The talk by trend expert Katrin de Louw filters current design, materials and social trends for the furnishings industry and provides an overview of the key drivers that are set to influence furniture design in coming years. Examining trends from the perspective of the furniture industriesâ€™ supplying sections and the materials industry, she presents a comprehensive cross section â€“ from short-term design trends to the long-term, social and technical currents from which tomorrowâ€™s furniture will emerge.
Health is one of the current mega-trends and as it has begun to spread into all areas of our lives, it has a growing impact on people and their behaviour. However, â€śbeing healthyâ€ť does not just mean being free of illness; it also means feeling good in your body and having a healthy work-life-balance. In her lecture Martina BrĂĽĂźel introduces a mega-trend, that influences private, individual living areas and the associated architecture and design â€“ in particular, bathroom design.
The International Style at the beginning of the 20th century is known for its functionalism, the right angle and for its credo â€śless is moreâ€ť, while one of the main protagonists Le Corbusier, seemingly in contrast to this, developed a colour system with numerous nuances which even today still helps many creatives in finding one perfect colour or working with space-forming polychromatism. In the lecture design contrasts will be analysed:
Architect Wibke Schaeffer, from the Lichte Art architecture practice, has been specialising in the psychology of interiors for more than 12 years. In her lecture, she shines a light on different types of furnishing, colours used in living spaces, and their psychological significance.
Today, two major trends in materials developments relevant to interior solutions and design can be observed. On the one hand, manufacturers are seeking to expand their ranges of sustainable material solutions and to improve the environmental sustainability of their production processes, the sourcing of their resources and energy consumption. Added to this, functions are being integrated into materials, opening up opportunities to profitably deploy so-called â€śsmart materialsâ€ť in an immense variety of ways.
In their presentation, architect Wibke Schaeffer and designer Moritz Zielke from the wiederverwandt (“re-used”) studio, talk about the ongoing trend towards sustainable living, renovation and furnishing. The Cologne-based office has been building, planning and designing for the organic sector amongst others since its formation in 2011 and is active in teaching. The individual on-trend materials will be presented in a variety of visual formats.
Furniture has to be adapted to suit us, not vice versa. New lifestyles, increasingly less living space and personal needs demand tailored solutions. In future, individualisation will no longer be a luxury, but indeed the standard. And the future has already begun: The technological progress is already leading to a flexibility in the production that didn’t exist before. So far, however, this potential is nowhere near being exploited. In his lecture, Alessandro Quaranta, presents the latest developments in the furniture industry and explains how the digitalisation is opening up a new dimension in individualisation.