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Tiles in home-building:
functional, aesthetic and cost-efficient

Photo: 41zero42, Mate

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 – 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: versatile appearance – versatile applications

Poto: IFN, Roser AG, Gehri AG

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 bird’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.

Not off the peg: custom-made sofas by
Sophisticated Living

Graphic: Sophisticated Living

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. It’s a centimetre too wide here, or the backrests don’t fit there, or maybe the whole sofa is a bit too deep. That’s why we compromise on our couch purchases and buy an off-the-peg model – even though the trend for personalisation is making inroads into interior design in a growing number of areas.

Designed by Nature:
Furniture made of natural materials

Photo: Danielle Trofe

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.

A combination of design, feel and function

Photo: Pia Kintrup

With furniture, we arrange our flats, express our style and perhaps even make a visual statement. But we don’t decide whether we like a table or a sofa based on their looks alone – feel and function also play a role. The challenge lies in combining all three factors. With his master’s project at Folkwang University, the bureau “Kabinett”, Tim zum Hoff has even succeeded in directly linking a tactile experience with a function – the bureau’s compartments are illuminated by brushing a hand gently across its surface.

Design history: Midgard’s adjustable light – the rediscovery of a classic

© Midgard
© Midgard

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.