Award Ceremony for the interzum award 2013: Form and Function in Perfection

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Every two years, Koelnmesse collaborates with red dot to host the interzum award. The competition awards the best designs in the international supplier industry for the furniture and interior decorating industries. With 200 registrations from 16 countries, the interzum award: intelligent material & design is once again underlining its function as a pool for new product ideas.

interzum 2013: A successful trade fair for the supplier industry

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Last week interzum 2013 came to an end with very good results. The world’s biggest trade fair for suppliers to the furniture industry and interior finishing recorded a slight increase in visitor numbers compared to 2011 with around 53,000 visitors from 148 countries. The share of visitors from abroad was about 70 per cent. A clear rise in visitors from Asia, North America and Eastern Europe in particular was seen at interzum. “With the current growth in exhibitors and especially in international visitors, interzum again proved that it is the location worldwide that gives the market and thus the sector’s business its impetus”, was the summary from Katharina C. Hamma, Managing Director of Koelnmesse.

Talk: East meets West – Doshi Levien on May 16th at Vitra Design Museum

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With furniture that oscillates between exotic charm and purist contours, Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien are bringing a new individuality to the world of interior design. “Some pieces are more Nipa, others are more me.” It’s hard to think of a more apt description of the young designer couple’s work than this sentence from Jonathan Levien. And these “things” are often unusually colourful “cultural hybrids” with emotional appeal. Their clients include Moroso, Cappellini, Tefal, Richard Lampert, Glass and Authentics.

Pop Art Design at the Vitra Design Museum

Photo: Andreas Sütterlin; Studio 65, Leonardo, sofa, 1969

Pop Art is widely regarded as the most significant artistic movement since 1945. Reflecting on the cult of celebrity, commodity fetishism and media reproduction that permeated everyday life in the postwar era, Pop Art continues to shape our society’s cultural self-understanding to this day. A central characteristic of Pop Art was the dialogue between design and art, which is now being explored in “Pop Art Design” at the Vitra Design Museum as the first-ever comprehensive exhibition on the topic.

Why all furniture is related to the humble suitcase

In days long gone, when people still wandered from one place to another, they simply took the few possessions they had with them. To begin with, they probably used bags or knapsacks to transport their belongings. But once people started settling down, they accumulated more and more possessions, with the result that these little pieces of luggage started turning into bigger transport containers and eventually into travel trunks, the predecessors of the modern suitcase.

Intelligent bus systems: household help at the push of a button

Toilets in the bathroom and intercoms on the door were the innovations of yesteryear. In future, our houses will be equipped with a level of comfort that still seems like science fiction to many of us today. But even now, household appliances deploy a wealth of sophisticated technology to save energy and make our lives easier. This potential can be further increased with a central control system. Thanks to their cross-system usage possibilities that can be intuitively controlled via an iPhone, iPad or tablet PC, bus systems will in future automate a wide and diverse range of functions.

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.