Daily at The Stage: Frank A. Reinhardt about the Trends and High Lights at imm cologne 2017

© Constantin Meyer; Koelnmesse
© Constantin Meyer; Koelnmesse

Is red new trend colour? Will last year’s “Mid Century Style” trend turn into a mega trend at imm cologne 2017? And how important are fabrics in the residential area? Frank A. Reinhardt and his team from far.consulting have identified the most important trends in interior industry and will deliver a short and concise introduction to each of them every day at The Stage. In addition, Reinhardt will present the most important highlights of imm cologne 2017 at the design-orientated Pure segment.

The Stage: Todd Bracher about his vision of “Das Haus 2017”

Illustration: Todd Bracher
Illustration: Todd Bracher

Todd Bracher reconfigures the elements of home living in “Das Haus” at the imm cologne 2017. Offset cubes, a roof that seems to float above the building and a luminaire that evokes the sun or moon hovers in between. The US designer Todd Bracher paints a picture of a future way of living, the structure of which is determined not by a sequence of traditional spaces but by spaces geared towards the needs and wants of modern people. What this exactly means will he tell us at his lectures at The Stage.

The Stage: Martina Brüßel presents Smart Solutions for the Digital Bathroom

© Aqua Cultura
© Aqua Cultura

“Smart Being” is the current interior trend that links life balance and digitisation. Thanks to technical developments connected with the “smart home”, people’s own four walls are increasingly being integrated into their personal networks. The same goes for the private bathroom – because modern technology is meant to make everyday life more convenient here too. Subdivided according to the individual zones of the bathroom – like the shower, bathtub, washing area etc. – Martina Brüßel presents smart solutions, individual products, their networkability and the resulting added value.

Designer’s Voice at The Stage:
A Talk with Peter Maly

© Peter Maly
© Peter Maly

Peter Maly is considered to be one of the protagonists of longevity; his designs are purist, geometrical, elementary and embody clarity and functionality. In his case of furniture, lamps, carpets and interior design concepts, purism and functionality unite – significant elements that are typical for Maly’s work. “My work is characterised by the search for an expressive form, which in spite of the greatest independence possible, shouldn’t push its way to the fore,” is how the designer describes his work. In the talk with Barbara Friedrich Peter Maly give in inside view into his work.

The Stage: Heinrich Remagen about light and its effects on our healt

Photo: Remagen
Photo: Remagen

In his lecture Heinrich Remagen talks about artificial lighting and its effects on health and well-being. Lighting is another area that is undergoing rapid technological change. LED technology, having been a part of general lighting for what is only 10 years now, has in this short time become the most cost-effective lighting technology, and is steadily replacing fluorescent lamps in the energy saving segment.

The Stage: Stefan Heiliger about the impact of social trends on the design of seating furnitur

© Stefan Heiliger
© Stefan Heiliger

How are lifestyle changes reflected in the design of seating furniture? How is user behaviour changing? And what does design offer to respond to this transformation process? Based on a showcase of different products designed by Professor Stefan Heiliger, this talk reveals how constantly changing social trends enter the design of seating furniture and influence it, resulting in innovative seating furniture – innovative in both form and function.

The Stage: Wibke Schaeffer and Moritz Zielke
about the Beauty of Light and Dark

Photo: Wiederverwandt
Photo: Wiederverwandt

The lecture by architect Wibke Schaeffer and designer and actor Moritz Zielke from the Wiederverwandt studio will consider the subject of lighting from a very global and almost philosophical perspective. Light needs shadows in order to be perceived and needs materials that can absorb or reflect it. And sometimes it takes courage to deploy it properly.

The Stage: Please Trespass
Birgit Hansen about Material Trends for the Floor

Photo: Birgit Hansen
Photo: Birgit Hansen

In her lecture at The Stage Birgit Hansen presents the latest trends for the floor. The demands placed on modern flooring are steadily rising. Nowadays, not only must they meet high visual and functional expectations, but in addition they should ideally be produced sustainably. At the same time, surfaces have now become independent of the materials they cover.

The Stage: Touchination
Hannes Bäuerle about the sensuality of surfaces

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© raumPROBE
Design is something that we do not only experience with our eyes. Touching surfaces also plays a crucial role in interior design – especially soft surfaces, artificial materials that feel real and exude genuine “touchination”. In his talk, interior architect Hannes Bäuerle presents touchable new launches, uncovers the links between haptics and colour, and explains how important the multisensory dimension is in interior design.