Not off the peg: custom-made sofas by
Sophisticated Living

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In the living room the sofa is the eye-catcher and the place where we spend the most time. But often the design of this room is more individual than the products offered by upholstered furniture manufacturers. Niches, projecting walls or ledges, pitched roofs, ovens or doors can thwart plans to buy the sofa of your dreams. It’s a centimetre too wide here, or the backrests don’t fit there, or maybe the whole sofa is a bit too deep. That’s why we compromise on our couch purchases and buy an off-the-peg model – even though the trend for personalisation is making inroads into interior design in a growing number of areas.

Designed by Nature:
Furniture made of natural materials

Photo: Danielle Trofe

Nature is extravagant, it produces everything in excess. But it also thoroughly reuses all this excess production. Man too produces things on an abundant scale. However, much of that cannot be reused and is often also difficult to dispose of. This is just as true of the interior design industry as of any other, and yet there is a growing number of designers who are making use of the cycle of nature.

A combination of design, feel and function

Photo: Pia Kintrup

With furniture, we arrange our flats, express our style and perhaps even make a visual statement. But we don’t decide whether we like a table or a sofa based on their looks alone – feel and function also play a role. The challenge lies in combining all three factors. With his master’s project at Folkwang University, the bureau “Kabinett”, Tim zum Hoff has even succeeded in directly linking a tactile experience with a function – the bureau’s compartments are illuminated by brushing a hand gently across its surface.

Lucie Koldova wants to make Das Haus 2018 a poetic experiment on light

Photo: Lucie Koldova

Lucie Koldova is guest of honor of Das Haus 2018. The young Czech designer from Prague is known for her extraordinary flair in designing lighting fixtures and lighting effects. For the seventh year running, the international interiors show imm cologne has invited an international designer to use architecture, interior design and furniture in a simulated house in order to make a personal statement about contemporary living.

Pure Architects: new trade fair format at imm cologne

© Constantin Meyer, Koelnmesse

In 2018 imm cologne presents the new trade fair format Pure Architects for the first time. The two themes of bathrooms and smart homes will be major focal points in this segment. With the interactive Smart Home installation, imm cologne is not only turning its attention to an important future issue, but showing live how new technologies are having an impact on the design of living spaces – and how interior design is responding. For exhibitors from the bathrooms sector, Pure Architects offers a unique opportunity to present their creative ideas for modern bathrooms in the context of an international interiors show.

Design history: Midgard’s adjustable light – the rediscovery of a classic

© Midgard
© Midgard

Curt Fischer is today regarded the inventor of directional light. When he took over a machine factory for the production of industrial porcelain in 1919, he was unhappy with the lighting situation in his factory. In the same year he found a solution and established the Midgard brand and started to produce lamps with his company Ronneberger und Fischer. And that in a time, were electric light was in its infancy.

Interview with Tassilo Bost: “I wanted to combine private accommodation with the view to the harbor.”

Interiot designer Tassilo Bost © Westin
Interiot designer Tassilo Bost
© Westin

The Elbphilharmonie has had to overcome a few difficulties until its completion. However, it’s fascinating shape, the artful wave design referring to the water around it as well as the union between the old Kaispeicher, a former warehouse building, with modern glass architecture make it already to a landmark of Hamburg’s Hafencity. And also at the inside, too, the building wants to set an example – as in the bathroom concept of the integrated hotel Westin. In this interview, Tassilo Bost talks about his design – and why the “sublimity of a location” can practically become an erotic experience in a bathroom with a view.