The focus of consumers, architects and interior designers is increasingly shifting to textiles once more. At the interface between decoration and functionality, between innovative materials and great design, textile room design is experiencing a renaissance. High-ranking representatives of the textile industry, Philippe Baumann (CEO of CrÃ©ation Baumann), Michael Fischbacher (CEO of Christian Fischbacher), Remo RÃ¶ntgen (CEO of Nya Nordiska) and Andreas Zimmer (CEO of Zimmer + Rohde) talk to David Wiechmann and reveal, from their respective perspectives, what they see as the developments lying ahead for the industry.
The theory of Universal Design was first introduced by the American architect and designer Ronald L. Mace. In the eighties, he and his team developed the design principles for Universal Design. Michael Schlenke is an expert in Universal Design and in his presentation demonstrates, by means of best practice examples, the growth opportunities associated with it.
The perfect office is tailored to performance and to people working together. The dull and monotonous office of old is as out of favour as the patriarchal office with its dictatorial style. The workplace is experiencing a revolution: fun and aesthetics, the officeâ€™s functionality in relation to human requirements as well as performance, progress and creativity, stimulation and relaxation as well as sociability and individuality.
There are many ways to legally protect design, and copyright law will have a far larger role to play in the future than it has had up to now. In its so-called â€œGeburtstagszugâ€œ (birthday-train) decision, the German Federal Court of Justice has relinquished its decadesâ€˜ long jurisdiction which had stipulated stricter criteria for the protectability of designs than for other works.