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The Stage on Monday:
International designers are lining up

Photo: Koelnmesse, Lutz Sternstein

The imm cologne trends forum “The Stage” will again be the home for discussions and responses to current issues in the world of interior design this coming January. Here, experts talk about trends in home living, designers shed light on their concepts and industry insiders discuss future developments. In 2018, the established lecture forum in Hall 3.1 of Koelnmesse will once more be offering an overview of current trends in interior design. On Monday, the first day of Cologne’s fair, will have a particularly international flavour. In addition to the designer of “Das Haus”, Lucie Koldova (Czech Republic), Cristian Zuzunaga (Spain), Jason Danziger (USA), Poonam Choudhry (India) as well as Stefan Scholten (The Netherlands) will be on “The Stage”.

Interior Design Trends: The Keywords of the imm cologne 2018

The kick-off to each day, presented by Frank A. Reinhardt, is a fixed item on the programme. Each morning, he will offer the audience a professional overview of the trends and buzzwords at imm cologne 2018.
Frank A. Reinhardt is an industrial designer with a background in Business Administration. After working in product management for some years, Reinhardt simply wanted to publish an original observation. All at once, he found himself recruited in a freelance capacity and eventually as a freelance editor for such publications as SBZ and design report. After a spell at one of a corporate design agencies, he went into business for himself in 1999, focusing on projects ranging from trend and market studies and the conception and editing of special publications.

Lecture: Interior Design Trends: The Keywords of the imm cologne 2018
Speaker: Frank A. Reinhardt, far.consulting
Date: Monday, 15th January 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Place: The Stage, hall 3.1

The complete programme you will find here.

 

Lucie Koldova about a transparent “Das Haus” full of Light


Her selection as the guest of honour for the design event “Das Haus” gives Lucie Koldova, a designer from the Czech Republic, a unique opportunity to realise the full potential of a structure’s interior design through the use of artificial or artistically arranged light. In her lecture, Lucie Koldova speaks about her design approach and the impact of light. “In my ‘Haus’, light will play the main role, and the furniture will complete the rooms – and not the other way around!”, says Lucie Koldova, summing up the new characteristics of “Das Haus” in a nutshell. Das Haus 2018 will be shaped less by walls than by lighting cells in which light, appearing in various forms and controlled in different ways, will not only mark out the space, but also support its function and a specific sentiment.

Lucie Koldova (b. 1983) is a Czech light and product designer. Upon graduating from the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague in 2009, she moved to Paris and began developing concepts for companies in France and abroad. In 2010, she gained international recognition with her first lighting collections, Balloons and Muffins, both of which she created for Brokis, a Czech producer of handblown glass lighting. She went on to establish her own studio in Paris in 2012. She now resides and works in Prague.

 

Lecture: Das Haus 2018: A Poetic Study of Light
Speaker: Lucie Koldova
Date: Monday, 15th January 2018
Time: 10:45 am
Place: The Stage, hall 3.1

The complete programme you will find here.

 

Michael Gairing explains the new possibilities of VA and AR for Design


What is actually AR / VR and XR? How do virtual and expanded realities differ, and which are “better”? In his lecture on The Stage, Michael Gairing reports on how AR/VR technologies can be sensibly integrated into the design process, and what changes they bring with them. Also important here are the themes of design acceptance and designs in the real environment. The lecture also points out new ways for bringing design to the customer before it is real.

Born in 1977 in Stuttgart, Michael Gairing completed a course of vocational training as management assistant in wholesale and foreign trade at Raab Karcher Stuttgart (Veba company group). He was subsequently head of EDP for the Tiles specialist department for Raab Karcher Stuttgart before founding Gamal IT Services, with a focus on network solutions. In 1999, he was the cofounder of the media production company BLANX effects | interactive GmbH, and has since been a managing associate.

 

Lecture: AR & VR: New Room for Design
Speaker: Michael Gairing, BLANX
Date: Monday, 15th January 2018
Time: 11:30 am
Place: The Stage, hall 3.1

The complete programme you will find here.

 

Book Lounge: Officina Humana – The Office as an Environment to Unlock Human Potential


The office is the master tool of economic activity, but is sorely neglected. As a consequence of the total dominance of economic rationality, offices have become dead spaces that weaken and debilitate human beings instead of lending them wings for their work. The will to create and creativity, the most important resources of work in the future, can’t flourish; human and economic potential go to waste. In their lecture, Danijela Djokic and Jan Teunen encourage companies and organisations to unite poetry and functionality in a harmonious fashion with the aim of transforming work spaces into habitats for the flourishing of potential.

Danijela Djokic is a qualified designer and managing shareholder of the studio Projekttriangle Design in Stuttgart. She studied visual design at the University of Applied Sciences in Schwäbisch Gmünd, University for Design. In addition to her work in her agency, she has held many teaching positions at universities of applied sciences and universities, for example, at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, the Merz Akademie Hochschule für Gestaltung (university of design), the University for Computer Sciences Ulm and the University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd.

Jan Teunen is a Cultural Capital Producer. As the managing director of Teunen Konzepte GmbH, he assists his customers in developing a sustainable corporate culture. His editorial activity has led to a large number of publications. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Burg Giebichenstein / University of Art and Design Halle, and holds a professorship there for design marketing. He is active as a Vision Entrepreneur in The Network of Responsible Innovators, with the Kulturwandel in Unternehmen (cultural transformation in companies) initiative and an honourary member of the Genisis Institute for Social Innovation and Impact Strategies in Berlin.

Book Lounge: Officina Humana – The Office as an Environment to Unlock Human Potential
Speaker: Danijela Djokic and Jan Teunen
Date: Monday, 15th January 2018
Time: 12:15 pm
Place: The Stage, hall 3.1

The complete programme you will find here.

 

Cristian Zuzunaga provides Identity thought Colour and Pattern


The lecture explores the necessary relationship that exists between pattern and colour in order to generate meaning and identity. The designer Cristian Zuzunaga will use textiles and his personal work to visually narrate it. Zuzunaga sees colour as the feminine principle (sensations, feelings, emotions) and structure (a shape repeated in time becomes a pattern) as the masculine principle.

Photo: Bela Adler
Cristian Zuzunaga is a multidisciplinary artist and designer with a unique pixelated style that aims to understand the relationship between the virtual and real world. Highly influenced by his multicultural background, he explores the use of colour and shape to evoke emotions and encourage interaction between individuals and their surroundings. Zuzunaga lives and works between London and Barcelona, where he combines the production of his own line with his participation in special collaborations and art exhibitions around the world.

 
 

Lecture: Identity through Colour and Pattern
Speaker: Prof. Cristian Zuzunaga
Date: Monday, 15th January 2018
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: The Stage, hall 3.1

The complete programme you will find here.

 

Pure Talents Contest Award Ceremony

Photo: Koelnmesse, Lutz Sternstein

In the Pure Talents Contest, students and graduates who have recently completed their education, can apply with designs and prototypes that are not yet in production from all field of interior design. During imm cologne, three winners will be chosen from the twenty nominated entries. Traditionally, the announcement of the winners of the competition is eagerly anticipated on the first day of the Cologne interior fair at The Stage.

Lecture: Pure Talents Contest Award Ceremony
Date: Monday, 15th January 2018
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: The Stage, hall 3.1

The complete programme you will find here.

 

Poonam Choudhry foresights and presents Interiors and Arcitecture of tomorrow


What will the future look like? What will remain and what will go? What needs to be preserved and where can’t the future be held back? How should we design our lives, work and recuperation? How will temporary spaces in smart cities be utilised in future? What will ultimately represent a healthy balance between analogue and digital in design and architecture? With her background as an Indian who completed her design studies in Germany, Poonam Choudhry looks at our future from a variety of perspectives. Now more intensively active in the architecture industry, she can show examples and visions extending from interiors to architecture that will shape and characterise us in future.

Photo: Poonam Coudhry
Photo: Poonam Coudhry
Poonam Choudhry, born in New Delhi, is a qualified textile designer of the ABK (Academy of fine arts)Stuttgart, lives and works in Stuttgart and New Delhi. Her interdisciplinary design agency poonamdesigners founded the CreativeDays platform in Stuttgart in 2016 together with sponsors. She has been active since 2017 as Head of Design and Corporate Communications for ORANGE BLU Architekten in Stuttgart. Choudhry is the Director for Intercultural Design at the DDC (German Designer Club), teaches at various universities and publishes related essays on spaces, architecture and design in, among others, the magazines form and AIT.

 

Lecture: Interiors and Architecture of Tomorrow – Sustainable. Smart.
Speaker: Poonam Choudhry, Orange Blu
Date: Monday, 15th January 2018
Time: 2:45 pm
Place: The Stage, hall 3.1

The complete programme you will find here.

 

Jason Danziger creates active Atmosphere through Light and Colour

Vilhelm Hammershøi, Sunbeams or Sunshine (1900)

The Soteria is a new psychiatric treatment center at the University Clinic of Berlin aimed at younger patients with a schizophrenic disorder. The station, with space for 12 patients, was developed as an interdisciplinary project jointly by the psychiatrist Dr. Martin Voss and the architect Jason Danziger. The lecture of Jason Danziger will introduces some of these mechanisms while also sharing project inspirations.

The most important aspect in the spatial design of the Soteria was to “de- institutionalize” the ward. Beheath a cosy furnishing the selection and distribution of colors within the Soteria is a loom large. This is governed by a comprehensive color plan (Farbplan), in which the interplay of color and light is emphasized in order to contribute to the creation of a phenomenally rich environment while simultaneously providing simple orientation and comfort to patients and staff alike.

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Led by the Berlin-based American Jason Danziger, an architect who specializes in user-centered and conceptually-driven design, thinkbuild architecture creates spaces and buildings to support play, work, learning, interaction, recreation and healing. Danziger founded thinkbuild architecture BDA while living in Brooklyn, New York at the end of the 1990s before relocating to Berlin in 2000 to begin teaching at the TU-Berlin. The name refers to the core, conceptually-driven approach, a hybrid academic /practical strategy which intentionally blurs the lines between research and practice in order to better achieve the goals of his clients.

 

Lecture: Activating Atmosphere through Light and Colour
Speaker: Jason Danziger, thinkbuild architecture
Date: Monday, 15th January 2018
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: The Stage, hall 3.1

The complete programme you will find here.

 

Designer’s Voice: A Talk with Stefan Scholten

For Dutch designers Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings, the creative tensions between color and pattern, between surface and form, and between design and production define every project their studio undertakes. They dive deep into art and design history for inspiration, while always looking ahead to invent new ways of living, working, and making in the world. In the talk with design journalist Barbara Friedrich Stefan Scholten speaks about creativity, the work of Scholten & Baijings and his views on design. “For us,” Stefan says, “a successful design is one you will cherish for a long time.”

Lecture: Activating Atmosphere through Light and Colour
Speaker: Stefan Scholten, Scholten & Baijings
Date: Monday, 15th January 2018
Time: 4:15 pm
Place: The Stage, hall 3.1

The complete programme you will find here.

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