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 âsmart materialsâ in an immense variety of ways.
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 bodyâs recovery when lying and sleeping.
An original Mole chair, with its plump calfskin cushions, adjustable leather straps and lustrous jacaranda frame, couldn’t be more comfortable.Â 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 countryâs other icons, such as Copacabana, samba, the Amazon and the nut.
At the coming imm cologne, the Trend Forum âThe Stageâ 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.
Generally, open-plan living refers to the main living areas of the home â i.e. the kitchen, living room and dining room â 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, â[In Germany], thereâs a strong tendency towards open-plan living. Itâs been a request in almost all of our renovation projects â 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 â home offices and bedrooms are still preferred as separate, smaller rooms.â
Designed for the âGreat Bauhaus Exhibitionâ in 1923, Walter Gropiusâ directorâs office is considered the worldâs first holistic spatial composition of the modern era. It was conceived as a showroom of an ideal study, accommodating a seating area as well as a workspace with a chair and desk.
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 weâre 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.