Lecture by Meinolf Heim at The Stage:
“Let’s be Smart” – When lighting goes online

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The market is flooded with terms like “smart home”, “intelligent living” and “eHomes”. In the meantime we hear promising advertising slogans like “Your entire house in one app!” every day. But what does “everything” include? Here one quickly thinks of devices like washing machines or dishwashers, heating and blinds. Meinolf Heim concerns himself with intelligent lighting, its components and its functionality. Which lighting is “intelligent” and compatible with the home control system? How is it integrated into the home control system? What can intelligent ligthing even actually do? Meinolf Heim presents examples and provides answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Lecture at The Stage by Jens J. Wischmann about
Trends in the Bathroom

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Has the topic cosiness in the bathroom evolved into a megatrend? What about the “Healthyness in the Bathroom” trend and life-stage-friendly bathroom design? How important is the theme of hygiene in the bathroom? Jens J. Wischmann, Managing Director of for the VDS (German Sanitary Industry Association), presents these trends and other innovations and developments in his lecture.

Naoto Fukasawa at The Stage: The Outline afterwards: Interview with Daniel von Bernstorff

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Designing shape is to give form to values that people tacitly share and wish for. Naoto Fukasawa visually captures these values and he draws the exact outline of them. His ability for visualising such unseen outlines for things is not easily worded and described, nonetheless, people are convinced with his ability when they experience his design. In an interview that with Daniel von Bernstorff follows the lecture Fukasawa will engross his thoughts.

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

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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

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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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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 Houzz.de. The study encompasses questions following renovations completed in 2015, as well as budgets and projects for 2016.

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

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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

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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.