With shimmer and shine all around, itâ€™s matt that is the new sign of exclusivity. Dark matt is the new black, especially as part of classic black-white contrasts. Using tone-in-tone nuances, structures and ornament, matt black creates beguiling depth for surfaces.
Interzum, the industry’s leading trade fair, is considered the innovator and driver of new concepts and developments for the furnishing industry. And those invisible innovations which are hidden within the furniture itself make for particularly exciting discoveries, including fittings as well as new functions and improved types of functionality â€“ real inner value.
In October 1935 the architect and designer couple Alvar and Aino Aalto, the arts patron Maire Gullichsen and the art historian and critic Nils-Gustav Hahl decided to found Artek in Helsinki. The immediate impetus for this step was the desire to professionalise the international distribution of the furniture designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto.
The history of three-dimensional printing began in the early 1980s, when Chuck Hull developed an additive manufacturing technology. Implemented initially only for prototypes, the 3D printing method has in the meantime established itself in the automobile and aircraft construction industries and in the medical sector. Now, furniture designers are also discovering 3D printing. The result is the creation of an entirely new design language for furniture, accessories and furnishings.
Graz architect Josef Hohensinn designed the Heidering correctional facility with generous views of the outdoors and lots of light and colour. He selected brightly coloured, functional furniture by Brunner to match the architecture, using it to furnish all areas of the facility, from the solitary confinement cells to the oratory.
Even if 3D printing has already increasingly established itself in the automobile construction and medical sectors since its development in the 1980s, this production method has not yet been able to assert itself in the furniture industry. However, if one believes the experts, the furniture industry is just about to experience the fourth industrial revolution. A whole piazza is being dedicated to the theme of 3D printing at interzum, including an exhibition and a lecture forum.
Ideal Standard has revealed the results of a pioneering neuroscientific study into how the brain perceives and interprets beauty. More specifically the research, which used a combination of EEG scans and online studies, examined the conflict the brain experiences when presented with aesthetically pleasing but functionally poor products; a phenomenon newly termed â€˜aesthetic dissonanceâ€™.