The Stage: Poonam Choudhry about smart and sustainable design in an intercultural context

Photo: poonamdesigners
Photo: poonamdesigners

Each design is in context. Every space has its poetry, every architecture is a mirror of its time. Our soul is more than ever required in these times. How do we design spaces of the future for our well-being? To what extent can they be sustainable and how much smartness do we need? In her presentation, she examines the wishes and needs of our changing society and shows sustainable and smart examples in an intercultural context.

The Stage: Chris van Uffelen shows how valuable pallets can be for the interior design

Photo: Chris van Uffelen
Photo: Chris van Uffelen

Today in Tokyo, tomorrow in Cape Town, Barcelona or San Francisco: pallets are universal symbols of globalisation and internationality. Their design is simple, their materials robust and their use functional – properties that inspire architects and designers to cleverly transform, reuse and recycle this apparently unremarkable transportation platform to produce their own creations. With the help of numerous projects from all around the world, this lecture will show that there are no limits to the diversity of the creative interaction with pallets.

The Stage: Colour is fascinating – Christine Gottwald about phenomena, trends and tendencies

Photo: Akzo Nobel Deco
Photo: Akzo Nobel Deco

Each year the paint manufacturer Akzo Nobel invites international trend experts to filter the latest trends. Together with trend watchers and international experts in design, architecture and fashion, the team analyses and discusses current developments in art, technology, design and society. These analyses provide the basis for Colour Futures 2017. This talk presents the study on the latest trends and colour concepts

The Stage: No more afraid of the first date.
Andrea H. Heppe gives interior tips for singles

Photo: Stilquelle
Photo: Stilquelle

You’ve always wanted to give yourself and your home a style check-up? Then we’ve got something for you: in her talk, designer Andrea H. Heppe will give you plenty of tips on how you can spice up the little touches in your home and how you and your interior design can win over your date with your style and charm, but without having to dress to the nines.

The Stage: Eero Koivisto about the combination of form and function of timeless design

Photo: Claesson Koivisto Rune
Photo: Claesson Koivisto Rune

Design can be serious, fun, artistic, joyful, witty, ecological, socially aware, soft, hard, or just plain useful. However, function must always be a part of the equation. Eero Koivisto – architect, designer, and partner of Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects from Stockholm – will talk about the work of the studio, their roots in Nordic design. And he will talk about combining form and function, while striving to be timeless and standing apart from trends and fleeting fashions.

The Stage: Karl Johan Bertilsson about rebellious luxury and togetherness with the colour trends 2018

Photo: NCS Colour
Photo: NCS Colour

The colour trends for the coming seasons are a bold mix between rebellious, subtle luxury and togetherness. Key words that reflects our world today and which have brought us four fascinating trend stories. Karl Johan Bertilsson of NCS Colour will present colour trends for 2018 and he will give insights on why they have occurred and where they are heading, so that the audience will one step ahead of coming colour directions.

The Stage: Ursula Geismann about Megatrends 2017

Photo: Ursula Geismann, VDM
Photo: Ursula Geismann, VDM

Everybody needs a place to live! This makes the home both an individual and a sociocultural issue. At the same time, to have a home means to evolve because standards, functions and aesthetics have always changed. In her talk, trend analyst Ursula Geismann discusses the extent to which global mega trends, the economy and culture influence home lifestyles, examining and evaluating all these factors.

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.