Louise Campbell:
“There are lots of flexible spaces to experiment.”

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Louise Campbell is known for her beautiful lamps and accessories, filigree armchairs and decorative interiors. With her scenography for “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” at the imm cologne 2014, she will be using an abundance of creative ideas to show the design world another side of herself. “Das Haus” will surprise visitors with shifting scales and a conceptual approach that focuses on measurements and measuring instruments. In this interview, Louise Campbell describes her ideas for implementing her work and reveals a lot about her personal outlook as well.

Solar Decathlon 2013: Team7 supports solar house LISI of Team Austria

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This autumn the Solar Decathlon took place in California. Since 2002, the highly acclaimed university competition for sustainable construction organised by the U.S. Department of Energy has been honouring energy self-sufficient building innovations for future living concepts. From 130 entries submitted, two European teams qualified: one of them the Vienna University of Technology’s Team Austria with its LISI (Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation) house concept. The Austrian natural wood specialist Team 7 has been supporting the project with equipment and also as the main sponsor.

Zero Hour for Pure One: new platform for young design at imm cologne 2014

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Pure One is a non-commercial trade fair format for the promotion of up-and-coming designers and the presentation of innovative design concepts. The imm cologne has been known for its very practice-based approach to supporting young designers for many years. In 2014, it is taking its promotional activities to a new level with the creation of Pure One, an independent, large-scale platform in the spacious new setting of Hall 1.

Sliding into Fun

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What makes premium wardrobes and kitchen cabinets, doors and sideboards so easy to use are sophisticated fittings. With a rich sound, the door swings into position as if moved by an invisible hand. Even cabinets with an electrically assisted opening mechanism have become almost widespread: a small stored energy mechanism under the cabinet gives the pullout a little push from behind and the drawer springs forward, regardless of whether the mechanism is triggered by a tap on the uninterrupted front panel or a gentle pull on the handle.

Dick Spierenburg: “We’ll be experiencing a very sensuous ‘Haus’ at the imm cologne.”

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The trade fair architecture of the Pure Village format that was launched four years ago was developed for the imm cologne by external consultant and Creative Director Dick Spierenburg. And even here, the design event “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” that was initiated under his creative supervision will be opening its doors again next year too. This time it will be based on a blueprint by Danish designer Louise Campbell.

Winners of the garden unique design competition announced

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This year the winners of the garden unique design competition were namely announced during the unique hour. In total, the ‘Outdoor Living’ ideas of 15 pre-selected nominees were presented to the expert jury and the public in the garden unique segment. In the end, of course only one of the nominees could ultimately be voted unique youngstar 2013.

Special design show ‘kidsroomZOOM!’: New design park showcases extraordinary objects at the Kind + Jugend

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Kind + Jugend, the international fair for the children’s outfitting sector, which will be held this year from 19th to 22nd September in Cologne, is presenting the special ‘kidsroomZOOM!’ show in a new design park. The show is a joint effort by international designers, artists, producers, users, publishers and curators. The aim of ‘kidsroomZOOM!’ is to create products designed with a child’s point of view in mind.

The new outdoor trend: whirlpools conquer the garden and patio

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When living relocates outdoors in summer, the daybed, easy chair and coffee table migrate to the patio. But there are other refreshing activities that can be pursued without a roof over your head too. According to the German Sanitary Industry Association (Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft / VDS), sanitary manufacturers have developed home spa enjoyment in the form of whirlpools to such an extent that moving this particular water feature into the greenery has been no problem for some time now.

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.