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Lecture of Alessandro Quaranta at The Stage:
Make a Wish! Individualisation through Digitalisation


Furniture has to be adapted to suit us, not vice versa. New lifestyles, increasingly less living space and personal needs demand tailored solutions. In future, individualisation will no longer be a luxury, but indeed the standard. And the future has already begun: The technological progress is already leading to a flexibility in the production that didn’t exist before. So far, however, this potential is nowhere near being exploited. In his lecture, Alessandro Quaranta, presents the latest developments in the furniture industry and explains how the digitalisation is opening up a new dimension in individualisation.

Lecture at The Stage by Franz-Josef Schulte:
Exploring Myths – the Olive Tree is full of Secrets


The olive tree has been shrouded in myths and stories for centuries – beginning 6000 years BC on the island of Crete and later when Athens was founded in Greece. A tree whose fruit has brought mankind joie de vivre, health and wealth. A tree that can live for centuries, even though it grows on barren ground. In his lecture, the designer Franz-Josef Schulte will talk about the wood of the olive tree, its technical properties and the peculiarities when processing it.

Lecture at The Stage by Axel Venn:
Creating Ambience with Art


Rooms large and small are becoming private galleries. Nothing is more flattering than posing for one’s own portrait in front of a 180 x 180 canvas. Politicians prove their awareness of the spirit of the time by having themselves filmed and photographed while conversing in front of works by present-day master artists. Axel Venn will show by means of a variety of visual formats how (the design process) can be original and very personal.

The Stage: Roman Rochel presents a Study of Kitchen Trends 2016: a view into German Kitchens

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© Zeitraum

The kitchen is seen as the heart of every home. Where renovation and equipment are concerned, everything is planned down to the smallest detail. In his presentation, Roman Rochel exclusively presents the results of the first annual study on kitchen modernisation of the Internet platform The study encompasses questions following renovations completed in 2015, as well as budgets and projects for 2016.

Das Haus 2016 by Sebastian Herkner:
Everything is going according to plan

© Koelnmesse
© Koelnmesse

In just under a week it is time at last – imm cologne opens its doors again. This year “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” by Sebastian Herkner is not only a complete contrast to its predecessors, but also to the conventional living we are familiar with. Circular, more or less translucent and with next to no solid walls, the visitors can look forward to a totally new experience.

Welcome to “Das Haus”:
Oliver Herwig in a Talk with Sebastian Herkner


The new edition of “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” stands in bold contrast with all living conventions. It is circular, more or less transparent and has almost no solid wall elements. Nonetheless, Sebastian Herkner’s house promises to be a sensual experience – a house that is soft and aromatic, colourful and communicative. In the interview with Oliver Herwig, the designer talks about the conception of his installation.

The Stage: Lecture by Susan Inglis
Designing to Sustain a Healthy Future


What is Sustainable Furniture, anyway? Find out in this presentation by Sustainable Furnishings Council Executive Director Susan Inglis. Learn what sustainability issues we impact as we make choices in our furnishings, and then learn some key questions to ask and answers to look for as you specify product, whether furnishings or accessories, in wood, leather, textiles, and other materials. Content includes an overview of Sustainable Furnishings Council’s work and an impression of the certified sustainability training course GREENleaders.

Lecture at The Stage by Dr. Hildegard Kalthegener:
Colourful Storytelling and subtly nuanced News


Colours can tell fantastic stories or act in a more matter-of-fact-style. They can express the unique visual identity of a single piece of furniture, of any room or of a whole brand in a captivating and authentic way. The palette of possibilities is huge. Dr. Hildegard Kalthegener presents meaning and background information on subtly selected nuances within the bigger concept of colour families.

Lecture at The Stage by Zuzanna Skalska about the Awareness of Change


You cannot possibly think outside the box unless you understand the nature of the box that bounds your current thinking. Zuzanna Skalska will deliver her colourful and beautifully visualised storytelling that touches the imagination and inspires the audience with the latest design trends from various industries that influence and define design thinking for tomorrow’s creative minds, leaders, and business

Lecture by Axel Venn at The Stage:
Colour – providing Momentum for Living


Defining the future of living is a permanent, ongoing process. Progress is better than inertia, trying out new experiences is more exciting than forgoing, colours are more emotive than black and white. Colour-physiological and –psychological factors influence quality of home life. The associative and synaesthetic effects of colouring influence the effect on an interior and social function of the living environment. In his talk, Axel Venn explains the recipes for philanthropic living models, which are defined by colour, light, warmth, acoustics and the olfactory.