Natural living:
Future materials for architecture and design

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Interior construction: Requirements for sustainability and fire protection require integrated solutions such as acoustic panels made of cement-bonded wood wool without chemical additives. Photo: Troldtekt

Who says, that stones and concrete are the only construction materials that can be used for homes and that, generally speaking, furniture have to be made from wood or conventional plastic? We will take a look at the possible construction materials for sustainable architecture, interior design and interior design of tomorrow.

Living by Moods – “Das Haus 2019” by Truly Truly: FAQs about the design event at imm cologne 2019

Illustration: Truly Truly

“Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” is set to enter round eight. At the international interiors show imm cologne in January 2019, the Australian designer couple Truly Truly will present an elegant, airy design, which seeks new approaches to an open domestic culture. With their sensual use of details – the textures, textiles, colours – and the ambiguity of the assignment of room functions and the design of furniture (somewhere between function and art, between private and public), Kate and Joel Booy are sure to give trade fair visitors a thrilling experience. “Living by Moods” will showcase emotive spaces that challenge the conventions of home living in the most beautiful and sensual way.

Vitra project at Orgatec: Work – office scenarios for merging of work and public space

Photo: Koelnmesse

Where is the office today? Is it in our smartphones and tablets? Does it only exist in our heads? Or do we still need the ritual of coming to a physical space dedicated to work? For this year’s Orgatec fair, Vitra will be focusing on the increasing convergence of the office realm and public spaces, subsumed under the title “Work”. The presentation showcases three examples of office scenarios.

Light for well-being:
Circadian lighting mimics the natural changes in light

Photo: Philips Lighting

A relaxing evening in front of the TV calls for very different living room lighting to that required for concentrated work. Similarly, the light needed to prepare a meal properly in the kitchen will very definitely not work for the intimate dinner that follows. And in the bathroom, too, there are many different lighting needs at different times of the day. New technologies and the products developed with them can imitate the circadian rhythm of daylight and support people in their home lives – this is a growth market.

Dick Spierenburg: “We want to improve hall 11 with Pure Atmospheres and offer visitors added value.”

Foto: Koelnmesse, Dick Spierenburg

In the course of the continuing further development of the trade fair, on the occasion of imm cologne 2019, the structuring of the Pure design segment with the reformulation of hall 11 will be perfected to provide an architecturally looser, but atmospherically even more condensed hall of “Pure Atmospheres”. Dick Spierenburg is the architect of the redesigned hall 11 and explains the motifs for the trade fair update in an interview.

The shift to an “indoor generation”
and the consequences for health

Photo: Velux

Within just a few generations, we have gone from being an outdoor species to an indoor one. Today, we spend on average 90 per cent of our time in enclosed spaces. In addition, a YouGov survey conducted on behalf of the Velux Group revealed that participants were totally mistaken about their habits and the associated health risks. Children in particular are at risk because their bedrooms are often the most polluted rooms in the house.

Material technologies reimagined:
3D-printing inflatable materials

Photo: BMW

In collaboration with the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the BMW Design Department has successfully developed 3D-printed inflatable material technologies. The materials can self-transform, adapt and morph from one state to another. A project that will certainly meet with great interest in the upholstery industry. The result is now on show for the first time at the exhibition The Future Starts Here at the V&A in London.

A tent is a tent – or is there more to it than that?

Photo: KarTent

Summertime is the time for festivals. In Europe alone, more than 500 multi-day music festivals take place each year between May and September, attracting millions of visitors. Most of them will camp on the festival site itself. But one in four simply leave their weekend accommodation behind at the end of the festival. Taking down the tent and packing it away seems like too much hard work after a weekend’s partying. Every year 25,000 tents are abandoned at festivals in the Netherlands alone. That’s a lot of rubbish. And that’s exactly what the Dutch design team Wout Kommer and Jan Portheine thought. In response, they came up with a 100% recyclable tent made from cardboard.

Innovative lighting solutions
(not just) for interior design

Photo: Artemide, Alphabet of Light

What does the future hold for LEDs? Are OLEDs already obsolete? And will new laser lighting technology be adopted? The lighting segment is always evolving, with innovations regularly being unveiled. And developments in the smart homes segment are certainly also making a contribution. But efficient use of light, intelligent controls and furniture combined with lighting are also causing a stir in the market. Glare-free, indirect or circadian lighting technology are all playing an increasingly important role. Here in the imm cologne news blog, we present some of the latest lighting innovations.