imm cologne

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18. – 24.01.2016

imm cologne

Paralympic-Winner Anna Schaffelhuber: “I see myself as an ambassador for barrier-free accessibility.”

By now, the topic of barrier-free accessibility is an integral part of the sanitary industry. If you want to use a bathroom comfortably even with restricted mobility, then you need a bathroom with special features: wheelchair-compatible bathroom sinks which you can sit in front of, flush-fit showers with stepless entry and WCs with special dimensions and grips. By now there are a number of ranges that meet these requirements. However, what about aesthetics? How far convenience and design are combined to design barrier-free accessibility in a modern and appealing way?

With the current O.novo Vita collection, Villeroy & Boch wants to show, that this combination ist truly possible. The five-times gold medallist at the 2014 Paralympics in Sotschi, Anna Schaffelhuber, is ambassador for O.novo Vita. The 21-year old, who has been wheelchair-bound since birth, has been crazy about sport, and skiing in particular, since she was small. She has won numerous events, titles and awards in her career thus far. Furthermore, she is highly involved with issues concerning barrier-free accessibility and inclusion. In the interview Schaffelhubel will be talking about functionality and design, barrier-free accessibility in public areas and her collaboration with Villeroy & Boch.

DE: Villeroy & Boch, O.novo Vita, Anna Schaffelhuber

DE: Villeroy & Boch, O.novo Vita, Anna Schaffelhuber

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Aurélie Späti, the food-loving kitchen by atelier oï and Späti Innenausbau AG

With Aurélie Späti, the Swiss design and architecture studio “atelier oï” has developed a kitchen system which is geared towards the handling of food and in this embraces a timeless and minimalistic style. The kitchen is being built by the cabinetmaker’s workshop Späti Innenausbau AG from Solothurn.

Almost every day, we surround ourselves with a variety of food, appealing to our senses in many different ways. The new kitchen by atelier oï wants to provide room for this richness of resources and its processing without obtruding on the kitchen user in a formal way. The result is an unadorned design that lives from subtle creative details.

Aurélie Späti by atelier oï and Späti Innenausbau AG

Aurélie Späti by atelier oï and Späti Innenausbau AG

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Holistic design

French designer François Brument and Sonia Laugier intensively devotes themselves to the possibilities of 3D printing for the design of living spaces. Their design approach thereby aims at a holistic digital production process combining architecture and interior design. Together they developed the “Printed Habitat” – a real bedroom model with an integrated shower and a walk-in wardrobe representing the holistic production of living spaces on 15 square metres. In the following interview, François Brument and Sonia Laugier talk about their design approach and the potentials of 3D printing.

François Brument, Credit: Maria Spera

François Brument, Credit: Maria Spera

Sonia Laugier, Credit: In-Flexions

Sonia Laugier, Credit: In-Flexions

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New impulses

An interview with Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat on changing lifestyles in Moscow and new architectural challenges in the Middle East

Erick van Egeraat, Copyright: Friso Keuris

Erick van Egeraat, Copyright: Friso Keuris

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Everything is becoming a living room

A conversation with the Berlin designer and architectural team KINZO about ambience as a design tool and developments in the contract business.

Martin Jacobs, Karim El-Ishmawi and Christopher Middleton, image: Franziska Rieder

Martin Jacobs, Karim El-Ishmawi and Christopher Middleton, image: Franziska Rieder

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A Multitude of Possibilities

A preview of the international exhibitors and the latest products for the contract business at imm cologne 2015.

The Mashup Artotel Amsterdam © Kymo

The Mashup Artotel Amsterdam © Kymo

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Creating Distinction

An interview with Gunter Fleitz and Peter Ippolito of the Ippolito Fleitz Group, Stuttgart, about brand architecture, identity and merging lifeworlds

Walter Knoll imm cologne 2014 Exhibition stand by Ippolito Fleitz Group

Walter Knoll imm cologne 2014 Exhibition stand by Ippolito Fleitz Group

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New Impulses for Contract Business

Exhibitors from the Contract Business value the imm cologne as an international platform for an exchange with architects, interior and other designers.

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A certain clarity

An interview with the French design stars Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec about the fair as a meeting place, right answers and the challenges of the contract sector

Bouroullec Vitra Alcoveplume © Studio Bouroullec

Bouroullec Vitra Alcoveplume © Studio Bouroullec

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Textile Landscapes – in Conversation with Ben van Berkel/UNStudio

UNStudio: Dance Palace, St. Petersburg © UNStudio

UNStudio: Dance Palace, St. Petersburg
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The new Hem collection of Carpet Concept by Ben van Berkel/UNStudio is inspired by lively landscapes. Numerous colour variations offer a wide range of design options. The design of Hem was already awarded with the label Winner at the Interior Innovation Award 2015. The imm cologne is the ideal sponsor of the competition, whose organization is the responsibility of the German Design Council. 
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