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


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

Pure51_2014_Outdoor_Whirlpools_AufmacherPhoto: Villeroy & Boch

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.”

Pure36_2014_Interview_Nexus_AufmacherAll photos: Andreas Körner

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.

imm cologne continues its successful course

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All Koelnmesse’s events relating to Interiors and Furnishings enjoy great popularity around the world and attract large numbers of bookings with an excellent demand for space. The coming imm cologne, the international meeting place for the furnishing and interior design industry, is no exception. By the end of June 2013, booking status is already extraordinarily good: a great many exhibitors have taken advantage of the early bird period and confirmed their participation. In particular, the event’s popularity with foreign exhibitors continues unabated. In total, more than 60 percent of the planned space has already been allocated.

Pure Elegance creates more space for exclusive lifestyle

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Following the good performance of the imm cologne 2013, the international furniture and interior design fair is creating space for its continued qualitative and quantitative development. The Pure segment plays a key role in this. With Pure Elegance, the new format for the luxurious high-end sector, and the stronger focus on young creative design in Hall 1, the trade fair is consistently continuing on its way towards an interiors show.

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

Pure19_2014_Interzum-award_AufmacherPhoto: interzum

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

Photo: David VintinerPhoto: David Vintiner

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.

Workshop interview with Luca Nichetto: “I want to show that you have to take care of your house.”

Photo: Andreas Körner, Koelnmesse

Luca Nichetto, whose choice of location well away from the Milan scene is not entirely coincidental, shows us his designs for “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” at his studio in Venice’s port district of Marghera. The large-scale installation of an artificial living situation is to be erected at the next imm cologne. In the studio beneath the roof of a renovated old commercial building, there are stacks of models and prototypes; every wall is full of drawings, photos and plans. Luca Nichetto doesn’t leave anything to chance. With obvious passion and animated gestures, he talks of his idea for a form of living in which the coexistence of man and nature enriches people’s lives.

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.