Book Lounge: Corporate design for interiors


Well-designed offices are a must for every business today. They have an internal as well as external impact and promote interaction with employees and clients. The more at ease one feels in a company’s premises, the more emotional the connection to the company and to the brand. Therefore, the importance of corporate interiors as a marketing instrument is increasing at a rapid rate.

Lecture at The Stage: Major trends and Living


Living and lifestyle affects everybody! That’s why it is both such an individual as well as a socio-cultural issue. At the same time, living is also evolution because functionality and aesthetics have always changed over time. But why is living today such an emotional matter for many people while for others it remains a simple need for secure housing? 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.

Book Lounge: Alvar Aalto – Second Nature


The architectural critic Sigfried Gidion called him the “Magus of the North”: Alvar Aalto (1898 – 1976) was one of the main proponents of an alternative, more human-centred modernism. His constructions, like the Paimio Sanatorium (1933), the legendary Villa Mairea (1939) and the Vuoksenniska Church (1958) embody a masterful and organic interplay of volumes, forms and materials.

Lecture at The Stage: Health in bathroom design


Health is one of the current mega-trends and as it has begun to spread into all areas of our lives, it has a growing impact on people and their behaviour. However, “being healthy” does not just mean being free of illness; it also means feeling good in your body and having a healthy work-life-balance. In her lecture Martina Brüßel introduces a mega-trend, that influences private, individual living areas and the associated architecture and design – in particular, bathroom design.

Book Lounge: The residential complex – Why we need new forms of dwelling


Why do so many people expect a detached house to bring them happiness? They leave the cities and move to the surrounding urban hinterlands, where a dismal hotchpotch of residential estates floods the landscape. In the future, we will not be able to afford the house for the nuclear family as we know it today anyway, from an economic as well as an ecological perspective. But what should our houses look like in the future? What do they reveal about our lives? Is there an entirely different way of imagining them? This funny, controversial and extremely well researched book demonstrates that construction in Germany needs to be completely reconceived. The book also shows how people live in other parts of Europe, as well as in Japan and in America – beyond the suburban wastelands and apartment blocks.

Lecture at The Stage: Colours and Living


Colour trends define an ambience, just as fashion does: the childlike wonderland with its intense colours is replaced by Electric Feeling or Tutti Colori. The fun and freshness factor of living and lifestyle remains intact however. The no.1 status symbol is and will remain the Home. The suitability for everyday use of its potential for offering rest and relaxation and enjoying leisure time ranges from the child-friendly family idyll to the spa and fitness resort or the individual party and cultural centre: our enjoyment of living is based on our joy in colours.

md Pure Textile Talk: Panel discussion with representatives of the textile industry


The focus of consumers, architects and interior designers is increasingly shifting to textiles once more. At the interface between decoration and functionality, between innovative materials and great design, textile room design is experiencing a renaissance. High-ranking representatives of the textile industry, Philippe Baumann (CEO of Création Baumann), Michael Fischbacher (CEO of Christian Fischbacher), Remo Röntgen (CEO of Nya Nordiska) and Andreas Zimmer (CEO of Zimmer + Rohde) talk to David Wiechmann and reveal, from their respective perspectives, what they see as the developments lying ahead for the industry.

The Stage 2015: Trend show with a huge range of information for design fans


What are the trends of the coming season? How do people in Austria, Sweden or China live? What do designers have to say about “Das Haus”, the Featured Editions or about their furniture? What are the future trends for fabrics? How could the cradle-to-cradle concept function in the furniture industry? What does my bathroom have to do with my health? And how is the furniture industry dealing with online opportunities? “The Stage” trend forum provides a platform for tabling questions like these.

Lecture at The Stage about Universal Design as the incubator for product development


The theory of Universal Design was first introduced by the American architect and designer Ronald L. Mace. In the eighties, he and his team developed the design principles for Universal Design. Michael Schlenke is an expert in Universal Design and in his presentation demonstrates, by means of best practice examples, the growth opportunities associated with it.

Lecture at The Stage: Colours in Offices


The perfect office is tailored to performance and to people working together. The dull and monotonous office of old is as out of favour as the patriarchal office with its dictatorial style. The workplace is experiencing a revolution: fun and aesthetics, the office’s functionality in relation to human requirements as well as performance, progress and creativity, stimulation and relaxation as well as sociability and individuality.