Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec at the Centre Pompidou Metz: design for nomads

A recently opened solo exhibition at the new branch of Paris’s Centre Pompidou shows a selection of the French brothers’ works from the last fifteen years. The more than 1,000 m² of space in Gallery 3 of the Centre Pompidou Metz, which was designed by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastine, serves the brothers an enormous playground. The two designers have juxtaposed products from Vitra, Magis, Alessi, Established & Sons, Axor Hansgrohe, Kartell, Kvadrat, Cappellini and Ligne Roset without establishing any immediately obvious scenographic link between them.

Welcome to Germany’s average teen bedroom

“Let me introduce myself. My name is Jan Müller, I’m 18 years old and live in Germany’s commonest teen bedroom.” That, at least, is how Jan’s spiritual mother Karen Heumann sees it. Heumann, who is Chief Strategy Officer at Hamburg advertising agency Jung von Matt, created the fictitious Müller family seven years ago: father Thomas (43), mother Claudia (40) and son Alexander (13 at the time), who is now called Jan and is 18 years old. The teen bedroom is the fourth room Jung von Matt has created as a location for lively target group research. It all started with Germany’s commonest living room, which is still on display at Jung von Matt’s premises as a socio-demographic study. It was followed by living rooms at the agency’s branches in Vienna and Zurich. Each of the interior designs reflected the typical German furnishing style at the time.

“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.

“Nothing to hide”

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.

Walter Gropius

Walter Gropius 1919 © Louis Held
Walter Gropius 1919
© Louis Held

Walter Gropius is considered to be one of the great architects of the 20th century and, as the founder of the Bauhaus, he is counted among the pioneers of a new generation of architects, together with Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. Born on 18 May 1883 in Berlin, his choice of career was determined from an early age.

Growing demand for interior designers in Germany

Photo: Koelnmesse

When it comes to the question of how people are furnishing their houses in the present, what ideas they associate with their home, what they hope for from their new furnishings or how their aspirations are changing, it’s the interior designers and interior architects who know what’s available and what goes down well. They are closer to the customers and the market and more firmly rooted in the present.

Revolution in the Bathroom

Photo: Koelnmesse, DornbrachtBathroom design has long ceased to be “mere” product design. The bathroom’s altered functions and significance are not only influencing product design, they are changing the room, its size and structure as well. Which is why manufacturers’ new bathroom collections are increasingly featuring ways their products can be used to exploit and structure the space.