The new naturalness in design is more than just a trend. âBack to the rootsâ is everywhere â once more and in increasing numbers consumers are incorporating natural materials into their living environments with the emphasis on longevity and pieces which age gracefully. Heads of design studio Wiederverwandt (which loosely translates as âReusedâ), architect Wibke Schaeffer and designer Moritz Zielke, designer, present current examples from the cool design scene.
The subject of Scandinavian design is wider than ever. Today there are several parallel currents flowing through the Nordic design landscape. Icons from the fifties and sixties are holding strong or resurfacing again after being asleep for years. At the same time a younger generation moves in with a strong urge to work in a more conceptual way, trying to find new channels to reach out with their work. Others at or trying to explore the Scandinavian heritage.
Even though the topic of work-life balance is much discussed, whether we need, and indeed whether we want, ergonomics in our homes is still open to debate. One of the aims of ergonomics is to produce easy-to-handle and convenient products. Another aim is to introduce ergonomic work structures which ensure efficient and error-free work and prevent damage to peoplesâ health even when carrying out tasks for extended periods of time. Wait â âerror-free workâ and âpreventing damage to healthâ donât sound like the keywords for home design! In his presentation, Malte Lenkeit addresses these keywords and demonstrates why we need ergonomics in our living spaces as well as in the work place.
Colour matters. Even more so than you might think. Colour preferences are directly linked to psychology, but even if so, the colours we prefer today are not the same as those we will prefer tomorrow. This is due to different driving factors affecting our state of mind. Therefore, understanding a colour trend goes hand in hand with understanding the market psychology at any given moment. In her lecture Dr. Hildegard Kalthegener asks the question: Where will we be at in our minds during 2015 and what will our colour preferences be in connection to this?
Colour is material, and material is colour. Together they are two elementary design aspects that truly belong together. With the possibility to be combined in an endless number of variations they can create design gems as never seen before. During the lecture âColour meets Materialâ we will present successful colour and material combinations, and share our knowledge on why they work so well. Giving you tips on what to think of when selecting colour and material, as well as presenting the latest news within material and colour trends. And where they are heading.
âIn its thousands of honeycombs, space saves condensed time.â This quotation from Gaston Bachelard inspired Poonam Choudhry to reflect on the design of our future living spaces from the perspective of her Indian background and her interdisciplinary working methods. And it is the title of a lecture with the topic “In between cultures â conceiving and designing future living spaces”.
âDo it yourself!â is the motto. Moving away from the uniformity of city stores and toward individually crafted products, the DIY trend seems unstoppable and is increasingly attracting more and more young people. Thatâs why a new imprint for young readers, Topp Lab, was introduced at Frechverlag book publishers in February 2014, which produces exceptional creative books.
Today, living and the cultivation of our living spaces exist in close connection with current social and technical trends. Sociologists, trend researchers and economists have observed 6 global mega-trends: urbanisation, mobility, digitalisation, individualisation, health/well-being and sustainability/ecology. In his lecture, Georg Emprechtinger combines these mega-trends with contemporary Austrian interior design.
A grand city palace or a villa on the lake, a hundred-year-old mountain farm or a daring architectural vision in the rural countryside: living and lifestyle in Austria are as varied as the country itself and as exciting as its landscapes and traditions. JĂ¶rg Bertram and Alexander Haiden open the doors to around twenty private, style-conscious and stylish living environments, from the basic to the opulent, from Vienna to Bregenz, providing insights which usually remain hidden from the public.
If one is spending a few days in a hotel, comfort is key. The temporary living area should have at least the same capacity for inspiring a sense of well-being as oneâs own four walls at home. Only a generous, philanthropic living model, promising rest and relaxation, will actually convey the intended message. When the senses are satisfied, the body follows suit. In his presentation, âDie Farben der Hotelsâ (The Colours in Hotels), Axel Venn explains the appeals made by comfortable and cosy design using a plethora of examples.