Pieter Peulen, born in 1993, is an interior and furniture designer based in Belgium. A solution thinker that likes to keep it simple. The inspiration for Flexit had Pieter Peulen during his time in school while living in student accommodations. Because of the frame structure, Flexit can be a bed, a desk, or bunk bed. In the interview, Pieter Peulen talks about the how it came to this idea.
Is red new trend colour? Will last yearâ€™s â€śMid Century Styleâ€ť trend turn into a mega trend at imm cologne 2017? And how important are fabrics in the residential area? Frank A. Reinhardt and his team from far.consulting have identified the most important trends in interior industry and will deliver a short and concise introduction to each of them every day at The Stage. In addition, Reinhardt will present the most important highlights of imm cologne 2017 at the design-orientated Pure segment.
An interest in photography and fashion led David Ciernicki, born in DĂĽsseldorf, Germany, in 1987, to Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). This is where he discovered his profession â€“ product design. He believes that, in a world that produces too much waste, ceaselessly striving to emulate trends is the wrong approach.
Color accompanies us every minute – it guides us, creates first impressions, provides immediate feelings, for atmosphere and mood. How that works, what we perceive and how to use color explains the Cologne architect Wibke Schaeffer in her lecture on color psychology.
Todd Bracher reconfigures the elements of home living in â€śDas Hausâ€ť at the imm cologne 2017. Offset cubes, a roof that seems to float above the building and a luminaire that evokes the sun or moon hovers in between. The US designer Todd Bracher paints a picture of a future way of living, the structure of which is determined not by a sequence of traditional spaces but by spaces geared towards the needs and wants of modern people. What this exactly means will he tell us at his lectures at The Stage.
â€śSmart Beingâ€ť is the current interior trend that links life balance and digitisation. Thanks to technical developments connected with the â€śsmart homeâ€ť, peopleâ€™s own four walls are increasingly being integrated into their personal networks. The same goes for the private bathroom â€“ because modern technology is meant to make everyday life more convenient here too. Subdivided according to the individual zones of the bathroom â€“ like the shower, bathtub, washing area etc. – Martina BrĂĽĂźel presents smart solutions, individual products, their networkability and the resulting added value.
Peter Maly is considered to be one of the protagonists of longevity; his designs are purist, geometrical, elementary and embody clarity and functionality. In his case of furniture, lamps, carpets and interior design concepts, purism and functionality unite â€“ significant elements that are typical for Maly’s work. “My work is characterised by the search for an expressive form, which in spite of the greatest independence possible, shouldn’t push its way to the fore,” is how the designer describes his work. In the talk with Barbara Friedrich Peter Maly give in inside view into his work.
In his lecture Heinrich Remagen talks about artificial lighting and its effects on health and well-being. Lighting is another area that is undergoing rapid technological change. LED technology, having been a part of general lighting for what is only 10 years now, has in this short time become the most cost-effective lighting technology, and is steadily replacing fluorescent lamps in the energy saving segment.
Born in Berlin, Germany in 1992, Enzo Zak Lux studies design at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Whilst studying, he has worked at various studios, including Werner Aisslinger in Berlin and Philipp Mainzer / e15 in Frankfurt am Main. The designer is taking part in the Pure Talents Contest at imm cologne 2017 with a wall object that constantly reveals new compositions of colour and space.
Christoph Hauf, born in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1991, studied product design in his home town. With his corner looking glass, â€śSlanted Mirrorâ€ť, he was nominated to take part in imm cologne 2017â€™s Pure Talents Contest. Thanks to its elongated trapezoidal form, the mirror can sit flush against walls and floor without the need for a frame. By reflecting the room on a diagonal, Slanted Mirror wants the space to be seen from a new perspective. Hauf describes his relationship with design in our interview.