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.
Part of the principle behind the imm cologne design event âDas Haus â Interiors on Stageâ 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 â and the imm cologne is bringing them to Germany. In our interview, the imm cologneâs Creative Director Dick Spierenburg explains the background to this development.
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.
The imm Cologne 2014 demonstrated that good business, a relaxed atmosphere and creative concepts are great bed fellows. This productive combination was very much valued by the exhibitors and they praised the great networking opportunities and the structured, broad range of design selections, alongside the flawless running of the fair.
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.
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 âMemphisâ Group in Milan and partner of âSottsass Associatiâ from 1980 to 1984 when he opened his own studio in Milan.
With its latest ad campaign, German furniture and furnishing concept manufacturer burgbad is breaking new ground when it comes to marketing sanitaryware. The drawings of French illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme are intended to appeal to a sophisticated target group for whom good style and humour are by no means mutually exclusive.
Innovative design ought to be able to afford to show a fashionable touch when it comes to filling people with enthusiasm for such an important and forward-looking idea as sustainability or Green Design. Paul Flowers, Senior Vice President Design at Grohe AG, hopes that Green Design is more than just a passing fad:
The new Pure Village trade fair concept points the way to a future in which the character of the trade fair will evolve from a pure sales event to a customer-oriented, emotionally staged production and discourse-based design platform. Volker Streckel of Design Post (a showroom concept for premium interiors and modern design in Cologne) was positively impressed: