 12. The evening before the international furnishing show, imm cologne and the magazine “Architektur & Wohnen” announce the winners of the established Interior Innovation Award; followed by the great Opening Party. The exhibition of the works of the award winners is one of the highlights of the upcoming imm cologne. Another highlight: “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” – the inspiring living installation, which will stage the idea of a perfect home of the Dansk designer Louise Campbell.
Further highlights are going to be the new segment Pure Elegance – a glamorous stage for luxurious high-end design – as well as the LivingInteriors, the show for accessories, home textiles and everything that makes an apartment a home. With Pure One and the young talents competition [D³] Contest imm cologne also offers a great stage for young designers and future stars of the interior scene. Amongst the more than 1,100 exhibitors are many promising newcomers which deserve a closer look.
2000 years of architecture history
Visitors will not only find high-end design in the exhibition halls but also exciting architecture and top-notch events all over the city. Whoever leaves the imm cologne coming from the south entrance will pass by the great, transparent “gate to the world” of koelnmesse. Driving downtown on the Hohenzollern Bridge the Cologne Cathedral is not the only outstanding attraction.
To cut long story short: Cologne is not a pretty city in the traditional sense. Many dirty places, empty sites and ugly concrete buildings shape the townscape, but make it interesting at the same time. What makes this metropolis at the Rhine so exciting is its casual mixture of opposites. Trés chic meets trash chic, sacred meets profane, art meets kitsch. Even though one cannot see it at first sight, this city is home of a rich heritage of architecture from its more than 2000 years of history: from Roman relicts and Romanesque churches, the Cologne Cathedral with its abstract window by Gerhard Richter, representative Gruenderzeit buildings from the years of rapid industrial growth at the end of the 19th century in Germany to modern urban architecture – such as the Kolumba museum by Peter Zumthor, which integrates the remains of a Gothic church in a simple modern building, or the new accommodations in the Rheinauhafen that adds some modern shapes to the skyline.
Vivid art and design scene
The Cologne art and design scene is just as multifaceted. Not one but two outstanding attractions are right at the Cologne Cathedral: Next to it the Museum Ludwig presents the most important facets of modern art. And not much further away the museum of applied art (Museum fuer Angewandte Kunst, MAK) shows European arts and crafts from the Middle Ages to today and thereby combines art and design in a unique way. Right downtown the new Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum presents non-European art and cultural pieces.
Cologne is a city of over a million but its urban structure is still pretty rural. Each district, called “Veedel” by Cologne citizens, is a kind of a village in itself – with its own center that hosts the main social activities. So it is logic that art and design not only takes place on shows like the imm cologne or art cologne, in the museums and well-known showrooms like the Design Post, but also at a great scale in each part of the town. One example is the former working-class district Ehrenfeld with its continuously growing scene of creative people, especially attracting young designers. The Design Quartier Ehrenfeld, which has the development of creative spaces in the city on its agenda, resides in old factory buildings and warehouses. During the imm cologne small ateliers, galleries and boutiques become the venues for the Design Parcour Ehrenfeld and the Designers Fair, an exhibition of young creative minds. Both events take place as part of the Passagen, a design show with exhibitions, events and parties in over 200 locations all over the city.
Other design districts are the new area at the Rheinauhafen right at the Rhine with the Kunsthaus Rhenania, galleries and showrooms as well as the popular district Belgisches Viertel that mainly young fashion designers call home. Right around the corner is the historic Spichern Hoefe, an event location worth seeing and one of the most important design spots of Cologne at the same time.
Design in Cologne: inspiration and economic factor
The inspiring environments as well as renowned educational institutions such as the Koeln International School of Design (KISD), the Cologne Design Academy (Koelner Design Akademie) or the art college for media (Kunsthochschule für Medien) make Cologne the number one choice for young artists and designers. They add value to the Cologne scene with their unique profiles and thereby secure the future of the design metropolis. An example for those young talents is Jens Standke, award winner of the Cologne Design prize 2013. Already today the vivid design scene represents a relevant economic factor. Roundabout 2,700 companies and creative lone wolves cover all design facets: interior, industrial and product design, corporate, tradeshow and communications design, media and fashion design, movie and event design as well as architecture and photography. The industry has been constantly growing since the nineties and has generated a revenue of over 1.1 billion Euro in total – and counting.
11. December 2013
Categories: architecture, Das Haus, Events, Exhibitors, General, imm pure, Interior Innovation Award, LivingInteriors, top designers, young designers, [d3] design talents
Tags: Köln, Louise Campbell, Passagen
Axor Citterio bathroom collection in the recently opened Palais Hansen Kempinski in Vienna
Copyright: © Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
Competing for guests hotels have to offer great comfort besides designing their facilities as unique as possible. Thereby, a comfortable bathroom is one of the most important criteria for hotel guests choosing their accommodations. Therefore functional and well-designed sanitary fittings become more and more important for hoteliers especially in the premium sector but also for budget design hotels.
planning brochure „Das Hotelbad 38°“
With their new planning brochure „Das Hotelbad 38°“, Hansgrohe, a specialist on bath and sanitary fittings, offers comprehensive information for hoteliers on how functionality, efficient water and energy usage as well as sophisticated design can be combined. The brochure is about target group specific bathroom solutions, their products and opportunities for effectively reducing operating costs. Furthermore it offers inspiration for custom design concepts.
With the new design guide „Handbuch Design“ Hansgrohe published a new companion for architects and interior designers. The manual supports planners choosing the right showerheads and fittings for their projects. Customers not only find an overview on the entire Axor and Hansgrohe product range but also interesting case studies of international projects.
“One of a kind architecture can only be accomplished when there are appropriate products on the market. To find those on a cluttered marketplace is not always easy,” says Philippe Grohe, head of the brand Axor. “Therefore we created a standard reference work with this design guide, which provides orientation for architects and interior designers and thereby makes their daily work easier.”
Additionally the website www.hansgrohe.com/en/ informs about the entire product range of the company. The planning tools “Das Hotelbad 38°” and the “Handbuch Design”, both in German language, can be ordered for free from the Hansgrohe Deutschland GmbH: email@example.com.
Axor Bouroullec collection in the boutique hotel Atmospheres, Paris
Copyright: © Hotel Atmospheres
06. December 2013
Categories: architecture, Business, General, Living Bath Room, Spa & Wellness
Tags: Axor, bathroom concepts, bathroom fittings, hansgrohe
Colors determine moods. They can let one and the same room appear spacious or cramped, cool or cozy and even influence the sensed temperature. Without colors a room is missing personality. This personality can change though since colors underlie trends as much as cloths, hairstyles, furniture or music. Scientists of the University of Applied Science and Art in Hildesheim, Germany, researching colors found out that these trends occur in cycles – in the interior design sector a cycle lasts around five to eight years, with certain trend colors only half a year. A phase with exuberant bright colors is usually followed by a phase characterized by reserved simplicity.
Same as fashion and furniture design, color trends are influenced greatly by world affairs and trends in society. For instance, after the terror attacks on the World Trade Center the color palette in the United States changed pretty much over night. As a result of the discussions on climate change and ecological restructuring of the society colors like grey, coffee brown, blue and light green became more popular.
03. December 2013
Categories: Design concepts, Innovation, LivingInteriors, Trends, visions
Tags: color trends, colors
What do internationally active architects think about the responsibility of architects for solving future problems – such as the demographic change, the worldwide climate change or the constantly growing mega cities? This is just one of many questions discussed by the manufacturer and supplier of sanitary fittings GROHE in its recently published interview collection “What architecture has to accomplish nowadays: intercultural – international – interdisciplinary”.
16 architecture firms from Austria and Germany answered the questions about today’s responsibility of the architecture sector. Most of the interviewed architects operate worldwide and therefore deal with various cultures, political systems and climatic conditions on a regular basis. This is why the 170 pages documentary gives an insight into the current considerations and developments of the industry. Renowned architects like Wolf D. Prix (Coop Himmelb(l)au), Christoph Ingenhoven (ingenhoven architects), Hadi Teherani, Dietmar Eberle (Baumschlager Eberle), Jürgen Mayer H. and Michael Schumacher (schneider+schumacher) share their thoughts. With international backgrounds all of them look at the challenges in architecture in the present and the future from different angles.
Extension of the Staedel museum in Frankfurt by schneider+schumacher
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main / photo: Norbert Miguletz
GROHE provides high-quality sanitary fittings to all types of international construction projects. These products meet highest requirements regarding quality, technology, design and sustainability. GROHE will present their full range of products and design solutions in hall 4.2 on the upcoming LivingInteriors, which takes place from January 13 – 19, 2014.
On the occasion of the publication of “What architecture has to accomplish nowadays” a panel discussion takes place on November 28, 2013 at the Werkbund Galerie Berlin. Participants are the architects Jürgen Mayer H. from Berlin, Markus Kaplan of “BWM Architekten und Partner” from Vienna and Volker Halbach of the architecture firm “blauraum” from Hamburg.
25hours hotel in Vienna by BWM Architekten und Partner
© BWM Architekten und Partner / photo: Rupert Steiner
For more information, please visit www.grohe.com.
27. November 2013
Categories: architecture, General, LivingInteriors, Trends
Tags: architecture, Grohe, LivingInteriors
The times when wooden boards were simply nailed to the floor and then called it wooden floors are long gone. The choice of the right wooden floor is almost a philosophical question nowadays. That is why it is worth it to have a look at new materials, trends and techniques. It probably also comes with age that one really understands the value of wooden floors. At least with me it took some years, even though today’s range of wooden floors is impressive. The variety of colors, surfaces and materials leaves nothing to be desired, even with the most sophisticated individualists. And as we know, the floor is the first step towards a great interior design. A fundament to feel good. The “piece of furniture” which we actually touch every day.
New products with a rustic look especially impressed me. Deep notches cause light and shadow plays and thereby give these floors a unique charisma. One can also sense the texture bare-footed and they remind of decks of old wooden ships, which fought their way through the oceans.
Want some examples? Here you go:
Floorboards of solid and brushed old oak wood by HORI
Floorboards of solid and brushed old oak wood by HORI
After machine processing the old oak gets finished manually. Branches and cracks get polished to prevent splinters and to emphasize the rustic look. Thanks to the thick layer of wood damages can be easily fixed by sanding and sealing it again.
PARADOR Globetrotter Urban Nature
PARADOR Globetrotter Urban Nature
These floorboards more likely remind one of a crafted wall of old wine and fruit cases than of a floor. This is the uniqueness of this laminate floor. Similar to the Brooklyn Pine Pore described below the design is printed on a thin paper layer. For a wood-like texture the surface is minted with a typical wood fiber structure.
Gran Via Brooklyn Pine Pore by HARO
Gran Via Brooklyn Pine Pore by HARO
The Brooklyn Pine Pore floorboard has an impressive appearance already due to its format of 220 cm by 24 cm. The unusual design is printed on the floorboard as well. At the end it gets a relief-like texture so that the surface has a authentic feeling.
For more examples visit www.casando.de/holzboeden
About the author:
Ben of casando
Grown up with the magazines of this world Ben writes for the casando online magazine about modern interior design trends and new products that fill him with enthusiasm. He loves minimalism and would like to reduce his property to 90 pieces.
22. November 2013
Categories: General, Trends
Tags: floorboards, wood, wooden floors
imm cologne 2014 is getting closer. Time for a preview: Who is coming? Who will be new? What are going to be the highlights?
Registration numbers of more than 1,100 companies from 50 countries get the world’s leading furnishing show close to a record. Already in the beginning of November over 80 percent of all stand spaces were booked. Especially the great demand from foreign enterprises is a proof of the international mass appeal of the imm cologne.
„Pure“: new formats for innovative design
Good news for trendsetter: The design area will be enlarged on a great scale with the new formats “Pure Elegance” and “Pure One-Design Injection”. The traditional core of “Pure” and starting point of the Design Course is as usual hall 11. From there visitors are guided to hall 3.2, the home of the successful format “Pure Editions” with visionary furniture and interior design concepts. Next stop is “Pure Village” in hall 2.2 with unconventional brand and product stagings of design oriented premium exhibitors.
The new format “Pure Elegance” – an exclusive range of luxury and high quality products – will be presented in hall 2.2 as well. And as if that weren’t enough, it is also the location of the spectacular top design event “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. Danish designer Louise Campbell, a leading personality in the new Scandinavian avant-garde, will present her dream of a perfect home.
Louise Campbell: Das Haus 2014
Photo: Koelnmesse; Andreas Körner
Another new format with young design can be found in hall 1, „PureOne-Design Injection“: Young talents and selected participants of the international design competition [D3] Contest present innovative ideas and interior design concepts – and transform the hall into a creative idea laboratory.
LivingInteriors: „Living Details“ in the spotlight
Holistic living concepts become a more and more attractive sales catalyst. At “LivingInteriors”, the event for bathrooms, flooring, wall coverings and lighting in hall 4.2, the focus is on the details, which really turn an apartment into a vivid home. Smart stagings show how light, effective wall and floor coverings, selected textiles and decorations bring furniture together to a harmonious interior design concept – and offer various impulses.
More room for sleeping
Due to the high demand of innovative sleeping concepts, the segment “Sleep” hosting modern sleeping comfort in hall 9 will be extended to hall 5.2. This allows the presentation of furniture and accessories, which transform bedrooms into recreation areas. From the bed to a multifunctional sofa: “Comfort”, the world of upholstered furniture, invites to halls 6 and 10.2 to relax and test. Classic setups with modern stylish aesthetics and high quality are located in hall 5.1 and 10.1. “Smart”, the segment for young lifestyle, is in halls 7 and 8. “Global Lifestyles” – another new segment – will be launched at halls 2.1, 3.1 and 4.1: A wide range from furniture that the owner builds himself, accessories, lamps to eccentric sculptures let these halls become a place full of discoveries – just as the whole imm cologne.
20. November 2013
Categories: Das Haus, Events, imm comfort, imm pure, imm sleep, LivingInteriors, Pure Editions, pure village, young designers, [d3] design talents
Tags: imm cologne 2014, imm sleep, LivingInteriors, Pure
segment Sleep ©koelnmesse
Last January the segment Sleep was so much in demand that some companies did not get a spot on the imm cologne. Therefore the improvement of this area was on the agenda for 2014. So far exhibitors only presented their products for modern sleeping comfort in hall 9. On the next imm cologne the area will be extended to hall 5.2. This solution was greatly accepted, as both halls are completely booked already. More than 100 companies from 20 countries will present their products on 12,000 square meters.
An important trend in 2014: bedrooms become relaxation areas that are used all day. Therefore furniture, carpets and accessories play a more and more important role. They add to the area Sleep, make it a lifestyle segment of its own and give additional impetus to the market.
A connecting element between the two halls is the Sleep Lounge according to the motto „Neuromarketing“. The Sleep Lounge area of the association Matratzen-Industrie e.V. stays in hall 9 and is supposed to be the communication center of the industry. Once again, it will be the location of the party meet@sleep on Tuesday during the fair. The whole booth will be transformed into a walk-in human brain. Central issue is the fact that certain exterior stimuli trigger buying decisions. Main part of the staging will be a shopping cart as a symbol of the buying process. Visitors will be able to interact with it with all their senses.
Some manufacturers use a more unusual presentation space already today: Exhibitors like Bretz, TEAM7, Sophisticated Living, interluebke, kymo and many more present their highlights on our new Facebook app “immagine living spaces”. The community will vote their favorites until 20 November to furnish the first room of the imm cologne house on Facebook: the bedroom. Participate now!
12. November 2013
Categories: imm sleep, Social Media
Tags: Facebook, meet@sleep, sleep, Sleep Lounge
Looking for combining your enthusiasm for design with a journey? Nothing better than that!
There are many good reasons why to visit the imm cologne. The international and wide spectrum of exhibitors and the high number of visitors make the imm cologne the pulse of the furnishing world in the heart of Europe. The venue persuades with its great infrastructure due to the international airport Cologne/Bonn and Frankfurt being nearby – it takes only one hour to Cologne with the modern high-speed train ICE. The fairground itself is located very central across from downtown Cologne with its Cathedral and main train station on the other side of the river Rhein. Moreover, the exhibitor and visitor tickets are valid as tickets for the public transit system “VRS”.
But Cologne has even more to offer: From historic sights, rustic and cozy or modern and sophisticated restaurants to many design events all over the city taking place alongside the imm cologne – there are many ways to close a long day at the fair with some fun.
Of course, there are many architecture and design events in this world that are worth a travel. Dezeen’s World Design Guide provides an overview with its interactive world map. The first edition covered worldwide events taking place in 2013. It now has been updated with 2014 events and will be carrying new features in the future. A helpful tool for every design enthusiast we would like to recommend.
11. November 2013
Categories: Events, General, Service
Tags: Cologne, dezeen, World Design Guide
Interior Innovation Award 2014
Companies with innovative design solutions now have the chance to apply for the Interior Innovation Award until November 15, 2013. The Interior Innovation Award was initiated in 2002 by the imm cologne and is hosted by the German Design Council since then. It is one of the worldwide most prestigious design awards in the interior design industry and established itself as a seal of quality.
The Interior Innovation Award honors products which convince with a trend-setting design and therefore represent the innovative strength of the industry. In doing so, it does not matter whether technical production considerations, constructive, material-related or purely creative solutions constitute the innovation.
The who is who of the industry as well as small manufacturers and start-up companies are represented in the contest. Equal treatment of all participants is a basic principle of the contest – everyone can win regardless of the size of the company. The international jury judges neutrally and follows strict criteria.
Companies can apply with products in the fields of furniture, outdoor, bath and wellness, office and workstation, facility equipment, walls, floors, ceilings, lamps, textiles as well as kitchen and housekeeping.
In addition to honoring 15 products with the “Interior Innovation Award – Best of Best 2014” and the “Interior Innovation Award Winners” a highlight is awarding three young talents, which will be selected from the talent show [D3] Contest 2014.
The “Winners 2014” and the “Interior Innovation Award – Best of Best 2014” will be presented in a special staging during the imm cologne from January 13 to 19, 2014 in Pure Village (hall 2.2) once more.
Find all information on the contest here: Interior Innovation Award 2014
08. November 2013
Categories: Awards, General, Innovation, Interior Innovation Award, top designers, young designers
Tags: awards, German Design Council, interior innovation award, young talents
„Sustainability“ is a frequently discussed topic. But there is more to this buzzword than just a marketing trend. Sustainability starts with the first sketch of a product and continues through the entire process of product development. Most important in terms of sustainability is the possibility to use the product and its components beyond its expiry date. An efficient design enables the economical usage of materials and energy as well as reasonable logistics and a production that allows recycling.
Half-timbered houses are a great example for sustainable design. Photo: H.D.Volz/pixelio.de
The idea of sustainable products is not new, it just became more relevant due to rising energy costs and the shortage of resources. Decades ago people already used materials that are considered sustainable products nowadays. A traditional half-timbered house for example is mainly made of „green“ materials such as wood and clay. Modern buildings use this old-school principle again and are build of wood and are insulated with cellulose materials such as scrap paper. This way yesterday’s newspaper caters for a cozy and warm home in the wintertime.
Half-timbered houses are a great example for sustainable design. Photo: H.D.Volz/pixelio.de
More and more one can find furniture made of old pallets and wooden cases: After thousands of kilometers on the road they are of no use any more for transportation and would usually be thrown away. When cleverly refurbished and combined they make new seating furniture, tables or even wardrobes.
Old pallets can be turned into comfy furniture. Photo: PetraBork/pixelio.de
Amongst materials for patios a new sort of Wood-Plastic-Composites (WPC) became popular. WPC products such as floorboards and wall cladding are made of sawdust, which is waste from industrial furniture production, and high-quality plastics.
WPC, a product made of sawdust and plastics. Due to its characteristics it has become an environmentally friendly alternative to tropical wood. photo: SG/casando.de
Due to its great durability WPC products became a competitive environmentally friendly alternative for tropical wood. Once WPC products are worn out they can be recycled and new WPC products can be build out of the recycled material. In the end they can also be used as a source of energy through burning since they are made of up to 90 percent wood.
Nowadays we can find many sustainable and at the same time high-quality products for daily use, which enable a more environmentally friendly lifestyle through conscious consumption.
About the author:
Serkan of Casando
Serkan is author for the online magazine casando. It is his priority to make topics about home and garden as interesting and readable as possible. Originally a journalist for printed media he manages to deliver relevant information for his online audience as well since he is very experienced with digital media. For him it is very important that a living and workspace is cozy. Therefore his favorite material is wood.
09. October 2013
Categories: General, green design, Trends
Tags: green design, sustainability, WPC materials