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

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

Interview with Kurt Merki Jr.: “For me three words are very important: culture, purpose and life.”

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With the Vero bathroom furniture collection for Duravit, Zurich-based designer Kurt Merki Jr. was breaking new ground. Balanced proportions and a strong design identity are the characteristic features of the range as a whole. In the interview he talks about different cultures, leitmotifs, the time-factor and about challenges and current developments in bathroom design.

Interview with Dick Spierenburg: “All-round architects are coming back on the scene.”

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Part of the principle behind the imm cologne design event “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” is that a new designer is invited to make his or her mark on the interior design platform every year. For the 2015 edition of the project, the Cologne trade fair has brought the Shanghai-based Neri&Hu Design and Research Office on board. The two architects are one of the hottest creative teams in the world right now – and the imm cologne is bringing them to Germany. In our interview, the imm cologne’s Creative Director Dick Spierenburg explains the background to this development.

Konstantin Grcic: “I want to understand how design is connected to life.”

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Konstantin Grcic (* 1965) has captivated the design scene time and again with unusual and innovative works that have received numerous awards. They attest to an exploration of new materials and technologies but also take up tendencies in contemporary art. In the interview Konstantin Grcic talks about his understanding of design, his inspirations and the beginning of his career.

Interview Nexus Product Design: “We need intelligently used space.”

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Ulli Finkeldey and Kai Uetrecht are Nexus Product Design and, together with bathroom furniture manufacturer Burgbad, responsible for the development of the bathroom furniture concept rc40. In time for this year’s ISH, the innovative module system has been enhanced and extended by the addition of various new components. The collection gives architects and bathroom planners totally new possibilities for structuring the space commonly known as the “bathroom”. In an interview, the two Bielefeld-based designers explain their ideas and visions of what living in this space can be like.

“We want to avoid architectural eyesores” – an interview with Matteo Thun

Matteo Thun, the internationally renowned designer and architect from South Tyrol, has a unique style characterised by environmentally-friendly, clean architecture and untreated materials. Born in Bolzanoin 1952, he studied at theAcademy of Salzburg and at theUniversity of Florence. After having worked with Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun became the co-founder of the ‘Memphis’ Group in Milan and partner of ‘Sottsass Associati’ from 1980 to 1984 when he opened his own studio in Milan.