Interview with designer Partick Frey:
“I’m a furniture designer by nature.”

© Patrick Frey

With TitanCeram, Villeroy & Boch has created a new kind of ceramic material, which combines delicate forms with unusually stability. The secret is the fusion of ceramic materials and titanium dioxide. The material now was used for the new bathroom collection Finion. The design of this collection is made by Patrick Frey, who is renowned for his unusual yet useful combinations of form and function in his works. In the interview, Patrick Frey talks the work with the material ceramic and the new collection.

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

Graphic: Sophisticated Living

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.

In bed with Harald Glööckler

Crowning the sleep: the box spring beds from Femira by Harald Glööckler
Photo: Femira

He is one of the most flamboyant figures on the German designer and fashion scene. But Harald Glööckler creates more than just fashion under his label Pompöös. To crown it all, he wants to extend his realm to the interior landscape, whether it’s with wallpaper, lighting, home accessories or even a complete prefabricated house. Now the Prince of Pompöös is launching a box spring bed collection.

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.

Raw Color are playing with hues for Nanimarquina

Photo: Nanimarquina

The Dutch design studio Raw Color likes to blend the borders of design disciplines by mixing the fields of graphic design, photography and textile design. Within their work the materialisation of colour plays a key role. Now, Daniera ter Haar and Christoph Brach have designed the “Blend” collection for Nanimarquina, playing with the visual perception of colour.

The Stage: Martina Brüßel explains why bathroom architecture is important for being healthy

© Aqua Cultura
© Aqua Cultura

Health is one of the current mega-trends and as it has begun to spread into all areas of our lives, it has a growing impact on people and their behaviour. However, “being healthy” does not just mean being free of illness; it also means feeling good in your body and having a healthy work-life-balance. In her lecture Martina Brüßel introduces a mega-trend, that influences private, individual living areas and the associated architecture and design – in particular, bathroom design.

World premiere at imm cologne: For the first time, Birkenstock presents beds and sleep systems

©  Birkenstock
© Birkenstock

Birkenstock is a long-established and very well-known brand. With footbeds adapted to the anatomy of the foot, the name has stood for expertly produced footwear and healthy feet since 1774. Today, the company is expanding its portfolio and will now also offer sleep systems and beds. And just as their footbeds conform to the natural shape of the foot, the sleep system will adapt to suit the whole body’s recovery when lying and sleeping.

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