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Veneer: A little slice of nature in an individual design

© IFN/Danzer
© IFN/Danzer

In times of a growing awareness of sustainability, renewable raw materials are more in demand than ever. Of these raw materials, and as a natural product that is very versatile, wood is in the vanguard. In addition to furniture, wood can be used for floor coverings, doors, windows, stairs and even to build entire houses. Or, indeed, for veneer, which is perfectly suitable for surfaces on high-quality furniture, as well as for lamps, car interiors or even for glasses, mouse pads and sports equipment.

Healthy sitting:
The ideal way to furnish your workplace

© Actiu
© Actiu

Whether we’re in the office, behind the wheel or at home in front of the TV – we sit too much and for too long. According to a survey conducted by the German market research institute GfK on behalf of the health insurer DKV and the Sport University Cologne, we spend an average of 450 minutes or 7.5 hours sitting on workdays. General tips such as regularly standing up and getting some exercise are simply not enough. Sitting correctly and ensuring that seating furniture supports correct sitting posture is vital.

Turning old into new:
seat covers made from recycled drinks bottles

© Brunner
© Brunner

Polyethylene terephthalate or PET for short. It is the material used to make drinks bottles. Consumers in Germany can return these bottles to supermarkets after use and collect the refundable deposit. But what happens to the no-longer-needed, crushed bottles? Some of them are made into bottles again, others into T-shirts or fleeces. And some of them are made into seat covers. Brunner uses a cover fabric made from 100% recycled polyester for many of its products.

Bathrooms for Young and Old

© Geberit
© Geberit

Whether it is for singles, families, or seniors – the modern bathroom should meet everyone’s needs. It should be a stylish oasis of wellbeing, a childproof experimental space, and a safe haven all in one. In addition, we want to adapt it to our various needs. Trend researchers say that, in the future, variable floor plans and modern installation systems could enhance the bathroom’s versatility so much that it will be more easily adaptable to the lives of its users – provided, of course, that there are opportunities and adequate space for renovation.

Sanitary facilities for 7,000 refugees at Tempelhof Airport

© Geberit
© Geberit

The emergency accommodation at Tempelhof Airport provides space for up to 7,000 people – spread over six hangars with around 28,000 square metres of floor space plus another 110,000 square metres outdoors. Eventually, there is to be one “hotel box” containing a toilet and shower for every 15 residents. Sanitary technology expert Geberit has supplied the sanitary facilities for the emergency accommodation in Berlin.