Trend lecture at The Stage by Dr. Sascha Peters: Material Trends 2017

© Sascha Peters
© Sascha Peters

Today, two major trends in materials developments relevant to interior solutions and design can be observed. On the one hand, manufacturers are seeking to expand their ranges of sustainable material solutions and to improve the environmental sustainability of their production processes, the sourcing of their resources and energy consumption. Added to this, functions are being integrated into materials, opening up opportunities to profitably deploy so-called “smart materials” in an immense variety of ways.

World premiere at imm cologne: For the first time, Birkenstock presents beds and sleep systems

©  Birkenstock
© Birkenstock

Birkenstock is a long-established and very well-known brand. With footbeds adapted to the anatomy of the foot, the name has stood for expertly produced footwear and healthy feet since 1774. Today, the company is expanding its portfolio and will now also offer sleep systems and beds. And just as their footbeds conform to the natural shape of the foot, the sleep system will adapt to suit the whole body’s recovery when lying and sleeping.

Midcentury design: Viva Brazil

Photo courtesy of R&Co.
Sérgio Rodrigues’ Mole chair, 1957

An original Mole chair, with its plump calfskin cushions, adjustable leather straps and lustrous jacaranda frame, couldn’t be more comfortable. In his new book, Brazil Modern: The Rediscovery of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Furniture (The Monacelli Press), Aric Chen contends that the Mole and its midcentury cohorts, a sampling of which are highlighted below, deserve a place among the country’s other icons, such as Copacabana, samba, the Amazon and the nut.

The Stage: trends and furnishing tips for trade visitors and consumers

© Lutz Sternstein; Koelnmesse
© Lutz Sternstein; Koelnmesse

At the coming imm cologne, the Trend Forum “The Stage” in hall 3.1 will once again be offering exciting topics. The experts on the podium will be providing the audience with an up-to-date overview of current developments and trends from all areas of interior design. In 2017, the programme will take place on the trade visitor days as well as on public days.

Still trend or already standard: open-plan living

Generally, open-plan living refers to the main living areas of the home – i.e. the kitchen, living room and dining room – which are combined to create an open, flowing layout with few internal walls and fewer traditional individual rooms in favour of a communal living space. German architect Bernhard Kurz says, ‘[In Germany], there’s a strong tendency towards open-plan living. It’s been a request in almost all of our renovation projects – in some cases to a greater and in others to a lesser extent. But it generally refers to living rooms, dining rooms and the kitchen – home offices and bedrooms are still preferred as separate, smaller rooms.’

Veneer: A little slice of nature in an individual design

© IFN/Danzer
© IFN/Danzer

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.

Healthy sitting:
The ideal way to furnish your workplace

© Actiu
© Actiu

Whether we’re in the office, behind the wheel or at home in front of the TV – 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.

Ronan und Erwan Bouroullec create cloudy vases für Vitra

Nuage Launch Installation, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec ©Studio Bouroullec
Nuage Launch Installation, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec ©Studio Bouroullec

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.