For 125 years, CrĂ©ation Baumann in Langenthal (Switzerland) has produced high-quality textiles for the design and decoration of interior spaces. Whether itâs 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.
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 todayâs companyâs logo. In the statements, CEO Edgar AumĂŒller talks about the influence of the fashion industry on textile collections and his expectations for Pure Textile 2015.
In 1946, Josef Anstoetz founded a wholesale trade for decorative and furniture fabrics in Bielefeld (âJosef Anstoetz, Bielefeldâ produced the acronym JAB). After the sudden death of the company founder, Josef Anstoetzâs 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.
As Senior Vice President Design at Grohe AG, British designer Paul Flowers has been responsible for the brandâs 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 â encouraged by snug design and more options in terms of equipment.
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.