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Material technologies reimagined:
3D-printing inflatable materials

Photo: BMW

In collaboration with the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the BMW Design Department has successfully developed 3D-printed inflatable material technologies. The materials can self-transform, adapt and morph from one state to another. A project that will certainly meet with great interest in the upholstery industry. The result is now on show for the first time at the exhibition The Future Starts Here at the V&A in London.

Selecta by Hansgrohe: A Classic Turns 50

1968: hansgrohe Selecta, Photo: hansgrohe

In 1901 master clothier Hans Grohe turned his back on weaving and established a metal pressing workshop. Although bathrooms in private houses were only just becoming fashionable at that time, he specialised in tin showers and become a pioneer of the sanitary sector, which was still in its early stages of development. Since then, the company has been characterised by an innovative spirit. that came up with the world’s first hand shower with adjustable spray types 50 years ago: the Selecta.

Furnishing your home by app

Photo: Home Design 3D

Living without a smartphone or tablet? Unthinkable for many. After all, these talented little devices have long since become constant companions. Even for furnishing one’s home. However, they are not only a source of inspiration via blogs, chats or Instagram & Co. Many apps are also really helpful when it comes to furnishing your own home for the first time or when you want a makeover. We present some of the most helpful apps.

Barbara Busse about Gen Z and their furniture: “We’re going to see a lot of market fragmentation.”

Photo: Future+You

Members of the coming generation live digitally, consume more spontaneously and furnish their homes differently. Individualisation means smaller batches, many products will be self-designed, brand lifespans will be shorter, and unknown start-ups are feted like stars. For established companies, the future scenario could be bleak if they do not adapt to changing market conditions. We find out what this scenario might look like in an interview with Barbara Busse, proprietor of Future+You.

Survey: How Germany sleeps

Photo: Karsten Jipp, Koelnmesse

Today everyone knows just how important good sleep is. And we’re prepared to invest some money when buying a new bed. But it’s not just our bed, mattress, duvet and pillows that determine how well we sleep. A survey by the health insurer Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) examined the internal and external factors that contribute to a restful night’s sleep – or otherwise. The results provide some food for thought for the specialised trade as there are growing numbers of holistic systems available on the market.

Textile columns with holograms, pavilions made of table frames and a road show

Illustration: Stylepark

On the occasion of the imm cologne, a special exhibition on the subject of interior design will again be held this year at the Museum of Applied Art Cologne (MAKK). This time, it will be the lavishly designed staging “Stylepark Selected imm cologne 2018”. After months of intensive planning, an exhibition has been created that probably never existed in this form before.

Das Haus 2018: Everything is going according to plan

Photo: far.consulting, Koelnmesse

In just over a week, it is time at last – imm cologne opens its doors again. Guest of honor of “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” will then be Lucie Koldova. “In my ‘Haus’, light will play the main role,” explains the young Czech designer from Prague, who is well known for her extraordinary flair in designing lighting fixtures and lighting effects.

The Stage on Monday:
International designers are lining up

Photo: Koelnmesse, Lutz Sternstein

The imm cologne trends forum “The Stage” will again be the home for discussions and responses to current issues in the world of interior design this coming January. Here, experts talk about trends in home living, designers shed light on their concepts and industry insiders discuss future developments. In 2018, the established lecture forum in Hall 3.1 of Koelnmesse will once more be offering an overview of current trends in interior design. On Monday, the first day of Cologne’s fair, will have a particularly international flavour. In addition to the designer of “Das Haus”, Lucie Koldova (Czech Republic), Cristian Zuzunaga (Spain), Jason Danziger (USA), Poonam Choudhry (India) as well as Stefan Scholten (The Netherlands) will be on “The Stage”.

Giving light all by itself:
Smart lighting control from Nimbus

Photo: Dieter Blum

Can lights be turned on without flicking a switch? Nimbus shows how this can be done in a very smart way in the new building for the Neckar-Fils regional group of Südwestmetall in Esslingen, southern Germany. Throughout the building, lights are activated independently – and only when they are needed. This is made possible by a wireless network of LED lights with innovative lighting control.

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.