The Stage: sustainable solutions and functional marerials: Sascha Peters about Material Trends 2017

© Sascha Peters
© Sascha Peters

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 “smart materials” in an immense variety of ways.

The Stage: trends and furnishing tips for trade visitors and consumers

© Lutz Sternstein; Koelnmesse
© Lutz Sternstein; Koelnmesse

At the coming imm cologne, the Trend Forum “The Stage” in hall 3.1 will once again be offering exciting topics. The experts on the podium will be providing the audience with an up-to-date overview of current developments and trends from all areas of interior design. In 2017, the programme will take place on the trade visitor days as well as on public days.

Lecture by Meinolf Heim at The Stage:
“Let’s be Smart” – When lighting goes online


The market is flooded with terms like “smart home”, “intelligent living” and “eHomes”. In the meantime we hear promising advertising slogans like “Your entire house in one app!” every day. But what does “everything” include? Here one quickly thinks of devices like washing machines or dishwashers, heating and blinds. Meinolf Heim concerns himself with intelligent lighting, its components and its functionality. Which lighting is “intelligent” and compatible with the home control system? How is it integrated into the home control system? What can intelligent ligthing even actually do? Meinolf Heim presents examples and provides answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Lecture at The Stage by Jens J. Wischmann about
Trends in the Bathroom


Has the topic cosiness in the bathroom evolved into a megatrend? What about the “Healthyness in the Bathroom” trend and life-stage-friendly bathroom design? How important is the theme of hygiene in the bathroom? Jens J. Wischmann, Managing Director of for the VDS (German Sanitary Industry Association), presents these trends and other innovations and developments in his lecture.

Lecture by Wibke Schaeffer und Moritz Zielke about using sustainable Materials in Renovation Projects


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.

Naoto Fukasawa at The Stage: The Outline afterwards: Interview with Daniel von Bernstorff


Designing shape is to give form to values that people tacitly share and wish for. Naoto Fukasawa visually captures these values and he draws the exact outline of them. His ability for visualising such unseen outlines for things is not easily worded and described, nonetheless, people are convinced with his ability when they experience his design. In an interview that with Daniel von Bernstorff follows the lecture Fukasawa will engross his thoughts.

Lecture of Alessandro Quaranta at The Stage:
Make a Wish! Individualisation through Digitalisation


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.