The Elbphilharmonie has had to overcome a few difficulties until its completion. However, itâ€™s fascinating shape, the artful wave design referring to the water around it as well as the union between the old Kaispeicher, a former warehouse building, with modern glass architecture make it already to a landmark of Hamburgâ€™s Hafencity. And also at the inside, too, the building wants to set an example – as in the bathroom concept of the integrated hotel Westin. In this interview, Tassilo Bost talks about his design â€“ and why the â€śsublimity of a locationâ€ť can practically become an erotic experience in a bathroom with a view.
Designing is not so much about making a table anymore, says Patricia Urquiola. It’s more about the way spaces evolve, how they are crossed by time. We talked with the Italy-based, Spanish designer and architect about what today’s changes in lifestyles mean for her work, and about her new task as art director of Italian top level product company Cassina.
From the beginning, Tom Dixon did not only design things â€“ he actually made them. An approach which taught him everything about materials as well as manufacturing processes, about creativity as well as business. A conversation about the connection between all these aspects, and how they help to create quality in a time when living, working and leisure are more and more merging.
Susanne Tesche studies product design at Kassel College of Fine Arts (KHK) in Germany. In a woodworking machinery course, the designer from Wuppertal obtained a grounding in metal and plastics processing, model making and conceptual thinking. Even before starting her degree, she gained important experience through periods abroad lasting several years â€“ in Orlando, Florida (academic high school exchange) and in Australia (working and travelling). In her interview, the nominee for the Pure Talents Contest talks about career opportunities for designers, her entry in the competition and about silence.
The French designer Guillaume Morillon graduated from the Ensaama Olivier de Serres (Paris) in 2009 and from the Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands) in 2014. His work is based on experimentations with materials, colours and textures and aims at creating powerful images. Nevertheless, sometimes his work is celebrating the lazy pleasure experienced at the beach. Just like Paresse, a daybed he will be presenting at Pure Talents Contest 2017.
German based Robert Hahn is a product and furniture designer. He became a cabinetmaker and now he is studying interior architecture at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle. His work is focused on minimalistic and functional furniture and products.
The young designers of Form Us With Love, Stockholm, know where they come from. But more important: they know where they are headed. And that circumstances for a new generation are different from those for the big Scandinavian designers decades ago. A conversation with co-founder John LĂ¶fgren about tradition, new lifestyles, and imm cologne as a business spot.
Roee Magdassi is a product designer, born in Jerusalem and currently working and living in Tel Aviv. In his point of view, design should be practical, striving for simplicity and straightforward. Such as the coffee table set â€śEdgeâ€ť, he will present at Pure Talents Contest in Cologne.
Pieter Peulen, born in 1993, is an interior and furniture designer based in Belgium. A solution thinker that likes to keep it simple. The inspiration for Flexit had Pieter Peulen during his time in school while living in student accommodations. Because of the frame structure, Flexit can be a bed, a desk, or bunk bed. In the interview, Pieter Peulen talks about the how it came to this idea.
An interest in photography and fashion led David Ciernicki, born in DĂĽsseldorf, Germany, in 1987, to Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). This is where he discovered his profession â€“ product design. He believes that, in a world that produces too much waste, ceaselessly striving to emulate trends is the wrong approach.