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.

Christoph Häußler: “The classic is enjoying a comeback.”


Christoph Häußler always finds himself answering the same question about how the company got its name. In 1840, the Jewish Hesslein brothers founded a textiles business in Franken which they named after their father Samson Abraham: S.A. Hesslein. The abbreviation of S.A. Hesslein & Co. became Sahco Hesslein or the even shorter “Sahco“. In the statements, Häußler deals with questions on the trends within textiles and the company’s appearance at Pure Textile 2015.

Philippe Baumann: “The trends from art, fashion and architecture merge together.”


For 125 years, Création Baumann in Langenthal (Switzerland) has produced high-quality textiles for the design and decoration of interior spaces. Whether it’s decorative fabric, interior shade solutions or self-adhesive textiles: from the design development through the production of the thread and fabric to the distribution of the product, everything is managed within the family-run business. In 2000, Philippe Baumann, the fourth generation of family-member directors, took over the management of the company. In the statements, he answers questions about trends in textiles and talks about his expectations for Pure Textile 2015.

Edgar Aumüller: “Pure Textile was a successful event from the start.”


St. Gallen has been an important hub of the Swiss textiles industry since the 13th century. In 1819, the Christian Fischbacher company was founded very near this textile centre and then moved to St. Gallen itself in the 1850s. The signature of Christian Fischbacher II on a statement from the year 1892 inspired today’s company’s logo. In the statements, CEO Edgar Aumüller talks about the influence of the fashion industry on textile collections and his expectations for Pure Textile 2015.

Ralph Anstoetz: “We will seeimpressive new designs in transparent fabrics and curtains.”


In 1946, Josef Anstoetz founded a wholesale trade for decorative and furniture fabrics in Bielefeld (“Josef Anstoetz, Bielefeld” produced the acronym JAB). After the sudden death of the company founder, Josef Anstoetz’s nephew, Heinz Anstoetz, took over the company in 1955. In 1985, his son Ralph joined the business. Today, the JAB Anstoetz group owns many subsidiaries, some of which also produce upholstered furniture and carpeting. In the statements, Ralph Anstoetz talks about current trends in the textile sector and their significance for the furniture industry.

Interview Paul Flowers: “The bathroom will become a place for health diagnostics.”


As Senior Vice President Design at Grohe AG, British designer Paul Flowers has been responsible for the brand’s creative strategic direction since 2005. More than anything else, he expects the progressive digitisation of the bathroom to lead to more individual comfort and convenience, but also to a stronger emotional bond – encouraged by snug design and more options in terms of equipment.