The standards are high today when it comes to building new homes: in addition to being a profitable investment in the future, new buildings must remain aesthetically pleasing and functional for generations â€“ cost-efficiency, accessibility and sustainability are the keywords here. In this ideal, stylish and functional design of the interior construction is possible with high-quality yet attractively priced construction materials.
Veneer is one of the oldest means of decoration for high-quality surfaces. In ancient Egypt, inexpensive substrate timbers were covered with thin layers of select high-grade wood; at that time, particularly birdâ€™s eye maple. The various tree species produce highly differentiated veneer patterns, which sometimes even vary greatly within one species. And they even have stories to tell.
In the living room the sofa is the eye-catcher and the place where we spend the most time. But often the design of this room is more individual than the products offered by upholstered furniture manufacturers. Niches, projecting walls or ledges, pitched roofs, ovens or doors can thwart plans to buy the sofa of your dreams. Itâ€™s a centimetre too wide here, or the backrests donâ€™t fit there, or maybe the whole sofa is a bit too deep. Thatâ€™s why we compromise on our couch purchases and buy an off-the-peg model â€“ even though the trend for personalisation is making inroads into interior design in a growing number of areas.
Nature is extravagant, it produces everything in excess. But it also thoroughly reuses all this excess production. Man too produces things on an abundant scale. However, much of that cannot be reused and is often also difficult to dispose of. This is just as true of the interior design industry as of any other, and yet there is a growing number of designers who are making use of the cycle of nature.
With furniture, we arrange our flats, express our style and perhaps even make a visual statement. But we donâ€™t decide whether we like a table or a sofa based on their looks alone â€“ feel and function also play a role. The challenge lies in combining all three factors. With his masterâ€™s project at Folkwang University, the bureau â€śKabinettâ€ť, Tim zum Hoff has even succeeded in directly linking a tactile experience with a function â€“ the bureauâ€™s compartments are illuminated by brushing a hand gently across its surface.
Cologne based furniture designer Thomas Schnur designed â€śThe Factory of Ideasâ€ť for interzum 2017. It is based on a series of innovative and sustainable products by the polymer producer Covestro, many of which are extensively used in the furniture industry.
Smart Home is always on the rise. Devices are networked and can be programmed, light and functions can be operated by remote control. Now, a system from the furniture supplier HĂ¤fele is to ensure that lighting and furniture are controlled by the app â€“ across the manufacturer.
Curt Fischer is today regarded the inventor of directional light. When he took over a machine factory for the production of industrial porcelain in 1919, he was unhappy with the lighting situation in his factory. In the same year he found a solution and established the Midgard brand and started to produce lamps with his company Ronneberger und Fischer. And that in a time, were electric light was in its infancy.
He was one of the most significant architectural photographer in post-war Germany. No one was able to stage the architectural elegance of the 1950s, with its light-suffused foyers and boldly curved stairwells, as seductively as Karl Hugo SchmĂ¶lz.
11 Brussels-based designers are in the MAD OFFICE at imm cologne. The presentation by Fashion and Design centre MAD Brussels promotes the thriving design scene of the Belgian capital. The creative co-working space welcomes anyone to come in, join a brainstorm, (co-)work on a project, or just to share ideas and inspiration.