Lecture at The Stage by Zuzanna Skalska about the Awareness of Change


You cannot possibly think outside the box unless you understand the nature of the box that bounds your current thinking. Zuzanna Skalska will deliver her colourful and beautifully visualised storytelling that touches the imagination and inspires the audience with the latest design trends from various industries that influence and define design thinking for tomorrow’s creative minds, leaders, and business

Lecture by Axel Venn at The Stage:
Colour – providing Momentum for Living


Defining the future of living is a permanent, ongoing process. Progress is better than inertia, trying out new experiences is more exciting than forgoing, colours are more emotive than black and white. Colour-physiological and –psychological factors influence quality of home life. The associative and synaesthetic effects of colouring influence the effect on an interior and social function of the living environment. In his talk, Axel Venn explains the recipes for philanthropic living models, which are defined by colour, light, warmth, acoustics and the olfactory.

Lecture at The Stage by Martin Weiser:
Light – the visible Bridge


People live in light and on light. In nature, the sunlight shows the contours of our living environments and offers life-giving energy. Where natural light does not reach, in order to define spaces, people use artificial light to create a further dimension of experience and discovery. Light – natural or man-made – creates the bridge between perception, experience and recognition. Light can make us feel well or uncomfortable, at home or foreign, safe or threatened. Light controls and is controlled by us. Literally, as well as metaphorically, light is the visual bridge over which every step in our lives leads us.

Lecture at the Stage by Andrea Heppe: Home Staging – setting the ideal Stage for Living Environments

We don’t reach decisions purely on the basis of rational considerations; our emotions play a decisive role here. This applies to an especially great extent to the purchase of real estate property. Ultimately, a new life focus, our future home is involved. This is where home staging comes in: the key is to present the offered property in such a way that the enthusiasm of potential interested parties is aroused. The customer should simply fall in love. In her presentation, Andrea Heppe describes how living worlds can be perfectly staged on the basis of several projects.

Lecture at The Stage by Ursula Geismann:
Living and Mega Trends


Living affects everybody! … and is therefore both an individual and a sociocultural matter. At the same time, living is also evolution, because function and aesthetics have always changed. Why are secretaries with USB connection so popular now? Why is furniture getting smaller and more flexible? Why did the dining room chair become the comfortable dining armchair and the bed getincreasingly higher? Why is “upcycling” popular? And how do certain materials become modern? The big global megatrends provide the answers to these questions. In her presentation, trend expert Ursula Geismann investigates to what extent global mega trends as well as economy and culture influence living and lifestyle. In the course of her talk, all these factors will be examined and evaluated and the presentation will be accompanied by plenty of colourful pictures and illustrative material.

Lecture at The Stage by Michael Hilgers:
Dare to be niche – a different approach to design


On the basis of examples, the presentation demonstrates that current trends like “space-saving furniture”, “home office” and “urban green” can be decisively co-designed through individual supposed niche products. From the perspective of his creative work, the designer Michael Hilgers feels that there is always also an interesting story behind every product.

Trend study at The Stage: Sandra Hettinger presents the Bathroom of the Future

© Villeroy & Boch
© Villeroy & Boch

Wie wird der Mensch leben, wohnen, entspannen? Wie werden die einzelnen Räume im eigenen Zuhause aussehen und welche Funktionen können sie übernehmen? Die Unternehmen Villeroy & Boch und Grohe wollten wissen, welche Wandlung das Bad bis zum Jahr 2034 durchlaufen wird. In Kooperation mit dem Zukunftsinstitut von Matthias Horx und dem biz-Verlag ist die Studie „Das Bad 2034 – Mittelpunkt neuer Wohn- und Lebenswelten“ entstanden, die vier futuristische Badszenarien vorstellt. In ihrem Vortrag stellt Sandra Hettinger die Ergebnisse dieser Studie vor.

Lecture at The Stage by Thorsten Muck: The Trend towards Classic Designs: Innovation or Stagnation?

© Thonet
© Thonet

What makes a classic a classic? Longevity, outstanding quality and a timeless aesthetic are important terms here. In addition, a classic often symbolises a particular era, in which, thanks to progressive production techniques or innovative materials, the product set new standards. So what does it really mean for a company to still be producing a classic after many decades and how does it manage to keep an icon alive? These are questions which Thorsten Muck, Managing Director of Thonet, addresses in his talk.