“Organic food in the 80s, Organic clothing since the 90s, cool sustainability Design now – green is (not only) hip and everywhere!â€œ said Wibke Schaeffer, born in 73. She studied fine arts in Denmark, as well as architecture and interior design. Since 2002, Wibke lives and works in Cologne under her own label Lichte Art, specialized in organic color design and space psychology. Since 2011 she and her partner Moritz Zielke also leads the designstudio for sustainability, wiederverwandt.de. In her presentation, she will check this sustainability trend that is evident in all areas of this young and creative industry.
Sigurd Larsen is a Berlin based Danish architect working within the fields of design, art and architecture. He has a master degree from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen and previously been employed at OMA-Rem Koolhaas in New York, MVRDV in Rotterdam, Cobe Architects in Copenhagen and Topotek1 in Berlin. Larsen founded the design studio in 2009 and has recently realized projects for Voo Store in Berlin, K-MB Agentur fÃ¼r Markenkommunikation GmbH and Zalando Labels. The work of the design studio puts the focus on functionality in complex spaces. With his lecture Larson provides insight into his working methods, by example of the new rack Click he designed for New Tendency. These methods are fundamentally characterized by an interlocking of architecture and design.
The lecture illuminates the pioneering role of the traditional company Thonet in the production of tubular steel designs from Bauhaus teachers such as Marcel Breuer, Mart Stam and Mies van der Rohe. The invention of the cantilever chair, a major accomplishment in the history of design, deserves particular significance. Peter Thonet explains how the company succeeded in industrialising the first experiments and what it entails to keep an extensive archive of classics alive.
Arguably the Dutch have always excelled at making a virtue of necessity. In that spirit they have accomplished many positive things â€“ and they are still doing it, as Think Dutch, a new publication on architecture and design from the Netherlands, shows. If the title sounds like a call to follow their example, thatâ€™s entirely intentional. For the truth is that Dutch designers and architects look for creative and practical solutions to the economic, ecological and social challenges of the 21st century. And they find them.
The extent to which interior architecture can enrich our lives depends amongst other things on whether we are willing to question things that we usually take for granted. The kitchen, for instance, has undergone two transformations: from live-in kitchen to the infamous standard of the “Frankfurt Kitchen” â€“ a much-celebrated advancement in its day â€“ and back to the mutual interpenetration of the functional zones that were previously dedicated solely to cooking, eating or living.
Mobility and urbanity are two of the big issues of our century: Accelerated by the rapid development of mobile devices, we have to be mobile like never before. Nowadays we are able to work from virtually any location in the world; At the same time we migrate to the big cities, which causes narrowness and increasing costs in urban living. This development, in addition to the ever growing online business has a major impact on the market situation: Traditional voluminous furniture such as bookshelves or desks will disappear from the market and are replaced by new typologies adapted to our digital and nomadic life. In his lecture, the designer Michael Hilgers describes this trends and shown practicable solutions.
The contemporary bathroom is increasingly liberating itself from its sole function as a wet room and being transformed into living space, into a feel-good zone and relaxation area within one’s own four walls. In public areas too, the importance of the bathroom is steadily increasing â€“ along with its status within the architecture as a whole.