Book Lounge: The residential complex – Why we need new forms of dwelling

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Why do so many people expect a detached house to bring them happiness? They leave the cities and move to the surrounding urban hinterlands, where a dismal hotchpotch of residential estates floods the landscape. In the future, we will not be able to afford the house for the nuclear family as we know it today anyway, from an economic as well as an ecological perspective. But what should our houses look like in the future? What do they reveal about our lives? Is there an entirely different way of imagining them? This funny, controversial and extremely well researched book demonstrates that construction in Germany needs to be completely reconceived. The book also shows how people live in other parts of Europe, as well as in Japan and in America – beyond the suburban wastelands and apartment blocks.

Lecture at The Stage: Colours and Living

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Colour trends define an ambience, just as fashion does: the childlike wonderland with its intense colours is replaced by Electric Feeling or Tutti Colori. The fun and freshness factor of living and lifestyle remains intact however. The no.1 status symbol is and will remain the Home. The suitability for everyday use of its potential for offering rest and relaxation and enjoying leisure time ranges from the child-friendly family idyll to the spa and fitness resort or the individual party and cultural centre: our enjoyment of living is based on our joy in colours.

md Pure Textile Talk: Panel discussion with representatives of the textile industry

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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 Création Baumann), Michael Fischbacher (CEO of Christian Fischbacher), Remo Röntgen (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.

Lecture at The Stage about Universal Design as the incubator for product development

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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.

Lecture at The Stage: Colours in Offices

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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 office’s functionality in relation to human requirements as well as performance, progress and creativity, stimulation and relaxation as well as sociability and individuality.

Lecture at The Stage: Legal protection of designs

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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 “Geburtstagszug“ (birthday-train) decision, the German Federal Court of Justice has relinquished its decades‘ long jurisdiction which had stipulated stricter criteria for the protectability of designs than for other works.

Lecture at The Stage: „LOHAS Trend – Sustainability and the New Living”

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“Organic food in the 80s, Organic clothing since the 90s, cool sustainability Design now – green is (not only) hip and everywhere!“ 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.

Lecture at The Stage: Design without scale

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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 für 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.

Lecture at The Stage: Furniture from the Bauhaus era – a legacy as obligation and chance

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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.

Book preview: Robert Thiemann, David Keuning und Jeroen Junte: Think Dutch

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Arguably the Dutch have always excelled at making a virtue of necessity. In that spirit they have accomplished many positive things – 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, that’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.