Lecture at The Stage by Ursula Geismann:
Living and Mega Trends


Living affects everybody! … and is therefore both an individual and a sociocultural matter. At the same time, living is also evolution, because function and aesthetics have always changed. Why are secretaries with USB connection so popular now? Why is furniture getting smaller and more flexible? Why did the dining room chair become the comfortable dining armchair and the bed getincreasingly higher? Why is “upcycling” popular? And how do certain materials become modern? The big global megatrends provide the answers to these questions. In her presentation, trend expert Ursula Geismann investigates to what extent global mega trends as well as economy and culture influence living and lifestyle. In the course of her talk, all these factors will be examined and evaluated and the presentation will be accompanied by plenty of colourful pictures and illustrative material.

Lecture at The Stage by Michael Hilgers:
Dare to be niche – a different approach to design


On the basis of examples, the presentation demonstrates that current trends like “space-saving furniture”, “home office” and “urban green” can be decisively co-designed through individual supposed niche products. From the perspective of his creative work, the designer Michael Hilgers feels that there is always also an interesting story behind every product.

Trend study at The Stage: Sandra Hettinger presents the Bathroom of the Future

© Villeroy & Boch
© Villeroy & Boch

Wie wird der Mensch leben, wohnen, entspannen? Wie werden die einzelnen Räume im eigenen Zuhause aussehen und welche Funktionen können sie übernehmen? Die Unternehmen Villeroy & Boch und Grohe wollten wissen, welche Wandlung das Bad bis zum Jahr 2034 durchlaufen wird. In Kooperation mit dem Zukunftsinstitut von Matthias Horx und dem biz-Verlag ist die Studie „Das Bad 2034 – Mittelpunkt neuer Wohn- und Lebenswelten“ entstanden, die vier futuristische Badszenarien vorstellt. In ihrem Vortrag stellt Sandra Hettinger die Ergebnisse dieser Studie vor.

Lecture at The Stage by Thorsten Muck: The Trend towards Classic Designs: Innovation or Stagnation?

© Thonet
© Thonet

What makes a classic a classic? Longevity, outstanding quality and a timeless aesthetic are important terms here. In addition, a classic often symbolises a particular era, in which, thanks to progressive production techniques or innovative materials, the product set new standards. So what does it really mean for a company to still be producing a classic after many decades and how does it manage to keep an icon alive? These are questions which Thorsten Muck, Managing Director of Thonet, addresses in his talk.

Lecture in The Stage by Stephan Hürlemann:
Parquet Flooring in the Spatial Context

© Studio Hannes Wettstein
© Studio Hannes Wettstein

Stephan Hürlemann’s talk begins with a look back at innovative developments in parquet flooring in recent years. In doing so, he offers an overview of the different typologies of wooden floors and explains how these influenced the creative process of developing the innovative parquet product, Formpark. “When I started to think about a new parquet product, what stirred me primarily was not the decorative effect; I was much more interested in looking for an architectural principle, one that outlasts trends”. The architect and designer goes on to explain the process of developing Formpark and finishes by showing how a complex flooring concept can be conveyed to the end user on an emotional level by means of a suitable setting.

The Stage: trend forum for interior design professionals and fans of design at imm cologne

© Koelnmesse
© Koelnmesse

At the forthcoming imm cologne, the presentation forum, The Stage, is once again a must-attend event for all creative professionals and design lovers alike. Here, experts in the field share their knowledge, industry insiders exchange views and leading designers inspire visitors with presentations, personal statements and their contributions to discussions about current topics.

The Stage: Welcome to Das Haus – Interview with Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu


In 2015, “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” actually turns into a stage – a setting-like structure of spacious interiors and “housing cages” of various sizes that are supposed to question our conception of the home. The design of the architects Neri & Hu laid out in two stories for the first time in the series of “Das Haus”, promises innovative approaches to the concept of living space both on an aesthetic and a philosophical level. In the interview with Niklas Maak, the designers talk anout the conception of their installation.

Daily lecture at The Stage: The 10 most important trends at the imm cologne 2015


What’s the new trend colour? Will last year’s “cosiness” trend turn into a mega trend at imm cologne 2015? And how important are those wholly personal places and pieces within our own homes? Frank A. Reinhardt and his team from far.consulting have identified a total of 10 trends and will deliver a short and concise introduction to each of them every day at The Stage, imm cologne’s presentation forum. In addition, Reinhardt will present the most important highlights of imm cologne 2015 at the design-orientated Pure segment: a comprehensive round-up of everything you can’t afford to miss.