Interview with Pure Talents Contest Nominee Simon Diener: “I’m a strong believer in traditional crafts.”

Photo: Simon Diener
Photo: Simon Diener

The lamp “Pong” does have a cord, but nevertheless exhibits the characteristics of “cordlessness”. This is because the cord does not end in a plug, instead it leads to an elongated cylinder, which contains a battery. This also serves as a counterweight to the light fitting. The idea comes from the drawing board of Simon Diener, who studies product design at Karlsruhe University of Art and Design and is one of the finalists in the Pure Talents Contest. In out blog, the student from Offenburg talks about his work.

Meinhard von Gerkan: “We managed to come up with a design which has stood the test of time.”

Walter Knoll CEO Markus Benz in a talk with Meinhard von Gerkan  © gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Hamburg, Germany
Walter Knoll CEO Markus Benz in a talk with Meinhard von Gerkan
© gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Hamburg, Germany

Meinhard von Gerkan is one of the most acclaimed German architects worldwide. Airports, stations, trade fair centres, cultural centres, stadia: von Gerkan realises iconic buildings with his team of architects at »gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner«, an architectural partnership that will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. The furnishing of Berlin’s Tegel Airport in 1975 marked the start of the collaboration with Walter Knoll. Since then, there have been a number of successful joint projects all over the world. In the interview Meinhard von Gerkan takls about his work and long-standing partnership with Walter Knoll.

Interview Dick Spierenburg:
Five houses with five perspectives

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As part of the concept of the imm cologne design event “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”, a new designer is invited each year to set the stage of this international interior design platform. Cologne is proud to announce that Sebastian Herkner will take on this role in 2016. Dick Spierenburg, the imm cologne Creative Director, explains in interview the selection process, comparing all five sharply contrasting editions of “The House”.